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Things I Never Buy Anymore

June 23rd, 2013 at 09:54 am

I was thinking this morning while I was cleaning the bathroom that I spend very little on cleaning supplies; I use a wadded up plastic net produce bag and a microfiber cloth. It made me think about other things I never buy anymore (these are, of course, things I used to buy; wish I'd been more frugal back then - I'd have more money in savings).

Pajama bottoms
I make them out of old sheets or fabric using this "pattern": http://mycottoncreations.blogspot.com/2010/07/christmas-eve-pajama-pants-tutorial.html

CDs
I buy just the individual song I want on itunes. (These are usually for my spin class and I probably spend $12/year at most). Cuts down on cost and clutter.

Books
I only borrow books from the library.

Scrubbers for pots and for bathroom cleaning
I save the plastic bags from lemons, some potatoes, garlic - wad them up and they do a better job than the ones you buy in the store!

Batteries
We only use the rechargeable type and have for several years. We don't have a lot of things with batteries anyway. Our charger lights green when the charge is complete so we can pull it out of the wall right away.

Soda
We drink water or watered down juice.

Packaged cookies
Since I can't eat gluten, and gf cookies are EXPENSIVE, I just started baking my own. I don't often put cookies/dessert in F's lunch, but when I do, it's home-baked.

Cable TV
We use netflix basic ($8.64 per month) and hulu (free). We don't watch much tv anymore.

I am sure there are more that I can't think of. And I'm sure there's more I could do!

7 Responses to “Things I Never Buy Anymore”

  1. snafu Says:

    I've been making my own laundry and DW detergent for several years because they do a better job than than Tide + Oxyclean pwd. or Cascade [DW]

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I like these kinds of lists! I don't buy napkins anymore. I made my own out of an old curtain. I also don't buy soda any longer.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I like these lists as well. We don't buy soda and I make tea...keep three pitchers of it in the fridge. I don't buy fancy coffee and carry a Thermos. And I use cloth napkins. I have been making my own laundry detergent. I make my own chicken broth and freeze it so it is on hand.

  4. Buendia Says:

    I want to know how to make my own laundry detergent! Please post that!!

    I am going do the napkin trick - I have lots of fabric in a plastic bin that is leftover from projects or used to be sheets or whatever.

    I carry a thermos, too - really important because I'm often at a jobsite where there isn't water..

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Try this site for the laundry detergent recipe:

    http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

  6. Buendia Says:

    Thank you! I'm going to try that! (Have to first find an unscented soap - is fels naptha unscented?)

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Fels naptha is unscented...do you have a Dollar General near you? The one near us has all this stuff. I made some and put it in fruit jars, but a friend of mine saved her bottles from laundry detergent which made it easier to pour.

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