My daily frugal habits started out as small changes I made to my daily routine that are now regular habits. When I first shared this list of daily frugal habits in 2007, I had a 3rd child in diapers. I think my oldest son had started his first year of Catholic school after being homeschooled for 7 years. My daily life revolved around being home with 4 kids, 3 of which were 4 and under.
11 Daily Frugal Habits 7 Years Later
No more breastfeeding and cloth diapers. Both saved us a ton of money on formula and diapers. I check our bank accounts weekly when I update our cash envelopes and running budget totals. I stopped making bread when my bread machine broke. The rest of the daily frugal habits remain the same.
11 Daily Frugal Habits
- Hang laundry. I do this year-round, even with the cloth diapers. I have a clothesline in the basement, plus two small poles and four drying racks. (Now I have the cadillac of clothesline outside for line drying from March through November.)
- Keep the heat set at 66 during the day and 52 at night when it’s cold.
- Make my own bread. I have a bread machine that I purchased for $20 which I use for making sandwich bread, pizza dough, rolls, and brown bread. It also saves me time in that I’m not cleaning up the KitchenAid and the counter every time I want to make bread.
- Make my own snacks as much as possible. I have an applesauce cake in the frig right now and I’m planning on making banana bread today to use up the old bananas.
- Cook in batches and make meals from scratch. Earlier in the week, I cooked chicken quarters in water. The cooked meat and stock are sitting in the frig waiting for me to turn them into chicken stew today. Whenever we make dinner from scratch, we always try to do a double batch and stick the second batch in the freezer for days when the kids and I are on the go.
- Check my bank accounts. I can catch mistakes I’ve made and keep an eye on our finances.
- Cloth diapers. I’m on my third child in cloth diapers. Through the years I have had to buy some more diapers and covers, but overall, I’ve come out ahead. And since I hang my diapers to dry, even in the winter, I’m saving money on electricity.
- Breastfeeding. Again, I’m on my third child for breastfeeding. The milk is always ready, portable and I get more sleep at night. What more can I say?
- Composting. We save kitchen scraps, even in the dead of winter and dump them in a compost pile behind our house. This spring I have lots of wonderful compost to spread on my vegetable garden.
- Drink lots of water and milk.
- Use rags for wiping, cleaning, etc. My current rag collection consists of cheap washcloths, holey socks, knitted washcloths (by me), and retired flannel wipes (they have frayed edges which are bad for diaper covers in the wash).
Frugal Books on My Bookshelf
The Complete Tightwad Gazette
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year
A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family