Since the recession blindsided many of us in 2008, we’ve gone to great lengths to live a more frugal lifestyle. Pinching purse strings has become an art form, and many Americans have become masters of cutting coupons, bargain hunting and scouring the Internet for discounts, deals and freebies. From consolidating monthly bills to skipping that Friday night trip to the steakhouse; our adjustments have resulted in more money in the bank. However, it’s not just the big ticket items that we need to examine in order to save money. If we begin to take a frugal approach to the small, everyday things like household products, our savings really begin to multiply. Here are 3 ways to save on household products.
1. If you want to save money and go green at the same time, stop buying chemical air fresheners. These so-called lavender or vanilla scents are more Hazmat pollutant than soft, summer breeze. Your home needs a home remedy, so boil some cinnamon, cloves and orange peels in a pot on the stove. This all-natural potpourri is long-lasting and free of toxins. An added tip: You can also put orange peels in your sink’s garbage disposal to get rid of any unpleasant odor.
2. How many rolls of paper towels do you think you buy a year? Another green, money saving tip is to replace your paper towels with old cloths, towels, t-shirts or spill rags. Every time you go through a roll of paper towels, you’re cleaning up that coffee spill with a couple of dollars.
3. Don’t buy bottled water. The days of loading up your grocery cart with cases of bottled water is a thing of the past. Once again, this is not only a money saving tip but an easy way to live a greener lifestyle. By buying a refrigerator water filter, you’ll not only be saving money on bottled water, you’ll also be doing the environment a huge favor.
While many of us are looking to save money for occasional splurges, it’s imperative to remember that life’s small things also add up. Changing how we shop for household products might seem minor, but when we go shopping for these items once a week, the savings multiply.