TMR Frugal Living Tip #3

I didn’t have a chance to get a new tip yesterday since the weather so bad yesterday. Today’s tip is install a low flow shower aerator. I didn’t buy a special shower head but just an aerator that fits on your existing one. I got one from Lowes for about $5 and it pays for itself in a month or two. This will not only save you money by turning off the water with a side lever while lathering, but you will help conserve our natural resources.

I love doing the things that not only save money but help conserve. I feel twice as good. If you are worried about lower water pressure then don’t be concerned. I haven’t noticed any difference.

Rain Rain Go Away!


We just had some really bad thunderstorms pass and it just started raining again. My backyard looks like a lake. The front is even worse since there is a lake of water on the highway. Of course people don’t slow down and just zoom thru it.

In the above picture you can see how it looks like a waterfall where my drainage ditch is located. It’s been raining almost everyday since June. I feel like we are going to wash away soon. I got some pictures after it finally slacked off.

I sit here singing rain rain go away! Please don’t come back again for many days. We really need a break.

TMR Frugal Living Tip #2

My second tip for today would be to wash your clothes in cold water. This will save you energy. I also turn my dark colored clothes inside out, especially, my dark blue and black clothes. If you have some items that are stained or dirty with oil or grease then try pre-soaking those items in a warm water and then wash on cold. My husband can get dirty from his job but this works for our family.

A Great Device

A couple of years ago my computer was so infested with spyware and viruses that I had to wipe it and start over. I thought I had saved all my pictures but when I tried to restore them then nothing happened. I was very upset so I decided then it was time to buy a flash memory of some sort. I finally decided on a USB flash pen drive that could hold 2GB of memory. I got it for under $25 and it works great. I love that I can download my pics onto my friends/relatives computers. I don’t even have a 1GB used yet so it holds lots of pictures.

TGIF!

I’m just so glad it’s Friday and the weekend is almost here! I don’t have any plans, but I love having my husband home for the weekends since he works really long hours during the week. It’s even nicer since he got off much earlier today than normal. I hope you have a great weekend and be safe!

TMR Frugal Living Tip #1

I decided to post a series of frugal living tips daily. TMR is an abbreviation for Thrifty Momma Ramblings. I will try to post a new tip everyday except for weekends, since I get busy with my husband home. There are literally thousands of ways to cut costs in all areas of our lives. I don’t do every tip but I do apply many of them to our budget.

My first tip for today is to hang your clothes on a clothesline. The weather has been very unpredictable so I have a chain that runs the length of my washroom. I can hang a good bit of clothing on the line. I do have a dryer that runs on natural gas but I like hanging sheets outside on a nice sunny day. An inside line would be better for those that have snow or allergies. I also wash a load every other to every 2 days instead of waiting for the weekend.

A Hair Raising Story

Nope not a horror story, unless you consider shaving your head one, but a story on hair. My son was begging me to shave his head so I did with a pair of clippers we have. I do have a couple of different size guards so I used a one. It was super easy to do and my hubby was impressed and asked for me to do his without a guard. He loves it and has told me it keeps him much cooler when working. He wanted to accept his fate since his hair is receding, but it really didn’t look bad.

A good pair of clippers from a box store is about $30-40. They both got their hair cut every 4 months so 4 cuts a year each. I’m still letting our son have a cut for Christmas time but most of the year it will be kept around a size 2 guard and a 1 for the summer. His cuts were $11 each so that saves me $33 a year. My husband’s cuts were $14 each, and he wants to keep his clipped all year so that saves $56 for a total of $89 per year! The clippers paid for themselves in 3 cuts. I have had these clippers for well over a year so hopefully they won’t need to be replaced for several years. I wasn’t good at actually cutting hair but this is something anyone can do.