My coffee is dripping and I'm ready to exchange ideas on how to save money on essential things we need to buy.
I thought I could be out of this house in a month without anything else going wrong I'd have to pay for.
Well, I had to have the Roto Rooter guy out here last night to clean the outside with the 160 foot snake due to I suppose tree roots. Ka-ching! $190. I sat on the front steps in my gown and robe in the cold wind holding my debit card, fearing what it was going to cost me this time.
Always something. Which is why I have to move somewhere where someone else has to pay for repairs.
I am always on the hunt to scrimp some more. Cut back. Try to find an area where I can squeeze the budget a little tighter.
In the new digs, 725 square feet, these are some of the thoughts I've had:
Since I won't have a washer/dryer, I plan to wash clothing by hand. I think I can probably get one of those shower tension rods and place it in the center of the shower over my head. I can then hang clothing there to dry.
Maybe I can put my collection of wash boards to good use! And see if I can find another wash tub and go old-fashioned. Might be fun! The movers crushed one leg of the one I had in Texas.
I plan to go to the laundromat they provide, which is $1.50 per load to wash or dry, about once per month. w to save money. For instance, I surely
In order to do this, I will use my four sets of sheets and then change them every week. I typically use a towel for 4-5 days, so that's no problem.
It's going to be a hassle with my ankle to do laundry there. So I plan to get a few cheap blankets and change them out instead of using quilts on top of the bed for summer. They will be lighter-weight and easier to wash.
I never used the dishwasher here, so doubt I will there. I found that the few times I used it here, it ran for something like two hours. No matter what setting you put it on. That's way too much usage of electricity and water.
I'm planning on cooking more. Eating better. I'll still do my alternating baked potatoes for supper, because it's so economical and the dogs love it too. But for lunches, I'm going to get a crock pot and start cooking meals in that. I have a whole Pinterest board on crock pot recipes. So I'm going to put them to use. No sense in heating up a home by turning on the oven in summer.
The floors will be laminate, so they should be easy and economical to clean.
Since I won't have to pay to have my yard mowed, I plan to treat myself to pretty container gardens on the back patio, which is bigger than your typical patio space and fenced in. I already have big pots I can use.
I will put at least one chair, and probably a table out there, and decorate it like an outdoor room. I'll just have to see what I can fit in that space.That will be fun. So I'll treat myself to some pretty plants and annuals so I can look out the patio doors and see my "garden."
I'll put my bird houses on the fence and decorate that up. That will be fun and is what I'm really looking forward to.
I'm going to take plants and cuttings from here once things start coming up. Every day I go out there and look for something green, but still just have winter brown.
I can already see that I'm probably going to have to drive farther to the things I have to do and can't do online. So I will have to budget for that. Might have to spend a little more than my typical $20 a month on gas. Hope not though.
This place, being 725 square feet, is 285 square feet smaller than this house. We'll see if that affects my utilities much.
What is your latest ideas to save on things you must have, or want to treat yourself to come spring?