In today’s current economy there are a lot of problems and questions that arise when you consider what the best savings options are. Do you cut coupons? Sew your own clothes? Make your own candles? Is it a viable solution to save money by re-purposing old and hand me down items and giving them a new purpose in life? There are a ton of ways to cut corners and costs in order to make your paycheck stretch farther and here are some of the ways that have been proven time and time again to work.
There is a wide variety of websites that have been created in the last few years that promote re-using and re-purposing old and hand me down items and turning them into something new. For example a can of spray paint and a bottle of modge podge (an adhesive glue that dries clear and leaves a shinny or matte finish depending on which one you buy) can go a long way in terms of do it yourself home decor. Buying a length of lace from a thrift store can go a long way if you want to spruce up some old or stained clothing (it’s amazing how easy and effective it is to fill in torn areas with lace or to cover up stains). Old band t-shirts or jeans can easily become a warm blanket if you have some sewing know-how, even basic knowledge of how to sew can lead to some amazing results with just a little amount of time.
Gardening has also been experiencing a resurgence in recent years, if you have a small swatch of lawn, a window, or even a roof top that is easily accessible then it is easy to have a small garden of some sort. There are a lot of vegetables that are surprisingly easy to grow from left over vegetables: You can cut the roots off of green onions and plant them to produce more green onions, a heart and root section from a head of lettuce can grow more lettuce, and root vegetables like turnips and carrots can be regrown from the top sections of the respective plants. Herbs are also easy to grow and generally having fresh herbs mixed into your cooking usually leads to fuller flavors and more abundant tastes, herb gardens are especially handy if you don’t have a lot of space for a full garden.
Shows like ‘Extreme Couponing’ brought the lost art of coupon clipping back into the light. It defiantly takes a lot of time and energy but sometimes it can lead to amazing results. A lot of stores also have a membership card associated with them and it is generally going to be in your best interest to have these cards available. Most of the time stores have deals that are only available when you use their card as a perk for being a returning customer.
Overall it can be hard to save, with bills and unforeseen expenses, but being a little bit thrifty and a little bit crafty can go a long ways. It can take a little bit of time at first but a little perseverance and determination can go a long way.