On page 42 of The Complete Tightwad Gazette, Amy discusses the three ways in which she saves money: Buying items cheaper, making those items last longer and using those items less.
I would like to add to this list:
- Accept kindness
Bartering is self-explanatory. Accepting kindness is key. People like to feel as though they are helping. Why not let them? At some point, you will be able to return a kindness so there is no reason to feel bad about accepting anything.
- My aunt always gave me her children’s hand-me-downs. Once my children were done with these items, I passed them along to my sister whose daughters are younger than mine.
- My friend cuts my hair for free. We invited her on a trip to Salem with us.
- My friends and family give me all of their used candle holders, as well as their candle ends. Just before Thanksgiving, my daughter and I are making candles from the ends and using the holders. We will give these recycled candles to friends and family as gifts. They loved the idea so much last year, that they want to keep it going.
Here are some articles dealing with frugalness and the recession that I would like to share with you:
- Single mom families helping others
- What a single mom can do when her children bring home too much Halloween candy
- Favorite parenting and single mom books
- Favorite books for children
- Single moms: Grand opening of Keeping the Single Mom Home
- Great autumn themed projects for single moms and their children
- Tips for National Coupon Month
- Single moms 101: Can I still save money on school supplies for my children?
- Bangor, Maine back-to-school: Shopping for local school supplies
- Family park day
- Single moms 101: How can I save money on food?
- Single moms 101: How can I save money on clothing for my family?
- Single moms are affected by the recession: What can they do?
- Single moms can live frugal lives
Hope you all have a nice day.