Are you interested in saving money? If you answered yes, these homemaking skills are a must for you.
Homemaking is truly an art. It’s not just staying at home and doing the housework. Being a homemaker means that you keep your house running smoothly and feeling comfortable. You provide healthy and nutritious meals and of course keep your house clean as well as make your house feel like a home. This may sound overwhelming but I assure you it’s not. Check out How To Love Being A Homemaker for tips on making homemaking more enjoyable.
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Just by being a homemaker you are saving money. You aren’t paying for laundry service or cleaning services and if you have kids you aren’t paying for childcare. I was inspired by this book to use the homemaking skills that I have to live a simpler and more frugal life. I’ve talked about The Finnish Way before in this post about bringing hygge into your living room.
Fix or mend your own clothing. Even if you’re not good at sewing you can still manage to mend a few clothing items. Let’s face it, if you have kids you understand the alarming rate at which they get holes in the knees of their pants or leggings. You can save a good amount of money by simply applying a patch, sewing the hole closed or re-purposing the ripped pants into shorts or capris.
Learn to crochet or knit. Knitting your own dishcloths will save you money. You’ll pay between $2 and $5 for a skein of dishcloth yarn and get three to four dishcloths from that one skein. You can check out my favorite yarn to use here. You can also knit or crochet gifts for people instead of spending tons of money. Homemade gifts are always a big hit. Knitted dishcloths are great for cleaning rags as well. Once they are worn out and faded, re-purpose them into cleaning rags instead of using store bought cleaning wipes. For some easy dishcloth knitting patterns click here.
Make your meals at home. This is as simple as it sounds. Instead of spending $30 on drive through food for your family you can cook an entire meal for them for between $5 and $15. We eat out once a week, the rest of the nights are planned out and cooked at home. I recently started meal planning for an entire month at a time and it’s saved us around $400 a month. Make sure to grab your free meal planners here.
Hang your laundry to dry. Even if you don’t hang every load of laundry you can save money by hanging even two loads of laundry to dry per week. There are a few options when it comes to hanging your laundry to dry. You can use a clothes line, make your own clothes line by running rope from two high points in your yard, use a drying rack inside, or use whatever you have. I’ve put an entire load of laundry on hangers and hung them in various spots around my house. My favorite method is a clothes line. As an added bonus your clothes will smell so fresh when you bring them in.
Grow your own produce. Growing a garden isn’t as hard as you might think. Not only will this save you money, it’s a great activity for the whole family. If you’re new to gardening I would suggest checking out these books to help you get started. If you live in an apartment or don’t have a huge yard I would suggest container gardening.
Make your own soap. This is something I started doing a few years ago as a hobby. Making your own soap isn’t as hard as you might think. My favorite thing about making my own soap is that I can add in pretty much anything I want. If you want your soap to smell like coffee and exfoliate, you add coffee grounds. Here are some great books and products to help you get started making your own soap.
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