Let's Talk SAHM - Idea Sharing for Budget Cuts!

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Let's Talk SAHM - Idea Sharing for Budget Cuts!
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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 9:39am

Being a SAHM has so many benefits for everyone involved. It also requires sacrifices and sometimes it just doesn't work out on paper or anywhere else.

Jules - Happily married and Momma to DS, DD and expecting our Caboose Baby 11/24/2012


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Great thread and ideas, Jules! I'm not a mother yet but DH and I decided I will be a SAHM!

I have a yogurt machine but lost patience with it...Now I buy a good plain yogurt brand at Costco for a good price. DH has an old bread machine and I am itching to try it! I bake our breakfast goods with either whole wheat pastry flour or my own freshly ground flour. Boxed cereals are expensive and too sweet, so I make carrot, zucchini, banana and apple cakes as well as muffins of all kinds. I also make healthy apple crisp. I buy meat in bulk and freeze the rest. I do buy fish like salmon sometimes as it is so healthy! We get our organic produce during the summer and fall season through a CSA and it is quite cheap. Farmers' markets and local meat farms are also good!

I buy the Costco brand for laundry soap but wish to make it at home! I already have Borax but I can't find washing soda anywhere! I hardly ever buy clothes. I still have a gift card for a clothing store and after that, I'd be willing to try second hand places or learn how to sew. That goes for children toys and games as well! I've heard it's practical!

As others have already mentioned: breastfeeding, cloth diapers and wipes save a ton of money. I am yearning to learn other skills such as making my own soap and planting a vegetable garden when we have a house. We cut our cell phone and cable plans so we only have Internet and home phone. We only have one car that we bought used and is paid off. We have no debt. I think saving is all about really evaluating every purchase! Also, automatic transfers into a savings account as though it is a bill to be paid really helps.

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We are new to having me as a SAHM, but here are some things that we do:

- I use less laundry soap than the directions on my package say - my HE stuff says use 4 pumps, I use 2-3 depending on how dirty the load is.

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You're doing great, Melissa! Thanks, I went on their Canadian site, but they don't have it...I'll keep looking for it! The other online places I found have very expensive shipping so I will try ordering it in a store. I found it here at one store but it was $9 for a tiny quantity! I guess not many people use it anymore...

I am thinking perhaps using an indoor clothes dryer as DH has pollen allergies so I could never dry our clothes outside...

I want to add as well to make homemade baby food, which I am sure costs a lot less than store bought! Asking friends with kids if they have any items they don't use anymore, yard sales, online discount stores, closing store sales, etc.

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