How I Saved Money at Home in January

Like a lot of people, I made a major goal this year to really focus on saving money to pay off some debt, save for a vehicle I know we’ll need soon enough, work on paying down our mortgage and have money to put towards our 1950’s fixer upper never ending list of needed repairs. Here is how I saved money at home in January.

I’m hoping to update each month all the little things I did to keep myself motivated and accountable. I’d love to hear from you all too what you are doing. I always love to get great ideas from other people!

How I Saved Money at Home in January:

Saving Money on Health:

I held off an ear infection by treating myself with home remedies. Saved money and time by not having to go to the doctor for antibiotics. I saved money not having to buy antibiotics and it saved my gut a whole lot of problems from antibiotics. Sometimes antibiotics are needed, but in this case I was so grateful to have been able to hold off from taking them.

I really recommend this ear oil.

My mom gave my son a haircut. 

Potty trained my 2 year old and continue to use mostly cloth diapers on my infant.

How I Saved money in my Home:

Kept thermostat down lower and supplemented with fireplace and gas oven heat (planned meals that require the oven more often) so that the heater only runs at night.

When we had a random really warm week, we switched to fans in the window and not running the oven to keep the house comfortable. 

Sadly though towards the end of the month, we had our fireplace looked at to be cleaned and it turns out it isn’t safe to use in it’s current state. The estimated repairs are $2400!  I adore the fireplace and using it to supplement heat, so I was really sad to hear this.  My husband has started the repairs and thinks he can do almost all of them himself which will save a ton of money!

I put up clothesline which I have been wanting to do for some time!  We do at a minimum a load a day, average is 2 loads a day and sometimes there is more!  So I think using a line to dry most of our laundry will help save on the electric bill.  It should also reduce the wear and tear on our clothes so they last longer. 

How I Saved Money at Home in January
Clothesline I put up!

How I Saved Money In the Kitchen:

I told a friend about Walmart Grocery Pick up and she made an order so we both got $10 off an order. If you haven’t tried doing grocery pick up, definitely check it out. It’s so helpful in preventing impulse buys and keeping you on your budget, but its a time saver and SO convenient. I wish I had started doing it sooner.

If you would like $10 off your first order for Walmart Grocery pickup, send me an email at makinghomesimple@gmail.com and I can send you a link.

Made lots of loaves of homemade bread in my bread machine.

I cook a lot more in the oven this time of year to use that extra heat to our advantage.

Sadly the ignitor in our gas oven went out.  We were able to save money by having my husband order the part and install it himself. 

Some frugal meals included:

  • Eggs and not just for breakfast.
  • Beans and Rice with Salsa (Cheese and sour cream for the kids). This actually makes a pretty easy lunch with the help of my electric pressure cooker.
  • Soup made from leftover roasted chicken.
  • Leftover oatmeal (or granola) muffins for the kids.
  • I made johnny cakes for fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Saving Money in the Garden:

Harvested lettuce, arugula and cilantro from the garden. The most exciting is the snap peas I planted are finally flowering and growing. We’ve started eating the first snap peas. We love them so much and they are a simple healthy snack for the kids that gets them excited about the garden. About half of them collapsed for some reason, but we still have the other half of the bed and I’m planting more. 

Continue to compost daily, I love taking trash and turning it into wonderful free fertilizer for the garden. Taking the compost bowl to the pile daily is my 6 yo job ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I planted more snap peas, broccoli, cabbage and kale seeds that I already had in my seed box. And I used compost that I made during the summer.  Cabbage, broccoli and kale were started in milk jug green houses to be planted later.  

Some of the drop cloth kitchen towels I sewed

How I Saved Money at Home in January by Sewing:

Bought some fabric and sheets from the thrift store to use for fabric. I plan to use the fabric to make some clothes for my kids, use for quilting and use for kids crafts. While we were there I found a couple great books for my kids to read and some skirts for my oldest daughter and myself. Some great finds on that trip! We got distracted and bought a stuffed animal chicken but it was too cute and made one of my other daughters awfully happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Made six kitchen towels from some of the leftover dyed drop cloth (from my Drop Cloth Curtain Project that failed. Check out How to Make Drop Cloth Kitchen Towels to learn how I made them.

The best of all lately! Found online that people get sheets/fabric and from the thriftstore and use it for sewing fabric. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before! Love out of the box ideas like this. I’ve made a few trips so far.

Another wonderful idea I came across is repurposing the fabric in clothes!  I decided to tell my small group from church about my interests and one friend said she plans to donate fabric and clothes to me.  Found a couple really cheap items at thrift to repurpose.

Made my first pair of pants for one of my daughters out of a piece of fabric I got at the thrift for $1.69 and there’s quite a bit of the fabric left. 

My 9 yo daughter and I mended some holes in our towels. 

Not sewing but I finished knitting a pair of socks I had started probably a year ago ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice wool socks make such a difference in how warm you feel.

how i saved money at home in january
Homemade knit socks ๐Ÿ™‚

How I Saved Money on Gifts:

Was able to re-gift a really nice leather pouch that came with a belt my husband bought and wouldn’t use to our nephew. I think he will really enjoy it!

We made my mom a homemade dinner and had her over to celebrate her birthday. Gave her a stack of Grandma’s Knit Dishcloth.

How about you?

I hope you had a frugal month and enjoyed these tips on how I saved money in January at home.

How about you? What did you do to be frugal and save money at home? I would love to hear! Let me know in the comments below!