I know from reading the posts here and from my own experience that money is very tight for many people. Some of us can't work or can't find work. I thought it might be helpful if we started a thread on how to save money--even a little here and there. I have a few ideas:
--I'm planning a garden and growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, some herbs, peas, beans, and strawberries. I plant as many as I can in pots on my deck, since it's handy to step outside the kitchen and grab what I need. There are lots of 'container gardening' seeds available.
--I'm very fussy about any lights that are turned on in the house and don't need to be. Saves a tiny bit of money to turn them off.
--Thrift stores are great! We have a local one here and I even found a nice kitty bed for my cats for a couple of dollars.
--our church has a yearly clothing swap--$1 per bag. Super deal!
--I line dry my clothes after washing them and in the winter I hang them on racks in the basement to dry, then the next day, I put them in the dryer for about 10 minutes, to soften them.
--Am working on some crafts to sell (hopefully) but it's slow going. Still, I do some every day, if possible, and having a goal keeps me moving!
--hate to buy garbage bags, so I save any other large bag that works. Over-sized bags from Wal-Mart are a favorite. I've even put garbage in empty birdseed and cat food bags, then stapled the top shut. And if I get a 'donate' bag in the mail, and I have nothing to donate at the time, I use the bag for garbage. Would rather spend my money on other things than garbage bags!
-I sign up for 'freebies' on sites like Wal-Mart and Target (many other freebie sites online, if you do a search). One thing about that, though, is that evidently one of the sites I signed up for a while back (not sure which) passed my address, phone and email on and now I get lots of junk mail and telemarketing phone calls. Still not sure which one; however, they started in like crazy after I requested to be removed from a senator's newsletter. Hmm....
--instead of buying music CDs or tapes, I listen online to my favorites. I like the Monkees top 100 playlist!