Every Little Helps

Every time I…

Squeeze the last little drop out of the shower gel bottle:

Glue and polish my boots:

Fill my water bottle or insulated coffee cup before leaving the house:

Pack the lunch:

Turn the thermostat down and pop an extra jumper on:

Patch up a pair of jeans:

Walk to school in the rain instead of hopping in the car:

Hand make a birthday card:

Make from scratch pizza instead of having one delivered:

It helps…

I just need to remind myself from time to time. 😉

How about you? What little thing do you think helps?

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  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn October 22, 2012, 12:41 pm

    You’ve done a nice job of reminding us of all of the basics of not wasting things in everyday life. In addition, my family needs to work more on turning off things when they’re not using them to save electricity.

    • simplybeingmum October 22, 2012, 12:49 pm

      That’s the one the Hubby reminds me about the most. I’m not particularly forgetful but he’s still more on the ball than I. As my eyesight has deteriorated I find low light difficult, but rather than flicking a switch, I really must get into the habit of putting my glasses on!

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn October 22, 2012, 12:41 pm

    You’ve done a nice job of reminding us of all of the basics of not wasting things in everyday life. In addition, my family needs to work more on turning off things when they’re not using them to save electricity.

    • simplybeingmum October 22, 2012, 12:49 pm

      That’s the one the Hubby reminds me about the most. I’m not particularly forgetful but he’s still more on the ball than I. As my eyesight has deteriorated I find low light difficult, but rather than flicking a switch, I really must get into the habit of putting my glasses on!

  • marie October 22, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Actually that’s a good point, it all adds up at the end of the month. I had a colleague in CT who was very aware of that and moved his car during lunch and back at the end of the break to avoid paying an extra dollar fifty or so. At first I was surprised but then he said: well if I do that 6 days a week, that’s over 20 bucks at the end of the month I can spend on something else. I see it now more than ever. I live in Europe now, and going to Starbucks is insanely expensive. Buying bottled water costs a good 1.5 to 3 euros depending where you go. So by filling my water bottle everyday, at the end of the month I save up over 50 bucks!
    That an making pizza with friends or family is always fun! It’s not only about saving up, it’s also about the little things that make it fun! =o)

  • marie October 22, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Actually that’s a good point, it all adds up at the end of the month. I had a colleague in CT who was very aware of that and moved his car during lunch and back at the end of the break to avoid paying an extra dollar fifty or so. At first I was surprised but then he said: well if I do that 6 days a week, that’s over 20 bucks at the end of the month I can spend on something else. I see it now more than ever. I live in Europe now, and going to Starbucks is insanely expensive. Buying bottled water costs a good 1.5 to 3 euros depending where you go. So by filling my water bottle everyday, at the end of the month I save up over 50 bucks!
    That an making pizza with friends or family is always fun! It’s not only about saving up, it’s also about the little things that make it fun! =o)

  • marie October 22, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Actually that’s a good point, it all adds up at the end of the month. I had a colleague in CT who was very aware of that and moved his car during lunch and back at the end of the break to avoid paying an extra dollar fifty or so in parking fees. At first I was surprised but then he said: well if I do that 6 days a week, that’s over 20 bucks at the end of the month I can spend on something else. I see it now more than ever. I live in Europe now, and going to Starbucks is insanely expensive. Buying bottled water costs a good 1.5 to 3 euros depending on where you go. So by filling my water bottle everyday, at the end of the month I save up over 50 bucks!
    That, and making pizza with friends or family is always fun! It’s not only about saving up, it’s also about the little things that make it fun! =o)

  • marie October 22, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Actually that’s a good point, it all adds up at the end of the month. I had a colleague in CT who was very aware of that and moved his car during lunch and back at the end of the break to avoid paying an extra dollar fifty or so in parking fees. At first I was surprised but then he said: well if I do that 6 days a week, that’s over 20 bucks at the end of the month I can spend on something else. I see it now more than ever. I live in Europe now, and going to Starbucks is insanely expensive. Buying bottled water costs a good 1.5 to 3 euros depending on where you go. So by filling my water bottle everyday, at the end of the month I save up over 50 bucks!
    That, and making pizza with friends or family is always fun! It’s not only about saving up, it’s also about the little things that make it fun! =o)

  • Sharron October 22, 2012, 3:53 pm

    I do all of those htings Jo except make cards and take coffee, mainly because i can’t find a decent bottle, where is yours from?

    Now the little things i do are….. Batch cook things like spag bol and chilli (ready meals 🙂 ) dont buy kitchen roll, only run a full load of washing, dryer used occasionaly. I keep the kids school shoes polished and protected against rain. And , thanks to you, bake my own birthday cakes 🙂

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum October 23, 2012, 11:59 am

      So glad you are still baking Sharron! The bottle was off the internet… but you can get them in all sorts of places such as Go Outdoors. I’ve even seen metal ones in Home Bargains.

  • Sharron October 22, 2012, 3:53 pm

    I do all of those htings Jo except make cards and take coffee, mainly because i can’t find a decent bottle, where is yours from?

    Now the little things i do are….. Batch cook things like spag bol and chilli (ready meals 🙂 ) dont buy kitchen roll, only run a full load of washing, dryer used occasionaly. I keep the kids school shoes polished and protected against rain. And , thanks to you, bake my own birthday cakes 🙂

    Sharron x

    • simplybeingmum October 23, 2012, 11:59 am

      So glad you are still baking Sharron! The bottle was off the internet… but you can get them in all sorts of places such as Go Outdoors. I’ve even seen metal ones in Home Bargains.

  • dollymixtures4me October 22, 2012, 8:49 pm

    I’ve stopped buying fabric conditioner, foil trays for freezing (I re use margarine tubs instead), and carrier bags. I try and have one or two car free days and no spend days each week too. : )

    • simplybeingmum October 23, 2012, 11:59 am

      I like the no-spend day idea very much! Going to have to give them a go!

  • dollymixtures4me October 22, 2012, 8:49 pm

    I’ve stopped buying fabric conditioner, foil trays for freezing (I re use margarine tubs instead), and carrier bags. I try and have one or two car free days and no spend days each week too. : )

    • simplybeingmum October 23, 2012, 11:59 am

      I like the no-spend day idea very much! Going to have to give them a go!

  • Clare October 23, 2012, 12:44 am

    Great reminder! Thanks Jo! Things we do over here: mending socks. I feel like I am forever mending socks! But if you get the holes early enough you can make them last for ages. I haven’t bought water bottles for literally years! I love my stainless steel bottle, I swear it makes the water taste nicer 🙂 We always make our own cards, and (almost always) cook from scratch. Except the last couple of weeks when I was sick and just couldn’t summon up the energy to make pizza after teaching on Friday! It really is the little things that make the difference 🙂

    • simplybeingmum October 23, 2012, 12:01 pm

      It sure is the little things that make the difference. Particularly when you’ve parred down so much there’s little else to make a saving on. I’ve just thrown away some socks – maybe I should have repaired them? I may have a go at knitting a pair 🙂

  • Clare October 23, 2012, 12:44 am

    Great reminder! Thanks Jo! Things we do over here: mending socks. I feel like I am forever mending socks! But if you get the holes early enough you can make them last for ages. I haven’t bought water bottles for literally years! I love my stainless steel bottle, I swear it makes the water taste nicer 🙂 We always make our own cards, and (almost always) cook from scratch. Except the last couple of weeks when I was sick and just couldn’t summon up the energy to make pizza after teaching on Friday! It really is the little things that make the difference 🙂

    • simplybeingmum October 23, 2012, 12:01 pm

      It sure is the little things that make the difference. Particularly when you’ve parred down so much there’s little else to make a saving on. I’ve just thrown away some socks – maybe I should have repaired them? I may have a go at knitting a pair 🙂

  • Economies of Kale October 23, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Great post on all the little things we do to be frugal. You reminded me I need to glue the sole back on my boots. I also try to take food and a water bottle absolutely everywhere, which saves money, and try to keep all lights and appliances off when they’re not in use.

  • Economies of Kale October 23, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Great post on all the little things we do to be frugal. You reminded me I need to glue the sole back on my boots. I also try to take food and a water bottle absolutely everywhere, which saves money, and try to keep all lights and appliances off when they’re not in use.

  • Trish October 23, 2012, 11:50 pm

    what are you using to glue your boots? My riding boots are in a similar state.

  • Trish October 23, 2012, 11:50 pm

    what are you using to glue your boots? My riding boots are in a similar state.

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