Growing up, there were many financial ups and downs that I experienced. When I was young, my parents both worked professional jobs and earned a good living. When my brother was born, we experienced many changes: my mother stopped working to care for us full time. As a result, we had to tighten our family budget. It was during this time that I learned how to live frugally. This served us well later on, when my father retired unexpectedly in his fifties. Later on, when we were new immigrants in America, these frugal household hacks help us save money when our finances were tight.
With three young kids, a spouse who works full time and working more than full-time myself, our focus now are on time-saving household hacks. Some days, we call it a big win as long as everyone is fed and have clean-clothes on.
Being Frugal or Being Cheap?
Over the years, I have definitely driven my husband crazy sometimes with some of my ways. On the other hand, I have also learned how to balance living a good life while watching my expenses. Instead of cringing at every dollar or quarter I spend, I now look at the bigger picture. I look at the value of things instead of picking the cheapest option. Here are some time-saving and frugal household tips and tricks that may help make your life more efficient.
Cutting/tearing laundry dryer sheets in half.
I lived in the tropics as a child, so we have always hung our laundry out in the sun to dry. I used to be a big proponent of line-drying. Well, not anymore! With a family of 5, including 3 children, 2 working parents (and coming home to wet or frozen laundry more than once), this is a small luxury I allow myself. With how our busy our lives are, this allows me to spend more time with my family. I have found that using half a laundry dryer sheet works just as well as using the entire sheet. It also reduces the film that laundry dryer sheet leaves in the lint trap. Win-win.