Do more for your budget: Do less laundry!
I am really enjoying Earth Day week and all of the attention it is getting. The Des Moines Register ran an excellent feature this weekend about living green and frugally.
And I love that frugal living was featured in a “green” issue! Of course!
One of the articles offered ways to cut back on energy used in laundry. No need to buy a new energy-efficient washer, simply wash less laundry.
A great way to do this is to cut back on the number of towels you use in a week. If your family of four uses a towel each day, that is 28 towels to wash in a week. I am sure you can think of better things to do with your time and energy. The article suggested assigning each family member a color coded towel to use for the week. It makes perfect sense- you are clean when you dry off so the towel is not dirty-only wet.
I am not a proponent of spending money to make money, and purchasing all new towels is pricey. Use existing towels and let your family know who’s is who’s by making a cross stitch in the corner. It is easier to assign each family member a number than a color.
The same principle goes for hand-me-down clothing. Instead of labeling with a child’s name, put one cross stitch in the label for your oldest and add a stitch as the clothing is passed down.
Frugal living gets a bad rap because it seems like there is so much to do: hang laundry to dry, make your own laundry soap, search for deals on groceries. But the easiest way to do more for your budget is simply to do less.