When I first started Family Friendly Frugality, I knew I wanted to approach frugal living from a very relaxed and welcoming mindset. I wanted to create a blog about frugal living that didn’t leave people feeling overwhelmed or less than when they walked away.
The main complaint I hear about saving money nowadays is that it is too darn overwhelming to know where to begin. If you have $20,000 in credit card debt, is clipping a few coupons realistically going to make much of an impact to your bottom line? If you are drowning in student loans and house payments, is living within your means even possible?
The answer to all of the above is yes. While the small things you do might not add up to financial freedom, they do make a big difference. Some of them will chip away at your debt or create more wiggle room in a tight budget. Some of them will simply give you more confidence and a self esteem boost, proving to yourself that you can save money!
So I am starting a Make a Change Monday series where I will simply give you one task to work on for the week. You might already be doing it…so you get to skip that week! If not though, try it out and see if it makes a difference! I’ll keep them small manageable changes that don’t require a lot of effort or learning the drugstore game .
This week’s Make A Change Task:
I can’t even remember where I initially heard about this, but it’s a great idea. All those memos that make their way home from school? Use the backs of them for taking notes, writing grocery lists, or scrap paper for the kids.
When you think of how much paper we waste every single year by printing on just one side, it kind of makes you want to weep for the trees just a bit! Make use of every bit of paper space by not allowing a page to even touch the trash/recycling bin unless every square inch of it has served a purpose!
Try to designate a spot for all the scrap paper in your house so you can still stay organized, and consider stamping or making an X on the used side of paper so everyone knows it is scrap paper and not something important. You know, so you are all on the same page (pun intended).
This way you are thrifty AND green 😉
What do you do to conserve paper?
Previous Make a Change Monday Tasks.