It is rare when one has money but has no idea what to do with it. I don’t know about you but I enjoy having money in my pocket! It certainly beats not having any! I have been holding back my $20 to start my money-saving cycle for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons was that I kept forgetting to pick up the items when I went out. The second reason was that I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to get. Everyone at Going2Natural was blogging about their amazing recipes and seemed so sure about what they wanted to spend their money on. I felt rather lost when I had time to consider all the ways I could go with this $20 burning a hole in my pocket. Feeling confused I decided to do what everyone does when they need an objective counselor.
I made a list of my monthly expenses to see where the Money Saving Cycle would be best applied.
I looked down at what I spent my money on. It seemed that most of the money I spent went to food and laundry detergent. My car is currently broken down so I am not spending the money on gas. There was little I could do to save money on litter and cat food. My cat has a food allergy so he can only eat one brand of food. Sadly, this costs about $12.00 for a medium size bag. I wasn’t surprised that we spent so much money on food, especially meat. With these thoughts in mind I have decided to spend my $20 wisely. The first thing I bought with my Natural Money Saving Cycle money was four boxes of Arm & Hammer baking soda for seventy-seven cents each. The laundry detergent recipe that I was mimicking required essential oil, epsom salt, and washing powder. I was fortunate in that I had everything I needed with the exception of baking soda.
This means I still have $18.46 to spend on any future endeavors. Looking at my list I realized that I needed to spend less money on food. It was without a doubt the main category which took up the most money. I had done what I could to reduce the food bill. I started buying vegetables by the piece instead of by the bag. It can be surprising the amount of money you can save when you cook day by day. I’ve observed that it goes in extremes. People either tend to buy a little every day or the buy in bulk. Both approaches work to a certain extent.
My Mother and I implemented meatless days to save on food. It sometimes feels like I am slowly becoming a vegetarian, not due to any moral concerns (I do buy organic meat when it is possible) but rather an economic response. It is with this in mind that I have decided to spend that money on starting a square foot container garden (boy, I hope those already exist!). Square foot gardening has been around for some time and it has always held my interest. I already have the containers for the garden but I now need to find the best soil and some seeds. I want to do something like the group “Food Is Free” in Texas is doing. I think it would be great to share my rewards with my neighbors!
If (and this is a big IF) my gardening skills improve to where I can produce….produce……(get the joke? No? Ok, moving on.) I will save tons of money on vegetables, herbs, and spices. It is something I look forward to. I haven’t decided which soil I should buy yet since I am trying to figure out planting cycles, what I should plant and what type of soil the plants will need. I am also a little grossed out by some of the ingredients in the soil.
I am lucky since I have found some gardening utensils so the only thing I need to get is the proper soil and Non-GMO seeds. I have found a seed supplier for a decent price but I need to do a little more research before I bravely go into the great beyond of gardening.
I’ll keep you posted on how it all works out.