I guess my frugal tip would be the following:
Buy used baby gear (when necessary) on craigslist or through local flea markets/secondhand shops (like Goodwill). You can find a lot of good buys (especially for almost-new clothing when children are growing rather rapidly).
Old infant baby clothes can be recycled by sewing the tops of the bodices to towels and making cute hanging towels to use as dishtowels or the like (they can be hung from anything with a handle).
You're welcome tinyhousemama!
I was worried that feeding shells would cause them to eat their own eggs but it hasn't.
We make sure that the shells are cleaned out well when we use the eggs.
Leave them all in an open bowl on the counter.
When we have enough, I grind them in the food processor, but crushing in a bag would work just as well.
Found that some of the hens were being picky and refusing to eat them, so we sprinkle some in their feed once in a while in addition to leaving a bowl out.
I use reusable napkins, don't use paper plates,hand me downs for kids (I alter the clothes as necessary), If I can make it / grow it at home I do. Make my own apple sauce ...etc
My best tip is to get pregnant right after a friend or relative has a baby. Ha!
Seriously, accept lots of hand-me-downs. Especially for baby gear, like swings and bouncers, which most children only appreciate for a short time, if at all. Anything that can possibly be outgrown can be handed down in good condition, so let people know what you don't have and keep your ears open. By postponing purchases as long as possible, we've gotten all sorts of free stuff, from cribs to coats.
My tip is to try to minimize the use of your car if you can. I have been transporting my two children in a bike trailer, on a half wheeler, and in a kid's bike seat when the weather isn't inclement. I get exercise (no more gym membership) and we still get to where we need to go. Gas is so expensive, we save about $60 a week doing this. Plus, the children have fun! DH does it as well.
Save the ends of your bread, set them on your counter to get "stale" and crush into bread crumbs. My DH and DS eat sandwiches almost every day, so we get lots of ends! I haven't bought bread crumbs in months.
*bonus if you make your own bread!*
Vinegar and baking soda will clean everything in your house. Don't waste your money buying toxic cleaners for bathrooms, kitchens, floors, windows....etc. Vinegar is cheap and works well!
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My frugal tip would be to never leave home without healthy snacks and drinks. My daughter has been wearing a little backpack since she was 2 years old. Inside is a change of clothes, a toy or two and snacks. If a little trip outside the home has taken longer then expected. I can avoid buying food that is unhealthy and expensive. It has saved me quite a bit over the years.
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