Becoming a Frugal Momma: DIY


My mom always used to joke that I could go into a store with 5 dollars, buy what I wanted, and still come out with 5 dollars. What can I say? I’ve always been a bit of a penny-pincher. I think a good bit of that stemmed from 5 am wake-up calls to go to yard-sales with my mom and grandma. Those were some good times.

I also learned the value of a dollar from not having any. Now that I think back on it, I grew up pretty poor but I never needed anything. I may have wanted for stuff, but never did I go without shelter, food, or clothing. Now that Hubby is a Roughneck and I’m a stay-at-home momma, I feel a strong pull to help our family live well while not indulging in crazy spending. (But, hey, to each his/her own!)

If you’ve read my earlier post, 5 Ways to Make and Save Money, you already know that I’m all about saving money and earning extra cash. Oh, you haven’t read it? What are you waiting for? Go read it. I’ll wait….

You’re back! Fantastic! Lets move on.

One of my recent experiences with becoming a frugal momma has been DIY projects. This was inspired by finding the Simply Domestic Me blog. While it hasn’t been updated in almost a year, the tips already posted are awesome. I’ve made the homemade Clorox anywhere spray and it’s worked perfectly. This got me to thinking, “What else do I use a lot of that I could make at home?” The answer? Baby wipes! I started searching and found a recipe on YouTube by Britneyandbaby. While the baby wipes came out pretty good, I will use a thicker, more durable paper towel next time. The greatest part about both projects? I already had everything needed already in my house! (Good thing too. I was about to be out of wipes!)

My success with these two DIY projects has me considering trying others. Thanks to Pinterest, I have a large list forming that involves everything from laundry detergent to porch furniture! You should probably keep checking in to see what I try to make next!

What DIY projects have you completed? What household money saving tips or tricks do you have? Leave a comment below or tweet me: @Ofwjaimie

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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