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21 Frugal Living Tips for Single Moms and Dads

Updated on July 15, 2016

Frugal Living for Single Parents

My mom was single for part of the time I was growing up. Even when she was married, she was frugal. With four kids, our family couldn’t be extravagant. Sure, we grew up relatively poor, but we had a lot of fun and were happy and healthy kids. My mom was—and still is—very frugal, and I’m proud to have learned those skills and values from her. Here are 21 thrifty things I saw my mother do, many of which I practice myself. These frugal living tips aren't just for single moms--or single dads--but they work for everybody!

My raised vegetable garden
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Tips for Living Frugally

1. Enlist help from your kids, if they’re old enough. I remember mowing, cleaning house, helping in the garden, and doing my own laundry. And when we got old enough, we all got part-time jobs to help with our miscellaneous expenses. I was even able to save some money for college!

2. Make cheap meals. To this day, I still love pinto beans and cornbread. Mom would fry potatoes or okra, or serve some other vegetable from the garden. While we didn't eat expensive foods, we always had wholesome and tasty meals.

3. Cook simple meals with the children. Do it together, make it fun, and, chances are, they’ll carry on this tradition into their adult lives. Collect simple recipes from other moms, family, and friends. Or google some!

4. Grow your own vegetables. If you have little time, consider growing a few of your favorites. My mom was a superwoman who kept up a pretty big garden, which saved us a ton of money. She canned or froze whatever we couldn't eat fresh. As for me, while I don't go all out like my mother did, I do try to keep up with a raised vegetable bed.

More tips on saving money on food . . . .

5. Rarely eat out. I didn’t have much fast food as a kid. Occasionally, Mom would treat us to a pizza. These days, however, you can find some really good frozen or deli pizzas that cost much less and are often just as good. Kids who have regular homemade meals are healthier and grow up appreciating "real" food.

6. Don’t throw out leftovers. Get creative with them. Freeze bits of veggies together to make stew later. Many foods freeze well. One of my favorite leftover meals were the “tater cakes” that my mom made from leftover mashed potatoes. Yummy!

7. Teach kids to eat the proper amount of food. Don’t let them get more food on their plates than they can eat. And don’t let them gorge. Besides costing more in groceries, letting kids eat more than they need can lead to weight issues.

8. Get creative with snacks. Kids don’t need sugary, salty, or fatty snacks in excess. Besides being unhealthy, they’re expensive. Give them peanut butter on crackers or bread with a touch of honey. Apple slices with peanut butter are good. Give them a piece of dark chocolate between two graham crackers (melted in the microwave) for a snack much healthier and cheaper than cookies.

More Thrifty Living Tips

9. Stock up on sale items. It wasn’t unusual for Mom to have several bottles of ketchup in the pantry if she caught it on sale. Or extra meat in the deep freeze. I still do the same thing. It can save a lot of money on items that you use regularly.

10. Consider going to the dentist only once a year. Get your kids on a regular schedule of tooth-brushing and flossing in order to be able to stretch out dental check-ups. We used to have a chart where we would check off when we brushed our teeth, and it was fun!

11. Teach kids to conserve. Show them how little shampoo or toothpaste they actually need. Try this with various items. Kids usually pull out way too much toilet paper, for instance. Try reducing or eliminating paper towel usage altogether by using cloth. Most families go through common household items too fast; many of these items can be replaced or done away with completely. See how you can get your kids to cut back. It all adds up!

12. Don’t go to the movie theater. If you do, let it be for a special occasion. We didn’t even rent movies but found what we could on our three—yes, three—television stations that we got. Sure, the world is different today, but there’s still nothing more fun than sitting on the couch with three brothers, eating popcorn, and watching a scary movie together. Lots of squeals, laughter…and now, memories!

13. Cut your kids' hair yourself. It’s easy enough to trim off some dead ends here and there. I even experimented on my brother’s hair in college, and it turned out fine. Just cut where it’s been cut before; if you mess up, it will grow back. Watch one of the tutorials I've included if you need to. I didn’t have a professional haircut until I was out on my own. My mom even cut and dyed her own hair.

14. Buy clothing from thrift stores. While my mom sewed a lot of our clothing, that craft actually became more expensive over time than buying clothing on sale or in thrift stores. With more thrift stores around, buying even name-brand clothing there is a growing trend, even with those picky teenagers! If you have more than one child, there are always hand-me-downs, too. Even as the only girl in the family, I still wore them whenever possible.

15. Don’t wash clothing every time you wear it. If it’s not dirty or stinky, hang the item back up. No need to wash kids’ pajamas every day, either.

16. Take showers at night instead of in the morning. Getting clean before you go to bed will help your sheets to stay cleaner longer.

17. Turn off the water in the shower while shaving. Reduce electric and water usage by turning off the water when you shave your legs. Limit shower time, as well. Set a timer for the kids if you have to.

18. Re-use your bath towel. There's no need to wash a bath towel after every shower just because it's wet. Wash everyone’s towels once a week. You can even air them out in the sun between washings to kill any potential bacteria and keep them smelling fresh.

19. Turn lights out in rooms that you’re not using. Teach your kids to do the same. This practice quickly becomes habit.

20. Don't buy so many toys and gadgets. Kids don’t need every high-tech creation that comes out. Get your kids to play outside! And what’s wrong with board games or puzzles...or books? Saturdays are great for trips to the library to pick up free books to read for the next two weeks. When kids really insist on having an expensive item, teach them to be responsible with money by saving up allowances or birthday money to purchase the item.

21. Don’t be extravagant on holidays. Be creative. Consider homemade gifts. Make your own birthday cakes to save. Kids that are old enough to bake enjoy helping with this. Limit gifts to one or two. The most memorable Christmas I’ve ever had—and my little brothers would agree—was the year that my mom made us a homemade Christmas. She decorated jars to make piggy banks and jewelry boxes. She sewed up several things, including a five-foot long snake from scrap materials that she had. Thirty years later, that ratty snake is still a prized possession of my youngest brother.

Be creative in finding ways to save. I find it a challenge to continually find new ways. If you have additional ideas, please feel free to share them in the comment section below.

© 2012 Vicki L Hodges

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    • Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Victoria Lynn, I've been keeping up with your Hubs on living frugally, and I must say that you have been a huge inspiration. I can honestly say that I've never had it tough in my life. I'm a Boomer, and the jobs were always out there. But now, by being retired and on a fixed income, I do enjoy living frugally and saving money. It's the only way to go. Voted up and everything else.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Well, Arlene, I do appreciate that. I've always had jobs, but living frugally allowed me to buy my first house in my 20's, which I'm now renting out. It's not yet paid for, as I didn't know what I do now, but I have been able to buy a second house and get it over half paid for in just a couple of years. Now, I've had a forced job change--haha. Long story, but I'm going to focus more on the things I like, so this frugal living will come in handy until I can figure out where to go next. I still hope to have my mortgages paid for before I turn 50 (not too far away!). I think frugality can pay off by allowing us more freedom to do the things we want to do. To me, it's not a sacrifice but a way of life. Anyway, I digress. :-) Loved your comments--and votes!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Victoria, not only are we state neighbors, but we were raised the same. My mom taught me these great tips, too. I smiled when I saw you liked pinto beans and cornbread - a staple at our house then and now. Also, reusing towels is another thing I push at my house because of the way I was raised. This is a great hub!! Votes and shared!!

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      biancaalice 4 years ago from Southern California

      Great tips... loving frugal living and couponing... saves lots of money especially when you have kids.

      Voted up, shared!

    • Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Wow! That is sooooo impressive! I bought my first house at 28, but I found out the hard way that if your boyfriend or spouse is not on the same page as you when it comes to money, you are sunk! I am on my third house, and I will probably die in this one. Lucky for me, I finally married a man who will work with me on anything. I will probably pay off the house by the time I was supposed to retire (55). Which is a couple of years away. Or at least knock off a big chunk of it. I believe in home ownership. When you rent, you are at the mercy of your landlord and can be forced to move out in a hot minute. Since 2008, I've watch so many people move out of my neighborhood because the landlord decided to sell the house.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Very solid tips! I like the one about thrift stores - I've found clothes that still had tags on them. I also agree completely that we don't need to wash clothes every time they touch our bodies. Great hub - voted up and useful!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This advice is so useful that I don't think you can confine it to single moms. I'm not in that category and yet practice many of these tips. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, Susan! Yeah, that's neat that we're that close state-wise! And it sounds like our moms were on the same page, too. I learned so much from my mom! Thanks for voting and sharing. And reading and commenting, of course!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I would have a hard time arguing with any of these; great list and nice, clear way of presenting it.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, this brings back memories of my mum too, she was always so careful with food, growing our own veggies and trying desperately to make sure we didn't go without, these are still as good today as back then, and in fact probably even better the way things are so expensive, great advice, rated up! cheers nell

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      Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

      These are great tips for everyone, not just single moms. Eating at home and growing your own fruit, veg, and herbs makes a huge difference in my household. The leftover thing is important too! It's crazy how much food waste there is in this country.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      bianc--Thanks for reading and commenting. True--many folks with kids really have a challenge in making ends meet.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Arlene, I definitely believe in home ownership, too. I'm sure it's tough financially if the person you're with doesn't have similar goals, though. Thanks for your comments!

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      healthwriterbob 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Victoria,

      I agree with alocsin. This advice is not just for single moms. I use a lot of it myself, especially the parts about turning out lights and not being extravagant during the holidays. Voted up and useful. Sharing with my followers.

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      I too remember the days when there were only three channels. There were six kids in my family growing up, so a lot of this is familiar. I use a lot of these tips. Really great hub.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Victoria - I just linked this hub to my 'cheap tricks' hub for saving money - I'd like for readers to see your tips, too!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm glad you agree, Marcy, about the thrift stores and not washing clothes every time they're worn. Thanks for the votes!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      alocsin--You are right in that this advice works for everyone, not just single moms. I'm glad you said that, because I just revised the first paragraph to reflect that! Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, billybuc. These tips worked for my mom, and they continue to work for me. Thanks for the compliments about the presentation! :-)

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      Great ideas and I'm proud to say we do most of them! I need to work on the extravgent holiday thing though. You and your mom are inspiring! ;)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Nell! You're right. What worked then works now! Thanks for the great comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Maddie, it amazes me how wasteful people are with food. I can't throw anything away if it's still good. My mom would be proud (and is!). And, yes, these tips work for everyone; I revised the first paragraph in the hub to reflect that! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for sharing with your followers, healthwriterbob! I changed the first paragraph to reflect that these tips are good for everyone, not just single moms! Thanks for reading and voting!

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      Donaisabella 4 years ago from Fort Myers

      Well written Victoria, simple and straightforward. Thank you very much.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      All of these are good, solid tips, and some I have been taught by my mother as well. We use all of them, and I am happy that I learned how to live this way while I was young. In tough economic times, we are living on less than normal wages some months, and managing to survive, thanks to living frugally...

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you could relate, patchofearth!

      Marcy--Thanks for linking your hub to mine. I did the same with yours!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      SUCH good advice. I really do think that kids should be raised with a frugal lifestyle- regardless of a family's financial resources. It teaches all the right habits and values!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, roxanne! Our lack of extravagant holiday gifts has led us into adulthood, as some of us may buy gifts some years and some don't if it's not in the budget. And they're simple gifts when we do. We focus more on getting together and having fun. Thanks for the "inspiring" comment!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, donnaisabella. I like simple and straightforward myself!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      healthwealthmusic--It's really amazing how much people can do without....Thanks for the comments.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Well written! Some of these tips, such as turning the lights off, are applicable whether or not you are trying to save money. Every little bit still makes a difference.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Simone! I agree that living fugally teaches kids great habit and values! I wouldn't spoil kids extravagantly if I were a millionaire (which I do hope to be someday with all the money I save! haha). :-) Thanks for the comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, randomcreative! Glad you visited my hub!

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I LOVE, love, LOVE what you have shared here. I am doing most of them, which was kind of reassuring. But I still want to do more, as I feel like our expenses are still too high. I am seriously considering starting a garden this spring, as it seems like the next logical step for me since I love veggies and fruit and can't stand paying so much at the store each week. Thank you for sharing these tips!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Lots of great frugal living tips here! I love the ones about cutting your children's hair, reusing bath towels and eating less! Rated up across the board, Steph

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Vicki...loved the tips. Many of them, I use them myself :)

      Also...another good one is using energy saving bulbs and using the dishwasher/washer/dryer only when full.

      voted up as useful :)

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      These are all such great tips to live frugally! I have been trying to get my boys to turn the lights off when leaving a room - still a work in progress. Also trying to teach them they can wear their pajamas more than once which would save me at least a load of laundry a week. Very useful hub for all - voted up!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Well, EyesStraightAhead, I LOVE, love, Love, your comments! I love it when people appreciate frugal living tips and are already practicing most of them. It's a great way of life, I think! Thanks for validating that.

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I took a class at my church in 2010, Financial Peace University, and it changed the way I looked at money. The way you compiled all these tips into one reading was great because I was able to see I have come a long way. I came back today to look with my daughter and show her the garden pictures and she said we need to grow lots of watermelon and peppers. Now...to find a hub for great recipes that have watermelon and pepper! LOL Seriously, I am enjoying your hubs and look forward to reading much more from you.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      steph--My mom cut 4 kids hair our whole lives growing up! Think of all the money she saved. She taught me such valuable skills that have really come in handy when money is tight or just when I needed to save up for something I needed. Thanks for the comments and votes!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Ruchira, that's another good one. I don't remember if my mom did this one, but I also make sure I use the heat at the end of my dishwasher cycle by opening the door to warm up the room. Same with a hot oven! Thanks for the comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, alissa, stretch that laundry out! Every bit helps, huh? with money AND time! Glad you liked the hub. Good luck with your kids and the pjs! :-)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I love that you've included your kids in your money saving tips. By showing them how to save money in those small ways like cutting their hair and saving on laundry and clothing expenses, you are giving them an excellent basis for their future money management. Great hub!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      EyesStraightAhead--I listened to the course by Dave Ramsey! Although I had always been thrifty and good at saving money, it spurred me on! I realized that I can work hard to pay off my mortgage early to be free of that burden. There are so many ways we can cut back. I hope you and your daughter do well with your garden. Thanks for the awesome comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Stephanie H. My mom included us in all this, and I appreciate her for it.

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      LOVE Dave Ramsey and love the hub. We try hard to do a lot of these things. I use coupons, shop frugally, and LOVE consignment for clothes and books. Thrift stores and garage sales are great for buying books for my kids who love to read. These are so expensive when going to a book store, but 25-50 cents at garage or thrift stores. Have found almost all Magic Tree House and other books this way. I wrote a hub recently on "finding money in your budget". Sharing with others and voting up.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great comments and ideas TripleAMom. I may have to check out your money-saving, hub, too! Thanks for reading, sharing, and voting! :-)

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      Colleenmt 4 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      I love these tips. What a great example for the kids to live economically like this - not only will it benefit the family budget, it will teach them to avoid excess. Voted up.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Colleenmt. These tips not only save money but help children learn to do the same. Thanks for the great comments and vote!

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      veggie-mom 4 years ago

      Such a great hub with invaluable advice. We are a single income family and I enjoy finding ways to be more thrifty...I love your suggestion about freezing leftover vegetables for a stew! My kids enjoy crafts and when they are feeling creative, they head for the recycle bin to find cardboard boxes and plastic containers to construct with. It makes me so proud :)

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Victoria, this hub really brought it home for me. Growing up, my mom taught me how to be frugal and I've carried it through my 20's. The first time I watched a movie at a theater was when I was 15!

      Great hub, with awesome advice for anyone, not just single moms. :-)

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      grinnin1 4 years ago from st louis,mo

      Great hub and some really good advice! The garden, I'm working on, but I would love to get really good at growing and canning. Thanks for writing!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      veggie-mom--I love what you said about your kids reusing boxes and plastic for projects. That's so cool!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Turtlewoman! Yes, these tips are for EVERYONE! I just happened to learn them from my single mom. :-) Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you can relate!

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      Jeni Pari 4 years ago

      I love your tip on saving bits of leftovers and using them to make a stew. That is a great idea and I am going to try that one. To me there's nothing better than preparing a super delicious meal for my family that cost us next to nothing to make.

      Great Hub full of useful information, Thanks!

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      Loladusk 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC Canada

      This is great to see sharing all this, brought back memories for me for sure, growing up and making due, it teaches creativity and imagination, lots of great ideas.. thanks this is a really informative hub.. Cheers!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      grinnin1--I'm still working on how to garden, and the canning...Well, my mom says it's not too hard. I just have to get there. Thanks for the comments!

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      Angela Martinez 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      great hub victoria :) would have practice the same if i had the chance, but did not as i had to go overseas and work for a living and give the best to my children (2 grown up girls by now) much as that i can. good thing tho' it was my mom who reared them up while i'm away who did all those tips and taught my girls the value of every cent spent from years of sweat and tears i underwent being a solo hardworking mom. kudos to u and to all of us single mothers of the world!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Jeni. I love having a cheap, almost free meal based on items that other people might just throw away. A stew from leftovers is a perfect example. Glad you liked the hub!

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      Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      You've well described my life in the 50s & 60s when my Mom was widowed in '58. Good article...I was amazed that anyone would even THINK of only using a bath towel once!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Loladusk--Thanks for appreciating the hub. My mom taught me a lot about frugal living. Cheers to you as well!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Thank you for a wonderful article! Living frugally is the only way to go! I just wish that I had learned that much earlier in life. But finally, I'm getting it, and I find that the rewards of living what I like to call "sensibly" brings a deep soul and spiritual satisfaction as well. It's just the right thing to do. Full stop. I hope that if the economy begins on a boom path in future that people embrace the values of living simply. It is the right thing to do. We don't need all the "stuff" so many of us accumulate. It weighs on our bodies, minds, and spirits. Thank you again, and bless you for sharing.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kudos to you, angela! Glad you appreciated the hub!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Civil War Bob--I'm with you in your thinking about the bath towel. Actually, with many of these tips, they're so ingrained that I think why would people even think of doing things any other way! Thanks for the great comments.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Dancing Water. Living frugally just feels good and right! Great comments. Love them!

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      Ness 4 years ago from Australia

      Great tips! I'm not a mom yet, but many of the tips still applied to me. I especially liked tip 7 about eating the proper amounts of food. So often I prepare larger portions of food than I can actually eat and they are the types of meal that can't be reused as leftovers so go to waste!

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      Graham Gifford 4 years ago from New Hamphire

      I think the best advise from your hub is to teach our children these tips, not necessarily as a way to simply save money, but as a way of living one's life in harmony with others.

      Best Regards,

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      WebsiteConfetti--I'm not a mom except to animals and nieces--haha, but I was raised this way and still use the tips even just for myself. Living frugally can be a way of life for everyone!

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      xlorna 4 years ago from Western, MA

      Very useful! And it is good for everyone to follow, even if you don't feel tight on cash. Reading this list I realized my family did a lot of these things growing up - we lived relatively frugal. Now that I'm out of the house, I found out my parents have almost a million dollars in savings! (and I never even suspected we were "rich") And that's after putting four kids through college. Because my parents live smart, and taught us to do the same, my dad could afford to take my mom on a cruise that she's always wanted. They can live in their retirement worry free! You walk into my home, and it looks like a normal middle-class family, but my mom has a brand new car, all because they followed these tips.

      So useful. You can save so much and make your life easier later on.

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 4 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      Simplicity...an awesome article with some good old fashion sage advice!!! Thank you for sharing!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      alifeofdesign--Good point! Living simply isn't all about saving money. Well said.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      xlorna--Great story about your parents. I think that by living frugally people can have more later on. That's what I'm hoping for...an easier life later on. :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      picadilly--There's something to be said for simplicity. It feels good as a way of life, at least I think so!

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      Fullerman5000 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Although i am not a single mom, this is great advice for anyone who is trying to save. Great budget tips and great ideas for streching the almighty dollar. great hub. voted up and useful. sharing it on fb as well.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Fullerman--Thanks for passing along the info. It IS great for anyone who wants to stretch their money.

    • Grace 4 years ago

      Thanks Victoria for the tips for single mothers.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      That was interesting. I am from Ukraine and what is advised in your country as tips to save money is an everyday life of majority of people here :-). If anyone is a fan of frugal living just come to Ukraine or may be Russia (better in a warm time of the year :-) live in some simple family for a copule of weeks and you will not only write an artickle but a BOOOOOOOK (very thick) of how to do it! Joking of course... In fact it is a nice hub. I like it!

    • Mike 4 years ago

      It is important for all to save some money for old age. Look for some old age plans and save. http://www.micoequipmnet.com

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      melodylewis80 4 years ago from Texas

      Victoria, I do the same heat reclamation when I bake. I leave the door open so that I can warm the kitchen.

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      CarliFrenneman 4 years ago

      #6 is key!! I know so many people who "don't eat leftovers" as a principle and it's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I hate cooking so I actually make too much on purpose just so I can have leftovers...

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Grace! I think these tips can help everybody, but they were inspired by the practices of a single mother. :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Pavlo-Great comparison. I do know that many countries do live more frugally as a whole, while Americans can be wasteful. I do think that they are learning how to be thriftier, forced on by the economy of the last few years. Thanks for the great comment, pavlo!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Mike, sacrificing now to save money for old age is smart. Thanks for the comment.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      melodylewis--I do the same thing with the dishwasher, too!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Me, too, CarliF! I love leftovers. Will keep eating them or freeze them for later. Some people are so wasteful, refusing to eat them and throwing them out. I can't imagine!

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      annescripts 4 years ago from Gilbert, AZ

      This article is commonsense on steroids. You ROCK. Thanks for being the voice of reason in an increasingly insane world! Voted up.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      annescripts! YOU rock! I LOVE your comments. Commonsense on steroids--what a great phrase! :-)

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      LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

      Another idea that will save money and is good for the planet is to be creative with art supplies. Save old toilet paper and paper towel rolls, old/damaged cds, and applesauce cups and add them to your art bin. Kids love using this stuff for art projects.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, Laura, cool idea! Who woulda thought? :-)

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      cluebbert 4 years ago from Kansas City, MO

      Wholeheartedly agree! 2011 was the first Christmas we didn't go into debt!

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      ThomasBaker 4 years ago from Florida

      I learned a lot from this Hub. My grown children are very helpful (they live down the street from me). Unfortunately, I fail at cheap meals, eat out often, and get a "D" many of the other tips. I'm going to put them on my bulletin board in the kitchen

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      mbwalz 4 years ago from Maine

      Great tips. We do some of that as I married a thrifty Yankee whose mom is a Hosier! I learned some of this from my grandparents too. They never forgot the Depression!

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      Daddy Paul 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub great tips for everyone not just single moms.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      cluebbert--Good for you! I just don't see any reason to go into debt for Christmas! That's not what it's about.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I do 18 out of the 21 ... Dentist twice a year is a must as is clean laundry and going to the movies at least 3 times a month. The rest are fantastic ideas that I agree with! I can see why this hub is the #1 Best Hub right now!:)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ThomasBaker--Shame on you, haha! Yes, post these tips, cut your food expenses, and save your savings for a rainy day! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's great, mbwalz! I think I'm too much of a Depression hoarder. Just might need something. haha!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Daddy Paul! Great tips for all of us! thanks!

    • Leina 4 years ago

      Hi Vic! While we aren't state neighbours, or even in the same country, many of these tips are pretty familiar. We did a lot of the same sorts of things such as reusing towels, eating in, lots of homemade food (our ethnic version of pinto beans and cornbread was cabbage rolls, and saskatoon berries in or on just about everything!). I've incorporated many of these practices into my own family life. The only suggestion I would ask you to reconsider is the trip to the dentist. Our family did something similar; for my brother, who actually had good teeth, this wasn't a problem. However, I didn't have good teeth and those limited dental visits caused me untold pain and expense as an adult. As a result, I am almost fanatical about ensuring that my sons (and me, for that matter) visit the dentist regularly. At 19 & 17 respectively, both my boys have yet to have a cavity! I attribute that to regular dental visits, along with my insistence that the boys floss and brush thoroughly twice a day. Other than that, love your ideas and it's fun to see this side of you, Arkansas! xoxox Canada.

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      Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho

      I love pinto beans, cornbread, and tater cakes. Learning how to cook and only eating out on special occasions will save a lot of money. Great job introducing money concepts to kids too. Voted up, awesome, useful, and shared.

    • Douglas 4 years ago

      Good Stuff Vic!!!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sunshine! Can you believe I haven't been to the movies since 1997. haha. Maybe I will one day. Thanks for reading! AND the support! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good to see you, Leina! I had good teeth, too, and never a cavity as an adult with sometimes years without a dentist. But that's not true for everyone, I know. Good advice to be prudent about that brushing and flossing. Flossing--yuck. I try, though. Cabbage rolls sound great; I love cabbage! Glad you saw this side of me, Canada! I've been doing lots of writing these days. xoxoxo right back at ya from Arkansas!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jennifer, for the validation! It's amazing how much money cooking at home can save. Thanks, too, for the votes and sharing!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for the comment, Douglas! Good to see you here!

    • Lara Sandusky 4 years ago

      Vicki - this is awesome! I love these ideas.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Lara! so glad you read it!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 4 years ago

      Awesome hub! If many people knew about this already, I a, just learning and I really need to know this. Thank you for sharing and happy hubbing :) Voted!

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      I am so happy that you have written this hub. I have been doing these things for years and I am not ashamed. We have very little means and thanks to these practices my children always had a meal. Voted up!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nare, it's never to late to start living more frugally or too late to save money. Glad the info was helpful! Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ananceleste--I've always been proud of being frugal, especially as an adult. I grew up seeing the value of it. Happy you feel that way, too! :-)

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      Ruby Glasser 4 years ago from Wyoming

      I wish this was more of the norm for everyone without poverty being the driving force. Voluntary simplicity is something that jives with my personality but not for some. I've found that freezing large quantities of perishables is easier for me than canning. Buying bulk and avoiding processed foods is key in my eyes both for money savings and health benefits.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ruby, I haven't learned to can like my mom did/does, but my garden isn't ever very big, either. I, too, freeze extra quantities of perishables. Thanks for the read. And comments!

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      ROLEARY 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Great hub, Victoria Lynn. While I'm not a single parent, I do agree with what you've said here and buying discounted merchandise is something I do whenever I see it. I have nearly a years supply of body wash in my linen-closet and probably paid about a quarter of what it would cost. I also snap-up toilet paper when it's on sale because you can never have enough of that stuff in my opinion.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      haha, Roleary, you're so right about the toilet paper! I always stock up when necessary items are on sale Great comments!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Washington

      These are great and very practical. It is amazing how much less we can spend when we lead simple, down to earth lives. I enjoy growing my food and cooking simple meals. The meals taste great and are good for me. Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, sirrot, for linking my hub. I looked at your blog and am intrigued by the thought of retiring in style. Frugal living seems to be a part of that. I'm bookmarking your blog. Will be reading more of it. Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Mary. It's encouraging to me, too, to know that others are appreciating the same values....

    • Girafne 4 years ago

      Oh cuz! I am so proud of you for writing all of this down! Were we raised by the same mother? I use most of these frugal tips but was never really taught to save. But I do it now and it feels good! I am of the mindset that I wont go into debt for anything again..not a car, probably not even a house! Another thing you could add is not running the dryer thru the entire cycle. I dry my clothes for about 15 minutes then hang them up in the closet to finish drying. I hang towels across doors etc. If you dry them a little while they wont be stiff when they are fully dry! Being frugal in challenging and fun! I have to be frugal right now but later on when I don't have to be I still want to be frugal just like "Mom" is now! Good job!!!

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      SquidooLens 4 years ago

      I adore so much the single moms. This is such an inspiring tips for them.

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      lifelovemystery 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      Most libraries have books on tape, videos and magazines that you can borrow for free! Thanks for the tips, they are valuable at any age.

    • frugalday 4 years ago

      Shop the sales.

      Take the time to clip coupons or print them for free online like at refundsweepers.com or just use their forums for getting coupons, oh and you might also want to get into refunding where you keep the proof of purchase off from the product you bought and send in for a rebate, the site I just mentioned has a refunding forum where you could find out how to do that.

      Or, you could take a refunding magazine if you are not on the internet much. Using sales, coupons and then rebates each time you buy your groceries will save you a lot.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, cuz! (Girafne) Glad to see you here! Our mothers both did a lot of the same things, huh? Yeah, I don't plan to ever go in debt. Am working hard on paying off the mortgage! Good idea about the dryer. When the weather is warm, I hang most of my clothes out on the line. So glad you read this, girl!!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      SquidooLens--My mom taught me so much. So proud of her. Thanks for the comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great info, frugalday. I may have to check out refundsweepers. Thanks!

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      Wesley Barras 4 years ago from Anchorage, AK

      Thanks Victoria,

      All great items. The one about eating out is key to me. You do not realize how expensive it is until you look at your expenses for the month and realize you have spent hundreds of dollars ordering out.

      You can also trying lowering the cable bill. Check out this hub to find out how:

      http://hubpages.com/technology/Cable-Television-Bi...

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lifelovemystery--I agree! Great tip about the library, too!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Newyork--Eating out has never been a way I've wanted to spend my money. It's like money going down the drain to me. And thanks for the info on cable TV!

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      Budman610 4 years ago from Ohio

      My Mom grew up during the depression and was very frugal. Waste not want not was a common comment from her. She saved everything because "she might need it later"! Nice hub!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Budman--I hear ya! I'm afraid sometimes I save too much stuff. Oh, well. I do follow the "waste not want not" saying!

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      rdown 4 years ago from Usa

      Thanks for the tips. I totally need it now that we are one income family.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rdown--You're welcome. These tips really do work for saving money!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Useful Hub. Love the idea of a tooth brushing chart and I've often felt like going to the dentist every six months was totally unnecessary.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thundermama--I think the dentist thing depends on the person, but it's a possibility. I like your name, Thundermama!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Agreed, and thanks my 12 year old daughter came up with it and I think it describes me pretty well. Looking forward to more of your hubs.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Well, it's cute, Thundermama. Glad you liked this hub!

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      Joanna McKenna 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Great tip about limiting how much kids eat! We're supposed to 'eat to live', but too many families flip that and kids end up morbidly obese at an early age. Very sad.

      On the subject of clothing, I used to comb yard sales in "nice" neighborhoods for designer-label clothing for my kids. Thrift stores in my area didn't have the variety or quality I could find for pennies at yards sales.

      An aunt had her own system for financing new shoes (for herself - her kids' shoes were purchased as necessary). She'd throw change in...what else?...a shoe box! Wouldn't go shoe shopping until she had "enough".

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      hobbynob 4 years ago

      It's so interesting to see that many of these tips are just the way my parents raised me to be, so much that these are second nature. your hub has made me appreciate their example that much more -- they were very big on appreciating the little things and not wasting nature's resources or money. And more time together equals less money sometimes, but it's so worth it. Great hub!

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      glenn wallace 4 years ago

      Great tips! As a stay-at-home-dad, I can attest to the wisdom of these tips, even if finances aren't cramped. In a hundred little ways, these types of things can show our children not to be quite so materialistic and greedy.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I agree with Glenn. I'm not rolling in the dough, but live well. Even so I don't want my kids to expect their life to be handed to them on a silver platter. A lot of your tips I already use, but some were new. I like the brushing your teeth chart! Maybe I will get some gold stars to fill in the squares. Voted up and useful. Thanks! (I come from a family of 5 kids myself - I can relate to what you're talking about!)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      JamaGenee--I love the story about your aunt throwing change in a shoes box for shoes. Neat idea! Yard sales ARE great for finding nice clothes. I recently found a local thrift shop that has high quality items, so I'm lucky there. Thanks for the comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      hobbynob--So with it, as you say. I just want to say DITTO to everything you sad. Exactly!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, glenn. Even folks with lots of money (and their kids!) can benefit from living a frugal, non-wasteful lifestyle. Great comments!

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      emdi 4 years ago

      I wish my wife reads this hub

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      EuroCafeAuLait--Glad you can relate! I agree with Glenn, too. Kids shouldn't have things just handed to them all the time. Thanks for the great comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      emdi--I hope your wife reads this hub, too. Sounds like she needs to--LOL! Good luck!

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      Keeley Shea 4 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Excellent article! I have learned some great ways to save money. I am a single mom with 2 boys and will definitely use these. I use a couple already but always looking for more ways to save money!! Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, Keeley. I'm always looking, too, for ways to save money. I'm glad my hub could help you. :-)

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      RomeWolf 4 years ago

      Wow this is a great article! And I feel like I wrote it myself - or at least I live it myself. Just ask my daughter lol! I am a single mother and I have applied many of these great ideas and tactics!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Way to go, Romewolf! I follow this way of life that my mom taught me!!

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      RomeWolf 4 years ago

      Awesome Victoria! We are a rare breed LOL! People today feel so entitled to everything. It is nice to see your perspective. Thanks for a great article.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, we are a rare breed, RomeWolf, and one that I am attracted to more and more. I find it freeing to save money, to live greener....It's not like we can't spend money, but, by not being wasteful, we can save money for a rainy day or a splurge when needed!

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      Adrian Smith 4 years ago from UK

      I haven't got children but am interested in being frugal and found myself nodding at all of these as I do them too and feeling pleased with myself! :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I do these, too, jasmith1, and I think it feels good. Good living!

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      PoukhamGolmei 4 years ago from India

      ~W~O~N~D~E~R~F~U~L~

      Honestly, I am single but I love pampering my nephews and nieces with outdoor foods and toys. There's definitely something to ponder upon now. Great Hubs. V~up!!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Poukham--Nothing wrong with pampering the nephews and nieces some. Being frugal in other areas can help you to do that. Thanks for the vote!

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      cheapstuff 4 years ago from California

      Some great tips. Not going out to the movie theater is a tough one but saves a ton of money. My fav was not washing clothes every time you wear them, jeans especially do not need to be washed either.

    • mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

      I think these could apply to a single father as well (I don't have kids yet but I can see where these would help with some of those individuals).

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      cheapstuff--After a while, being frugal just becomes a natural way of life. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      mikey--I agree! These tips can apply to single fathers, or anybody, really! They are just tips for good living, I think. Thanks for the comments.

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      gracefaith 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome tips!!! :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, gracefaith!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      naimishika--An encyclopedia, huh? Thanks, I guess! :-)

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      lifesparadox 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, being newly single I needed to read this! Great tips!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lifesparadox--Glad this was helpful. Thanks for reading.

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      iwriteforyou 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      My mother was a single parent so I recognised a lot of this. Thank you for the trip down memory lane. Great Hub.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      iwriteforyou--Glad I could take you down memory lane. My mom instilled in me a lot of valuable lessons.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful hub, great ideas and options, wonderful and responsive comments. This is a well-written,well-timed Hub. Thank you. :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      wow, phdast! I love your comments. Thanks so much!

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      Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      When I was a single Mum one of the things I learned to do was cook from scratch, simple, healthy meals and being clever with the food you buy. I used to bulk buy bacon, roll it up in 2 rasher portions and place in a freezer bag then I could take out 2 rashers at a time and reduce waste. I would cook in bulk and freeze the rest, I bought all our clothes in secondhand stores and I walked, a lot instead of driving. Frugal times but I was healthier and happy and so was my son.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's great, Eileen. I often buy in bulk, too, and break it up into portions to freeze. Cheaper and something is always on hand to cook. Thanks for the great input!

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      toomuchmint 4 years ago

      Great tips Victoria! Even if people have trouble growing veggies, they can still save lots with a windowsill garden or an outdoor herb garden. A rosemary bush, a sage plant or a pot of mint can make a big difference in family meals.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      toomuchmint--You're right; every little bit helps!

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      Dr Joe Njenga 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      This are useful money saving tips that I don't think only works for Single mother alone. I realized the need to reduce expenditure on unnecessary items is the most important way to begin saving. Thanks for your useful tips

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      afriqnet--You're welcome. And I agree that these tips actually work for everyone else besides single mothers. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tamara Wilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Gapminder.org has an amazing visualization tool, DollarStreet. It shows the general standard of living at different wage levels, like $1-2 / day, $5-10 / day, $10-20 / day and so forth. Most of the world subsists on less than $10 per day, with deep poverty being $1-2 / day. We need to put "poor" in perspective - having clean running water, reliable electricity, sewers, free basic education, war-free life and an internet connection puts in the top 10% world wide.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      tamarawilhite--True, so true. Even the most poor of us may be rich compared to people in many other places. Good points. Thanks!

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      DragonflyTreasure 4 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Well written! Being frugal is the new trend...out of necessity. voting up!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Dragonfly--True! Frugality is now trendy! :-)

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Victoria

      Growing up in England in the decade following WW2 there was serious rationing and we learned to live frugally and throw nothing away. Your article was a breath of fresh air in today's society.

      Kind regards Peter

    • job-for-you-2012 4 years ago from Jerusalem and London

      I do not know to be honest. I think children should not be taught to disrespect money, but on the other hand- i do not see Living Frugally as a value in itself. Living Frugally cannot be a value but need

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Peter Geekie, for the input! I'm glad the hub was a breath of fresh air. Many people, whether they have money or not, are so wasteful. Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, job-for-you-2012, the reason I see living frugally as a value rather than just a need is because many people are so wasteful. I think it's good to try to save where we can, conserve resources where we can, and just not be wasteful with what we have. Living this way, by not wasting, we can often afford what we really want. I just think it's a win-win situation. It makes me feel good to live that way. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Robert Kempster 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for the hub, I have always believed in not wasting anything. There is no point to wastefulness and like you said, being frugal allows you to easily afford those things you really want.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Exactly, Robert. That's what I think. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

      Some really good tips here and I think we arte all looking for a way to save money.

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      kiwi gal 4 years ago

      Great hub.

      It is amazing how we do learn many things from our parents and so great to see these lessons in life passed down along the way. Really enjoyed reading brought back many memories thank you for sharing.

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      Sethughes 4 years ago

      I am not a single mom, but I found this very interesting and helpful! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kristy Sayer 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Excellent hub, this is perfect for all people, not just single Moms! :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, dobo! I agree. Most of us are always looking for ways to save. Thanks!

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      Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent advice. If more people would learn to live simply, there would be a lot less debt and stress in the world today. People are too busy running after material goods and not spending enough time on what really matters to them...

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, kiwi gal. Glad this brought back some memories for you. I hope that more parents are passing on these lessons, too.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sethughes--Glad you found it helpful, as the tips are good for anyone!

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      Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

      Victoria,

      I don't have kids at home any longer, but I am sending this to my daughters -- both are single moms with kids. Great article! Voted up.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're right, kissayer. I think it's for everyone. Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Shona, you said it exactly right. That is so, so true!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jenna! I do hope your daughters appreciate the tips. Thanks for sharing this!

    • ksinll 4 years ago

      Great tips, I consider myself to be very thrifty so when I saw some things that I hadn't thought about or tried I found myself to be pleasantly surprised. Good job!

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I follow all these tips since I grew up "poor" but never felt that way since Mom managed to keep us well fed with tasty food and we were creative with everything else...we were happy and that speaks to the fact we can all spend less and save more by using our noggins. Great practical tips!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ksnll--I'm like you in that I'm thrilled when I find some way to save that I haven't thought of. Glad you found that here. :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Scribenet-- I grew up that way, too, never feeling deprived. Thanks for the comment!

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      VNelson 4 years ago

      Great ideas, not just for single moms but for everyone. Now, with no children left at home, I find I continue the frugality I had to practice while raising children. It's paying off- my husband and I can travel, and hopefully not wait until we are 80 to retire.

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Congratulations! This is a really great hub that doesn't only concern single moms. If everybody applied these rules, kids would grow up to be environment friendly, creative, loving, appreciative adults. One tip re. movies. We had our TV switched off to save 50 bucks a month (and we hate TV ads anyway). So instead we get DVD's from the library (absolutely free of charge). What I really like about your attitude is the fact that you involve the kids and do many things together, making your family a very loving environment. This is of course especially important for single moms. Also, another important thing is pride. Be proud to do things differently. Teach your children at an early age that it's better not to have every gadget but be happy and sleep well rather than having a huge credit card bill and lots of things you don't need. Peer pressure is terrible these days but if your kids understand the whole concept of frugal living and all its good sides, they will be more understanding. PS: You may also be interested in reading my hub about frugal living.

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      Darrell Roberts 4 years ago

      This is a great hub, with the exception of don't go to the movie theater :) (i really agree with you I am just addicted to movies). What you write is so practical this is great advice, well done!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      VNelson--that's what I see--it pays off! Thanks for the input.

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      pbsandwichofdoom 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful list. My boyfriend and I are also addicted to the movies, but we could stand to use a lot of these ideas when we get around to getting married and having kids. I especially like the idea of homemade cakes, because it's sentimental to me. My parents used to make my brother and my birthday cakes at home, but as we got older and they started making more money, we switched to the store bought ones-- No matter how skilled those bakers are, it's just not the same as something fresh from the oven. Voting up and useful.

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      B Lucy 4 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      Awesome list! I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of those I do and am going to try the ones I don't!!

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      sfshine 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great advice. I do practice some of these, like turning off the lights, using less water during shower, buying on sale or dollar items. It saves a lot.

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      Your Mom certainly passed on some great life lessons to her children and now your doing the same with yours and through hub pages.

      I grew up with a thrifty mom too. With six kids in the house she had to be. We'd add water to shampoo and conditioner to make it go further. She'd mix powdered milk to whole milk to cut costs. We'd shop for school clothes at the church dollar a bag sales and thought we'd hit the lottery! I still shop at Salvation Army, Goodwill and go to garage sales. Why pay more for things when you don't have too. Voted UP!!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great comments, novascotiamiss! I think living frugally IS something to be proud of. Thanks! Will check out your hub!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Darrell Roberts--That's fine about the movies! The theater can be a treat for a lot of people. We all have our things we enjoy spending money on! Thanks for the input. I appreciate it!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      pbsandwichofdoom--It's amazing to me how many people buy birthday cakes instead of making them. Homemade is so good and so cheap. Thanks for the input!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      B Lucy! Glad you like the lists. I like comparing what I do to lists I see, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      sfshine--You're right. Just those little habits can turn into a lot of money saved!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Green Art--I agree. Why pay more? There are plenty of good, used items out there! Thanks for the input! :-)

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      monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

      I need to do a much better job of stocking up on sale items. I am uptight about spending too much in one shopping session and in the end, it's just going to end up costing me. Not a good mentality. Thanks for the advice Victoria!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      monica--I think that stocking up on sale items does save money. I have to be careful not to stock up TOO much so that stuff goes to waste. Then it totally defeats the purpose! Thanks for the input!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great tips here! You've created a good list!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Pinkchic! This list would work for anyone, not just single moms. Thanks for reading!

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Very sound and useful suggestions, Victoria Lynn. Thumbs up, interesting and useful. And for what it's worth, it doesn't sound like you were poor growing up at all. You were rich in the things that really count.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Michael Tully, that's a great comment, and I think you're right! Thanks!

    • Southernmapart 4 years ago

      About re-using bath towels, a friend at a family reunion heard his mother say she had saved many a wash day by drying towels without washing and then refolded them. He said, "That's why the towels always smelled funny."

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      Great tips! I grew up with 6 brothers and 3 sisters. We ate a lot of homemade soups, stews, and pasta.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Southernmapart--LOL! Yeah, towels do need to be washed before put back in the cabinet. :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      HoneyBB--that homemade stuff is good--and cheaper, too!

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      Dreamjar 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for taking the time to list some good ol' practical advice. Despite the current idea that being 'poor' is not the worst thing that can happen to a kid. You are an encourager.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Dreamjar, you're right! I never felt poor, and i learned a lot of valuable lessons from the lifestyle we lived growing up. Thanks for the great comments.

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      Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Great tips, especially the garden. That really can save a ton of money and even be relaxing way to spend time. One tip I learned from my dad was to plan a trip to include all your chores in the most efficient way, mileage and time wise. That saves a lot of gas and cuts down on extra trips. My mom would take me fishing. She would catch a whole bunch of fish, more than we could eat immediately. We would barbeque some during the picnic and freeze the rest for later. One habit my husband and I do is to forage. We are both outdoor types who love to take hikes in the woods. We go out there for exercise and to take photos of wildlife. But we also know where all the good and free wild fruits are! We have eaten blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, persimmons, pears, apples, tangerines, and grapes from the wild. Some of it is so abundant we end up taking baskets of fruit home and all of it is pesticide free.

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      msmandybunny 4 years ago from Canada

      I really like your tips. As a family living on a budget, every penny counts!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LauraV--That's great what your husband and you do with picking all the fruit in the wild. That is wonderful! My mom fished with us, too, when we were kids. Great tip about consolidating errands! Great comments. Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      msmandybunny--I agree! Every penny counts--for anyone!!!

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      As a single mom - love the ideas! I especially like the one about not overspending for the holiday. This is something we are keeping in mind this year.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      carlajbehr--My mom never went overboard, and I have learned from her. I'm thinking about giving practical or sentimental gifts this year.

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      I am a single Mom and I simple adore your article. My grandmother was the Queen of leftovers. We often ate a la carte scrap as she called it and it was delicious!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      celeste--"a la carte scrap"--that's great!!! I love leftovers. Nothing should go to waste, right? And leftovers are easy! Thanks for reading. Welcome to HubPages! I see you haven't written a hub yet; do you plan to soon? :-)

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      I just signed up a few days ago and I am bursting at the seams to write my first hub. I have so many ideas and have jotted them down in my little note pad. I love to recycle so it will probably run along that theme. That is why I loved your article.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      celeste inscribed--Write that first hub!! Recycling is a great idea! Glad you liked my article!

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      Andrea Serie 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      Victoria, I so enjoyed your post. My grandmother, who grew up during the depression, lived by many of your suggestions and they have been passed down for generations. I am living the same way and it is encouraging to see so many people out there think the same way!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Andrea--I agree--very encouraging! It's a very do-able lifestyle that doesn't leave one feeling deprived at all, in my opinion! Thanks for the input!

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      Power Ball Pythons 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I recently have learned how to coupon and boy has it saved a lot of money. I wish I could garden more to grow more fresh fruit and vegetables. That's what I miss about living in Florida; you could garden year round!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LauraV--I can't imagine gardening year round! I need to get better at my own gardening skills! Good for you for couponing!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      A reminder of what it was like growing up in a large family. Our parents were an inspiration and grew almost everything we ate, including the meat and eggs and sometimes even the fish we all caught! All our fruit and vegetables came from the garden and all the pickles and jams were home made too. An expression my Mum would use was that 'she could live off the smell of an oil rag'

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      sallybea--I'm glad you can relate! And I love your Mum's saying! :-)

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      Leanne Smith 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the hub tips. We have just set up a vegetable patch in the garden so we should be planting some plants this spring. Fingers crossed we get some good crops!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LeanneSmith--I know what you mean. The heat killed most of my tomato plants last summer. Maybe this year will be better. Thanks for reading!

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      Nicole S Hanson 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Wonderful tips here. When money is tight, you gotta get creative!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nicole--Creativity is often key in living frugally--you are right! Thanks for the input!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Great tips! Nutritious foods keep you full, too, much more so than empty calories. If you're not in the habit of eating junk foods, healthy foods are much tastier!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Radcliff--You are so right. Thanks for your comments. You make some good points! :-)

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      Elizabeth Mara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello, Victoria Lynn,

      Thanks for the great ideas listed in your hub! I've recently seen advice articles online touting the benefits of washing clothes less often; it's as good for the clothes as for the laundry budget! I find a lot of great ideas for saving money in articles encouraging a greener lifestyle. For example, I've read of using old road maps and newspapers as gift wrap. If one is in the habit of watching pennies and looking for opportunity to watch a bit more of them, I think it is easier to 'think outside the box' and try different things. I'd never thought of opening the oven door after baking, but I'm going to remember that one! Thanks again.

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      Minmax Travel 3 years ago from Vietnam

      It is a post good and useful for me.

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Elizabeth--Yep, I always leave the oven door open after baking (in cold weather!) I do that with the dishwasher, too. Good idea about road maps! I haven't bought wrapping paper or bags in years, either! Thanks for the input!!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vietnambeautiful--I'm so glad this is helpful for you! :-)

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      MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Very good ideas! Being a stay at home mom of 3 I had to employ most of these money saving tips into my lifestyle. There are always ways to save money so anybody that complains and is being lavish, is wasting their time trying to get my sympathy. Like the funny quotes on Facebook say, "So, you have an iphone, ipad, internet, wifi, and a Coach purse and you're on welfare?" I love those quotes because I often wonder the same things. How do these people think it's ok to live off of other people's hard work, and waste it for what they want instead of their needs. It's ridiculous. If they use even half of the ideas you have here, it wouldn't seem so rash for them to pamper themselves a little bit but it's crazy these days. I voted this hub up, great job!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      MissJamie, you make some great points. So many people have all the gadgets there are yet complain of not being able to save money. My cell phone is Straight Talk, and I don't have an iPad. I still have my old heavy TV and will until it goes out. I hardly buy anything full price. I don't go shopping, really, unless I just have to have something that I can't find a a yard sale or thrift store. I could go on . . . . Thanks for the comments!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Really good tips here. I raised my kids alone and used some of these ideas. Great hub!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sheri Faye--glad you can relate! Thanks!

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      Kristinmcr 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great information! I do a lot of those things already, but never thought of going to the denist only once a year - I like that idea! I am always amazed at the number of people who eat out all of the time. My husband and I eat out maybe once or twice a month, so when we do we truly enjoy it.

      Voted up!

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      My Moments 3 years ago

      Some great tips! I love to learn new ways to save money. I left a cushy 9-5 office job a year ago and have had to learn to simplfy. And I am happy to do it.

      I have never really been a person to eat out. I understand how busy some can be, but wow, not only does it cost a lot to eat out, it really is not all that healthy for you.

      It's important to get the kids involoved in cooking. And regardless of how much money one has, having a garden where kids can grow some veggies is truly a learning experience for them, as well. I wrote a grant for a local community garden, for a very poor local neighborhood and I was surprise at the number of kids that had no idea where a tomato even came from.

      Anyway, great hub! :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kristinmer--I know lots of people who don't go to the dentist for years. Once a year is pretty good for most folks, I would think. I could count on one time how many times I eat out in a year. It's just not my thing--and so expensive. Thank for the input!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      My Moments--I left a good-paying job, too, so the frugal things I learned young in life have surely come in handy! That's so neat about the community garden you were a part of! Neat! Thanks for the comments. :-)

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You mentioned that you learned frugality by watching your Mom. Me too. My Mother was not a single parent but she was frugal before being 'frugal was cool.' She taught us many of the things you have mentioned---growing our food, eating out rarely, eating leftovers, and waste nothing if possible.

      These are very helpful and important tips for all of us to use.

      thanks for sharing

      Sending Angels to you this evening :) ps

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      Joy 3 years ago from United States

      well explained tips. we may save lots of money if we regularly follow these tips. we should be frugal but in my opinion we shouldn't compromise with food. We should always take best quality food but also avoid food waste.

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      pstraubie--I like what you said about your mom being frugal before "frugal was cool." That is so true! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      joym--I think we can eat healthy foods that aren't expensive. We can find balance, I think. Yes, food waste is definitely something to avoid! Thanks for your input!

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      Joy 3 years ago from United States

      I meant was - Be frugal but don't be miser at all.

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      KatNance 3 years ago

      enjoyed reading your hub..very helpful..we need to start growing our food and use these tips start saving money..times are really tough right now

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      joym7--Yes, I see what you mean!

      KatNance--I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I'm going to try to grow more veggies this year, as well. :-)

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      Carolina Dursina 3 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Enjoyed reading it; great job, lots of good points!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ccdursina--I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope the tips are helpful!

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      Treathyl FOX 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You can find free entertainment on YouTube and there's absolutely nothing wrong with board games or card games!! As long I win!! :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      cmoneyspinner1tf - You have a great point there! We played lots of games when I was a kid!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Vicki - Being a single mother is no easy task. I raised three on my own and with little to no child-support. I wish I would have known about these excellent tips. I started to list my favorites here, but I was listing them all :)

      I do really like #4, 14, 16, 18 and 19. So kind of you to write this hub as many single mothers and fathers can save some money and educate their kids at the same time. Up and across and sharing. ~ Audrey

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      Dreamer at heart 2 years ago from Northern California

      I enjoyed your tips for saving money here. The peanut butter on apple slices was one of my favorite discoveries as an adult quite recently. It is a great way to eat some healthy fruit. Thanks for your ideas!

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      vocalcoach (dear Audrey)--I'm sure you were just as amazing a single mother as my mother was. She worked hard for us, played hard with us. And she was very frugal. She did all the thing in this hub. Even though I don't have kids, I have pets and a mortgage etc . . . and I do most of the things on this list. Thank to my mother! I just wish I had the green thumb that she did. I try, but I'm nowhere near where she was in that area--and still is. I'm glad you like this hub!

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, starstream! Glad you enjoyed the hub and the ideas--and the apple slices and peanut butter. :-)

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      Missy 14 months ago from The Midwest

      Stocking up saves us a ton of money. Whenever something we eat regularly is on sale, I buy as many as 10 packages/containers/cans/pouches. It's also a good way to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. ;)

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I enjoy this hub so much I had to come back and read through it again. These tips are just terrific! Really timeless and true. I save all my money from my 'tip jar' sitting on my piano at the restaurant I perform for. It may not be much at one time but it does add up! Thanks so much.

      Audrey

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      Vicki L Hodges 14 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      ThatMommyBlogger--That's great to stock up for families! And you can always share with the zombies! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 13 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Audrey--That's a great idea bout the tip jar! I'm glad you like the tips in this hub. I learned them all as I was growing up with my mom!

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