I have been inspired by my visit to Want Not, the frugal blog link I posted below. I like these kinds of tips– you know, real things you might actually do to save money. Not gross or weird, just sensible. And perhaps the kinds of things others might not think of.
Anyway, I’ll start: My favorite family-friendly, money-saving practice is… making my own yogurt. Really. It’s not hard at all. I used to buy those little cartons of kid yogurt at the grocery store, but as the kids grew they would eat two of them at a time. Expensive. So I started buying the larger yogurt cups– also expensive when you multiplied them by several kids. Since I liked the idea of feeding my kids such a healthy, wholesome, calcium-rich food they loved, but balked at the price tag I found a solution:
Enter Yogourmet. I paid even less for mine on eBay. Now making yummy yogurt is as easy as pouring milk, adding starter (or a small cup of plain yogurt), plugging it in, and leaving it alone for four hours. I make 2 quarts at a time for a fraction of what I would pay at the grocery store. And the nicest thing is that I can make all kinds of flavors and control how much sugar I add as well as the fat content. And no artificial colors or sweeteners!
So, spill it. What kinds of creative things do you do to keep your family budget in line?