Frugal is the New Cool Kid… oh Please Tell Me More

If you told me 5 years ago that I would be writing a blog and writing about no shopping, I would have said you lost your mind. If you said I would have decluttered and own my very own capsule wardrobe, I would have suggested that you get your head examined. Here we are. It’s all true about me and no you don’t need your head checked.

Years ago I fell into the “this is what the cool kids” have or do mindset. Or I can turn our home into a HGTV home. Or look at this bright and shiny thing. Or what do I need to buy to fix/correct that? I went into so much debt I would wake up with the sweats in the middle of the night. It took me time to declutter and change my lifestyle. As a matter of fact, I’m about 4 years into this journey. It has taken me even more time to get confident in myself and my choices without looking for outside validation. And now my lifestyle is officially cool!

I am saying that being slow, intentional, minimalist, debt crushing, frugal, zero waste-ish is officially cool! No it really is!

Some people are coming to this side out of necessity. Others are coming to this side in preparation for necessity. Some people were secretly interested but may have been nervous about being perceived as weird or cheap. Regardless, people are turning to the minimalist lifestyle!

Welcome new minimalists. I’m thrilled you are here!

Today I want to share my top slow, intentional, minimalist, debt crushing, frugal, zero waste-ish house hacks that help me save some serious money and WORK! In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Baking soda:
    • Oven cleaner – (Replaces toxic cleaners) sprinkle some baking soda at the bottom of your oven, drizzle over some water, and let it sit. You want enough water so the baking soda isn’t a paste but not too much water that it’s soup. This also works well on baking dishes/trays.
    • Face exfoliate – (Replaces who knows what’s in that bottle) I don’t need to exfoliate my face often but when I do, I turn to baking soda. I sprinkle some baking soda in my palm, add a bit of water, and gently scrub my face.
  2. Hydrogen peroxide:
    • Retainer cleaner – (Replaces denture cleaner tablets) Soak your retainers in hydrogen peroxide to get them actually clean.
    • Nail bed lightener – (Replaces some random chemical) After using some nail polishes, it leaves my nail bed discolored. Take off the nail polish and soak your nails (fingers/toes) in a bowl of a cup or two of warm water and 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Soak for a couple minutes. You might need to repeat.
    • Teeth lightener – (Replaces chemical lighteners) This one is a little tricky. I found a natural mouthwash that uses hydrogen peroxide, water, and essential oils. I don’t have a special recipe at this time but the natural mouthwash works!
    • Clothes bleach – (Replaces bleach) If clothes need a little lightening, I add about 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide in with the dirty clothes. Note that I mix lights and darks since I wash them on cold and the darks have never been injured.
  3. Vinegar:
    • Room deodorizer – (Replaces that mystery stuff in a bottle) Open up a mason jar and pour in vinegar. I use white vinegar. As the vinegar evaporates it cleans the air.
    • Stinky, sweaty laundry – (Replaces… I’m not sure) Dump in a cup or two to the dirty laundry and wash like usual. The clothes sometimes come out with a slight vinegar scent but it goes away after they are dried. I used this all of the time during the summer. For some reason summer exercise sweat smells worse than winter sweat.
    • Weed killer – (Replaces that highly toxic stuff) Add vinegar to spray bottle and spray the weeds. They will die in a short time without spreading toxins. Works great in between sidewalk cracks.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol:
    • Disinfectant – (Replaces all mystery ingredients) Add 2 oz of rubbing alcohol to 14 ounces of water and 3 drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. This stuff works great on all of the surfaces in our home. It cleans well without that fake scent of “spring” in the air.
  5. Avocado Oil:
    • Face moisturizer – (Replace the mystery stuff in other moisturizers) Apply a couple drops of avocado oil to your hands and start spreading. I love avocado oil but I know of others that use olive oil, almond oil, etc. If it’s save enough to eat, it’s safe enough to go on my face.

There you have it. My most favorite slow, intentional, minimalist, debt crushing, frugal, zero waste-ish house hacks that save some serious money! Do you have tips to share? Post them in the comments and I will add them to the list above with a shout out to you!

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8 thoughts on “Frugal is the New Cool Kid… oh Please Tell Me More

  1. It’s amazing the things we spend money on that we don’t need to. About a year ago, I started using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer and hair treatment. It works great for a fraction of what I was paying for moisturizer and hair product. And, I buy my coconut oil in bulk in my own container, so I am not throwing away plastic tubes and bottles.

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  2. Deodorant – salt and water. I don’t actually make my own but I buy it in a spray bottle and literally the only ingredients are mineral salts and purified water. It’s either $2.99 or $3.99 and lasts a really long time!

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  3. And another: when we got aphids on a plant outside, I didn’t want to buy pesticides. Instead I squished a ton of aphids with a wet paper towel then sprayed it down with a dish soap and water combo in a spray bottle. I read about it online and it does seem to work but it takes effort; I have to keep searching every few days and kill any that I find or spray them. Could probably also use the soap/water spray for ants and other insects and bugs, too.

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