Saving pennies.

Today, as I was in the shower, I started to reach for my shampoo, I stopped myself remembering that it was not my shampoo day.

Huh?

Let me explain. ūüėČ

Financially, things are always tight around here. I think that is becoming a common theme in many households.

I have made some small adjustments lately to stretch our budget just that tiny bit further. Some are actually a bit silly, and really may not save us a whole lot of money, but I feel better doing them. A couple of mine are:

I have a favorite shampoo and conditioner, and I can’t imagine not using them. But….they cost an ever-loving¬†fortune. I have started only washing and conditioning my hair every 3rd day. The way I look at it, my shampoo and¬†conditioner¬†cost $40 and I used to use a bottle a month. So, that was $480/year! By¬†using¬†every 3rd day, I can save about $320 a year, and still get to use my favorites.

I have stopped wearing socks inside as often. We live in military housing. And while this is by far the nicest military housing I have ever been in, it still has very cheap, poorly grouted ceramic tile. The tile is like sandpaper to my sock. I would go through about a pack of 6 socks every month. By cutting back on wearing them inside the house, I have made this last pack last over 5 months! At $16 a pack, that is $160/yr I am saving.

What is a small change you have made to save a little bit of money?

My John Hancock

I’m not sure what that bone is connected to.

Faith is a creature of habit, like most children with autism. She likes things to stay the same. Sometimes that can mean wearing the same shirt for 76 days in a row.

Yes, I washed it regularly…don’t look at me like that…

When a change is made, and accepted, it is cause for celebration around here. When the change even makes us laugh, well, so much the better.

Faith is rough on socks. Like, really rough. She can’t lift her legs fully in a normal gait due to the stroke and hemiplegic cerebral palsy. She shuffles her feet which results in holes in her socks very quickly. I am always on the hunt for a “better” sock that will be able to stand up to her shuffling. We have been pretty lucky that she has not seemed to notice when we switch sock brands.

Until now.

We had determined that the current brand was wearing out just as quick as all the previous brands. During a stop at a local store we grabbed a new brand to try. This pair had an emblom on the side. None of her pervious socks did, they always had writing on the bottom. She was fascinated by this black symbol. She touched it several times, then looked up very earnestly and said,

“It’s a bone! A¬†dinosaur¬†bone! Is it a doggie bone? Or a leg bone! Is it an arm bone?”

Hubby smiled and said to her “Faith, that is a Swoosh.”

She nodded, then slowly turned and said to herself…..”Oh, it’s the Swoosh bone!”

My John Hancock