I’ve been filling my own ink cartridges for years now. The money I save gives me the time I need to stay home and write or do homework. I print everything! That means I go through a lot of ink and a lot of paper. This isn’t full proof of course since many of the printing companies (Dell for example) do not allow refills in their printers. I get the printers that are cheap (40 bucks or less) and have refillable cartridges. It’s a messy process and I understand why most people steer clear of it, but I bet I save close to $300 a year doing this if not more. HP is the best for trying to find refillable. I order my ink off e-Bay for dirt cheap and they fill 4 or 5 times.

Another way to save money around the house is to visit thrift stores, garage sales and used furniture places. Since I don’t work, I have the time to go out and find these deals. This is actually my first project of repainting. I usually go with what I get and leave it. lol! Most of our home consists of hand-me-downs. At the same time, each has a story to tell. I sit here and look at the nice comfy chair by the front door. That thing came back with us when we went to Florida one year. It was 10 bucks at a yard sale down the street from my parents house. We bought a nice couch last week at the thrift store and it was in great shape!

 This was another random deal I found at the thrift store. It was brand new with filter! I paid 5 bucks for it. We discussed getting a filter for the sink so this was definitely the cheaper route. There are so many ways to tuck that “publishing money” away. We make choices based on how bad we want something. Grocery shopping is also on my list of ways to save money. I buy mostly generic, stock up on sale items like meat, cereal and drinks, and stick with low-cost dinners that taste good. I don’t use coupons. They make me buy things I don’t need lol! I stick with one store – typically – unless it is just too good of a deal to pass up and worth the gas with all the running around. These ideas are only a few of the many ideas I use to live cheaper and enjoy more of what we want.

So what are your money-saving ideas? I’ll take what I can get;-)


“The keys on your keyboard are the controls to your bulldozer. Take the keys and drive until you are finished. Everything else will kindly move out of your way or be forced to become a part of your path to success.” Tammy Holloway



Have a sci-fi day everyone! TLH

  1. marta says:

    Steve cuts his and the boys hair. We do not go out much if we do we ask for meals and we share with the kids and everybody drinks water. Just free tv and free movies from the library. No money for soda nor other junk food. Have a car you are able to fix by yourself…..

  2. marta says:

    pay bills in full, don’t be late. I hate paying extra. No choices with houses or school loans.

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