Have you seen it? The new show on TLC that tops Jon & Kate Plus 8. It's 17 Kids and Counting, a look at the Duggar family, a very conservatively Christian family with 17 kids and one on the way.
I have to admit, they are the strangest family ever, complete with extreme morals (no kissing before marriage!), abnormally positive attitudes, long jean skirts and bad perms. BUT an episode that aired on October 20th completely changed my opinion of them - they are probably one of the most financially sound families in all of America. They feed, clothe and house 18 people while maintaining absolutely NO debt (that includes mortgages, car payments, etc). THAT is impressive, people.
If you have a tivo, I suggest tivoing the episode rerun asap (Cheaper by the Duggars, 17 Kids and Counting on TLC). They have some of the best tips for stretching the dollar. I'm going to share the ones that I remember and relate it to modern day living:
Duggar's Tip: Buy clothes and shoes used at a thrift store.
Bryn's Tip: Buy clothes and shoes used at a thrift store.
Okay so it may be the same tip - but I wouldn't suggest buying ALL clothing used. There are, however, some staple items that are great to find at thrift stores:
- Button down shirts (women's or mens)
- Vintage boots
- 50's-80's style pumps
- Jeans (if you are lucky!)
- Dresses (if you are lucky!)
If you don't have a thrift store near you, eBay is another great alternative. Doing a quick search just now, I found these items:
Duggar's Tip: Make your own laundry detergent.
Bryn's Tip: Double uses for everyday toiletry items.
The Duggars have a great recipe for their own detergent; you'll have to catch the show to get it. However another economical tip is to double up your everyday item usage:
- Use your hair conditioner as shaving cream
- Share a razor with your husband (if he isn't grossed out about it)
- Wash your hair every other day
- Buy a big tub of Vaseline and use it for both lip balm and hand cream (it works wonders for dry hands!)
Duggar's Tip: Grow your own vegetables.
Bryn's Tip: Shop Ethnic markets for your produce.
I'd really love to be able to grow my own veggies, but to be honest - I have a better talent at killing plants than growing them. But I do shop the local Korean market to buy all my produce. They often have sales 2 lbs for 99 cent sales - you read that right! They practically give away their produce.
I hope you find these tips useful, and also thank you so much for the great posts you left in my previous post. I'm thinking about drawing three, maybe four names now since the turnout was so great. A reminder - the contest will be open until Friday night!
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