Depression tips

Wear an apron or a smock or a jumper

Keep your clothes from getting stained while doing messy jobs by wearing an apron or a smock. Consider picking up an old jumper from a thrift store and wear it while you are working on your car or painting.

Wash your clothes less often

Most people don’t consider that washing clothing shortens their life little by little. If it doesn’t actually need washing because it isn’t soiled or smelly, consider wearing it another time or two before tossing it in the wash.

Consider line drying clothes

Drying outdoors makes them last longer and saves energy. Plus, they smell amazing!

Make shelves

With a little bit of checking out a night class or even a YouTube video, just about anyone can make simple items like shelving for their walls. Get re-purposed word for something quirky, stylish and sustainable.

Make your own curtains

You can easily make your own curtains, valances by simply sewing a few straight lines. Sewing curtains is a DIY project that even a beginning seamstress can do. You can use sheets to save money on fabric costs.

Make your own personal care products

I make a lot of my own cosmetics such as dry shampoo, lotions, creams, and face care. The cosmetic industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and you can save yourself so much by making your own instead of buying.

Make Homemade Cleaning Products

You can make cleaning products for very little cost using common pantry staples such as vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, and even lemon juice.

Look for Ways to Save Energy

Turn off electronics when not in use. Turn off the lights. Set a timer on your air conditioner and heater, so it isn’t running when you are not at home. Be aware of ghost energy usage and use plugin strips to turn off electronics at night at the strip.

Cut your landline and/or downgrade your cell phone

Ask yourself if you really need a landline or all the data your cell phone plan includes. If you truly don’t need it, try it without and see how much you will save.

Cut cable

We broke up with cable a couple of years ago and haven’t missed it at all. If you must watch something, choose a low price streaming service or even a free one. There are many places you can watch movies for free with just a few ad breaks.