Ultimate List of 77+ Easy Ways to Save Money

Try these 77+ easy ways to save money on everything from groceries to health care, kids stuff, the home, gifts, and more!

You want to be free. Free from the bondage of overspending. Free from using every penny (and them some) every single month…again.

You want to escape the fear that you will never have enough to pay off your debt, not to watch your family’s income flow right through your fingers.

But it seems you find yourself with one hand over your eyes, peering between your fingers anytime you have to look at your bank balance.

So here you are, looking for some new ideas to help you save money.

And the good news is, you’ve come to the right place.

Today we’ll cover ways to saving money on:

  • Groceries
  • Utilities
  • Household Expenses
  • Kids & Babies
  • Personal Care
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Gifts & Hospitality
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Financial

Most of the ideas include an estimate of how much you’ll save along with links to additional resources to help you save. These include a few affiliate links to resources that I found helpful.

I first compiled this huge list of ways to save when we were in the midst of our journey to get out of debt. We were living on one income, and I needed to figure out how to save money, fast.

At first, I didn’t feel there was anywhere else I could possibly squeeze our budget. Once I started looking, I found lots of ways to save, even on a tight budget.

1. Cut down on Starbucks runs, and make your own coffee house style drinks instead.

Money Saved: $15-100/month

2. Cook dinner at home instead of eating out.

Money Saved: $150-500/month

3. Buy groceries in bulk from Costco, Azure Standard, or Amazon.

4. Pack a lunch.

Money Saved: $40-200/month

5. Buy Produce in Season. Then, freeze fruit for smoothies or pie filling, or dehydrate it.

Money Saved: Varies

6. Cook vegetarian once a week. Get protein from beans or eggs instead. For example, you could make breakfast for dinner.

Money Saved: $20/month

7. Make your own bread, and even use the heel from the end of the loaf.

Money Saved: $10/month

8. Grow a Garden.

Money Saved: $10-20/month

9. Use an easy meal planning system that’s tied back to your budget.

Money saved: $192/month

10. Make a grocery list and buy only what’s on it. (If you’re anything like me, this is especially crucial when you’re headed to Costco!) You can grab your budget-friendly grocery list here.

11. Just shop organic for the dirty dozen.

12. Use up or freeze leftovers.

Money Saved: Up to $100/month

13. Preserve foods by canning.

14. Stock up when you find a deal.

15. Buy a quarter or side of beef from local farmers, 4H, FFA, or university agriculture department.

16. Buy produce from local farms. Do you-pick if possible to save and give your family a fun low-cost outing.

17. Creatively use whatever ingredients you have.

18. Don’t buy convenience foods as much as possible. Instead, cook more staples at home instead of buying them from the store like chicken stock, taco seasoning, yogurt, and non-dairy milk.

19. Buy whole chicken instead of parts.

20. Take advantage of price match guarantees.

21. Shop organic at Costco.

22. Look for recipes that are cheap to make. – Here’s a list of 35 Cheap and Healthy Recipes with gorgeous food photos to inspire your meal planning.

23. Cancel your home phone.

Money Saved: $30/month

24. Turn down the heat.

Money Saved: $10-20/month

25. Shop for a cheaper cell phone plan.

Money Saved: $10-25/month

26. Cancel cable.

Money Saved: $30-100/month

27. Use less water at home. You could also use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden. 

Money Saved: $5-10/month 

28. Downsize your garbage service.

Money Saved $10/month

29. Hang your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer

Money Saved: $10/month

30. Cover drafty doors with a sweep or door snake.

31. Unplug unused appliances.

32. Switch to Cloth Napkins. Make your own or, check out these cloth napkins that I got. They would pay for themselves within about 3 months. (affiliate link)

Money Saved: $5-10/month

33. Use family cloth instead of buying toilet paper.

Money Saved: $5-10/month

34. Do your own home maintenance.

Money Saved: $60-200/month

35. Shop for a better deal on insurance.

Money Saved: $10-50/month

36. Move to a smaller, cheaper home.  Yes, I know moving isn’t that easy, but if the numbers add up it can be so worth it! When we moved we not only saved about 70% on the cost of our home each month but also we saved even more by moving to an area with a much lower cost of living overall. Or, if you’re not ready to down size you could rent out an extra room in your home.

Money Saved: $200-2000/month

37. Do your own yard work.

Money Saved: $150/month

38. Replace plastic bags with reusable food containers. I have a set like this for home, and these for the kids’ lunches. (affiliate) It’s a small initial investment, but you can use them for years, so quickly pay for themselves.

39. If you do use disposable plastic bags, wash them out and reuse them a few times before throwing them away.

40. Make your own cleaning products or laundry soap.

41. Use cloth diapers instead of disposable. This has saved use thousands over the years of diapering our two little ones. Here’s the exact cloth diapering system we used and loved to save the most possible on diapers each month.

Money Saved: $50-100/month

42. Use cloth baby wipes instead of disposable.

Money Saved: $10/month43. Sign up for a cashback program like Rakuten. Get $10 when you sign up, and earn additional cash back on the purchases you make anyway.

44. Buy gender neutral baby clothes and gear. That way you can use it for any future children, whether you have a girl or boy.

45. Buy only the necessities for a new baby, without all the extra stuff Target says you “need!”

46. Let your hair go back to its natural color. I’ve never colored my hair, but I did let it grow out long, so I don’t have to get it cut and styled as often. That alone saves about $10 per month.

Money Saved: $50/month

47. Use cloth pads or a Diva Cup instead of disposable products. (affiliate) Ok ladies, this tends to be a somewhat controversial suggestion, but hear me out. After having used mama cloth now for well over a year, I can that they are so much more comfortable. You could save even more by making your own. I haven’t personally tried the diva cup, but I know lots of ladies who rave about it. It’s worth keeping an open mind on this one.

Money Saved: $10/month

48. Save manicures and pedicures for special occasions only.

Money Saved: $30/month

49. Use in-network providers for healthcare.

Money Saved: $30-120/month

50. Cancel the gym membership, and do home workouts instead.

Money Saved: $30-60/month

51. Quit smoking.

Money Saved: $50-200/month (plus future healthcare expenses)

52. Take the bus, bike, or walk instead of driving. You could also carpool or use a park-and-rides or van-pools if public transportation isn’t available. You could also find a job that allows you to work from home and cut out the commute all together.

Money Saved: $30-400/month

53. Carpool.

Money Saved: $200/month

54. Commit to being a one-car family.

Money Saved: $400/month

55. Combine errands into fewer trips.

Money Saved: $10-50/month

56. Make sure tires are properly inflated.

Money Saved: $30/month

57. Drive the speed limit, and save on both fuel and speeding tickets!

Money Saved: $10/month

58. Do your own car maintenance.

Money Saved: $60-200/month

59. Shop for a better deal on car insurance. 

Money Saved: $10-50/month

60. Shop for holiday gift wrap on sale the day after Christmas. You can also save gift bags, tissue paper, boxes, and even wrapping paper for reuse.

61. Make your get together a potluck.

62. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple when you have company.

63. Decorate your home on the cheap, and get creative with what you already have.

64. Pack food for breakfast and snacks when on vacation.

65. Get books for free instead of buying them. 

Money Saved: $10/month

66. Visit your local library. If you haven’t been in a while, you might be surprised at all the fun ways they have to entertain your family beyond just books.

67. Create a capsule wardrobe.

Money Saved: $40-80/month.

68. Buy clothes at thrift and consignment stores. Check out online second-hand stores like Thred Up. (affiliate) You can also sell your unneeded clothing on Thredup to earn a little extra cash.

Money Saved: $100/month.

69. Stop going shopping as recreation, and try to avoid impulse spending.

Money Saved: $50-300/month

70. Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale.

71. Stop buying lottery tickets.

Money Saved: $5-20/month

72. Buy discounted entertainment. You can get movie and theme park tickets and restaurant gift cards at Costco.

73. Pay off debt as soon as possible, and save on interest. However, if you are still working on paying it off, make sure to pay it on time to avoid fees.

Money Saved: $30/month

74. Use your tax refund to give you a boost.

75. Shop with cash not plastic, especially if you know that you struggling with overspending.

76. Make a budget, the right way.

77. Be content with what you have. Practice by taking The No Spend Month Challenge.

78. Check for energy rebates at the local, state, and national level that you might qualify for.

79. Shop for a better deal on your internet and cell phone service.

80. Check if your company offers corporate discounts. We cut our cell phone bill this way. I’ve also seen companies whose employees get free or discounted gym memberships and even financial planning.

Next Steps for Putting These Tips Into Action

Some of these ways to save might be new to you and others you might have heard before. What’s important is to actually do what’s on the list.

But don’t feel like you have to take on everything at once. Commit to adopting two or three of these money-saving ideas at a time. It really will add up as the months go by.

Even on a tight budget, by applying many of these simple ways to save, my husband and I were on track to be out of debt within 25 months.

Not too shabby.

However, once we got the ball rolling we were motivated to get done even faster!

In the end, we were able to pay off our debt in less than 9 months!

However, many of us get stuck in the cycle of frugal living

We think that if we can just pinch enough pennies, we’ll finally be able to pay off debt and save for the future.

Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case.

I see so many moms come into my programs who already follow many of these tips, yet they’re still struggling. And that was me too before I learned to budget.

Imagine that you are holding a bucket, but that it has dozens of holes punched through it. Every month, your income pours in like water, but it flows right back out through the openings. You try to plug the holes, but no sooner do you patch up one than you spring another leak.

That’s what it’s like to try to save money without proper budgeting. What you really need is a brain new bucket.

Saving money alone will never get you the results you want

These strategies must be done in tandem with keeping a budget (the right way) to make lasting changes.

If you feel like you’re trying your best to save money but are still stuck in your finances, you can sign up for my free budgeting course. It will help you overcome some of the most common budgeting mistakes and finally make real progress with your finances.

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shannon Clark, LIFE & FINANCIAL Coach

As a mom, I know what it's like to feel exhausted, overwhelmed by life, and inadequate to meet my children's needs. But I also know you don't have to stay there.

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95 thoughts on “Ultimate List of 77+ Easy Ways to Save Money”

  1. For gift buying~ Don’t underestimate the dollar store! And they are not all the same, watch for the name. Example: Dollar General not everything is a dollar! At Dollar Tree, everything is a dollar. You can make so many great gifts for under$20. Buy a gift bag or a canvas tote there and start filling it. For a baby shower gilt with all the little things that you forget you’ll need, like nail clippers, comb and brush, pkg of bibs, onesies, baby oil, desitin, cotton balls, baby wash, shampoo, and maybe a few rattles or teething rings. Tissue paper and a bow..and that’s a BIG and useful gift. You can do wedding shower gifts, birthday gifts, mothers day,etc. I even did/do one for an Aunt and Uncle that are snowbirds. When they travel back up north they drive out take a train so I make up a bag with tons of things you didn’t know you’d need.Canvas bag, aspirin, Tums, sunscreen, gum or mints, bandaids, wet wipes, chap stick, note pad, pen, crosswords,a book…..be creative! And it’s always a big hit!

    • My grandson is autistic and 9. The dollar tree was perfect for him to pick out gifts for everyone. He was so excited to give them out. This way we could walk through store and didn’t have to take away from the moment by being worried about cost. We will do it again this Christmas

  2. I didn’t know about the discounted movie tickets at Costco. Thanks for that one! I wish we could cancel the home phone, but I still like having it for 911 Emergency calls so that first responders can easily know where we are in case of emergency.

    • So negative…Lots of families use personal cloths & I think u just posted to run someone else’s accomplishments down…Great blog & great tips…We’d all be better off if we tried just half of these ideas.

  3. another way to cut cost on gift wrap is I always save gift bags people give me gifts in for christmas, birthdays, or whatever and reuse them. I even fold up the tissue paper and reuse that. It saves quite a bit because those suckers are expensive. I’m sure a lot of people know about this and do it already but it wasn’t on the list so I thought I’d share :-)
    Another way I’ve been saving money since I got my bank account at 18 is when I do use my debit card to pay bills online or use it in general (for the most part my hubby and I use cash for everything) I round up. It helps keep track of everything easier so you’re not keeping track of the change. for example if I spend $45.10 on something I round it up saying I spent $46. All that change adds up in your account. Same with deposits. Say I deposit a check for $100.25 I round down then and just say I deposit $100. The change adds up so fast it’s amazing! Like I said it also makes doing the math easier!

  4. All great tips! Happy to say we already do most of these but I made a small list of ideas I need to work on! I noticed the entertainment section only had two ideas listed. I’m sure that is because one could go on for days on how to save on entertainment! We borrow movies from friends rather than renting or going to the theatre. We have friends over for a barbecue or bonfire instead of going out to eat. There are many creative ways to save money and still have fun! :) Thanks for all the ideas!

  5. Although I agree with most of what you have post but here are some thoughts that you should be aware of.

    – Most ma and pa restaurants are struggling. So if your family really cuts back, maybe eating out isn’t so bad. And if you do eat out, you can save buy going to happy hour or go where kids eat free. There are a lot of service people relying on tips and service at restaurants.
    – In Arizona, growing a garden could possibly be more $ than if you bought the produce in the store or from a local farmer. Between water rates and soil maintenance a head lettuce will be cheaper form another source.
    – DONT CANCEL YOU HOME PHONE for EMERGENCY PURPOSES. This will vary depending on state. Here is an example: When the recent tornadoes hit the cell phones didn’t work. Only the home phones worked. It would be better to save money by changing you cell phone plan. I selected a non-smart phone. I loved my smart phone but it is not a NEED to have a data plan. I can call and text from my phone. I saved $ on my bill.
    – Although we try to do a lot of our home maintenance but keep in mind there are a lot of small businesses out there that need our support. AND they know there stuff. I tried fixing a plumbing job and made it worst. Sometimes its better to let the “pros” to do their job.
    – I use tupperware containers but on an occasion I sue plastic bags and then clean them for reuse. Sometimes cleaning the dish cost more when you add up the water and dish soap. You will be surprised how long a bag can last when cleaned and reused.
    – If you buy gift wrapping paper from Hallmark or others stores, you actually save money than buying from the dollar store. If you average out the “size and length” of the paper — you will be surprised.

    I am all for cheaper. way to go.

    • I like the after-Christmas sales – I especially try to get plenty of wrapping paper that is generic-looking so I can use it for birthdays. I get a really big roll of premium-quality paper for $.75.

  6. I understand the cash over plastic rule. However, we MAKE money by using our credit card. Both of our cards give us cash back. We charge pretty much everything and then pay the card off at the end of each month. No exceptions. Obviously you have to be the kind of person who can stick to a budget, of course, and NEVER carry a balance. Our credit card pays us $5-600 a year!

    • I used to have the same reasoning, but to get $500 back on a 1% reward card you are spending 50k a year! I switched to cash and spend $500 less a MONTH- which is so much better than my old rewards. Swiping is so mindless and easy it’s so easy to buy a little more here and there. I always encourage anyone I talk to to try cash envelopes and see the difference for themselves.

      • The idea is to swipe on the regular expenses that you are going to pay anyway. Get a cashback is like getting free money :)

  7. Love the list! I do all but 4 or 5 of them, and some don’t really apply (like the quit smoking, for example). I don’t know where you live, but buying meats and produce from a local farmer is NOT cheaper here – in fact, it’s double the cost or more. It makes me sad, because I’d like to buy local, but man, when it costs so much more…

    Anyway, thanks for a long and thorough list!

    • Do you have a university in your area or a 4H club? I know our university has a agriculture department and they sell the livestock a couple times a year. Sometimes if you buy a cow or pig from 4H or FFA you can split the cow/pig with a butcher and get the butchering for free.

  8. Ok now I’m really depressed. We do 95% of these, can’t do the rest, and still are struggling. No debt besides our mortgage and fridge we had to buy on credit because the last one wouldn’t live until tax time. Not even car payments. But we still are at the bottom of the barrel:-(

    • I feel the same. I need to quit smoking, working on that. But other then that, the only thing we aren’t doing is the family cloths, which my husband refuses to do

      • Sounds like you’re really on top of things! The quitting smoking could be a big money saver, and health saver! Praying you achieve your goal quickly! :)

      • My family uses cloth wipes on #1 only (girls) and the boys don’t use it at all. But it still saves us money. It keeps the gross factor down and it just goes in with the wash. I agree with you also about ‘mama cloth’ I’ve been using for 3 years and I really like them better than disposable. I rinse them out in the sink and put them in with the wipes. (I usually do this load by itself – wipes and cloth pads – during that time of the month, just to avoid any possibility of staining.)

    • For food cost try using a food pantry, to save money and build up a home pantry. call them to see if u qualify and what ID u need.Ask about rules, u might only be able to shop each one once a month. Go there FIRST before food shopping.Rent out a room of your house, do small jobs for a little money(dog walking…) I hope this helps the person that is still struggling

      • THank you, something to actually help people with real problems. I have done everything on this list my whole life… couldn’t help but laugh while reading. Only save pedicures for special occasions? WOW, WHAT A CONCEPT. My wife has never had a pedicure… and if we spent $0 for 9 months (no rent, no meds, no food) we wouldn’t have made $22,00 anyway. We both have bachelor’s degrees. First world problems indeed…

    • BettySue, my heart goes out to you. It’s hard to get ahead, but you have to focus on spending less than you make. Really keep track of your spending and bills. Know what you earn also. You may have a problem with income rather than out-go.

  9. One thing that isn’t mentioned because it probably doesn’t fit into a category or belongs in its own: tithing! It’s probably not the most popular money-saving tip, but it works! My husband and I have tithed at each church we’ve been members of, and God has always provided for us. We’ve never had a lot of extra money, but sometimes we do for a vacation or something fun, and we’ve always had our needs met, which is all I’ve wanted anyway. Each time that I forgot to tithe or tithed the wrong amount, we have struggled a little more financially. God keep his promises! If you’re obedient, God blesses you for your faith, even when the numbers don’t add up.

  10. Run your appliances like washer/dryer and dishwasher during non-peak hours. Not all, but many utility companies will offer discounts or charge less to run this appliances during non-peak hours. Those hours are typically 7pm to noon the next day. After this, it becomes peak hours because these are the times when most people are running these appliances. The main peak hours are 2-3 pm. Check with your local utility company to find out the peak and non-peak times. Some people have estimated nearly a 50% savings on these appliances, but of course this will all depend on your utility company.

    • I works on lowering bills
      I did believe it but unplug those cords from electrical sockets.
      Our bill went dow $30.00

  11. #4-Besides Azure Standard, depending on where you live, you may also be able to order bulk meats, etc. from Zaycon Foods (www.zayconfoods.com). They usually have great deals on hormone-free meats and you can stock up, put it in the freezer, can it, etc.

    • Thanks for the great tip! I’ve heard great things from others about Zaycon, but I haven’t tried it myself. I will have to look into it! It sounds like a wonderful resource! Thank you!

  12. We recently joined a local gleaning organization. For a small monthly fee, I can shop from produce (often organic too) and groceries donated by local stores and farms that may be just a little past its prime. In season, we also get to glean produce from local farms. I’m just starting to calculate how much we save, but I’m guessing its about $150 a month.

  13. Great advice! I was amazed last year how much of a yield I could produce in such a small space. I planted 12 pole beans (bought the starts from the local family-owned hardware store) and we ate beans a minimum of twice a week and gave some away from June through September. Wish I had noted what variety they were! I think they probably produced 3-4 lbs per week.

  14. For everyone freaking out about the reusable cloth, calm down. You can use it just when you urinate not for bowel movements. And then put them in the washing machine. All of us women know that our men aren’t using tp when peeing but we definitely need tp to wipe. It’s a small change and you can save money without getting rid of tp completely, but you will be cutting back substantially on the amount used. And they are easily washed. It’s not that gross in all actuality. Open your minds. Plus, it’s super helpful for the environment.

    • I know! I don’t do this, but I know some people who do. The lady I know has her family use them all the time. they drop them into a diaper pail with bleach water. Every day or two, they wash them separate from everything else on HOT water with bleach. What’s scary?

  15. I don’t feel I can do any of these except the stop smoking. But I don’t pay my insurance or rent and I don’t buy people gifts. I have foodstamps and use coupons so I don’t go over on those and end up paying cash. I walk to work while my hubby takes the car to school (cause he takes the kid) we don’t go out to eat or to the movies, we’ll rent movies from a cheap video store here. We have netflix (we don’t pay for it) I’ve no idea how to cut out our spending more but none of these ideas really apply to me. :-|

    • Check out movies at the library instead of renting them. Free is still cheaper than cheap.
      Also when you stop smoking you save more than just the cost of cigarettes! You can hang up at least some clothes to dry, look into making your own laundry detergent, unless that is covered by food stamps? Make your own household cleaners using vinegar, citrus and baking soda you can easily google DIY cleaners for how to use these things.
      Do you pay for your water or electric bills?

    • Find out where your food pantries are. Check the churches in your area as well. I wrote info on that in the reply section. Check your local library for freebees( I get free coupons there I give the diaper, pet and ‘women’products ones to those that need and use them) Pray don’t give up hope!

  16. Great list- Also you can sometimes save money by calling your utility company or cable company and get a deal. We no longer have cable but they always had promotions going on. I also saved recently by switching internet companies. That alone saved me $50 a month. I was going to switch trash removal companies because my current one kept raising the price and when I called them they actually gave me the price I had when I first started using them 5 yrs ago because they didn’t want to lose my business. That saved me $50 per quarter! Our electric company also has an energy saving program that you can evaluate how to save energy and they sent us free energy efficient light bulbs and tips on how to save money. We also are aware of what appliances give off the most energy and never run those appliances at the same time. For instance the dryer, stove & AC. When I am cooking I shut the AC off- I do my cooking earlier in the day if it will be hot out. I also don’t run the dryer while I am cooking. Little things like that can really make a difference!

    • Great tips! It really is amazing how much money you can save just by taking the time to pick up the phone and ask. I wish we had more than one internet company or garbage service in our area! Though, I bet you could decide to haul your trash to the dump instead of having it picked up.

  17. We found the cell service called Ting a while ago and it’s great. Two smartphones about $40/month! You only sign up for what you use! :)

  18. We live in the Seattle area where it rains a lot, so a rain barrel system is a good money saver and very common around here.
    When you are buying produce from a local farm, there is often a u-pick option, saves money and also makes for a fun family outing (talk about cheap entertainment!)
    Also, we only go grocery shopping once every two weeks. Just avoiding the grocery store saves money on impulse purchases and gas to get there. Buy some produce that lasts longer before spoiling and use that the second week, stuff that spoils faster gets used the first week.

  19. Hi Shannon,
    Can you tell me a little more about how the grocery saving program works? I’m interested, but our budget is extremely tight right now and before I pay for it, I’d like a better idea of whether I’ll really utilize it.


  20. Cloth Napkins:
    We cut old T-SHIRTS shirts into squares and use them for cloth napkin. I get about 8 from and adult-sized shirt, and I feel like they’re a more logical size.

  21. Personally I’ll always buy toilet paper. I get it $15 at Costco and it lasts my husband and I FOREVER. Don’t agree with buying wrapping paper at the dollar tree. Cheaper wrapping paper always equals less wrapping paper, you’ll have to buy lots more than just one roll. Just buy the thick $5 rolls from Walmart and you’ll easily be able to wrap lots of presents. My parents actually don’t use wrapping paper. They bought nice thick boxes years ago and still use them to put presents inside. Then they keep the boxes year to year. They also like to use boxes from random things they’ve gotten or bought to put gifts in. Makes you think it’s one thing when you see it but it’s really something totally different.

  22. This is such an awesome list of so many different options! I’m sure we’re all guilty of some of these so it’s great to know anyone can apply these tips. And can start today!

  23. Great list! We forget how many little things add up to big things. I often buy things in bulk at Sam’s Club and save so much on things like paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and pet supplies. I just have to make sure I spread out those Sam’s Club purchases so they don’t happen all in one month!

  24. Don’t buy unless you can afford it, don’t let money burn your pocket hold on to it. cut lights off unless your using it. Don’t spend money unless you actually need something.

  25. Great list, I’m going to focus on several of these today. With not being able to go to work, we need to save money where we can, like never before! Thanks.

  26. This is such a comprehensive list. I do my best to save money but there are a few ideas I need to implement now. Here is to needing a bigger piggy bank!

  27. My gram would take the dish water, wash the table and stove top, do dishes,
    Wale up any spills on the floor, wash out the slop buckets and then go water her flowers. Had the prettiest flowers in town. All this was with the same water she pumped and heated on her wood stove. Of course this was in the 50s.

    I would ask mom what would she’d use for her monthly. “Oh we had a bag of rags for that then wed wash them and put them out on the clothes line for the sun to bleach and dry”. She said they would hang them on the middle lines so they wouldn’t be waving in the breeze for the neighbors to see. This was in the 30s and 40’s

    Another elderly friend said when she worked on the farm if they had to release themselves they would go right there in the field and pull leaves off the corn stocks to clean themselves. This was in the 20 and 30’s
    I would say we have come along way.


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