Frugal Living Tips – The Kitchen

Medical expenses can accumulate after endless doctor office visits, countless emergency room visits, necessary special diets, and the ever flowing river of medicines that a chronic health condition brings to a person or family. Being frugal and earning easy extra income can ease these expenses. You can save money in any part of your home or on the go. Last week I gave over 11 tips on how to to be frugal with laundry. This week I will show you over 20 tips for the kitchen!

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Frugal Living Tips for the Kitchen

1. Wash dishes by hand – when you can. I know with fibromyalgia and other similar conditions this can be a painful task. Ask a loved one to help out if you can.

2. When using the dishwasher, turn off the heat dry and let the clean dishes air dry when the cleaning cycle is complete.

3. Even if the dirty dishes in the dishwasher are really dirty, avoid using the ‘heavy load’ cycle to save water and electricity.

4. Only run the dishwasher if there is a full load to save electricity and water.

5. Make homemade dishwasher detergent.

dishwasher detergent


6. Prior to running the dishwasher, run the hot water in your kitchen sink to prevent the heating coils in the dishwasher from overworking to get the water hot to wash the dishes. This will save on electricity.

7. Use vinegar as a rinse aid in the dishwasher.

8. Make your own all purpose cleaner for the floor and countertops.

all purpose cleaner


9. Check for leaky pipes and faucets to save on water.

10. Make your liquid soap detergent last longer (can be used to wash your hands or wash your dishes).

foam dispenser

11. Turn off the lights in the kitchen when not in the room.

12. Make your own seasoning packets.

13. Use slow cooker for meals to save electricity and use less pots and pans for cooking your meals.

14. Make your own bread crumbs.

bread crumbs


15. Make your own gravy.

16. Use freezer cooking to save money and time.

17. Plan your meals and use coupons in addition to sale items. (Check out the apps to make money on grocery shopping!)

18. Store your produce the right way to make them last longer.

19. Reuse yogurt cups as single fruit servings.

yogurt cups

20. Have quick and easy meals on hand to avoid eating out or ordering in.

21. Make your own dips.

22. Buy in bulk and store in large clear containers.

buy in bulk


23. Reuse clear containers for bagged food items to keep them fresher longer.

bagged items in clear containers

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Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

10 thoughts on “Frugal Living Tips – The Kitchen

  • October 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    The tip for reusing the yogurt containers for singe servings is a great idea. It would work great in school lunches.

  • November 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I know it’s like “THE” cheapo thing to do, but I wash Ziplock bags, and it’s not a kitchen thing but I make my own laundry detergent and spend about $20 a YEAR on detergent now with CLEANER clothes. I also buy reusable kitchen sponges from Paperless Kitchen so that I can wash them vs throwing them away. They last for months. I also use their kitchen clothes to clean up with instead of paper towels since those are also washable. It’s a little more expensive at first, but the savings over the long run are well worth it. And I can’t use chemicals to clean with, so my cleaning solution is similar to yours. I don’t remember the last time I bought any sort of chemical cleanser that wasn’t ammonia-free window cleaner or furniture polish. I don’t miss spending money on that stuff.

    • November 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Reusable kitchen sponges? Yes, please! I need to check that out! I can’t remember the last time I bought any detergent or cleaning solutions either. The only thing I buy are the glade air freshners and even then the coupons and rebates make them practically free. Thank you for reading and recommending the Paperless Kitchen products! Searching for it now…

  • November 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    What great tips! I just made our own window cleaner and bathroom cleaner today. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned you post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I also use reusable kitchen clothes n toss in the washing machine when needed even my steel wool you can put in dishwasher too ( i dont have one) i use a spray bottle with diluted dish detergent n vinegar as my go to cleaning sprsy i use for everything

    • December 2, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I want to get cloth napkins and cleaning rags to cut back on the paper towel costs. Those little things add up to big savings!


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