I think most of us are trying to reduce the amount of cash we outlay these days, and dare I even mention the word credit card! Another reason for upskilling your homemaking is so you can use those skills in more than one way!
Last Friday I had to make a trip into town to have treatment on my back again. I'd already been on the Tuesday, but since I'd done so much damage, it really did need another treatment! At just over $60 per treatment I decided to I would try somthing out............ after all, nothing ventured is nothing gained :) So I headed off to town with a dozen of my eggs, a number of soaps, lip balms, candle melts and one of my jars of furniture conditioner (all made here at home by me, with the exception of the eggs............ although hubbie tends to think I sometimes mimick the chooks!!)
I'm pleased to say that the Osteo was happy to accept a couple of various products which made up to just over half the amount of the cost of the appointment, so my "cash" outlay was just $28. Then I had to head to the health food outlet to purchase a kilo of almond meal - which was exchanged for some soaps and candle melts........... no cash outlay
After a few quick errands, I felt it was time to grab a coffee to have on my 45 min drive home...... barter of 1 dozen eggs for 1 large latte! I have to tell you, I do so love the barter system!
Just a hint...... use the smaller stores where you can get to know the shop owners - they have needs (and wants), like all of us and are often very happy to have home grown or home made products - ask them, after all the worst they can do is say no!