When people find out that we have five children many of them assume that it costs an arm and a leg to feed them, clothe them, house them, and that we are taking a huge toll on the World's delicate balance...as in having a huge carbon foot print. Here are some ways to keep your large family living small...
We have switched to cloth diapers, I wish I would've made the switch years ago but I didn't. We no longer buy disposable diapers at all. We also use cloth wipes.
We don't buy paper towels, we use rags or dish clothes.
We don't buy cleaning supplies, I use vinegar and baking soda for 99% of our cleaning needs
As a family we only put out one trash can of garbage out a week. We put out 2 30 gallon tubs and two trash bags full of recyclable items. We also have a compost bin to further reduce our trash. We no longer purchase convenience foods and now that I've begun canning our trash should be even less.
We don't purchase any clothes new. They are bought at yard sales or thrift stores. We also buy shoes used at Once Upon a Child. The same thing for toys and books. We do purchase some books and toys new but 95% are from yard sales or thrift stores, by buying used we don't have to dispose of the packaging.
Our home is small and we have well loved furniture, we have only one piece of new furniture.
Our electric bill is less than $75 a month. Everything in our house is electric except our furnace. Six of us are home all day long.
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