Outdated Skills That Could Actually Save You Money

making breadModern living means that people have access to convenient ways of getting things done. We buy our food at the nearest grocery store and use appliances electricity appliances to cook and wash our clothes. But what if you could actually save money by learning a few old-fashioned skills?

Believe it or not, there are some instances where traditional methods could save you money in the long run. Here are a few skills you might consider acquiring:

Gardening – There is no doubt that it costs money to eat well. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive, especially when it comes to organic produce. One way to get around this problem is to grow your own with a garden. Once you get the hang of it, you can save hundreds of dollars without wondering if your produce is organic or not. Think you don’t have room for a garden? Even apartment dwellers can make use of their limited space for a garden.

Canning – Produce spoils quickly and is often more expensive in the wintertime. Canning allows you to preserve your fruits and vegetables and to enjoy them long after. Gardening and canning often go hand-in-hand.

Dehydrating – For those who have limited space, dehydrating is an excellent alternative to canning. It cuts down on space requirements and has less of a learning curve. While dehydrators can be expensive, you can find many low-end products for as little as $35.

Sewing – By learning how to mend your own clothes, you can save quite a bit of money from having to pay someone else to do it for you. Of course, how much you want to learn about sewing depends on you. Those with more advanced sewing skills can make their own clothes as well as other items which saves money from having to buy these things at the store.

Washing and Drying Your Own Clothes – It doesn’t take much effort to throw your clothes into the washing machine and dryer but you could save money by doing it yourself with your own device. This is especially true for apartment dwellers that have to make use of coin-operated machines or go to a laundry mat. For drying your clothes, simply hang a clothes line outside or use an indoor rack.

Making Your Own Bread – Sure, while it may be more convenient to pick up a loaf at the store, making your own bread can be rewarding in itself. Homemade bread tastes better, it is cheaper, and you can control what goes into it. The biggest downside is that it does take time but it might be time well spent if you can save some dough.

About the Author:


Rebecca Maxwell is a freelance writer who has written for a variety of websites including GISLouge.com and AKA Mom Magazine. She first started out as a history blogger at My Adventures in History, and her articles have been published in Idaho Magazine, Idaho Family Magazine, and Christian Living Mag ...


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One thought on “Outdated Skills That Could Actually Save You Money”

  • Drew

    You left out the best part about making your own bread. The smell of fresh baked bread throughout your house is reason enough to do it. Thanks for posting!

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