- 2) Buy and use a Crock pot. Crock pots are a great long-term investment because they are both awesome and easy to use. And if you have never used a Crock pot before, there are some great cookbooks out there, or even free recipes online that can give you some ideas of what to make. I make a big batch of something every Sunday that my husband and I take for lunch every day for the first few days of the week. I once made a fantastic "beefless" burgundy stew that we ate over my homemade "buttermilk" biscuits. It was easy to make but tasted like a fabulous rich and hearty home-cooked meal. As I write these word there is a yummy sweet potato, tomato, and peanut stew cooking away all by itself downstairs without me having to do anymore than throw all the ingredients in together and push a button.
Tip Number Nine: When it comes to cosmetics and household products, use up what you have and before you buy more, look into making your own. Most of the time, homemade products are easy to make, and they are also better for the environment. Plus, if you make them yourself, you can be assured they are truly cruelty-free. I have been using my homemade detergent for quite awhile now, and I see no reason to ever go back to the store-bought kind.