The official how to save money around the barn thread!
Tell u$ your $ecrets of how you$ave mon$y around the barn.
Lets keep it active!
Don't be shy, we all could use to save a little extra $$.
I suppose I'll go first..
The biggest thing I do is I always turn off the light, and radio before leaving the barn. I mean no horse really needs to listen to the radio all night.
Another thing I'm really interested in doing is solar panels. They are so expensive. D;
Im like you Im huge into saving electricity...not only to save money but for environmental reasons as well.
I also like to reuse things, no old feed container, or bottle doesn't find another use in my barn. Whether it be a toy for the horses (I use old zev bottles, and electrolyte bottles in thier stalls for toys) or as a container for nails, or brushes or what have you.
I also purchase a lot of stuff at our dollar store for the barn. I got some awesome buckets to use to divy up their am feedings where as the small utility buckets at our feed store cost like 10 bucks!
I also have started to go a more natural approach w some of my horses instead of spending huge amounts of $$$ on supplements. For example Baking soda is a great option as a probiotic, and all our horses get garlic as an immune booster, and helps w deterring mosquitoes in summer. This turns out to be much cheaper then paying for brand name supplements that do the samethings
We put a few flower pots outside of our big sliding doors in the summer. When I empty water buckets, instead of pouring it in the wash stall drain or on the ground, I water the flowers with it.
We save empty sawdust bags and use them as trash bags.
Reuse supplement containers. I like them for premeasuring grain for overnight shows, throw it in a couple supp buckets and go. Also for treat containers since mice can't chew through it.
I'll add more later... can't think of anything else right now.
Wow, those are great tips! I never thought of some of them. I will be sure and try to use them.
One thing I'm big in is not using alot of fly spray, during the summer we plant, plants that help naturally ward off flies. Their hasn't been any studies, that i know of, about the effects of fly spray. I just don't like to use all of the toxic chemicals on my horse.
Baby wipes. The best grooming tool ever invented. Cheap and effective.
Buy feed, shavings, and hay in BULK.
Label everything so that other people don't use your stuff thus buying less.
The finer the shavings the less you use and it takes less time to clean.
Depending on the area, you can substitute rice hulls or go half and half for bedding.
I use a fish net to sift dirty water buckets.. I won't dump water buckets or troughs unless they are low or really dirty. Saves time and money and less mud.
I try to buy most of my tack and riding clothes on ebay.
When you go to shows.. sign up with the feed dealers like purina. Fill out multiple cards (1 for you, 1 for your husband, sister or what have you.) They send out $10 feed coupons all the time and when they do I usually get like 4. $40 of feed every month or so is really nice!
Sorry for hijacking but I had to ask. :-)
It /really/ has helped us out around the barn. The only thing I have the worst time with are the gnats? I think they are called that, they're tiny black flies that bite and make you bleed.
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