I've got a great suggestion on how to save money: take care of the things you have!!
Save on paint: don't let your kids draw or put stickers on their walls.
Save on clothes: Have two sets -- play/work and regular stuff.
Save on furniture: Keep it clean and don't abuse it ("No more monkeys jumping on the bed!).
Save on home repairs: Regular maintenance of anything and everything will keep you from having to replace it, which is a far more costly endeavor.
I've mentioned in the past that my DH is a bit of a neat freak. I've had to adapt my clutterbug self in order to promote at least some harmony in our house. I'm also a bit of a freak about order and organization, and so my heart sang when I discovered FLY LADY.
Some of you have most likely seen her site or her books. She is a woman after my own heart (though I will say that I don't wear shoes in the house, only slippers or socks, or I go barefoot). She has a control journal that tells you when to clean certain areas of your house, and hints on making it easy to KEEP the place clean.
I'll say it again: if you take care of your things (and this includes cleaning them and putting them away properly), you won't have to replace them as often.
Check out Fly Lady. See what you think. I'm telling you -- her Fling Boogies are addictive.
A general note: Tightwad Tuesday is going to change to a once a month posting after today. I should probably think of a new name... hmm... any ideas?
You Are Not Messy
You're so clean, people have accused you of being a clean freak!
You like things tidy, organized, and smelling fresh.
Messes drive you crazy, especially when you didn't make them.
It's hard for you to live with a slob - or someone who leaves their dishes in the sink.