I’ve visited the Living Well Spending Less site on several occasions. I love the clean look of the site, and the products are so nice. I’m actually working through the Goal Setting Workbook, and I just found the free The LWSL Spring Cleaner Planner 2017! Two of the things I like best about the workbook and the planner are the bright colors and the streamlined, … Continue reading Are You Ready for Spring Cleaning?
I shopped a second time in one day, because I found deals on cleaning supplies I’ll use. I needed to go back to my room to figure out a budget for what I can spend on such things, then return to the store. Thankfully these two trips were on a day I had to stay at work, so I wasn’t wasting money on transportation. I … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip # 6 – Closing Sales
I have been decluttering and learning to simplify my life. This process is helping: Me to learn that I do not need so much. Me to learn the art of letting go. Others to see that I do not want them to give me so many things, unless they will be useful. Others in that I am giving of my ‘things’ that I no longer … Continue reading Dear Frugal Diary, 11/09/2009
Saving electricity is not only about saving money, though that is a big part of the equation. It is also important to our future as a whole. To live a greener life, in some cases, will automatically bring money savings. Sometimes this money savings is very much needed. Right now, I am saving energy costs because I have no water to heat. This is because … Continue reading Energy Savings
A while back Bethany, a reader, asked if I knew of any homemade laundry detergent that does NOT use Borax, which she believes to be a poison. (If so, Yuck!) I recently found a website that has a few different recipes for laundry detergent. It is called tipnut.com. I would like to direct each of you to recipes # 5, 7, 8, and 10 on … Continue reading Homemade Laundry Detergent: More than One Choice
By Shannon Buck – Copyright July 2007 Believe me, this happens in our household as well. I try to always have a few things on hand: a large bottle of vinegar (The vinegar smell does not stay in the home that long. Only use a small amount with water.) a few large boxes of baking soda salt dish detergent, purchased at the dollar store with … Continue reading When you cannot Afford to Purchase a lot of Cleaning Supplies
I’m sure that you all notice that people in your, and surrounding, towns often have spring clean up times. They are allowed to put things by the roads to be taken away. It sits there for a while before this happens. There is a reason for that. It is a great recycling program. Now, notice that some of the people in your, and surrounding, towns … Continue reading Spring, Summer and Fall Clean-Up
It looks like we will be needing rags again. The old ones seem to have outlived their usefulness. I have been saving new dish cloths and dish towels for when I could no longer use the old ones for kitchen use. The old towels and cloths are very old, stained and yucky looking. I will cut them up and use them as rags until they … Continue reading Making Rags
I have had this leak from my tub faucet since we moved in. That was more than a few years ago. I have a couple of buckets that I put (one at a time, of course), under the faucet to collect the water. I get two bucket fulls a day, sometimes three. What do I do with the water? * Water the vegetables and … Continue reading By the way, did I tell you all that I am not real handy?
There are many ways in which we can all live more frugally while saving our environment. Greening our homes does not have to cost megabucks up front. We can take our time to learn, which will provide us with money savings down the road. With the money that we save, we can purchase helpful items to help us save more money. We can also use … Continue reading Ways I Reuse Every Day Items
* Today was our big shopping trip. We shopped at the Goodwill, a thrift shop, Wal*Mart and Hannaford. I used the many canvas tote bags that I have been collecting. * I’m not sure if I mentioned it or not, but I purchased the cotton fleece for the cloth wipes. Now I have to set aside time to cut them out. * I purchased the … Continue reading Goals Updates for 5/24/2008
First of all, I always make sure that there is vinegar in the rinse agent hole. It seems that the best detergent is simply equal amounts of washing soda and borax. You use 2 tablespoons. I will experiment using 1 tablespoon. Also, you put the detergent into one of the other holes. Some say not to put it into the hole that locks closed. Shannon Continue reading Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
In light of all the goings on (rising prices and the sad shape our Earth is in), I have made some goals for myself. Prices are not going to stop rising any time soon, and I am not going to become rich any time soon, so something(or someone) has to give. That would be me. I am also sadly aware of the waste that households create, … Continue reading My Goals: Saving Money and Helping Our Earth
I’m sure that most of you know that vinegar can be used as a disinfectant. If you fill a spray bottle half way with vinegar, and the rest of the way with water, you will have what you need for your kitchen, bathroom and laundry area cleaning needs. Be sure to label the bottle accordingly. Continue reading Homemde All-Purpose Cleaner/Disinfectant Spray
My nephew and I recently made a batch of homemade powdered laundry detergent. It is supposed to work very well, and is also supposed to be fine for baby clothes. We doubled the recipe so that I won’t have to make it as often. I have read that 1/8 cup per load should be enough, maybe just a tablespoon for baby clothes. I will experiment … Continue reading Homemade Laundry Detergent
I help the couple across the street out when they need it. I did not let them pay me at first, then the husband gave me a $50.00 gift at Christmas. It is rude to give back a gift, and the money was helpful. The wife had given us clothes, spring bulbs to plant, baskets and many other small things. We were very grateful for … Continue reading Do you believe in karma?
Visit the Keeping the Homeblog for this recipe. It uses simple, affordable, easy to find ingredients, and will not take long to make. I plan to use this recipe when we run out of dishwasher detergent. Continue reading Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
I am just using full strength vinegar for this. I am going to put it into a spray bottle and label it. This works for tough toilet stains as well as daily swishes. Actually, I swish with nothing but the toilet water daily, and twice a week I will use the vinegar. Continue reading Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
I have a large number of dish towels that I keep in my kitchen drawer. I use these in place of paper towels for many things, including cleaning up spills. Whenever I need to clean anything up, I use these. When the dishcloths are too stained to remain in the kitchen, they are placed in the rag jug. This can be a milk jug with … Continue reading Saving Money on Paper Products
Maintenance: Once a month, it is a good idea to wash the lint trap. We use a toothbrush for this, and scrub both sides. Not doing so could lead to a fire, I hear, especially if you use dryer sheets. Money Savers: The girls and I have been discussing how to save money this winter. We will still hang our laundry out to dry whenever we … Continue reading The Dryer
Maintenance: Clean once a month. I have been using a dishwasher cleaning agent, but am considering the use of vinegar instead. Money Savings: Use vinegar instead of Jet-Dry. Start using less and less detergent until you notice it is no longer working, then use the previous amount. Do not run the dry cycle. Open and allow dishes to air dry. Do not fill the dishwasher … Continue reading Dishwasher
Maintenance: Run an empty dishwasher once at least once a month. They have a specific product for this, but I aim to try it using just vinegar. I will let you know how this goes. Saving Money: * Use vinegar instead of Jet-Dry. * We have begun using less detergent than is suggested. We are cutting back just a little at a time to see … Continue reading Dishwasher Tips
Maintenance: Once a month, run an empty washer with 1 cup of vinegar. Safety: Once a month, clean your dryer filter. Mine is at the top of my dryer. Pull it out and scrub both sides of the screen with water, soap and a toothbrush. Money Savings: I will be trying vinegar as a fabric softener. I understand that we can use the downy ball … Continue reading Laundry Tips
One of my big issues is the cost of cleaning supplies. This winter, while funds are low, I must learn to clean frugally. I already buy the cheapest brands at the cheapest prices, but this tactic just will not work for me this winter. Money is going to be too tight. Here are my solutions so for: * Laundry: When I really cannot afford laundry … Continue reading Frugal Cleaning Strategies