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Friday, April 24, 2009
1. No soda, fancy coffee, bottled water, or energy drinks. Waste of money.
2. No paper towels. Use fabric napkins.
3. No a/c. Morning just open your windows all the way. Shut as soon as sun comes up. Close your drapes.
4. Keep thermostat at 60. Wear socks and sweatshirts.
5. During winter, keep drapes open when its sunny. Close when its not.
6. Pay bills over the internet. Saves on stamps and theft.
7. Think twice before you buy. Do I really need it? Or think about it and come back later. Chances are you wont.
8. Walk. Those 2 things on your legs called feet? Yep those will help you walk. Saves on gas. Good for everything.
9. Dont buy cleaners. Make your own. Fill spray bottle with water and a tiny bit of vinegar. Does not smell when dry.
10. No cable, dish, net flicks, nothing. You dont need it. Red box has free movie code every Monday on blogs. Use different debit cards and get more than 1.
11. Buy 2nd hand everything possible.
12. Wear clothes more than once before washing.
13. Designate a towel to each person in your home. Wash once a week.
14. Use your library. Free books, movies, etc. Remember to return them on time.
15. Line dry your clothes. If you dont like your jeans scratchy, just dry them outside until almost done, then throw in dryer for 5 minutes. No more scratchy.
16.Do not eat out.
17. Pack your own lunches.
18. Use cold water in your washer.
19. Unplug everything when not being used.
20. Buy after season sales. Buy seasonal clothes for your family in the size they will be in 1 year.
21. Get to know mark down area's in each store. Visit them 1st. Anything in them will be marked down 50% off.
22.No lights on till dark. Just open your drapes/blinds.
23. No shaving cream-just use soap
24. No land line phone. Cheaper to own a cell. Search for the best deal.
25. Buy meat markdowns or sales only. I will not pay more than $1 per lb for any meat. I feed a family of 6 and this can be done. Plus you get a variety of meats to choose from. Get to know your mark down area in each store. Separate and freeze when you get home.
26. Start a garden. Store bought potato's, tomato's, green peppers can be used to start them. Just wait till potato's get to growing. Tomato seeds strained and dried. Peppers seeds taken out to dry.
26. Freebies/samples used. Yes, you can use those. Husband travels and keeps soaps/shampoo/conditioners for us. I use them. Have not bought bar of soap a long time. Use them. They really do add up.
27. Skip mouth wash. Use hydrogen peroxide. This keeps your teeth white and does not taste. It taste like water. Swish for 30 seconds. $4.50 a bottle or $1.00 a bottle? You choose.
28. Children school hand outs. If one side is empty, use it to print on. Less paper you have to buy.
29. No chips, fancy crackers, or cookies. Instead buy bulk nuts, and dried fruit. Make your own muffins or cookies.
30. Buy in bulk first always. These days even shampoo or soap can be bought in bulk. Just look for it.
31. Look up a recipe instead of buying a boxed meal. Hamburger helper is made with noodles, water, seasonings and meat. No brainer. Try making it instead of buying boxed food stuffed with preservatives and other things I cannot even spell.
32. Use condiment small packs. Katsup, mustard, soy sauce, and much more. This will save you a tiny bit.
33. Try sweeping your drive way instead of using your water hose.
34. Try blending frozen banana's with a little milk for homemade ice cream. Much cheaper than $5 ice cream.
35. Dilute your shampoo and conditioner down. Works just as well.
36. Buy store brands only unless name brand is cheaper.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
There is 3 methods on how to make a line for only $2. Dollar Stores have wooden clothes pins for only $1 and you get a good amount of them. I needed 1 pack. Then they also sell the plastic type rope made just for clothes lines. Again only $1. All you have to provide is a hammer and long nails. Here are my 3 methods ive used over the years.
1. Extra wood or brace from a shelf nailed to the fence. Take take the rope and string it through. I add a nail or two in between them to in case I need the extra support (clothes can get heavy). Make sure you get it super tight and have no slack. It will sag a little over time so make sure you can undo it later and tighten it again. Your done. As you can see I took advantage of the under area and planted things under it.
#2. No brace or extra wood? Just hammer a nail in the fence, then do another at the other end. Make it as long as you want, just add a nail every 4ft or so for extra support. Then just tie the rope at one end and stretch it super tight to the last nail, then loop it around and bring it back to the first nail you tied it on. Tie it but make sure you can undo it so you can tighten it up again later. Done. This method takes a tiny it longer to dry because the are so close to the fence but it does work.
#3. No picture for this one but I did this at my last house. I took advantage of a side yard that we didnt use that had a fence around it. I took the rope and ran it from one side of the fence to the other, back and forth as many times as you want. Then just tied it off. It was kaddy corner. Then hung my clothes to dry. Depending on your type of fence, this is super easy to do. If you cannot tie it around the actual fence plank, then you can use nails again. This is a super easy method and good if you are renting because you dont leave nail marks on the fence. You can get alot of clothes on this method.
Other ways to hang dry clothes are the following:
1. Buy a collapsable wooden clothes rack. They are anything from $10-$15. You can use these anywhere. In your laundry room, or any dry place. I have mine outside and on my garden bench shelf. Its the only place my dog cannot get into and chew it up. You cannot put as much clothes on it but its perfect for appartments or condo's. You can often find these at thrift stores. The older ones are the better ones. They usually are all wooden. Mine is a newer one and is half wood and half cardboard tubes.
2. Plastic contraptions. You can find these plastic contraptions that hang from a hook in the ceiling. They have clips and are good for hanging your undies, bra's, etc.
3. Fence, play structure, etc. You can hang towells to dry on these. Ive even hung blankets off my girls play structure because they were too large for my line I made. My dog also cannot reach them.
You will save so much energy by doing this. I just love the smell of my clothing. They smell like the good old outdoors. Memories of my mother doing the same thing come flooding in. You can have a line anywhere, just get creative. Mine is above my plants on the fence around my garden. Yours can be along your house, a fence, or side yard. Just get creative.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
They pay 2 cents-25 cents per item. Depending on which item you send them. This is a great way to teach your children how to reuse things. Maybe the kids can send their trash in, and then buy a item from the company. Just think of all the questions your little ones will come up with. This company is going to be huge and im supporting them all the way.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
1. Hang dry all towells, wash clothes, or just about anything easy to hang dry. Polyesters are fast drying. This saves me 192 loads a year.
2. Make my own laundry soap. This is SUPER economical. Ends up only costing me 1 penny per load when I make my own. And I only have to make it once every 3 months or so. Regular soap would cost you anywhere between 14-20 cents per load.
3. Use eco-friendly products. Seventh Generation is my favorite. I wait till it goes on sale and use my coupons. So im paying half price usually.
4. Buy in bulk. No packaging which is saving tree's and saving you money.
5. Stop buying bottled water. We didnt buy a whole lot but it still have saved us money. Most newer fridge's have a filter system so just use that water and a resable container(look for #2 on bottom its the safest plastic)
6. Coupons coupons coupons. Most eco friendly products are starting to give out coupons. Yipee! If you love a particular item, just email the company direct and 9 times out of 10 they will send you coupons. Most the time you can just sign up on their site and they send you some.
7. Buy used. We buy 95% of our everyday home/clothing items from goodwill/thrift stores/yard sales. I would rather save something from going in the landfill than buy a new one. Undies, bra's and socks are new but thats it. Its not only recycling, but its WAY less expensive. I find all the popular brands my kids want and all the ones I like too. You would be suprised what people get rid of.
8. Walk walk walk-I walk or jog 3 times a week to the store, park, or where ever. I have a jogging stroller that has a big compartment in the back so I just put food back there. This saves me money, gas, and the earth doesnt get my gas fumes. Plus gets me exercise.
9. Plant a garden. Easy to do. You end up paying pennies for produce when you grow it yourself
10. Can or freeze-I canned green beans this year. No I didnt grow the beans but I bought them when they were in season so they were cheap. I did end up forking over money for the pot and jars but over time this will pay for itself.
11. Buy recycled items. Recycled packaging. Recycled paper products. Stop cutting down tree's and just reuse the paper we have. Either buy stuff with no packaging or buy items that have recycled packaging. Support the companies that are willing to pay more to better this earth.
12. Reuse-we reuse paperbags for recycling stuff in our home. We reuse lunch meat containers for left overs. We reuse single serving apple sauce containers for ice cream, yogurt, etc. Old shirts we give my oldest daughter so she can make quilts for her barbies. Think how you can reuse something before you throw it away.
13. Reduce-Dont turn on lights until it gets dark. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Use half the reccomended amount of laundry soap, are you really that dirty? Stop drinking soda or at least half the amount. Yes you will get over it, I did. Make your own coffee. I know crazy huh? Only go out 2 times a month instead of every week. Stop getting all those extra channels on your tv. Little things like that add up to hundreds by the end of the year. Just reduce little by little.
14. Recycle-recycle as much as you can. Then you can get a small trash can and that will save you money. You will stop putting things in the landfill too.
15. Last but not least, think. Think how our actions will impact our childrens lives. How will they live after were gone? How will their environment be? If we do something now, we just might be able to fix the problems we have caused.
Monday, April 20, 2009
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Now here is where im not exactly organized right now. My pantry Easter baskets (paid 25 cents for last week) and Easter candy is stashed away for now but will be gone soon. As you can see, my Tupperware addiction is in full swing. Bottom left is my vintage Tupperware cake carrier with handle. Mason jars everywhere. Crock pot is a must in any home. This was a Christmas gift to myself. I only paid $20 for it, its the largest one you can buy without a timer. Party bowls, seperated slots, and lids for them all. Of course im going to have a jello ring mold made by Tupperware. Not sure if you can see it but I also have a Tupperware bacon container and Tupperware lid holder that I need to put on the wall. Yep, vintage as well. You cant buy them and havent been able to for a long long time. One thing about my stuff is I can find anything at any moment. I love my stuff so much that no matter how unorganized I am, I can find it. I can tell you exactly where I found it, and how much I paid for it. Its like a well oiled vintage machine. It all works for me. My mother always told me that I was born a generation too late. And im starting to see it more and more.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sometimes I find collections. Yellow Tupperware measuring cups. Still hunting for the rest. Ive had the same rolling pin since I was married. Orange measuring bowls were a gift from my best friend. Yes nothing matches in my house. Its not name brand. But I love every single thing I have. They are beautiful long lasting objects. When I see them, it brings back memories of my childhood. My mother dragging me to Tupperware parties and me begging her to buy those Tupperware stencils. And yes, I still have those and my name is on every single one of them. And yes, my kids use them all the time. I should be a Tupperware consultant huh? Well I thought of that but no. I like the old stinky Tupperware. The old ugly colors. My heart just gets pumping more and more when I think about it. I might have a problem......I dont like the new colors they have. Good news though, they have been bringing back the old Tupperware style but in new colors. The push lid on the drink pitchers, the cool old orange color, and much much more. Maybe I should rethink it. .. Hmmm
Next time its onto my baking cabinet. Your excited huh? Just expect Tupperware. Thats all im going to say. Until next time....
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Yes, there it is again. Old Tupperware. A basket (thrift shop find) to keep my to go coffee mugs lids in order. And clear Dollar Tree glass cups for the adults. All coffee mugs were gifts or prizes we won from my husbands work. Again notice the shelf? lol. Now you have peeked into my kitchen. I feel alot better now. My secret it out. Im a vintage Tupperware finatic. I just cant help myself. Next time you will see whats in my drawers. What do you think will be in there?
Monday, April 13, 2009
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