10 Ways I’m Saving Money

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So I like to save money.  And now that I’m actually paying attention to where my money goes as opposed to years past, I like to get good deals.  And if I can find a way to do it myself and lessen the cost, then I’m going to do it.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you may know that I’ve started a Money Savin’ board.  I’m having a lot of fun trying out these new things and figuring up how much money I’ll be saving.   Anyway, here are a few things from my board that I think are 100% worth passing on.

1.  Making my own laundry detergent.   This is simple.  Click on the link for the recipe, but I spent about $12.  I used a cup of the Borax and the Super Washing Soda and one bar of soap.  I still have enough to probably last me the rest of the year because that recipe made enough for about 50 loads of laundry.  That’s $12 for a year of washing clothes.  And, yes, it says it’s okay to use in high-efficiency washing machines because it produces a very small amount of suds.

2.  I’m making my own cleaner.  Equal parts of blue Dawn and heated-up white distilled vinegar and my bathroom has never been so clean.  Seriously.  It’s insane.

3.  I’m cleaning out my drains so I don’t have to call a plumber as often.  1/2 c baking soda, 1/2 c white vinegar and boiling water. Seriously cool.  Plus this site has tons of other suggestions!

4.  Making my own fabric softener.  I actually haven’t tried this, but in running the recipe by other who have, I have no doubt that it will work well.  I’m just waiting on my essential oils I ordered to get here to decide what scent to make it!

5.  Making my own stain remover.  One part Dawn to two parts Hydrogen Peroxide and scrub it on.  Just like above, I have yet to try this, but people can’t quit talking about how good it works.  Hopefully!!

6.  Gonna use distilled vinegar for just about everything.  Seriously.  I had no idea this product was so versatile.

7.  Making my own face cleanser.  Now, I know when you read this, you’re going to think I’m freaking crazy, but hear me out.  We’re taught in high school that water and oil don’t mix.  In order to wash oil off of our hands we have to use a more harsh chemical to dissolve that oil.  This method uses the theory that oil dissolves oil, which is what we learned in science class.  I’ve used two different combinations.  One is the combo on this link, which is olive oil and castor oil.  The other is castile soap and castor oil.    I think I’m going to like the castile soap/castor oil mixture best.  And you’re really going to think I’m crazy when you realize that I already had a very oily face and that now my face produces significantly less oil throughout the day.  It’s crazy.  But I love it.

8.  Cutting back on my television programming. I seriously don’t need 200 channels.  I’m too distracted most of the time anyway, and the longer the television is on, the less writing I get done.  I’ve lowered one level, and I’m just about to lower to the most basic level, but I haven’t decided yet.  I will say that if I ever get high-speed internet out where I live, I will completely get rid of it and go to using a Roku.

9.  Making my own meals.  I cook all the time.  Well, maybe not all the time because all the recipes make enough to last me at least a week.  I don’t buy junk anymore either.  I have two separate recipe boards on Pinterest.  One is Paleo and the other is my cheat day board.  I feel that I should recommend the Paleo, but I love both of them and can’t wait to try them all!

10.  Thanks to Pinterest most of my gifts this year will be homemade.  And they’re going to rock.

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With gas at almost $4.00/gallon, how will you be saving money?

  • Bosspumpkin

    I applaud you! It’s fun, isn’t it?

    • http://www.runwiththebiggirls.com/ Julie Shreve

      Yes, it is!