Saving money

Here are some of the ideas I have found either online, by trial and error, or sent to me in emails:

  • Car Air Freshener Hack

    Use a wooden clothespin, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil on it (like those used for warmers either electrical or the kind that uses a tealight underneath).

    Then just clip the clothespin onto one of the vents of the car, and enjoy the aroma wafting throughout the vehicle whenever the fan is turned on!

  • Cereal, Soda, White clothes

    Mix ‘n’ Match Cereal

    My son loves all the colored sugar cereals, but they are pretty expensive. I like to give him that pleasure. So I buy one box of this expensive cereal and a bag of a very cheap (no sugar added), healthy cereal. In his bowl, I mix two parts cheap to one part expensive. The colors still look great, and the sugary taste is still there. Little Tristan (my son) can’t tell the difference, but mom surely can in dollars and cents!
    M.


     

    Flat Soda?

    If your two- or three-liter bottle of soda goes flat before you can drink it all, don’t despair. Just fill your glass 2/3 or 3/4 full of the flat soda and then top it off with a newly-opened bottle of the same kind or even a different kind of soda for a different taste. The fizzy soda will put the fizz back in the flat one.
    M.


     

    Brighter Whites!

    I have the brightest whites because of a little tip my husband suggested. I add two tablespoons of salt to my washing machine, along with the normal amount of detergent. I don’t know why it works, but for me, it does! Give it a try for your whites. There’s no need for fancy, overpriced products to whiten.

  • Keeping Potatoes Fresh, Wrinkle Releaser, electric toothbrush.

    I do not claim that any of these work but they sound interesting…


    Keeping Potatoes Fresh

    Here’s how I store potatoes for a few weeks without them sprouting. As soon as I get them home from the store, I take them out of the original packaging and put them in doubled paper grocery bags. Then I fold the top down several times and clip it shut with two clothespins. This works great for me!
    Lala in Ocala, FL


    Wrinkle Releaser

    I haven’t ironed in six years! My secret? When I hang my clothes up (which sometimes they sit crumpled up in a laundry basket for a few days), I simply spray them with water and fabric softener. After letting the items dry a few minutes, they’re wrinkle free. If extremely wrinkled, two applications may be required. I fill a spray bottle a quarter of the way up with fabric softener and then fill the remaining with water.
    Haley C. in Atkins, AR


     

    You What?!?

    Every year I purchase a new electric toothbrush. They usually run about $25 and come with two or three brushes. It is usually cheaper to buy a whole new unit than to buy the extra brush heads. I felt so bad about throwing the old one away, so while I was in the shower (strange place to brush your teeth), I thought it might be a good idea to do my cuticles and nails with the old brush. I used a little toothpaste on it. It not only made my nails really shiny, but also my cuticles softened up. When I got out of the shower, I pushed my cuticles back easily with my towel. It also cleans jewelry very well.
    Quin O.

  • The Many Uses of Baking Soda

    Baking soda has so many uses…and it is so cheap!

    -I am sure you have already heard this one, but it does absorb odors, in the refrigerator or rooms.

    -Kills fleas! It gets under their exoskeleton plates and they dessicate! (It’s basically what happens when you use boric acid for roaches…) Probably works on other bugs too…

    -Soap scum cutter! Just make a paste of baking soda and water, and rub on natural stone, glass or other finish shower walls, tubs, etc. It is barely abrasive. I use it on my marble and granite shower tiles with no damage.

    -Kills itchies! Make a thick paste and apply to bug bites as soon as possible after the bite happens. Leave on until dry, then it just falls off and you can wipe with a wet cloth to get the residue off your skin. It helps draw out the itch causing chemicals…might help with poison ivy and its relatives also..and sunburn too.

    -Laundry! It helps freshen and soften the clothes, add 1/4 cup to final rinse.

    -Antacid! Mix a spoonful in a cup of water and drink, it will neutralize the acid in your stomach fast!

    -Toothpaste substitute! Make a paste with water or hydrogen peroxide and use a pea-sized ball to clean teeth and freshen breath.

    -Deodorize shoes! Sprinkle a little into your footwear. A little goes a long way!

    -Carpet freshener! Mix a few drops of your favorite fragrance or essential oil with a cup of baking soda, and sprinkle all over the carpet. Wait a while, then vacuum it up. It turns your vacuum into an “air freshener” too!

    -Grill cleaner! Sprinkle on hot grill, wait a while, then wipe off.

    -Oil stain remover! Sprinkle in the washer with oil stained laundry, it helps a lot!

    -Kitty litter deodorizer!  Put a layer under the kitty litter in the litter pan.

    -Silver polish! Rub silver with a paste of baking soda and water.

    -Bean-o substitute! Add to water when soaking dry beans. Drain and rinse well before cooking beans.

    -Save the life of a stiff paintbrush! Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 quarts of water, and soak or boil the brushes in it for a while.

    -Go no ‘poo! Use a small amount to rub into hair instead of using oil stripping, drying detergent-filled shampoos!

    -Burnt pot cleaner! Put an inch of water in the pot, add a little baking soda, mix and boil for a few minutes, and voila! No scrubbing!

    -Drain cleaner! Pour some baking soda into the drain, add equal amount of vinegar, and rinse when the “volcano” action stops. Freshens the drain too!

    -Hair conditioner! Mix a spoonful or more with water and rinse your hair with it after using natural handmade soap! You’ll be surprised at how soft and untangled your hair is!

     

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