I like to keep a spray bottle with a couple of drops of dish soap and fill the rest up with water beside the sink for dishes. It’s too easy to use a big glob of soap for just a couple of dishes only to send it all down the drain.
Using this method uses a fraction of the soap.
To save money on toothpaste for your family, follow the directions on the tube and not the advertising. You are supposed to only use a pea size amount of toothpaste, and not the overloaded brush that they show you in the ads.
Whether it’s annuals for flower beds or herbs for cooking, March is a great time to get a jump on that spring garden. Not only will this save money because you won’t have to buy pricey seedlings in May, but it also provides a chance to try “succession planting.”
That’s when you start some veggies from seed indoors now and then plant more of the same seeds outdoors once the ground thaws. That way you’ll have the same fresh produce in harvest at multiple times this summer.
Looking to grow your own veggies but don’t know how to get started? Check out http://www.easyvegetablestogrow.com
I have a guaranteed way to shake a nasty head cold. Add the following ingredients to a piping hot bath:
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt
- 1 teaspoon of viks vapor rub
- 1 teaspoon of tiger balm
- Optional – A few drops of lavender essence
Combine with a hot cup of peppermint tea, a good book and a solid night sleep and it will shake any cold or flu.
Silica gel is a substance that absorbs moisture. Manufacturers use the gel to keep goods from spoiling, molding or degrading due to humidity. The gel itself is nontoxic, but can have a moisture indicator added (cobalt chloride) which is a known toxin that turns pink when hydrated and is otherwise blue in its dry form. Most silica found in our food and household purchases looks like tapioca beads and is safe unless combined with certain chemicals.
I end up collecting them without knowing what to use them for, so they end up getting chucked out. Not any more! Here’s some great frugal uses for silica gel packets:
Put packs in your ammo cans and gun cases/safes to keep dry.
Protect personal papers and important documents by putting some gel wherever these are stored.
Keep with photos to spare them from humidity.
Store in camera bags and with film. After snapping photos in cold or wet conditions, silica gel will absorb moisture to keep your lens from fogging or streaking.
Leave a couple packs in your tool box to prevent rusting.
Use the material to dry flowers.
Place with seeds in storage to thwart molding.
Stash some in window sills to banish condensation.
Slow silver tarnishing by using the gel in jewelry boxes and with your silverware.
Gather your razor blades and keep in a container with several silica packs to stave off oxidation.
And my personal favorite:
Put some away in your car, especially on your dashboard. This will help maintain a clear windshield and leave it less foggy during times of high humidity.
I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not, but I’ve had great success doing this over the last few years. If you have a product that breaks before you think it should have, contact the companies customer service and ask for a new one (make sure to add your address!) I would say 9 times out or 10 they will contact you within a week letting you know your product or coupon for a free replacement is on its way.
I think many of these companies would rather have your loyalty, and it helps avoid poor reviews of their products. Some replacements I’ve done in the last month.
Fiskars – replaced some pruning sheers that had the handle break off. ($20 value)
Swiffer – again handle broke, got a brand new starter kit ($20 value)
Clarks – replacements for torn laces for my CBDs ($3)
Hope this helps someone save a few bucks.
I suffer from Dandruff and cannot always afford the expensive anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners. So I decided to see what frugal alternative remedies where out there.
Apple cider vinegar will clarify your scalp and does wonders for some. Alternatively, moisturizing your scalp with stuff like avocados or coconut oil will do the trick.
Department stores like Macy’s or TJ Maxx will have huge discounts (up to 80%) on clothing that did not sell in the past season. This strategy will certainly not work for all your needs, but you can get some great deals on select items.
Just yesterday I was returning a shirt at Macy’s, and they had an 80%-off rack that contained some decent winter pullovers that would have come out to roughly $17 or so. Another time when shopping for winter boots (in winter time), there was a sale rack with summer items, and I found a great pair of khaki shorts for only seven dollars.
The general idea is simply to plan in advance what specific items you’ll need for the following season, such as a new winter coat or summer shorts, and buying them in the off-season can save you a good amount!
My kids love Lego. We looked online for a Lego table and the prices are outrageous. So being the frugal person I am, I made one myself.
I picked up an Ikea coffee table for free on Craigslist. It was free because the surface was scratched. I didn’t mind since I’ll be covering that up.
Next I glued down the flat Lego base plates to the table. That’s it! The kids love it.