|I HAD TO SAVE MONEY THIS MONTH
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Yes, I HAD TO SAVE MONEY THIS MONTH.
I am still paying the vet off, and probably this month we will finish paying the bill for two dogs that had emergencies. They are both fine now.
Not only that, I had to keep the water turned off when not in use, and that meant walking up and down the basement stairs a number of times a day. I learned how to eat better when the fridge went out, but somehow it came back on...and to tell you the truth, I dont really care if it goes out again. It is a Kenmore and I have always loved Kenmores...this is the only Kenmore I do not like.
Here is the exact way I saved money this month in order to afford the things we needed since we had some big expenses....not to even mention the hot water heater that broke this month also. We will have a new one in soon...it is covered....well not the water heater but the floor it ruined....lol.
Here is a rundown of how I saved money:
NO MORE ANTIPERSPIRANT OR DEODERANT?
Vinegar instead of deoderant for three weeks. This saved me at least four dollars per two or three weeks...and this lasts forever and believe ime it works wonderfully and I feel so good about it, that I am going to keep on using it from now on..the reason it works is that the Apple Cider Vinegar is has antibbacterial properties to it. I found out about this here on this site....4 dollars saved on two different deoderants I didnt buy for me and my daughter. I used this money for much needed gas.
OUT OF ICE?
Well ice is cheap but if I run across to the store enough each day to buy a bag for a dollar and change it adds up. So I went ahead and made my own ice out of those wax paper cups and then used those as the molds for ice....then dumped them in the ice tray...
I was just putting half full cups of water in the freezer to freeze them and then pouring whatever I wanted to drink over them, but they kept cracking, so now I just use them to make little ice chunks out of....
Also I froze water in a half full milk jug, the plastic kind, and then let it defrost a little bit, and you shouldhave seen how cold that water was..yummy!
It has been a hot one in Northeast Tennessee, and the kids are always needing to stay hydrated.
I have not had to make the homemade version of gatorade or pedialyte yet..Yaaa!
I would say this saved me a couple of dollars or more which I used to buy the off brand of macaroni and cheese for the kids...Food is always good when there are tons of kids in and out of the house...
FLEA COMBING THE DOGGIES
I love to flea comb the doggies, and check them for fleas, even though they are on drops....
I have learned to roll the fleas into a ball a couple of times and then they are dead then I throw them away in the trash.
I do the dogs and the ferret and everything that moves in this house and then there is baking soda on the floor or salt..which I vacuum up in a while...it always works for me...
I also bathe them in a mixture of peroxide and shampoo, which is good for them, and I have been spraying them with a mixure of diluted vinegar and water..I need to go to earthclinic.com to find the right recipe. I am also going to spray the yard where the animals go to with 1 percent peroxide mixed with borax.. the mixture really isnt important, but no water added....this should kill any mites, fleas, etc..I am going to use it around the fence...and see what it does..
To turn three percent peroxide into one percent peroxide, then just add two parts of water to one part of peroxide. This recipe is actually a mange cure and I might go ahead and use the three percent on the areas I think there would be places for fleas to hide in...maybe it will kill the weeds too..LOL
I have gone on a revolt about regular kitchen towels.. I don't like them, they don't line dry fast and they take up space in the washer that could be for other things.
It really has been fun going to the remnant area of walmart and making napkins for dinner with pinking shears or else cutting a triangular edge on lap sized squares by hand...these have brought me a lot of joy....no more kitchen towels...from now on what will be used in the kitchen will be either my own homemade towels or bathroom towels....I would say that after I made about 6 from a 1 dollar remnat piece I might have saved about 5 dollars. This was spent on getting milk.
HIGHER QUALITY DOG FOOD
I have found another brand of dog food I am trying out. It has turkey within the first four ingredients...I am going to see if this lasts longer. The cat food I switched to lasts longer..also and is more expensive..I would say this is saving me a couple of dollars with which I buy dish soap the expensive kind....
CROCK POT COOKING
I had the stove unplugged so I had to use my crock pot so I have learned how to cook spaghetti in the crock pot and bread also. We love our crock pot. I don't know how much energy bucks this saved us.....
I did the switch to coconut oil after becoming aware of it't properties, and I am in love with how it feels on my skin....a very small amount....it is soooo nice...and I am using it in pancakes and such. Also for topical massage on the feet, (it is antifungal) and for lice management instead of mayo or oil..and also for really softer hair and I am going to research if our dogs can have it, I have seen how it can kill worms and at least read one person who was rid of them after taking this..this kind of thing interests me....
USING GLASS WATER CONTAINERS
We have been saving the glass latte bottles we drink coffee out of and filling them with water and cooling them in the fridge. It is so nice to see that glass cools better..than plastic! It is a quality of life thing, and a less ice thing...it is easier to fill a bottle and have it ready then to have to get a lot of ice and then even with a lot of ice it waters things down. Even if I have tea ice cubes....I got that from this site...
After going thru the spray sunblock one two many times in just one trip, I am not only using them to spray the kids faces while they close their eyes and hold their breath.
This prevents my little fair skinned child from getting eyelid and undereye burn when we have a few hours at the lake....
Also the back of their necks, the neck area and the front of their necks...the lotion can be used on arms and legs..this saves big bucks...
SCHOOL SUPPLIES ARE CHEAP ON NO TAX DAY
Here where we live, we will soon have a no tax day for shopping for school supplies.
Can you imagine what a good time I will have at the remnant bin at walmart finding little remnants to make into christmas stockings, little ones, and fill them with school supplies, like crayons, markers, etc....and then put them back...this will be so fun. The spiral notebooks will be 15 cents and no tax each..we love these little notebooks here for all sorts of art and note taking...we just go thru them like crazy.
I have several freebies coming from this site...and they update everyday....
I have ordered a pack of hot tamales, and have a hat coming and other things like magnets, etc. These will make great rewards or stocking stuffers.
Well that is all for now...
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