Re-purpose items – save money

and the environment.

So I had a machine that had different attachments to cut cheese, veggies, ect.  I hardly ever used it.  Especially after the kids left, as I got it mainly to buy blocks of cheese and shred them, cheaper then buying it already done.

Now I do continue to work with candles, so, I took the grater and found out I could use it to shred my wax to make it melt quicker!  Woo hoo!

You would be surprised what you can come up with when you put your mind to it.

And with the candles…. I have a friend who gets candles all the time, but we noticed they never burn down to the bottom of the container.  So I scrape all the left overs out , then I put in UNSCENTED wax, this will hold the wicks up and doesn’t burn, so then I remelt the scented was that was at the bottom (usually takes 2 or 3 candles) and re-pour over the top.

I am able to reuse all the glass candle jars and the wax that was left over in them, upcycle baby and save yourself some cash!


Single use plastic DOESN’T have to be single use

I wash and reuse my items….yes mostly because I am….oh I would say….frugal 🙂

I put plastic forks in my husbands lunch, he brings them back, I will either rewash them and use them again, or use them for dog food and throw them away, at least 2 uses each. I think you all remember how I almost got a new fridge when my husband freaked that I put dog food, in a plastic bag, in the corner of the fridge, can you imagine if I used a regular fork for dog food???!!

Plastic bags I will wash if they weren’t used for meat products, I get quite a few uses out of each one.

Empty big yogurt container?  I wash it out and use it to put food scraps in to take out to the trash a few times before tossing.

Plastic bags either I reuse for groceries until they fall apart or I use for dog mess, at least 2 uses.

So until they stop making stuff from plastic, at least try and reuse your stuff more then once.  Think of the money you will save and the reduction in your waste you will see.


More Laundry savings secrets :)

I recently bought Organic Eco Wool Dryer Balls – 6 Pack – 100% Handmade, Fair Trade, Organic, No Lint – Premium Quality from amazon.  I LOVE them, they are little wooly balls and the help to fluff up your laundry and cut your drying time.

Remember, I dry my Jeans and Towels outside when I can, to almost dry, then I throw them in the dryer, these balls help to make them fluffy and dry a little quicker.

On regular clothes I think I save about 25% on time, with all the laundry that goes on here that adds up!  If I do good clothes I will rip a dryer sheet in half to help with static cling saves money here also.

Also if you wear something for half day, and you didn’t get it dirty or sweaty, either just hang back up in closet or if you MUST wash, then use the spin and rinse cycle.  The less you wash your clothes the longer they last, saving money on clothes, and water and electric bills.

The biggest saver of all, now that it is summer, let the SUN dry your clothes!


I love when I am Right!!!

I keep everything, I document everything.  If I am on a call, I write down the time, date, who I am talking to.  I give stuff to charity, I take pictures and list each item.  We get stuff done to the house I keep EVERYTHING.  My family is always giving me crap about taking picks, and being so OCD, this is the only thing I am OCD about, you should see my house…not so much 🙂

So a few months ago my pipes sprang a leak, I pulled out the Life Time warranty, it had been done 10 years ago, it was fixed for FREE!

Our french door to the patio has been wonky lately and then the lock stopped working, so yes, once again I pulled out my paperwork and called in, they wanted to charge me $75.00, I had to email them MY copy of my warranty, to prove it should be, yep you guessed it FREE.

So there, all my familia, how gets driven crazy because I keep all of this stuff, nicely and neatly in containers…HA, it has saved us hundreds this year so far.  BooFreakingYah!

Ways to save water….

I have posted before on some ways to save water, I will share again….some may be repeats….

When I cook in big pots, to clean I put in a  little water, swish to get the big stuff off, then leave it in the sink, and everytime I do something that needs water, the leftover falls in the pot.  I can use this at the end of the day to do more rinsing.

I went out and bought more plates, since I want to only use the dishwasher when full, it is hard with all your plates are dirty, you need them, so I went and got another set.  Now I never run out of clean plates and always run a full dishwasher.

Also, put your dishwasher on the fastest wash, I always use the china/light was, about 20 mins less then regular wash and they are always clean.

Take water to bed at night?  have some left over in the am?  Don’t pour it out, pour it in the flowers, the lawn or the dogs bowl.

One of the great water users is the toilet.  I guess septic tank users already use “if it is yellow let it mellow, if it is brown, flush it down” sounds eww but really, if you are well hydrated, when you pee there is very little color or smell.

We started not because of conservation, but because of noise.  Our plumbing is very loud in our room and everytime we got up at night to use the restroom it would wake the other person up.  So we stopped flushing at night.  Then it just kind of went from there.  I think every other time works to start out with.  Of course this is our own private bathroom, the house one we flush everytime.

My water bill has four tiers, Conservation, Efficient, Normal, Wastefull, we are almost always in the Conservation mode, before the drought, so we don’t have that many changes left to make.

More savings tips

long time followers may find some repeats, but I want to give it out to everyone again for those who may have never seen them:

#1 – Loyalty Programs – as per my last post – if you tend to shop somewhere like say Target quite often sign up for what ever loyalty program they have, you are already there, take advantage of anything they want to give you!

#2 – Target Red Card DEBIT – if you do shop at Target, don’t get yourself mired with another credit card, get the Debit Card, works just like your bank debit card except you get 5% off every purchase…this is no brainer for serious Target Shoppers

#3 – Don’t be hooked by “designer/name” brands, there are alternatives out there, I have the simple human trash can, I DON”T by there trashbags, I get the big box of trash bags from Costco, they work in this can, why would I pay more???  I have a Mint that sweeps and mops the floor, also like a Swiffer, I buy generic wipe, also I found that when one side gets dirty, just turn it up side down and use the other side!!  It may take a little time, but you will save big for you wallet

#4 – Use the SUN!  Free energy, buy a Clothes Line…I have a portable dryer that folds up like an umbrella for storage.  I dry Towels, Jeans and my sons T-Shirts in the sun.  Couple of helpful hints, use softner in the clothes you are going to dry on the line, and take them off before they are completely dry.  This will avoid the stiffness that sometimes occurs.  Take down while just a little damp, and throw them in the dryer for 10-15 min, much less energy used, since those items can take over 1 hour to dry.

#5 – Yes your dishwasher has lots of choices/settings but NO you don’t have to use them.  I only use the China/Delicate setting, it is shorter and works great, I also don’t use the heat dry setting.  I will use a regular setting if I have a bunch of items that are really dirty, mostly at holidays.  Save water and electricity.

#6 – Yes your washer/dryer has lots of choices/settings, you don’t have to use them.  Again, I used the lowest one I can to get the best effect, so 99% of the time it is Perm Press which is 44 min with a spin cycle.  Most of the other settings are 60 min or more.  The dryer I use time setting, the “sensor” setting can keep things drying for hours if one item is damp.  I set the timer and then check every 15 and take out anything that is already dry so the other items will be able to dry faster.

This is just a few of my hints….I will keep posting more as time goes by.  Please let me know how they work out for you.

Get more Mileage Save Gas Save Money

These may seem like no brainers, but here you go, some where new to me:

I am not sure if running your AC effects Gas Mileage or not, there is conflicting reports, however, I always close the vents on the passenger side of my car for A/C, why cool the empty seat? The air blows better with those vents closed, so you can reduce how cold and how fast the fan blows.

Coast people, take you foot off that pedal and COAST. I used to take the toll roads, they are very hilly, I was able to coast about 10 miles round trip. Makes your gas last longer. Any hilly area is a great place to coast… downhill obviously 🙂

Park your car in the shade, heat causes evaporation, it may not be a lot, but everyday adds up.

Keep your tires filled up and get a reflector for your windshield so your car doesn’t get so hot.


ps this is  a repost from 2013…but then saving money never goes out of style 🙂

it’s the little things you do that add up to a lot

We take a large glass of water with us to bed every night. Rarely do we ever finish it, I am sure we are not the only ones.

What do you do with the water the next day? I either pour whats left into the animals water bowl, or if that is full, use it in the plants around the house. This might now seem like much, on a daily basis, but on a monthly and yearly basis it is quite a bit.

There are small things like this you can do around your house that will impact your wallet and the earth in a big way.

Take back your time..

It seems that all these convience items, make it so you have more time, but they take a toll on your pocketbook and your health with all the artificial stuff in them.

So take a minute and think, what are you doing with “all that time” they are saving you, really. Are you spending quality time with your family or are you running around dropping off and picking up your kids from other places?

Want some quality time with your family? Then s l o w down and do something together. I totally agree that a sport or hobby is a great thing for a child. However, I only think ONE sport or hobby at a time is good. Between that one sport or hobby and school, they don’t have time for much more.

So, instead of rushing them from school to daycare to sport, to homework and bed, cut out some room, for dinner.
After school and daycare, let them rest, you rest when you come home from work, they need a break too. If they are hungry involve them in making snacks between school and homework. Some quality time picking out what they want to eat.

If you can make dinner a family event, I just got a pasta maker, you can add veggies : spinach, carrots, squash; in the pasta so they eat it and never know, (they will just think it is cool to have a bunch of colors). Make ravioli and let them pick out what they want to put in the middle of it, so they look forward to eating it.

Doing this saves money, is healthy, and creates a great family dynamic and encourages kids to eat well.

If you aren’t really getting anything out of the “time you save” shouldn’t you spend it wisely a different way?

No ones tombstone ever said “I wish I had worked more”, take a deep breath, slow down, try and make regular chores into enjoyable memorable tasks with your family. Make some memories, those are the best gifts you can give yourself and your family.

Easy and Quick way to reduce your electric and gas usage

Right now it is getting cold at night and early am, and still warming up pretty good in the middle of the day.

When I get up my house is between 66 & 68 degrees, we don’t turn the heater on because I know it is going to be 80 – 90 by midday. If I am cold I put on sweats or a sweater, by doing this, the house stays cooler longer and I don’t have to turn the a/c on at all, or if it gets real hot I might only have to use it for a hour or so.

If I were to heat up my house in the am I would have to turn the a/c sooner and longer in the pm.

Simple & Quick way to use less Gas and Electric if you are in the right temperature zone.

Also if you can run your dishwasher at night, I will load it during the day as I cook and then before I go to bed at night I turn it on when electricity tends to be less per KhW. Then in the am I unload and start over again.