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Instead of Dryer Sheets
If you don't want to spend the money on dryer sheets or you are sensitive
to the fragrance, you can take a piece of foil and ball it up to about golf
ball size to get rid of the static without fragrance. And, it'll last you
If you're looking for kids clothing deals, check eBay. Search for "Boys
size 6 Lot" for example (LOT is the important word here). It'll be a big
jumble of clothes. Instead of going through consignment stores piecing it
all together, you can get a ton of pieces for about $20.
Melanie via Facebook
We all love our pets, but feeding them can be expensive even if the food is
purchased at a big box store. I adopted two strays and they are not picky
about what they eat, so I'm always on the lookout for "closeout" cat food.
After doing a little research and making a few calls, I found out that when
a new product from one company is coming on the market, they will close out
and markdown one or two that are already on the shelf. By watching, I have
been able to stock up on cat food and save a ton! It doesn't go bad and my
cats love the variety of flavors. I have spent as little as a dollar a bag!
The one thing I have found out the hard way is that receipts seem to fade
and vanish within a year or two and sometimes sooner. I suppose it depends
on what type of paper and ink the company uses. I say that I learned this
the hard way because after completing a major house remodel, some items
failed before the warranty ended. Although I had kept meticulous records,
when I went back to get a receipt, it was as good as useless. It was faded
badly. Now I keep a folder on my laptop for scanned receipts for almost all
of my purchases. I haven't had an issue pursuing a claim in years because
of those scanned receipts. I also scan warranty terms and conditions. I
just thought this tip might benefit someone else.
Last year, my brother, sister, and I decided that we wanted to make
Christmas easier and spend less. I think I've come up with a solution. With
so many people suffering because of hurricane Harvey, instead of buying
each other things we don't need, I'm going to suggest that we each make a
donation now to a charity that's serving hurricane victims. We'll save time
near Christmas and do some good now when people really need the help.
Reduce Drying Time
Everyone knows that an electric clothes dryer is an energy hog. One way to
reduce the cost is to cut down the amount of time that it runs. There are a
couple of things you can do to reduce drying time. First, when your clothes
are through the wash cycle, run an extra spin cycle. That will ring more
water from your clothes. Next separate out some clothes that don't or
shouldn't go in the dryer. For instance, your delicates should be hung to
dry. And t-shirts can be hung to drip dry.
How to Start Meal Planning
Don't try to plan for a whole week or month at first. You don't want to get
overwhelmed. Instead, just try to plan for perhaps three to four days. Note
those meals on index cards. Plan on a leftover day and then plan different
meals for another three to four days. Repeat the whole process until you
build up your stock of menu cards. Then you can begin planning for longer
blocks of time.
Claudia via Facebook
Easy Decor Trick
Ever feel like you want to change up your decor but don't have any big
inspiration or a big budget to do the job? Try this. It costs about $5!
Remove your wall light switch covers and spray paint them a color that
contrasts or compliments your room color. It doesn't seem like much, but it
can give the room a different vibe. If you find that you don't like the
change, you can replace the covers for about $1 each.
Win/Win Losing Strategy
I've been unhappy with my weight and my credit card balances. Both went up
after my daughter (now 6) was born. I had trouble losing the weight I had
put on during pregnancy and the cost of daycare wasn't helping our budget.
Here's what I did. I promised myself that I'd use my elliptical trainer
every other day for 30 minutes. For every calorie I burn (it's displayed on
the trainer), I add to my debt loss fund. On the same day that I go online
to pay my bills, I add the money from my fund to my minimum payment. Most
days that I exercise, I add between $3 and $4.50 to the fund. It's not so
much that it pinches my budget, but it is enough to make a difference to
the account balance. Also, it's a great motivator to help me lose the
weight! It's also a whole lot cheaper than buying $300 worth of food every
month from one of those weight loss programs.
Fresh Tomatoes All Fall
If you live up north, you're always expecting an early freeze. For years, I
lost nearly ripe tomatoes to that frost. Then a neighbor told me that he
had a method to save them. He uproots the whole plant and hangs them upside
down in his basement. The plant shouldn't touch the ground. The tomatoes
will continue to ripen gradually. It's not unusual for us to have tomatoes
six or even eight weeks after the first frost!