I am a confirmed and baptized Tightwad. I have lots of money saving tips and am always on the look out for either time saving or money saving ideas.
Here are some of Shirley’s top hints:
I buy a 40 gallon tub of powered laundry detergent from Sam’s. It costs $10. I use an 1/8 cup per extra large load. My last purchase of laundry detergent was January 27, 1999. ( I dated the tub with a marker to see how long it would last. I do this on all household cleaners to see what lasts longer when comparing of how well it works.) I still have about three cups of laundry detergent left at this typing. ( It’s the agitation in your washing machine that cleans your clothes, not the soap. Soap is for scent. I pre treat stains with Shout. And use a Fabric softener which I always add a bit of water to it.)
I hang dry all shirts and pants. Outdoors when possible.
3)I rip dryer sheets in half before use. It takes me forever to go through a box.
This is not an area of speciality with me. I am always looking for ideas in this department.
My only thing of real savings that I highly recommend is to buy meat in bulk at Sam’s or Costco, etc, ( porkchops) and since they are cut so thick, when I get home, I slice them in half and get twice the meals out of them.
I use vineager in my dishwasher during the rinse cycle for spot free dishers ( which spots are a real problem with hard water, even with a water softener.)
90% of my children’s clothing ( and toys)has come from garage sales, resale shops or hand me downs. The 10% that I’ve paid for has been for either holiday clothing ( which has been from resale shops anyway) or really fun and funky winter hats.
Diapers - Buy in bulk. Running out of just to pick up a pack of diapers will end up buying impulse things you don’t need.
If it is a first baby you are expecting, write down the cost of all the diapers on the shelf at the stores you frequent and to a comparative analysis. It takes time, but when you see just how much the dang things are, and how much you can save (with and without coupons) it is well worth the ten minutes of writing in the diaper aisle. I did this and shared my findings with my neighbors who were all expecting at the same time. They were very appreciative.
That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.
Anyone else care to contribute?
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