Monday, November 30, 2009

Laundry Detergent Tips

Want to save money on your laundry bill? Not a problem! Let me explain how I save money on laundry detergent. I got this big container back in my non frugal days at walmart. I paid something like $15 for it, wow, way to much money! I have had this almost 2 years now. I will find cheap detergent on sale and just dump it in with the existing in the container. when it is almost full (say to the top of that yellow sticker) i fill the rest up with water. Shake slowly.
























Now the next thing I did was to fill this old sports drink bottle with detergent.



















This is the lid from the gigantic detergent bottle and an extra measuring spoon, a tablespoon.

For every load of laundry I add 2 tablespoons full of detergent.

For sheets and underwear type things I add 2 1/2 tablespoon and more borax.












Next is the Vinegar (Yes, I use vinegar everywhere!) This is one of those old glass bottles. I just refill it from my big jug.
**shown below**




















Refilling glass vinegar jar

















Now for every load of laundry I add a splash of vinegar. probably about 1/3 of a cup a load. Now say I forget a load in the washer and it becomes stinky, no problem! (besides the wasted detergent and energy) just add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup vinegar. Good bye stinky clothes!!!

**Also this works GREAT for that funky smell that old towels get.












I also use borax and baking soda on REALLY grimy clothes.
1/3 of a cup or so of either or will do the trick!!




Happy Laundering!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Crockpot shipwreck

One of my favorite meals is cowboy potatoes. I could eat them for every single meal of the day for months, lol. So when I found this recipe, I was in heaven! and a little jealous that I hadn't thought of it myself :)

ingredients:
6 med potatoes
1 lb hamburger
can of creamed corn
1/2 med onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup
salt & pepper
basil
garlic powder

cut up 3 potatoes and put in bottom of crockpot


brown your hamburger


next start the layering. hamburger, onion and corn


next, rest of potatoes and soup. sprinkle on your seasonings. cook on low 6-8 hours.


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Fabulous Baking Soda

Banking Soda has a ton of uses! Not just baking. I using it for scouring messes in the kitchen. Freshening up the litter box and laundry!




I bought this 5 lb bag at Sam's Club for about $5. But check your local warehouse store such as Winco. I can get bulk baking soda for about $.30/lb. So that is about 5 lbs for $1.50!! BIG savings!

I re-used an old spice container and filled it with the baking soda.


When you have a mess, such as stuck on food on pans or the counter just sprinkle on some baking soda spritz it with your vinegar/water mixture. Let sit and then wipe right off!








I also use baking soda to freshen up the litter box.

Ingredients:
~old spice container
~baking soda
~essential oil

Another re-used spice container.

Fill it up with baking soda.

drip in 10-15 drops lavender essential oils. Shake up.


This truely smells amazing. I also use it as a carpet freshener.
Sprinkle on the carpet. Vacuum up. Wala!




Lavender Essential Oil- purchase at any vitamin store.




















Always be sure to label your baking soda. This is not to be used as a baking ingredient!!



















I highly suggest this book as a great reference: Baking Soda By: Vicki Lansky

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Turkey Leftovers

With Thanksgiving just behind us, I thought i'd share the recipe I found yesterday for leftover turkey. Here is the link



recipes- oregano, lemon juice, salt & pepper, basil (I didn't have any rosemary), leftover turkey and half and onion


everything down in the crockpot.. YUM!



I served this with creamy crockpot scalloped potatoes also from southern food.

Rating 11. This was AMAZING!! BF asked for me to put this on the monthly menu rotation!
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Welcome!

Hello Blogland-

I am Brandi. I used to live in a big city, have a brand new car, and want everything in sight. In the last 3 years my life has changed a great deal. I got bajavascript:void(0)ck to what is really important in life.

It has been a year of big changes. I lost my job due to the economy in February of 2009. Not being able to find a job has been a great outlet to expand on my frugal and simple living goals.

We downsized from a split level 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment to a tiny 1 bed 1 bath apartment. That has been a huge challenge, but a great one. Forcing me to part with a lot of unnecessary clutter. We've lived in this apartment 5 months, we are still getting rid of a ton of stuff but life is so much simpler.

I like to use coupons, homemade cleaners, shop at thrift stores, make everything homemade, craft, looove the internet, seriously LOVE my Iphone (i know its not a good example :( but he's my best friend!) and everything else I'm forgetting!

Please join me in my journey of learning to get back to the basics, getting out of debt, living a frugal and fulfilling life and learning new things!