Homemade liquid Laundry Soap VS Store bought liquid laundry soap

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Posted by kat | Posted in Money | Posted on 29-09-2012

Several months ago, wrote a post about making laundry soap.  That particular time I was making dry laundry soap and I spent about $8.00 and I had forgotten to record how many load’s it did and what not.   This time around I am doing liquid soap and I spent $12.00 to buy all the stuff and then I made a batch, a batch which is 5 gallon’s worth, cost be $2.30.  Out of that $12.00, I had enough washing soda and borax to make almost three batches, so all I have to do is buy more Fels-Naptha to make three batches, walmart sells it for $.97 a bar.  One batch I made the way it says to do it and the second batch I diluted it to make enough for two batches worth.   I did regular batch and diluted batch to see if there was a difference in how it cleaned or not.  This is the same recipe the Dugger’s use but they diluted to make 10 gallon’s of soap out of a single batch of soap mix.    I currently buy liquid laundry soap and it cost’s me $7.97 for 160 load’s worth, so if I can get the same cleanliness out of the stuff I made and the same number of load’s, it will be worth making it myself.     If you don’t want to use this particular recipe, you can try these links.  Some of the link’s are for dry soap and some are for liquid.

http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes

 

While this the link below is not for Laundry soap, I still thought it was neat and will be trying it at some point.
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/cleaningtipsandrecipes/qt/Dish_Detergent.htm

 

Coupon Challenge: September 1st to Novemeber 31st, Conclussion

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Posted by kat | Posted in Money | Posted on 04-09-2010

So far for the period of Sept 1st to Nov 31st,  I saved a total of $59.09
Used a total of 16 coupons for a total savings of $13.45 at Walmart (Sales and Coupon’s)

Used a total of 10 coupons for a total savings of $36.09  at Kroger’s. ( Sales, Store Coupon’s and Kroger Plus Savings)

I try not to shop at the local grocery store, mostly because they never have any good sales and even when they do, it’s not really that much difference from their normal prices.  I used three $0.55 cents off and with their sales saved $9.55

Now here is the kicker, I had coupon’s that I didn’t get to use before they expired  or because that product wasn’t carried in the store.  That totaled $75.00, so I need to figure out how to better use the coupons and or only print and cut the ones I know I will use or I know I have seen carried at the stores I shop at.

Used my gas points at Kroger’s Gas station and got $.10 off each gallon of gas, I really should start keeping track of how much this saves me.  But I am not sure how to figure that out.

Not that it really count’s, but I had a 2 for $5.00 coupon at the Cold Stone Creamery. The coupon would have been nice if we hadn’t had to pay the difference for ordering an extra mix in, which is why this doesn’t count.  LOL

Most of the coupons I found in the sunday paper, they varried from as little as  $0.25 to as much as $2.00 off, I even had a few buy one get one free coupons.

I got coupons from www.shortcuts.com (they have ones to load on to your kroger’s card as well as ones to print and use at any store) www.coolsavings.com, www.smartsource.com and www.coupons.com. ( Most of them required you to download their copon printing program

Saving money by cutting energy use.

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Posted by kat | Posted in Money | Posted on 01-09-2010

I was talking to one of my sister’s, the other day about saving money and that one of those way’s is by setting your thermostat to the right tempratures. 

I mentioned that this summer we set it to about 80-85 degrees and that last winter it was between 70-75 degrees.   For those of who don’t know where I live, I live in the middle of the state of Georgia, in the good old USA.  This summer we were in the high 90’s to the low 100’s, with a heat index maxing at 110 to 115, the last time it was this hot or so they say was the mid 1960’s.   We are just now finally getting some cool mornings, this morning it was 66 degrees, when I went to take the kids to school at 7:00am.   She mentioned that they were told,  to set it to 68 degrees in the winter, I thought that sounded sort of low, so I told her I would look it up and let her know what I learned, as I was very curious as to if I was following the recommended temps or not.

So this is what I found out, by doing several google search and going to www.energy.gov

According to Pacific Gas & Electric and the energy commisson, correct use of programmable thermostats can save consumers in a single-family home up to $180 in energy costs per year.

So let’s start with the SUMMER months.

During the summer the reccommended temperature is 78 degrees, when you are at home and awake.   When your not at home, for sleeping  you should increase the temprature seven degrees.
As I mentioned before we currently have our’s set to 85 degrees, and we keep all the celing fan’s going, I have actually started to turn my A/C off right before we go to bed, and since I am the only one home, I don’t turn it back on until about 1:00pm.  I have been very comfortable, as long as the ceiling fan are going.   I woke up at 4 this morning a put a blanket on, as it got chilly with just the ceiling fan on, I usually keep them on medium, for some reason it was on high.

WINTER MONTH’S

During winter hours, when you are home and awake, the optimal thermostat setting is 68 degrees,  again according to Pacific Gas & Electric and the Department of Energy at http://www.energy.gov/   I again in the winter keep the ceiling fan going, I just make sure I switch the direction’s that the blades spin.

It did mention that some animal’s might need some sort of extra heating.  I know that my kid’s hermit crab’s need to stay at at least 75, you can put a heating pad under them and if you have fish you can by a submerisble heater for them as well.

You can even reduce your electric bill by up to 15 percent by turning it down when you are not home, or when you are sleeping.

Coupon Challenge September 1st to November 31st

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Posted by kat | Posted in Money | Posted on 01-09-2010

So I saved $101.24 for the Month of August, so this time I am going to do it for two months and see how much I can save.   I am not sure how offten you all go shopping for food, but I go about every two to three weeks, it pretty much coinsides with pay day for my husband.

I again will be getting coupons from the following places, the Sunday paper, www.shortcuts.com, www.coolsavings.com, www.coupons.com, www.smartsource.com and picking up any coupons that are in the stores in the little coupon holder things.

Anyone that wants to participate,  just post a comment here or there and let the shopping begin.

Coupon Challenge August 1st-August 31st Conclussion

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Posted by kat | Posted in Money | Posted on 13-08-2010

For the month of August I saved a total of  $101.24
Used a total of 45 coupons for a total savings of $36.49 at Walmart (Sales and Coupon’s)
Used a total of 29 couponsfor a total savings of $75.00 at Kroger’s. ( Sales, Store Coupon’s and Kroger Plus Savings)
Used my gas points at Kroger’s Gas station and got $.10 off each gallon of gas

Most of the coupons I found in the sunday paper, they varried from as little as  $0.25 to as much as $2.00 off, I even had a few buy one get one free coupons.
I also got coupons from www.shortcuts.com (they have ones to load on to your kroger’s card as well as ones to print and use at any store) www.coolsavings.com, www.smartsource.com and www.coupons.com. ( Most of them required you to download their copon printing program.)

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