Handy and Money saving tips

Did you know that a bar of soap cut in half lasts the same amount of time as the whole bar? A half of a bar is sometimes easier for kids to hold on to.

Did you know you can freeze chicken eggs? http://www.ehow.com/how_2141647_freeze-eggs-storage.html

Do you have shirts, pants, kids clothes that are cute but to worn to give away? Why not cut them out and make a quilt and or save some of the material to make patches, or craft items out of.

Keep a 72 hour kit in the house and car for those unexpected emergencies.
Checklist for the car and 72 hour kit for the house

Do you plant a garden? You worry about those late spring freezes? You can cover plants with a tarp or thick plastic sheeting. Paper feed bags work well too, cut off closed end, cut done one side and then lay over plants.  You can also use old sheets and blankets.

Does your sock bucket look like this first picture? Try the way it is in the second picture and then if you need to add a second smaller bucket for the same thing as the third picture.
Do you AGONIZE over to pile of laundry you have to fold and put a way? Buy a laundry basket for each person in you family then as you fold the laundry stick the folded laundry into each basket. I did this for a while and it was so much easier to keep laundry straight.
If you have the room save any of your glass jars, especially if they are the standard or large mouth jars. Then when you need to make someone something that might look nice in a jar, you are not having to go out and buy anything but lids. I also have saved the smaller jars that cherries come in, they make great containers for spices, i either save the lids that came with them or I will use the little tops that come off the candles.
Don’t be afraid to try store brand items, sometimes they taste just as good at the name brand items at half the cost. Also don’t be afraid to beg the circulars from a friend if you don’t get a paper, then you have coupons that you can use.
Be careful when shopping, sometimes they are not always a good deal whether it’s a sale item or not. Always look at the price per ounces or pound not just the total cost.  This also goes hand in hand with being willing to try a store brand or other brand.  Sometimes the bigger sizes are not always cheaper.
Don’t be afraid to try store brand items, sometimes they taste just as good at the name brand items at half the cost. Also don’t be afraid to beg the circulars from a friend if you don’t get a paper, then you have coupons that you can use.
Be careful when shopping with coupons. I love shopping with coupons, but I also found that I was buying items we didn’t really use much, just because I had a coupon. Even with the coupons, sometimes the store brands are cheaper than the name brands.
Homemade Rice-a-Roni mix! Easy and tastes pretty darn close to the box stuff. AND you know exactly what’s going into it.
Stuff by Cher: The San Francisco Treat – cher-homespun.blogspot.com
Planning your meals before you go shopping is a great way to minimize waste.
Do you like using real butter or margarine? Did you know that both can be frozen? Did you know that you can also can real butter?  A friend of mine has the following recipe at her blog

Bad about knowing when you bought something? Mark the date you bought your canned goods, jars and or boxes with a marker.
I love this formula – it cleans well and smells great!

Stuff by Cher: Homemade Laundry Detergent – cher-homespun.blogspot.com

Does your family seem to go through milk quickly??? Did you know the you can freeze whole milk? Now you can buy a gallon or two extra and then when you need it you thaw it, shake a few times and your good to go.

Do you keep a short term supply of items you use? Do you want to know how much your using? On your paper towels and toilet paper write the date on the inside of the roll just as your sticking it on. Then when that roll is used up you can then you can easily figure out how much your using and how much you need for say a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month supply.

For food items, have a piece of paper on the fridge or in a cabinet and write the day you opened it and the day you used the last amount.

If you have a smart phone and want a way to keep track of shopping lists and / or anything for that matter, check out Out Of Milk. I love this app, they have a free version and a paid version.

I don’t waste money on shampoo – baking soda and vinegar are all you need for super clean and healthy hair.

Stuff by Cher: I’m not full of crap just because I don’t ‘poo


Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Detergent – awesome stuff and inexpensive to make.

Stuff by Cher: Clean your finger before you point at my spots


A simple, extremely cheap and all-natural cleaning combo are a couple of items that you probably already have in you kitchen . . . lemons and table salt.

Stuff by Cher: A clean house is a sign of a wasted life


Want to do better about rotating your food in your pantry? When putting them on the shelves, put the food the expires first in front and as you buy new items add them to the back of the row.
Did you know you can make your own vinegar? I have some started, will have to see how it comes out.




How To Make Vinegar by Countryside Staff from the July/August, 1999 issue of Countryside & Small Sto


How To Make Vinegar by Countryside Staff from the
It’s almost spring and planting gardens. If you want to save money starting your seeds, and don’t want to hassle with peat pots or pellets, then try these. Egg cartons- Fill with dirt, punch small drainage holes and plant seeds. Paper towel or toilet paper rolls- Cut down to size, fill with dirt, plant seeds and stick on tray.
I have not tried this yet, but I am going to soon. I have also seen a few for liquid hand soap using some of the same ingredients.

Homemade liquid dish washing (For use in a sink)

Homemade Dish Soap


Homemade dish soap is easy to make. It saves you money, helps rid your home of the toxins in commercial cleaners, and is a fun and sustainable project.
Here is another link to a recipe, you can find several just by doing a google search for homemade liquid dish soaphttp://frugallysustainable.com/2011/09/homemade-liquid-dish-soap-that-really/


?[I]n our home, dishes are washed mostly by hand. We do have a dishwasher and ye…See More
Home made automatic dish washing soap
The recipe I am using is just a box of borax and a box of baking soda.

Homemade Dishwasher Soap – Save Money Right Now


Very Detailed and fully tested recipe for homemade dishwashing liquid! Many important items to keep around your home to stock for this and other recipes!
I recently started making my own laundry soap again. You can do a google search for homemade laundry soap. I have made both liquid and powdered soap, this last batch was powdered. This is the recipe I used
12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)
Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub, use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.



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