Line dry….smells great!

I am always looking for ways to save money….. how about a solar clothes dryer. It is a piece of rope extended between two poles and tied tight then you add some clothes pins and your clothes and viola´ solar clothes dryer! I am surprised how many do not hang their clothes out in the summer; it’s free money to me.

I love this time of the year when I can hang my clothes out. I wash a load before work and hang it out and when I get home they are dry….nothing better then fresh line dried clothes.

The beginning of the line dried season make sure to clean your clothes line with some bleach and water  before you use it.

Why hang your clothes out?

  • Saves your money on energy
  • your clothes will last longer
  • The fresh smell is wonderful
  • reduces the need to iron.

How to hang your clothes? I shake the piece before hanging to line up seams and get any wrinkles out I can and loosen the fabric.

  • Hang shirts at the waist and don’t pull to tight between the pins, Lyndsey my youngest daughter said I stretch her shirts out when I do that.
  • I have an umbrella clothes line I love to hang shirts on plastic hangers then when dried I hang them right into the closets.
  • Jeans by the waist They will dry much faster.
  • Dress pants I line up seams and hang at the bottom….this leaves a nice pleat
  • Towels– I dry them in the dryer for about 10 minutes then I hang them out then they aren’t as stiff.
  • hang colored clothes inside out the sun will bleach them. The sun is great for your whites.
  • underwear I don’t I think the dryer is good for them but you can hang them in the shield of your other clothes.
  • Socks– I match them and hang them together at the top ankle.
  • Rugs– The little ones here and there in my home. I never dry them in the dryer because it breaks down the rubber backing. I hang them to dry over my fence.

Have a great day and enjoy the sun, Candy

We derserve attitude

When Randy and I were first married we had the bad habit of thinking and saying when we wanted something, We deserve it! I know when we had that attitude it was easier for us to get into debt. Now that we are getting older and have been down that road I am seeing a change.

  • We are really talking about purchases and saving for them.
  • We ask ourselves if we really need the purchase or if we just want it.
  • Our debt is going down because we are working together and we are on the same team!
  • By simplifying your life, less is best- easier to clean, manage and live with. In today’s society we think stuff makes us who we are, people are more important than stuff.

Even advertisers market to us saying you deserve it…… One that comes to mind is “you deserve a break today……at McDonald’s”

By having a “We deserve it” attitude you may find:

  • You are in debt not enjoying your life. Working to pay off all you deserve.
  • Life filled with stuff and unappreciated.
  • Trying to keep up with the Jones; You may find the Jones’ are more in debt then you.

It is OK to dream of things you may want and it doesn’t mean you have to go into debt to get it.  My dear friend Robin told me once “tell God your dreams” I said to her I thought God already knew my dreams? She said to just talk it out with God and see what happens. You know what? It does help.

Living a more simple life is like money in the bank. We don’t need all the stuff to be fulfilled. I am not killing myself anymore to have what I think I need and I am finally starting to enjoy my life. Just some food for thought today.

Have a great day you deserve it! Candy

You + Spring cleaning = Frugal

Good Morning! A few weeks ago my dear friend  told me she was Spring cleaning and asked me since I clean for a living “does anyone else do Spring cleaning anymore?” I do and I think Spring cleaning  and everyday cleaning is Frugal and this is why…… You can clean and inspect your items.

Spring Cleaning is for all the down deep cleaning you don’t get to do all season…when things are clean they run more efficient.

Spring cleaning in the kitchen

  • fridge the best time to clean the fridge is before you go grocery shopping. I take everything out including the bottom drawers and wipe everything down, we use Clorox clean up. While wiping down the doors inspect the gasket around the door and I bleach that too. Take off the bottom vent cover and clean with hot soapy water and vacuum the front the fridge.  Pull out the fridge and vacuum the back and underneath this will help make it run better without the dust around the compressors. Since the fridge is pulled out I sweep and mop under it.
  • Stove– baking soda and water works great and run the trays through the dishwasher every so often. The front of the stove is easily wiped with window cleaner. I pull the bottom drawer out and clean and wipe and vacuum under the stove ll the tracks. I pull this out and vacuum the dust and mop the floor. It is also a good time wipe the walls behind and around the stove. If you have a self-cleaning oven the best time to use if you have to is when it is already heated up.
  • Garbage disposal– I clean this with ice cubes. Fill it up ice cubes and run cold water the ice scrubs it then add hot water for it to all go down. The black gasket needs to be cleaned O use an old tooth-brush you will be amazed what you see. Some folks run their lemon or orange peels through it to freshen.
  • Dishwasher– wipe with window cleaner or cleaning cloth. I clean the inside also with a cloth and once in a while I have to take the bottom apart and get all the food, glass and who knows what else is in it. A few year ago I bought a dishwasher repair kit to fix all the rusted tips on the basket it came with  rubber tips and this extends the life of the basket. Tipnut has a how to clean your dishwasher check out her site!
  • Electric Can opener– Unplug and use a toothbrush and hot soapy water. A pipe cleaner works great under the blade.
  • Microwave– I use a warm cleaning cloth if it is really dirty you can put a mug of water in it for 1 minute to cook while you are cleaning other things and it should wipe right up. Don’t forget about the vent covers  under the microwave if it is above the stove with an exhaust. once in a while I put them in the dishwasher to get the grease off of them. Leave the microwave open for a few minutes after use so you don’t trap moisture and odors in.
  • Cabinet– Cleaning out is frugal because you can see what you have and organize your stockpile.

By cleaning you can extend the life of your appliances and see what you have and I think this is frugal!

No Spend Days

No Spend Day….  just what it says a day you don’t spend any money. Here are a few ideas on how to actually have a NO Spend Day:

  • Stay home
  • Pack your lunch if you work outside the home.
  • Shop your own cabinets and pantry for dinner

You can make it a challenge for yourself and see just how many days…. save and not spend.

For Randy and I we can usually have a No Spend Day, but our children seem to put a wretch in it with oh I forgot I need this or that. We do the best we can and that is better than we were.

Have a blessed day, Candy

Fruit Salad

My dear friend Shelly has come up with another cute idea!

I found this cute container at Michaels for $3.99 (used a 40% off coupon to get the price down) Made it to take to my grams 94th family birthday party it was a big hit!
I used fruit I had in the house tangelos but you could use clementines or oranges blueberries, raspberries, green and purple grapes and bananas (not sure if I would use bananas again though) I put iceberg lettuce in the bottom of the container and used bamboo skewers to put the fruit through.
Cute to take to a cookout/bbq and the hostess gets to keep the container.
I have my container on the countertop filled with hard candy, my daughter uses hers for colored pencils and arts and crafts stuff and her friend uses hers for hair accessories you can use the container afterwards for anything you want.
This was fun to make!

Thanks Shelly!

Frugal….to be or not to be?

If you were to ask those who say they are frugal “what does it mean to be frugal?” You may be surprised to hear different answers. I have always been pretty frugal, but when I got married I really started living frugal. I want you to know there may be frugal ideas that aren’t for you and there may be some you wonder why more aren’t using them.

The good , the bad and the ugly of frugal for me. These are frugal things you may like to try:

  • I love hanging clothes on the line…A few of my friends make fun and call me the little woman. Think about it you are saving energy by not drying and you extend the life of your clothes. The fresh smell is just wonderful to me. My honey has hung a bar over my washer and dryer so I can hang in the winter too!
  • I only wash full loads of laundry and dishes in the dishwasher. You will waste money if you aren’t washing full loads.
  • I am all for going green, but I love the little plastic bags my grocery comes in. I use them in my little garbage cans, Put to go food in them for guests to carry out and I take my lunch to work.
  • Many of my dear frugal friends wash ziploc bags. I did try years ago, but it got to the point when I decided I hate baggies hanging and drying. I do it every so often, but it just wasn’t fun. If this is a frugal idea you would like to try do not reuse baggies that have stored meat
  • Little slivers of soap left in the shower…I either stick it to a bigger bar of soap or add it to my liquid soap, it melts with the liquid.
  • Fabric softener sheets I have made my own and cut store-bought sheets in half. It depends if I find a good deal. the homemade recipe:

2-3 Cups Water
1 Cup Liquid Fabric Softener
Large Sponge

Combine water and liquid softener (I store in a Glad container with a lid for when I am not using). Cut sponge in 1/2 and keep in liquid. When drying clothes, remove sponge, squeeze out excess liquid and place in dryer with clothes. When dry, just place sponge back in liquid to be used for next load.

Here are a few more tips for our Frugal Boot Camp. Have a blessed day, Candy

Frugal Boot Camp….”Good to the last drop!”

When you hear  “good to the last drop” you may think about coffee, but I am thinking about all the products we use every last bit of to save money and make the product stretch.

  • Toothpaste– we have a small wallpaper roller and when the “squeezers” in our family squeeze the toothpaste I push it toward the top. This helps us with using every drop of our toothpaste. When you think no more toothpaste can be found….we cut the bottom of the tube and ahhh good to the last drop!

At frugal boot camp today we are learning to read bottle upside down….why because when there is very little in them we flip them on their lids so the last portion of the product is easy to use up every drop! Some of the good to the last drop items are:

  • Shampoo and conditioner Many of you must likely flip them to stand on their tops, but when you think no more can be found…..add a little water and shake and one more shampoo and conditioned head of hair!
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • salad dressing
  • syrup
  • Liquid Laundry soap– after I think no more can be found in the bottle I add water and shake and find one more loads worth!
  • Liquid dish and dishwasher soap– I do the same thing as the laundry soap

Ok, I guess you get the idea…anything in a bottle needs to be flipped toward the end of its usage and get every last drop out.

  • One thing I cannot live without is a rubber spatula. You may think “Wow lady you need to get a life”, but I can’t tell you how much more  product I can get out of a can or bowl with a rubber spatula making a rubber spatula a great help getting every last drop. I think every Frugal Kitchen needs a rubber spatula!
  • Well, I needed to bring up coffee. We don’t waste coffee anymore with my college kid in the house, but when we had leftover I would pour it in a thermos and it is fresh and hot for later.Good to the last drop!

I have learned over the years different ways to make things stretch and good to the last drop. I have also learned to use less of those products. Many times the recommended amount is more than needed….like shampoo I haven’t shampoo rinse and repeated in years…You get the idea. I would love to hear what is your good to the last drop!

Have a Blessed day, Candy