Frugal Friday – Cleaning Cloths

I am compiling a list of 52 ways to be frugal or save money in 2017. The plan is to post one each week on Friday.Most, if not all, of these tips will be things that we actually do. However, if there is an idea that you want me to share let me know!

Tip #3 – Cleaning Cloths

I only use about 2 rolls of paper towels per year for our family of 6. We only use them for really nasty messes. For everything else we use cloth. For garage/outdoor messes, painting, etc… we use old socks, cut up t-shirts, and cut up towels.

For general cleaning I use these microfiber cloths. They pick up really well. They even clean up stuck on messes. For most messes you only need water so my kids can easily help without me worrying. They are reusable and should last for about 6 years!

Name brand paper towels can be almost $3 per roll! Say we use 3 rolls a month for a year…that is $108! My cloths cost me $24 that is am $84 savings EACH year!

My running total of money saved per year:

Napkins – $18

Dryer Balls – $72

Cleaning Cloths – $84

Yearly total = $164

Are you starting to see how little changes can make a big impact?

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Frugal Friday – Dryer Balls

I am compiling a list of 52 ways to be frugal or save money in 2017. The plan is to post one each week on Friday.Most, if not all, of these tips will be things that we actually do. However, if there is an idea that you want me to share let me know!

Tip #2 – Dryer Balls

I haven’t used fabric softener in a couple of years. YEARS! Why? It was an added expense. I am sensitive to smells and many of them are very strong. I read quite a few bad things about them.

Here and here and here for starters.

We are trying to lead a healthier life.

As an alternative I bought 6 dryer balls for almost the cost of 2 bottles of fabric softener. I have been using those same dryer balls for 2 years and they still work great. My clothes dry faster, which saves me electricity, and they are static free. You can add essential oils to your balls if you want a scent. I don’t.

A bottle of name brand softener (good for 40 loads) is $9. I do approximately 312 loads a year (or 6/week). So a year of fabric softener would cost me almost $72. Multiply that by the 2 years I’ve gone without it and I have saved approx. $144!

Not only are dryer balls healthier, they are also cheaper in the long run.

Running total of money saved:

Napkins– $18

Dryer Balls- $72

Total saved per year so far = $90

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Frugal Friday – Cloth Napkins

I am compiling a list of 52 ways to be frugal or save money in 2017. The plan is to post one each week on Friday. Most, if not all, of these tips will be things that we actually do. However, if there is an idea that you want me to share let me know!

Tip #1- Cloth napkins

I have basic sewing skills and decided to make my own cloth napkins although you can certainly buy them in many different stores.

I purchased 2 yards of discounted cotton fabric for about $10 total and then cut it into approx 12″ squares. I did a quick straight seam around the outside and voila!

I chose to make each side a different pattern.

I can’t remember when exactly I made these napkins but it was at least 4 years ago. We use them daily and they get washed as needed. I can’t believe how well they have held up!

Price breakdown: 1 package of store brand napkins is $3. Let’s say we purchase 6 packs per year at the cost of $18. My cloth napkins paid for themselves in only 1 year! In the four years we’ve been using them we’ve saved over $72.

I do still buy a package of paper napkins each year which we use for and large parties or gatherings that we have.

This may not seem like a huge money saver but I also like the fact that it reduces garbage, especially when you have young children who don’t know how to use in moderation 🙂

Financial Review – October

After feeling behind all of September, due to dental bills and car repairs, October felt really good! We did well with out budget and were able to work toward all of our goals (and even exceed some!).

Here is a re-cap of the month:

-I was able to meet with 1 client and attend 1 event this month for extra income. (I have been a consultant with an MLM for 2 years.) I also put together a power point presentation which helped us to…

-put an extra $300 on our mortgage!

-We put $400 towards our ROTH

-We funded the college accounts of our 2 oldest children.

-We were able to open accounts for our 2 youngest children with a surprise bonus from J’s employer. We plan to use the rest to help pay for insulating our attic (hopefully in November)

 

Looking ahead to November we plan to:

-Finish Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving

-Put an extra $200 on the mortgage

-Have the cash to get our air ducts cleaned (approx. $400)

-Possibly update the trim in the upstairs bathroom

-Fund college for 2 kids and our ROTH

-I have 2 work events scheduled.

Thanksgiving is not an expense for us as it is always spent with J’s family and is potluck style.

 

 

Nightstand Makeover

A couple of weeks ago these were our nightstands.

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Yes, those are boxes stacked next to the bed. Classy, right? These boxes replaced the nightstands that we had had for quite a few years and just weren’t working anymore. They were too small, too short, and didn’t fit my style anymore. So I sold them and ‘temporarily’ put the boxes in place…for what ended up being 4 years! We were going to build new ones and never got around to it. I looked at just buying some but they are EXPENSIVE! So we kept the boxes.

Recently our neighbor was cleaning out his basement and asked if we were interested in 2 nightstands. We went over to take a look and they were the PERFECT size! Yes!

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We quickly brought them back to our garage and I got started on their makeover. It was a very easy makeover but I didn’t take any pictures during the process 🙁

  1. I gave them a quick sanding with 100 grit paper.
  2. I gave them 2 coats of paint.
  3. I gave them 3 coats of Poly-crylic.
  4. I spray painted the original hardware.

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That’s it. It took me about a week for each end table just because they weren’t a priority and it was REALLY humid out so I made sure to let them dry a long time between coats. This update cost me nothing since I used paint left from other projects.

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I LOVE how they look!!!! I’m so excited that they were free and am SO happy to put the boxes back in the closet where they belong:-)

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