Homemade Laundry Detergent Review

I have been playing around with DIY laundry soap recipes for a couple of years now. It wasn’t until 2015 that I came around to one easy recipe that is way cheaper than buying commercial detergents and super simple to throw together.

I had been a loyal Gain detergent consumer for nearly a decade. I know I could have saved money buying any of a dozen other brands, but I was in love with the fabulous fragrances. But, after adding up how much I had spent on laundry and other cleaning supplies, I was pretty motivated to try the DIY versions that I kept seeing other bloggers rave about. Continue reading “Homemade Laundry Detergent Review”

How I Saved $406.01 on Cleaning Supplies Last Year

In 2014 I spent just over $500 in household cleaning products. I made 4 simple changes for 2015 and now that the totals are in, those changes added up to big savings.

In 2014, I spent over $500 for the year on different varieties of soap to keep the things in my life clean. When you think about it, that’s an average of $40-$50 per month on cleaning products. The largest share of that budget, by far, was for laundry products. But still, as an overall expense I was a little shocked at what I had spent.

I had started looking over my expenses for ways that I could trim down my household budget in order to free up the cash for a new set of wheels. When I realized that $40-$50 dollars per month was going to cleaning supplies, I knew there was an opportunity to trim it down. Continue reading “How I Saved $406.01 on Cleaning Supplies Last Year”

5 Simple Tricks to Stop Sugar Cravings

Ending sugar cravings is really about more than simply resisting the urge and deferring the craving to something else. I have been a life-long lover of all things sweet and year after year it was getting more and more difficult to skip the desserts. I used to put a lot of effort into avoiding sugar until I experienced what it was like to simply not want it, or not need it.

I love all things sugar. In fact, dessert has always been my favorite meal and I have a particular weakness for chocolate. But, my affinity for the sweet stuff was seriously showing on the bathroom scale and I had to find a way to fend off sweet, sweet taste of all things sugary. Continue reading “5 Simple Tricks to Stop Sugar Cravings”

Our Working Budget for 2016

I am still trying to find the best way to work with a budget on a very tight income. Listing out every tiny, insignificant expense into dozens of separate categories did not work for me. I hope that simplifying it by grouping like expenses together will make it a little more user-friendly.

We live on a pretty tight budget, but a tight budget can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. My number one goal when starting this blog was to provide transparency. I feel like there are a lot of fakers out there who try to give advice about budgeting and being frugal, who in reality, either aren’t or don’t have to be. In the name of transparency, I am going to share regular posts this year about our budget and well (or not well) it is working for us.

The only purpose of sharing this information is for my own accountability and transparency. I am in no way trying to solicit financial advice and if you should feel the need to be negative or judgmental over how I choose to make it work, your comments will be deleted without hesitation. Happy reading! Continue reading “Our Working Budget for 2016”

5 Things I Changed to Beat Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue has been a constant state of mind for me for a very long time. I thought I was eating healthy and taking multi-vitamins so it never occurred to me that the cause of my fatigue was nutritional. I made a few small changes to my lifestyle this past year and I have seen BIG results.

A little over a year ago, I finally committed to change the way that we ate. Somewhere along the way we had settled into the comfortable and easy routine of eating convenience foods and traditional meal-time favorites heavy in starchy carbs like potatoes and pasta. And, over time I struggled getting through each day. I felt lousy, tired, drained, and just plain blah.  Continue reading “5 Things I Changed to Beat Chronic Fatigue”

What’s in DIY Laundry Soap Recipes

I have been using a DIY laundry soap recipe for the last three years. I experimented with several different recipes before settling on one that I found was the most effective at cleaning my laundry, the easiest to make, and the fewest ingredients. Every one has their own preferences for what they are looking for in laundry soap and honestly, the only way that the DIY method will work for you, is if you can find one that you love.

The base ingredients of any homemade laundry soap recipe seem to be pretty consistent from one recipe to the next, with the exception of Borax. There is clearly a line drawn between those who are ‘for’ using borax and those who are ‘against’ using it. Continue reading “What’s in DIY Laundry Soap Recipes”

5 Tips for Navigating the Supermarket

These days it seems like the sale prices at the grocery store are set at what the regular shelf price should be. As we add more convenience and give more power to food manufacturers by passively consuming their products, the prices at the grocery continue to climb. On my most recent trip to my neighborhood store, I was unnerved as the marked sale prices for staple goods like frozen vegetables, bread, and yogurt were nearing $2 per item. Continue reading “5 Tips for Navigating the Supermarket”