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Saving Money In Your Home, Big and Small ~ Sharing Money Saving Tips
I'm big on saving money whether it's for small day to day purchases or the big ticket items. I just don't believe in tossing money down the drain.
It gets to be a habit. Being "frugal" my way doesn't mean that I miss out on life. Quite to the contrary, I enjoy saving money.. it gets to be a game.
I hate to throw things away but will if they have totally lost their usefulness but I do believe in "Recycle, Reuse, & Reduce". Our landfills are full enough. I don't apologize for the frugal lifestyle that I love.. saving money in some things allows me to afford other things that I want and enjoy.
This week was "recycle soap" week. I keep a container in the bathrooms and when the bar soap gets used so that it is smaller than I want to deal with, the small pieces are tossed into the "soap container". I use a colored tight fitting container such that you would display candy in, in a guest room..
When the jar is about half full, I finish filling it up with water, add a small amount of hand sanitizer or a couple of teaspoons of rubbing alcohol, and let it set for a couple of days. You know how the soap gets really soft when someone leaves in a tub of water? That's what we're aiming for here.
When the soap has gotten really soft, I dump it into my blender and whip it all together. At that point, I like to add a little scent. Something generic that's not offensive to either gender. Food flavorings work well.. I keep orange, lemon, vanilla, pineapple, etc on hand. It doesn't take but a couple of drops... remember we're aiming for subtle here. I usually add a little more hand sanitizer or alcohol here just to keep the solution sanitary until we use it all out of the pump containers. That step may not be necessary, but makes me feel better. :)
What you're going to end up with a liquid soap that has a foam texture to it, stays consistent that way in a pump container, smells good and is similar to some very expensive hand pump soaps and you did not add to the landfill or spend any money on it. I had not taken any photos of it after filling the pump bottles but will today and add to the post. It doesn't save any big bucks but there are more reasons to do these types of things than to save money.
I was thinking that there are probably many of you out there that do these types of things on a day to day basis.. things that are free or nearly free, fun to do, and also kinda' neat. I look for a group here in the Rain with that as it's topic and couldn't find it. Is there one?
I'm going to try to remember to share something every week until I run out of money saving and fun things that I enjoy.. in the meantime, got any to share?
Chuck Carstensen is a Realtor with The Discovery Team (RE/MAX Results.) in Elk River, MN. Helping buyers, sellers and investors in great Minnesota counties like Sherburne, Isanti, Wright, Anoka, Chisago, Hennipen and Mille Lacs. He is a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE).
I help buyers, sellers and investors with their real estate needs. In this blog I post my listings and give real estate, social media and personal development tips.
I enjoy giving people tips, suggestions and hints that can improve their business and life.
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