Time to shift gears, move forward, take life out of park...a blog for Empty Nesters, Stay @ Home Moms, Dads, Folks...living, breathing, trying to save money, enjoying life...time to change the focus keep the slippers...welcome one and all.
Today is a simple easy to do money saving tip(s). It has to do with soap. All kinds of soap.
When you get to the end of a bar of soap, it's too thin to bathe with, but too big to trash. Then do this, take the thin bar and hold it with a new bar. It will only take a few minutes for the two to melt together when wet while bathing or showering. It makes the new bar bigger and the old bar part of the new, making it last longer. You will spend less money, really!
Another soap idea is hand pumped liquid soap. Use the soap as is until the bottle gets about half empty. When that happens, fill the bottle with water, shake well. Instant more soap. It will not be as thick but it will work just as well.
Finally, the idea of washing powder soap. Actually, I quit using the powder years ago and opted to liquid. Now, about all I use is liquid All for Sensitive skin. Water can be added to the top when measuring but be careful with this tip. It doesn't need to be watered down too much.
Then the possibility of making your own washing powder is a good idea. I have tried it with my old washer but not with my new stacked pair.
There is an idea I have yet to try. It has to do with solid dish washing tablets. Maybe, just maybe, cutting one in half might be enough to do a load of dirty dishes. Of course, this will never work with the liquid packets of dish washing soap.
These might work for you and they might not. Just try them and see. The hardness or softness of your public water may make a difference.
Save more, use less, is the idea. Money in your pocket.
A few years ago, our little town was chosen to have an automatic drive through car wash. It is very nice and probably a real money maker for the owners. I have used it many times. The wash prices start at $8 go to $10 with the premium being $12.
Besides driving through while staying in your car, there are two employees who hose down the windows, front of the car and the back as you are slowly entering the tunnel.
Then when you drive out, there is 'free' diy vacuuming, rug cleaner, air freshener tabs.
This may sound like a good value. I'm lazy, the real reason I have been a customer.
But last year, I went cold turkey and gave it up.
Now, I drive to the get out, hose it down yourself, dry off the windows, get back in the car, drive off location.
With two cycles it costs me $3. IF I hurry, then I can get a car done in one, costing $1.50.
It's so hot in Dixie now that drying is not really necessary. The water evaporates and the car is dry barely before you drive onto the street.
Sure I get hot and sweaty. Sure, it's messier. Sure, I don't like it as much.
If I spend $3, max, and do not spend $8, the least, I save $5. If I spend $3, max, and do not spend $10 or $12. I can do it with my one good hand. Grin.
It's Sunday and I normally do not blog on weekends. This morning I got up, readied myself for church and headed out. I took a new RX on am empty stomach. Uhoh. I came home for some stomach meds but didn't work. I finally came back home and threw up. It may not be the meds because I've been cold all day. Yeah, me the hot flash queen, cold! The Hubbie went to church. I am home watching TV.
The show that is on now is My 600 LB Life. It is shocking but inspiring. Amer's story is on tonight. She is 23. The scene now is showing where she is rushed back to the hospital. She may be having a heart attack. Her legs are huge and covered in sores.
I find myself semi-praying for these people. It's recorded so what is the point, right? Anyway, I am showing empathy for them.
It's in their hands. They can change. They are in charge of the change. This can inspire anyone!
Don't use excuses anymore. Do it. Think I AM!
worth the effort
capable of the change!!!
We all have one life. Don't blow it! Or don't blow it anymore!!! Don't waste your life.
Well, it's time for another money saving tip. I'm just hit and missing on this blog because I am one busy person. Retirement is not a boring time in one's life.
This money saving tip is something everyone should do. Here it is:
Plan for retirement!!!
Don't assume it will be okay.
Put away every dime you can.
Social Security does not make one social or secure. So, don't count on it.
Join your 401-K and give the max.
Sign up for life insurance for your family, especially for your wife so she can keep her house, etc.
There is a story in the Holy Bible about the ant. The ant works all summer to put away food for the winter. It's the perfect example of preparing for retirement.
Why am I suggesting this money saving tip? Because we were not prepared. The Hubbie was in ministry for 30 years. We lived on little. Thing is, we have little to live on now.
So, work and work and save and save. If you have little to live on now, don't expect to have enough to live on later because it will not happen unless someone leaves you a boat load of cash or you win the lottery.
I think that sums it up.
Live and learn from the mistakes of others.
Live on one salary, pay yourself, sell things on the side, save, save, save. So you will have, have, have.
It's that time again. It's time to post another money saving tip on this little blog.
What is it?
Are you close to family? Or do you have a good friend you trust? Key word being trust. It goes for family, too.
Share stuff....yes, stuff.
Here are a few suggestions:
Carpet cleaning machine
You get the idea. These are not every day use items. The key is to always, always make sure you return the item the minute you are finished with it. One family buys one thing to lend and another family buys something else.
Only when you keep something too long, does it become a bother.
Think about it.
Why? Because when you need something you need it now.