5 Frugal Uses for Salt

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Uses for Salt

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You may think of salt as just that white food seasoning that sits on your dining room table. But just like many things in your home, salt has many different uses beyond its main purpose. Right up there with baking soda and vinegar, salt can be used in dozens of situations around your home from cleaning, to helping to heal a sore throat. Below you will find some great uses for salt that will really get your creative mind working!

Use salt to make your own body scrubs.

Need to exfoliate but don’t want to spend a lot of money at the bath and body shops? Mix salt with an oil and add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you have yourself a body scrub! This kind of scrub works particularly well on dry feet.

Keep your produce fresher, longer.

If you just purchased some produce and you want to make sure it lasts until you are ready to use it, simply place your apple, pears, or other fruits in a sink full of salt water. Let them dry without rinsing and it will help create a barrier of protection around your fruit to help it last longer.

Make your own toothpaste.

Mix 2 parts salt with 1 part baking soda and use as a dry toothpaste on your teeth. (Add water to brush of course)

Clean your mouth.

Not only can rinsing or gargling with salt water help to remove bacteria around a sore throat, it can also help reduce the pain from a canker sore.

Use as a cleaning scrub around the home.

Skip the store bought cleaning scrubs and make your own instead. Simply sprinkle salt on any wet surface you would like to clean and use a cleaning scrub brush to help remove grime. Add in a vinegar based cleaning spray to really get things shining.

No matter what you use it for, salt has many uses around your home and in your daily routine, besides adding to your food!

What other items around your home do you think could be used for multiple purposes like salt? You may want to check out our article on Uses for Rubbing Alcohol as well!

What are some of your favorite uses for salt?

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5 Easy Home Workout Routines Without Weights

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Home Workout Routines Without Weights

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There is no need to spend money on a gym membership as you have everything you need to get fit. One of the biggest fitness trends in 2014 is strength training without weights. Here are a few Home Workout Routines Without Weights that will help you drop the weight and get fit.

1. Planking. The plank works the entire front side of the body and helps to tone your muscles and works the core like no other exercise. Getting into the Plank position easy as you just lay down on the floor and then come up onto your forearms and toes. You can do this with or without shoes on. Create a straight line from your neck down to your feet and make sure your butt does not arch down and hold your stomach in engaging your core muscles. Keep this taunt plank position for 30 seconds, relax for 30 seconds and do it again 3 times. The goal is to be able to hold this for two minutes.

2. Burpees. This is one of the hardest exercises to do but will burn a ton of calories, plus it tones every muscle in your body. To begin, stand upright and then drop down to the ground into a push-up position. Do one push up and then bring your legs back to your body and then jump up with your arms reaching high into the sky, then come back down from the jump into a standing position. Can you believe that was just one rep? Start doing 3 sets of 5 burpees and when you are stronger do 3 sets of 10 burpees. Rest for a minute in between each set.

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January Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

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Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

November Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

The best way to save money on Fruits & Vegetables is to buy what’s in season.  Also, you’ll want to stock-up and freeze some for later use when you come across a good sale so that you can have a variety to choose from through-out the year.

Here’s what to look for on sale this month at your local Grocery Store and Farmers Markets:

FRUITS VEGETABLES
Avocado
Grapefruit
Mandarins
Navel oranges
Tangerines
Kiwi
Pears
Pomegranates
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Collards
Kale
Spinach

 

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Incredibly Frugal Baking Soda Cleaning Uses

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Baking Soda Cleaning Uses

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Baking soda is one of the best items you could possibly have in your kitchen pantry. Next to vinegar, it’s one of the most useful and versatile items that you can purchase. Not only is it great for baking, but it’s also an excellent cleaner for areas all around your home.

Have you never tried cleaning with anything but a store bought cleaner before? Here are some great baking soda cleaning uses and cleaning recipes that you can make today.

Baking Soda for Deodorizing

Have some smelly areas in your home? Use baking soda! Sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your trash can, in your shoes, or place a whole open box in your fridge. Place an open box of baking soda in just about any area or room in your home that could use a little natural freshening!

Shine Up Your Home

Use baking soda to make your home not only clean, but beautiful and shiny. Start by sprinkling baking soda in and around your sinks, tubs, and other hard surfaces. Spray vinegar from a spray bottle over the baking soda and scrub with a cleaning brush. Wipe clean with a wet rag or paper towel. At the same time you can do your pipes a favor, simple sprinkle baking soda into the pipes and follow by pouring vinegar down the drain. It will help break up any clogs and keep everything flowing and running correctly.

Get Stains Out

Have stains from your pets or kids or anything in your carpet? Use one of baking sodas cleaning uses is to remove those stubborn stains and make your carpet look new again! Wet the area and sprinkle baking soda into the carpet. Scrub it into the fibers of the carpet with a cleaning brush or toothbrush. Spray vinegar over the area and scrub it in. Leave the spot alone for a while until it dries and then vacuum over the area to remove any extra baking soda. The spot should be gone! You can use a similar method to remove stains from clothing.

Ready to find some other useful items in your home that are great for multiple purposes? Check out our article on Uses for Rubbing Alcohol as well!

These are just a few baking soda cleaning uses but there are so many more! What is your favorite?

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5 Unique Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

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Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

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Sure, you know that bottle of rubbing alcohol that you have in your bathroom cupboard is good for cleaning out cuts and scrapes, but did you know that it actually has dozens of uses? Are you using your rubbing alcohol to its full potential?

All the uses for rubbing alcohol below will have you looking at your bottle a little differently the next time you open the cupboard door.

1. Use it to remove permanent marker and crayons. Put some rubbing alcohol on a rag or towel and rub at the stain until it’s gone. This will work on hard surfaces like countertops and floors. You can also use it on walls but you will want to test in a small area first to make sure it won’t take off your paint.

2. Clean your stove with it. Use rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn grease stains on and in your oven. You can also use it to clean your other kitchen appliances and it will give them a nice shine.

3. Make your own ice pack. In a freezer zippered bag, put one part rubbing alcohol and two parts water. Stick in your freezer for the next time someone has an accident. It will get cold but won’t freeze solid!

4. Keep your windows frost free. Mix one quart of water with a half a cup of rubbing alcohol and use it to wash your car windows. It should keep them frost free! Already have frost or ice on your windshield, pour rubbing alcohol right on them and it will dissolve.

5. Homemade Goo Gone. Use your rubbing alcohol anywhere where you would use Goo Gone. Store tags, sticker goo, brand aids, ect. Just pour a little rubbing alcohol on a rag and wipe the sticky stuff right off.

What are some of your favorite uses for rubbing alcohol?

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Spotless Cleaning Planner

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Spotless Cleaning weekly Routine

Need help getting your house ready for holiday guests?  Take a look at this Spotless Cleaning Planner.  There are 4 printables that you can download in pdf format HERE.

Your 4 Spotless Cleaning Planner Printables include:

  • Weekly Routine Planner
  • Weekly Chore List
  • Deep Clean Planner
  • Shop Items Planner

 

 

 

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Where to Trade-In/Sell Your Used iPad {& Other Electronics}

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Where to Sell Used iPad
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If you’re looking to upgrade your iPad or other tablet, a trade-in can help you save.  Trade-in values will, of course, vary based on product and condition. You can answer questions on each site to help determine your trade-in value.  Just keep in mind that all retailers specify that estimates can change once your product is accessed.

It looks like the best place to trade-in will be through Amazon.

I have provided a few price comparisons for your reference. However,  these can change daily so only use the estimates listed as a guide!

Trade In or Sell Used iPad:

Apple: Accepts electronic equipment, including Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC computers, and displays. You can get Apple Store Gift Card for your old equipment. Apple will also provide FREE shipping of your product.

Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer — Mac or PC — you’re not using anymore into something brand new. Send it to us and we’ll determine if it qualifies for reuse. If it does, that means your device has monetary value that we’ll apply to an Apple Store Gift Card, which you can use for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. If your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC doesn’t qualify for reuse, we’ll recycle it responsibly at no cost to you.

iPad 1st Generation 16GB (good condition) estimate = $55 Gift Card
iPad 3rd Gen 16GB Wifi (good condition) estimate = $66 Gift Card

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Alternative Wrapping Paper Ideas {4 Cheap Wrapping Paper Ideas}

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Cheap Wrapping Paper

Purchasing wrapping paper at your local stores can be boring & expensive.  It is the same wrapping paper that everyone else is buying and using. It allows little, if any, room for your own creativity and personality. Here are a few wrapping paper ideas that will allow you to step away from the norm and show your individuality.

Aluminum Foil – Use aluminum foil to wrap your gifts. This is a great way to wrap Christmas presents that will literally shine under the Christmas tree and in the stockings. When using foil to wrap presents, be sure that the shiny side is on the outside.

Newspaper – Wrap your gifts in newspaper. A fun way to wrap “over the hill” birthday presents is to use the obituaries. Baby shower gifts can be wrapped in the ads for baby items. Wrap presents for frugal friends with the coupon section of the local newspaper -just make sure the coupons are current.

Brown Paper Bags – Try wrapping presents in brown paper bags. Use your artistic abilities and draw pictures on the plain paper. If you don’t feel confident in your abilities as an artist, use stencils and stickers. If you have a flair for words, write a poem or a letter to the person you are giving the gift to. Perhaps add a note about a something the two of you shared in the past – perhaps a memorable birthday or other holiday you both shared.

Fabric – Use fabric to wrap presents. Create your own bows with ribbons that coordinate with the fabric. This is a wonderful way to wrap a baby gift. Housewarming gifts wrapped in gingham checks are a cute way to give a present. Wedding gifts wrapped in lace or satin will add a bit of flair to any present.

Stop buying boring wrapping paper and use these cheap wrapping paper ideas! There are so many better ways to wrap gifts other than following the crowd. Not only will your creativity and personality shine through, you can even save money!

What are you ideas for Cheap Wrapping Paper?

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Tips for Shopping Clothes Online

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Tips for Shopping Clothes Online

For those who want to update their closet with the latest trends, but don’t have the time or the patience to go and skim through the shops, then there is one viable option for you: go online shopping for your clothes. With the fast-paced technology right at your fingertips, you can easily browse through different shopping portals that gives you great previews and help you check out clothes accordingly.  Zoom it in or zoom it out, discover the details of the design and compare colors—meticulously looking at your purchase is now much easier with online shops. Furthermore, these items have descriptions and easy-to-navigate pages, with available filters to sort out the clothes you’d like to buy.

Tips for Shopping Clothes Online:

The Advantages of Online Shopping

1. No more waiting. The long lines in stores can drive even the most patient consumer crazy. With time as important as money, one can only be thinking of what they can be able to accomplish if they were not spending fifteen or more minutes standing in line. Many people tend to lose their patience while waiting in line so shopping online can be their best choice.

2. Home delivery. Nothing is more convenient than having your own items delivered right to your home. There’s no need for you drive, get stuck in the traffic or find a slot in the parking lot just to buy a few goods. With online shopping, you can have as many or as little purchases brought to you without the hassle.

3. Tracking receipts. Any busy person can find it hard to track down their receipts, which is an unfortunate situation especially when they end up with products they did not plan to buy at first. Having an electronic receipt is easier to keep and one can track down their purchases to discover how their transaction went.

4. Comparing prices is a breeze. With new e-commerce website platforms, you can easily weigh prices against one another and end up with a more practical item. Comparing prices and websites helps smart shoppers pick the best product and price they are most comfortable with.

5. No more buying on impulse. Shoppers tend to “strike while the iron is hot,” especially when there are items on sale. However, most of the time, they discover that the products they bought aren’t really necessary or even wanted. One can avoid the impulses of buying by looking over at online stores. They can put a desired item under their wish list, which they can go back and buy whenever they have the money to spare.

Some Shopping Tips for the Smart Buyer

Before you sit down and browse in your favorite store to start your wardrobe hunt, it is important to observe a few tips when it comes to online shopping. Take note of these reminders before finalizing your purchase to avoid future hassles:

1. Always get your measurements first. When shopping for clothes, it is always crucial to check your measurements so you’d know if the items will fit. Things to measure are your chest, shoulders, waist, hips and feet. Make sure to list these down accurately so that the clothes you will order will fit you well and there will be no need of returning them because of the wrong size in the future.

2. Buy from credible shopping sites. You might be tempted to go to the new store you’ve seen advertised on the internet, but it is always best to go with reputable shopping sites. There are many cases of fraudulent sellers online and you would not want to have your hard-earned money being swept away by these suspicious dealers. Find out testimonies and opinions on review sites and see how an e-commerce site fares.

3. Look at the shipping terms. Reliable sites will always be honestly upfront with their shipping costs. This allows you to be prepared for the entire purchase and delivery of the clothes.

4. Payment modes. It is popular and convenient to use Paypal and other third-party payment options for online shopping. This is a great choice to use, especially if you are paying via credit or debit card. Make sure that the site is encrypted with SSL and its payment systems are secure.

5. Return policy. There may be a chance that the clothes you bought does not fit you; see if the store has a return policy that allows customers to ship back the item in exchanged for another with a better fit.

6. Discount and deals. It would be best to find a store which offers seasonal markdowns and frequent discounts. These promos can help you save money which you can use for purchasing another item or keeping it for your future purchases. Some sites offer discount coupons to slash a percentage off an entire purchase with a distinct code. One example would be JC Penney’s current offering: 10% off at JCPenney – Promo Codes are available for shoppers to use. Get this code by visiting this website and see more available codes for you to use!

What are your Tips for Shopping Clothes Online?

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FREE Simple Savings Coupon Workbook

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Take a look at these FREE Simple Savings printables to help you keep track of your inventory and couponing needs.  You can print an inventory and coupon checklists for Grocery’s, Toiletries, Stockpile Inventory, Baby Needs, Medical, and Kitchen Aides & Cleaners.

You can download all these Simple Savings Coupon Workbook printable for free HERE.

You could also download individual sheets by clicking the links below:

 

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Don’t forget yo take a look at my Stock-up Price Guide and my Couponing Basics Series!

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