Today’s thrifty living tip is use a pencil eraser to remove scuff marks from vinyl flooring. This works great since we have vinyl floors in our kitchen. I find it easier than applying lots of elbow grease. Another way to eliminate scuff marks is to use a Brillo pad. Just make sure to rinse very well afterwards. You can also make a paste of baking soda and water and use a scrub pad on the marks. All of these work but I find the eraser is great for small marks. The other methods are better for big or several marks.
Category: Frugal Living Tips
My hubby and I went outside yesterday evening to water our plants in the garden. We noticed a cute little bunny eating grass in the yard right outside the carport. It was about 3 feet from the house, and barely flinched as my husband walked near it to take pictures. It’s a very bold bunny, but his friend was more timid since he hopped near the cane fields. They aren’t eating my plants but I only have cantaloupe and watermelon growing at the moment. They do the like the shade my fig tree offers them since I frequently see one sitting underneath it. I just thought it was so cute that I wanted to share the pictures we took. The rabbits are perfectly safe from us since we don’t eat rabbit.
Today’s thrifty living tip is turn down your water heater to 120-125 degrees. I have mine set to 125 degrees which I find is comfortable for us year round. Most people have theirs set at 130-140 which can burn small children. You can save an average of 4% for every ten degrees you lower the temperature. Another way to save energy costs is to wrap the tank with a thermal blanket which can be bought at most hardware stores. If you have an electric tank, then setting a timer will also further your savings. Timers won’t work well with gas water heaters.
I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks, but I’ve been so busy gardening and end of school activities. Summer is definitely here with temperatures in the low 90’s and very humid. I’m watering more with the hose pipe which I’m not overly thrilled doing since I’ve seen my last water bill. It’s gone up almost $10 more than usual. We are getting rain, but not daily and it’s usually a good shower that will keep my plants watered for a couple of days. We are only getting maybe one to two good soaks per week. I do plan on installing a rain barrel which will help.
In the above pictures you can see how many tasty cucumbers I’ve picked. I started picking them around the middle of May, and haven’t stopped yet. I have picked well over 50 cukes in the last 3 weeks so those two vines are very prolific. I tried my hand at pickling them last weekend, and that batch came out very well. I’m going to make a double batch this weekend, and will share the process on my blog with pictures plus the actual recipe. I even shared them with a couple of family members that were very eager to try them. I am also going to make several loaves of zucchini bread which I also share on my blog.
I also wanted to update on my Roma tomatoes which aren’t doing as well as hoped. I had an infestation from caterpillars to stink bugs. I was trying not to use pesticides but I did spray them last weekend with Seven which has helped some. I think I didn’t act quickly enough so most of the fruit is damaged with holes and rotten. I have harvested about 30, but lost that many to bugs. I’m disappointed since I really wanted to make a big batch of tomato sauce. I’m still going to experiment with a small batch soon. My cantaloupe plants are flowering and really trying to vine out along with the watermelon plants. I will hopefully post some pictures this weekend. I’m very excited about how well the garden is doing overall, and we did expand it with a cultivator my step-dad lent me. I have zucchini to plant this weekend. I hope none of my readers mind the posts about my garden. It’s a great way to save lots of money by growing your own food and to share with others.
I actually reached this milestone on Tuesday and didn’t even realize it. I’m very excited that my blog is a year old but I admit it’s not where I hoped to be by now. I have no one to blame but me since I haven’t promoted it as much as I should. I am happy with the direction it’s going. At first I did start this blog to do paid posting, but I realized how I much I disliked it. I didn’t have as much control over the content with certain companies, and it didn’t seem worth the effort. While I still hope to make a little money on here, mostly to pay the rent of my blog, I am mostly blogging to share what I’m doing and hoping I can share ways to help others save money. I didn’t know a lot of things when I was a young adult and wasted quite a bit of money. I also racked up a good chunk of credit card debt. I was very fortunate to have married a wonderful man that came from a frugal family. I learned many things from them, and we were able to dig ourselves out of a financial hole. We also have a healthy savings and emergency fund.
Along our adventure I came across some awesome books. The first one, my thrift bible, is The Tightwad Gazette. I have learned so much by reading this great book. It’s where I first learned about the snowball method. Her example illustrated a couple saving for a down payment to buy a house. Instead I decided to use it to pay off our debts. I started with the smallest ones first and worked my up. I had never heard of Dave Ramsey at this point. I probably didn’t do it in the exact way he outlines in his book The Total Money Makeover, but I was pretty close. He is right in the sense that mastering money while paying off debts is more about emotion than about math and logic. If I had used my credit card logically, then I wouldn’t have been in a mess. I also recommend reading his book since it’s a good starting point for getting out of debt. The big key point is you have to stop using credit while digging out of the mess. Otherwise you will never win. Once we stopped using them and cut them all up, then we did dig out of the hole. That is the best feeling in the world to not have any debt! I sleep so much better at night and I don’t cringe every time the phone rings.
Yes cutting out the bigger items like cable, phone plans, getting better rates on your insurance, eating out and such will make a dent in your monthly budget. Doing many of the little things will add up to bigger savings as well. If you can master your grocery bill, then you can save hundreds per month. The bigger the family the bigger the savings. I don’t buy nearly as much food for my family of 3 as someone will with a family of 4 or 5 and more. I’m constantly trying to cut down my bill and still eat healthy. That’s one reason I started a garden so I can make more items from scratch like tomato sauce and it’s healthier. I am using more of an organic approach and not spraying my plants. I am also composting my kitchen scraps along with yard waste like leaves. I just wanted to share a little bit more about me and my reasons for doing the blog. I really hope that all my tips are helping others to save money. I said in a previous post that most frugal tips are good for your pocketbook and the environment. Thanks for reading and I hope to continue writing for another year!
Basically just sprinkle a little baby powder on your hair (mostly it will look oily around the scalp or top) then blend it in well. I really like to brush mine since I have darker hair. It saves you time and money. It is much cheaper to use than to pay $5+ for the same thing in a much smaller bottle.
Sometimes you might get invited to a last minute event and not have time to wash your hair. You can also keep a small bottle in your purse if you are on the go.
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Today’s thrifty living tip is use spray vinegar on unwanted weeds in your yard. Just be careful not to spray any plants or grass. This is an economical and non-toxic way to get rid of those weeds.