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I learned from the government shutdown that a sudden pay loss can be crippling to a family. When the dust settled and the paychecks resumed I bought a gift card from the grocery stores I frequent. Each week I add $10 to one of them. Should an emergency occur, I have some back up to be able to feed my family.
If you go to the grocery store you may notice the cheapest way to buy a potato is in a ten pound bag. A slightly more expensive way is one by one. If you buy them frozen like fries or hash browns they become more expensive still. The more processed a food item gets the more $$ per pound you pay. The most expensive way to buy a potato? Probably a potato chip - so save money by buying the least processed
If you have any old perfume or cologne bottles that you no longer use...think about using them for a bathroom spray. A tiny spritz in the air or on a curtain is so much more effective than those awful smelling commercial sprays. Guests would appreciate a label letting them know the bottle is free to use for odors. Not just for bathrooms...the house might need a tiny spritz here and there...smell lasts longer if you spray it on some material...don't over do it though!
This is cheap and compares to Tide with Bleach Alternative. Use 2 Tablespoons per load. Mix equal parts: borax, washing soda, Oxygen Cleaner, and powdered SUN laundry detergent. This really gets the stains out and whitens and brightens! Any powdered laundry detergent can be used in the recipe and mix it in a ziploc bag that has been closed! You can use Oxyclean for the Oxygen cleaner, but I use the off brand
Try using 1-2 Tablespoons of Laundry soap per load saves hundreds of dollars per year! If you are worried about stains, simply let the clothes soak all night after agitating and finish running the load in the morning! Free and easy stain soak and cleaner clothes!
We kept a coin jar, but we'd roll coins and exchange it for cash immediately then spend it; no savings there. Now we wait to roll until the jar is at least 3/4 full, and it has to go in our savings account. Seeing a large amount helps us stay motivated.