March 8, 2014 Comments Off
Like I’ve written before, while I like coupons and “deals” I’m not a super coupon shopper. I don’t see the sense in having my money tied up in stockpiling a closet with floor to ceiling toilet paper that just happened to be on sale.
I don’t see the sense in buying candy or soda just because I have a coupon or buying a brand (for me it’s Febreeze) that I simply don’t like.
However, the cost of groceries for a family of four has gone up again so I decided to check out his Amazon Target Shopping ebook ($2.99 book at the time of purchase).
Okay for those diehard Walmart shoppers… Target matches about 99.9 percent of their prices because I have compared receipts at both. The idea that Walmart is “cheaper” is really just Walmart costing on a reputation. For me I like the cleaner store at Target and since I have two Super Targets (offering groceries) within 5 miles of my house, Target is my store of choice.
The book would have been better at 99 cents and did have a few helpful facts:
1.) Friday is the day that all merchandise for that week has been marked down.
2.) You can go online and print off Target coupons.
3.) Target has an additional coupon system called Cartwheel (this was the most helpful tip for me as Target seems to “hide” it online).
4.) Use your own bags and get a nickel off for each bag used.
5.) Use the RedCard and get another 5%. If you don’t want the credit card they have a debit card BUT on the application form they still ask for your Social Security card!! Considering Targets well publicized security breach I really don’t want to provide this info. I will ask at Target next week and see if you can apply without it and if a credit check is done.
What the book really didn’t cover was that merchandise (especially seasonal, which includes summer stuff) has certain time periods it is discounted. That’s how I bought Girl Scout camping stuff back in the troop leader days. If you want to know more about how that works check out this Mom’s blog.
So the book was interesting and all but could have been far more in-depth for the price. Also, you could probably find most of what was in the book online (like right here
February 22, 2014 Comments Off
ORANGE VINEGAR SPRAY
If you like Orange cleansers but want something with fewer chemicals, here’s an easy DIY. Its orange peels topped off with white vinegar in a glass container you can seal (recycled pasta sauce jars in my case), left to soak for at least two weeks, before placing in a spray bottle (in this photo, I’ve used a recycled olive oil bottle with its plastic strainer and metal cap). Here’s the original post by Fountain Avenue Kitchen.
My use: With the vinegar content, try this on shiny surfaces like stove tops, dishwasher fronts, fridge fronts and countertops. Not sure how it would work on mirrors but will give it a try and report back.
PEPPERMINT SOAPY RAGS
Another very simple cleanser is wipe rags scented with Peppermint soap. I simplified this recipe by cutting a step – using Essential Oils; while I have it on hand, I found the peppermint soap gave me better smell. Visit the original post by One Good Thing by Jillie.
Use a bunch of clean, cut up t-shirts or other thin material (I found a bundle of white wipe rags at Target as all old t-shirts were used up long ago), with 1 cup warm water and 2 Tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint scented Castile Soap. Soak the rags in the mixture, wring, and stuff in a glass container you can seal (again with the recycled pasta sauce jars!). Pull out to use, rinse and re-use but don’t put a dirty rag back in with clean. I have one jar upstairs and one down.
My use: cleaning countertops, wiping down surfaces, wiping out sinks and tubs (if you need scrubbing action sprinkle baking soda over the area), wiping off the exterior of toilets etc… The good thing I like about these, is you can rinse, wring out and use again a few times before the soap is completely gone.
LEMON DUSTING CLOTHS
I’ve tried this with Oranges OR Lemons, and for me, I prefer the Lemons. I’ve changed this recipe from the original at Growing Home Blog (blog post is gone now) by decreasing the vinegar and increasing the Olive oil: 1 c. water, 1/2 c. vinegar, 1/4 cup Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, and Lemon peels. I whisk it together (vinegar and oil will separate if left on their own) and soak rags, wring and tuck in a sealable glass jar, layering lemon peels throughout.
I doubled the above recipe, used about five lemons (quartered, skin peeled off, pulp juiced with a potato masher – watch out for lemon juice squirts!) and got about 6 dust rags in two recycled pasta sauce jars.
For best results, wait to use for at last two weeks after setting up. To make it last longer make sure lemon peels are dry (not wet) and have NO pulp before putting in the jar. Do not put used rags back in with the clean as this brings in contamination and the jar contents will mold. One unopened jar lasted at least 6 weeks as I forgot about it LOL! My only problem with this is I go through these very quickly and it takes so much time for them to set up.
My use: my favorite rag for dusting wooden surfaces.
If you are going to use these materials on a regular basis, I would plan on having at least four jars of each, using 1-2, while rotating others to let them “cure.” For example, Week 1 you are using 1 jar, and curing two others; Week 2 you start the second jar and set up two more to cure etc..
February 2, 2014 Comments Off
This cleaning solution is to de-tarnish silver: line your sink with aluminum foil, add 1/2 c table salt, 1/2 c. baking soda, fill with hot water, then dump in all the silver. Let sit for about 30 min.
I put in some silverware that I found at a junk/antique and it did a nice job of removing a good layer of the tarnish. For a truly nice shine, I did need to finish off with some silver polish. Overall, though I was pretty impressed by how much tarnish it really took off. The biggest tip is to be sure to let it soak for at least 30 minutes.
January 18, 2014 Comments Off
Homemade Goo Gone used Baking Soda and Cooking Oil. Didn’t work. It’s just a scrubbing paste like anything would be when you combine Baking Soda.
Removing Bottle Labels with Baking Soda, Vinegar and dish soap. This did an “okay” job but is no “magic” method by any means. I used it on glass jars that held Spaghetti sauce, honey, salsa etc… While it did help to remove the jars, especially if you soak them. However, I still had to use commercial Goo Gone to remove all the stickers and glue.
Cleaning stinky towels with vinegar must be the most overrated Pin on Pinterest. After trying this on regular dirty towels, to mild smell to one really horrible towel, I ended up with towels that STILL didn’t smell clean AND had a strange feel to them. That strange feel to the towels is due to the Vinegar (everyone crows about as the ultimate cleaner) and 30 washes later these towels still have a rough, stiff feel to them due to this one method. YUCK!
December 21, 2013 Comments Off
I’ve always hated the breakfast bar in our house. It was never used and always in the way. In the re-design this going to become a bookshelf and display unit. We played around with several ideas and some of the inspiration photos you can view in my Pinterest board for Kitchen (2013), specifically, this shelf design in the kitchen by Ross Chapin.
December 14, 2013 Comments Off
The large family room got 12 recessed lights in the ceiling. Finally! light in the gloomiest room of the house! I would take a photo but the living room is in such a disgusting level of disarray from the move back it would too embarrassing.
We will be trimming the ceiling in squares something similar to this but simpler. Our ceiling, while recessed, is lower in the family room than the room on the blog I’ve linked too. Consequently, I’ll be using a shallow, faux, trim with just 1×6 and cove molding. I’ll do a show-and-tell post when we get to that point.
December 9, 2013 Comments Off
I’m making a “get it done by the end of the year” list of things to buy (if the bonus comes through) and stuff I want to get done when husband takes his week off between Christmas and New Years.
Projects to start/finish:
Kitchen shelf unit to be built from scratch
Cabinet lights in Kitchen cabinets (where I put the glass)
Baseboard throughout the entry, formal living, formal dining, and kitchen
Family Room ceiling with new lighting, ceiling fan, molding and paint
Mounting television over fireplace
Remodeling items to buy:
kitchen cabinet lights 1-36″ light strip, 2-24″ light strips
11 recessed ceiling lights family room (we’ve bought one at Lowes already)
downstairs baseboard, and under windows boards, living and dining room
Trim for windowsills in bay window, kitchen
molding for family room ceiling
family room ceiling fan
3 dimmer light switches
15 regular light switches
Rewire for television mount over fireplace