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6 Ways to Save Some Money With Soap!

While these soap tips might not save you a bundle of money, even saving a few cents here and there can add up. Plus, some of these uses for soap are far greener than buying chemical products at the grocery store.

1. Use Soap to Keep Bugs Out of Your Garden.

Using a vegetable peeler, shave some soap and sprinkle the shavings over your garden. The soap scents helps to keep bugs and other garden pests away from your vegetables and flowers.

2. Keep Stored Luggage Smelling Fresh.

Keep one of those little hotel soaps in your suitcase after you come home from vacation. The soap will help deodorize your luggage and keep it smelling fresh until you need to pack your suitcases again.

3. Pre-Treat Stains.

Instead of buying expensive laundry stain removers, try rubbing a fresh stain with a damp bar of soap. Toss the clothing in the hamper, and when you wash the clothes, the stain should be gone.

4. Soothe Bug Bites.

Rub a moist bar of soap over a bug bite. Let the film dry over the bite. The soap wi…

4 Money-Saving Household Tips For Summer

This week has been a busy week with the kids home from school and such, and time for blogging has been pretty meager. But I have a few tidbits to share quickly today, and will try to get more posts up very soon!

Thursday Thrifty Tips today ( I kind of like the sound of that):

1, Keep your lettuce fresher longer by putting a piece of bread in the plastic bag (if you store your lettuce in a plastic bag at all.) The slice of bread will help absorb moisture and will help keep the lettuce from wilting.

2. Got backyard bbq's, picnics and parties going on this summer? Then you probably are seeing ants around tables looking for crumbs. After the party, when you are clearing those patio tables, wipe them down with white vinegar. The acetic acid deodorizes the table and hides the scent of sugar from spilled drinks .... which of course, lures the ants.

3. For a fast natural way to deodorize your kitchen, slice 2 lemons, layer on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake them in a pre-heated oven a…

How To Make Extra Money From Home So You Can Save Money

So in an earlier post I mentioned that from time to time (like on Saturday mornings maybe?) I would list some ways to make some extra money from home that you can save (or do with whatever you need to do with. Buy a tutu. Pay the  gardener. See a movie. But really, try and save it!! ) because after all, it is one thing towant to save money every week, but another thing to actually have money left-over to save!

This week's opportunity is with M.O.M. ( Miles of Marketing) Network. Simply put, you review products, and then market said products (I think usually by agreeing to place a magnetic car decal on your car) for a promotion cycle of two weeks. There is also online marketing in which you might write a review, and/or offer coupons, giveaways, etc.

After each two-week promotion you participate in, you are paid.

If you are interested, and would like full details, visit the M.O.M. network at, and also check them out on Facebook.

**My Disclaimer**
I have not s…

Save Money By Eating Less (Just Take a Look At theTip Below!)

So maybe I should **duck**? I know we all think about eating less and drive ourselves nuts trying to eat less. We do whatever we can to avoid the refrigerator and it's daunting presence.So who am I, you are probably asking, to even say something like eat less to save money?! I know,Iknow. But really, I do have a small tip that might help curb those "need to munch on something" urges that our bodies and wallets could do without.

Mint Tea.

Researchers say that sipping some mint tea before eating triggers "I'm full" messages to the brain. Now that is a good thing, right? Worth a try? I think so.

Just crush 2 tsp. of fresh mint leaves in 1 cup of hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Then strain and enjoy!

(To grow your own mint, keep the plant in a shady spot and keep the soil relatively moist.)

Save Money By Having Breakfast for Dinner!

Breakfast just happens to be my favorite meal of the day, so it is a delicious option for our family to make a "breakfast meal for dinner" every so often! Dishes made with eggs can be very easy on your food budget, so why not serve one up one night soon?

Try this recipe for a Spinach Omelet. Add some dinner rolls and a tossed salad for a yummy cheap dinner menu!

(Serves about 4)

8 large eggs
4 cups large-leaf spinach
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat 2 Tbs. vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Rinse the spinach and pat dry with a paper towel. Add the spinach to the oil and suate until it wilts down, about 2 minutes.

In a bowl, whisk eggs together. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Then pour the eggs into the pan.
Turn down the heat and let the eggs set. When they start to get solid, carefully turn the omelet over. Heat until the eggs are fully cooked.

Divide into four servings and enjoy!

7 DIY Quick Tips Around The House That Will Save You Money

Quick and easy do-it-yourself tips that will save you money:

1. Clogged Drains: Use Alka-Seltzer and Vinegar to for clogged sinks (forget the harsh chemicals!!) Just drop two crumbled Alka-Seltzer tablets into the drain. Then add a cup of white vinegar. Let the solution fizz for twenty minutes, then flush with warm water.

2. Mirrors: Try this simple homemade window cleaner. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 Tbs. white vinegar. shake and spray.

3. Got Ants? Sprinkle cinnamon across the point of entry where the ants are coming in from. Ants avoid cinnamon and will not cross a line of the spice.

4. Homemade Spot Remover: Make a paste of baking soda with warm water and rub over the spot.

5. Black Heel Marks on Vinyl Floor: Squirt some non-gel toothpaste onto the smudge mark and rub in a circular motion with a soft cloth. Rinse with water.

6. Shine Up Brass and Copper With Ketchup. Just coat the surface of brass and copper items with a thin layer of ketchu…

Best Trick To Saving Money?

One of the best tips when it comes to saving money is actually very simple: Save money at the beginning of each month instead of trying to save as you go along.

Instead of trying to talk yourself out of an impulse purchase because you are trying to save money, avoid that situation completely (you will probably lose anyway!)  Do not take chances on falling short of your goal; Put the designated amount of money in your savings account at the beginning of the month, and you are done. Goal achieved.

Whatever you have left is the money you pay bills with, eat with, shop and play with. Stretch it however you can, knowing that you have already met your savings goal for the month.