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3 Quick Household Tips to Save Money and Time

3 quick household saving tips that can save time, money and stress!

1. Dropped an egg on the floor? Spilled some cooking oil? Instead of using paper towels to wipe up a messy spills like those, try pouring salt on the spill. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. The salt should absorb the liquid and clumps should form, which make it easy to scoop up the mess with a spatula (save the paper towels!)

2.  Use lip balm to help keep outdoor light bulbs from getting stuck in the sockets; coat the threads in the base of the light bulb with lip balm before installing it in the socket.

3. Add 2 - 3 Tbs. of white vinegar into your bottle of liquid dish soap. The vinegar doubles the effectiveness of the dish soap so you will use less when cleaning the greasiest pots and pans!

5 Of The Cheapest Healthiest Foods To Eat

When we try to save money, one of the areas that is always challenging is food. How do we eat healthy without spending too much money? When shopping on a budget, we have to make smart food choices....I always find myself asking what food is affordable, easy to use in recipes (and stretch!) and is healthy?

There are definitely good food choices and not so good when trying to watch our pennies. But some of the best foods we can eat for our health just happens to be some of the cheapest in the grocery stores-- 
1. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes have a high concentration of beta carotene, which has been shown to help every cell in the body stay healthy. And this vegetable is good for your skin as well: studies have shown it neutralizes wrinkle and sun spot-spurring damage from the sun and helps generate new, healthy glowing skin cells. Sweet potatoes are also full of fiber and B-vitamins (good for energy). So instead of rice or regular potatoes, try baking a sweet potato instead!
2. Dried…

Three Favorite Websites I Use To Save Money!

You may have heard of these money-saving websites, and are hopefully already using them, but if this is not the case, you really should be using them.

 Like now.

The first is Ebates. An awesome way to shop, save gas, and earn money. Yes, earn money. The caveat here is to shop when you really need something...not just because you are bored and want to see what deals are available.  Ebates is linked up to tons of department and big box stores, in addition to niche retailers like Verizon, Sephora, and Harry & David, and every time you buy something, you get up to 25 percent back—in cash. Most cash back rewards are credited to your account within 48 hours, but there are some stores, that cannot confirm your purchase until the return period has elapsed and may take up to thirty days to confirm your cash back.

Now, the best part -- every three months Ebates willcheck your account, and if you have earned more than $5.01 (if less, it rolls over to the next pay period) they send you a cas…

Clean Backyard Furniture With Shaving Cream

Getting plastic outdoor furniture ready for summer can be easy and inexpensive! Just grab some shaving cream, spray some on a sponge and wipe down the plastic parts of your patio chairs and tables. Wait about 10 minutes or so, then use a hose to rinse the furniture.

Shaving cream has mild cleansers and softeners that make it easy to rinse away the grime and dirt on plastic surfaces.

A Cheap Way to Pamper and Soften Your Feet!

Personally, I think that nothing feels better than a foot massage. But before you bribe,beg, pleadask nicely for said foot massage from your significant other, try this simple foot soak to remove rough skin on those feet:

Pour about 1 cup of warm milk into a basin of warm water. Soak feet for about 15-20 minutes, then scrub gently with a pumice stone or body scrub.
Then go get the massage, confident in the knowledge your feet are clean, smooth and soft!

3 Online Sites That Can Save You Money and Time

Saving time and money is important to everyone! Here are 3 more websites that can help you find great deals on designer clothing, get free shipping, and one that will save you time (and frustration) when ordering clothes online!

1. ThreadLounge.com: This website offers sales on designer clothing brands like Michael Kors and Tory Burch. They take their sample sales on the road, and go all over the country. To find their latest sale location, visit their site!
2.FreeShipping.org: This is a great site to visit before you buy anything online! They have more than 4,000 stores as members, and offer coupon codes for free shipping on almost anything you buy. 
3. MyTrueFit.com: If you like to buy your clothes online, but get frustrated when the clothes you ordered arrived and you find they don't fit, check out MyTrueFit. Here you can enter your measurements and style preferences, and the site sends you suggestions of clothes that cater to your size and shape. It just may help you save tim…

Make Your Own Dish Washer Detergent

Oh yea, a definite money saver is making natural cleaning products at home instead of buying them at the store. You have probably found many home made dish washer detergent recipes online already, but just in case you have not, and have been desperately searching about for one, I have one here that is easy and cheap!
( And even if saving some money is not enticing enough for you to make your own cleansers, think of how much better it is for the environment!)

All Natural Home Made Dish Washing Detergent
Just combine the following-
1 cup of borax
1 cup of baking soda
¼ cup of table salt
2 packets (half an ounce) of unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid

Do you make your own cleaning products? If so, what recipe works best for you?

Frugal Dinner Idea: Jazz Up Mac N' Cheese With Left Overs

Macaroni and Cheese is a classic money-saving meal that most of us have made many times over for our kids, but if you happen to have some left-overs around, you can jazz it up and make it a more special dish while still sticking to your grocery budget.

Try tossing in left over chopped chicken and cooked peas for a tasty dish. And if you sprinkle some crushed potato chips on top, it should become a very kid-happy meal as well!

Do your kids eat mac n' cheese? Do you have any tips for jazzing it up?

Save Money With Tea Bags

If you are a tea drinker, then chances are you have tea bags in your kitchen. Here are 4 ways to use tea bags around the house and save a little money while doing so!

1. Use teabags to shine your mirrors! Brew a pot of strong tea and enjoy a cup. Then dip a clean cloth into the tea and use it to clean your mirrors. Use a dry cloth to polish and get your mirrors shining.

2. Use teabags to clean pots with tough cooked on food. Just fill the pot with warm water and a tea bag. Let it soak for a bit. Then you should be able to clean the pot or pan with ease because the acids in the tea have helped break up the food.

3. Use teabags to soften your skin. When you run a bath, place a few green tea bags under the running water. The antioxidants in the tea help rehydrate your skin as you soak in the tub.

4. (My favorite) Use teabags to keep your fridge smelling fresh! Put used tea bags in a shallow bowl and place in the back of your fridge. They absorb odors just like baking soda does!

Make Your Own Baby Wipes and Save Money!

Making your own baby wipes will not only save you money, it is a great way to go green!

Home Made Baby Wipes

Mix a cup of water with 2 Tbs. each of baby oil and baby shampoo. Pour mixture into a Tupperware-type container. Cut a paper towel roll in half horizontally; remove the cardboard roll and lay towels in the Tupperware container to soak; cover to store.

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