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I find that when people talk about saving money a lot of attention goes to how to save money on purchases, while less attention is paid on how to avoid making purchases altogether (or at least, prolong the time between one purchase and another).  Take clothes, for example: you can save more money by taking good care of your favorite clothing items than by scouring sale racks in the hopes of replacing your favorite, but worn out, clothes.  (Not that it isn’t fun to shop for new clothes, but there are probably many other things you’d like to spend your money as well, so it doesn’t hurt to save a little more money.)  To that end, if you’d like tips on how to take better care of your clothes so that they last longer, check out Clothing Care Basics: Tips for Fabric Care, Clothing Storage, and Saving Money by Julie Gallagher.  And lucky for you, it’s free right now on Amazon.   It’s an Amazon Kindle ebook, but even if you don’t own a Kindle you can still enjoy it by downloading it for free to your computer (PC or Mac), iPhone, or iPad. The instructions for doing so are included under the “Buy Now With 1 Click” button. PLEASE BE AWARE that the price is currently $0.00 but that could change at any time, so always check the price before clicking Buy Now.[It's now 99 cents].

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Sep 062012
 

It takes only minutes to make homemade glass cleaner, and it’s a healthier and cheaper alternative than store bought cleaners.  Adrienne from WholeNewMom gives step-by-step instructions on how to make homemade glass cleaner with ingredients that I can almost guaranty you already have in your pantry (white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, cornstarch).

Don’t forget you can also make homemade shower cleaner out of just two ingredients!

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Jun 212012
 

Lisa from LewisvilleLove gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own homemade shower cleaner.  It’s super simple to make (only two ingredients) and she swears it works wonders.  And I love that it’s non-toxic.  However, I still have two bottles of store bought cleaner to use up, so I’ll have to bookmark this idea for later.  (Is it weird to bookmark my own blog? Probably.  And does a homemade shower cleaner count as a craft for Crafty Thursday? Not sure, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.)

I never actually asked myself the question, “How do I make my own shower cleaner?” but now that I’ve found the answer, and seen that it’s quite simple and cheap to make, I’m going to have to try it out.  You should, too!

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Jul 072011
 

In a blog post on how to clean jewelry I talked about how appreciating the stuff we already have can help us resist buying more stuff.  And it’s much easier to genuinely appreciate something we have if it’s sparkling clean.  So to that end, here’s a super easy way to clean the grime off of our coffee (or tea) mugs to help them look brand new again. http://doctorcarreon.com/pricing/
What You Need:

  • 1 tablespoon powdered dishwasher detergent
  • boiling water

What To Do:

  1. Add the dishwasher detergent to your coffee cup.  (It needs to be powdered detergent so that it contains cleaning enzymes.  I use Seventh Generation detergent.)
  2. Add boiling water all the way to the top.  Let sit at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  3. Be amazed.  The coffee stain will crumble off with the lightest scrubbing of a soft sponge.

Do you have a super easy cleaning tip to share?

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May 232011
 

One way to curb our urge to spend money on new things is to take time to appreciate what we have. But that’s easier said than done, because we can’t simply force ourselves to appreciate something we’ve grown bored of.  But if we can improve something we already have- clean it, repair it, improve it- it can suddenly be more appealing to us, and help us to feel satisfied with what we have.  Hence, this Frugal Challenge series, “Make the Most of…”

How to Clean Silver Jewelry

What You Need:

  • silver polish (I use Goddard’s because it is safe for gemstones)
  • two cloths
  • an old toothbrush
  • a toothpick
  • rubber gloves
  • warm water

What To Do:

  1. Put one of the cloths down in front of you to  lay the jewelry on and to catch any pieces that fall while you’re cleaning them.  I cut a piece out of an old sweatshirt for this.
  2. Put on the rubber gloves, apply the polish to a piece of jewelry, and scrub it with the toothbrush.  I used to worry that the toothbrush would scratch the jewelry, but it doesn’t seem to hurt silver or gemstones, and it works much better than a cloth or a sponge.  Use the toothpick to pick dirt out of small spaces.
  3. Rinse in warm water and dry with a clean cloth (again, a piece of the sweatshirt).

Have fun!  Note: This is a parent-friendly activity, as you can set yourself up at a table and have your kids to coloring, play-doh, or homework at the same table.  If you have a toddler, you could set up the pouring game next to you.

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