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TIP$ for Stretching Your Dollar

Common household items can do the job just as good, if not better.

There are many things around that house that have more value than we think. Here are some T.I.P.$. to help you stretch your dollar instead of buying extra items for no reason.

  • For ring around the collar you do not have to buy those expensive spray-on laundry products. Instead buy store brand shampoo and use on any greasy stains. Shampoo takes the grease out of your hair, so why not your shirt?
  • For silk flowers and fake plants at home try removing dust with a clean, soft bristle paintbrush. You can also use this to clean lampshades, especially if they are pleated.
  • When you finish a jar of pickles, you do not have to buy a whole new jar. Instead, cut a cucumber into slices and add to the leftover juice. In a few days you will have a new jar of pickles.
  • Use white washcloths to do your cleaning. They are especially useful for absorbing carpet spills since there are no dyes in them and you can see the stain coming up on the white. This tip is also environmentally friendly since you can re-use the cloths instead of using paper towels. A dozen of white wash cloths may cost about $3.50 and last for years and years. That can save you tons of money while saving tons of trees.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets before vacuuming instead of those expensive carpet products. It is easier to breathe and costs pennies. Also, baking soda can be used as a substitute for deodorant, toothpaste or freshening up your pet just to name a few. This is an excellent product to stock up on since it is non-toxic and has many household uses.
Teresa Myers October 11, 2011 at 01:30 PM
WOW! Great Tips! I love the cucumber idea! Gonna try that one! Teresa in Florida
Maribel Ibrahim October 15, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Gloria, I love these tips, especially the paint brush tip. Aldo, vinegar is an amazing disinfectant (kills mold and mildew) and will clean about anything combined with the baking soda. Regards, Maribel Ibrahim http://unworker.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/TheFrugalWriter
Gloria Dietz October 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Thanks! And... I use vinegar and baking soda as well since it is non-toxic and does the job just as well on a dime :)

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