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I need help with cutting costs so we can start saving. Can anyone help?
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by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 3:04 AM
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Mrs.Burke11
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM
How do you make liquid laundry detergent?


Quoting michiganmom116:

Homemade detergents are safe for HE washers.  The sudsing agent is what damages them, and homemade detergents don't have many suds because there's no sudsing agent.

Quoting Mrs.Burke11:

We have a front loader washer and it takes he detergents.





Quoting michiganmom116:


Make

your own laundry detergent and other cleaners.  The initial outlay for

supplies may seem like a lot, but they will last for longer than

purchased cleaners.





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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Dec. 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I use the "recipe" on this page:  http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

I have an HE washer, too.

Quoting Mrs.Burke11:

How do you make liquid laundry detergent?


Quoting michiganmom116:

Homemade detergents are safe for HE washers.  The sudsing agent is what damages them, and homemade detergents don't have many suds because there's no sudsing agent.

Quoting Mrs.Burke11:

We have a front loader washer and it takes he detergents.





Quoting michiganmom116:


Make

your own laundry detergent and other cleaners.  The initial outlay for

supplies may seem like a lot, but they will last for longer than

purchased cleaners.






VonMarieD
by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Same here!

Quoting Mrs.Burke11:

I need help with cutting costs so we can start saving. Can anyone help?

Amy127
by Bronze Member on Dec. 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Take that cash you're using on fast food and lock it up somewhere it's not so easily accessible. Stick to your food stamp budget and save all extra cash. If you can't make your own cleaners now, at least print out the recipes so you can start as soon as you get your own place. Plan a day to grocery shop when you have access to the car whether that be after dh gets home or his day off. Make a plan for your next paycheck before it arrives and stick to it.

Quoting Mrs.Burke11:

We dont have credit cards (we have poor credit). I'm not proud to say it but we are on food stamps but we still end up buying fast food because I did a poor job at planning and don't have the car while dh is at work to go shopping.




Quoting pinkcoffeecup:

I would look at everything you pay for each month.  See what you can do without. Then start there with your cutting.  I would look at your food budget.  Me am not afraid to admit we eat generics when possible. Do menu planning. I used to be strict to our menu plan. But since our son moved out.  I'm not as strict. Me stopped using the credit card.  It will be May it will be 2yrs I had no balance on it.  If you can try to pay off any credit cards you have.  Put them away where you can't see them.  Spend only on cash you have on hand. 


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Medusa686
by on Dec. 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I bring lunch from home to work 3 days per week.  It really saves money.  The other 2 days I eat out but spend no more than $12  total for both days (chinese etc.).  I don't buy starbucks or dunkin donuts coffee. I don't have credit cards, I use a debit card for purchases.  I shop at thrift shops for work tops. You can find sweaters or blouses that are either new or like new for really cheap.  I rarely shop and when I do, its at an outlet when things are 50% off if I need new things.  I like to get manicures but get them once per month and I found a place that gives terrific manicures for $10, you just have to do research to find places like that.

907PickleMom
by Bronze Member on Dec. 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
HE machines require low sudsing soaps. Making your own from Borax and washing soda and Ivory bar soap or Fela Naptha are low to no sudsing and are good for HE machines. Just for your information..


Quoting Mrs.Burke11:

We have a front loader washer and it takes he detergents.




Quoting michiganmom116:


Make

your own laundry detergent and other cleaners.  The initial outlay for

supplies may seem like a lot, but they will last for longer than

purchased cleaners.



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907PickleMom
by Bronze Member on Dec. 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Also, look into buying generics vs name brand. I find that most generic ( store brand) items taste as good/ do the same job as name brand items. Most coupons are not that great when compared to generic prices. Also if you have a little one in diapers, look into cloth diapers. You could spend about $159-$200 spread out over a few months for just about all the diapers you need through potty training.
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