Awesome new travel site!

I just booked a vacation with my credit card miles and got a pretty great deal. I’m about to switch credit card companies and looking for an even better deal. I found an awesome website to sign up for that will send you all of the best credit card deals for frequent flier miles, hotel deals, and travel rewards weekly. I just signed up. Who wants to travel the world with me?

http://creditcardfly.com/

Making Laundry Detergent

After yesterday’s success with homeade dishwashing tablets, I decided to make my own laundry detergent today!

It takes less than ten minutes. Heat up the soap for about 20 seconds in the microwave first and it will grate better.

All that we had to buy was a bar of soap. We already had all of the other ingredients from yesterday. We used lemon essential oils to make our clothes smell lemony fresh. I used a little extra vinegar as it was still pretty dry after only using a 1/2 cup.

The recipe I used yields 45 tabs. I still have more of everything (except for a $1.00 bar of soap) so that I can make more dishwasher tabs and more of this laundry detergent.

Here is the recipe we used.

http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/diy-homemade-laundry-detergent-tabs/

1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
1 cup grated bar soap {I used Fels Naptha, but you could also use Zote, Ivory, etc.}
1/2 cup vinegar
15-20 drops essential oil {optional}
Ice cube tray

Please comment and let me know if you make this! I want to hear how it works for you. I just pulled my first load of laundry out of the washer and it smells great!

Homeade Dishwashing Tablets

I drug my friend Bryan to the store to help get my husband’s birthday present. On the way home, I had to stop at Sam’s Club as I was almost out of laundry detergent and dishwasher tabs. As I was overpaying for these items, Bryan was talking about wanting to make them. As he was exploring Youtube.com for recipes, I introduced him to Pinterest. After some research, we finally picked a recipe. The recipe that we picked involved ingredients that I already had around the house. The only thing missing was washing soda. I was ready to quit, but Bryan insisted we look up how to make Washing Soda. He was right! I had baking soda and we were able to convert it into washing soda. Being a Chemistry teacher, I was pretty excited that I understood the chemical reaction process and can’t wait to share this with my students.

Here’s the site that explains the process. I’m not sure it’s really cheaper to buy baking soda when you consider the expense of running your oven, though.

http://naturesnurtureblog.com/2012/05/08/ttt-turn-baking-soda-into-washing-soda/#comment-731

This is the recipe I am going to use next time. It adds in the Epson salt; the grit helps get your dishes clean. Plus, I just purchased some essential oils, and this will be another way to utilize them!

http://makeitorfixit.com/how-to-make-homemade-dishwasher-detergent-cubes/

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 2 cups of Baking Soda (or Washing Soap)
  • 2 packets of unsweetened lemonade (or Essential Oils)
  • 1/2 cup of Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • ice cube trays

If you make these, please comment and let me know how to work for you. Mine worked just as well as store bought and my glass was sparkling. Plus, store bought is over $20, and these ingredients are less than 10 and will produce at least 5 times as much as store bought. I did a sample run this time. Next time, I will try to make the whole amount and post a picture so you can see the amount you can make for much less money.

Couponing Endeavor

I’m not a couponer, but I want to be. I plan on needing money for summer fun at the beach and if I can save money on groceries and not have to eat ramen noodles, all the better. I follow a few couponing websites. One I visited recently gave me a code to get National Highlights.

Here is the site:

https://www.enjoythecity.com/index.php

After going to the site and ordering at least 25 books, the price of the book drops to $2.00 per book! (my book actually says $20 on front)

These books come with four $5 off coupons for The Fresh Market that can also be used at Publix. So, for ordering 25 books, each book having 4 coupons, this is a total savings of $500 at the grocery store ($450 counting your initial purchase price). There are tons of other coupons allowing for more savings at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro, Bed Bath and Beyond, 1-800-Flowers, rental car companies, and more. The savings could be much more than $500.

Now that I have my coupon books, I only need to drive to Fresh Market or Publix to score my discounts.

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog! I am a huge Dave Ramsey fan and have always had a goal to be debt free–including the house! I’m not there yet, but I would like to share my journey with you. I feel like Dave Ramsey has given me the guide on how to accomplish my goal. I was also raised  pretty much using the Dave Ramsey plan–except it was the Waverly Marcum plan. My dad could have became a millionaire if he had just written down how he did his finances! I feel like I understand how to get there, but the details for everyday life are missing. How do I save more money by saving day to day? That’s our journey. From making homemade products to save money and the best money saving tips and tricks I can find, I will be posting them here. Feel free to join in with me!