Washing Silverware the Easy Way - Another Kitchen Quick Tip

Monday, January 26, 2015

I love sharing little tricks that make cleaning the kitchen easier. Here is another great tip for washing your silverware. When you are preparing a meal, take a tall glass that is probably already sitting there ready to be washed. Fill it with a squirt of dish soap and hot water and as you dirty utensils, drop them into the hot soapy water.

By the time I am ready to wash dishes or load the dishwasher, the silverware and cooking utensils have soaked and the stuck on food comes right off or is super easy to swoosh off with my brush.

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Simple Saturdays Blog Hop - 1/24

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient!

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This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!
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Elaine from Sunny Simple Life Congratulations Elaine.

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 The post, Frugal Challenge Update and Why I Order Groceries From Amazon had the most views and votes this past week! Elaine is also one of our fabulous co-hosts on this hop, so why not hop over to her site and congratulate her on a great post!
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Frugal Fridays - Jan. 23

Friday, January 23, 2015

1. More in my quest toward frugal living. I would have to say this last week was anything but frugal. With a new retainer and eyeglasses for our daughter, we had a spendy week but we did do a few money saving tips to help contain those costs.

First, we always take advantage of the FSA account through my husband's employer. It is a flexible spending account. We put a certain amount aside and you can use that money for all medical expenses except over the counter meds. This money is deposited in the account on Jan. 1 and deducted through the year from my husband's check. The money you use in the account is tax free so it lowers your taxable income. We used this for the glasses and the retainer.

2. I negotiated a lower price for the retainer with our dentist by paying in full and we now get our eye exams at Sam's Club and buy our glasses there. The price for frames and lenses is less than half of what we used to pay at our old optometrist's office. This is important because they have cut our vision benefits.

3. I used three bananas from the freezer to make the most amazing banana bread. I will share the recipe this coming week. After using my method to make bananas last longer and I see they are so ripe no one will eat them, bananas are always stored in the freezer to save for baking or smoothies.

4. I bought some seeds at Walmart this week. I am starting some cool season crops and testing some very early planting of summer crops. Our weather here has really become more like AZ so I am going to see if I have any success with very early planting of squash, tomatoes and cucumbers.

So not a lot to report on the savings front other than mitigating the necessary expenses.
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