Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Frugal Challenge Update- It's the Little Things

We have been so busy around here lately that you often in a rush do what is easiest and not what is the most thrifty thing but I am recommitted to trying to save as much shopping as I can. That means back to the serious coupon clipping.

In our house though, I try to do small things that will save me money in the long run. Can you believe the price of dishwasher tabs? I find these Finish tabs work the best to keep that film from building up on my glasses, but they are expensive. Here's a tip, cut them in half. A friend of the family who is an appliance repair man once told me to only use half of the recommended amount of dishwasher detergent. He said it is easier on the dishwasher. My dishes come out clean and I have been doing this for years. I also use vinegar in the rinse holder as well. It helps with spots and to keep your dishwasher deodorized. 



Do your counters ever look like this? Yes, I re-wash my large Ziploc bags. These babies are so expensive that I wash and rinse them to be able to re-use them. If they had meat in them though I just toss to play it safe.



9 comments:

poppilinnstudios said...

Heeheehee, I thought washing and saving ziplock bags was my little secret!!! Glad to see I'm not the only one!
-Lynn

Diane Mars said...

I too wash and re-use zip-lock bags but totally agree never one with meat or chicken, those I toss. But to use the expensive large freezer bags, I first portion out my meats/ chicken and then put in smaller non freezer bags and then insert those smaller bags into the large expensive freezer bags! Congratulations on your coupon savings and thanks for the tip on cutting dishwasher disk in half... gonna do that. Hugs, Diane

Sweet Meanderings said...

Thanks for the tip about the dishwasher. I'll definitely use it when I'm back home where I have a dishwasher! I've been washing my ziplock bags for years too - but never the ones that had meat in them.
Candy

Kris said...

Good tip for the dishwasher. I use mine only when having company, as I seem to prefer to wash the days dishes by hand. There was a time however, when our kids were young that I ran that thing twice a day. After breakfast, and again at night!
I am big on coupons too. I have also been known to reuse large ziplocks!!

Cindy said...

Good saving ideas! I never used our dishwasher, so we took it out and put in much needed storage space. I reuse large and small plastic bags. I buy the heavy freezer bags, and they seem to last forever.

Angela said...

I just hosted a little couponing/savings workshop for about 10 of my friends who are interested in knowing my tips & tricks. I shared about washing & reusing cool whip bowls, deli containers, etc. I especially save up a stash before camping season ...I can use & toss them afterward for less dishwashing in the camper. You are completely right ... it's definitely the little things that add up to big savings.

Precious said...

The dishwasher buy told me to only use one Tbsp. of dish detergent or 1/2 a tablet. I find that Jet Dry works the best to keep my glasses and dishes sparkling.

Fiona said...

We wash our ziploc bags too, I wish we had coupons here in Australis, but we dont. Can't complain though as often products i am planning to buy are on special or 2 for __ deals. Have been meaning to try vinegar in the dishwasher ...

The Saved Quarter said...

I use vinegar in the rinse cycle, too. It's definitely as effective as Jet Dry for me. Gotta find those little things that save!

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