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.
Here I was last week sorting and reorganizing my coupon inserts. I spent almost two hours, but in three stores that day, I saved $48 with coupons so $24 per hour for my trouble. That is good money to me. It took me longer this day because I had allowed myself to get behind on filing my inserts so I spent a little bit of time pulling things together. This week I spent half that time to clip my coupons for the week.
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