Here are tried and true ways to save, some that you may not have thought of:
Savings: $250 a year
Carol Sandsbury, of Rochester, New York says her family “now saves at least $25 a month in paper towel costs by using more wash cloths, cloth towels and sponges.” (And that’s including laundry costs for extra cloths factored in.)
A broken appliance doesn’t mean you have to replace it.
When his clothes dryer went out, Mike Sheffield of San Antonio, Texas was quoted a price of $130 labor and delivery to have it repaired.
“I simply replaced a heating element for less than $25 which anyone can do by looking on the Internet for easy instructions,” Sheffield said. “A new one, like the one I have, costs in the $550 to $600 to replace.”
Angela Fuentes, of Santa Fe, New Mexico swears by her homemade laundry detergent.
“I pay about a nickel a wash load instead of almost a quarter from the commercial product I used to buy at the store,” Fuentes explained. “Since September (2012), we have shaved over $20 a month from our budget, and know we saved almost $100 in the first four months.”
1 4 lb.12 oz box of Borax
1 3 lb. 7 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 3 lb. container of Oxi Clean
2 14.1 oz bars of Zote soap
2 2 lb. boxes baking soda
Grate Zote soap w cheese grater. Mix in large bucket.
Use 2 to 4 tablespoons per load.
Option: include 1 to 2 55oz bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener.
Carla Rimes, of Collierville, Tennessee says the homemade detergent is “the only way to go now. Plus, we wait and dry two loads at the same time to save on energy.”
“We don’t use the hot water settings as much when we know cold or warm water works just as good,” San Diego’s Anne Grayson commented.
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