Monday, December 08, 2014

A Frugal Morning

While waiting for the water to heat up to wash dishes, I grabbed a pitcher to catch the still cold water to be used to fill up the cats water bowls. I gathered 2 quarts!

I used the tiniest squirt of dish washing liquid and only filled the sink half way. Also, I turned the water off while I was washing dishes instead of letting it run.

I put a load of clothes on to wash, using less than the recommended amount of laundry detergent. Plus I wash in cold water always. For Alfred's work clothes (he is a heavy machinery mechanic) I drop in a one or two of generic dishwasher pods along with the detergent and let the clothes soak overnight.

I washed out an empty milk gallon jug. I plan to buy a gallon of whole milk to pour half of the new whole milk jug into the empty one and then fill both jugs with water. I get two gallons of 2% milk for the price of one gallon of whole milk!

Last night the girls wanted to rent a Redbox movie. I used a  promo code and got the movie for FREE. You can sign up for text promo codes by texting ALERTS to 727272. You can also sign up by email for Redbox Play Pass and they'll send you a promo code for a free rental immediately and you earn points towards yet another free rental.

I brewed tea bags to make two gallon pitchers of sweet tea that will last us a couple days. It's much cheaper than buying sodas. For the one child that does not like tea, I get Country Time pink lemonade when it's on sale. 

It's chilly here today but I do not have the heater on. It's comfortable enough in the house with socks and a sweater. 

I put three leftover hot dog buns from hot dog night in the freezer. They will be turned into garlic bread to go with a pasta dish. Just thaw the buns, add butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and bake for 5-8 mins in oven until bread is a tad crispy. Delish!

 My washer is on the fritz and Alfred is away for a week for work. I am going to wash any needed clothes by hand using this method: 

Wash Clothes With Bathtub and Plunger 

Fill your bathtub with just enough water to cover your clothes, and then add the appropriate amount of detergent. Allow them to soak for around 10 minutes or so. 
After that time, take a new toilet plunger (that has never been used before) and attach it firmly to the bottom of the bathtub. Work the plunger up and down to mimic the effects of your washing machine’s agitator.
After cleaning your clothes, drain the bathtub to remove the dirty water. You can then either rinse the clothes under fresh running water or use a separate bucket full of clear water to remove soap from them. Wring them out carefully by hand before hanging the clothes out to dry.

And such is the life of a frugalista...

What frugal things are you doing today?


Debbie said...

I love the feeling of making things last and stretching the dollar when I can! I'm curious though.....does the milk taste just like the 2% bought at the store?

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Ive done this with the milk... it takes a little adjusting for taste, but after you figure out the ratio for your family, you become accustomed.
I've had to wash clothes by hand too... You forgot to mention the work out you got-- without the cost of going to the gym!
being frugal can be fun, with the right attitude.
And remember... your blessing your home and those you share it with. :)

midlifemom said...

I like reading your frugal ideas. Thanks. My daughter loves to take baths but I feel guilty using so much water. I try to save some of the water in a bucket to flush the toilet or to water plants, etc.

Rhonda IfYouDoStuffStuffGetsDone said...

that blog is a bit extreme but they do their laundry outdoors with a similar method using plunger and 5 gallon bucket.

Bless you Tracy! you are going to be fine because you will do what you have to do to keep things done

Tracy Hathcock said...

I haven't actually tried it yet, just washed out an empty jug. I'll see how it goes on my next grocery trip & will report!

Patricia - thanks! Indeed it is a workout!!

Midlifemom - I have not done that yet, but have read of others who have. I may incorporate that into my frugal activities.

Rhonda - thanks for the link! Looks like she has some good things there for me to read up on!!