Do One Thing: Easier Cleaning (save time & money)

This month I’m challenging you to do one thing every day. It doesn’t seem like much if you look at it on a daily basis, but a continued focus on doing one thing will lead to amazing results.

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Read the labels. Look at the first ingredient in your cleaning chemicals, switch to this item and save money. A while ago, I started reading labels on my cleaning supplies. I noticed many of them touted “Made with Vinegar! Made with Lemon! Made with Bleach!” And I wondered why I was buying this more expensive item.  So I switched to the main ingredient and have been impressed with the results and the savings to my pocketbook.

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Do One Thing: Stop Buying New Stuff (My 365 Experiment)

This month I’m challenging you to do one thing every day. It doesn’t seem like much if you look at it on a daily basis, but a continued focus on doing one thing will lead to amazing results.

Surprise! You don’t need new stuff.  I don’t either. We’ve both got more than we could ever use in both of our lifetimes.  Try something new this year. Make it a point not to buy anything new, try creative ideas to thrift, borrow or repurpose items to eliminate new stuff from your life.

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Shop at thrift stores. I love shopping at thrift stores; I’ve done it for years.  But this year, I’ve made more of a focus to primarily shop at thrift stores.  If I can find a gently used item that I need, it saves me from buying the item new.  Sure there are lots of reasons to do this – the environment and my pocketbook – but my favorite is the search.  I love finding great deals and unique pieces.  And yes, much of my wardrobe is from a thrift store.  I love making it work.

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Do One Thing: Limit Food Waste (and save money!)

This month I’m challenging you to do one thing every day. It doesn’t seem like much if you look at it on a daily basis, but a continued focus on doing one thing will lead to amazing results.

The National Resources Defense Council estimates that we waste about $43 per person per month on food.  That’s too much! Make easy changes to limit food waste and save yourself money.

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Fill glasses 1/2 full. You can always go back for more. Plus the extra trip will give you extra steps on your pedometer. Win-win-win.

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Pinspiration: Make Your Own Febreze (on the cheap)

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). Living with two small boys, I have many opportunities for our house and things to get pretty stinky pretty quickly. I’m a fan of the original, but not the price! When I looked online for other options, I found this recipe and I love it.

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Pinspiration: Make Your Own Febreze. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And the recipe seems to hold up to the original very well.  Recently, my husband even commented about how good our room smelled after I’d sprayed my mix – awesome!

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Pinspiration | Soaking Bath Salts

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). Ever since I started running, I’ve been using bath salts more and more, and I love them. And the recipe is so simple (and includes a cheat!) – and best of all, they make great and inexpensive gifts.

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Pinspiration: Soaking Bath Salts. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And recipes save your tired, achy muscles and make cute, inexpensive gifts.  We made these gifts for all of our kids teachers, our friends and our family (and I saved a few for myself, too).  These hard-working bath salts remove toxins from the body, relax muscles and help calm the spirit.  They are so easy to make – worth it!

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Pinspiration | Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to try it. Homemade sensitive skin laundry detergent! And the recipe is so simple – and best of all, it saves hundreds of dollars a year.

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Pinspiration: Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And it helps save your sensitive skin, saves you money, and reduce your environmental impact (if you use liquid laundry detergent – you’re paying for them to transfer the liquid, water, to your store).  I’ve made this laundry detergent for my sister many times and have given it as gifts to families with small children.  This mild, hard-working detergent is fantastic, has no added perfumes, dyes or additives and is so easy to make – worth it!

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Tackle the project you’ve been ignoring

I’ve got a mega task list of things I want to get done, but sometimes projects seem to slip away from me. The project I always seem to push to the side is now 3 years overdue! I decided to get it done this year and I’m proud to say I FINALLY made it happen.  It took a little planning and organizing, but once I got into my groove – it was easy (well, easier) to get everything done.

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