Here’s an example of how our group worked… Each participant chose their three favorite meals to prepare for the next 3 months. I chose a pork chop dish and prepared nine (9!) pork chop meals, one for each member of the group. I was super sick of looking at pork chops, but then came exchange day. All 9 of us met for 30 minutes to exchange meals. Each person left with a chicken pot pie dinner, a penne and cheese dinner and so many more! For a few hours of work, we each have nine completely different meals in the freezer to feed the family for almost two weeks if we really stretch it!
In the past each meal that fed 6-8 people only cost around $4.75! Having a Freezer Meal Group can save a considerable amount of money if you keep the main course under $5. You can definitely get a complete meal for under $10 for a large family!
I think I need to start an series called “Did You Know?” For example…. Did you know that you can send your expired coupon inserts to companies that will send them to military bases overseas. Our brave men and women serving outside the US can use those expired coupons for up to 6 months AFTER they expire at the commissary! How cool is that!! This does only apply to overseas bases. So once you are done with your inserts, DON’T throw them away!!
Here are a few links to services I found who are ready and willing to process your inserts for our troops! Take a few minutes and CLICK on the links below to find a service that works best for you.
That should keep y’all busy for a bit!
THANK YOU to all our military families for your service and sacrifice for our country! Here’s hoping we can help ease your burden a little with a few more coupon donations. Love you all!!
Are you ready for one of my BIGGEST money saving tips of the YEAR!?!? I make my own laundry detergent! If you can imagine what doing laundry looks like for 7 people then you might be able to grasp the cost that goes into that chore as well. I mean… some of you may be able to afford a small vacation kind of money!! Not to mention that dishes and laundry are my LEAST favorite chores which makes it doubly painful to pay big bucks for tasks I hate doing!
Here is how I make the load just a little lighter on my wallet (see what I did there… “load”? Haha). Several years ago I started making my own laundry detergent. I DO still snag some “real” detergent if it is a screaming good deal, but I always go back to my fav homemade detergent.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
**You can also get the 3 lb tub, but many times you can get coupons will cover the smaller size. Pro Couponing Tip: Use coupons on the smallest size allowed and use several coupons. You will save more in the long run! Same thing with the Unstoppables or Crystals. Look for a coupon and then get several small containers and use several coupons.
The hardest part of this whole thing is grating up the Fels Naptha bars! Then you just dump all the ingredients into a 5 gallon bucket, garbage bag, or you can alternate pouring and stirring as you add ingredients to a really pretty jar. I found this big gallon jar at Walmart for around $11. It just looks so nice sitting in my laundry area. It ALMOST makes me want to actually DO the laundry!
Here’s the BEST PART!! You will fill up that gallon jar and only use 2 TABLESPOONS of this detergent for each load! That’s it! For real! It is going to last a REALLY long time!
This works for HE machines, top loaders, front loaders, you name it! I love to add vinegar to the wash as well just to make sure all the musty mildewey stuff is out of the clothes. If you have ever accidentally forgotten about a load that was left in the wash… VINEGAR is your best friend for getting that stank out of there. My many years in Vegas and my less than stellar laundry skills can testify of this. Vinegar. Every time.
What about the dryer??
I know you are wondering what goes on there. I have tried dryer balls & tennis balls to save money and to help aerate the clothes while they are in the dryer. I really don’t see a big difference and hubby really likes the smell of dryer sheets. So to save a few bucks… and a few disagreements on the laundry… I buy dryer sheets. BUT I cut/rip them in half and only use half per load. Sneaky and cheap. I have seen some DIY dryer sheets in Pinterest but I’ve never tried them. Have you?? Let me know. Maybe that will be my next experiment.
HOMEMADE DISH DETERGENT
As an added bonus and because you will now have most of the ingredients already out to make your laundry soap, with just a few more ingredients you can also make… dun dun dun… Dishwasher Detergent!
I used to use 2 cups of borax instead of the 2 cups of baking soda. I’m not so much concerned about whether or not there is Borax residue on my dishes, I just wasn’t completely IN LOVE with that mix. So I am trying this one out instead, and since I already have all the ingredients out… why not??
Feel free to double up this recipe if you end up loving it! It will last quite a while because you will only use ONE TABLESPOON per load!! And if you want a tip on another super cheap but effective rinse agent for your machine… VINEGAR!! Haha. It’s seriously the best thing ever!
Well… that’s about it. I want to say THANK YOU to Heather in St. Louis who asked me about my laundry tips while I was there teaching my class! YOUR questions are what help me to know what kind of content to put on this site and in my newsletters. So, please, please, please… ask away!
Have an amazing day!! I am going to take some left over Epsom Salts, Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, and soak my feet! 🙂 Time to treat myself for a change… get it… “change”… as in… this won’t cost me anything because I have the ingredients out already?? (apparently I need a good night’s sleep as well) 😉
P.S. I have added links to Walmart in this post so you can see the products that I used. I will say that most of the prices are WAY better in store than they are showing online so be careful. I’m not cool enough to get any sort of kick back from Walmart for these links :). I just want you to have all the info.