• "budget",  "living on less"

    Ditching Paper Towels//Living On Less

    You’ve heard the environmental arguments from the holier-than-thou-be-green-team, explain the importance of ditching your use of the paper towel.    I –am not– that fanatical.  My motivation is merely me being a cheapskate. (my husbands words)  Or as I like to assume, a conscientious consumer.   Although, I’m happy to see my inability to splurge on the aforementioned item also does our planet a little good. 😉    I’m not going to sit and lie to you, and say that we never buy paper products.  We do on occasion.  For instance, back in July, while my niece & nephew stayed with us, I splurged and purchased a $2 package of paper…

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    Does It Really Work? Living On Less Series

    I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for two+ years now, and I’ve tried five different recipes, before landing on the one I’ve used for the last year.    Because I get asked frequently, Does it really work, I figured I would answer it here.  YES!  It really works, it smells fabulous (You’ll see why in the ingredients), and it only takes 10 minutes to put together.  I don’t suggest washing your delicates; I feel you should stick with Woolite or the drycleaners for those, but for your everyday clothes…this is just as good as the store bought stuff, without the price.    A little bit of my experiences… At…

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    Living On Less: College Edition

    pic source: Campus Book Rentals If you read my first Living On Less post, then you know that my husband has returned to college.  I’m also sure that you know college isn’t cheap. Like most students, we are taking out student loans; however, we try to pay as much as we can out of pocket.  This mainly includes: textbooks and parking. On the parking side of things, it is expensive and a pain no matter what you do, so my best suggestion is to hitch a ride, but I can offer plenty of advice for textbooks.    (I SO wish this was an option during my college years.  It would…

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    Living On Less

    After a grumbling conversation with myself this morning, I finally made the decision to get this post out of my draft box. For whatever reason, I’ve had a hard time finding the words to introduce this series on my blog. In a nutshell, this will be tips on how we save money by making small changes in our lifestyle and by becoming more self sufficient.   In order to not bore you to death with a long story of how we came to live the way that we do, I figure the short version that can be squeezed into a paragraph or two will be much easier for all of us.  …