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Looking on the Bright Side: Seeing Money Saving Opportunities in Spending

On Sunday I decided I had enough of my basement smelling gross and being damp. I saw one spot down there that had been growing mold, and I don’t know about you, but mold scares me. The reason I hadn’t bought a dehumidifier already was because we had one (albeit small) already and I thought it was doing a good job. Wrong. I sucked it up, went to my local Home Depot, and grabbed one off the shelf and lugged it to my cart. $190 later, and I was the proud owner of a large dehumidifier. I took it home, drug it downstairs, and set it up. That evening I went to check on it and the bucket was already full! I was amazed. I have emptied that bucket twice a day since I’ve had it! After all the him-hawing I did with purchasing it, I decided I was going to look on the bright side of things and see how overall I will be saving money in the long run. First of all, I would have less moisture in […]

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Frugal Home Improvement- Is it worth it?

I’ve got a dilemma. It involves the hardwood floors that we were going to install a few weeks ago. I decided that I would just hire someone to install them, and I called for a quote the other day. $2.50 a square foot for installation. Not bad, I thought. As I was talking to the guy, he asked how large of an area we planned on doing, and I told him just the hallway. The hallway is not that large and he thought it would not be worth his time to come out and do just the hallway. So, I told him I’d think about doing the bedroom and the living room at the same time because we want to do those areas as well. I was thinking it wouldn’t be more than $2000 for all of it, because I assumed those three areas were maybe 300 square feet total. Wrong. They total around 575 square feet. That would cost us $3737.50 for the materials and installation!! We only have $1200 in our hardwood floor fund right now, and that’s […]

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Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent Recipe Needed!

Helpful readers: I am in desperate need of your help. I am looking for a dish soap recipe and dishwasher soap recipe. As you are probably aware, I love making my own cleaning products. I have tried and tried to make my own dish soap and dishwasher detergent, but every time it either doesn’t work, or turns out horrible. I want to “be green” and also be frugal at the same time. Here are a few things I have tried. Dishwasher detergent recipes: Mix and use per dishwasher load: 1 Tablespoon Borax 1 Tablespoon Baking soda and 1 Tablespoon Borax 1 Tablespoon Washing soda These recipes never seemed to get my dishes clean! Dish Soap Recipes: I’ve also tried melting soaps down to a liquid consistency and then using those as dish soap. I have a ton of bars of soap that I wanted to use up. I used Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps, melted them, and then used it as dish soap. The problem is that it doesn’t lather up very well. It works fine for hand soap, but when […]

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Install Hardwood Floors Yourself: Bad idea?

Well, I didn’t end up hiring someone to do the floors for us. We ended up (after much frustration) taking the manual stapler back to Home Depot since it just wasn’t working. Instead, we ended up purchasing an air compressor for around $150 and rented a nailer for around $50. We got about 6 rows of the hallway done completely. It has been a long and tedious process. We’ve decided that we’re going to cut the wood before we start nailing it down because that will save us time with nailing it. Time = money when renting tools! I think that’s going to work better than how we did it last time. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay a professional to do it when all it’s going to take is a little blood, sweat, and tears to get this project finished. After all, we’ll appreciate it more and probably take better care of it since we’re doing it ourselves. I’ll let you know how it goes when we’re all done. Hopefully that won’t be too long! Tweet

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When DIY Projects Turn Disaster: the Hardwood Floor Adventure

It’s no secret I’m extremely frugal. After all, if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t have started a blog about it! Sometimes I wonder if I am being too frugal (sounds better than “cheap”). Ever since we moved into this house, I have been doing some sort of home improvement project. I’ve painted, replaced a windowsill, tiled a bathroom, you name it, I’m willing to give it a shot.  I decided that since I successfully tiled our bathroom that laying hardwood floors myself would be no problem.  Yeah right. Last night we went to Home Depot to get some supplies for laying the hardwood flooring.   After doing a calculation on how much it would cost us to rent versus buy the hardwood floor nailer, I figured we’d come out ahead and less stressed if we just went ahead and bought the $239 nailer.  It’s roughly $22 a day when you rent it, so I figured I’d have to use it for only eleven days before it would pay for itself.  I thought it was a good money decision. Fast forward to […]

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