Archive for the Frugal Living

Minimalism versus Frugality

I cannot stand having excess “things” around my house.  I like to have things organized and clean for the most part, and when we have too much crap it annoys me.  One thing that I struggle with is trying to figure out what to keep and store versus getting rid of and taking the risk of having to re-buy it eventually. My mother has been so generous in buying Penny clothes from yard sales and thrift stores.  However, she also has gone a little overboard and we’ve ended up with three ginormous tubs of clothes in the basement that Penny has outgrown.  She’s only wearing 12 month or 18 month clothes right now, so that’s a ton of clothes in newborn-9 month size! I struggle with deciding if I should keep everything in case we have another girl eventually, or just selling it and giving my mom the money since she bought it all in the first place.  The frugal side of me says it’s silly to get rid of anything because if we do have another girl she can […]

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6 Eco Friendly Alternatives to Bleach

Chlorine bleach is very toxic to not only people, but it’s also bad for the environment.  Bleach releases dioxins and other chemicals in the air when you wash with it.  It’s not something you really want to have around your house if you can help it.  Unfortunately, many people use bleach as a disinfectant and brightener for clothes, as bleach has been around for many years.  It does work well, but it’s not something I want to use on a regular basis.  Every time I think of bleach and the environment, I think of the coral reefs in Australia that are losing their color.  Sad news! Fortunately, there are many alternatives to chlorine bleach, and many of them work well to disinfect and whiten whites.  Here are some eco friendly alternatives we use instead of chlorine bleach. –Sunshine.  The sun is a powerful whitener and brightener.  We hang our whites outside to dry.  Not only does it save us from having to use the dryer, which saves us money, but it also will help remove spots out of clothes.  I […]

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