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How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent


I DID IT!!  I can’t believe how simple it was to make homemade laundry detergent.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the folks over at DIYNaturual.com !

This is the information straight from their wonderful site:

Soap/Detergent cost breakdown & savings

Prior to making our own, we were using Arm & Hammer liquid detergent.  Here is the breakdown in cost analysis:

Note: you only need to use 1 tablespoon of this homemade detergent per load, although you can use 1 – 2 tablespoons for heavily soiled loads)

  • Arm & Hammer® liquid 100 ounce detergent – $6.79 – 32 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Tide® with Bleach powder 267 ounce detergent – $20.32 – 95 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Jabs Homemade powder 32 ounce detergent – $2.98 – 64 loads = $0.05 per load

As you can see, whether I compare against traditional store bought liquid or powder, I am saving $0.16 per load!

A SIMPLE RECIPE

Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load).

Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results!  That’s it folks…seems too good to be true, but it is true indeed!

I was able to purchase all of the items for less than $6 at Walmart.  The Borax and the Arm and Hammer Washing Soda should last me for about 10 more batches!  CRAZY!  Have you ever made your own soap or cleaner?  I want to learn…please share your information with me and all of your zoned in friends!  The easiest way to save money is not to spend it!!

“It was quite a bit of grating on the fine hand grater, so I had to find a less exhausting way to get the job done…TEENAGERS!”

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged straight from Katy, TX A.K.A…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the ZONE!

Warning: Extreme Couponing may become addicting.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to: You have acquired excessive shelving (everywhere) and it’s on your Christmas list; Scissors and a coupon binder are your new “fashion accessories”; Fat wallet syndrome; You started a blog about it; You have gotten coupon binder envy; You have become your local Coupon Fairy; You traded up from your 3 inch binder to a 4 inch double sided Case It Z binder with a strap.  If symptoms last more than 4 weeks you may want to seek a professional home organizer or FlyLady. Also, remember your daily dose of The Katy Coupon Zone for realistic, real world tips to help keep your couponing balanced and under control.

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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Thrift Store Super Find of the Day!


Our family loves the thrift store!  My kids have been going to them with me for years, and agree that it is much more fun to pay 10% the cost of a product rather than 100%, especially when it comes to spending their own money. Today, I stopped in to see if I could find any more Tupperware for my super clean pantry.  I am normally able to find it for a buck or 2 per piece.  But today, there were no bowls to be found.  Instead, I found The Perfect Brownie Pan!  If you are wondering why I’m so excited, it’s because my 17 year old has asked for one for 2 years now, and I could never bring myself to pay $20 for a single pan that wasn’t a top shelf brand.

There it was, right next to the old nasty looking pot without a handle.  A ‘brand new’ Perfect Brownie Pan with all the parts.  It looked like it had never been used!  I turned it over and found the price tag…$2 dollars!!  Woo Hoo!  Of course it had to come home with me.  I was so excited to show my teen, the one that has asked for one for 2 years.  I totally expected a big “Oh Mom, You’re the greatest!” or something to that effect.  Instead, I get an, “oh, that’s nice”.  Really?

Her response, and lack of enthusiasm completely reinvigorated my stance on second hand shopping.  Obviously, she was only hyped up about it around Christmas time, because of the commercials.  Now, when we are in March, and it is from the thrift store, it was no big deal.

Well, I’m off to make some perfect brownies…with my new toy!

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged straight from Katy, TX A.K.A…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the ZONE!

Warning: Extreme Couponing may become addicting.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to: You have acquired excessive shelving (everywhere) and it’s on your Christmas list; Scissors and a coupon binder are your new “fashion accessories”; Fat wallet syndrome; You started a blog about it; You have gotten coupon binder envy; You have become your local Coupon Fairy; You traded up from your 3 inch binder to a 4 inch double sided Case It Z binder with a strap.  If symptoms last more than 4 weeks you may want to seek a professional home organizer or FlyLady. Also, remember your daily dose of The Katy Coupon Zone for realistic, real world tips to help keep your couponing balanced and under control.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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So You Found a Ton-o-Taters for $1?


I went to my local $.99 cent store today, and found a 5 lb bag of potatoes for $.99 cent.  I know we won’t eat them all before they go bad, so I began a quick search to see what I could do to preserve them for future use.  That’s when I came across the idea of freezing them.  In my years of cooking and storing food, I have never had great success with freezing potatoes.  They always came out…ugly.  I now know the missing link, boiling them for a bit seems to make the difference.  What have you done to preserve your potatoes?

Make ready-to-cook frozen French fries:

  • Peel and cut the potatoes you want to freeze into “French fry lengths.”
  • Boil cut potatoes in salted water until partially cooked.
  • Drain and place in a single layer on a sprayed sheet pan.
  • Freeze until solid; transfer to freezer bags or containers and put in freezer.

To cook the frozen French fries: toss frozen potatoes with 2 tbsp. of oil, place them in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake at 425 degrees until nicely browned (about 15 to 20 minutes). Turn occasionally. Salt and serve.

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged straight from Katy, TX A.K.A…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the ZONE!

Warning: Extreme Couponing may become addicting.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to: You have acquired excessive shelving (everywhere) and it’s on your Christmas list; Scissors and a coupon binder are your new “fashion accessories”; Fat wallet syndrome; You started a blog about it; You have gotten coupon binder envy; You have become your local Coupon Fairy; You traded up from your 3 inch binder to a 4 inch double sided Case It Z binder with a strap.  If symptoms last more than 4 weeks you may want to seek a professional home organizer or FlyLady. Also, remember your daily dose of The Katy Coupon Zone for realistic, real world tips to help keep your couponing balanced and under control.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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How to Stockpile Fresh Eggs!


Have you ever wondered how to keep eggs from going bad before you use them?

When I find a great deal on eggs, my first instinct is to stock up on 4 or 5 cartons.  Our family can go through these pretty quickly.  There are times when I can find them for .99cents per dozen, but not often.  So, I wanted to see if there was a way to make them last longer, without the hassle of dehydrating them, or freezing them.  So off I went perusing the blogosphere for answers, and look what I found!

By Kellene Bishop, The Preparedness Propreserving eggs

Preserving eggs in the refrigerator for 9 months is unfathomable to most people, let alone safely preserving eggs that long without refrigeration. But today I’ll make crystal clear how you can preserve eggs worry-free without compromising your health and taste standards and perhaps I’ll even shed some light on how you came to believe that eggs can only be preserved in a refrigerator.

Click on the link below for the full article.

HOW TO PRESERVE EGGS

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged straight from Katy, TX A.K.A…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the ZONE!

Warning: Extreme Couponing may become addicting.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to: You have acquired excessive shelving (everywhere) and it’s on your Christmas list; Scissors and a coupon binder are your new “fashion accessories”; Fat wallet syndrome; You started a blog about it; You have gotten coupon binder envy; You have become your local Coupon Fairy; You traded up from your 3 inch binder to a 4 inch double sided Case It Z binder with a strap.  If symptoms last more than 4 weeks you may want to seek a professional home organizer or FlyLady. Also, remember your daily dose of The Katy Coupon Zone for realistic, real world tips to help keep your couponing balanced and under control.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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So, You’re Running Out of Toner…


I use my printer quite a bit, and was very excited to see these prices when searching for toner before I run out.

Look what I just found!

HP LaserJet 1022 Toner only $8.04!

I have used this kind in the past, with no issues at all.  I am very impressed with the amount of pages I get from it.  I ordered last April, and just ran out!

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged straight from Katy, TX A.K.A…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the ZONE!

Warning: Extreme Couponing may become addicting.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to: You have acquired excessive shelving (everywhere) and it’s on your Christmas list; Scissors and a coupon binder are your new “fashion accessories”; Fat wallet syndrome; You started a blog about it; You have gotten coupon binder envy; You have become your local Coupon Fairy; You traded up from your 3 inch binder to a 4 inch double sided Case It Z binder with a strap.  If symptoms last more than 4 weeks you may want to seek a professional home organizer or FlyLady. Also, remember your daily dose of The Katy Coupon Zone for realistic, real world tips to help keep your couponing balanced and under control.

 
 

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What To Do With Unused Coupons


Have you ever been the Coupon Fairy at your local store?

There have been many times when we have had several of the same coupons for products we don’t really use.   In the beginning of my Extreme Couponing adventures I had been afraid to get rid of them, for fear that I would miss that next great deal hiding around the corner making that item free. In holding on to them, what I have found is a HUGE stack of expired coupons.  Enough to make you cry!  So, my remedy for keeping happy, and blessing others has been to become my local Coupon Fairy.  If I see a product in the store that I would not purchase, and I happen to have coupons for that item, I will leave a nice little stack neatly tucked next to that item.  I have hid and watched after walking away, and the look on peoples faces when they find this little treasure is priceless.  Another way that I have found to be the Coupon Fairy is while standing in the check-out line.  If I see the person in front of me has a ton of name brand products on the counter, but no coupons, I quickly scan my Coupon Binder for coupons that match their items, and I hand them to the cashier for them. Talk about the shocked faces, on both the shopper and the cashier.  It makes for a pretty interesting shopping experience.  What have you done to be the Coupon Fairy during your Extreme Couponing adventures? I would love to hear all about it!

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged straight from Katy, TX A.K.A…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the ZONE!

Warning: Extreme Couponing may become addicting.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to: You have acquired excessive shelving (everywhere) and it’s on your Christmas list; Scissors and a coupon binder are your new “fashion accessories”; Fat wallet syndrome; You started a blog about it; You have gotten coupon binder envy; You have become your local Coupon Fairy; You traded up from your 3 inch binder to a 4 inch double sided Case It Z binder with a strap.  If symptoms last more than 4 weeks you may want to seek a professional home organizer or FlyLady. Also, remember your daily dose of The Katy Coupon Zone for realistic, real world tips to help keep your couponing balanced and under control.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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Magical Milk Made From Golden Cows?


I know I’m not alone when it comes to cringing every time our family runs out of milk. With 3 teenagers at home, we go through it pretty quickly.  I normally have to budget about $20 a month, just to keep it in the fridge.  Some of the prices I have seen lately have made me nauseous.   One brand (I won’t name names) is over $6 per gallon…SIX DOLLARS PER GALLON! There have been times when I have been able to find store brands for less than $3, but not often.

I just want to know one thing….do these dairys that charge $6 per gallon have Magical Milk Made from Golden Cows???

This week, the best deal I have found on Milk is at Walgreens for $3.19.  Yes, that is almost 50% less than the big brand milk, but for me, it is still too darn high.

I would love to start a Milk Index, to keep track of the price of milk, so we can know when the best time to purchase and freeze it would be.  Another purpose is to get an idea of what the prices are like in different regions.  In order to do this, I need your help!  Would you consider replying to this post and letting me know how much the Highest and Lowest milk prices are in your area? You can be part of the Milk Index!  We can do this weekly on Mondays, and keep each other informed of the best places to purchase milk so we can all cut down on this ridiculously priced necessity.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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