9 DIY Cleaning Products that Will Save You Money

9 DIY Cleaning Products

 

This past month, shopping at the grocery stores have been crazy. Rows of shelves stand empty or are very depleted. And if the shelf is restocked, customers quickly fill their shopping carts with those items. It’s especially challenging to find items such as cleaning products, disinfecting wipes, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels and facial wipes.

To help those who are having a hard time finding cleaning products, I’ve compiled a list of 9 DIY cleaning products. These homemade cleaning products are Plus, it will save you money.

For the first of the DIY homemade cleaners, I made a video below of how to make a homemade disinfectant spray with bleach. If you can’t view it, head over to my YouTube channel here.

 

 

Here are 9 DIY cleaning products that will save you money.

 

Homemade disinfectant spray bleach

 

The most effective way to use this disinfectant is to spray it on a surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth. This will allow time for the bleach to kill the bacteria.

 

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21 Tips How to Spend Less Money on Groceries

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21 tips how to spend less money on groceriesThese 21 tips will teach you how to spend less money on groceries

 

One of the biggest expenses for families each month, after housing and transportation, is purchasing food. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than $7,700 per year on groceries and going out to eat. That’s almost $650 per month!

If you aren’t watching your grocery budget, those quick trips to the grocery store to purchase just $20 or $30 worth of food really do add up.

To help you spend less money on groceries, here are 21 tips how to save on groceries every month.

 

Above is a video of my top 10 tips on how to save money on groceries. If you can’t see the video, head over here to my YouTube channel to watch it.

And after making the video, I compiled this more detailed list of 21 tips how to save money on groceries and household items.

 

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1. Meal Plan

I get asked all the time how to save money on groceries, because I only spend about $400 per month on groceries for our family of five. And the number one tip I share that helps me save the most money on my groceries is to meal plan.

Putting together a meal plan and making sure you know exactly what you’ll need to purchase at the grocery store can help you stick to your grocery budget. You’ll be able to save money because you won’t need to run to the grocery store multiple times per week, and you can just stick to your once a week (or in my case once every two weeks) grocery shopping trip. You’ll also save time because every day you’ll know what to make for dinner and you won’t spend extra time thinking about “What’s for dinner?”

If you aren’t sure how much money to budget for your family, a good starting place is $100 per each person in the family starting at base of $300 per month.

So for a family of four, the budget would be $400 a month. This is just a general starting idea, and of course there are exceptions to this guideline. Some families can get by spending less per month. For others, they will need to spend more if they have family members with allergies or teenagers who are growing and consuming a lot of food.

If you want to get better at meal planning or see how I meal plan, head over to the post 6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan. It shows you how I plan my family meals, gives you ideas of how to create a menu plan, and how to prepare meals ahead of time. I also share new dinner ideas on the post.

And you will also like this post with 20 Easy Weeknight Dinners for the Family. If you are like me, I’m always looking for new and easy meal ideas for dinner that my family will love.

For those of you who are busy and want more help with your meal plan, Six Sisters’ Stuff has a weekly meal plan with family-friendly meals for just $48 a year. That turns out to be only $4 per month. Every week you’ll receive an email with 6 main dishes, 2 sides, 2 desserts or 1 snack/treat. You’ll also get a detailed shopping list of what to purchase each week at the store. Head over to Six Sisters’ Stuff to get more details or sign up.

 

2. Use What’s In Your Pantry, Fridge and Freezer

There are many people who skip this step and head straight to the grocery store. If you don’t know what’s in your pantry, fridge or freezer that can already be used, then you are going to waste money by throwing out food.

As you begin to meal plan, look through your pantry, fridge and freezer to see what you have and what needs to be used up. And build your meal plan based on these items that you have on hand.

If you have food you don’t know how to use in a meal, then use sites such as Allrecipes.com and SuperCook.com. Type in the ingredients you have and it will bring up new recipe ideas with those ingredients. This is a great way to not let food go to waste.

 

3. Look at Sales Flyers

Also as you meal plan,

For instance, if broccoli is on sale, then make Chicken Broccoli Casserole and also add broccoli as a side dish to one of the other meals. If pork chops are on sale, then make Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops. And if cheese and tortillas are on sale, then make chicken enchiladas or quesadillas.

 

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Popcorn Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

Popcorn Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

We love to wish our neighbors and friends a Merry Christmas each year and are always looking for a simple, yet affordable, way to let them know we are thinking of them during the holidays. Last year, we made these popcorn neighbor Christmas gifts and delivered them to friends and neighbors.

 

Popcorn Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

We picked up these boxes of popcorn from the Dollar Tree for only $1 each, and each box came with three packages of popcorn. We gave each of our neighbor and friend families a box.

If you are trying to be more budget conscious, or you are on a tight budget for Christmas, you could make this neighbor gift even more affordable and give each family just one of the packages of popcorn from the box. Check out these 6 Tips How to Give Holiday Gifts Without Spending Too Much.

With the popcorn box, we added a homemade tag that said, “Just POPPIN’ By To Wish You A Merry Christmas” and added our name at the bottom. I put eight of these sayings onto a single page and printed them on red paper. Then I used paper edge scissors to cut out the saying so it looked more decorative. And to finish it off, I tied it up with Christmas curling ribbon.

It was simple and didn’t take too much time, and our family enjoyed going around delivering them to neighbors and friends the week before Christmas.

 

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How to Save 70%-90% on Kids Clothes

This post is sponsored by Kids on 45th, but all opinions are my own.

 

Best place to buy kids clothes

Can you believe it? It’s already time to start thinking about and shopping for back-to-school clothing for your kids!

I don’t know about you, but I feel that my children grow so fast. I’m constantly needing to purchase clothes for them as they outgrow their old clothes. But the cost to purchase a new wardrobe for my three children really adds up.

So I was happy to hear about Kids on 45th, an online children’s clothing site that sells nearly-new and used kids clothes online in sizes newborn to preteen/teen (14/16). This company definitely helps you save money on children’s clothing. And it’s one of the best kids secondhand clothing stores online.

Since it’s time to shop for back-to-school clothes, right now if you want to try out Kids on 45th, you can get $10 off your first order when you use the code SAVING at checkout.

Cheap Kids Clothes OnlineMy kids were all smiles opening the box from Kids on 45th and trying on the used kids clothes we purchased online.

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70 Foods You Can Freeze or That Don’t Freeze Well

70 foods you can freeze or that don't freeze wellVegetable Photo Credit

 

There are many good reasons to freeze foods. First, freezing food can save you money.  After you grocery shop and purchase items in bulk or stock up on extra food items, freeze the items you won’t use right away so it doesn’t go to waste and you have to throw it away.

Second, it’s convenient to have a freezer full of food that you can grab for meals. Plus, it saves you from making unnecessary trips to the grocery store where you would probably spend more money.

And third, it saves you time. If you cook and prepare food in advance, you can freeze meals and snacks to pull out on busy days.

 

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Before listing all of the foods you can freeze or the foods that don’t freeze well, here are food tips on how to flash freeze foods, how to prevent freezer burn and labeling food before you place it in the freezer.

 

HOW TO FLASH FREEZE FOOD:

With a bunch of food items below that you can freeze, I suggest flash freezing the food first if you don’t want pieces to clump together during the freezing process. Before flash freezing fruits or vegetables, first wash them and pat them dry. Then flash freeze foods by placing individual pieces of food separately on a baking sheet or tray and putting the tray in the freezer for 1-3 hours until the pieces are frozen. Once this is done, you’ll remove the frozen pieces from the tray and place them in resealable freezer bags, then label and put the bags in the freezer. If food will be in the freezer for a longer period of time, then wrap it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and put it in the freezer bags.

 

HOW TO PREVENT FREEZER BURN:

To prevent freezer burn, you’ll want to minimize the food’s exposure to air by using freezer bags or containers. Make sure to push out any excess air from the freezer bags before sealing them. If you are freezing baked goods or meats, wrap them in aluminum foil twice and then place them in freezer bags. To freeze casseroles, read this tip here so you don’t have to put your good casserole dishes in the freezer for months or use aluminum baking tins. Wrapping and storing food correctly will prevent freezer burn.

 

LABEL ALL FOOD:

Be sure to label any freezer bag or container you place in the freezer with the name of the item, the date, quantity of food if applicable (for example, 2 cups of shredded chicken), and any cooking instructions. You might think you’ll remember what’s in the bag or container, but once it’s frozen it looks different and it is hard to tell what it is. Trust me, just label everything.

 

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Here are 70 foods you can freeze or that don’t freeze well:

 

FOODS YOU CAN FREEZE:

Bacon Bits — Freeze homemade bacon bits that you can later use to sprinkle on top of baked potatoes or in soups.

Bananas — When bananas become overly ripe don’t throw them out. Peel and put them into a freezer bag, then label and freeze. You can use them for banana bread, muffins or smoothies.

Berries — Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries can make delicious smoothies or can be used in baked goods like muffins. Flash freeze the berries first so they don’t clump together during the freezing process (see above how to flash freeze food).

Bread – Buy extra loaves of bread on sale and freeze them. If you make homemade bread, slice it first before freezing.

Sweet Breads — Freeze loafs of sweet breads such as banana bread or zucchini bread. To freeze sweet breads, wrap them in plastic wrap and then a heavy tinfoil and put them in a freezer bag.

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How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in Bulk

How to Save Money Purchasing Meat in BulkOne way to save money on meat is to purchase it in bulk when it’s on sale. Savory Butcher sells fresh, high-quality meats by the case in bulk at affordable prices, and they deliver the meat straight to where you live. The meat comes directly from the farm in refrigerated trailers and into the trunk of your vehicle. By buying meat in bulk, it brings the prices down 30-50% less than the price of meat at the grocery store.

For those of you who want to try Savory Butcher, you can get $5 off your first order by clicking the link here.

You can reserve a case of meat from Savory Butcher for just $10, which is then applied to your full balance. Choose from chicken breasts, organic chicken, chicken thighs, bacon, ground beef, beef box, steak box, smoked ham and more. All of these come in bulk cases, which saves us money because we are buying in bulk.

Bonesless Skinless Chicken Breasts Savory Butcher

Savory Butcher Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

One of the products I order regularly is the chicken. Savory Butcher has fresh boneless chicken breasts that are untrimmed for $1.79 lb. That’s a great deal! Recently, I ordered the fresh trimmed boneless chicken breasts for $2.19 lb because the chicken comes fully trimmed and ready for me to place into freezer bags or to make meals. This saves me time because I’m not trimming the fat off the chicken. However, if you want to save money, then definitely order the untrimmed chicken breasts. Both are high-quality meats.

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Dish Towel & Wash Cloth Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

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Every year, we do small Christmas gifts for neighbors and friends who live close by. Last year, we saw this cute idea of a dish towel and wash cloth that made us smile and decided to do it as our neighbor Christmas gift. It’s simple to do,thoughtful, and doesn’t cost a lot of money. I picked up the items at a dollar store. Here’s what to do:

 

Holiday Dish Towel

Choose a regular or holiday dish towel from the dollar store.

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Tips on Using Walmart Grocery Pickup + $10 Off Your First Order

Walmart Grocery Pickup Tips

Walmart Grocery Pickup is a way for you to order groceries online from Walmart and to schedule a time to pick them up curbside without ever having to leave your car. Walmart does the shopping and loads your car for free.

If you haven’t used the Walmart Grocery Pickup yet, head over here to get $10 off your first online purchase at Walmart Grocery.

I used the Walmart Grocery Pickup and am sharing with you a video of how it works and some tips when using the pickup service. Watch the video below or head over to my YouTube channel to see it. And please comment below with your tips when using a grocery pickup service.

Tips on Using Walmart Grocery Pickup

 

 

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6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan

6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan

As we move into routines again now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to get back to meal planning, especially with how busy life can be. By planning meals it makes it easier to know “What’s for Dinner?” every night.  I’m sharing a video today of some simple things I do in advance to make meal time run smoothly and not be stressful. Check out the video below with 6 tips to make meal planning successful and make it easier on you every night.

 

 

 

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8 Ways to Prepare for Amazon Prime Day & What You Should Know

Amazon Prime Day Boxes Delivery

Amazon Prime Day starts Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 12 a.m. PT and will continue through October 14, 2020. Amazon Prime Day is an annual event normally in July (however, it’s actually being hosted in October 2020 this year), and Amazon offers deals on thousands of items exclusively for Prime members.

Here is what you need to know about Amazon Prime Day and how to prepare for it:

1 – Amazon Prime

If you are not an Amazon Prime member already you should definitely sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime right now so you can take advantage of all of the upcoming Amazon Prime Day deals! Right now is the perfect time to try it out and enjoy the benefits.

 

2 – Amazon App

Download the Amazon App to make shopping on the go easy. You can also use your phone’s camera to locate items with a single tap, find items faster, and track orders in real time.

 

3 – Amazon Fresh

If you are an Amazon Prime member get $30 off your first order with Amazon Fresh when you use the code 30FRESH at checkout. This isn’t available in all areas yet, so head over here to see if Amazon Fresh is available in your area by using your address.

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