I tried 2 new to me ways to clean, and spend less this week.
I used this LA Totally Awesome cleaner, bought at the Dollar Tree for $1 in our carpet cleaning machine
and I tried cutting dishwasher tabs in half.
Both gave great results.
On the back of the bottle, it lists many things this cleaner is good for. I’ve only used in the carpet cleaning machine and am very happy with how it removed pet stains on our 18 year old white carpet and on 2 rugs. It doesn’t have much of a scent. And it’s so much cheaper than those name brand jugs of carpet cleaner. I’ve use commercial cleaners and I’ve mixed up homemade versions. This Awesome is best of all them in my opinion.
I had a small stockpile of these fancy dishwasher tabs. ( Did you know that the high value dishwasher tabs coupons only come out in January? The ones that are $2- $2.50? I read that somewhere and so far it seems to be true. )
Anyway, I tried cutting 2 of the dry type ones in half and using just 1/2 a tab per dishwasher load.
I’ve ran 3 loads and the results have been good too.
The tabs are fairly easy to cut with a knife but do be careful as it takes a bit of pressure.
It also makes some crumbs so I am only cutting 2 at a time and keeping them in small container.
The 3rd tab in the photo seems to be all liquid and gel so I won’t be cutting that kind in half.
I’m not loyal to any particular brand of dishwasher soap but I do want a kind with bleach as the bleach-less types don’t seem to remove coffee and tea stains in our hard Oklahoma water. I know lots of people have good results with homemade cleaners but they haven’t worked for me.
And I have to say that neither of these are my original ideas. I saw a YouTuber talk about the Awesome cleaner for carpets and the dishwasher cutting tabs on a blog, I think it was
Hello again. I have done almost no couponing or bargain shopping during April but I'm getting back to it. I have a new financial goal and careful grocery shopping is one way we will reach it. Above and below is what I bought at Walmart. The string cheese are my husbands favorite snack. Most of the other things are things we use and I stocked up on because of Ibotta deals Ibotta is an app that refunds your money for buying specific things.
I always check the Walmart day old bread-
Below is my Walmart receipt. The cheese was a great deal. Each bag had a $1 coupon attached so that made their purchase price just $1.38 - and youll see below that Ibotta gave me back $1 for each bag so the final cost as .38 for 1/2 pound of cheese
At Aldi, I bought produce and a few ingredients we need. The mini doughnuts and strawberries were a snack to take to my parents when my brother and3 grands were there. The 1 pound boxes of Spring Mix are my favorite salad base. 1 pound is a lot of salad too!
I shopped at Dollar General and used 3 digital coupons from their app. The bleach is from their dollar aisle and is a great price for bleach. I am not brand loyal on bleach and I do use it on all white loads to sanitize kitchen towels, cloth napkins, washcloths, also undies and handkerchiefs and cleaning rags.
I think $6.65 was a very low out of pocket purchase, especially for things we use often.
these are the digital coupons I used there. They change often so if you shop there, always check the app the day you shop.
When I got home, I entered my receipts on to a few apps that give cash back or you can earn gift cards. This part goes very fast,.
The Walmart receipt goes on SavingsCatcher
My big earner was Ibotta. Before I shopped, it did take a while to plan my shopping around their deals. They have hundreds of deals but I only picked these as they at things we use and need.
The McCormick refund included the 3 Frenchs mustards.
I also entered my receipts onto Receipt Hog and Receipt Pal. They don't have referral credit but if you search in your app store, you will find them. You won't earn fast but they truly take just seconds to enter your receipts. I say when things take so little effort to save a few dollars, do them.
I also used Fetch which I've posted about earlier.
I looked on Savings Start and Checkout 51 but didn't have any new offers to get credit for today. I did see on Checkout 51 that I had previously earned enough to cash out so I requested a check be mailed to me.
I get it that some people don't want to do all these apps but I think most of readers are always trying to stretch their dollars and all these apps and careful shopping at multiple stores can be ways to do that.
I apologize to readers in other countries as I think these apps are all USA only.
I do have an Ibotta referral code, I think if you use my code and are a first time ibotta use, you will get $10 for signing up and doing your first purchase.
If you got this far, thanks for reading and I hope my tips help you if you want to do some super penny pinching.
We had fun on Sunday. First was church, and then we
And had an indoor egg hunt with plastic eggs because we’re having cold, wet, windy weather and it just wasn’t nice enough for an outdoor hunt.
Son Bobby couldn’t be here for Easter but before the holiday, he brought us 2 bunny butter sculptures from Winco. It was just fun have fancy butter and it was very good tasting butter too.
Our Easter Menu-
Ham from Aldi- my husband smoked it on the patio
Rolls from Aldi and Bunny shaped butters from my son
Fruit tray -my brother
Fresh spinach salad - Jimmy and JohnMark
Corn casserole in crockpot
Green beans in crockpot
Carrot cupcakes -Nina
Blackberry pie, apple pie- my dad
I had help and I planned make ahead things that would be ready to eat at noon when we got home from church
I usually plan a weekly to do list and this April, I’m trying a list of goals for this month.
Our pantry and freezer are just too full (and messy) so I plan to continue using foods from them all month and buying just fresh produce and dairy items as needed.
I want to finish all those sleeping shorts.
I got a brand new sewing machine in December but I haven’t even used it. I keep using my old machine as I haven’t had time to sit and follow the instructions to learn how to use the new machine. The new Brother one has a lot more functions than my old Necchi one. So, learning the new machine is an April goal.
To keep track of April goals, I found this free printable sheet.
Here’s my weekly to-do list, not pretty but functional
The question mark this week is the public teacher issue- they are striking for now and it’s unsure how long it will last. So, I had 3 grandchildren here on Monday. We stayed pretty busy in the morning going to visit my parents and brother and then we went to this little guy’s school where they are serving meals during the walkout.
We went for lunch and my three really enjoyed the school cafeteria.
The cafeteria is also serving breakfast but my 3 were their first diners all day. While we were there, 2 others came and that was all.
They offer the free meals because they think there is a need in the community for it but I’m not sure.
Anyway, we went because the kiddos wanted to and they are missing their teachers and friends. They got lots of attention from the support staff members that are still working and they got a good lunch that I didn’t have to prepare or clean up.
Later in the day, the school system nutrition director asked on Facebook for people to please bring their children for the meals. If children don’t come, the schools don’t get reimbursed.
Then we had rest time. JJ, who is almost 5, had such a busy Easter weekend and Monday morning, he pretty much passed out once he laid down. ❤️
The Seedtastic bread is $3.99 at my Aldi and the Dave’s bread was $6.99 at my Sprouts.
These are not low cost breads by any means. And if seeds are a digestive problem for you, this bread is not for you either.
Only my husband and I are eating this and we really like it. It has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per slice.
Eating 2 pieces for breakfast keeps us full until lunch.
This is a dense type bread- it may be fine for sandwiches but we’ve only had it toasted so far.
We toast it on the griddle that came on our gas stove we bought 4 years ago. I never used this griddle until our toaster oven broke. Now I use it several times a week and it makes the best toast and toasted sandwiches.
I have more counter room with the toaster oven gone too.
So it was a win-win situation but I feel a bit silly for not trying the griddle sooner.
We are retired and on days like today when we don’t have grandchildren here, we eat when we feel like it.
Today it was almost 1000 when we had breakfast.
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