Throwback Thursdays: Homemade Slime, Only $0.20!

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Good afternoon, savvy savers! For this weeks Throwback Thursday’s, I want to bring you a fun, family-friendly find from my own childhood, Slime! If you were anything like me as a child, than watching Family Double Dare was a favprite, and the best part of the show was the contestants who were systimatically slimed! Sure slime, that awesome polymer that was presented both liquid and solid statuses simultaneously, was more thatn a molecular anomaly, it was an event of epic perportuions! What was even better? When the stores began to carry this awesome gak! Oh, the dealing of a kid of the 1990’s.

But why let the 1990’s evade us one day further, when we can make out own slime, and so here is my reciupe for homemade slime! Please note, I can make slime for $0.20 a container, per child.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Elmer’s School White Glue
2 disposable cups
Food coloring
3 Tablespoons Water
1 Tablespoon Borax Powder
A plastic spoon

Directions:

1) In your first plastic cup, add your water and Borax Powder.

2) Stir the mixture gently, then set aside.

3) In your second plastic cup, add your Elmer’s School White Glue.

4) Add the food coloring, in your color(s) of choice, to the second cup, stiring unitl mixed.

5) Now, add 1 Tablespoon of the mixture from the first cup at a time, to the second cup; the slime will instantly start forming, but allow the mixture to set-up for 30 second before playing with each batch.

6) Store slime in sandwhich bags.

7) Avoid placing slime on textured, carpeted, and porous surface.

8) Enjoy!

 

Wednesday Ways To Save: Refill Your Own Plug-In Oil Cartridges, for Only $0.10!

 

Good afternoon, savvy savers! For this weeks Wednesdays Ways To Save, I want to share with you one of my favorite money-saving tips, how to refill your own plug-in air fresheners! This tip is very near and dear to my heart, as of late I have been able to purchase several new Febreze and Glade Customizables Units, and as much as I love free units, the new trend in “customizable, dual cartridges,” only means one thing to me, spending double the exorbitant amount I already delve out to keep my home smelling fresh!

Keep in mind, using this tip you will be able to fill each cartridge for only $0.10! This is a 75% savings over store-bought deals! This tip will work with any brand cartridge including Glade, Febreze, Yankee Candle, Bath and Body Works, as well as Glade brand diffusers! I purchase my oils from the Dollar Tree, as the larger bottles come in 20 ounce sizes, and as I only need 2 ounces each cartridge, I can refill each cartridge on a dime, for a dime!

 

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What you need:

  • A plug-in of your choice, with an empty bulb.
  • An you like; I purchase my oils at the Dollar Tree! 
  • 3 Tablespoons Water 
  • A butter knife, or tweezers, to pry off the cap on the plug-in bulb
  • A tea bag
  • A paper towel
  • A small funnel or piece of wax paper
  • A medicine droppers; most pharmacies will give you free droppers, if needed.
  • The cap that came with the original cartridge

 

Directions:

1) Remove the cap from the plug-in bulb then clean it out with warm water; a butter knife, or case knife works well.

2) Wrap your cartridge with a tea bag, and place them in a paper towel, to absorb the older residual oil, for one hour.

3) After an hour, discard your tea bag (which can be hung in a closet to freshener the air for up to one week; this will also remove moisture in closets as well).

4) Take your cartridge and put about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil into the plug-in bulb, using a medicine dropper.

5) Put 3 Tablespoons of water into the bulb, using a small funnel or wax paper strip,  with the oil, being careful not to let the mixture overflow out of the bulb.

6) Put the wick back in the bulb. Be sure it snaps back into to place.

7) Place the original cap back on the bulb, or carefully place it in a sandwich bag, for 1 hour to let the scent completely refill the internal wick.

8) Plug your refilled cartridge in.

9) Enjoy!

 

Ways To Stretch The Dollar: Make Homemade Customizable Scents Of Pine Sol, For Only $0.15 A Bottle!

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Hello again, savvy savers! With many of us elbow-deep in Spring cleaning projects and chores, I thought that this would be a great time to post the recipe for my favorite homemade cleaner! So for this weeks Ways To Stretch A Dollar Series, I will show you how to make customizable, homemade Pine Sol!

As we all know, Pine-sol is a great all-purpose cleaning solvent, as it can be used to clean floors, used in a spray bottle for sinks and counters, and even used to soak and sanitize general household items! What’s not great about the cleaner is the hefty price tag it bears! Fear not, I have learned to be able to make my cleaner for $0.15 a bottle!

Here’s how:

1) Make a base solvent, using 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of borax powder, if used in a spray bottle.

2) If bottling a concentrate, mix 8 cups water, with 8 teaspoons of borax powder; store the mixture in a used, cleaned cleaning bottle.

3) Add your scents.

-6 Drops Pine Essential Oil and a cedar ball in the bottom of your cleaner = Original Pine Sol Scented Cleaner.

-1/2 squeezed lemon and 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil = Lemon Fresh Scented Pine Sol.

-9 Drops Lavender Oil and 2 Drops Eucalyptus Oil = Lavender Clean Pine Sol.

-6 Drops Eucalyptus Oil and 1 piece of dried sage in cleaning bottle = Sparkling Wave Pine Sol

-1 Cinnamon Stick, 6 drops lemon oil, and one piece orange peel in bottle = Mandarin Sunrise Pine Sol.

-6 Drops Eucalyptus Oil, 1 Cedar Ball, and dried mint= Outdoor Fresh Pine Sol

And that’s it! I generally make my cleaners the night before, and let them sit, and for stronger scents, I make them several days ahead of time. As well, I use Amazon.com gift cards, earned from taking online surveys, to purchase my essential oils; I also find that I can save money by adding these oils to my bi-monthly Amazon Subscribe & Save Program as well!

Here’s to cleaning!

Tutorial Tuesday: Homemade Hanging Pot Rack, Only $3.00!

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Good morning, savvy savers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means… another awesome upcycled project tutorial!

For this weeks Tuesday Tutorials, I wanted to share with you how I made my kitchen, verticle hanging pot rack, for only $3.00! That’s right, $3.00! How did I do this? I used two $1.50 decorative, metal garden fences from my local Lowe’s, inverted them together, and secured them to the wall using metal hanging hooks. The spokes of the gates fit snugly inside each other and will not come apart! I hang pots and pans using coated s-hooks as well; I purchased the hooks, here, from Amazon.com using gifts cards earned by taking online surveys! The $3.00 for the garden gates came from iBotta cash earned from redeeming grocery store offers.

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This is such a super simple project, which can be adapted to hang pots, kitchen supplies, garden tools, and office and art room staples as well! I also plan to construct something similar to display my marionette collection as well!  This rack could also be adapted for horizontal hanging, as a full unit, or a half-unit extending from the wall as well; this method would need brackets, though!

Here’s to DIY’ing!

Tutorial Tuesday: $3.00 Modern Art!

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Good evening, savvy savers! As it is Tuesday, its time for another Tutorial Tuesday, and this week I am sharing with you one of my in-home art projects! A few months ago, when I started redecorating my master bedroom, needed a series of canvases for a small built-in wall nook and so my $3.00 Modern Wall Art was born! I created this look by placing three $1.00 canvases, purchased from Joann’s with a coupon, in a 11×14 size, placing them side-by-side, placing both horizontal and vertical strips of masking tape firmly across the canvases, and then painting the canvases in a coordinating hue, which in my case was a Sherwin Williams paint sample, in caramel spice.

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Once the canvases dried, I carefully removed the tape, used a white fabric pen to correct any flaws, and then hung the canvases by Velcros strips one and a half inches apart. The effect if rather neat, and in my opinion, offsets the cream-on-white colors pattern for my built-in shelving unit. I like that the look can be changed, and that the canvases are modern enough to please my husband, but neutral enough to match my more eclectic sensibilities!

Sure, this may seem simplistic for someone with one of her two degrees in Art History, but I like it just the same!

Here’s to art, for art’s sake!

Wednesday Ways To Save: Homemade Aromatic Fire Starters!

Good morning, savvy savers! For this weeks Wednesday Ways To Save, I wanted to show you one of my favorite tips for saving money around the house! Homemade firepit fire starters! I reason I came up with this tip was that I own two fire pits for my backyard and patio, and needed an economic way to start both during chilly night or when company way over, and voila! I came up with an awesome, quick way to do so!

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First, I must say I use pine cones, basic pine cones, well sort of. Yes, I know you can gather pine cones in your yard, the park, or from family and neighbors, but for me I purchase the bags of pine cones that have been infused with cinnamon and clove oil sold around Christmas at most craft stores, and after the holidays I often find them for a song at my Walmart and JoAnn Fabrics each year for this project. This past holiday season, I was able to buy 30 bags for $0.19 a bag, and each bag contained 23-26 pine cones.

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Once I have my pine cones, I set them on newspaper. I then use a basic plug-in candle warmer (nothing premium as say, Scentsy); the type that also could warm coffee cups tableside. Once my wax is warmed and fluid, I drizzle my pinecones with wax. While the wax is still warm, I sprinkle my pine cones with dried herbs from my garden; sage, basil, peppermint, or whatever I have on hand,leftover my from patio herb garden each Summer. Here’s the tricky part, you must wrap the pull the newspaper up, and wrap the pinecone quickly, so that the wax will dry to the paper and the cones making small fire starting bundles! At this point, I tie each bundle with twine and store in a dry place!

So, there you have it! Homemade aromatic fire starters! I make my version for around $0.05 each, and similar versions, sold in designer catalogues sell for around $8.00 for 4!

Enjoy!

Tutorial Tuesday: Homemade Swiffer Clothes and Solution!

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Calling all my frugality friends! Today is Tutorial Tuesday, and today I am explaining to you how I make homemade Swiffer Clothes and Solution! It costs $0.15 for me to clean all the floors in my home, each time I use this method. I initially spent $3.00 for all of the ingredients!

Check this out:

How to make Homemade Swiffer Solution:

1. Pour 4 cups of hot water into a bucket.
2. Add 1 cup of lemon juice; instant lemon juice via, a bottle will work as well.
3. Add 3 cups of vinegar to the bucket.
4. Add in 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap; I use Dawn Hand Renewal as I had purchased it with coupons.
5. Mix thoroughly and pour mixture into a recycled Swiffer container; let mixture settle for 1 hour. This can also be used for Swiffer Wet Jet Refills as well.

Homemade Swiffer Pads:

Just cut a microfiber cloth from the Dollar Tree into four pieces, allowing 1 1/2 inches of overlap on the longer sides so you can tuck the ends of the cloth into the Swiffer mop cloth holder, just as you would a swiffer. The clothes are machine washable, reusable, and do not absorb odors.

How to use these together? The night before I am to use the clothes, I place a clean cloth into the solution, seal the package, and squeeze out any excess before use; if I am using a wet jet cartridge, I would simply fill the reservoir with liquid, and mop as normal.

This solution works well on all flooring in my home; ceramic, tile, hardwoods, and even doubles as a carpet cleaning solution!

Swiffer cleaning, on a shoestring budget. Yes, that’s how I like to do it! Enjoy!