The Little Ways to Save: Laundry Tips

It’s time for some more tips from the Pinching Your Pennies Forum, Making Cents of Life! Today I searched through the threads and found tips from several different PYP members on how you can save money when doing your laundry! You might pick up a new tip today. If not, share your tip with us on how you save money when doing laundry.

Get familiar with your electric company’s varying charges based on time of day (especially in the summer). Use this info along with timers on your appliances to use them at the cheapest part of the day. We do this on both the dishwasher and the washing machine, generally having them come on at 2 or 3 a.m.

I use ALL of anything in bottles even laundry detergent…I use last bit, then add hot water and shake it well….I get one more load out of it!! Then it is clean and ready to recycle, I HATE seeing those suds go down a drain.

I use a half a dryer sheet instead of a whole. Or if I am too lazy to tear them apart, reuse them a second time. Or use them to dust like you would a “swiffer” cloth.

Only wash laundry when you have a full load. With most shirts I put them in the dryer for just a few minutes to get the wrinkles out and then hang them to dry. For jeans they dry a few minutes and then get thrown over the top of the shower bars to dry the rest of the way. Always reuse the dryer sheets 2 or 3 times.

I really like liquid fabric softener (keeps the undies static free! ) so I mix it 2/3 vinegar 1/3 fabric softener. Clothes still smell good and are static free but stretches the fabric softener.

Wash most loads of laundry in cold water.

Use vinegar in the wash instead of liquid fabric softener – does just as good a job, doesn’t involve petrochemicals, and the vinegar helps set darker colors on an item being washed for the first time so that it doesn’t bleed in subsequent washes.

I’ve heard you can use a small ball of aluminum foil in the dryer in place of dryer sheets…have never tried it though.

Dryer sheets and fabric softener actually break down the fibers in the fabric faster and consequently your clothes don’t last as long. I also try to hang dry as much as possible. I do this mostly with shirts. I run them thru the dryer for about 5 minutes to get the wrinkles out, then I hang them all up on hangers to dry. Then they just go straight into the closets! I figure I save $ by not running so many dryer cycles plus my clothes last longer and they dry crisply straight every time!

Homemade Detergent

2c borax
2c washing soda
1 bar of soap- MICROWAVE for 90 seconds+

put the microwaved soap foam and 1 c borax, 1 c washing soda into the blender and blend away—-then mix with the other 1c each of soda, borax. Use 1-2TB/load.

Wash your jeans and most other clothes inside out. This helps prevent fading and helps clothes last longer!

I use vinegar in my HE machine with no problems. I usually just fill the fabric softener dispenser cup, or add it to the liquid detergent cup (after detergent is already in) until it is full. I think you only need about 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load.

I’ve been using half the detergent advised for a load (smells and looks as clean), and spray-then dry-a rag with softener for homemade dryer sheets. Heavy sweatshirts only get dried part way then are taken out and hung up to finish drying. Someday I intend to make my own laundry soap, too. Just don’t have the space or ambition.

Woot Off going on now ~ New Deals All Day Long

Keep watching as you never know what’s going to come up or when!

Quote:

Woot-Offs: About once a month or so, we depart from our “one day, one deal” setup in favor of “two or three days, many deals”. When a deal sells out, we replace it with a new one immediately instead of waiting until midnight. And lo, we call it a Woot-Off, and it is good. You can tell if a Woot-Off is going on by the flashing orange construction lights on our front page and the slowness of our servers. To maximize your Woot-Off enjoyment, make sure you have no other life to speak of.

NOTE: You can usually order up to 3 of the same item at the $5 shipping fee.

Woot.com LINK

Also going on at their Kids

Kids.Woot! LINK

Dumping Cable

XboxAs my children were growing up, we never had cable television. Then, a few years ago, both of my kids moved out (yes, the same year! *sniff*). When they left, we decided to get cable. Some kind of midlife crisis or something, I don’t know.
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Well, we’ve decided that the price of cable is just too high with all of the other options out there. With our Xbox 360* we can access Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant. The three of these put together are still far cheaper than Cable and will cover more than enough entertainment for our family.

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If you watch television shows, what method do you use? Are you a Roku lover? Do you just watch on your computer, iPad or other device? Do you hook your computer to your tv? Do you still have cable? What works best for you?

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My daughter lives at home again and she says as long as she can watch Dr. Who, she will live through the transition.

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* Amazon Gift Card deal going on now with purchase of an Xbox 360

Today’s Freebie Roundup 11/8

*HOT* Haribo Candy Printable Coupon – Back Again!

Print this HOT Haribo .30/1 candy coupon quickly, before it disappears!  These coupons seem to come and go fast, so print it now if you want it.  My local Walmart has these for .97 daily.  This can be an even better deal if your local grocery store doubles or triples coupons.  Remember, you can print each coupon twice.

PreOrder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
List Price: $35.99
Price: $19.99
You Save: $16.00 (44%)

FREE Shipping with Prime or FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25

For a limited time, receive a $3 credit toward Amazon Instant Video when you purchase this title on DVD.

This title will be released on November 11, 2011.
Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

Blu-ray Movie-Only Edition $17.99 plus $3 credit toward Amazon Instant Video.
DVD Edition $13.99 plus $4 credit toward Amazon Instant Video.

Crest Complete Deals at Target

Price cuts and clearance deals vary by region, but if you’re headed to a Target store near you sometime soon, keep your eyes out for these possible deals on Crest Complete toothpaste + bonuses!

On the clearance shelves:



Crest Complete Multi-Benefit toothpaste 5.8oz + Bonus FREE Crest 3D Whitestrips + Bonus $13 in coupons

Price: Clearanced to 2.54 at my store (I’ve heard reports some stores are down to 2.08)
Use: Crest Complete Toothpaste, Scope Dual Blast Rinse, Oral-B Complete Floss, or Oral-B Complete Toothbrush $2/1 (12-31-11) DishTVSS-9/11
Final price: .54

Here are the included coupons (there was actually almost $23 in coupons):
-Save $7.00 on ONE Crest 3D WHITE Whitestrips 14ct Advanced Vivid or Professional Effects, exp. 6-30-2012
-Save $.75 on ONE Crest 3D WHITE Vivid or Advanced Vivid Paste, exp. 6-30-2012
-Save $1.00 on ONE Crest 3D WHITE Vivid or Advanced Vivid Brush, exp. 6-30-2012
-Save $.75 on ONE Crest 3D WHITE Multi-Care Whitening Rinse, exp. 6-30-2012
-Save $.75 on ONE Crest Toothpaste 4.0oz or larger or liquid gel (excludes Crest Cavity, Baking Soda, Tartar), exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $1.00 on ONE Crest Rinse 4.40 mL or larger, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $.75 on ONE Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage or TWO Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrushes, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $.75 on ONE Oral-B Floss or ONE Oral-B Floss Picks 30ct or more, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $3.00 on ONE Oral-B Battery Toothbrush or 3D White Action Rechargeable Toothbrush, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $7.00 on ONE Crest 3D White Professional Effects, 2 Hour Express, Advanced Vivid, Stain Shield or Gentle Routine Whitestrips (excludes Vivid), exp. 7-31-2012

If you are not lucky enough to find any of these in your clearance section, try taking a look down the regular toothpaste aisle. Here’s what I found today:


Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Whitening+ toothpaste 6.0oz + Bonus travel-size Scope Dual-Blast mouthwash + Bonus Glide dental floss sample + Bonus $13 in coupons

Price: 2.69 (regular shelf price, but most likely is a limited promotion)
Use: Crest Complete Toothpaste, Scope Dual Blast Rinse, Oral-B Complete Floss, or Oral-B Complete Toothbrush $2/1 (12-31-11) DishTVSS-9/11
Final price: .69

Here are the included coupons:
-Save $.75 on ONE Crest Toothpaste 4.0oz or larger or liquid gel (excludes Crest Cavity, Baking Soda, Tartar), exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $1.00 on ONE Scope Mouthwash 710 mL or larger, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $.75 on ONE Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage or TWO Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrushes, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $.75 on ONE Oral-B Floss or ONE Oral-B Floss Picks 30ct or more, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $3.00 on ONE Oral-B Battery Toothbrush, exp. 7-31-2013
-Save $7.00 on ONE Crest 3D White Professional Effects, 2 Hour Express, Advanced Vivid, Stain Shield or Gentle Routine Whitestrips (excludes Vivid), exp. 7-31-2012

Rite Aid 11/6-11/12


* Check out the PYP Navigating Rite Aid posts to help you along your shopping journey at Rite Aid.

* Read the Rite Aid coupon policy and keep it in your coupon binder.

* These are just the BEST offers this week. Always check your local ad to verify prices as they change by region.

* Participate in Rite Aid’s Video Values to be able to print valuable coupons, like $4/$20 purchase!

Colgate Total Advanced and 2 in 1 Toothpaste $3.50
Use Colgate Toothpaste, any 4 oz. or larger .50/1 (11-19-11) SS-10/30
Get a $3.50 +Up Reward
Final Price: FREE plus overage after coupon and reward!

Keri Lotion $6.99
Use $2/1 printable coupon OR Keri Lotion, any $2/1 (12-31-11) SS-10/16
Get a $6 +Up Reward
Final Price: FREE plus overage after coupon and reward!

Stayfree Maxi Pads $3
Use Stayfree product, any $1/1 (12-31-11) SS-11/6
Get a $2 +Up Reward
Final Price: FREE after coupon and reward!

Boogie Wipes $3.99
Use $.50/1 printable coupon
Get a $2 SCR
Get a $1 +Up Reward
Final Price: $.49 after coupon, rebate, and reward!

Arm & Hammer or Arrid Deodorant $2.00
Get a $3 +Up Reward when you buy two
Final Price: $.50 each after reward!

Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser $9.99
Use Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System, any starter kit only $3/1 (12-6-11) SS-11/6
Get a $5 +Up Reward
Final Price: $1.99 after coupon and reward!

Little Passports – bringing the world to kids!

Educational, doesn’t require batteries, and the kids will get the mail for you.  What more could you ask?!  Need a gift for a child who has everything, or just a gift more unique and memorable than the latest “Toy of the Year?”  Little Passports is your child’s ticket to an exciting global adventure. Inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about a country’s geography, history, culture, and language in a fun and memorable way.

Your child will love receiving their own mail every month.
Read what other parents are saying about Little Passports!
(Click on Reviews)

Or see how kids and moms feels about Little Passports in this short video:

Every month, our characters Sofia and Sam travel to a different country and send your child an exciting package including:

A letter from Sam and Sofia describing their in-country adventures

  • Fun and unique souvenirs and gifts that bring each country to life
  • A secret code to access our online Boarding Zone full of games & activities

How it works:

First Month’s Explorer Kit

In the first month, the adventure starts with an Explorer Kit that includes:

  • Fun travel suitcase with an introductory letter from Sofia and Sam
  • World wall map
  • Travel passport
  • Fun stickers
  • Activity sheet
  • Access to online games and activities with our boarding pass

The Adventure Continues:

In each following month, your child will receive a package from Sam and Sofia as they travel to a new country. Each adventure package includes a letter addressed to your child from Sam and Sofia, fun souvenirs, an activity sheet, a photo from the country, a passport stamp, a map marker, a suitcase sticker, and a collectible boarding pass to access more online games and activities.

Little Passports souvenirs are fun, memorable and educational. Examples items include: traditional country toys, arts and crafts projects, puzzles, pencils/erasers, photos, stickers, and postcards.
The recommended age range for Little Passports is 5 to 10 years old.

Sample the Monthly Adventures
Experience the exciting and interactive journey your child will go on:

Little Passports Monthly Letter Japan Adventure Letter Sample
Little Passports Brazil Boarding Zone Brazil Boarding Zone Games/Activities Sample
Little Passports World Adventure Sheet Worldwide Adventure Activity Sheet

Prices range from $11-$14/month. Use code FF10 for an additional 10% off! Get more info and sign up at LittlePassports.com

Target Halloween 90% Off

Here is what I found today hunting for Halloween goodies at 90% off.

 

  • 2 Rocket Ship Costumes $3 each!
  • Orange Streamers $0.15
  • Black Napkins $0.15
  • Lego packs $0.39
  • Halloween pencils 30 ct
  • 2 Turkey Nut Crackers $1.29
  • Marshmallow treats $0.29

Remember clearance varies by store!

Pyrex 14-Piece Storage Plus Set now $15.00

Pyrex 14-Piece Storage Plus Set, Blue

Was $22.97

Now $15.00

+ Free Ship to Store or .97 for Ship to Home

Pyrex 14-Piece Storage Plus Set

Now $20.00

+ Free Ship to Store or .97 for Ship to Home

Xbox 360 Games 3 for $30 @ Walmart.com


Buy 2 Get 1 Free Xbox 360 Value Bundle
Most games qualify for 2 for $30 promotion, making it 3 titles for $30.
+ Eligible for Free In-Store Pick-Up

*currently 61 games to choose from

Walmart.com LINK

$9.99 Leapfrog Book & Game Sale – Leapster, Tag, Didj, Clickstart

Now $9.99

*other titles available*

Free Shipping on $60. No code required.

Leapfrog.com LINK

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