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Six months into this new career venture I walked into work one day expecting it to be just like any other day but boy was I wrong! By 9:30 that morning I, along with my co-workers, learned that as of the following Monday (this was a Thursday) we would no longer have a job. The company that I was working for provided outsourced labor contracts for various businesses and government offices. The client that we were working with suddenly decided to make some changes and would no longer need to outsource work to our company.
There I was, unemployed, not by choice, for the first time since I was 17 years old. Because my husband was in school full time he wasn’t working. At that moment I truly did not know what we were going to do to survive. Thankfully I was able to draw unemployment benefits and my husband was able to pick up some part time work to give our household a little extra money to survive on.
It was at that point that I knew we had to make some changes and make them fast! No longer could we continue to live the lifestyle that we were accustomed to. I began going online to find information and tips for frugal living and ways to save money. I was already using coupons so we had a small stockpile of items such as toilet paper and hygiene products but there were many other products that we would need and I wanted to find a way to afford those essentials without blowing our new budget.
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Save Money with Homemade Laundry Detergent
One of the first changes I made was to begin using homemade laundry detergent. I had seen many recipes floating around online (this was before Pinterest became so popular) for both powdered and liquid homemade laundry detergent. I prefer liquid detergent over the powdered so I found a recipe online that seemed pretty easy and didn’t require a lot of ingredients. The more ingredients required, the more money I had to spend, and since I was looking for the cheapest way to do laundry, I loved the fact that this recipe only had a few ingredients!
This recipe used the following ingredients:
Fels-Naptha bar of soap
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (can’t be baking soda or the detergent, it must be the sodium carbonate)
20 Mule Team Borax
You can find the full recipe for Homemade Laundry detergent here. This was one of the very first posts on our blog back in 2013.
After making my first batch of laundry detergent I was hooked. This one decision saves me over $100 a year on laundry because I am able to purchase the ingredients and make a BIG batch of laundry detergent rather than going to the store every few weeks to buy a bottle of the store bought detergent. With a price per load of only $0.02 cents I couldn’t pass up the chance to save money. You can find the price breakdown here.
In addition to making my own homemade laundry detergent I took many other steps to live this new frugal lifestyle and save money.
What steps does your family take to save money or live frugally?
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