Seems like it's been a while since I did one of these, what with my bloggy break and all.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I made those cleaning wipes--and WOW! Easy (though sawing through the paper towels is no fun without an electric knife), inexpensive, and they work great. Plus, I LOVE the smell of PineSol. Weird, but true.
(I love bleach and Lemon Pledge too. It just smells CLEAN!)
I only had one container the right size around, so the ones I made are in the girls' bathroom--and they are using them. I'm headed to Wal-Mart on my way home from school later this morning to get two more--one for my bathroom, and one for the downstairs bathroom.
Oh, and I didn't drill a hole in the top of the lid. I figure that we can just take the lid off and on. That will keep them from getting dried out.
This is the post with all the recipe links.
Okay, so groceries.
I've continued to keep track of the money we spend on groceries so I can get an accurate idea of how to budget. A couple of you have asked for menu plans. Here's the thing, I cook something different every week and it's just what sounds good, what uses what I have on hand. If you want some great ideas, visit my friend Meredith here.
Though I really want to be one of those coupon-y moms who saves more than she spends, it just doesn't work for me. I just don't buy lots of stuff that there are coupons for.
I don't buy much prepared or packaged food, but I buy lots of produce and always the store or generic brand of whatever else I need. Mostly, I cook from scratch which seems to be the best way to save money on groceries. Too often it seems like the coupon brands are still more than the store brand--even with the coupon discount.
That said, I do pay attention to what's on sale and even try to look at the grocery fliers in the mailbox when I remember. I always price compare. But I guess it comes down to the fact that I don't want to spend the time going from store to store and finding coupons for stuff I actually need.
Are you a coupon mom? Does it work for you? Any hints for anyone wanting to be one? Leave a link or a tip in the comments.
Been thinking some about time too. My basement (unfinished) is a pit--I'd planned to clean and organize before I started seminary, but then I hurt my back and couldn't move, let alone move furniture and bend over to pick up stuff.
I don't seem to have a whole day I can devote to organizing and cleaning down there, and I'm thinking it might be time to do a "ten-second tidy" like Lunette the clown from that PBS show "The Big Comfy Couch."
Well, maybe not 10-seconds, but perhaps 30-minutes. Setting the timer for a short period of time is a good way to get stuff done. Maybe tackling it in 15- or 30-minute chunks of time is the way to go.
Okay, this is way too long. And I've been pushing it to the limit to get ready for school this week. I hate feeling rushed and being late, so I need to go ahead and get in the shower and get going. Plus, my girlies are up and they need some hugs!