|Could this kid get any cuter??|
Holy moly, he's a doll!!
I FINALLY got around to making the Duggar's homemade liquid laundry soap today and it was so easy!! It has to sit, covered, overnight in a bucket so it can gel and will be ready to use in the morning.
I made the whole 5 gallons (and that's a concentrated 5 so actually 10 gallons) so I hope we like it!! I did the math and the supplies: super washing soda, borax, Fels-Naptha laundry bar soap and a 5 gallon bucket, only cost a little over $12. That right there is already cheaper than a large container of store bought detergent and you only use a portion of each ingredient to make more than those large store bought containers hold. I also got some lemon essential oil but didn't include it in the total since it's optional. I've heard mixed reviews and I'm eager to add my two cents...
Before dropping her off I swung by the afore mentioned Meijer with a few items on my list:
1) Some fruit because grocery day isn't until Saturday and somehow we were already running out.
2) A retractable clothesline for the diapers in the back yard. I've been using an accordion style drying rack but a lot of the upper diapers cast shadows on lower diapers defeating the stain fighting purpose of sunning them in the first place.
3) A few new toys for Ayden. All of his current toys are in use and I felt like he needed a few more so we could have enough rotate them out. This makes the old ones new again after he goes a few weeks without them.
4) A storage bin for Ayden's newborn/0-3 month clothes. I've been in the process of switching him over to 3-6 month clothes for a couple of weeks now. It's quite the task! I'm finally ready to put a few boxes in the attic. I can't wait until they're out of his room. At least we'll have a few weeks before we bring in boxes of 6-9 month clothes to clutter it up again.
There you have it. $50 spent just like that. It always seems like we "need" something else, doesn't it?? I'll just go with the argument that my laundry soap making and Meijer spending cancel each other out... I will eventually save $50 in detergent, won't I?
As for Ayden, one of the toys I purchased for him was the Bright Starts car seat toy. I had registered for it but no one ever got it for us and we chose to wait on it since he wouldn't be interested in it for a while.
What's your biggest impulse toy purchase you ever made for your child(ren)?
Do you do anything beyond the obvious (couponing, etc) to save money?