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Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged

             I am super excited to go to Arkansas Women Blogger Unplugged this year. I have been wanting to go for the last two years but alas I have not been able to go. So this year I am going. I really am. Now we just got a new car (new to us) and that means we are having to reduce on other areas in our spending. How do I talk hubby into letting me go? Totally easy!
     
       Since we are both trying to be healthy, there is a simple way to do both. I figure for every pound I am lose to loose(and keep off) five dollars are earned. This helps encourage two ways. First, I loose the weight I need to instead of keeping the weight. Second, I will be earning the money I need to get AWBU.

      Hubby just gave me a third reason to keep me going. He said if I make it to two hundred pounds, he will get me the dress I have been wanting. I will be sharing a picture of the dress in my next post.

Until next we meet,
A

 

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Homemade laundry detergent

                  We are all try to save a dollar here and there. I have found something to help with this is homemade laundry detergent. I have been using this for the last eight months and love it!!! It smells cleans my clothes so well and  there is also a huge plus of smelling soooo good!! Another huge plus is the cost of the detergent. I was spending roughly $10 a month on detergent. Which equals to about $120 a year. I know it doesn’t seem like a bunch of money a year however, with the new detergent I make only cost me $40 a year. That is an $80 savings!
             Ready to save yet? Excited?? Of course you are. You can find all this on your laundry aisle are your local store.
       

             1 box of borax
             1 box of baking soda ( I use the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda)
             2 Bars of soap (I use Fels-Naptha)
             1 5 gallon bucket
             1 large jar of Oxi-Clean
             1  Purex Crystals
   
     You don’t have to use the last two items.The crystals are a nice touch to add for the smelling good. If you don’t use the last two items you can save even more.
 
  Okay so now we have all the items time to mix it together. Ready? Good. Since most of them are already in a powder form you just need to dump them into the bucket. However, the bars of soap are going to need to be grated. You can do this by hand or you can do the same thing I do. It is just bars of soap right?! I just use my food processor. YES, my food processor. All you are grating is soap and guess what …it can be put in your dishwasher. So simple right? With everything in the bucket you are going to need to mix it. I have my wonderful hubby shake it up. (He is into saving too!!) You can also mix it by hand.
 All you need per load is 2 tablespoons. If you use the Purex crystals the cap has a 2 tablespoon line. You just need to put the detergent into the now empty bottle. I use a ladle to transfer.          

              Doesn’t that look fun? I love this stuff!! I would love to hear how yours turns out.

Until we next meet,

A.

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