Thursday, August 11, 2011
Cleaning For Fun and...oh who am I kidding...Cleaning to keep on top
Cleaning is not in the top 100 of my favorite things to do. Yes, I totally understand the importance of having a clean home, but it just doesn't jazz me. Lately I have come to realize how important it is to keep up on my least favorite chores because of their impact on our family's bottom line. These are tips that I have kind of gleaned. Some I follow very well, and others I intend to from now on (thanks to a very unfortunate cantaloupe event in my fridge).
1- Keeping your refrigerator clean helps stave off waste.
It is really essential to clean your refrigerator once a week. This way you can keep a handle on what you have on hand in the fridge and keep food from spoiling. Don't clean, and it will clutter up like a dangerous closet, and most likely, leftovers will just slowly and silently make their way to the back of the fridge until the smell brings them to the forefront of your mind. Clean your fridge and make note of how many times you are dropping the leftovers way back. It may be time to start freezing some of those meals instead of letting them pile up.
2- Clean pantry
You probably will not have the left over issue with the pantry, but you can end up buying things you do not need if you do not keep your pantry under control. One thing I like to do is monthly clean out my pantry and make a list of what I have. This allows me to keep a good stock of those things I like to have on hand, and keeps me from running to the store to buy something I already have.
3- Clean your closets
A monthly or at least seasonal clean is a great idea. Put your clothes into perspective. Is there anything that you need to repair? If so take it out and get it done. Another great thing to do is turn your hangers around. When you wear an outfit, turn the hanger back. This will help you see what you aren't wearing and what you could bless someone else with.
Check out the site gofobo.com to get free passes to movie screenings. You have to register with the site, but you can search for screenings near you. If it is an open screening, you sign up and get your ticket. Always arrive early and make sure to not bring in electronic devices.
LINK: Movie Screenings via FOBO
This is something that actually happens to me. I am making a cake or cookies, and I cannot locate my measuring spoons. Now the problem is totally solved. Imaginary drum roll.............a 2 Liter soda cap holds 1/2 a tablespoon or 1 1/2 teaspoons. Pretty cool...no? Okay...maybe just cool to me. Either way, keeping a cap on hand is a great way to reuse.
Have dogs? While supplies last, sign up for a free sample of Rachel Ray's Nutrish Just 6 dog food.
LINK: Nutrish Just 6 Dog Food
These codes are good for free $1.00 BlockBuster Express Kiosk rentals. They are supposed to expire on August 15th. Write them all down and see what works for you. :)
Those who run or do some serious exercising may like to sign up for a free sample of Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel. I didn't even know this was an issue until I spoke with a friend who does lots of runs.
LINK: Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel
If you haven't received your sample yet, they are still offering free samples of Miracle Whip. Sign up while supplies last.
LINK: Miracle Whip Samples
Set up your free Atkins account and get a weight loss kit and three Atkins bars. They are sooooo delicious! This is a summer offer so don't wait it out.
LINK: Atkins Kit
Sign up for a free sample of John Frieda's Root Awakening while supplies last.
LINK: John Frieda Root Awakening
Sign up for the 2012 Women's Health Calendar. I got this last year, and it is really handy to have around. The calendar usually ships in December so be patient.
LINK: Women's Health Calendar 2012
Sign up for your free sample of Honey Nut Cheerios. This comes in pretty quickly.
LINK: Honey Nut Cheerios
Like the Activia Selects Facebook page and get a coupon link sent to your email for a free single serve of Activia Selects yogurt. One coupon per household. VOID IN LA, NJ, AND CA
LINK: Activia Selects
I mentioned this free activity last week. Sign up now for the Lowes Build And Grow Clinic, and your kids can build a fabulous school house photo holder on the 13th. You can also sign them up for the activity on August 27th. They can build a cute little locker that is complete with a wee little chalkboard. Don't miss out on these free and fun activities for kids.
LINK: Lowes Build and Grow Clinics for kids
FREECCM has free Christian music downloads from Caedmon's Call, VOTA, Addison Road, Chris Rice, Out of Hiding, Fee and Stephen Cole.
LINK: FreeCCM free Christian music downloads
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Don't forget to sign up for SavingStar for fabulous savings that come back to you! I talked about it a few months ago. The way it works is you log into SavingStar and register your shopping cards. After you register your cards, go through the coupons. When you buy those products, the coupons values go into the SavingStar account. You can cash in when your total reaches $5.00. The money can be deposited into your savings, used for an Amazon gift card, go into your PayPal. Check it out at the link below. Oh, I also recommend picking as many coupons as you want. You never know when you may purchase a product listed.
Cellfire has some more great coupons for you to load up on your loyalty card as well. It is definitely one of my faves. Again, I just pick what I like and let the savings surprise me. Cellfire also has great printable coupons