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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Food Storage Basics

How much and what types of food am I supposed to store for my family?
To calculate how much your family needs, go to the following websites:
-this is very basic
-keep in mind that if your family doesn’t like something (i.e. lima beans – who does?!?! J); then you can substitute with other food that fits into that category. Just make sure your total amount is correct, even if your break down of each type of food differs from the food calculator suggested items.
-this is from a great website that has a lot to offer, take some time to check it out
-this one is in a excel spreadsheet and gives you a spot to do a cost break down
-very detailed and might not be for you if you don’t like a lot of info thrown to you at once!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Homemade Laundry Detergent and Household Cleaning Products

A good friend helped me get going with these! If you're looking to "go green" and you love saving money, check this out!

-I keep a long wooden spoon and measuring cups in my laundry room so I can easily stir and measure the detergent
-I use spray n wash to target stains before washing them

Cleaning Products:

There are more I am in the process of trying, but here are three that I currently use and really like:

Here are a few things to keep in mind:
-you can buy 32 oz spray bottles for around $2.97 at grocery stores, home improvement stores...
-use up the store bought cleaners you have on hand so that you're not wasteful...
-though these cleaners are not made with harsh chemicals, we still need to keep them away from children; label spray bottles so the kids will know to not drink or spray on themselves or others...