Preparing For Chinese New Year

Posted on January 21st, 2014 by Discount Debbie

I love to prepare for Chinese New Year. It is a holiday not just full of fun and festivity, but also full of good habits and practical life application.

Cleaning

Starting the new lunar year means to sweep out all the old dust and to get the house as clean as possible for a new start. I call it my winter cleaning. It makes spring cleaning much easier. Things are more organized so I don’t find myself overbuying things I want, need, or already have. There is less clutter and it helps remind me to maintain my home. For example I change smoke alarm batteries and air filters in the air conditioning.

Pay Back

The Chinese New Year is also a time to pull myself out of debt. Whether it is five dollars I owe a friend or an outstanding gas bill payment, my goal is to have it paid off by the lunar new year. With that goal in mind I can plan to set that money aside (even if it hurts a little). It also helps me to avoid new debts that may be tempting me.

In With The New

My own personal addition to these festivities are taking inventory of what I want new this year. After we have counted Christmas gifts, taken inventory of what we already have, and thrown out the things we don’t want, the list of what we do want new is much shorter. Next we own why we want an item and if we will actually make use of it. We also make sure we finish projects to make room for other projects.

What are your plans to prepare for Chinese New Year?


Homemade Garbage Disposal Cleaner

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

Those little gel and powder packs that are sold in stores to clean garbage disposals are pretty awesome. They do a great job, but like always if there is an alternative that can save me money, I am all about that! And these little homemade jewels are super easy and cost very little to make.

In addition to this, it’s also easy to drop orange and lemon peels into the disposal and turn on. But this recipe is so simple and so nice to have around for more in depth cleaning.

Vinegar/Lemon/Ice Cubes
This one not only cleans but sharpens the blades which helps food to be broken down to go easier!

What You Need
Lemon
Water
Vinegar
Ice Tray
What To Do
1. Fill the tray up 3/4th of the way with water, 1/4 with vinegar.
2. Cut up your lemons into enough pieces for each ice cube. Drop into water/vinegar mixture.
3. Freeze.
4. Drop into your  garbage disposal and turn on.

 


Free P&G Coupon Booklet + Free Download 30-Day Spring Cleaning Organizer

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Coupon Cathy

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Thrifty Carpet Cleaning

Posted on January 28th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

I have to admit that my husband figured this one out and he’s totally NOT a domestic individual. I was shocked and impressed with what he figured out. Of course, he found it on Google, but he wasn’t readily admitting it so I’ll let him think he came up with it. It really is genius though.

We have two kids under 4 so our poor cream colored carpets get pretty dirty. And honestly it doesn’t matter how clean my house is, if the carpets are dirty, it’s just gross. So when my husband found this trick out and it worked, I was ecstatic! And you only need 2 ingredients and 2 rags and an iron.

The only thing that I am certain you should do is test this in an inconspicuous area to make sure your carpet doesn’t lose color. This may not work on more colorful carpets, so check first before you ruin your floor.

Check out my before and after! Now that it’s dry, you can’t see a thing!

What You Need
Hydrogen Peroxide
Water
Iron
2 Cleaning Rags

What To Do 
1. Put hydrogen peroxide on your spot. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
2. Pour water liberally on the same spot.
3. Place one rag over spot and space hot iron on it until it steams.
4. With other rag, rub briskly and dry spot.
5. Repeat on all spots.

Seriously this works! And way better than any cleaner I’ve EVR bought!  

 


Printable Coupons for Glade, Scrubbing Bubbles, and Windex.

Posted on January 7th, 2013 by Coupon Cathy

… until your house elves come back to work, here are printable coupons for Glade, Scrubbing Bubbles, and Windex.

$2.00 off any Glade Sense & Spray starter kit
$1.00 off TWO Glade Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator
$1.00 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil warmer
$2.00 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil refill
$1.00 off 2 Scrubbing Bubbles toilet products
$1.00 off any TWO Windex products
$1.00 off 2 Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom products
$1.00 off Scrubbing Bubbles kitchen Cleaner
$1.00 off Scrubbing Bubbles All Purpose Cleaner
$1.50 off any TWO Glade 4-oz. Jar Candles
$1.00 off Glade Decor Scents holder or 2 refills
$1.00 off any TWO Glade Sense & Spray refills
$1.00 off any TWO Glade Automatic Spray refill


Uses for Toothbrushes

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Am I the only one with an abundance of toothbrushes? Besides getting new ones every time we go to the dentist, but my mom thinks her grown children need 6 of them a year in their stockings. Regardless of the reason, we have a lot of toothbrushes. They are often free with coupons too, so you may have some extras just sitting around waiting for a purpose other than keeping your family cavity free. Here are some ways I use my extra ones.

1. Cleaning jewelry. I am convinced there is no better way to clean jewelry. Especially when you have jewelry with a lot of facets that are hard to clean. I even use toothpaste and my jewels sparkle like new!

2. Touching up your roots. Have you noticed that a lot hair dyes come with little brushes in them for helping touch up your roots? Now you don’t have to buy those fancy kits with the brush in them. Just use your extra brushes you have.

3. Use it to clean your nails. They sell those special brushes to clean under your nails, but why spend the extra money if you don’t have to.

4. Removing stains. A lot of expensive pre-treaters have brushes attached to them. But if your’s doesn’t, just use an extra toothbrush to help get that stain remover deep into those fibers.

5. Eyebrows. Yep, you can even shape your eyebrows with it.

6. Clean your tile grout. Use some baking soda and make a paste with water and scrub that grout!

What are you doing with your extra toothbrushes?


Clean Up with Printable Coupons!

Posted on September 24th, 2012 by Coupon Cathy

Lots of new printable coupons available to print NOW!

$1.00 off any 2 Windex Glass cleaning products

Save $1.00 On ANY Duck® Brand Packaging Tape

$0.50 off three Campbell's Chunky™ soup or chili
$1.00 off Centrum Silver Multivitamin
$1.00 off Centrum Flavor Burst™ Multivitamin
$0.50 off any Pledge Multi Surface product
$1.50 off any 2 Pledge Furniture Care products
$0.75 off 2 Windex Multi-Surface products
$2.00 off 2 Scrubbing Bubbles One Step refills
$3.00 off Scrubbing Bubbles One Step kit
$0.75 off Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel
$0.75 off Scrubbing Bubbles Shower kit refills
$0.50 off Scrubbing Bubbles fantastik Cleaner
$1.00 off Pledge or Armstrong Floor Cleaner
$0.75 off any 2 Shout Color Catcher
$0.55 off Scrubbing Bubbles Vanish Drop-Ins
$0.50 off any Scrubbing Bubbles Foaming Bleach
$1.00 off 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaners
$0.75 off Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush
$0.75 off 2 Shout Laundry products
$6.00 off two Schick Disposable Razors


Free Sample of Finish Quantum Dish Detergent Tabs

Posted on September 4th, 2012 by Freebie Felicia

Do you have a dishwasher? (I can’t live without mine!) Sign up HERE to get a Free Sample of Finish Quantum Dish Detergent Tabs.


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