Hydrogen Peroxide To The Rescue

Posted on March 31st, 2015 by Discount Debbie


A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few practical household uses of hydrogen peroxide. Among those uses was removing stains from light colored carpets. Well, I wondered whether the peroxide would have the same effect on our light colored furniture.

It has been a struggle to try to keep the furniture clean. I do my best to make sure that we keep food and drinks off the couches… not always very successfully. Sometimes I come home after making a quick run to work out to pick up groceries only to find all sorts of crumbs and stains on the couches. It’s like they wait for me to walk out the door to eat and drink on the “forbidden territory.” 😉 Okay, okay. So, it’s not that bad. But, you moms know that it feels that way, doesn’t it? So, I wash the cushion covers regularly.

The pattern I’ve described creates two tone couches. The cushions look white/off white and the arm rests and the rest of the frame, which cannot be washed, are yellow-ish. I haven’t wanted to cover the whole thing with a slipcover. So….

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I decided to put some hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and sprayed the peroxide onto a very dingy armrest. He thought it would be more effective to pour the peroxide onto the material. So, we did half and half. (Welcome to marriage compromises…) I was going to leave it on there until it dried. However, my chemistry-teacher-husband suggested that I put baking soda on top of it to ensure that the peroxide was absorbed back up through the dirty material and not just down into whatever that is under the dingy upholstery.

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I left it on overnight and vacuumed and brushed off the baking soda in the morning. Here is what it looked like when I removed all the baking soda. The only marking on the arm rest was where I “compromised” and let my husband pour (instead of spray) the peroxide. We can fix that easily now that I know how this works!

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I think we have an all natural, non-toxic, easy, thrifty answer to alleviating the two tone couch!

How do you get rid of stains on your upholstery?

Make Your Own Facial Scrub

Posted on December 31st, 2014 by Discount Debbie

scrub 2 with text

I have a relative who sells skin care products, very expensive products. She sent me a little sample “facial treatment” for me to try recently. It was a two part “treatment” of facial scrub and moisturizer and it felt great. But what was amazing was the simple scrub. It reminded me that I don’t have to spend a lot of money (especially if it’s money I just don’t have) to exfoliate my skin, look good, and feel good.

So, I did a little test and made my own scrub… just to see if it would feel as good.

I mixed 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. (It’s hard to see it all in the picture since the sugar, the oil and the bowl are all white. Sorry about that!) Trust me, it’s in there. 😉

scrub 1

I like coconut oil, but the same recipe can be made with any of your preferred oils (olive, grape seed, avocado). Since I had some vitamin E oil on hand and I know that it is so good for healing and replenishing skin, I added a few drops of it into the mix.

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Once it was all mixed, I tried it out!

I put the scrub all over my face and massaged it for about 30 seconds. (I followed the instructions from the package on the fancy skin care products.) Then, I rinsed it off and, what do you know, my face felt as rejuvenated and smooth as it did when I used the expensive products! Only my stuff took minutes (and pennies) to make!

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If your skin is sensitive, you may want to substitute baking soda for the sugar and create a paste using oil or water. But, if you use water, make sure to moisturize afterwards.

Who says you have to spend a lot of money to take care of your skin? Here’s to being thrifty and healthy in the new year!

Sprouts Natural And Organic Deals

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy


More great deals at Sprouts at Sprouts this week. Check out the natural and organic deals at Sprouts starting today.

Honest Tea 16oz. 30% Off

Santa Cruz Organic Lemonade 50% Off
$1/1 Santa Cruz Organic printable

Tradewinds Tea 1gal. 50% Off
$1/1 Tradewinds Slow-Brewed Iced Tea, exp. 6/22/14 (RP 05/11/14)


Earthbound Farm Organic Salad Blends 5-7oz. – $2.50

Hass Avocados – $0.77

Organic Bunched Broccoli, per lb. – $1.50

Organic California Blueberries 6oz. – $2.98

Organic California Blueberries 6oz. – $2.98

Organic Cantaloupe, per lb. – $0.77
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Sprouts Natural And Organic Deals This Week

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy



This week, in addition to its usual weekly sales, Sprouts is having a 72-hour sale Friday through Sunday. In light of the rising cost of meat, don’t miss their sale on organic grass fed ground beef! There are many more great deals. Check out this week’s deals below.
72 Hour Sale May 9-11 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Asparagus, per lb. – $2.00

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, per lb. – $1.49

Jumbo Cantaloupes – $1.00

Spectrum Chia Seed 12oz. – $5.99

Sprouts 8″ Cheese, Pepperoni or Veggie 10-12oz. – $2.50

Sprouts Coconut Water 17.5oz. – $0.99

Sprouts Omega-3 Eggs, Large Dozen – $2.50

Wild-Caught Mahi Mahi Fillets, per lb. – $3.99

Weekly Sales

Baby Peeled Carrots 1lb. or Hot House Cucumbers – $0.98

Hass Avocados – $0.68
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How To Treat Acid Reflux Naturally

Posted on August 16th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

The only times I had any real issue with acid reflux was during both of my pregnancies. It was so annoying that I remember being in the hospital after having each baby and realizing that I could eat and not get reflux! Nothing compared to the joy of the new baby. However, the absence of the reflux was delightful! 😉

Well, I recently seem to have developed a case of reflux again. No pregnancy. Just reflux. 🙁 I think it may be related to the fact that some of my very favorite foods/drinks, I’m learning, trigger reflux. Coffee, chocolate and tomatoes. Did I mention that Mexican food (with red sauce) and Italian food (like spaghetti sauce) are my absolute favorites?

So, I’m beginning to figure out what specifically triggers the condition for me. But, in the meanwhile, I’ve begun attempting to lessen the uncomfortable symptoms naturally.

So, I thought I’d share some of these methods with you, just in case you know someone who may sometimes have to deal with acid reflux.

  • Apple cider vinegar. Add 2 teaspoons or almost 10 ml to a glass of water and drink three times per day.
  • Glutamine. Add 1 tsp or almost 5 ml of this powdered amino acid with 4 ounces of water and take with each meal.
  • Licorice root extract. Take 600 mg or 0.6 g of this herbal extract twice per day with meals.
  • Aloe vera liquid. Take up to 4 ounces per day, preferably before eating.
  • Carrot or cabbage juice. Drink one cup per day.


  • Sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda!). Add 1 tsp or almost 5 ml of baking soda in a glass of water to alleviate acid reflux symptoms. I’m sipping on my glass of baking soda water even as I write this.


What do you do to alleviate acid reflux symptoms?

Thrifty Tip: Homemade Bug Repellent

Posted on June 14th, 2013 by Discount Debbie


It’s that time of year. Bug season. Oh, I mean, summer 😉 I hate bugs, especially mosquitoes, which ought to be the state bird in my neck of the woods. While I hate those little critters, I get nervous about using dangerous chemicals around the house, especially around the children. So, this summer, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m making homemade bug repellent. I’ll tell you that I haven’t tested it yet. But, I’m getting recipes from people who have. And, I thought I’d share them with you in case you have the same concerns about bugs and commercial bug repellent.

Recipe #1. This is supposed to be a fantastic bug repellent. However, pregnant and nursing moms won’t be able to use this one because of the catnip oil. But, if you are not pregnant and not nursing, here’s the recipe you want.

    • 8 oz apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or vodka* OR a dry oil such as jojoba
    • 15 drops lemongrass essential oil (which can also be used to open up sinus and breathing passages, soothe torn or strained ligaments/tendons, heal ringworm, add shine and lustre to damaged hair, and as calming massage oil)
    • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
    • 15 drops lemon essential oil
    • 15 drops citronella essential oil
    • 15 drops catnip essential oils (studies have shown catnip to be 10x more effective than DEET)

Recipe #2. Safe for pregnant (after first trimester) and nursing moms.

      • 8 oz apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or vodka* OR a dry oil such as jojoba
      • 60 drops geranium or lemon essential oil

Notes: This formula contains oils which are generally considered safe for children and pregnant/breastfeeding women. However, depending on the age of your child they may need to be diluted.

Recipe #3

      • 8 oz apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or vodka* OR a dry oil such as jojoba
      • 45 drops of peppermint oil – It’s supposed to be very effective and smell fabulous (note: avoid if you have epilepsy or are pregnant)
      • 15 drops lemon oil (or rose geranium oil to repel ticks)


Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and apply liberally. Store in the fridge when not in use.


How do you keep the bugs away during the summer?

Thrifty Tip: Make Your Children’s Birthday Cake

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by Discount Debbie



My baby girl turned 4 years old last week! Four! Boy, time really does fly. If you have a child at about the same age (or remember what your children were like at that age), then you know that their imaginations are blossoming at this time. So, every couple of weeks, my daughter would choose a character (based on a book we’ve read or a show or movie we’ve seen) and declare that she IS that character. The list is extensive: Angelina Ballerina, Lightning McQueen, Rory the Racing Car, Cinderella, Snow White…you get the picture. I say that to say that I thought we had already decided months ago that I would make her an Angelina Ballerina birthday cake. I was wrong.

When the time came to actually make her cake, she was no longer in her Angelina phase. She was now Cinderella. I got a little nervous about that because it seemed much more complicated to make a princess cake than it did to make an Angelina cake. On top of that, when we looked at examples online, she like the doll cakes, and not any of the flat cakes. The best compromise I could get was that our princess cake could be pink, rather than Cinderella blue.

The reason I needed it to be pink and not blue is because I don’t use artificial food coloring. And, I couldn’t think of the right food or combinations to make blue. But, I knew we had strawberries and they would easily make pink frosting.

So, I did it.

First I bought a Wilton cake pan to make the dress/skirt part of the cake. I had a Hobby Lobby coupon. So, I paid about $13 for it.

Then, I baked the cake. I actually didn’t fill the cake pan all the way because I wanted to layer it. So, I baked some of the cake in the Wilton bowl/pan and then two other small layers. Incidentally, I made a chocolate paleo cake, made with coconut flour, cocoa, coconut oil, eggs (lots) and honey. Delicious and healthy!

Next, I made the pink frosting. I cooked a few frozen strawberries in a little bit of water and thought that using the liquid could be enough. Instead I ended up pureeing the strawberries and mixing them into the butter and powdered sugar mix I had prepared as frosting.

Putting it all together was the most fun. It may not look as fancy as the one on the box. But, everybody thought it was beautiful and yummy!

What kind of cakes have you made for your children’s birthdays?

Apple Cider Vinegar For Cold and Flu Season

Posted on October 31st, 2012 by Discount Debbie



I have often felt like a talking (or writing) commercial for garlic and apple cider vinegar because of their powerful healing properties for so many things. I take them both as soon as I feel like I may be fighting something or if someone else in the family is sick. And, it’s always amazing how they work. Well, I’ve kicked into commercial mode again because of another experience I just had: a sinus infection. How many of you have had one of those miserable things? It was my first. It came on fast, as I was getting over a cough and was horrible. As a matter of fact, it was so unusual for me that I went online to try to figure out what it was I had. Yes, I self-diagnose…and usually I can get it right because of all the resources online. Not always, but most of the time 😉 In any case, if you’ve had one of these wretched things, you know that something had to be done.

I hate taking antibiotics because I work too hard to get good bacteria in my body. So, the thought of taking antibiotics, while tempting to make the pain and misery go away, ended up feeling like it would be an overall loss for my immunity. As I researched, I discovered that my dear old friend, apple cider vinegar, was one of the natural remedies recommended!

I took 2-4 tablespoons of it throughout the day, every couple of hours, and it was GONE in a day and a half! Gone!

People ask how to take it because it is very strong. I take it like medicine by either pouring it in a spoon to drink a few tablespoons at a time or just pouring a little bit in a glass and taking a big swig. I know that others like to mix it in a glass of water or add honey. I don’t think it matters; take it as you prefer, but take it. You will be so glad you did.

One warning: you may turn into a walking commercial for apple cider vinegar, just like I have! 😉

Has apple cider vinegar worked for you?

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