Saturday, January 12, 2013

Housekeeping No-No's and Saving Money!

Housekeeping rules! Every homemaker has them. I was trained as a young girl that there were certain duties you do every day. Make your bed, wash the dishes after every meal, sweep the kitchen floor. a few pennies. Those pennies do add up after a while.

For instance..... it's been my daily routine to wash my dishes after each meal. I really don't like having dishes piled up on my sink. I especially do not like to leave my house without the dishes being washed. Nope, don't like it at all!  But, I started noticing that I'm running a lot of hot water for the small amount of dishes that my husband and I use at breakfast time.

So, sometimes (shhh.. don't tell my mother) I will LEAVE my breakfast dishes on the counter and wait to wash them with the lunch dishes. I know.. it's disgraceful! Truthfully... it really bugs me! And sometimes it bugs me so much that I just do them .. regardless whether I save money or not. :-) But, other mornings I opt to break the unspoken rule and leave them till lunch when I can run just one dishpan full of hot water and wash two meals at one time.

My method of doing laundry is another task I am reevaluating. There are many products on the market to make your whites their whitest and your clothes the softest. But, each of these products can make a dent in your otherwise shrinking grocery budget. The price of groceries continue to rise and the less I have to spend on non food items the better.

So, in order to save money I often break a few taboos. Today I had a few dirty rags and I did the unforgiveable and threw them in with my towels to make a full load. I know.. shameful! If the truth be told I cringed when I did it! :-) But, stretching our income is a higher priority right now than having the whitest whites on the block or the perkiest towels.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

How about you?