As promised in my last post, I want to share with you the ways we save on our miscellaneous (“Walmart”) budget. It’s not anything ground-breaking, but it really makes a difference for us.
This budget fluctuates a little, but we do our best to spend less than $100 per Walmart trip. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s pretty gratifying when it does. One thing I like to do when we leave is take a look at the receipt and figure out what is sucking the most of our money. A lot of times, the highest-priced items are one-time purchases or irregular items. What I’m looking for are the items that we have to buy regularly that really drain our budget. When I find something we can either do without or substitute for something cheaper, we make the switch for at least a couple of months.
One thing I’ve found to be crazy-expensive is laundry detergent, but until recently, it was something I thought of as a necessity that we couldn’t substitute or go without. That is, until I joined Pinterest. If you’re on Pinterest, you’ve probably come across at least a dozen different detergent recipes, but from what I can tell, they’re mostly the same. I had been considering trying homemade detergent for a while now, but finally got the motivation to make it happen this month.
The recipe I used comes from howdoesshe.com, and you can find it here. The really cool thing about this stuff is that I spent around $35 on all of the ingredients, but I’m going to have enough to last me a year (of maybe six months, considering how fast Mr. O goes through clothes!).
It might not seem like a lot, but when I was spending around $8.00 every time I bought detergent (at least once a month), it really does add up. The best thing about this might not even be the money I’m saving, but it could be the hassle of buying detergent! I don’t know how it goes at your house, but it seems like I always realize I should buy more detergent when I’m down to about a quarter of a bottle, but I keep putting it off until we run out completely and we’re walking around piles of laundry (lovingly dubbed “Laundry Mountain”).
I should disclose that I haven’t tried this detergent yet, but it smells amazing! All of the comments I’ve read so far have been really positive, so I can’t wait to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have you ever made your own detergent? What did you think?