Friday, April 20, 2007

Frugally Speaking

This week has been an expensive one for our little family. $340 for two new front tires on my car yesterday is going to make for even leaner times ahead.

I have decided that I have to stop beating myself up over the little things. In life, we have to have faith that things will turn out right. My worrying won’t make the money magically appear. Meditation and prayer will calm the nerves and the rest will fall into place.

I’ve been looking around on the internet while at work (it has been a slow week) and found a few things I can do to save some money.

-- I would like to try my hand at homemade granola. I love granola on yogurt and I also like it as a cereal. The stuff isn’t very cheap and I never see coupons for it. Also, I don’t like dates or nuts in mine so if I make it, those can be eliminated.

-- I think I’m going to attempt to make homemade laundry detergent.

Any suggestions for these two items or other money saving ideas can be left in the comments!


Stephanie said...

Hope you like the detergent. I've done a bit of tweaking to the recipe since my original post to get a finer powder. I cut the soap into smaller pieces and let it sit out overnight before grating. After grating with the food processor, I put all the ingredients in for a bit. The detergent texture is much better, and dissolves better in the cold water loads now.

I'm planning to post these updates, but thought I'd let you know before you try to make yours!

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Homemade granola is totally easy! One tip to know, don't put the raisins etc in till after you bake it or they can get really hard.

This is a really basic recipe that you can adjust and add to. Enjoy!

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

PS-if you make it you can enter it in stephanie's make it from scratch for the week!