I’ve given up excess spending during this Lent season. I was inspired (aka: convicted, guilty) while reading my favorite book ever: “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” (I know – I will stop talking about this book!) to reevaluate how I spend my time, money and resources.
I took a good, hard look at where my money is being spent. And, I was shocked.
I wasn’t exactly going out and spending thousands of dollars at the mall on clothes or any extravagant purchase for that matter. I was spending $10 here for lunch and $5 there for coffee. I am terrible about packing my own lunch when I go to the office. I always, always go out to eat. That adds up faster than I realized.
It wasn’t just lunches out, it was a few dollars here and a few dollars there. I tend to pay extra for expeditied shipping because I tend to (aka-always) forget to purchase a gift until the last minute. I never comparison shop. I never use coupons.
If I “needed” something, I bought it.
The thing is, I realized half of the things I thought I needed; I didn’t.
So, I decided it was time to scale back. I have been cooking (gasp!) at home, packing my lunch (when I remember and/or have the time in the chaos that is our morning…this one is still really tough), and really trying to buy only the things that we really need.
We planted our garden this past weekend. We have friends over for dinner instead of going out. We make coffee at home and bring it to work in a travel mug. We eat leftovers instead of letting them sit in the back of the fridge and get moldy and gross. We recycle and reuse containers.
Simple, little steps toward a less wasteful life.
I even decided to try making my own cleaning products instead of stocking back up at the store. I always purchase green cleaners anyway, so the idea seemed sort of brilliant. Non-toxic cleaners made with items I already own. Genious!
Of course, I made a social event out of it by having my sister-in-law join me for the fun. I’m not going out, remember? This was a fun night. We had wine so that makes it a legit “social event.”
|We had all of our ingredients already in our homes.|
|Hard at work!|
|We reused old bottles and did not go fancy and make our own labels.
I’m into simplicity, remember?
OR, I’m just too lazy and don’t really care if the bottles containing my cleaning products look cute.
Homemade Cleaner Recipes:
* These are all from Thrifty NW Mom’s blog!
All purpose spay cleaner:
(counter tops, microwave, stove top, porcelain or ceramic surfaces)
- 1 gallon hot water (I boil mine-it helps the baking soda dissolve)
- 1 Tablespoon Baking soda
- 2 teaspoons liquid soap
Tub and toilet cleaner:
- 1/8 cup liquid soap
- ¼ cup borax
Brush and scrub on, wait 15 minutes and rinse.
Abrasive cleaner- (perfect for a kitchen sink)
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons liquid soap
Scrub on and let sit 5-10 minutes, rinse clean.
Hardwood, tile and linoleum floor cleaner:
- 1 gallon water
- ¼ cup liquid soap
- 1/8 cup white distilled vinegar
Wood furniture cleaner:
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
If you want a scented cleaner you can also add a few drops of natural essential oils to your cleaners. Thrifty NW Mom suggests using the peppermint-scented Dr. Bonners liquid soap, and you won’t need to add additional oils.
Super easy, huh?! And, they work great. I’ve already recruited a few other friends for our next cleaning party when we need to refill our supply!
Yes, I’ve decided that friends getting together to make cleaning products is a party. Nice.