Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 25, 2017

Things are starting to get hectic around these parts! We’re moving in less than a week and we still have to do most of the packing! I think we’ll have it done quickly enough though. Especially if some kind grandparents will take the girls for a bit! 😉

I’d love to hear what you have planned for the weekend. Anything exciting? 🙂

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

The threat of stains are everywhere. Every time we eat, go outdoors, do a DIY project, or even do office work we encounter things that can ruin our clothing in a flash. Because money can be tight and no one wants to have to toss away clothing, it’s important to know how to approach these stains and effectively treat them. Take a look below at 7 common stains and how to remove them so you’ll be ready to tackle stains in the future and make sure they don’t get the chance to set in! Here is what you need to know about treating common stains:

1. Grass.

Pretreat the stain using an oxygenated cleaner. (I love Baby OxiClean. It seems to work better than the regular OxiClean!) It will help cut through the grass stain immediately. You’ll then want to use a color safe bleach to wash the stain away, using the hottest water setting in the process. For grass stains, you may need to treat the stain twice to fully remove it.

2. Blood.

One of the best ways to treat blood stains is to pretreat it with cold water. Soak the garment in cold water to help release the stain. You can then treat with a color safe bleach to help remove what remains of the stain.

3. Grease.

A tried and true way to treat grease stains is the use a grease fighting soap such as Dawn as a pretreatment. Fill the sink with warm water and grease fighting dish soap and allow for the garment to soak. When you launder, use hot water and an oxygenating cleaner.

4. Chocolate.

Did you get melted chocolate on your clothing? No problem. For chocolate stains you will use a hot/cold method. First you can harden the chocolate with ice, then scrape off what you can. Soak the garment in cold water, but wash the item in hot water using an oxygenated cleanser.

5. Wine.

Immediately blot the stain with a soft cloth soaked in club soda. You want to then soak the garment in cold water. Pretreat the stain with an oxygenated cleaner and then use a color safe bleach when you launder the item. Bleach based stain sticks can help treat the item a second time if the stain persists.

6. Ink.

Have you ever heard that hair spray can help release ink from your clothing? It’s true! Take basic hair spray and spray it onto the ink stain. It will help release the ink. Blot the ink with a paper towel and launder as usual. If you don’t have hair spray, you can use rubbing alcohol.

7. Gum.

When gum becomes stuck to clothing it can become a gooey and sticky mess quickly. The best way to remove gum from clothing is to hold an ice cube to it. The ice will harden the gum, making it easier to pull away from the clothing. Hold an ice cube for a few minutes to the gum, peel it off, and wash as usual.

The next time you encounter a stain, you’ll be prepared! Keep these tips in mind for removing common stains so when a stain hits, you don’t need to worry about throwing that clothing item into the trash.

Do you have any stain fighting secrets to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 18, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are a couple of posts you may have missed from simply Frugal:

10 Tips for an Organized Kitchen

When it comes to rooms that can get overwhelming, you will find the kitchen is at the top of the list. With some simple organizing, your kitchen can run smoothly and clutter can be kept to a minimum. As a result, your clean up time will drop, making your life easier!

10 Tips for an Organized Kitchen

10 Tips for an Organized Kitchen

Clear the counters.

The counters can easily become a catch-all for everything. This is bad because when germs spread in the kitchen the counters get a large chunk of them. The less stuff on the counter the less you have to clean to get rid of the germs and keep your family healthy.  Often the counter makes the kitchen look worse than it is so removing everything but vital items will make a huge difference.

Cut down on small appliances.

How many do you really need? So often we buy things thinking they will make our lives easier only to discover we do not really need them. In fact, these items that we thought we HAD to have ended up wasting space and frustrating us when we try to find what we really need. Keep track of what you use and sell the rest.

Organize the drawers.

We all have that one drawer in the kitchen that seems to be nothing but a mess. The odds and ends that have no real home from buttons to batteries you never know what you will find. Simple organizers can fix the disorganized mess that makes finding anything nearly impossible.

Related: This looks like a great tool to wrangle all those odds and ends!

Clean up the Tupperware mess.

For many of us, food storage containers are the biggest mess we face in our kitchen. Clean them out tossing any without a matching lid or base. If it’s in your budget, a new set would be a great investment if yours are a bit rough. Sometimes it helps to start fresh.

Organize the freezer with boxes or baskets.

This will allow you to store more and find what you need when it is meal time. Put like items with like items.

Use baskets to organize your fridge.

Small baskets and even serving trays can make getting what you need out of the back of the fridge easy. As an added bonus, they’ll catch spills making cleanup a breeze! The same system will work wonders in your pantry as well.

Get creative with storing plastic wrap, foil, and other tubes.

Paper towel holders can be placed inside cabinets to hold these items out of the way but always ready to use. Another great option is to store all of these items with plastic storage bags in a single drawer. Pinterest has tons of great ideas for storing plastic wrap, foil and other tubes.

Use a Lazy Susan.

Use a Lazy Susan to store spices and condiments. Simply spin it to find what you need. A small Lazy Susan is a great addition for the fridge and/or cabinets. A Lazy Susan of any size is a great tool for organizing your kitchen.

Install a shelf to hold your cookbooks.

Free up valuable cupboard space by putting up a shelf on one of your kitchen walls to keep cookbooks in one place where they won’t get damaged from being in the way. Place pegs or hooks under the shelf for a great place to store aprons, oven mitts, or even pots and pans.

Find a home for your pots and pans.

Place them on hooks, or stack by size in the bottom cabinets. When organizing your kitchen, giving pots and pans a home makes them easy to get to as needed.

Having an organized kitchen can make meal preparation so much more enjoyable. Being able to find everything you need in seconds? That’s priceless!

What room in your home do you find to be the most disorganized? I’d love to hear your fabulous tips for having an organized kitchen in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 11, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of February 4, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts that you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

25 Ways to Save Money While Moving

25 Ways to Save Money While Moving

It’s official. We’re moving in month’s time. I just can’t believe it. While a month still seems so far away (I’m just so gosh darn excited!), I’m sure it will zip by!

Anyways, as we’ve discovered, moving can be an expensive adventure especially if you are moving to a new province, town, or even another country. However, there are ways you can save while moving. Check out these 25 ways to save money while moving!

  1. Sell anything and everything. If you haven’t used or worn something in the last 6 months, sell it.
  2. Utilize Facebook. Facebook is a great way to post your items you are trying to sell quickly without hosting a garage sale. Do a search on Facebook for local Buy & Sell groups.
  3. Avoid hiring movers. It is much more cost effective to slowly get your items packed and loaded than it is to hire movers.
  4. Don’t buy boxes. Retailers that get products shipped in, throw out and get rid of their boxes all the time. Head out to local stores asking when their shipments come in and if you can have their broken-down boxes. We’ve gotten all our boxes from some friends who own an auto body shop.
  5. Borrow a truck. If you can, borrow a truck or trailer from someone. When you rent a truck, you not only pay for renting, but you pay mileage and gas.
  6. Move slowly. If you aren’t moving far from your old house, move your belongings slowly, if possible.
  7. Shop around for new services. When you move, you can either transfer your old internet services, or you can shop around for a better deal.
  8. Use old newspapers. Instead of buying moving supplies to keep your glassware safe, use old newspapers to cushion your fragile items.
  9. Shop around for insurance. Whether you are moving into an apartment or a new house, it is always wise to shop around for insurance on your things.
  10. Use coupons. When you need something like a carpet cleaning service, for example, look online or in your newspapers for coupons that will save you money.
  11. Ask for discounts. It never hurts to ask! While we weren’t moving, just replacing our broken dishwasher, we asked for a discount on the floor model dishwasher that we liked, and they gave us one! Look every which way to find a discount.
  12. Don’t use credit. You may end up paying much more in the long run, putting things on credit than you would if you pay in cash. Avoid those late fees!
  13. Start saving ahead of time. If you know you are moving, start a savings account just for moving expenses. Not only will you earn interest, but you won’t have to put any expenses on credit.
  14. Pump gas when it’s cheap. If you get gas to move, look to fill up on the days its cheapest.
  15. Fix up before you move. Before you move into your new home, do all the repairs that need to be done before moving in.
  16. Use a notary instead of a lawyer. For the legal aspect of moving, looking into using a notary instead of a lawyer. You may save yourself a bundle!
  17. Get furniture second hand. If you need new furniture, buy furniture at second-hand shops or online.
  18. Go to the dollar store. For last minute items, cleaning supplies, and snacks, head to the dollar store to save some money.
  19. Talk to your neighbors. Your new neighbors will be the best resource in helping you find whatever you need inexpensively.
  20. Shop for deals. The internet is full of ways for you to save money. Look for online deals before purchasing anything.
  21. Have a garage sale. If you are really short on cash, a garage sale can help you get that extra money you need.
  22. Talk to the real estate agent. Some real estate agents will have moving trucks you can borrow.
  23. Don’t forget to check Craigslist. Craigslist has some really great deals on moving supplies.
  24. Borrow a dolly from a friend. Instead of renting or buying a dolly, you can borrow one to help move big items.
  25. Keep everything organized. Keeping everything organized and marked helps prevent things from getting broken or lost, costing you more money to replace it.

What other ways have you found to save money when you move? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Links Worth Sharing: Week of January 28, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Links Worth Sharing: Week of January 21, 2017

Here are the interesting links I came across on my travels around the web this week!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Here are some posts you may have missed from Simply Frugal:

31 Things to Purge This Year

31 Things to Purge This Year

I love purging. Not just the feeling of satisfaction of having more breathing space in my home, but I always find purging to be a wake up call to my spending habits. It helps me realize just how much money I’m “throwing away” on things I end up not using or liking in the end.

If you want to enjoy a calmer home and keep more money in your pocket (because you’ve realized how much you’re wasting!), then I’ve got the perfect list for you! 31 Things you can purge this year. Choose a few or choose all 31 and get to work!

Even if you just choose a few things off this list it will feel so good to lighten up! Most of these things are items none of us need but we hang onto “just in case we need it” and feel panic at the thought of letting them go.

  1. Out of date makeup– It’s just unsafe for your skin and eyes! Toss it out and treat yourself to a new lipstick or eyeshadow!

  2. VHS tapes– If you are still clinging to vhs it’s time to let it go, it’s not coming back.

  3. Old cell phones– Many electronics stores or phone companies have boxes for recycling cell phones and batteries where you can toss them.

  4. Spices that have expired– Check your cupboards and pantry, toss out old spices. Here’s an article with details about how long spices last.

  5. Non working electronics– If you haven’t dropped off the stereo or dvd player to be fixed and have no immediate plans to do so, just get rid of it.

  6. Old stretched out bras– Keep those comfy old jogging pants but stretched out bras are not doing you any favors.

  7. Plastic bags– While it is handy saving your grocery store bags for other uses, we all wind up with an excess of them that we just don’t need.  Toss them in the recycling.

  8. Ragged towels and washcloths– If they can be upcycled for cleaning rags, cut them up into small pieces and find a new home for them. Otherwise get them out of there. Treat yourself to a new set if needed.

  9. Clothes that don’t fit– Clothes more than onr size too small/too big should be donated or sold in a garage sale.

  10. Unused or duplicate kitchen utensils– 6 wooden spoons? 3 meat mallets? Unopened egg poacher? Clean it all out of those drawers!

  11. Books– If you have read it and won’t read it again or you didn’t like it then it’s time to clean off your shelves and nightstand.

  12. Single Earrings– If it has been in the jewelry box for a year with no mate, chances are it will always be a single, go ahead and set it free.

  13. Single Socks– When you are all caught up on your laundry go through your odd sock basket and match up, get rid of any without mates.

  14. Unloved toys– Donate or toss toys as needed. After the holidays kids have an excess and this is a great time to purge.

  15. Unused sports equipment– Ice skates from lessons from two years ago that have never been picked up again? Donate them. Dry basketball? Toss it!

  16. Items that don’t belong to you– If you have a spot that houses casserole dishes, borrowed books, etc waiting to be returned to friends and family that you borrowed from,  go ahead and return it all asap!

  17. Paperwork– Junk mail, old bills, or other out of date filing. Grab an inexpensive paper shredder or toss them in the fire.

  18. Odd storage containers– You know that cabinet with plastic bowls that have no lids or lids that have no bottoms? Get in there and toss out mismatched pieces.

  19. Old linens– While towels may be cut down and used for rags in the garage, other items like sheets that either don’t fit or won’t be used on current beds, excess comforters (keep one spare) etc, can be purged.

  20. Blurry photos– If you have a box full of family photos through the years remove and toss the really bad ones, if that is the only one you have for an event you might keep it but otherwise just keep the best of the best.

  21. Ink Cartridges– If you have a stockpile of old empty ink cartridges you can find somewhere local to recycle or many places like Staples let you use them for credit towards new ones.

  22. Freezer items– Freezer burnt, well past their date, inedible or unappealing food should be tossed!

  23. Dried up pens– Take 5 minutes to go through the mug of pens on the desk or wherever else you keep them, test them all on paper quick and throw out the ones that are dried up or leaking.

  24. Manuals– I used to be one that kept every single manual/instruction book for every piece of equipment i owned, I had a drawer full of them and rarely ever needed to look at them.  Then I realized that I could find them on the manufacturer’s website should I ever need them and I tossed those suckers out!

  25. Spare change– Unless you are saving up for something really big, It’s time to grab that change jar, clean out  couch cushions, get that pile on the dryer and turn it all in. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or a new top!

  26. Craft supplies– Take an afternoon to go through them and donate items you won’t use in the next couple of months to a Children’s program or somewhere else that could use them.

  27. Paint– Do you have a garage shelf full of paint that you keep just in case? If it’s just for touch ups pour some into a small mason jar with a lid to keep. Otherwise dispose of it properly

  28. Personal care items– Old perfumes, lotions,and shampoo bottles with 2” left in the bottom-get them out of the bathroom for good.

  29. Cards– Get in your wallet or purse and purge out customer loyalty, rewards cards, empty gift cards and the like.

  30. Pet toys– Toys that are shredded, dirty, and unplayed with should be tossed, just like kids toys they need to be purged and occasionally replaced.

  31. Boxes– Do you have a big collection of boxes somewhere, either packaging or packing boxes for another just in case? Clear them out and make room.

Anything else that you would add to the list? Did you get any good ideas for a starting place?