Friday, April 19, 2024

Simple Savings

One of the comments I hear from people regarding some of the frugal choices we have made is “Can you really save enough money to make it worth your time?”  Well, I generally save about $500 a month on groceries by the way I shop. So, yes, I figure that is worth the hour or two I might spend on clipping & sorting coupons, going through sales, flyers, etc.

Another means of frugal living I’ve done occasionally is to make my own products. I’ve tried homemade laundry detergent and found it to be very effective and definitely cheaper most of the time.  However, for me personally, I have decided that buying my laundry detergent on BOGO (buy one, get one free) sales with coupons makes the savings so small that it wasn’t worth the time for me to make my own.  But that is because of my schedule. For some of you, it may be an excellent way to save a few bucks.

This week as I was reading The Simple Dollar blog, I came across an interesting article about making your own dishwasher detergent. I hadn’t come across a recipe for that yet!  This is an excerpt from their “Saving Pennies or Dollars? Dishwasher Detergent” post:


”Cheryl said, Making my own powdered dishwasher detergent actually seems more expensive than just buying it at the dollar store.

This was a pretty intriguing comment to me as I’ve made my own liquid laundry soap at a price per load that is about 10% that of Tide. While dishwashing detergent is a bit of a different animal than laundry detergent, I’m interested in how the prices compare.

After scouring the internet for recipes (and trying a few), I found that the best recipe was a very simple one: one part borax, one part washing soda, one part water. This creates a liquid dishwashing soap that seems to clean our dishes pretty well.”

To continue reading about the cost effectiveness of this, you’ll find the rest of the story here.


Coupon Books now available: ENJOY THE CITY COUPON BOOKS are back! Check to see if there is a school or club in your area selling these. I believe they sell for $20 and have fantastic coupons in them. I haven’t seen this year’s book yet, but in years past they have always been well worth the $20!


All You Magazine September Coupon List – Bargain Briana has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine for September.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals Iheartthemart.comhas put up the best deals from Walmart this week. You can find those here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.


Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo BOGO – Buy one, get one free SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 9/1-9/6/2011, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups 9/1-9/6/2011 please click here.

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

E-Book now available!

I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here.

Kindle book now available!

My book is now available for the Kindle! Please click here!

Renita is a resident of Palm BeachCounty, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at

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