A great way to save money on your groceries is to make the most of the products you buy. Often we use more of a product than necessary or we throw away a container that still has product left in it.
Here are a few tips to make the most of those products and really get your money's worth.
1. Only use 2Tbs of washing powder per load. The clothes will come out just as clean but your washing powder will last twice as long or longer.
2. Use a Foamy bottle for your face wash and hand wash. A foamy bottle allows you to mix a small amount of product with water and as you press down on the pump, it combines the two into a foam. The foam is plenty soapy to wash what needs washing while extending the life of your product by 3 or 4 times.
3. Use a pump bottle for your shampoo and conditioner. When pouring our hair care products out, while in the shower, it is easy to pour out way too much (especially the kids). By using a pump pack you can limit how much product is used each time (unless you have a serial pumper, in which case it probably wont make much difference). If you find that the pump still gives out too much, you can wrap a rubber band around the bottle under the pump. This will prevent the pump from going all the way down and reduce the amount of product delivered.
4. Use a tube squeezer for your toothpaste and creams. This product slides on the end of your tube and squeezes any remaining product to the top of the tube as you slide it along. They are only a few dollars for a pack of 2, but if that's out of your budget, or you are feeling thrifty, you can use a bulldog clip in a similar way or just lay the tube down on a flat surface and push the remaining product towards the top with your hand or the back of a comb etc.
5. Extend the life of your vinegar, which can be used as a fabric softener or household cleaner, by diluting it with water. I mix mine the same way I used to do with cordial. I can make about 8 2 litre bottles of vinegar from 1 2 litre bottle by diluting it. Once you've diluted it, just store it in a cupboard to strengthen up. I've been doing this for about 8 years without any problems.
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