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Avon Bubble Bath, A Multi-Tasker

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Common Products - Uncommon Uses, Frugal For Everyone, Product Information | 88 comments

Avon Bubble Bath, A Multi-Tasker

Don’t you just love those products meant for one purpose then discover they are multi-taskers? Avon Bubble Bath is like that. Naturally the original use for Avon Bubble Bath was as a bubble bath. It provided lots of bubbles and left no bathtub ring behind. But then people’s creativity kicked in resulting in many more uses for this simple product. So here we go: 40 Ways to Use Avon Bubble Bath: NOTE: Compared to many other cleaners or detergents Avon Bubble Bath not only costs less you also use less. For instance, one capful to half a pail of water does a great job cleaning the car or camper. Avon Bubble Bath In the Bathroom: Use to wash down the tub surround, shower walls and doors; Leaves bathroom fixtures and mirrors shining; Cleans the vanity top, cabinets, and ceramic tiles; Can replace your body wash; Works as a shampoo; Good refill for liquid soap – it’s mild on hands (even nicer after adding a few drops of Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil); Cleans combs and brushes – leaves no residue.   Avon Bubble Bath in the Kitchen: Wash your appliances with it and leave them sparkling; Can be used to hand wash dishes (not in the dishwasher); Mild enough to clean your painted or wood kitchen cabinets; Cleans the fridge inside and out, even removes odours.     Avon Bubble Bath in the Laundry Room: Use as a laundry detergent and you no longer need a fabric softener. 1 or 2 capfuls are all that’s needed to do a great job and to remove stains; Great for hand-washing delicate items; Pre-soak heavily soiled laundry, such as greasy work clothes. Easily does away with ring around the collar; Removes butter or grease from clothes. Pour bubble bath directly on the spot, leave a few minutes, then wash and the spot will be gone; Cheaper than Woolite –gentle on lingerie.   Avon Bubble Bath in the Living/Dining Room: Can be used to shampoo carpets, either the whole carpet or just spot cleaning; Upholstery stains are removed by rubbing with a damp cloth dipped in full strength bubble bath; Cleans chandeliers and light fixtures; Use to hand wash the good dinnerware, glassware and silverware.     Avon Bubble Bath Everywhere Else: Leaves windows shining; Washes venetian blinds – leaves no streaks behind; Polishes all chrome household fixtures; Cleans the TV screen, computer monitor, etc.  Wipe with a damp cloth dipped in bubble bath and dry with a soft lint free cloth; Can be used to wash no-wax floors – use 1 capful with ½ pail of warm water; Removes wax buildup – use straight from the bottle with a scrub sponge, wipe with a dry cloth; Does a superior job cleaning ceilings, walls and paneling; Wash your plant leaves to make them shine. Mix a small amount of the Avon bubble bath with some tepid water. When finished pour the leftover water onto soil as a fertilizer; Will clean your jewelry (even costume jewelry); Leaves a fresh, clean smell from room to room . There are a lot of different fragrances – might be fun to try different ones. Use to clean your eyeglasses; Mix some bubble bath with an equal amount of water to put it in your potpourri burner; Adds fun to the children’s wading pool while keeping the pool and children clean; Shake up, then use the bubbles only on a sponge to clean and freshen vehicle interiors; Add to cleaning water for cars, aluminum or vinyl siding, campers or trailers – repels dust; Leaves a protective wax-like...

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Barbecue Buying Guide – Types and Options

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Frugal For Everyone, Product Information, Smart Shopper | 25 comments

Barbecue Buying Guide – Types and Options

Barbecue season is here and with that in mind I decided to check the best time to buy a new barbecue and types and options available. The time to find the biggest savings on a new barbecue, gas grill, smoker or outside oven is at the end of the summer, namely August and September, when retailers clear out their inventory to make room for winter products. However, with barbecue season starting not everyone will want to wait to buy or replace their barbecue until summer is over so they’ll be pleased to know that June will also offer some good bargains. Below are the most common types and features to be found at retail outlets. Buying a Barbecue: What’s available? Barbecues have come a long way since the little Hibachi grill. I checked out a few at a home improvement store and found barbecues in all sizes, from small portable ones that are perfect for balconies or to take along on day-trips to extra large ones that are fancier and more involved than the most up-to-date kitchen appliance. But no matter the choice, there are certain things to consider before buying. Choosing the right heat source is one of those things to think about – do you want convenience, flavour, easy start, fast heat, etc.?  Electric (great for apartment or condos) Natural Gas (need to be hooked up by a professional – easy start, even temperatures) Propane (easy start, even temperatures, can be converted to Natural Gas) Charcoal (said to provide the best flavour but takes longer to get started and heat up) Smokers (requires logs – slow cooking) Pizza Ovens (very expensive – limited use) Each of the heat sources provides a different flavour but whether it makes enough of a difference to pay more for any particular heat source is not something I’m convinced about. Other than the smoker, which would definitely give a unique flavour, I doubt most of us could identify the heat source in a blind taste test. The size of the grill matters. Unless you do a lot of entertaining it is recommended you choose a size that meets your normal requirements – how many people will you normally be feeding? What size meals will you be cooking? What type of meals? Looking at the grill you should be able to picture how many burgers, chops, steaks or other food you’ll be able to barbecue at any one time. A grill that’s too small will turn out to be time-consuming, a grill that’s too big will waste fuel. All grills, no matter the size or heat source, should accommodate the different heat temperatures requiremed for searing, cooking and finishing. Do you need a side burner? I have one on our barbecue and wouldn’t do without it. It’s used for all kinds of purposes, frying onions, cooking corn on the cob, heating chili to making soup. The side shelf is another convenient feature that I wouldn’t want to do without as it holds everything within easy reach – from tools to dishes to condiments. Grates: Here you want to know how well and even grates hold heat, how easy they are to clean and how well they will stand-up under normal use. Grates are available in: Cast Iron – long wearing as long as they don’t get damaged – holds heat well to ensure even cooking. Porcelain Coated Cast Iron – most popular- food doesn’t stick, heat is evenly distributed, and these grates last longest of all the grate types. Porcelain Enameled Steel – food doesn’t stick to grate – must be carefully handled...

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The Great Canadian Ketchup War

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Frugal For Everyone, Product Information | 19 comments

The Great Canadian Ketchup War

The Great Canadian Ketchup War has turned into the best unintentional marketing ploy ever. It all started when Loblaws, the largest Canadian food retailer, decided to remove French’s Ketchup from their shelves, allegedly to boost sales of their own President’s Choice product. When I first heard about it I didn’t pay much attention, after all, since we no longer have children living at home ketchup is not something we use much anymore. But then things turned interesting and became fun to watch. Customers weren’t going to put up with the loss of French’s Ketchup no way, no how and let that be known loud and clear. They threatened to boycott the Loblaws stores and turned to social media to voice their displeasure. At that point Loblaws had little choice but to accept defeat and replace French’s Ketchup back on their shelves. But the war wasn’t over. Since 2008 there has been a lot of  ‘Buy Canadian First’ promotion in order to keep our economy moving. Well, it seems the consumer has been taking this to heart and  the next question became – which of the Ketchups is the most Canadian? This turned out to create some confusion because: French’s Ketchup uses tomatoes grown in Leamington, Ontario but is bottled in Ohio President’s Choice Ketchup uses tomatoes grown in California but is bottled in Ontario Since French’s uses Canadian tomatoes, which of course is the main ingredient in Ketchup, consumers declared French’s the winner in the most Canadian category. French’s meanwhile took advantage of the free publicity and kept the feud going by declaring they were going to be bottling their Ontario grown tomatoes in Canada within the next couple of weeks. A big win for them. But the consumer still wasn’t satisfied and the war moved on to which of the two Ketchups has the best ingredients. I still had some President’s Choice Ketchup leftover from last summer’s barbecue season and decided to buy a bottle of French’s Ketchup in order to compare the two. The results: French’s Ketchup ingredient List: Tomato Paste (Made from fresh ripe tomatoes) Liquid Sugar White Vinegar Salt Onion Powder Spices President’s Choice Ketchup ingredient List: Tomato Paste (Made from fresh ripe tomatoes) Liquid Sugar White Vinegar Salt Seasonings It was difficult to base a winner on that – other than a bit of difference in wording, the ingredient list is pretty well the same.   We have often heard that people from other countries consider Canadians the most polite people and this was amply demonstrated during the Great Canadian Ketchup War. In the final analysis there were no losers since the entire war was ‘fought’ with grace and humour. French’s and Loblaw’s received a lot of free publicity which will no doubt lead to an increase in sales; the consumer found power in speaking up and were treated with respect and listened to. And of course, French’s Ketchup will once again take up space on the Loblaw shelves. This post was not written to promote any one product or supermarket chain. As a matter of fact, most Supermarkets carry French’s Ketchup right alongside Hunt’s Ketchup, Heinz Ketchup and their own store brand. I wrote this post because I got a big chuckle out of our Great Canadian Ketchup War and simply wanted to share it. Hope you enjoyed it as well. Talk to you again next week, Lenie If you enjoyed this post – others will too. Please share. Would love to have you follow me on Pinterest  or  Twitter or browse my Etsy Store  ...

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Winter Readiness Checklist

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in Health and Safety, Product Information | 39 comments

Winter Readiness Checklist

This post – Winter Readiness Checklist – was actually going to be about cleaning up the Herb garden, but then I thought “Who will care?” Real gardeners have their own methods and non-gardeners will see the topic and leave. Therefore with my original plan shot down I decided to still focus on Fall chores, but include all the tasks that need to be done to be ready for winter. Yes, there is the yard cleanup – failing to tend to flower-beds and herb/vegetables gardens at this time is just asking for bug and weed problems in the Spring – so that must be done. If you live in an area with deciduous trees, like we do with having four huge maples surrounding the house, the leaves do need to be cleaned up. There is also the matter of cleaning the lawn and garden tools/equipment and draining the gas out of any power equipment before putting them away for the winter. But there’s more to Winter Readiness. As a matter of fact, there always seems to be so much to do that it’s easy enough to overlook some tasks. This Winter Readiness Checklist was designed to overcome that by listing the things that need attention, preferably before snow and ice hamper our movements. Winter Readiness Checklist For In the Home: Stock Up: If you don’t have a garden then this is the time to stock up on fruits and vegetables at the very best prices. With a little bit of planning, freezing fruits and vegetables could supply healthy produce all winter long without having to pay inflated costs; Heating Check: Check the heating source, make sure the oil or propane tanks are filled and filters replaced. If wood is the heating source, get it now and store it inside if at all possible – have the chimney and stove-pipes cleaned. Make sure there is a safe place – like a metal barrel – to dump the  ashes. Never assume they’re all burned out because there are usually a few hot coals left. If there are supplementary heat sources – electric, propane, gas-fired heaters – check them over or have them checked to make sure they are in safe operating condition;  Keep the Heat in: Check for any drafts from windows or doors. Using an incense stick helps with this – if there is draft you’ll see the smoke moving. If there are drafts, now is the time to caulk or add/replace weather-stripping. Insulated drapes are an additional option; Humidifier Check: If you use a humidifier over winter, check the manual for the recommended annual inspection – replace worn parts to keep it operating the way it should; Home Safety Check: Check your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors. Are there enough of them to alert your family no matter where they are in the house? Do they need new batteries? Is the CO detector installed properly? I was surprised to discover ours had to be 20 feet away from a heat source. (Amazing what you learn when you read the instructions.)  Always keep an extra supply of batteries on hand. Do you have a Fire Extinguisher near the exits. There’s no sense having one if you can’t reach it when there is a fire. Do you have a Fire Escape Plan? Is there a way to escape from every room in the house?; Are there secure locks on all your doors and windows?  Winter Readiness Checklist for the Exterior of the Home: The Foundation: Take some time and carefully walk around the house checking for cracks in the foundation, gaps where...

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Fridge Review: Choices and Features

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Frugal For Everyone, Product Information | 48 comments

Fridge Review: Choices and Features

October is when you  can get the absolute best deals on a new fridge (and other major appliances). This is the time new models are introduced – therefore current inventory will be discounted to make room for the new.  Great news for anyone needing to replace their fridge but they may find things a bit overwhelming once they hit the store. Fridges have changed a lot over the last number of years and there are now many more features and options available. As with all things, some features actually turn out to be more trouble than they’re worth, others add cost without providing any real value. Of course, the very first thing to consider is will the fridge fit where you want to place it. Oddly enough this is often overlooked. To be sure you need to measure the space – width, depth and height – making sure you add 2 inches (about 5cm) to the depth and height to allow for proper air circulation. Don’t rely on memory but start a notebook to keep track of all the information – such as the dimensions – and to list the questions you will have about the features and options you’re interested in. Things to note: Do you need extra room for the door to swing open? What way do you want the door to open? Can the door be reversed? If this needs to be done then it should be done before it’s delivered.  How about bringing the fridge into the house?  Will it fit through the doors – exterior and interior? Does it needs to go down (or up) stairs, and if so, can this be done? Is there an electrical outlet available? The type and size of fridge will also depend on what you want it for – kitchen, garage, family room. Next come the fridge choices: Freezer on Top. This is the standard fridge that has been around for quite some time. This is a good reliable fridge which will have the best price. No extra features so fewer things to go wrong. The biggest disadvantage of this type of fridge – especially for seniors and disabled – is having to bend over to see what’s at the bottom and at the back of the fridge and in the crisper bins.  This could lead to food waste since items that aren’t in plain view could be forgotten. Freezer on the Bottom. Personally I think this is the biggest improvement to have come along. The fridge contents are at eye level, which means less bending over and easier to keep track of the contents, including leftovers, which in turn means less waste. For the freezer part choose one that pulls out like a drawer and that easily lets you see all the contents.  There are some that open like the fridge door which will turn out to be a real hassle. You’re almost going to have to get down on your knees to see what’s inside. Getting one with baskets will be a plus – they’ll help a lot with keeping food organized and easy to find. Disadvantage. Some of these units tend to be a bit noisy so this is something to make note of and check before buying.  Second Freezer Drawer. Some of these fridges come with a smaller freezer drawer, at counter height, which can hold those frozen goods used most often. I like this idea too – convenient and energy saver. French Door – Bottom Freezer. This is the one I like best of all and when the time comes to replace my...

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Consignment Shops: Buy-Sell

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in A frugal Life, Frugal For Everyone, Green Living, Product Information, Smart Shopper | 49 comments

Consignment Shops: Buy-Sell

I’ve just discovered Online Consignment Shops and can’t believe it took this long. I love Thrift Store shopping and Consignment Shops are the next best thing. These shops help you clean out – and thus organize – your closets and in turn allow you to find your own great deals on gently-used or overstock items. This isn’t only good for your wallet, this simple green act is also good for the environment. Online Consignment Shops vary in the kind of products they carry. Some offer high-end designer clothes, some do vintage, some cater to the business women, some to children and others to the family. Unfortunately, men’s consignment shops, unless they’re brick and mortar walk-ins, are difficult, if not impossible, to find. One of these men’s walk-in stores – Off the Cuff is well worth a visit by any man who is living in the Toronto area. This store has great reviews, a large selection of men’s clothing and accessories, and from all reports, helpful friendly staff. Online Consignment Shops have their own list of standards, brands and conditions. If you meet their conditions they will supply the shipping bags for free shipping. It’s important to read the fine print as each consignment shop has their own clearly defined list of what they will or won’t accept. They will only accept goods for which there is a demand (makes sense) so leftovers from Walmart and similar places won’t be accepted. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Changeroo  – A High-Quality Canadian Children’s Consigment Shop This Canadian consignment shop, Changeroo.ca located in Montreal, was founded in 2014 by Liane Guimond. It carries only like-new children’s clothing – high quality, top brands like Baby Gap, Land’s End, Children’s Place, Jona Michelle, etc. at seriously low prices. The Globe and Mail listed Changeroo as one of Canada’s 10 most remarkable small businesses. Changeroo is not setup to accept items by mail – instead you need to drop the goods off at specified locations in the Montreal area. They will, however,  ship items across Canada with free shipping on orders of $50.00 or more.  If you have children this is a shop you won’t want to miss. When I checked it out I was very impressed by the cute clothes listed and the great prices. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TrendTrunks is a different kind of Consignment Shop  https://www.trendtrunk.com/ This is an interesting one – It’s a Canadian shop that acts like a promoter for women’s items, the sale of which you control. The following information is direct from their website:1. Make more money!  100% of the selling price goes back to you. It’s free to list on TrendTrunk.com OR our mobile app. 2. Get LOTS of inquires!  Thousands of buyers will see your items and also be emailed if your items match their interests. You’ll start to receive messages from interested buyers. Respond promptly to sell your item quickly! You decide how you want to transact; whether you meet in person or ship the item, along with your preferred method of receiving the funds (I recommend PayPal – it’s totally safe and no hassle). The buyer and seller must mutually agree on transaction details. 3. We have the right buyers. Trend Trunk curates listings to ensure the best experience for our buyers and sellers. We attract buyers who will value and appreciate your items. When it’s time to cash in your closet of stylish and fashionable items, Trend Trunk is the best way to sell your brand new to pre-loved clothing & accessories. Trend Trunk isn’t just a selling place, it also has a listing of shoppes where you can find...

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