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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

Welcome to our world. We cook from scratch. Buy from thrift stores. Find 95% of our homeschool materials for free. This is my blog and this is how we do it.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Cleaning Supplies.

I don't spend a fortune on cleaning supplies. For one, I can't. For another, I don't need to! At some point we allowed corporate America convince us that we need a different cleanser for every job in the house.

The truth is, for just about every situation, a cheaper, home-made alternative works with equal effectiveness, and is better for the environment, to boot.

For some simple "recipes", check out: ORGANIZED HOME.

Also, a personal fave of mine (as we're a family with cats and dogs):

(from Cheaper and Better, by Nancy Birnes)

2 cups baking powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
4 - 5 bay leaves, crumbled
1 tablespoon ground cloves

Mix together and store in a container with a tight-fitting lid. To use, sprinkle on carpet. Let sit for at least 20 minutes, then vacuum.

I keep mine in an old juice carafe that has a lid. In order to be able to "sprinkle" it, I covered the top with plastic wrap and used a rubber band around the neck of the bottle to hold it firmly in place. I poked holes in the plastic with a fork. The lid still fits easily on top for storage.



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