Measure Everything: Strange Ways To Save Money

How many times have you just dumped detergent in the washing machine, or grabbed a swig of cough medicine without measuring? This may be quick and convenient, but likely you are wasting money and product by not measuring. Some products make it easy to measure the correct amount. Detergents, for example, come with measuring cups in the caps. Other products, like food, offer serving size information, but it’s up to you to determine how much that is. Others offer suggested amounts like, “A quarter-sized dollop.” These can be confusing, so you need to do some comparisons.

The more you measure, the more aware you are of how much you are using. Armed with that information, you ca


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5 Responses to Measure Everything: Strange Ways To Save Money

  1. Janet says:

    To follow up on your ideas about food: just shop the outside of a grocery: produce, fish and meat. Then you’re guaranteed to be eating healthy meals, not processed crap.

  2. Aleta says:

    Recently on Yahoo they said you could basically use just half of what the product instructs and your clothes will come just as clean.

    Another good measurement to watch out for are items in the produce section that are sold in bags, i.e. apples,carrots,etc. One day I was choosing from bags of apples and noticed that some weighed more than others. Your bags are not going to be exactly 5 lbs.

  3. Minny says:

    It is true about using less detergent. The agitation is the major cleaning factor. As an experiment I started using just over half the amout on the pack. I have not gone back, clothes are just as clean!

    Aleta is right too, I weigh in my hand then compare on the scales. The difference can be up to 50 gramms.

  4. Melanie says:

    Yep, I only use 1/2 the detergent in my washer than is recommended. My clothes still smell fresh & clean. If a particular item didn’t get as clean as I need, it will go back through with the next load. But that hardly ever happens.
    I *hate* spending money on laundry detergent and through the use of coupons & rebates, I spend very little. Even with 6 people in our house.

  5. marcella says:

    I hate paying for laundry detergent too, but my problem is the fragrance they put in the “Free” that was really free of scent. Has anyone made their own and does it save money. I also hate the price you have to pay for toilet paper. Is there a way to save on it?

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