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"On packing: Lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then, take half the clothes and twice the money."    Susan Anderson

1. If you are having trouble getting grease stains from clothing, get a hand cleaner called "GOOP". Rub it into the stains, let sit for 30 minutes, and wash as usual. You may be amazed.

2. If you are buying a new washer, consider a front loader. They are more expensive to buy, but will save you money in the long run. First, there are fewer moving parts, so they are easy to maintain. (You rarely see agitator washers in Laundromats!). Next, they use 1/3 the water of a full top load agitation washer. Water is becoming more expensive. Also, they are easier on your clothes, while actually getting them cleaner than your agitator. That beating agitator wears on the clothing. Finally, the front loaders spin so fast on the final rinse that the clothes are halfway dry before they hit the dryer. Great utility savings.
 3. It is not necessary to wash clothes in hot water to get them clean. With today's enzyme detergents the ideal wash temperature is 70 degrees. If you have a washer with automatic temperature control you can probably set that. If not use only warm water, not hot.
4.Be sure to clean your dryer filter after every load. This will enable your clothing to dry quicker and save you money on your utilities.
 5. If you don't have one of those fancy new dryers with automatic temperature controls, lower your drying temperature. It may take a little longer to dry the clothing, but it will be easier on the clothes.
6.If you are venting your dryer with one of those old plastic tubes, get rid of it today. Use the flexible aluminum type. 60,000 home fires per year are started because those plastic tubes have overheated. 
7. Bleach is acidic, and detergent is alkaline. If you put them into your washer at the same time they fight each other. Bleach should be inserted during the last 2 minutes of the wash cycle. That's all the time it needs to do it's work. Some washers insert it at the correct time, but just because there is a slot to pour bleach into does not mean that it is held until the final 2 minutes. Only the upper end units have this ability, so it may be necessary to do it manually for maximum effectiveness.
8. We have heard a concern about all that lint going into septic tanks. Do not fear. Synthetic fabrics do not give off lint.  Natural fabrics do, but they are biodegradable.
9. Afflicted with "ring around the collar"? Don't spend your money on expensive detergents, but rather reach for one you probably have in the bathroom: shampoo! Even the cheapest baby shampoo will remove ROTC; after all, shampoos are designed to break down body/skin oil (which is the main component of ROTC). Smear a bit along the collar and rub it in, then launder. Presto! no more ring!         Rivahcat, Virginia
10. Advice for your children about the grandchildren. Back to school means back to the mall to buy new clothes for your kids. If brand names are what you're after and the price just doesn't fit your budget, you may want to think about consignment stores. Before you think used clothes, It's a new trend called trading down.  
You bring in your kid's gently used clothes, furniture and equipment and receive cash or store credit that never expires. The items are then resold for 50 to 80 percent less than the original price. You might look at consignment shops for yourself as well. The idea is the same---saving money and getting quality!
11. Frugal living has touched my life...by allowing me to focus on what's important in my life. I don't focus on designer clothing or brand name shoes. I shop more at the thrift store for clothing, I buy my shoes new but only if they are marked down. It's rare I buy very expensive shoes because I can't justify paying 50 dollars for shoes. I buy little boys sneakers because they are cheaper than woman's and also they fit better for my wide foot. S.C. Miami
12. Genuine bargains can be found at the regular Goodwill stores. Brand names, many nearly new, fill a real need for thousands on limited budgets. But have you heard about the Goodwill OUTLETS? These are even greater bargains than the regular Goodwill. Clothing is sold by the pound. To locate a Goodwill Retail Store near you, go to http://locator.goodwill.org/. We are unable to find a central Outlet locator, but know the Outlets exist in Washington, Oregon, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Your regular Goodwill store should know if there is an Outlet near you.
13. You probably already have a miracle substance in your home that gets out almost any stain in clothing.
14. This is something I never thought I would do-- hand wash my clothes. But when we moved into an apartment without a washer and dryer, costs quickly were adding up to do our laundry at the apt. machines. At a $1.45 per wash and then another 1.45 per dryer load and doing anywhere from 3-5 loads a week, we were spending from $9-15 a week on laundry, which turned into the lovely amount of $36-60 a month! In order to save money, we found this amazing little hand washing machine. It costs $43 at http://www.laundry-alternative.com/ and is great! You put in your water, your detergent, then your clothes, turn the crank for 2 min. to wash, drain the water, then rinse, and voila! clean clothes! Here are the advantages as listed on the website: -Washes a 5-lb. load super clean in just a couple of minutes. -Has a patented pressure system that forces detergent into the fabric at high speed for a fast, efficient, economic and very easy wash -Is ideal for campers, single persons and even for the housewife with small frequent loads like hand washables and diapers. -Is ideal for delicates such as woolens, silks, knitted dresses and cashmere garments. -Uses 90% less water and detergent than conventional washing machines. -Uses far less water than even hand washing.
15. When mathematics professor Annalisa Crannell needs new clothes, she doesn't head for the mall or outlet stores or even discount stores.

Crannell is an aficionado of Goodwill Industries shops. And she'll pass by the racks with $7 blue jeans and head for the bins where the jeans sell for $1. She's also happy to take friends' castoffs.

"Am I the biggest tightwad on the planet?" asked Crannell, a resident of Lancaster, Pa. "No. But I'm more frugal than most of the people I know."

A lot of people could learn from Crannell, who teaches at Franklin & Marshall College, and others who have adopted thrifty habits that they feel are both ecologically sound and help them cope with the rapidly rising costs of food, fuel and other necessities.

April 13, 2008, VenturaCountyStar.com (CA) 

16. Search for all thrift shops in your area. Enter your zip code or city and state. You will find Goodwill, Salvation Army, and more.



17. Make your own laundry detergent
Letís say I decide to try out being frugal by doing something thatís quite fun (at least for me): making a big bucket of homemade laundry detergent. Each load done with the homemade detergent described in that recipe versus the cost of Tide with Bleach Alternative saves me seventeen and a half cents. We do a load of laundry each day, so that adds up to
$5.25 a month in savings.
18. We all need to renew or replace clothing but the best way to buy quality clothing at low prices is to  buy out of season .  It is certainly better to buy better quality clothing that will last longer out of season than lesser quality garment in season for the same price.

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