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Save Money: Use Vinegar at Home!

I am officially a vinegar fan!

I have read about the versatility of vinegar soooo many times in different Internet sites, but for the life of me, I just don’t have the guts to give up Downy (softener) and Domex (disinfectant) for our good old vinegar. It’s just too weird, right? :D

Well, now that I have a baby and I want to live up to 100, I am slowly and steadily getting rid of chemicals at home. So yeah, I seriously looked into the vinegar alternative. But still, I didn’t get on with it as soon as I want to…for the simple reason that I don’t want to stink…hehehe!

1. Vinegar as a Softener

My dear Tita Vicky plunged head on and used vinegar for her laundry just to appease me…and viola! It really does work like magic! After that, I went straight to the supermarché and bought a liter of “vinaigre crystal”. I am not sure what it is called in other countries, I guess just plain “vinegar”. Just make sure you buy the clear, transparent vinegar, not the cloudy one which we call “sukang puti” in the Philippines. I poured half a cup of vinegar in the washing machine’s slot for softener and loaded the machine with 3 kilos of laundry. I was half expecting the whole apartment to smell sour…hehe. I was so happy that my laundry came out smelling clean and super soft! Our clothes were so easy to iron, too! I also read that chemical softeners lessen the absorbency of our towels, so I guess this is another reason to switch to vinegar. :)

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Save Money Series: Mindless Saving Tips

Don’t you just feel a little bit deprived whenever you realize that it’s scrimp time? I do, and I feel so “api”…huhuhu! But I do realize that saving is an important financial exercise that we all need to subscribe to as early as possible. Not only will it help us become financially secure in our old age, but it can also allow us to retire young. Yey!

And so I decided I’ll cheat myself into saving. Hihihi! Yup, I do cheat myself through five simple mindless saving tips. A note of caution though: I can easily cheat myself, thus simple things like this work for me. I am not so sure if this will work for you, but you can always try. (Wink!)

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Save Money Series: Get Rid of Your Credit Card Debts

When I got regularized from my first job, the first thing I did was to apply for a credit card. At that time, I was a lot sillier than I was now (hahaha…sure), and I felt that having a credit card represents my being a young professional. Naks! I know, I know…babaw! Hihihi!

As I rose from the ranks, my initial BPI Mastercard was joined by Citibank Visa, and eventually by BPI WorldPerks Mastercard. While I haven’t maxed them all out, I already saw red lights ahead. At one point, I felt like I was keeping my job to pay off my cards; oh, such a horrible position to be in! And so, I start my Save Money Series with the perennial problem of credit card debts. I listed below some ideas, both serious and bizarre, to help you get out of the rut. Oh, I finally got out of the vicious cycle…but it took me quite a long time. I hope the list below will help you handle your credit line better and get you out of the rut in record time. Read more »