Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Make It Monday

Hi readers!  Have you missed me?  I have been combating the continuous fight again the dreaded 2013/14 cold that is going around like wildfire.  Ugh!  It has been the nastiest, long-term cold I can remember ever having, and drags on two-three weeks.  It drains and depletes and leaves you feeling, as my Grandma would say, “like a rung-out wet dishrag!”  My apologies for being absent from the blogging scene.  But thankfully, I’m back!!!!!!!

This is my year of prudence, economy and parsimony.  Yeah, I looked that third one up – it’s a fancy way of saying penny-pinching or tight-fisted!  The mantra to which I will hold fast and live by until December 31st is “FRUGAL IN ’14!”  It fits right in with the life area of finance, and I plan on highlighting this theme throughout the year in features like “Frugal Friday” and today’s “Make It Monday”.  I hope to discover and share with you (and use personally) many ideas, tips and tricks on how to $ave money and make use of what you have, or make things that will save you money.  With the economy being what it, it’s time to be mean and lean – fit financially - makes Cents doesn’t it???

So here’s my first installment – something as simple as Epsom salts!  Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, a common pharmaceutical preparation of magnesium.  For more info click HERE.  Anyway, this carton of salts (which can be found in most drug stores, markets and yes, even the dollar stores, has some wonderful uses from bath/body to cleaning and gardening!  I’d like to direct you to two sites that I found that listed some wonderful uses:

1. Wellness Mama:  Surf over to this link (click HERE) for 21 uses for Epsom salts.

   2.  Dear Crissy:  (click HERE) for some additional ideas

One note about taking an Epsom salts bath (when you’re using it for a detox) – read these directions from the Natural News website very carefully:

Contraindications to Epsom baths would be if you are pregnant, dehydrated or have open wounds or burns on your skin. Individuals who are suffering with cardiovascular disease should always consult with a natural health physician who is familiar with the health benefits of Epsom salt baths before starting.

How to take an Epsom salt bath:

The first step is to schedule yourself at least 40 minutes, as you need about 20 minutes to remove the toxins, and for the second 20 minutes, the body absorbs the minerals in the bath water.  Fill up your bath with warm water. Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts and then soak!

  • ·        Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
  • ·        Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
  • ·        Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
  • ·        Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
  • ·        For every 50lbs larger - add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.

I hope today’s posting will help you make lots of products that will save you money -- from the bath to the kitchen to the yard!! 

Monday Miser Tip – as I’ve written about before, start emptying your pockets, wallet, and bottom of your purse for loose change.  Put that change in a big jar and SAVE IT!  You will be amazed how much money you can accumulate through something as easy and pain-free as this little financially healthy habit!



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  1. Linda,

    I must concur on that Monday Miser tip. Rich does this, and has been doing it for quite a few years. He doesn't collect quite as much spare change now as when he was still working, but I remember several years in a row where he wound up with something like $300!!! So it is WELL worth doing!

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