Saturday, August 07, 2010

Confessions of a Frugal Housewife

I can no longer hide it.

I've got a secret addiction that can no longer be contained.

It had gotten so out of control the cabinet door won't shut.

Time are tough. That's no secret. In this day and age we do everything we can to save money. I clean with mostly vinegar and water or bleach water. We rarely use paper towels, only real washable/reusable towels. I'm so sick of yelling at the children to turn their bedroom lights off. We consolidate errands to save gas. We cook everything from scratch. We price match at the store. You name it we're probably trying it to save money.

I'm even making my own laundry detergent and stain remover for pete's sake.

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And for the record my stain remover rocks.

But with all the frugality and self-reliance I've got one tiny dirty little secret.

*deep breath*

I LOVE WINDEX!

Again, I'm scrubbing the house with all kinds of homemade cleaners, but try as I might I just can't be satisfied with cleaning the glass with vinegar water. Don't get me wrong. It does the job. It gets it clean, but Windex makes it shine. And Windex makes getting the tiny fingerprints off effortless. And Windex rarely streaks (except for the wipes. I loathe the wipes).

I'll go for weeks cleaning with homemade glass cleaner, but anytime there is the slightest hint of extra money laying around I'll buy a bottle or two of Windex. I can't help myself. That blue bottle makes me so happy.

But as I stashed my latest guilty purchase in the cabinet I realized I can't close the cabinet.

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Admitting you have a problem is the first step right?

4 comments:

Bezzie said...

Ha ha! It makes GREAT ant killer too. I've been known to make cheapass windex....amonia, water and a drop of blue food coloring. Ha ha!

Tactless Wonder said...

My boyfriend is the same way...at one point we had at least 11 spray bottles in our 2 BD apartment....I gave in and we now buy the BIG CONTAINER from costco and refill as needed. Super cost effective, and storing the one and 2 spray bottles vs 11 little ones? Much easier. We are much happier that way.

And see, it's okay, you are not alone :).

sara said...

I am laughing but loving your honesty.. hide your windex and keep using it ... power to the people.

Sara
http://www.momentsofelegance.com

Marie Grace said...

I love Windex too! I don't make laundry stuff but I buy Allen's uber concentrate and we don't use paper towels or paper napkins but I do buy Windex... big bottles!