Money Saving Adventures For The Third Week of August 2017

August 21, 2017

Hey ya'll, it's me!

Remember how last week I talked about my back hurting so bad? Well......

I have great news and a recommendation!

I was online looking for something else, and I came across a video review for a product called Awesome Toes Toe Separators by Yoga Body Naturals. After watching the review, I checked out the Awesome Toes website, and decided you order a set. I got them last Wednesday, and after the first 24 hours the results were nothing short of miraculous. Below you can watch my video on the results.

These are the links I spoke of:

Please check them out.

I had been trying a couple of different shower cleaners, but they just don't work as well as I like, so I went back to making "Smurf Juice". The name comes from watching Kimmy at She's In Her Apron on Youtube as she made the DAWN and vinegar mix to clean her showers. At one point she talks about how all the blue cleaner makes it look like she 'murdered a Smurf'. I mentioned it to the Redneck, and when he saw me mixing it up one day he asked if I was making Smurf Juice. So the name stuck. 

The mixture is extremely simple to make, just put equal amounts of regular DAWN dish soap (most folks say the blue works best, I dunno) and white vinegar (I save the vinegar that I run through my coffee maker and use it--no waste) in a spray bottle (I use an empty METHOD cleaner bottle). Shake it up and spray all over the shower. Let it sit for a while, then you can lightly scrub and rinse it off. I usually just let it go until I am finished cleaning the rest of the house, then I take my shower and rinse it off then. I have been astonished at how nice my chrome shower fixtures look after using this.

Sometimes I need to refresh my couches before guests come over, and while I occasionally buy or make a fabric refresher with a scent, most of the time I simply use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. I like to use the wintergreen scented type. You can spray it, it helps to neutralize odors, and it evaporates quickly.

Sunday at church we had our monthly fellowship meal, or Grub Sunday as we call it. The theme this months was Mexican food, so I made a simple taco salad, and I also wanted something lighter for me. I made Priscilla's Mexican Rice. It's a raw food recipe using cauliflower instead of actual rice, and it is delicious. I put it out on the buffet, and it was gone really fast. The recipe can be found at this site:

A few weeks ago I bemoaned the fact that our yard hadn't been mowed since last year, and it was getting shoulder high. I finally stopped nagging the Redneck and God, and decided to let the two of them figure it out. I was tired of complaining, and let's face it, nagging makes for a poor atmosphere in the home.

Saturday morning the Redneck's cousin and his son showed up with a riding mower, a push mower and a weed eater, and the two of them spent over four hours cutting down all the grass! I was overwhelmed with their kindness. The Redneck also bought me a new big lawn rake, since Obie and I will be raking up dead grass for DAYS. I will do it gladly, praising God with every swipe! I will make a big compost pile, and work all the dead grass into usable material for my garden next spring. The Redneck is looking into getting me good push mower so I can keep up with the grass the rest of the summer. I have no complaints--it will help me get in even more exercise!

One last little money saving item. We live a little far out from the radio stations that carry Christian radio, so I sometimes have trouble picking up signals. I only have a CD player/radio, and the antenna needed a boost. I recalled that I had an antenna from a stereo system I had gotten rid of when it went wonky, I cut off the plug, used a lighter to melt the plastic covering from the wires and quickly wiped it away from the wires using a rag. When I had uncovered enough of the wire, I simply wrapped it around the tip of the radio's antenna, and placed the other end of the wires on a higher shelf. I am now piking up the radio signal without any static, at no additional cost!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017


  1. I use a lot of vinegar when I clean! It's so great because it is affordable and safe (I have two little ones, so it's nice not to have to worry if I spray it and they somehow touch it...).
    I hadn't thought of reusing the vinegar used to clean the coffee maker. Great idea!

    1. I can't believe it took me so long to realize the vinegar could be reused. It just dawned on me one day when I was about to pour it down the sink. I tried it, and I love that I don't waste it.

  2. I need to try the smurf juice! I have used vinegar for getting rid of lime deposits around faucets, etc before and it works really well. I just soaked some paper towels in white vinegar and then draped them over the problem area. After a couple of hours the lime deposits can be scrubbed away.

    1. I haven't tried the soaked paper towels yet, I will give it a try this week, thanks!

  3. Yay, I got to see you live! I'm going to try the shower cleaner recipe when we buy some DAWN. We keep buying AJAX dish soap at Sam's Club. Really enjoying your tips and ideas for saving. I don't get your blog sent to me so I have to find it now and then.

    1. I hope my tips and tricks are helpful. I forgot to mention that when you use the Smurf Juice, using a scrubbie pad will also help to get off the gunk.


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