90-Day Spending Fast Challenge: Frugal Bathing…??

Frugal Bathing

So I know what you are thinking = Frugal Bathing?? For Real?

Yes & No…..
Yes – I thought I would post this as I know we are having massive drought and some counties in California are looking at losing their water in just 90 days. Also, I was shocked after learning of some family member’s water bill being $500/month in California. WOW!!

No – Truth is my hot water heater broke and it’s taking longer than anticipated to fix it 😦

Either way, I LOVE my hot showers and I also work in a profession that being clean is a necessity.

Frugal Bathing Recipe:

  1. Pot
  2. 14 cups of hot water — I boiled the water in my electric tea kettle (hence I know the amount)
  3. Face cloth
  4. Hot Plate
  5. Castile Soap

So, once you are done boiling your water and pouring it into you pot, put a hot plate on the side of your tub before setting down the pot. You can add cold water to the pot if the boiling water is TOO scalding. Now, get in your shower.

Wet you face cloth, ring it out, put some castile soap on it and lather yourself from bottom-up (feet moving towards your neck). Do both sides. Now, rinse out your  face cloth before dunking it back into your hot water and without ringing out it out, bring it up to your shoulders/neck and THEN RING OUT, so the water rinse your off.

Put something warm on like a track suit or a fleece jump suit.

Once done with your body, you can move onto your hair. I found this easiest by wetting my ends with cold water and then ringing out a face cloth when I got closer to my roots. Yup, like I said, I like my hot showers and don’t like the cold. Shampoo, then rinse out with the cold water under the faucet = I found easier to get it all out. Also I just kept the cold water away from my scalp. Next, condition your ends and rinse out with hot water.

Wrap your hair up.

Lastly, I used the pot of hot water directly with the  face cloth to wash my face. When done, I poured the remaining water in my pot down the shower drain.

It was like camping; however, I still got my HOT shower in the middle of February 🙂

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90-Day Spending Fast Challenge: Be Productive

So with this 90-Day Spending Fast Challenge, it’s not only about money, it’s also about how I spend my time. And one of things that when I lived in Vancouver that was so very important was everything having dual purpose. So in the morning I like to do my yoga, and I have laundry and dishes and making meals and getting the coffee ready, etc. just like everyone else so it occurred to me one day that if I wake up, put the laundry in the washer, and while it is washing (which is about 25mins on a short cycle) I can do my yoga and not worry about the clock and be in the moment. The buzzer will alert me like a stopwatch that I can put the laundry into the dryer, and jump into the shower. And once I’m out of the shower and freshening up for the day, then I can go back to the laundry and fold it.

Another thing that I like to do is to drink tea. So while my water boiling and/or the tea is brewing (aprox. 5mins each part),  I can wash the dishes so whether I get all the dishes done or just half done; it’s better than thinking that I can’t do anything in 5 minutes.

A cleaning method that I mention in another post is to use my castile soap (LOVE this soap because you can do so much with it) with a tub brush to clean the bathtub while you are still in the shower. This takes me a minute or so and if you do this 2-3 times a week, you always have a clean tub and it takes less time to clean as there is less build up of dirt/hard water deposits, etc.

Lastly, another thing that I do for cleaning my bathroom is before I leave for the day, I will pour vinegar and baking soda into my toilet and let it sit there for the day while I’m gone. This way I don’t have to smell the vinegar smell and by the time that I come back, the vinegar has helped loosed up the hard water deposits in my toilet and I may use a little more baking soda to get some scrubbing action when I scrub with a brush when I return.

So I hope these dual purpose time-saving tips help you be more productive beyond your money.

 

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90-Day Spending Fast Challenge: Use it of “Lose” it!

Today at the store, I picked up some facial moisturizer knowing that in about 2 weeks or less I would run out. Now, the store is within 10-15mins from my home and I pass by it everyday on my way home. I remembered my Spending Fast and decided to put the jar down until I NEED IT! Out of habit, I buy before I need something so I have it on hand at home.

For some things like food that you can put in the pantry, having it on hand is a great option. I like having cleaning supplies on hand so I don’t have to worry about running out while I’m in the middle of my chores. And most of the time, I buy in bulk to save money…..however, I have what I need “on hand” right now AND with passing by that store everyday….I don’t have to worry about “making a trip” to it.

I’m realizing is that I have a habit of getting items before I really need them or too far in advance before using them again. Meaning I have an accumulation of stuff like hotel bath soaps, shampoos, toiletries, etc. that I’m not using.

AND HERE’S WHAT I’M GOING TO DO ABOUT IT:

  1. DONATE: There is a local charity called St. Vincent’s that I can donate extra toiletries (unused of course) for their charity programs. They also encourage no waste in the community by having the recipients bring their empty bottles to them and then they refill the bottles with shampoo, soap, etc.
  2. PERSONAL GOAL: In regards to what I want to keep, I’m going to have to make a new habit to not restock my supplies until I’m down to 10% of the product. I think Toilet Paper will be an exception to this rule 🙂