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Originally Posted by danakscully64 View Post

In terms of lazy? That just proves that I'm moreso because there's no way in heck I want to hang everything out of the dryer

Yes I see. How 'bout thrift? It's cheap not having a dryer!

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Originally Posted by fadeaway1289 View Post

How do you dry your clothes? Do you hang them outside to dry?

And hang them inside on one of those wooden dryer racks in winter. They dry in about a day either way.
post #1292 of 1444
Time is money, I'd rather just buy a dryer Sometimes I don't get home until 3am after work and have to work in the morning, so sometimes I'm in a rush to wash my uniform. I rewear my clothes, but doing something as simple as holding a lemonade cup (with a lime/sugar rim) against my shirt means I have to wash it.
post #1293 of 1444
I use vinegar instead of fabric softener, it works fairly well.
post #1294 of 1444
I use cold water and cool dry for my clothes washer and dryer. I also skip the fabric softener and air dry my work clothes and delicates on a wooden rack.
post #1295 of 1444
I don't have a dryer, have a mini-fridge, no coffee maker, don't drive anymore, and get food from lots of other people. Oh, and nearly everything in my apartment is inherited.

Of course, that's only for two years, but hey, who's counting?
post #1296 of 1444
I freecycle, both donating and receiving. I got a great desk and a nearly new pleather recliner a couple of days ago; they have surface damage that we can easily fix/hide. I freecycled a bunch of really nice children's books to a new charter school nearby that is focusing on environmental studies.
Love all your tips!
post #1297 of 1444
I cooked a huge soup with everything that was about to go bad. And the soup is amazing! Froze enough for a few meals!
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post #1298 of 1444
I shop for food on student discount Tuesdays I also make sure that I only buy what I know I can consume, and I don't waste food. I also try to not eat out at all (for my health, not only for my wallet ) among some other things
post #1299 of 1444
Aldi has proven to be such a money-saver to me I can't imagine what I ever did without one. They just moved to my area so I've only experienced Aldi for a few short months, but it has saved me a TON of money so far. My grocery bill is roughly half what it was.
post #1300 of 1444
I did a few things today to save money:

Made my own coffee this morning
Brought my lunch
Supper is cooking in the slow cooker - split pea soup for tonight
post #1301 of 1444
On weekends, my boyfriend and I have been implementing slow cookers more, and splitting the contents for meals throughout the week. We have also been making our own hummus, apple butter, granola bars... all sorts of stuff to be more economical. I can't wait til it's warm enough to start our vegetable garden...
post #1302 of 1444
http://www.redplum.com/pages/viewart...id=42949673978

I just read this article. Thought it might be useful even though most of it is basic knowledge.
post #1303 of 1444
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Originally Posted by fadeaway1289 View Post

http://www.redplum.com/pages/viewart...id=42949673978

I just read this article. Thought it might be useful even though most of it is basic knowledge.

You'd be surprised, there are a lot of people who wash jeans/trousers every time they're worn, regardless of whether they got dirty or not. I wouldn't re-wear a top without washing unless I'd only had it on a short time, but that's because we sweat mostly from our armpits but not our legs, so I wouldn't do the same with trousers.

You can shoot yourself in the foot though, I used to badger my husband for re-wearing shirts and now I have twice the washing I used to
post #1304 of 1444
i don't wash my clothes excessively. in fact, i think that if i didn't live at home i would almost never wash them (gross, i know. sorry everyone. i'm super clean really!). also i buy supermarket own brand toiletries and go food shopping late at night when they reduce fruit, veg and bread!
post #1305 of 1444
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Originally Posted by rm381 View Post

also i buy supermarket own brand toiletries and go food shopping late at night when they reduce fruit, veg and bread!

Same here.
post #1306 of 1444
I just bought a few discounted giftcards. Now, I'll sit back and wait for sales at those stores.
post #1307 of 1444
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Originally Posted by Earthling View Post

You'd be surprised, there are a lot of people who wash jeans/trousers every time they're worn, regardless of whether they got dirty or not.

I'm more familiar with the opposite of this. There are people (apparently an entire subset of jean enthusiasts) that never, ever wash their jeans. Mine go a long time between washings because they simply don't need it but I do wash them. People that never do must be pretty gross.
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post #1308 of 1444
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Originally Posted by dividedsky View Post

I'm more familiar with the opposite of this. There are people (apparently an entire subset of jean enthusiasts) that never, ever wash their jeans. Mine go a long time between washings because they simply don't need it but I do wash them. People that never do must be pretty gross.

Why is that? They don't want to ruin them? Ugh, I can't imagine never washing any article of clothing after it's worn been multiple times.
post #1309 of 1444
Baking soda for tooth powder.
People always refuse to try it because they think it'll be nasty, I find it to just be pleasantly salty.
And it only costs like 30 or 50 cents per year, and isnt toxic like tube toothpastes are.
post #1310 of 1444
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Originally Posted by dividedsky View Post

I'm more familiar with the opposite of this. There are people (apparently an entire subset of jean enthusiasts) that never, ever wash their jeans. Mine go a long time between washings because they simply don't need it but I do wash them. People that never do must be pretty gross.

Can't we just meet in the middle.

I wash my jeans as little as possible. We don't have a dryer, so it takes a long time for them to dry. Only if they get really dirty do I wash them.
post #1311 of 1444
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Originally Posted by kazyeeqen View Post

Can't we just meet in the middle.

I wash my jeans as little as possible. We don't have a dryer, so it takes a long time for them to dry. Only if they get really dirty do I wash them.

I have never understood people that use dryers in summer. What's wrong with hanging washing on a line in fresh air ?
post #1312 of 1444
Unfortunately some people can't hang out laundry. Luckily my apartment patio railing is solid and I put my two drying racks out there in the summer. No one can see them. I agree with you about not using the dryer in the summer. I've been air drying my clothes for years. Even in the winter sometimes.
post #1313 of 1444
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Originally Posted by Teresa View Post

Unfortunately some people can't hang out laundry. Luckily my apartment patio railing is solid and I put my two drying racks out there in the summer. No one can see them. I agree with you about not using the dryer in the summer. I've been air drying my clothes for years. Even in the winter sometimes.

I live in a flat and do not have a garden only a balcony. In winter or during rainy periods, I just leave it to dry inside.
post #1314 of 1444
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Originally Posted by Teresa View Post

Unfortunately some people can't hang out laundry.

I've lived in apartments where it would've been impossible to hang clothes out. I've also lived in apartments where it was risky to hang clothes out. Most likely my clothes would have magically disappeared if I left them outside.

I also don't like how clothes can become stiff and buggy when left out to dry. My mom would never shake the clothes while taking them off the clothes line when I was younger. There were way too many times when I would unknowingly put on a shirt or pair of pants that contained a bee, beetle, or some other insect until I got bit.
post #1315 of 1444
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Originally Posted by Auxin View Post

Baking soda for tooth powder.
People always refuse to try it because they think it'll be nasty, I find it to just be pleasantly salty.
And it only costs like 30 or 50 cents per year, and isnt toxic like tube toothpastes are.

Keep it up. My grandfather used baking soda to clean his teeth his whole life. At ~80 years old, the dentist told him he had his first cavity. "Pull it out, it is defective!" he told the dentist, who luckily drilled and filled it instead.
post #1316 of 1444
Since we bought a tumble dryer I only use that and never line dry anymore as using the dryer is so much easier. I have to do at least one load of washing a day though with eight animals living with us.
post #1317 of 1444
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Originally Posted by Shyvas View Post

I have never understood people that use dryers in summer. What's wrong with hanging washing on a line in fresh air ?

Besides the reasons already given, I have severe allergies and leaving clothes outside would make my allergies worse. It's easier and I'm in Southern California, we don't get fresh air. We get smog in our air
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post #1319 of 1444
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Originally Posted by fadeaway1289 View Post

I've lived in apartments where it would've been impossible to hang clothes out.

And I thought my previous apartments were small! Yours must be very cramped.

I used to hang out laundry on the curtain rod in the bathroom, and from an exposed ceiling pipe. Now I have a proper clothesline, but even in winter, I still hang stuff to dry inside, especially stuff that would lose functionality going through the dryer (any cold weather clothing).

Next apartment, I may try one of those retractable clothes lines.
post #1320 of 1444
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Originally Posted by das_nut View Post

And I thought my previous apartments were small! Yours must be very cramped.

I used to hang out laundry on the curtain rod in the bathroom, and from an exposed ceiling pipe. Now I have a proper clothesline, but even in winter, I still hang stuff to dry inside, especially stuff that would lose functionality going through the dryer (any cold weather clothing).

Next apartment, I may try one of those retractable clothes lines.

Here are some clothes airers for small spaces.

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/3/around-t...03c03c04.r16.1
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