home life, natural living

Vinegar

My grandmother had The Vinegar Book, actually a booklet, for as long as I can remember. It’s now mine, and I love remembering her as I thumb through the pages.

Seven years ago I went “no poo”, meaning I used baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair. That works when it’s long, but with my short haircut I found it didn’t work as well. I’m growing my hair out now, so I’m eager to try again. It cuts down on expenses a lot – not that shampoo is too expensive, but it can be if your hair is long! Also, I always have baking soda and vinegar around, so I’m never in danger of running out of shampoo.

I use vinegar to clean pretty much everything. It’s great to clean off kitchen counters without using harsh bleach-based cleaners. I soak my menstrual cup in vinegar to clean it between uses. I add a few drops of essential oil to vinegar and water and use it as the “wet” solution for my Swiffer mop. My mom crocheted a reusable pad that I dip in the cleaning mixture before mopping my kitchen floors. Then just rinse it out and throw it in with your next load of laundry.

I used to drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water every morning. You can drink it cold or mix it with warm water and honey and sip it like a tea. I’ve tried both and they both seemed to help me feel better in the mornings; I felt more alert and my joints moved more smoothly. I tried the capsules for awhile because it was easier to pop a pill than sip a drink, but I never reordered when I ran out. I should probably go back to drinking it – I always felt the benefits immediately.

There are plenty of other uses and benefits of vinegar in my grandmother’s booklet; I need to look over them all and see how I can incorporate them into my daily life to go more natural. How do you use vinegar?

money, shopping

Online Shopping

I will admit it – I am addicted to online shopping.

I know this space is all about saving money and not having things, so that’s a weird thing to admit. Except I don’t mean that I overspend or indulge when I shop online. I am just addicted to the convenience.

I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for almost all of my household goods. I get toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner delivered every few months. I get toilet paper delivered every month. I get bags of coffee beans and cleaning supplies. Subscribing means I get a small discount on each purchase, which probably makes it a good deal, but I’m sold on the fact that it comes to my door on (or around) the same date each month, and I don’t have to think about it. To me, it’s like having your bills set on autopay – you know it’s going to get done, so you can put it out of your mind.

Every so often I get online and look at my subscriptions to change the frequency or get rid of one altogether. I only get what we need, and it’s easier for me than getting it all from a store – and probably a bit cheaper, especially with Prime shipping.

I need to research the shipping aspect, though. How much am I damaging the environment by having a big box of supplies shipped to me via plane or truck every month? Is it better than driving my car to the store every month, and possibly driving back for what I forgot? I’m not sure, but right now, with everything on my mind, it’s worth knowing these necessities are taken care of without any effort. I still go to the grocery store every two weeks for our food, and can pick up anything extra there, but it’s less of a hassle.

Do you do Subscribe and Save, or order most of your stuff online? Do you think you spend more or save more this way?