Friday, April 25, 2008

My Glamorous Life!

This is a picture of the area of under my kitchen sink, please excuse my torn shelf paper! Today I wanted to tell you a little story about my dishwashing detergent. For the past two years I have been using those nice little gel packs and I love them! They are so easy and no mess! Well, I ran out of them, so I went to the store to get more and I noticed the powder soap was on sale; it was such a good bargain, so I bought it. I just have it sitting under the sink in between the garbage can and the recycle can. (Now that I look at that torn shelf paper, it looks really horrible and I cannot believe that I am posting that picture for the whole world to see!).
Well, I went to grab the soap box and discovered that our sink has a new, small leak and guess what happened? Yep, it soaked right through the cardboard box for the detergent and it opened up the seal and it spilled every where. The bottom two inches of the box is like a brick because the water caused it to all cake together.
So what do I do? Being the thrifty woman that I am, I try to salvage it.
I poured it all into a big glass jar.
Because it got wet and some of it clumped together, I had to stab the chunks to break them down.

As I was standing at my kitchen sink in the middle of this little project, I thought to myself, "how much time am I wasting on this and how much money did I spend on that box of soap anyway?" It was probably under three dollars! Isn't my time worth more than $3.00? I know there are a lot of women out there who would just throw the whole thing out! I start thinking I'm kind of weird and I wonder why sometimes I go such lengths to save a buck.

Of course my jar had to be a cute one and I found a cute vintage scoop to use with it. I want to hear what you guys think about this, do any of you do this kind of thing? I do this with so many different things. I think it is good to be frugal and thrifty, but is this overboard? I know a lot of it has to do with we need the soap and I don't want to make a special trip to get more. Also, remember the saying.....waste not, want not!
Now the last thing..............
Leave a love note for my darling hubby!

"Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!" Psalm 90:17

Blessings! Sharon

22 comments:

Liz said...

This is hilarious Sharon!

Linda said...

Sharon you always make me smile...I'd do the same thing and I was also thinking waste not, want not....my grannma would always say that. Happy day to you. Hugs, Linda

Mardell said...

Hi Sharon!
I know how frustrating that can be ~ it's happened to me before too! I saved it also. :o) I also re-use ziplock bags, lunch bags, straws etc. I like to get at least a couple of uses out of them (if they're not too bad, you know?) We were taught at a very young age to be frugal ~ money was always tight. I still practice that to this day! I think that's why I love garage sales, flea mkts, & Goodwill's so much!

Have a great day & I hope hubby gets that taken care of you when he gets home. And BTW, your paper doesn't look THAT bad! :o)

Hugs!

Feathering My Nest said...

You are so funny. I think I would do the same thing you did, and I'd even wonder if I was weird like you did. The only thing is, you always have something cute to put it in.

Aren't our husband's wonderful? I know your Eric will have your sink problem fixed in no time.

Question: What ever happened to your baby bracelet?

I love you, Kathi

Kelly said...

Sharon!! Please mark that jar SOAP so none of the boys think it is powdered sugar or anything!!!!!!!
And I think that is a great idea to salvage it.......after all you would have had to go drive to the store and buy more anyway so I think you saved yourself time and money buy salvaging it, no wasted gas, no time wasted waiting in line etc..... have a great weekend!

Daughter of the King said...

Welllll....somedays I would toss it somedays I would save it...depends on the mood...or time...or ...the size of the mess...
It is a woman's perogative to change her mind, more than once and all in the same day, right?
Deby
Today I would have tossed it, btw

jen said...

Sharon I do this type of thing all the time! I remember in University we studied a principle called "Opportunity Cost". The quick version is basically what you described. Essentially if you spend say 1 hour to save $3 when you can work/ do something elsewhere (say at your job for $20/hour) then we are not making economic sense. However we have to factor into the equation other hidden values that we cannot put a price on like-not wasting things and adding more to the taxed landfills, being enviromentally friendly, the time it would take to go to the store to buy another box, the gas it will take to drive to the store to buy another box, the enivironmental cost once again in driving and producing greenhouse gases using the car, and the example you are setting for the future generations who live in your house in how to use money wisely, not dumping everything into a landfill, and so on and so on!

I go through this little questioning thing like you too sometimes. I think though it helps to consider these other factors we cannot put a dollar amount on and realize they are so important too. So give yourself a break. And hey next time if you decide to throw it out - don't beat yourelf up either. You saved it last time!

I just think your blog is great by the way! Little daily insights I just love. I hope I can be as wonderful of a wife and mother as you are when my son is older.

Have a great weekend!

Michelle said...

I would have done the same thing. I work too hard for my money to be wasteful like that. I love the little container, and the lid is so cute!

I think we are 'thrift' sisters at heart.
Blessings,
Michelle

Heather said...

LOL...

Sharon, this post was hysterical. I am not sure what is more disturbing though..you trying to salvage your 'under $3.00' detergent or the pic of your hand with the knife getting ready to hack it to death! LOL!

I would have opted for throwing it out, but I stink at money management. I am very frugal when it comes to clothing, furniture, anything like that. BUT detergent..not so much. In the end....all that matters is....

YOU FOUND SUCH A DARLING JAR TO PUT IT IN!!!! If I had such a cute jar...I would have hacked it to death, too!

Love and Hugs to you!

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

I'm one of those that would probably have tossed it...LOL!

I use the gel in the bottle...just recently I found out you are supposed to shake it up before you put it into the dispencers. It works the charm, making it thin enough to pour. Before it was so thick and yuck and I never felt like I got all of it that I should.

Gotta luv Hubbies ♥

Sharon said...

Kelly,

Thank you for your concern and the idea of marking the jar "soap". I don't think I have to worry about it though because I have the jar under the sink and the minute you take the lid off you can smell the detergent. That is really a great idea though!

:0) Sharon

Simply Heart And Home said...

Yes, Sharon, what happened to your baby bracelet? Did you trade yours too? :)

Gosh, that dishwashing soap was a mess. It does look cute in the jar though. Good job!

Gina

Sondra said...

My mom and my husband would have done the same thing that you did. Me-never-I would have tossed it. :)

luvmy4sons said...

Faithful in your duties. You go girl! I think of George Washington Carver who wore the same suit all of his life because it was more than enough and there wasn't any NEED for another!

Sharon said...

Wow Mardell....you are very thrifty and frugal! Good for you! I hope you have a terrific weekend!

Hugs and smiles, Sharon

Sharon said...

Jen....I clicked on your name and it did not take me to your blog, so I will write back to you here! Thank you for visiting and for your input on my silly post! I hope you have a great weekend!

:0) Sharon

SweetAnnee said...

of course you had to do something oh so cute and be oh so sweet
YOU ROCK
love ya
Deena

linda said...

Oh girlfriend...I think I would have tossed it! Our time is definately worth more than $3.oo!

I do put my laundry detergent in a large glass container with a scoop and have it sitting on my counter in the laundry room...but there's no knife involved!

Jan Parrish said...

You are so funny. I am shocked and horrified to see your shelf paper ripped! LOL.

I mean, the soap is still good, I would use it too. But next time just go to Costco and get the regular gel packs. I don't like the flakes for reasons such as that.

Jaderocks said...

Sharon you are so funny. I ran to my kitchen to see what it would look like if I took a picture under my kitchen sink and might I say torn shelf liner was mild compared to what I saw it was a wreck. Cleaning supplies thrown in all willy nilly no organiztion at all so I started cleaning. I would have kept the dishwasher soap but it would not have been as cute as yours when I got done.

Stephanie said...

I love your idea so much, that Im going to do that too!! In fact, I am going to buy Dollar Stroe soap and really save myself some $$$ ! Soap is soap, right ?!
Thanks for the awesome idea! I love being frugal!!
Have a great weekend :)
Stephanie

ps.... I hope you are enjoying the sun !!

Kelli said...

Under my kitchen sink is a scary place! LOL I love the little container you put the soap in...great idea!
Hugs,
Kelli

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