Did you know it is possible to overdose your washing machine with detergent? Yeah, me neither. I guess I always understood on some level that overloading household appliances with cleaning solutions was bad, but Consumer Reports has provided actual proof, and apparently detergent makers aren’t much help.
A post at the Consumer report blog explains how poorly designed caps on laundry detergents can lead consumers to add too much detergent to their washing machine. Not only is this wasteful (and costly), it can lead to soap and lint build up inside machines. It can also cause some newer machines to work harder than necessary to remove extra soap suds.
Bottom line? Be sure to check for the fill line to properly measure your detergent.
The Fab Five
Should You Stay At Your Cushy Job. This article presents an interesting dilemma. Do you stay at a “cushy” job which doesn’t require much mental, physical and emotional energy (and overtime) or move on to one that does provide those things, along with more challenge? I agree that the only way I’d stay in such a job is to pursue a side hustle that could one day become my primary hustle! (@ My Wife Quit Her Job)
Breaking Bad Financial Habits – Impulse Purchases. We are guilty of making impulse purchases, but I make a lot less than I used to. There are a number of excellent strategies for fighting the urge to make impulse purchases, but I particularly liked the $100-a-day rule. Read on to find out what it means. (@No Credit Needed)
30 Days of Disney. A couple weekends ago I mentioned that we might be gearing up for a Disney vacation within the next year. I asked for tips and resources, and received tons of comments with excellent ways to make the vacation special without breaking our vacation fund. One of the best tips was to visit The Happy Housewife, who is in the middle of a “30 Days of Disney” series herself. Excellent resource! (@The Happy Housewife)
Powerful Advantages of Renting a Home Before You Buy. Everything seems to go in cycles. A few years ago the idea of renting was met with laughter with sophisticated real estate types. Now, people generally recognize that renting isn’t so bad after all. I agree with the author that it can be a great way to “test drive” a home before buying. (@Debt Free Adventure)
- 99 Painless Ways to Save Money The Dough Roller just released this eBook to subscribers, and there are some real gems in there!
- Dry Cleaner’s Secret. The folks at Woolite were nice enough to send us a few samples of Dry Cleaner’s Secret, a new alternative to traditional dry cleaning (something I hate because of the bill). I tried it on a number of dress shirts and was pleased with the results. Best of all; no bag required.
What’s On My Nightstand
I’m making an effort to get back into a reading routine, and have selected two books I’ve had on my wish list. I don’t know that I’ll create full-length book reviews when I’m finished reading, but I plan to mention them here, and I’ll probably incorporate stuff I read into a post or two each week.
- Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard
- Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement by Robert Clyatt
You might have noticed the “Best of the Rest” feature is missing. I plan to include those in a separate post over the weekends to break up what was becoming a very crowded weekly roundup post. Look for those familiar favorites as part of my Sunday schedule.