I love the different tips that we get each week with Crystal's Frugal Friday. It's always inspiring to see how different women save money for their family.
I believe that frugality is a mindset. It's how we view every purchase. It's certainly searching out sales but I believe it goes beyond that.
It's how we decide to grab a cloth instead of a paper towel. It's maybe adding water to the very last of the shampoo in the bottle to get one more washing. Maybe we buy products that are re-usable instead of disposable. Several come to mind. Cloths verses paper towels. Cloth diapers instead of disposables. Maybe even re-usable feminine products.
My sister got me a S*wiffer mop for Christmas one year. Really. We're that kind of family. I really liked the convenience. And since it came with several pads, I really got used to it. So when I ran out I, of course, went to buy more. And got sticker shock out of the price. The pads were more than the mop!
So I had to find an alternative.
This is my non-disposable mop.
Of course, it's not a s*wiffer mop. It's another brand. It came with 3 cleaning pads that I wash with my towels. The head has these long Velcro strips and the whole back of the cloth attaches to it.
When I'm done I just rip it off and throw it in the laundry.
I grab whatever cleaner I want (plain vinegar and water that I keep in a squirt bottle), squirt some on the floor and mop away. I can control the amount of fluid and what kind of cleaner goes on what floor.
I paid less than $20 for it (go to QVC, and do a search for "Don Ashlett Mop") and have been using it for at least 4-5 years.
But the point isn't really the mop. It's that I wanted something that I didn't have to continue to throw money into.
It's just the way I think.
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