Sunday, July 28, 2013

3 ways to save money today - volume 3

1. Make your own deodorant:
 I've been using this for 9 months and it's absolutely fantastic. I was a total skeptic that this would work as I've always felt I "needed" an anti-perspirant. I've been very pleasantly surprised that the body odour I was masking with those freaky chemicals simply does not exist with the natural deodorant.


1/4 cup bicarb soda (baking soda)
1/4 cup cornflour
4 tablespoons organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil (I use the Melrose brand, available in the health food section at Coles).
10 drops essential oil (optional)

Mix all ingredients together until creamy. If the oil is solid it can be melted with heat to combine with the dry ingredients more readily. After your daily shower, just rub about a choc dot sized amount of paste onto the armpit area. In hot weather, your deodorant will melt unless kept in a cool spot, I keep mine at the bottom of the cupboard in the ensuite which is a very cool room so mine only melts on really hot days. If it does melt, it won't affect the quality, just give it a stir and pop it in the fridge until solid again.

*A note about the coconut oil. The stuff ain't cheap ($10) a jar. Don't let that turn you off. One jar will make several quantities of deodorant and each quantity will last ages. Compared to roughly $6 a pop for a can of anti-perspirant (if I remember correctly!) you will definitely save money using natural deodorant not to mention the huge benefit to your health.

2. Shop around for insurance.
If you've been with one provider for some time see if they can do a better deal. When comparing companies, write figures down and present them to possible providers (who are keen to go one better than their competitors).

3. Give regularly to charity.
What? I hear you say - aren't we talking about saving money? You can take or leave this advice but in my experience God will provide for those who provide for others.

My wool felt order has arrived and I hope to have the wool felt donut tutorial up within the next few days. Until then, God bless you :)


4 comments:

Erin said...

Love number 3 and totally agree. This has been my experience too.

DaffodilAngel said...

Thank you for the upcoming tutorial.

Mariangela Wells said...

I have all these ingredients in my kitchen and I can't wait to make it!!

Mariangela Wells said...

I can't wait to make this tomorrow!!