Friday, May 10 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-05-10 21:45:06 GMT
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value. There's a lot of competition in world of canned tuna. I found three name brands - BumbleMore >>
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value.More >>
Friday, May 3 2013 5:27 PM EDT2013-05-03 21:27:16 GMT
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans. I bought six different brands of green beans. Del Monte and Green Giant are nameMore >>
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans.More >>
Thursday, May 2 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-02 21:39:15 GMT
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet. 1.More >>
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet.More >>
Friday, April 26 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-04-26 21:20:06 GMT
NBC12 goes the distance to find the real difference between name brand and generic products. Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with theMore >>
Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with the generic.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-04-18 21:52:41 GMT
Kevin Cutlip grows anything he wants to eat. Last month he showed you how to grow a seed in dryer lint. A month later, they have sprouted. He showed us the replanted celery base: "It's actually startingMore >>
Last month NBC12's Diva of Discounts dug up how to start a cheap garden indoors. Now it's time for outdoor planting. She's back with more tricks of the trade that will hardly cost you a thing.More >>
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I dread it, but it has to be done. It's the laundry and on average, it costs about a dollar to wash and dry one load. But you can do it for less without compromising your wardrobe.
When it comes to detergent, know your price point. I won't pay more than $3 for mine. And be careful how much you pour. Little marks inside the cap tell you where to stop. If you've got delicates, skip the expensive stuff and try baby shampoo instead.
A cheaper alternative to fabric softener is white vinegar. A cap of white vinegar removes odors and softens clothes.
There are three easy ways to save with the washer. First, use cold water. Its costs one fourth of what hot water does. Choose a shorter cycle and you'll use less energy and run your washer off peak hours-that's before 11 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
Moving onto the dryer, make sure your lint catcher and vent are free of clogging fuzz. I use the castoff to make fire starters with toilet paper rolls. Shake your clothes before you put them in to increase the surface area for drying. Tear dryer sheets in half or take 2 or 3 used sheets and put those in the next load together, your items will be just as soft.
A pair of tennis balls can help break up clumps of clothes. If you throw a dry, clean towel in with the wet load, it will absorb a lot of the moisture, cutting down on drying time.
The cheapest way to dry is good old fashioned hangers. Heavier items like jeans and towels slow the load when it comes to drying-good candidates for the hanger. Hung clothes have less pilling and fading, stretching the life of your clothes.
Making your own laundry detergent drops the price per load from 20 cents down to 2 cents a wash. To view a highly recommended recipe with instructions, click here.