$500 Visa Gift Card Giveaway and Spring Money Saving Tips – Ends 3/31

$500 Visa Gift Card Giveaway and Spring Money Saving Tips

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Money Saving Tips for Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again. Yep, spring cleaning time. Now that winter is coming to an end do you feel like you need to open every window in your house and get rid of all the clutter that has accumulated over the past few months? I know I do. And I don’t want to spend a lot of money on cleaning supplies. Actually I would like to make some money on the things I don’t want or need any more. Here are a few suggestions.


Making your own cleaning supplies is easy and helps with expenses. Not only for spring cleaning, but year round.

Window cleaner: In an empty spray bottle – mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Question: Do any of you use newspaper on your windows? I have read about this tip many times but still have never tried it. Does it really work to keep  window streaks away? If so, you will be saving money on paper towels.

Bathtub and Toilet Scrub: Mix equal parts baking soda and borax. Wet the surface before you use this mix and then scrub with a brush. You will find that there is no soapy residue that creates scum build up.

All Purpose Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle by using 1 cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish detergent, then fill the rest of the way with water. (I know Dear Heloise swears by using vinegar for just about everything.)

Make your own cleaning rags out of old t-shirts or socks you may be getting rid of.

Hints to help you clean and organize. And make some money.

De-clutter and Organize as you clean. Spring cleaning is a great time to take stock of everything you have, organize it and get rid of what you don’t use. You need to save time by de-cluttering before you organize. Why organize things you don’t need or want?  You can even make some money recycling your used items.

What a great time to support those less fortunate than you. Kids really get into the idea of donating their used items (in good condition) once you explain the purpose of the donations. No, you won’t make any money by donating but sometimes the feeling of helping others outweighs the monetary gains.

Make some money off of the items you plan to get rid of that are in good condition. There are many ways to accomplish this. Here are just a few ideas.

    1. Hold a garage sale. Community/neighborhood garage sales are the best. These tend to drive lots of traffic.
    2. Find a local consignment store. Call and check their policies.
    3. thredUp  offers an online option for selling high quality, like-new children’s, junior’s and women’s clothing. Order a FREE bag, fill it up, and send it to them for FREE. They include prepaid postage for USPS and UPS. Choose what’s more convenient.
    4. Twice is an online site for selling adult designer brands. You can print a FREE Prepaid Label you can stick on any box. Don’t have a printer? Not a problem. They also offer FREE Prepaid Bag that holds 20 garments. Check this out: You can get a get a $10 gift certificate for signing up.
    5. Craigslist is an online site where you can sell just about anything(be sure to read all of their disclaimers and safety tips).
    6. Sell phones and electronic devices on Gazelle.com.
    7. Sell Your Books on Amazon and earn Gift Cards. You ship your books to Amazon for FREE and get up to 70% back.
    8. Sell on Ebay.

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  1. so awesome giveaway thanks

  2. Love the tips, thanks

  3. Could totally use this!

  4. Kyle | Rather-Be-Shopping.com says:

    Great tips! We use newspaper to dry our windows all the time and it really does work great and leaves no streaks. Also works great when cleaning the car windows. Thanks for co-hosting this!

  5. Widyaning Ambarwati says:

    Lovely tips and awesome giveaway. Thanks.

  6. Laura Gill says:

    Cool giveaway thanks!

  7. I would spend it on things for my new house

  8. Karina Lee says:

    i would buy a new computer

  9. I would save up for me and my fiance’s wedding! We have no money but we plan to try and get married on our next anniversary 09/08/2013 !

  10. Sam Dock says:

    I would pay down our crazy high winter electric bills and put the rest toward a dep freezer

  11. Love your tips! I would use the money to pay my heating bills which have been high because of all the cold weather here in minnesota. thanks for this giveaway! connie danielson

  12. ronda thomas says:

    I dont know about the newspaper on windows either but willing to give it a try!

  13. Buy a new dishwasher!

  14. I would buy summer/spring clothes.

  15. I’d buy a stroller.

  16. Cynthia C says:

    I’d save it to use on vacation.

  17. summer clothes for my son and some new scrubs!

  18. i would get a ipad

  19. I would put the money towards medical bills

  20. Adrienne gordon says:

    i’d buy lots of groceries

  21. I would pay off some bills, and save a little bit to treat my boyfriend to a nice dinner out. Thanks for the contest!

  22. Jason Crooks says:

    I would get a new printer and put the rest towards bills.

  23. I would put it towards a vacation.

  24. kim burnett says:

    i would buy a new computer

  25. I would pay bills.

  26. I would buy a new rug.

  27. meckinzie campbell says:

    I would take a mini vacation

  28. Barbara Montag says:

    I’d tuck it away for our vacation fund – thank you.

  29. Jody Sisson says:

    It would pay some bills.

  30. I would use it for car repairs.

  31. Kenny F. says:

    put it towards a carr

  32. Probably get caught up with bills. I’d like to do something more exciting with it, but my wife has been out of work for several months now.
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  33. Sam Dock says:

    I would use this money to pay down our crazy winter electric bills :/

  34. Finally buy a new computer – ours died last summer & we’ve been doing without!

  35. This would help cover a LOT of materials for my DIY bathroom complete renovation

  36. Theresa Shafer says:

    I have been saving for an air purifer, but the house needs some work.

  37. Sara Wood says:

    I would take a vacation and buy some clothes

  38. I would definately use it towards bills

  39. Would use it towards moving expenses.

  40. Rachel Miller says:

    I would put it towards filling up the oil & propane tanks :)

  41. Nadine L says:

    First I would pay of my Walmart CC, then I would use some to buy a nice, used treadmill

  42. Danielle Whitfield says:

    I would get my daughter a Vendi Jr. I would get my husband a cell phone. I would get myself a new outfit to workout in.

  43. I will buy some new curtains, dining chairs, some sandals. Thanks for the household tips.

  44. It would go towards our family vacation
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  45. Maya TheBee says:

    I would buy a nice winter down jacket!

  46. I’d buy something nice for the family

  47. Jessica G says:

    pay off my credit card

  48. Heather S says:

    great tips and contest!

  49. Terry Cross says:

    Probably pay some bills

  50. Fix my car.
    Thanks for the contest.

  51. latisha depoortere says:

    I would love a kindle but would use it for useful stuff for the house! thank you for the great giveaway!

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