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Secrets to Where I Change My Coins for Cash for Free

Secrets to where I change coins for cash - for free! Hands holding coins

If you’re getting ready for vacation, the holidays, or want to splurge without breaking your budget, the perfect go-to is to cash in coins you’ve been saving. Which means you’re wondering, where can I change my coins for cash for free?

There are plenty of options to try to cash in coins for free without paying a ridiculous fee. These are the best places to take your spare change and walk out with dollar dollar bills, y’all.

What Banks have Free Coin Counting Machines?

Each bank varies so much that you need to call ahead to make sure you’re not wasting your time. Even between branches of the same bank, you can find differences in their policies.

When you call ahead, here’s what you should ask about coin cashing:

  1. Do they have a coin counting machine?
  2. Is it free?
  3. Do you need to be a member of the bank to use it?

If your local bank doesn’t have a free coin counting machine, you can ask if they’ll accept rolled coins. Again, if this is the case, ask:

  1. Is there a fee?
  2. Do you need to be a member to bring in rolled change?

Usually, banks without a coin counting machine will accept rolled change. However, don’t bank on it (see what I did there?).

A lot of the bigger banks have gotten rid of their coin counting machines altogether, including Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, Citibank, Chase, PNC Bank, TD Bank, and more. You’ll mostly still find coin counting machines at community banks and credit unions.

If you choose to roll your coins, you can try cashing in small amounts at various banks. Again, the policies will vary so always call ahead before you lug your mountain of change in and risk hurting your back for nothing!

Consider Opening an Account

Depending upon how much change you have and how often you need to exchange it, it could be worth it to open an account with a bank that accepts loose change.

If it saves your time and energy and you get to avoid fighting with coin wrappers, go for it. Just be sure that they don’t charge any monthly fees and don’t need a minimum amount in the account to keep it open. Those items could negate any advantages of opening and using the account.

Where can I change my coins for cash for free?

Bank Need to be a Customer Accepts Coins or Rolls Fee
US Bank Yes Coins, not rolls No fee
Wells Fargo Yes Coin rolls No fee
Bank of America Yes Coin rolls No fee
Citibank Depends on state Coin rolls Charges fee at different locations; call for more info
Credit Unions Yes Varies; call ahead Varies; call ahead
Local Banks Varies Varies; call ahead Varies; call ahead

Where to Get Coin Wrappers

If you’ve found a local bank or credit union that will take your rolled coins, ask them for coin wrappers. Most banks will give free coin wrappers to just anyone, whether they’re a member or not.

If you can’t find a bank that gives coin wrappers out for free by some weird twist of fate, you can always hit up a Dollar Tree or Dollar Store for them. While it’s an additional cost, it shouldn’t be much.

Dollar Stores sell them in packs of 36 for a dollar. Plus, they’re the nicer ones that have that are round and not flattened, so they’re much less difficult to fill.

Other Free Coin Counting Options

Get your Kids in on the Action

When I was in high school, my parents owned a vending machine business. Before they bought a coin counter for use at home, my siblings and I would count and roll the change.

I didn’t mind it, but it was time-consuming. And, my parents didn’t pay us, so I guess you could say that that’s another free option. Make it into a game and have your kids roll your coins. Or, offer them a percentage of the take for their help.

Try Visiting the Casino

Some casinos will take coins at the cage, no questions asked. You might have to dump your change into one of their coin cups, but they’re usually lying around everywhere anyway. Just make sure you don’t end up turning around and spending it on the slot machines!

What to do if You Can’t Find a Bank that will Accept Change

With fewer and fewer banks accepting change these days, you might want to find an alternative. The one that’s most commonly known as Coinstar.

Coinstar’s coin-counting machines are in the lobbies of various groceries, retail stores, drug stores, and even some banks.

Currently, Coinstar charges a painfully whopping 11.9% fee if you want to cash out your coins for paper money. Ouch.

However – don’t despair. Coinstar also offers gift card options that allow you to avoid that fee. The gift cards are for popular places, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with a card you’ll never use.

To use Coinstar, throw your change into the Coinstar machine. Then, once your coins are processed, you’ll be given the following options:

  1. Cash-out and get paper money (which will include Coinstar fee)
  2. Choose an egift card that will print out on paper (no fee)
  3. Apply your amount to your Amazon Balance (you can use this instead of a debit or credit card at Amazon)
  4. Donate your change to a charity (Coinstar has several different charities you can directly donate to)

If you choose the second or third option, you will be able to change your coins for cash for free. The following gift card options should be available at any Coinstar locations:

Gift Card Minimum Amount Maximum Amount
AMC Theatres $10.00 $100.00
Amazon.com $5.00 $1000.00
Applebee’s $5.00 $500.00
Cabela’s $5.00 $500.00
Chili’s Grill & Bar $5.00 $100.00
Domino’s $10.00 $100.00
GameStop $5.00 $500.00
Gap (can be redeemed at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta stores) $10.00 $500.00
Hotels.com $10.00 $500.00
IHOP $5.00 $200.00
Lowe’s $5.00 $1000.00
Nike $5.00 $500.00
Regal Cinemas $5.00 $100.00
Showtime $25.00 $200.00
Sephora $10.00 $500.00
Southwest Airlines $25.00 $500.00
Steam $10.00 $100.00
The Home Depot $5.00 $2000.00
iTunes $5.00 $500.00

Coinstar Locations

Some of the stores where you can find Coinstar include:

  • Acme
  • Albertsons
  • Cash Wise
  • City Markets
  • CVS
  • Food 4 Less
  • Food Lion
  • Foodland
  • Giant Eagle
  • Harris Teeter
  • Hannaford
  • H.E.B.
  • Hy-Vee
  • Jewel
  • King Soopers
  • Kmart
  • Kroger
  • Lowe’s
  • Meijer
  • Pavilions
  • Ralphs
  • Safeway
  • Shop ‘N Save
  • ShopRite
  • Target
  • The Food Emporium
  • Tom Thumb
  • Vons
  • Walmart
  • Winn Dixie

While this is in no way an extensive list of all of the CoinStar locations, you can quickly find the nearest Coinstar by using the locator on their website here.

Coinstar Alternatives

Strangely, it’s nearly impossible to find any Coinstart competitors, possibly due to consumers moving away from using cash.

The only Coinstar alteratives I could find were banks, and they seem to be handling coins to cash less often.

Other Ideas for Your Spare Change

Spend it.
Make sure to keep change with you and use it at self-checkout kiosks. There are still a lot of places where you can use quarters to make a purchase, like air machines for tires, candy machines, vending machines, and the like.

Donate it.
There are always many opportunities where you can drop some change for charity. Think Salvation Army at Christmas or the change jars at checkout counters. Coinstar also has an option to donate your change to charities when you cash it in.

Coinstar’s available charities will vary by the machine’s locations, but they can include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  • Feeding America
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • The Humane Society
  • Unicef USA
  • United Way
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Make some art or gift your coins to someone else.
When I was in high school, my grandma went through a phase where every present she gave us was a piece of art made out of change.

She did all sorts of crazy designs by arranging and gluing down change to cardboard and using bills folded into various shapes. (I’m pretty sure it took me longer to pick the coins off and soak the glue off than it did for her to come up with a design and create it though!)

While you don’t have to be crazy creative to gift your change, it’s one way to get rid of it and give a gift at the same time. Two birds with one stone, right?

Now that you know your options for cashing in your coins, make sure to use them for something good – like debt payoff, a vacation, or starting an emergency fund.

Did I miss any places where can I change my coins for cash for free? If so, let me know in the comments below!

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Free Stuff on Your Birthday: How to Cash In 170+ Deals

Free stuff on your birthday: How to cash in on 170+ deals!

Birthdays only come once a year – so why not take advantage of some freebies while you’re celebrating? There’s so much free stuff on your birthday that you can grab that it’d be crazy not to jump on these offers.

While I’m not suggesting you run out and buy everything you get a 15% off coupon for, birthdays are an excellent time to treat yourself a little sumthin’ special at the places you usually shop.

Free birthday gift from SephoraMany companies offer birthday rewards if you sign up for their email list or rewards club. I did find some that don’t require an email sign up to cash in, but most do.

For example, for my birthday this year, I snagged this fantastic gift Kat Von Dee beauty gift from Sephora. It included 3 shades of lipstick, a setting powder, and tattoo eyeliner (my fav anyway!). All for being a rewards member and just showing up during my birthday month. Sweet!

There are a lot of opportunities to grab free birthday makeup, but there’s also a lot of free food as well. Some of the restaurants I found give an entirely free birthday meal.

Seriously, an entire meal!

If you’re looking for free stuff on your birthday, you won’t be disappointed – though you might want to prioritize which ones you really want to get since it’d be impossible to get them all!

Free and Discounted Birthday Meals

From free appetizers with purchase to an entire free meal, restaurants love to give stuff away to help you celebrate your birthday.

90% of them will ask that you sign up for their email list or rewards club. If you’re worried about too much spam, set up a separate free email address that you can use just for email sign up offers. Then you can check it whenver you need a coupon for places that you shop.

Store Birthday Freebie Link Sign-Up Bonus
99 Restaurant and Pub Special offer that varies Special offer that varies
Abuelo’s Special offer that varies Special offer that varies
A&W Root Beer Float
Applebee’s Free treat like an appetizer, entree or dessert Free appetizer with purchase of entree
Arby’s Free milkshake Free roast beef classic sandwich with purchase of drink
Argo Tea Free drink (depending upon level) $3 credit when you download the app
Atlanta Bread Free cookie Free bakery item
Au Bon Pain Free birthday lunch Free travel mug
Auntie Anne’s Free pretzel Free pretzel when you spend $1
Baja Fresh Special offer that varies Free taco
Baskin Robbins Free ice cream
bd’s Mongolian Grill Free meal on your birthday $5 coupon
Benihana’s $30 gift certificate, plus kids get a freebie
Big Boy Free dessert
Biggby Coffee Free drink up to 24 oz
BJ’s Brewhouse Free pizookie Another free pizookie!
Black Angus Free steak dinner Free dessert
Bojangle’s Free Bo-Berry Biscuit with purchase Free 1/2 gallon of iced tea with purchase
Bonefish Grill Special offer that can vary
Boston Market Special offer that can vary
Brio Tuscan Grille Special offer that can vary
Brugger’s Bagels Free treat Bagel with cream cheese
Bruster’s Ice Cream Free birthday treat $3 off next purchase
Bucca di Beppo $20 birthday gift (we got a huge brownie sundae!) Pasta dish
BurgerFi Special offer that can vary Free fries
California Pizza Kitchen Free dessert or entree, depending upon your benefits level Free small plate
Cantina Laredo Free dessert
Captain D’s Free birthday dessert with purchase Coupon for a free dessert or appetizer with purchase
Caribou Coffee Free birthday treat Free drink after first visit
Carrabba’s Italian Grill Special offer that can vary
Carrino’s Free dessert $5 off next visit
Carvel Free birthday treat
Chevy’s Fresh Mex Birthday surprise Free appetizer with purchase of two entrees
Chick-fil-A Special offer that varies; check locations for availability
Chili’s Free dessert Free chips & salsa or non-alcoholic drink with every visit
Chuck E. Cheese’s Free birthday treat Free personal one-topping pizza on next visit
Cinnabon Special offer that varies Free minibon
Cold Stone Creamery BOGO coupon BOGO coupon
Cracker Barrel Free dessert
Culver’s Free birthday treat Free scoop of ice cream
Dairy Queen Birthday coupon BOGO Blizzard coupon
Del Taco Free regular size premium milkshake Free taco
Denny’s Free build your own Grand Slam on your birthday
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Special offer that varies Special offer that varies
Dippin’ Dots Free Dippin’ Dots
Dunkin’ Donuts Free drink Free drink
Dunn Brothers Coffee $5 to spend on a drink $3 credit when you download the app
Edible Arrangements Free 12 count chocolate dipped birthday box during your birthday month
Einstein Bros Bagels Free egg sandwich with purchase Free bagel and shmear with purchase
El Pollo Loco Birthday reward Free Pollo Bowl
Famous Dave’s Special offer that varies
Firehouse Subs Free medium sub the week of your birthday
First Watch Free entree BOGO offer
Friendly’s Free birthday sundaes for you + your kids
Fuddruckers Free birthday burger
Gneghis Grill Free bowl Free appetizer or dessert
Godiva Birthday gift
Great American Cookies Special offer that varies $3 coupon
Habit Burger Grill Special offer that varies
Hard Rock Cafe Special offer that varies
Hooters Free wings
Houlihan’s Free entree $10 off
IHOP Free meal Free meal
Jack in the Box Two free tacos with purchase
Jamba Juice Free juice or smoothie $3 off next order
Jason’s Deli $5 coupon
Jersey Mike’s Subs Free sub & 22 oz drink
Joe’s Crab Shack Special offer that varies Free appetizer
Johnny Rockets Special offer that varies Free appetizer
Kirby’s Grill & Steakhouse Free steak dinner $5 coupon
Krispy Kreme Free birthday treat Free donut
La Madeleine Free birthday bakery treat Free lemon madeleine or butter croissant
Longhorn Steakhouse Free dessert 100 bonus points (which is enough for four free sides, salads or soup upgrades)
Lennys’ Grilled Subs Free 7.5 inch sub Free chips and drink
Marble Slab Creamery / Maggie Moo’s Sweet treat $5 reward after signing up and first purchase
Marie Callender’s Special offer that varies; also gives special offers for wedding anniversary! Special offer for next dine-in purchase
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt $5 menchie’s money 25 bonus smiles for registering; $5 and 2x smiles for 60 daysfor downloading the app
Moe’s Southwest Grill Free burrito Free nachos with drink purchase
Noodles & Company Special offer that varies; must sign up 60 days before birthday
Noodles World Kitchen Special treat
Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen and Bar Birthday surprise
Nothing Bundt Cake Free Bundtlet
O’Charley’s Free birthday surprise
Olive Garden Free appetizer or dessert Free appetizer or dessert
On the Border Free queso Order of sopapillas
Orange Julius Free smoothie BOGO coupon
Orange Leaf $3 off
Outback Steakhouse Free dessert
Panda Express Birthday surprise
Panera Bread Free pastry or cookie Free treat
Pei Wei Choose one of five freebies
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Any size of your favorite beverage Free beverage after first check-in
Perkins Special offer that varies 20% off coupon
P.F. Changs Free appetizer or dessert
Pinkberry Free yogurt
Pita Pit Free pita
Pizza Hut Special offer that varies
PizzaExpress Birthday surprise
Planet Smoothie Free smoothie
Red Lobster Surprise birthday offer; must join at least 10 days prior to your birthday
Red Mango $5 reward $2 reward
Red Robin Free birthday burger
Shari’s Free slice of pie Free slice of pie
Rita’s Italian Ice Free birthday treat
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Free dessert
Ruby Tuesday Free burger or garden entree Free appetizer
Sbarro Special offer that varies Free XL NY slice with purchase of beverage within 24 hours of joining
Smokey Bones Free dessert $10 off your next $25 purchase
Sonic Special offer that varies
Sonny’s BBQ Free Big Deal Meal $5 coupon
Souper Salad Free meal during your birthday week $3 coupon
Spaghetti Warehouse Free meal during your birthday week Free appetizer with entree purchase
Sprinkles Free cupcake on your birthday
Starbucks Free birthday treat
Steak ‘N Shake Free specialty milkshake Free Double ‘n Cheese ‘n Fries
Subway Receive 20 points (good for a 21 oz fountain drink, bag of chips, or 2 free cookies)
Taco Bueno Birthday surprise
TCBY Birthday surprise
Texas Roadhouse Special offer that varies
TGI Friday’s Free dessert Free dessert or appetizer
The Cheesecake Factory Free sundae
The Melting Pot Free box of six chocolate-covered strawberries Free dessert or appetizer
Tijuana Flats Free birthday treat Free Tijuana Trio
Tommy Bahama Free dessert on your birthday $10 restaurant credit
Tony Roma’s BOGO entree
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Birthday surprise
Tucanos Free birthday meal
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Free dessert with purchase of an entree Free appetizer with purchase of an entree
Waffle House Free waffle
Wienerschnitzel Coupon for your birthday Free chili dog
Wingstop Free gift
Yogurt Mountain Free yogurt Free sandwich meal
Zaxby’s Free Nibbler Free sandwich meal

Free Birthday Gifts from Retail Stores

Again, most retail stores will want you to sign up for their rewards club or email list to in order to get your free coupon. Many offer great coupons that make it worthwhile though.

I like to save up any new clothes shopping for right around my birthday. There’s usually a ton of summer sales going on, plus the coupons boost my savings. I can’t resist a good coupon stack with a sale!

Store Birthday Freebie Link Sign-Up Bonus
Ace Hardware $5 coupon  
AMC Theaters Large popcorn r large popcorn and fountain drink (depending upon level)  
American Eagle Outfitters & Aerie 15% off coupon  
Anthropologie Free birthday gift  
Aveda Free birthday gift valued at $23; double points 15% off first purchase
bareMinerals Special offer that varies  
Banana Republic Special birthday offer  
Barnes & Noble Free cupcake for kids 30% off any kids’ book or toy
Benefit Boutiques Free birthday brow arch
Bliss Free birthday surprise 30% off any kids’ book or toy
Clarins Free birthday gift  
Columbia Free birthday gift  
Container Store Special & anniversary offers 15% off
CVS Free birthday gift Free welcome gift
Dave & Buster’s $5 game play $10 FREE Game Play with $10 game play purchase
Disney Movie Rewards 100 points  
DSW $5 or $10 to spend depending on level  
Famous Footwear $5 coupon plus 2x points on purchases during your birthday month Download the app and get 50 points (halfway to $5 coupon)
Gamestop Free birthday offer Buy 2 Get 1 Free pre-owned games (depending on level)
Hallmark Free card and discount (unable to verify this offer) $5 off your next purchase of $10 or more
IKEA $15 coupon; no minimum purchase
J. Crew 20% off and free shipping 15% off next purchase
JC Penney Birthday gift  
Journeys Special birthday offer (as well as ones specifically for kids)  
Kiehl’s Free lip balm or travel sized product (depending on level)  
Kohl’s Special birthday gift 50 points when you download the Yes2You app
Madewell $25 off a purchase (minimum purchase of $26)
Nyx Professional Makeup Special birthday gift  
Old Navy Special birthday gift 20% off your first purchase
Pet Supplies Plus Free birthday present for your pet (limit 1 per month & 3 per year)  
Petco Free birthday present for your pet  
RedBox One free DVD rental during your birthday month Free 1 night DVD rental
Regal Cinemas Free birthday reward  
Sephora Choice of 2 – 4 birthday gifts depending upon level  
Showcase Cinemas Free regular popcorn  
Smashbox Free birthday gift  
Tarte Cosmetics Free birthday gift  
The Body Shop $10 discount  
Ulta Beauty Free birthday gift  
Urban Decay Free birthday gift  
World Market Birthday gift 15% off coupon

Now that you’ve seen the possibilities of free stuff on your birthday, which ones are you going to cash in on? Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t forget to check out this great list of free things to do to go with your free birthday deals! Enjoy, and happy birthday!

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Amazingly Simple Cleaning Tips that’ll Save You Tons of Money

Every spring I feel the need for a refresh. There’s just something about the fresh air and sunshine that makes me want to review our budget, get rid of clutter, and do a deep spring clean. So why not bust open the windows and start your spring with my favorite frugal cleaning tips that’ll help you save a ton of money?

I hate spending a ton on cleaning supplies, especially when they just end up going down the drain. (Bad joke, I know.) Even more annoying is how bad they smell, and who knows what chemicals we’re even exposing ourselves to.

I shouldn’t have to worry about sucking fumes when I’m just trying to get a clean bathtub, ya know?

Here are my absolute favorite money-saving cleaning hacks. Not only are you saving cash, you’re avoiding those horrible chemicals as well. I consider that a win-win!

Every spring I feel the need for a refresh. There’s just something about the fresh air and sunshine that makes me want to review our budget, get rid of clutter, and do a deep spring clean. So why not bust open the windows and start your spring with my favorite cleaning tips that’ll help you save a ton of money? #cleaningtips #springcleaning #frugal

Cleaning with Vinegar

Vinegar has proven antimicrobial properties, and though it’s still a bit stinky, it works wonders when it comes to helping clean your house!

Some of my favorite uses of vinegar for cleaning are:

  1. Bathtub cleaner. Mix 1 cup of liquid dishsoap, 1 cup of vinegar, and 1 cup of hot water in a spray bottle. Spray it on your tub and tile, give it 5 minutes, and all traces of soap residue are gone without having to scrub hard at all. We switched to this years ago and haven’t looked back!
  2. Freshen your drains. Sink a little stinky? Pour about a half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by about a cup of vinegar. Let it still for about 20 minutes, then rinse with hot water. Great for garbage disposals or just kitchen sinks where food particles make it down the drain.
  3. Give sheets and towels a refresh. Add equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar to your next laundry load, along with the soap. It’s a great way to refresh those towels after your teen leaves them laying on their bedroom floor for a week.
  4. Use it as a disinfectant. Vinegar works as a great cleaner in humidifiers and coffee makers. Just run a mix of vinegar and water through, then make sure to run pure water through afterwards to rinse it thoroughly. Otherwise, your cream will curdle when you add it to your coffee. (Don’t ask me how I know this one!)

Other Great Homemade Cleaning Products & Hacks

There are tons of other great cleaning tips and tricks, but these are my absolute favorite because they’re so easy and so cheap!

Homemade Garbage Disposal Cleaner

We often end up with lemons that are past the point of being edible, and I love to find other uses for them. My favorite is to chop them up and freeze them with water in ice cube trays. Every week, I throw a couple in the garbage disposal and let it run. It not only makes it smell great, the ice is perfect for sharpening the blades of the disposal.

Fels Naptha for Stains

If you’re never had the joy of using Fels Naptha, you need to check it out. It’s just a simple bar of soap, but holy smokes – it’s great for getting stains out of clothes. A lot of recipes for homemade laundry soap often use Fels Naptha chopped up as a main ingredient.

I just wet the stained area of clothing and the bar of soap, then use a scrub brush or the actual bar to get the stain out. Sometimes I’ll let it sit for a bit before washing, but it’s a very low maintenance and easy way to get stains out.

Remove Clogs without Chemicals

If you’ve ever had long hair or lived with someone with long hair, you inevitably have ended up standing in ankle deep water while showering due to hair clogging the drain. It’s disgusting, I know.

In my experience, chemical drain cleaner is a joke. In order for it to even think about working, you have to use it several times and I’m always terrified I’m going to accidentally splash it in my eyes or on my skin.

We have two daughters with long hair, as well as myself – so you can imagine just how often the tub gets clogged. Thankfully, on a whim I picked up one of these crazy plastic drain cleaning tools and haven’t looked back since!

Who would have thought an inexpensive strip of plastic could be so amazing? Just push it down the drain, and pull it back out. The teeth grab the hair and make it super easy to get everything out. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries, but don’t say I didn’t warn you when you pull out the biggest hairball you’ve ever seen!

Cheap (But Effective!) Magic Erasers

Magic erasers are nothing short of amazing. They get anything of your walls, tub, or floors – including the finish if you’re not careful!

I went to pick some up the other day and saw that a three pack of the brand name where $8 at my favorite discount store. You have GOT to be kidding me.

Magic erasers are made from melamine sponge, which you can buy in sheets on Amazon. You can also find the generic version as well. For example, I found a 48 count of a generic brand for $12!

When All Else Fails, Try Vodka.

Believe it or not, vodka can be a great cleaning agent (and I’m not just talking your stomach lining).

Vodka is perfect for cleaning microfiber furniture. Just throw some in a spray bottle, hit the fabric, then use a scrub brush to work out the dirt. Wipe up with a damp, white cloth.

Got something that won’t fit in the washer? Use vodka to remove the smell. It kills odors and is perfect for spraying in shoes, on mattresses, and upholstery. Don’t water it down, and don’t soak the fabric. Keep it at a light mist, let the item dry completely, and reward yourself with a cocktail for all your hard work!

I just wet the stained area of clothing and the bar of soap, then use a scrub brush or the actual bar to get the stain out. Sometimes I’ll let it sit for a bit before washing, but it’s a very low maintenance and easy way to get stains out.

Additional Cleaning Hacks to Help Save Money

On my frugal path to debt freedom, I’ve run into a ton of tips and tricks to save money when cleaning. Some of the more useful ones include:

  • Wash/dry during off hours when electricity is cheaper (usually late in the evening and at night).
  • Consider using a clothesline instead of a dryer in the winter.
  • Use coupons combined with sales at drugstores to buy laundry soap in the smaller containers at the cheapest price.
  • Use socks in place of Swiffer cleaning cloths.
  • Add baking soda to your cat boxes to help cut any smells.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to remove ink and marker stains.
  • Cut down on paper towels by substituting reusable cloths where appropriate.

These tips will help you easily save money on cleaning supplies. Use these to get a jumpstart on your finding extra savings in your budget and get your spring cleaning off to a great start!

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Every spring I feel the need for a refresh. There’s just something about the fresh air and sunshine that makes me want to review our budget, get rid of clutter, and do a deep spring clean. So why not bust open the windows and start your spring with my favorite cleaning tips that’ll help you save a ton of money? #cleaningtips #springcleaning #frugal

Every spring I feel the need for a refresh. There’s just something about the fresh air and sunshine that makes me want to review our budget, get rid of clutter, and do a deep spring clean. So why not bust open the windows and start your spring with my favorite cleaning hacks that’ll help you save a ton of money? #cleaningtips #springcleaning #frugal