Frugalicious Sugar Coconut Oil Body Scrub

During our colder winter months nothing feels better than a good body scrub especially one that smells like heaven, which is pure, and is actually beneficial to your skin as it contains coconut oil a.k.a natures miracle product.

Over multiple future posts I will be diving into all the crazy benefits of coconut oil.  Wow this stuff is amazing for your body, hair and to eat as a healthier replacement to extra virgin olive oil.

Ok I will digress.

I have been using this body scrub for a couple of months now and I have to say my skin has never felt better.

1/2 cup virgin or extra virgin  or virgin organic coconut oil

1.25 cup sugar – white sugar is great in this scrub and more economical however the brown is very lovely and probably what I personally prefer.

1 TBS Honey (optional)

Simply mix the ingredients together and you can play around with the amounts somewhat to get your desired consistency.  Remember that coconut oil is solid in colder temperatures and becomes a complete liquid once warm. You can let this solidify a bit in the refrigerator if you want a solid scrub or use it as a warm oil scrub. I like to keep my bottle in the bathroom thus it warms nicely with the warm shower air. Scrub gently all over and rinse.  Be careful whenever using an oil based product in the shower or bath as you can slip. 

You will absolutely love the smell and your skin will be more moisturized from the oil and soft from the sugar then you have ever had. A little goes a long way and you won’t want to scrub every day so this DIY scrub will last you some time.  You will be hooked!

It’s time we all stop buying all those drug store beauty products we have become accustomed to owning and start taking hold of our own products and make them ourselves. They are better made products, more pure products without all those terrible ingredients we don’t need and they cost a small fraction to the drugstore brands. Doesn’t it make sense?

Happy Scrubbin',

Top 10 Tips for Building a Stockpile

In my opinion every house needs a stockpile…without question and it is easy to accomplish a little at a time.  Not only does it greatly impact your budget but let’s face it, in case of an emergency it is in your best interest to have a backup supply of foods and other essentials. Also having a stockpile eliminates the need to rush out and purchase an item for full price, and also using your time and gas to do that too!

I have a stockpile that is a work in progress but I have set aside an area in my home to store my items and I try to add a little to it every week. Remember building a stockpile will take you time! You can’t have this surplus overnight and purchasing it all at once would probably mean you went over your grocery budget to achieve that, which is against the premise of stockpiling to begin with. Remember also you don’t need to be a “couponer” to have a stockpile – coupons are not easily available in my area and I still have a stockpile!

Top 10 Stockpiling Tips

1.  Eagle eye the flyers each week.  Watch for the sales! You will get to know prices and the value of an item and if it is worth buying multiples.
2.  Have a designated stockpile area set up so you can stay organized and also know how much you can comfortably store.

3.  Set aside a designated amount for multiple purchases each week.

4.  Check beyond the kitchen for toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper are great money saving stockpile items.
5.  Write a list of your 10-20 most used non-perishable items.  You can build beyond the list but it gives you a guided start on what to look for.

6.  Don’t fill your pantry with items that aren’t on sale; wait for markdowns or apply a coupon.

7.  Buy in bulk: If you have six coupons for Cheerios and they’re on sale, making the cereal 50 cents per box, buy all six boxes. The initial cash outlay will be higher, but you won’t have to buy cereal again for six weeks or longer.

8.  Take-it easy and make sure not to overbuy a particular item beyond your need.
9.  Watch expiry dates.  Gage how much you use per year and judge how many to purchase based on use over time and the items expiry date.

10.  Enjoy the process and be proud of yourself for being a savvy shopper.
 Happy Stockpiling!

Keep Your Money in the Bank - Money Saving Tips

1.   If you don’t already own one purchase yourself a separate stand-alone freezer.  It will pay for itself and much more over the years through the savings you will get buy purchasing foods in bulk.  I bought a stand up freezer used online and I have been able to stock purchase meats on sale and have saved so much money (more on that in future post).

2.   Always shop 1 year ahead for clothes – especially those with children.  Catching end of season sales for clothing can save you up to %75 off the ticket price.  For example, I always purchase my children’s winter snow suites, boots and mitts at end of season sales for the following winter – Massive Savings!

3.   Stop paying someone else to paint your home.  I see so many able folks spending a pretty penny to have their homes professionally painted.  Geez-Louise what a waste of money.  With some decent quality angled brushes and tools you can totally do it yourself.  Take your time and enjoy it and you will complete your room in no time.

4.   Skip the popcorn!  I have never seen such robbery then that of the concession stand at the movie theater. Eat before you go or if you must have some (yes I know it’s good) always limit yourself to small sizes only.

5.   Buy and install a programmable thermostat. Set the thermostat higher when you are gone during the day and cooler when you are at home at night
6.   Prepare you lunch at night. If you’re like me, you typically don’t have much time in the morning to make lunch, so do it at night and put it in the refrigerator. It will help you to stop eating out for lunch so much.

7.   Take notice of your homes windows. If you have an old house, you probably have a ton of air escaping through your old windows. The initial cost will be a good chunk of cash, but it will be worth it from years of energy savings to come.  If purchasing new windows is not in your plans get some chaulk and reseal them until you are ready to purchase.  Stop those drafts and you will save a ton.

8.   Don’t play the lottery. You’ve got a better chance at getting struck by lightning.

9.   Avoid extended warranties. These are like pure profit for retailers, that’s why they push them so much. Best Buy and others will try scare tactics to get you to buy one, but don’t fall for it.

10. Check craigslist/kijiji for used furniture. You can find steals on lightly-used stuff .  Actually older furniture has better construction and materials then most new items today.  Most of today’s furniture has poor craftsmanship and is often made of veneer and pressed wood and will likely need replacing in no time at all!

Broken Eye Shadow? Don't Trash it - Smash It!

How many times have you broken an eye shadow or blush to smithereens?  Once it’s broken its history right?  Wrong.

In a couple of easy steps you can fix your shadow to near new condition and save yourself the expense of the replacement and let’s face it these can be pricey.
Before we start with any of these steps please ensure your hands and all tools are cleaned.  Any germs will transfer into the powder so clean – clean – clean!
Step 1
Taking a small tool you want to break up all the shadow to make it 100% powder consistency again.  A cuticle pusher, toothpick or something similiar will do the trick. Make sure it is grem-free. No little clumps of shadow should remain so smash it up real good.
Step 2
You will want to pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol into its own cap (just to ensure you don’t pour too much).  Take the cap and pour the alcohol into your powdered shadow pod.  A couple drops at a time is best.  As you pour the alcohol in with your tool mix it up really good.  You want your shadow to take on a creamy (not overly watery) consistency.
Step 3
Once the consistency is right take the pod and hit it gently on the tabletop.  This will settle the entire product and smooth out the top layer.

Step 4
Wait approximately 2 hours.  During this time the alcohol starts to dry out.  Take a thin cloth, paper towel or tissue and place on top of the shadow and press down on your shadow.  This will again compress and flatten the shadow to the original store bought look.  Some people will use a coin on top of the tissue for a perfect flat surface (coins are dirty so handle them with care in this DIY).  Keep in mind bigger shadows or blushes will have longer dry times.  You don’t want to compress it when it is too dry or else it will just crumble again so test out before pressing. 

 Step 5

Overnight is a best bet for a full dry out time and voila your shadow/blush are back to new condition.  Take a q-tip or tissue and clean up edges for a perfect new look. Isn't it great you just saved yourself the money you would have spent to buy a new one?

 Cheers Friends,

Homemade Laundry Detergent = Big $ Savings!

How would you like to do your laundry for .03 cents a load as opposed to over .21 cents a load of Tide? How would you like to save a huge amount of money each year in detergent? How would you like to remove the worry of running out of detergent for a year at a time?  How would you like to be environmentally friendly by eliminating 8-10 plastic laundry bottles from your yearly carbon footprint?  How about I show you how to do this and it will only take about 30 minutes 1 time a year. 

I am talking about making your own laundry detergent.   A concept when I first heard of it seemed so odd, strange, bizarre – something that never even crossed my mind as a possibility.  Not only is it easy peesy many say that the cleaning performance is equal to or better than Tide and some of the leading detergents.  Once you do this one I am telling you will never go back to store bought brands for a plethora of reasons.

1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax – this can be found in your local grocer or Wal-Mart in the laundry detergent isle.
1 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda – again found in the laundry isle.   Don’t get this confused with Baking Soda as it’s not the same.
1 Sunlight Soap Bar – another item I never knew about (apparently amazing as a stain remover). Soaps used in other recipes Fels-Naptha (harder to find in Canada), Zote and traditional Ivory bar soap (the basic one with no additional scents or moisturizers).  I wanted a laundry bar for extra cleaning kick and I found them at Ace Hardware and Wal-Mart Superstore for $1.00 a bar.

Using my food processer I first used the shredding blade to shred up the Sunlight soap bar. 

Pour out the shredded soap in a side bowl then attach your dicing blade to processer.  Pour back in your shredded bar soap and add 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and 1 cup of Borax.

Blend and chop it all together.  At this point the bar soap breaks down very small blending right in with the other ingredients. Store in any container you wish (keep out of reach of children).

Remember to wash all your utensils very thoroughly after use.  Many folks who don’t own a processer simply use their cheese grater on the ‘fine side’.


You only need 1 tbs of this mixture per load (2 tbs for heavy soiled loads) and this will make 64 loads of laundry (based on 1 tbs per load).  I repeated this process 3 times to make myself 192 loads but you can do it as many times as you feel fit.  Remember 1 tbs is all it takes.  This is a low-suds super concentrated soap and because it is low suds it is fine to use on HE washers (which all their soaps are low suds).

Per Load Cost Breakdown

(based on 1tbs per load and 64 loads)
1 cup Borax = .40 cents/cup
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda = .30 cents/cup
1 Bar Sunlight Soap = $1.00
64 Loads = $1.70
1 Load = .03 cents

Yearly Cost Breakdown

In Canada an average of 392 loads of laundry are washed per year, per family (Source Gov.Canda).
Tide with Bleach = .21 cents (ave.)per load/$82.32 year
Home Recipe= .03 cents per load/$11.76 year
Savings: $74.56

There you have it so easy, so quick, so environmental – try it!

Happy Washing,

DIY Microwave Popcorn - 85% cheaper!

I am assuming at one time or another we've all bought our standard grocery store microwave bags of popcorn for its cooking convenience but have you ever really thought about how much that convenience is costing you?

Kerry at did the math and figured microwave popcorn costs around $22.65 for 12 boxes with 3 packets per box (source Amazon) — that’s $3.53 per pound! Compare that to the .50 cents a pound you pay for popcorn purchased in bulk! It’s so easy and healthier made at home once you start you won’t go back to Mr. Orville anytime soon.

It is such an incredible waste of money and like so many foods on the market it has a list unknown ingredients that are simply not good for you. For those of you watching your waistline home popcorn is a fab snack.

  • Get a brown paper bag. (Dollar stores are a great source for cheap bags)
  • Add a 1/2 cup scoop of popcorn kernels to bag.
  • Fold the bag over twice.
  • Stick the bag in the microwave.
  • Set it for 3 minutes on high.....however it is important to stay nearby and listen to the popping. Once it slows to 1 to 2 pops per second take it out.
  • Add topping of choice.

Think outside of the box for your toppings.  From Italian, curry, caramel, cinnamon, to nacho there are so many recipes for popcorn toppings that are really delicious.  Click Here for Topping Ideas.
So there you go oil free super easy popcorn. Stop buying grocery store prepackaged popcorn for the sake of your health and your wallet.
Happy Popping,

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