How to Clean the Inside of Your Dishwasher

Clean the inside of your dishwasher to keep it running longer!! 

How to Clean the Inside of your Dishwasher

In my previous life as a deli worker, I washed a lot of dishes. Needless to say, I don’t like washing dishes 😉 When we purchased our home in 2005, the first appliance we bought was a dishwasher. I clean the inside of it which has been the key to keeping our dishwasher running so long.

The dishwasher works by spraying the bits of food off the dirty dishes. Small particles go down the drain while the chopper and filter break down bigger pieces. Cleaning the inside of the dishwasher ensures the parts do not get clogged and broken by any food debris.

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Perks of a Living in a Small House

Living in a small house can sometimes be frustrating, but in reality small houses are pretty awesome!!

small house

In today’s housing market, it seems like bigger is always better. That mentality is frustrating for those of us who live and love our small houses. We love our 1100 square foot home with about 920 square feet for living space. However, there certainly are some downfalls. You can always hear your kids. Always. And if you can’t, it spells trouble. With limited storage space, finding ways to organize your home can be a challenge. Cooking in a small kitchen can make some recipes impossible or daunting. And personal space in a small house can seem non-existent. But focusing on the negative gets you nowhere. In fact, there are some awesome perks about living in a small house.

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5 Frugal and Easy Tips on How to Make a House a Home


Many things make us feel at home. The flooring, the wall color, new windows, new furniture. All of those things are awesome, but they aren’t the easiest or cheapest changes to make to your home. Today, I am talking about the little things you can do to make your house feel like a home. Best of all they are easy and frugal to boot!

Flowers or Greenery

Having something fresh and living (besides people of course) always gives a home a nice homey feeling. I opt for flowers since they don’t need as much upkeep. Fake plants and flowers are always an alternative if you have a black thumb. Flowers provide a nice pop of color and variety to your decor. And I have had excellent luck with our grocery store florist so I get amazing flowers at a cheap price.

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My #1 Budgeting Tip

The day has arrived. You are sick and tired of being sick and tired. You have realized you work too hard to be this broke. You have made the decision to control your money instead of your money controlling you. The decision has been made to get out of debt. You track your expenses, make your budget, but you still seem to be in the same cycle. Discouragement creeps in, and you want to quit. Which leads me to my number one budgeting tip: you will get dejected, there will be setbacks but the key to a successful budget is not giving up!

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DIY Laundry Detergent

Dave Ramsey says, “Debt is normal. Be weird!” Along your debt-free journey, you will do some weird things to save money: no cable tv, make your own yogurt, and, something I thought I would never too, make your own laundry soap. I never considered making my own laundry soap because I thought I didn’t have the space for it. Where would I put 4 gallons of laundry soap in my 10 square foot laundry area?! However, this method for making powdered laundry detergent is just another thing in a long list of things that makes me weird.

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