My name is Melissa and I am a penny pincher.
My husband has a love/hate/mostly hate relationship with my money saving tactics, but I won't stop, can't stop.
My first money saving tactic is my favorite one to tell people about:
1) I shower once a week.
"Ewe, you're disgusting, that's gross."
K, great. Now that we're past that, lemme explain...
Why would we constantly train our bodies to overproduce natural oils by washing them away 1-2 times a day? Our skin and hair are constantly pushing out oils because we're always removing them in the shower. Also- what a waste of water, people. Countries are in desperate need of a well to hydrate entire communities, but we feel the entitlement to shower twice a day for NO REASON! The hippie in me just died.
Until somebody can prove me wrong by saying why showering that much is necessary, I will continue with my once-a-week routine.
After I finally ran out of my POS shampoo and conditioner, I went shopping for a brand that hopefully didn't have any type of acid in it(I'm highly allergic). Unfortunately, finding a non-acidic conditioner is IMPOSSIBLE. I was looking at brands that cost $23 for an 8oz bottle and wanted to cry. So, I started looking for affordable products that didn't have the name "Suave" or "Generic"(who names a brand that?).
My friend Lauren told me about her Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda hack, and I was immediately intrigued. Using a 1:4 ratio of Soda/ACV to water, I will pour the ingredient into a mason jar, and then fill it to the brim with hot water in the shower and dump it on my head. Because I have a TON of hair, I will start with a 1/4 cup of baking soda to 1 cup of water, rinse, then do the same with the ACV plus a drop of Cedarwood or Tea Tree Essential Oil from Young Living.
Every 5-6 months, I will swing by Costco and buy their 13.5 pound bag of Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar(I think it's 4 jars). All 3 of us use both to wash our hair and bodies, and I still have 1/4 a bag of soda and an entire jar of vinegar left.
So there ya have it...my hippie, money-saving shower hack. Take it or leave it!
I'm gonna go NOT shower...