I have neck issues that pretty much make my continual search for the right pillow into a sacred quest. And far too often, I’m disappointed. You know … it’s the Goldilocks thing. This one is too soft. This one is too hard. But when will the just right pillow finally arrive?
Need help with a clogged bathroom sink drain?
Well, not THAT kind of clog.
What worked for me
I’ve only tried this on my bathroom sink. But with just some cheap shampoo and hot water, my clogged bathroom sink drain was running clear within minutes. And, in this case, I didn’t even need to add the pot of hot water that I had prepared.
I just poured about two tablespoons full of shampoo right down into the top of the drain, and stepped away to heat up some water. By the time I returned a few minutes later to check on the progress, the clog had disappeared!
Maybe fixing your clogged bathroom sink drain will take longer
I’m assuming that a more aggressive clog would take longer. But, in that case, I think you can use about the same amount of shampoo, at least the first try. And then wait about 20 minutes. Then add a potful of very hot water (not boiling water to avoid accidents).
Hopefully that will do the trick. But if it’s still clogged, just as you would when shampooing your hair, repeat and rinse. (You might wait a little longer if the first time didn’t work.)
Cheap is the name of the game
Since this is one of my posts to help you save money, first you will be saving on one of those pricey (and toxic) decloggers. But I also recommend you don’t waste your hard-earned money using expensive shampoo to try this.
Instead, go get yourself a big economy-sized bottle of any cheap shampoo. And then keep it around for the next “unclogging your bathroom sink drain” adventure. Please let us know how it works!
BTW … this works great for toilet clogs too. Just add a little extra shampoo, wait 20 – 30 minutes, and prepare two pots of hot water to top it off after the time has elapsed.
This may also take a second try, but it’s always worked for me. And with minimal effort!
I’ve also used this method: How To Unclog Your Drain (Without Toxins)
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The holidays are a wondrous time when thoughts can’t help turning to shopping. And lots of spending for the holidays. I’ll be taking a few weeks off, but in the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with just a few words about spending.
As good as it feels in the moment, your budget will take a hit for a looong time to come. So have fun … but it’s ok to tell yourself “Maybe I don’t need everything I see!” 😉
Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season. See you in 2018!
People often tell me that they feel so deprived when they try to go on a financial diet. Much like real dieting, saving money is really hard. The effort alone can leave you in a what feels like a psychological state of deprivation. Also like a diet, you long to get back to normal times again. But when you’re feeling deprived, each day can feel like forever!
Add to that the idea of doing this for the long haul, since old habits need to be broken. Just the thought of it feels like more than you can bear. Watching every penny? Denying yourself the very things that make life worth living? Feeling deprived forever??? That’s not what you want YOUR life to be. Nor should it have to be.
Waiting can feel like deprivation
When it comes to money affirmations, I want to be careful not to tread on any sincere beliefs. So let me say up front that I think the power of positive thinking and affirmations that aim your brain in a direction of abundance rather than poverty can be a helpful thing. At the very least, if it’s NOT all you do, there’s probably no harm.
I’d also like to add that very wealthy people who are all about the money as an end goal, feeling they never have enough, may not be as happy inside as poorer people who go through life in an abundance state of mind, no matter how much money they have. In the bigger picture, we can always find something to be thankful for — even if it’s simply the chance to begin anew at any time. Or a community of supportive people online who understand what you’re going through.
Where money affirmations may not work for you
A cash flow spreadsheet helps you track the amount of real money coming in and going out. Things like your salary or savings account interest are examples of money coming in. Your expenses (whether one at a time or regularly scheduled) are money going out.
Why should we even care about creating a spreadsheet to track every single dollar? Isn’t that something only a boring accountant would want to do? Probably yes about the “want” part. But it will help give you a full picture of your finances. So I’m hoping I can get you to want to do it too.
How to create your own cash flow spreadsheet
Budget plan spreadsheet. The words alone have such an awful sound. Boring! And then you think what those words might mean for your life — like setting up spending “limits” to your spending. Not much there to get excited about either, is there?
But what if I tell you those “limits” can eventually help buy you freedom? And the ability to buy things you really want down the road. Or help you retire one day without relying on cat food lunches. Or simply help make it possible for you to be able to sleep late without credit vampires waking you up.
Why a budget plan might be a good thing
I’m guessing you already have some idea of why you might want to create a budget plan for yourself. Maybe you don’t have any savings. Or maybe you see everyone else around you with a lot more savings. And you want to do that for yourself.
Perhaps you’re dreaming of a house some day and want to be able to truly afford it. And you don’t want to be swamped by debt while trying to live the good life. Or maybe you simply worry that you’re spending is out of control. And you can’t imagine what being in control again might even look like.
So a budget — our new best friend — might be exactly what’s needed. First, it helps you get a handle on what you’re really doing with your money over time. But also the things you learn can help you develop new habits that become second nature to you.
How to create your budget plan spreadsheet
Are they all earning salaries in the hundreds of thousands? Did they win the lottery? Well, for some people … yes. But for the rest of us who have managed to save our money even in tight times, you might be surprised at the tricks we use to build up those all-important savings accounts!
Tips to help you save money to invest
No matter which brand of dishwashing liquid you buy, you know that more often than not when you squeeze the bottle a lot more of the soapy liquid comes out than you need. Well … you can save money by simply adding water to the container as you use it.
I know that doesn’t sound like major savings, but why waste your hard-earned money that way? You’re only making the manufacturer richer. And even if you tell yourself “I’ll be more careful next time,” it happens again. And again. Money down the drain — literally!
What I do instead
My solution (no pun intended) is not to work to remember, but to make it easy to forget. By watering the dishwashing liquid down a few times as you go along, you’ll see you can get more than enough soap with the same amount of liquid — and wind up saving some money at the same time. Lasts longer too.
I usually add at a little right away before using, just to top it off (you still need to leave enough room to be able to shake it). And then after I use up about an inch, I add some more water and shake again.
Close cap tightly, and shake bottle well to get liquid evenly distributed.
You can probably do this a couple of times more as time goes on – up to 1/4 or even a 1/3 of the total. You’ll get the hang of what works for you. But of course you don’t want it all to be water! 🙂
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Judy H. wrote to ask me about her Medicare coverage. She says she’s confused by all the information and choices out there. She’s not alone! Should she stay with her Medicare Advantage vs Medicare Supplement (Medigap)? Or should she just do straight Medicare and pay the 20% on her own?
While I’m not a Medicare expert, I do understand some of the basics. I also did some online snooping to hopefully help guide her to finding an answer that’s right for her Here is her question and my response: