I am really trying to be frugal. Really. I swear. I am trying to coupon and shop for deals, and I've had some successes (4 Aveeno products for $8...not bad) but it seems like for every step I make forward, I have to take a couple stumbles backward.
It just seems like i HAVE to save money. We are expecting a few major financial needs over the next few months, including another week of MULA (mandatory un-paid leave of absence), and with so many good deals available, it seems like I ought to be able to cut back and still meet my family's needs.
So--I decided to try making my own laundry soap. Its kind of the cool thing to do in my ward. The first step is to melt felsnaptha on the stove top. I chose to do this at the very time my girls were coming home on the bus, dropping their backpacks on the kitchen floor and demanding a snack. This is what I ended up with:
Seriously, only I could make such a mess of soap. At least I had a clean stovetop afterwards. Hannah said she thought it looked like vomit. I say its more like snot.
I'll try again, and I still think its worth the effort (although I'm not sure I was able to salvage the detergent...it looks really strange).
But come on, universe, shouldn't it be easier to do the right thing?
I'm in desperate need of a soul-satisfying craft project. Halloween costumes, here I come!