Friend Cindy, formerly of Flylady fame and now winging it at KellyAndCindy.com, has a great frugal saying that I've claimed for my own: "Shop at home first!"
Today, we'll do exactly that: check closets and drawers and boxes for holiday supplies, overlooked gifts, and all the holiday wrap-and-mail supplies we'll be needing in the weeks to come.
If we'll need it for Christmas, and we have it somewhere, today's the day we'll rout it all out and put it into the holiday lineup!
Gift items bought at the summer crafts fair. Stocking stuffers collected during the year. Gift wrap bought during last season's post-holiday clearance sales. Holiday cards or supplies for holiday letters. Stamps, mailing boxes, bubble wrap and packaging tape. Wherever they are, wherever they live, it's time to shop for them at home, first.
Use blank lined paper to note what you already have, and only then, add any missing items to the master shopping list. Shopping at home first pays off!
Dishwasher not doing the job these days? Detergent tablets may be to blame! Shreds of tablet packaging can find their way into dishwasher sprayers and block tiny holes that spray the dishes. Remove sprayer arms and clear any blockages to restore the dishwasher's cleaning power.