dry milk vs liquid again- Budget101 Discussion List

I just bought both at the stores I shop at and looked at my bills for these. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, FYI. A container of dry milk that makes 8 quarts (or 2 gallons) is $8.28 (grocery store brand). That's a cost of $4.14/gallon using dry milk.

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  1. #1
    Stephanie Dark
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    I just bought both at the stores I shop at and looked at my bills for

    these. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, FYI.



    A container of dry milk that makes 8 quarts (or 2 gallons) is $8.28

    (grocery store brand). That's a cost of $4.14/gallon using dry milk.

    A half-gallon of liquid milk is $2.49 or a cost of $4.98/gallon for

    liquid milk (we use the paper containers from Trader Joe's; if gallon

    containers came in anything besides plastic we'd get those to save on

    the price of milk).



    So, I would save 84-cents per gallon by using exclusively dried

    instead of liquid milk. Since my kids know the difference in taste

    when I give them the powdered vs. liquid (and they don't like the

    taste), what I am doing is using the dry when cooking and the liquid

    for drinking; I hope we can save some pennies this way.



    Just another milk comparison for everyone to see.

    Stephanie








  2. #2
    J Diane Northcutt
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    In this part of the country the 20 quart ( 5 gallon) box of powdered milk is a much better buy than the 8 quartbox. You get a much cheaper price per gallon that way.
    Diane
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Stephanie Dark
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 7:09 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : dry milk vs liquid again





    I just bought both at the stores I shop at and looked at my bills for
    these. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, FYI.

    A container of dry milk that makes 8 quarts (or 2 gallons) is $8.28
    (grocery store brand). That's a cost of $4.14/gallon using dry milk.
    A half-gallon of liquid milk is $2.49 or a cost of $4.98/gallon for
    liquid milk (we use the paper containers from Trader Joe's; if gallon
    containers came in anything besides plastic we'd get those to save on
    the price of milk).

    So, I would save 84-cents per gallon by using exclusively dried
    instead of liquid milk. Since my kids know the difference in taste
    when I give them the powdered vs. liquid (and they don't like the
    taste), what I am doing is using the dry when cooking and the liquid
    for drinking; I hope we can save some pennies this way.

    Just another milk comparison for everyone to see.
    Stephanie





  3. #3
    J Diane Northcutt
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    Am I the only person that is finding it more expensive to make my own laundry detergent. There are a couple of brands of laundry detergent at Walmart that only end up costing only 4 cent per ounce. The cheapest Washing Soda I can find is9 cent per ounce and Borax is 3 cent per ounce which makes a final product of 6 cent per ounce ,but wait, we have not added the bar soap yet.That will increase the cost srtill more.
    When you guys say thathomemade is cheaper, do you mean cheaper than name brand?

    Diane
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  4. #4
    Pj
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    I don't think you're including the ounces of your water.
    I just made a batch this morning and this is my cost breakdown (I live in the SW)
    Borax - 42 cents per half cup
    Washing Soda - 25 cents per half cup
    1/2 c. grated soap (I make my own soap, so I just use my leftover ends)
    1/2 c. Purex color bleach (this is an extra, approx 30 cents)
    I end up with about 4 gallons of soap.
    My cost for 4 gallons of soap is LESS than $1 !!


    <font color="#347d7e" face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">Insane Mom to J, J, N, L, B, H, N, N, N, B, B, K, K, T, S, R <font color="#347d7e" face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">ages 29y - 14mo <font color="#347d7e" face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">(but only 10+ kids at home now)

    --- On Mon, 7/7/08, J
    Diane Northcutt <jdnorthcutt@ftc-i.net>
    wrote:
    <blockquote style="border-left: 2px solid rgb(16, 16, 255);">From: J Diane Northcutt <jdnorthcutt@ftc-i.net>
    Subject: Budget101.com : the cost of homemade laundry detergent
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Monday, July 7, 2008, 4:27 AM

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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Am I the only person that is finding it more expensive to make my own laundry detergent. There are a couple of brands of laundry detergent at Walmart that only end up costing only 4 cent per ounce. The cheapest Washing Soda I can find is9 cent per ounce and Borax is 3 cent per ounce which makes a final product of 6 cent per ounce ,but wait, we have not added the bar soap yet.That will increase the cost srtill more.
    <font face="Arial" size="2">When you guys say thathomemade is cheaper, do you mean cheaper than name brand?
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Diane
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  5. #5
    Laura Sharp
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    I worked up the figures for homemade laundry soap a few years back, just to check, here&#39;s what I came up with...
    Borax, 76oz box... 1/2 cup=3oz... 25.3 1/2 cups per box (rounded to 25) pd 2.29 for the box equals .0916 cents per 1/2 cup.
    Washing soda 55oz box... 1/2 cup=4oz... 13.75 1/2 cups per box (rounded to 14) pd 1.99 for box equals .142 cents per 1/2 cup.
    Fels Napths soap, use 1/3 bar, paid 1.09 for bar comes to .36... added together...
    36+ 9&#43;14= 59 cents per batch... I get 60 uses per batch... I use the liquid or gel homemade recipe...

    I don&#39;t pay for water, and as for the energy to use the stove, I usually am cooking something else when doing the soap anyway, so don&#39;t bother to add it in... wouldn&#39;t know how to to deduce all that energy stuff anyway...lol.

    Now, with a front loader, I use even less per load, so I&#39;m paying less than a penny per load.

    Laura
    swOhio
    zone 5-6


    On 7/7/08, J Diane Northcutt[/b] <jdnorthcutt@ftc-i.net> wrote:

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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Am I the only person that is finding it more expensive to make my own laundry detergent. There are a couple of brands of laundry detergent at Walmart that only end up costing only 4 cent per ounce. The cheapest Washing Soda I can find is9 cent per ounce and Borax is 3 cent per ounce which makes a final product of 6 cent per ounce ,but wait, we have not added the bar soap yet.That will increase the cost srtill more. <font face="Arial" size="2">When you guys say thathomemade is cheaper, do you mean cheaper than name brand?
    <font face="Arial" size="2">
    <font face="Arial" size="2">Diane
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    Laura
    sw Ohio
    Zone 5-6


  6. #6
    Michelle Belt
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    I just made anither batch teh last batch I made was about 6 months ago. So I do not hvae to buy laundry soap every month like I used to do. So this is where i save money

    My recipe is : I box Borax 1 Box Washing Soda 2 bars of Ivory Soap : So for 2.99 + 2.79 + 1.00 = $6.78 for about 6 to 8 months of Laundry Soap


    OLD way of doing wash : Approx : 4.00 for 20 loads So say I do 100 per month ( which used to happen...lol ) that is $ 20.00 per month for Laundry Soap So take 20.00 x 6 = $ 120.00 per 6 months for laundry soap. This is where i see the savings.



    ALso I have emailed all websites and got mnf cpns which also help.

    HTH

    Michelle
    On 7/7/08, J Diane Northcutt[/b] <jdnorthcutt@ftc-i.net> wrote:







    <font face="Arial" size="2">Am I the only person that is finding it more expensive to make my own laundry detergent. There are a couple of brands of laundry detergent at Walmart that only end up costing only 4 cent per ounce. The cheapest Washing Soda I can find is9 cent per ounce and Borax is 3 cent per ounce which makes a final product of 6 cent per ounce ,but wait, we have not added the bar soap yet.That will increase the cost srtill more.
    <font face="Arial" size="2">When you guys say thathomemade is cheaper, do you mean cheaper than name brand?

    <font face="Arial" size="2">Diane
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    Michelle and Stephen in PA



  7. #7
    katrina schumann
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    you use 1/2 c of borax; & 1/2 c of washing soda; 1 grated bar of fels naptha equals 2 1/2 cups; you use 1 cup for the powdered recipe that I make; you use 1 T for reqular loads, & 2 T for heavily soiled; doesn't suds much nor will any homemade laundry detergent cuz it is chemicals which are harmful which make store bought suds; & they are full of fillers usually ground up dried corn cobs & other things to make it APPEAR that you get far more than you do & that is the reason you use so much more when using bought laundry soap; so 1 bar of Fels naptha made using my recipe will last me 6 months; & I still have lots of washing soda & borax to use in cleaning supplies.

    --- On Mon, 7/7/08, J Diane Northcutt <jdnorthcutt@ftc-i.net> wrote:

    From: J Diane Northcutt <jdnorthcutt@ftc-i.net>
    Subject: Budget101.com : the cost of homemade laundry detergent
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Monday, July 7, 2008, 5:27 AM


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    Am I the only person that is finding it more expensive to make my own laundry detergent. There are a couple of brands of laundry detergent at Walmart that only end up costing only 4 cent per ounce. The cheapest Washing Soda I can find is9 cent per ounce and Borax is 3 cent per ounce which makes a final product of 6 cent per ounce ,but wait, we have not added the bar soap yet.That will increase the cost srtill more. When you guys say thathomemade is cheaper, do you mean cheaper than name brand?

    Diane
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  8. #8
    Sally Vanwinkle
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    O.K. I just read your post,if you have that many kids then you must be a serious

    saver or your just crazy rich lol. How do you do it? Can you give me some

    pointers on what you do?



    Thanks,

    Sally





    ----- Original Message ----

    From: Pj



    Insane Mom to J, J, N, L, B, H, N, N, N, B, B, K, K, T, S, R

    ages 29y - 14mo (but only 10+ kids at home now)








  9. #9
    Char
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    <FONT color="#008080">Yes. I use a 1/2 & 1/2 mix of borax and wash soda, then a small amount of commercial (name brand) mix (like Surf, All,Cheer, etc...). The commercial detergents last several months.

    ----- Original Message ----- <DIV style="BACKGROUND: #e4e4e4;">From: J Diane Northcutt
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 6:27 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : the cost of homemade laundry detergent


    When you guys say thathomemade is cheaper, do you mean cheaper than name brand?

    Diane




  10. #10
    Cindy
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    Diane, Yes there is cheaper soap than you can make it, but the clean

    power isnt there with it,

    I make a 5 gallon bucket once a month, its cost me less that $3.00 a

    month with my water and gas, this soap removed all the dirt and grass

    stains my boys get play football and baseball

    and let no forget the pit stains there gone

    hope this helps you,

    Cindy from Indiana
















  11. #11
    Karen Sudduth
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    Speaking from personal experience - I have made homemade dishwasher detergent (borax & baking soda) and it just didn't get the dishes clean.


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    ~Karen
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    Midlife crisis is that moment when you realize
    your children and your clothes are about the same age. --Bill Tammeus
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^





    <FONT color="#008080">Yes. I use a 1/2 & 1/2 mix of borax and wash soda, then a small amount of commercial (name brand) mix (like Surf, All,Cheer, etc...). The commercial detergents last several months.

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  12. #12
    Rebekah Whyte
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    I make the liquid soap, can you explain the procedure for the

    powdered? I am very interested in trying it that way.





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, katrina schumann

    <krazykat7272@...> wrote:

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    > you use 1/2 c of borax; & 1/2 c of washing soda; 1 grated bar of

    fels naptha equals 2 1/2 cups; you use 1 cup for the powdered recipe

    that I make; you use 1 T for reqular loads, & 2 T for heavily soiled;

    doesn't suds much nor will any homemade laundry detergent cuz it is

    chemicals which are harmful which make store bought suds; & they are

    full of fillers usually ground up dried corn cobs & other things to

    make it APPEAR that you get far more than you do & that is the reason

    you use so much more when using bought laundry soap; so 1 bar of Fels

    naptha made using my recipe will last me 6 months; & I still have

    lots of washing soda & borax to use in cleaning supplies.

    >

    > --- On Mon, 7/7/08, J Diane Northcutt <jdnorthcutt@...> wrote:

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    > From: J Diane Northcutt <jdnorthcutt@...>

    > Subject: Budget101.com : the cost of homemade laundry detergent

    > To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    > Date: Monday, July 7, 2008, 5:27 AM

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    > Am I the only person that is finding it more expensive to make my

    own laundry detergent. There are a couple of brands of laundry

    detergent at Walmart that only end up costing only 4 cent per

    ounce. The cheapest Washing Soda I can find is9 cent per ounce and

    Borax is 3 cent per ounce which makes a final product of 6 cent per

    ounce ,but wait, we have not added the bar soap yet.That will

    increase the cost srtill more.

    > When you guys say thathomemade is cheaper, do you mean cheaper

    than name brand?

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  13. #13
    Char
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    <FONT color="#008080">I wasn't talking about anything other then clothes detergent.
    <FONT color="#008080">I have heard the mix pits your glassware in the dishwasher.
    <FONT color="#008080">I use 50/50 of washing soda & borax. Fill my scoop 3/4th's full, then fill the rest with commercial name brand laundry detergent.

    ----- Original Message ----- <DIV style="BACKGROUND: #e4e4e4;">From: Karen Sudduth
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 6:15 PM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : the cost of homemade laundry detergent

    Speaking from personal experience - I have made homemade dishwasher detergent (borax & baking soda) and it just didn't get the dishes clean.



  14. #14
    Pj
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    Sally, I am a saver. I credit my good shopping skills to my mother, who did a great job with her family and teaching me!
    My biggest savings comes from groceries. I spend $700 or less per month. While that sounds like a lot to me, I have to remind myself that is feeding 12 at home, plus I often send a few bags of groceries per month to my daughter in college.

    I buy in bulk - big bulk. I don't even have a Costco or a Sam's Club card. I buy from discount grocers, the dented can store and restaurant supply stores.

    I save lots by cooking from scratch. I make my own pancake, muffin, cookie, biscuit, bread and cake mixes. I make my own laundry soap, dishwasher soap, candles, bath soap and I put additives in the cheapest shampoo to customize it. My children are always dressed nice, but I try to buy re-sale, quality clothing, or I buy at outlet stores.


    I save money by not using credit cards, thereby not paying the high interest. Instead, we combined all our debt into a second mortgage that is much lower interest rate, We pay more than the minimum each month. We also don't have car payments.

    I really wish I could find a way to save on my electric bill. grrr.
    We spend far more than the average large family on vacations and theme parks. But I believe they will enjoy those memories for a lifetime.

    That's kinda my general saving/spending plan. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask!

    <font color="#347d7e" face="comic sans ms" size="4">Pj <font color="#347d7e" face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">Insane Mom to J, J, N, L, B, H, N, N, N, B, B, K, K, T, S, R <font color="#347d7e" face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">ages 29y - 14mo <font color="#347d7e" face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">(but only 10+ kids at home now)

    --- On Mon, 7/7/08, Sally Vanwinkle <jaggpegg@yahoo.com> wrote:
    <blockquote style="border-left: 2px solid rgb(16, 16, 255);">From: Sally Vanwinkle <jaggpegg@yahoo.com>
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : the cost of homemade laundry detergent
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Monday, July 7, 2008, 10:29 AM

    <div id="yiv1311634511">



    O.K. I just read your post,if you have that many kids then you must be a serious saver or your just crazy rich lol. How do you do it? Can you give me some pointers on what you do?



    Thanks,

    Sally



    ----- Original Message ----

    From: Pj



    Insane Mom to J, J, N, L, B, H, N, N, N, B, B, K, K, T, S, R

    ages 29y - 14mo (but only 10+ kids at home now)




    [/quote]




  15. #15
    Marie Elena ChaCha
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    Hi,



    I was reading the email and must admit it brought back memories. I was brought

    up in a military family which meant moves from one place to another, just about

    every three years. I don't remember my parents using credit cards, mom made her

    own desserts and seem to make everything look easy.

    Thanks for the trip and the ideas.



    Marie Elene

    southeast Michigan







    From: fulldozen

    -0700Subject: Re: Budget101.com : the cost of .... a large family



    Sally, I am a saver. I credit my good shopping skills to my mother, who did a

    great job with her family and teaching me!My biggest savings comes from

    groceries.






 

 
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