Main Grocery Haul July 2015 | Asian Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, & Costco!

Here are the totals for each place I shopped at. I spent more than what I wanted, but I now don’t need to do much shopping the rest of the month.

Asian Market:

15lb bag of Nishiki Rice – $17.50
Bell Peppers – $6.02
Green Onions – $1.00
jalapeno – $0.13
ginger – $0.32
cabbage – $1.86
pork bellies – $7.86
mochi red bean cake – $1.79
Total: $36.48

Costco:
My mother-in-law accidentally kept my receipt, but I spent $161.22 , but I also returned $106 of items, so really wasn’t much.

Whole Foods:

Kahlona Organic milk – $5.39
2.41lb organic gold potatoes – $2.36
Pork sausage – $3.77
total: $11.52

Trader Joe’s:

Joe’s O’s – $1.99
TJ’s Mini wheats – $2.99
linguine – $0.99
penne – $0.99
frozen pineapple – $1.99
Madras lentils – $1.99
organic ketchup – $1.99
3 bananas – $0.57
REFUNDS -$15.15
total: -$2.13 (they paid me)

Homemade Cleaning Spray (cheap!)

This homemade cleaning spray is SUPER easy to make (did I use the word super enough in the video?! I was excited) not to mention dirty cheap! It uses strong alcohol and vinegar to cut the grim and remove the germs and the bad odors from nasty counter tops. Works great in the kitchen, bathroom, and really anywhere. See notes for more information.

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup strong alcohol – vodka, everclear, moonshine, white lightning, etc
optional:
1/2 to 2 teaspoons essential oils like lemon
few drops dish soap

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a quality spray bottle and lightly shake to combine. That’s it!

Note:  If you have an issue with using dish soap or oils then leave them out. I will do a video later showing how I clean my counters but this spray works great without it. That being said, I haven’t had an issue with soak residue or damage to counter tops. I have used this formula on different types of counters and it’s been successful. 
 
Note: Research has told me that vodka might not be strong enough to kill germs like salmonella. Half of the internet says yes, half doesn’t. To be on the safe side I would suggest using something stronger such as white lightning or moonshine or everclear. Something above 80 proof. Vodka itself is around 80 proof but everclear is 190. So you can see how much stronger it is. The choice is up to you and both are extremely cost friendly.

Product Reviews: Crystal Body Deodorant Rock

So finally I have a product review for you guys, and I think this one is super amazing! Today we’re reviewing this: Crystal Body Deodorant 5oz Rock. This product may seem very strange to you guys, however I assure you, its great.

Firstly let me explain what I was looking for in this product. Price for value, how long it will last, eco-friendly, smell factor, and overall product quality.

Here is what the product looks like

On the back of the box it says:

All Natural Protection

Natural Deodorant Protection. Crystal body deodorant ™ is made of 100% natural mineral salts which eliminate odor by leaving an invisible protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria. It is fragrance free, non-sticky, non-staining, leaves no white residue and can be used by both men and women. Crystal body deodorant ™ can last up to a year of daily use.
*Safe for the environment
*Endorsed by cancer treatment centers
Directions: Moisten the top of the stone and smooth under arms or soles of feet. It will feel silky smooth when wet. Must be applied to clean skin.
Ingredients:
Natural mineral salts, ammonium alum.

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My husband started developing a massive allergic reaction to the deodorant he’d used for over 10 years, so suddenly I needed to find something that was hypoallergenic, cost effective since we’re on a tight budget, and I wanted something that was environmentally friendly. All of that together tends to be a stretch, however I was very happy to find this when at my local whole foods. I had seen this before, and just pushed it off as some kind of scam product, however this is totally not the case. Within three days of using this product, his massive rash disappered however wanting to be sure it was his old deodorant was the product, two weeks later he tried using it again, and within a few hours the rash came back. So the main reason for purchasing this product was already verified.
Now lets talk about cost. This product was about $7 usd after taxes, and so far it is proving to be well worth the money. This product claims to last for an entire year, and so far with 3 months of daily use by myself and my husband, it barely looks worn leading me to believe it really will last for an entire year. If you do the math, that’s about 2 cents a day for one person. On cost this product is 5/5 and on lasting quality that makes it 5/5 as-well.
Eco-friendly is a little harder to judge because you have to put faith in what the manufacteror says, however after much research online, I have found nothing to suggest this product is harmful to the earth or humans, another 5/5.
Judging smell is hard to do, this product has no smell, another amazing quality for me. However to go a little more into this, I want to say it makes you have no body smell. Another 5/5.
Last but not least on this review is the overall quality. I have found absolutely no flaws in this product, leading me to believe its just about perfect, overall this product is a perfect 20/20.

To buy this product you can go to their website which is www.thecrystal.com or you can visit any whole foods or other natural grocery stores.

Words from the husband on this:
“The one thing I don’t like about this product is that it tends to get a little soggy on the one side, and if you don’t wet yourself enough it can tend to chaff a little bit. Other than that its an amazing product that’s actually worked better than any other deodorant products I’ve used before. I plan to continue using it”

If you’ve used this product before or are going to use it, lemme know in the comments what you think.