A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Friday, June 23, 2017

Services Provided by Foundations

With so many Americans unable to afford health insurance these days, a possible cancer diagnosis can be especially worrisome. But there are many foundations that help patients with mammograms and other services. Careity Foundation  that serves North Texas, is one that provides many services (their staff is amazing). Consider donating or volunteering with a foundation in your area and helping many through a difficult time - they are in the business of saving lives.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Children's Activities - Vacation Bible School

If you're searching for free children's activities check with local churches, they will often have signs up advertising Vacation Bible School (VBS). These are usually free events where the children make crafts, sing and join in fun activities.
If you want to join in too, they are usually looking for volunteers.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free Children's Activities - Bowling

Kids Bowl FreeGo to Kids Bowl Free to see if there is a bowling alley near you that participates in free bowling for kids. Local bowling alleys are providing two free games each day for kids. Check with your local bowling area for the age limit.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Roper Washer Review Model No. RTW4516FW1

Repairs for appliances can cost more than purchasing a new one so when my Maytag washer stopped spinning and the cost to repair was over $200 plus labor I decided to look for a new one. After looking at Consumer Reports (you can borrow their book from the library or sign up for a free month subscription) I decided the Roper washer (by Whirlpool) was the most value for money and Lowes was offering them on sale - a win, win I thought. Unfortunately, it was a bad choice.

Roper 3.5-cu ft High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer (White)Apparently the washer manufacturers/government have decided that we are unable to make decisions for ourselves such as how big the load is, what temperature to wash in and discourage using fabric softener -there's no place to add the fabric softener unless you can catch the wash at the right time and unlock the lid. Indicating that we also can't be trusted not to put our hands into a washer that is agitating.
Even the use and care guide states that if you select the hot wash, cold water will be added to save energy.

All the sensors give way to a slew of problems with the washer all of which seemed incapable of working on mine.

  1. The warm water is cold
  2. The hot water is lukewarm (75 degrees)
  3. There is no fabric softener dispenser
  4. For a small load it completely fills the washer
  5. For a large load it barely makes the top of the load wet
  6. Often after washing, it drains then stops and doesn't rinse or spin.
Ironically, the Roper Washer is offered as a high efficiency applicance.

Note: Lowes will only help you if the appliance is under 30 days old or if you purchase their additional warranty. Whirlpool offers a one year manufacturer warranty but it takes 30 minutes or more to get through to anyone. Because the water stops filling when you open the lid, it was after 30 days that I discovered the temperature was cold for all washes.

Update: Whirlpool sent out an Appliance Specialist (Repairman) who found a few error codes and did some adjusting along with some advice and education on how the washer works. Note: According to him, our government no longer allows the old style washers to be built as they say they are not efficient. 
  1. Hot water won't ever be hot because the new "and improved" soap powders don't require hot water and if it's too hot it will kill the enzymes that clean the wash 80 degrees is as high as we can expect (this is considered cold by industry standards).
  2. Apparently the washer will fill with water (sensing) depending on weight and not the size of the load so even a few t-shirts might cause it to fill completely (same as a large load).
  3. The tub doesn't fill with water on rinse but "throws" water in as it is spinning.
  4. It may drain and stop if the load is uneven (clothes should be dropped in and not wrapped around - make sure you have washing items with similar weight).
  5. Use HE (high efficiency) soap powder and fabric softener. Because the rinse cycle doesn't soak the clothes during rinse, it won't get the regular soap powder out.
  6. Clean with Affresh every couple of months (more expense).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dollar Store Bargains

Dollar stores are much improved from the early days when they mostly sold out of date products. Today the items on the shelves might be a different size than the company is currently selling or may be discontinued. I've been trying to get my house organized and I found the perfect bins to go on top of my pantry at only $1 each from DollarTree (one of my favorite stores).

There are some items you shouldn't purchase from dollar stores though.