Stretching Your Shopping Budget With Surplus StoresStretching Your Shopping Budget With Surplus Stores

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Stretching Your Shopping Budget With Surplus Stores

When you're looking to get great products and even better prices, one of the things I've learned is how to shop surplus stores. When you shop a surplus store, you can buy overstock items from your favorite name brands at a fraction of the price. After shopping stores like this for many years, I've learned how to maximize my money when I'm looking at overstock like this. I created this site to help others learn how to save money on their shopping adventures as well. I hope that the information here helps you to better prepare for your next trip out and make the most of your budget.


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4 Ways To Clean Your Own Jewelry

If your jewelry is starting to look dirty, you can bring it back to its original glory using different methods of cleaning. These methods work well for any jewelry you have, and can save you money from hiring someone to clean them for you.

Dishwashing Liquid, Salt, and Soda

To use this method to clean your jewelry you need:

  • 2 tablespoon of table salt
  • 2 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon dish detergent
  • 2 cups of water
  • One piece of aluminum foil

Place the water into a microwave safe bowl, put in the microwave, and heat it for two minutes.

Put a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover the bottom of a bowl. Pour the hot water in the bowl, and then mix in the dishwashing liquid, salt, and soda.

Place the jewelry into the bowl, and let them sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the jewelry in cool water, and then dry with a soft cloth. 

Lemon and Salt

Cut one lemon and juice into a bowl, add enough salt to make a thick paste. Apply the paste mixture on the jewelry and let it sit for 10 minutes. Use the cut lemon to buff the jewelry, rinse with water, and then use a lint free cloth to dry.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Pour baking soda to cover the jewelry, and then pour a small amount of vinegar over the baking soda to wet it. You should see it start to fizz as it starts working to clean the jewelry. When it stops fizzing, use a lint-free cloth to buff the items.

You can also put two tablespoons of baking soda in a cup, and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Soak the jewelry in the mixture for 30 minutes, remove the jewelry, and then dry and buff with a lint free cloth.


Fill a glass with warm water, and drop two antacid tables in it. Put the jewelry into the glass and let them sit for three minutes. After this time, remove the jewelry, and rinse with water. Wipe the jewelry dry using a soft lint free cloth.

If there is dirt and grime in small crevices on your jewelry, you can use a toothbrush with soft bristles to scrub the jewelry to get them clean. If you have jewelry that is not getting clean from these methods, contact a jeweler at a jewelry store to clean them for you.