There’s Nothing Quite Like Clean Sheets – Simple Luxuries
Author: Anna Newell Jones

This post is sponsored by P&G. Save on NEW Gain Flings and Tide Pods at Target.

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Since I’ve had Baby Henry life’s little luxuries have become wayyy more awesome. Things like, you know, showering, going to the gym, hot coffee, wandering around the grocery store solo, and of course, clean sheets have become even more welcome in my life.

little luxuries clean sheets

Recently, I got to try out Tide Pods and the NEW Gain Flings. I did one load and couldn’t believe how good my laundry smelled. The little laundry detergent pod combines 50% more scent, Oxi Boost, and Febreeze all in one dissolvable pouch that just gets tossed into the washing machine drum to start its magical-cleaning-smelling-good process.

I like that if you save money (and extend the life of your items) by always washing your laundry in cold then the pod will still work the way it’s supposed to; that is a big bonus in my eyes. Also, I like how convenient the powerful little pod is for apartment-dwellers. The light-weight pod completely eliminates the need to lug a huge, heavy canister of detergent from one place to another.

Once I pulled my laundry out, I couldn’t help but bury my face in the delicious smelling laundry.  And since that first load smelled so great and since I never do things “just a little bit” I decided to wash ALL THE LINENS because we all know, clean sheets just make the world a better place. And, hey, I like the world being a better place.

little luxuries clean sheets

little luxuries clean sheets


What’s your favorite little luxury?

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  1. Christa // February 25, 2014

    I would have LOVED these as an apartment dweller. I wasn’t willing to pay for a service so I was lugging around a container and my actual clothes.

  2. Caitlyn // February 26, 2014

    I am really surprised to see you promoting a product that offers a small convenience for a much higher price tag. This seems very counter to the message of the site.

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 28, 2014

      Hi Caitlyn, I appreciate you telling me how you feel. By hearing how readers feel I can modify things, if needed so it’s really awesome that you’re telling me stuff like this.

      I know that this site is a bit different than other sites because of my message and that I have to be more careful with sponsored content. With that being said, I only do sponsored posts for brands and products I truly like and I believe in. Not everyone who reads this site is in desperate financial despair. Many readers want to get money into saving, get a more stable financial foundation, or they’re like me where they got themselves out of debt and want to stay out of debt but also want to enjoy some little “luxuries” every once in awhile. I’m not saying go buy everything brand-name. I’m saying that every once in awhile it’s a nice treat to have super your sheets smell really good! To me, this product is more than about the convenience factor, and it’s about the “treat” factor.

  3. Caitlin // February 26, 2014

    Where did you get those purple floral sheets?! Omg

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 28, 2014

      It’s actually a robe! It’s just a cotton, floral robe from Etsy:)

  4. Crystal // February 26, 2014

    Thanks to my allergies, we just use HE Tide. But we use little packs like these for our dishwasher and love how easy it is…plus, it cleans the dishes despite the fact that our washer sucks. :-)

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 28, 2014

      The packets are really easy. It’s nice not having to measure the 3 separate ingredients.

  5. Cora // February 26, 2014

    They do have an awful lot of toxic chemicals in them, though…

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 28, 2014

      It doesn’t have any more than regular detergent does. Unfortunately, unless we’re making our own we can’t really control what goes into it.:/

    • Kerry Withrow // March 1, 2014

      I have to agree, that’s a whole lot of chemicals against a baby’s skin. There are less toxic detergents out there, maybe not as convenient, but better for the baby (and you!)

      • Anna Newell Jones // March 2, 2014

        Hi Kerry, I’m not using the detergent for the baby’s items. We’re using a free and clear detergent for his things :)

  6. Laura M // February 26, 2014

    I can completely relate now that I have a little one! I miss all those small things but baby snuggles make up for it hehe.

  7. Rachel // February 26, 2014

    I have to agree with Caitlyn and Cora. You might make some money in the short run doing sponsored posts like this one, but I think you’re going to lose credibility with your readers.

    • Anna Newell Jones // February 28, 2014

      Thanks for telling me how you feel. It’s a fine line because I only chose to work with sponsors and brands that I really do like. I make sure it’s a good fit before I decide to do a sponsored post and I try to keep them from happening too often. Buying the crazy good smelling detergent is a treat that I don’t think is excessive.

  8. Karen // March 2, 2014

    Hi Anna, I have been reading your posts for years and your experience and insights keep me motivated in tackling what sometimes seems like an overwhelming mountain of debt. You put a lot of effort into “And Then We Saved” and I understand the idea of sponsored posts, but I think this is missing the financial analysis present in most of your posts. What is the cost comparison of pods vs. regular detergent? Will you buy these yourself after the sample they sent you to review is gone? Do you think the time you are saving is worth the extra cost?

    • Anna Newell Jones // March 4, 2014

      Hi Karen, I’m glad the site has been able to keep you motivated! Also, you bring up some good questions about the detergent. The pods cost approximately .25⍧ per load and I compared that price to the free and clear generic detergent that I have been buying lately. I’ve determined that the generic detergent is 18.75⍧ per load, so that means that the pods are 33% more expensive. I will probably buy the pods as a treat every once in awhile when I get a coupon and I’ll use them for linens because they really smelled amazing. For me, the time-saving and lugging around the container isn’t an issue since I have a washer and dryer in my place and a spot for the detergent to be stored right next to it. If I had to lug a big container of detergent around it would be motivation to buy the pods more often or I would use an old container to put my generic detergent in so it would be easier to transport and less heavy.

  9. Sara // March 11, 2014

    I love how you handled this situation, and I LOVE the little luxuries we find! I make my own laundry detergent, yet I still splurge on some smell good stuff for my own benefit and no one elses. We’re still paying of debt, and the simple pleasures keep me going!

    • Anna Newell Jones // March 14, 2014

      It’s all about finding those little perks that keep you going. Smells are pretty awesome in my book;)

  10. Katie // March 14, 2014

    I don’t really understand some of the readers who have left negative comments about this post who want you to be a purist and not do sponsored posts. I think that finding low cost products to promote that are something you’d buy yourself does not lessen your integrity as a financial blogger. If anything, I respect the fact that after deciding to quit your job you’re finding additional income to supplement that salary loss. That’s exactly in line with the spirit and message of your site! You’re being resourceful and have found a product to promote which is a low cost luxury option for an essential purchase. Win/win!

    • Anna Newell Jones // March 16, 2014

      I really appreciate that you understand and support my need to do sponsored posts here and there! xo

  11. Kim // May 11, 2014

    I love your site. Little luxuries can easily fit into a spending diet. Sponsored content is fine on blogs. I usually enjoy the “man on the street” viewpoint and like finding out about products I might not have heard of.

  12. Susan Wright // September 8, 2015

    I like your blog page! I will try this detergent and I hope I will see the great results, too. Stay safe!

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