Friday, September 30, 2011

Don't throw out that newspaper!

We've probably all got a stack of newspaper around somewhere that needs to go to the recyclers. Before you dump them off, use what you can to dry windows and polish chrome anywhere. Newspaper will even make your car shine. Use it on any metal or glass surface.

More uses for newspaper

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Free food for the picking

See an apple tree no one has tended to? Ask if you can pick the apples. It's too late for plums, but there may be pears available still. Go for a walk around your neighborhood and keep your eyes open. There's free food out there. Go get it.

Free citrus simmering potpourri

Freeze orange, lemon and other citrus fruit leftover pieces and peelings. Use them just like simmering potpourri to freshen the air.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Old cookbooks save money

Watch for old cookbooks at garage sales, thrift stores and second hand book stores. They have "from scratch" recipes, usually with money saving tips included.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Get the best price on a new or used car

If you're looking for a new (used) car, go near the end of the month. Salesmen try to fill a certain quota before the end of the month, and if they haven't filled it, they'll make better deals.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Buy a full bottle

When you buy dish detergent, syrup or oil, etc, in a clear bottle, get the bottle that's filled the highest. There can sometimes be as much as a half cup difference. You're paying for it; why not?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Make your lotion last longer

All lotions and creams are emulsions - that is, they are oil and water together in one product. Creams and thick lotions, although they might be more expensive to buy, are much more frugal to use if you do it this way: Put a tiny dab in the palm of your hand, then mix it with a drop of water. It will break down into lotion. Only do as much as you use at one time.