Saturday, December 1, 2007

Money Saving Tips

I am a subscriber to The Dollar Stretcher. It is a free e-newsletter for tips on living more frugally. The following was in last week's newsletter which I am just getting around to read. The ones in bold are the ones I do:
From Grandma's Attic
by Marenda Babcock
What Grandma knew about saving money in 1948

In an effort to do more de-cluttering in our home, my husband
and I were going through a box of items left from his
grandmother who died last April. Many items were thrown out.
However we found a book entitled "1003 Household Hints and
Work Savers" written by Michael Gore in 1948. Inside the front
cover, I see the price Granny paid was a whopping 50 cents.
What a deal!

Some ideas are too old to be applicable in today's lifestyle,
but many ideas can still be used today. The following is a
montage of ideas that would still help the frugal household
save a few pennies here and there.

* When shopping at a fruit stand, watch for bruised fruits and
veggies to cut up. I regularly ask for bruised tomatoes at a
deep discount and cut them up to use in salads, on tacos, and
in other dishes. I do the same with fruit. If the price is not
a deep discount, I offer the vendor a lower price. They watch
for me regularly. They know I might buy up their hard to sell
items.

* Prevent fruit and vegetable spoilage by lining the drawer
bottom with a paper towel. This absorbs excess moisture that
forms in the drawer and causes faster spoilage. I like this
idea, but to save money, use a dishtowel instead.

* Use liquid from canned vegetables in soups, sauces, stews,
gravies, and casserole dishes and for making a white sauce.
The canned liquid is full of flavor and vitamins.

* Don't throw beet-tops away. They make a fine, free
substitute for spinach greens, being rich in vitamins,
minerals, and iron.

* Wrap a head of lettuce in a towel to prevent it from
"rusting" so quickly.

* Don't waste celery tops. Cut them up and use in stews,
soups, roasts, and in stuffing.

* You will have no tears if you peel an onion under cold
running water. (NOTE FROM ME: This seems to me to a waste of water. I guess you can also do it in a bowl of water and then use that water to water your plants)

* Fried potatoes will be deliciously golden brown if sprinkled
lightly with flour before frying.

* Save your orange and lemon rinds, boil in water and add the
flavored water to iced tea, lemonade, and fruit drinks.

* Have just a small amount of flake cereal left? Don't throw
it out. Crush it up and put it in a meatloaf or meatballs. Or
toss the flakes with some melted margarine and grated cheese
for a delicious casserole topping.

* Cooking with a double boiler saves money. Cook boiled eggs
in the bottom while cooking oatmeal or something else in the
top part.

* Don't throw out the leftover coffee or tea. Pour it into
empty ice cube trays and freeze for iced coffee or iced tea.

* When boiling eggs, you don't need to boil them until they
crack. Once they come to a boil, turn off heat and cover with
a plate for 15 minutes. If heating up a breakfast roll or
muffin, put it on top of the plate and let the heat from the
steam in the pan heat up your breakfast.

* To keep fine china from being scratched, put paper doilies
between plates and saucers when stacking them.

* When food is fried on a gas range, popping grease frequently
spatters the burners not in use. Pie pans placed upside down
over the unit burners to protect them and are easily cleaned.

* When cutting fresh flowers from the garden be sure to remove
all lower leaves below the water line, decaying vegetable
matter poisons the water.

* Use your double boiler to cook the vegetables in the bottom
and the white sauce or cheese sauce for the veggies in the
top. This saves time and fuel.

* Don't throw away those old flannels. I had a bottom flannel
sheet that ripped down the middle. I cut a pair of flannel
pajama pants for my son to wear made from the top sheet. The
ripped bottom sheet will make some nice potholders.

* If you have two or three worn-out blankets, stitch them
together and cover with a cotton print.

This fantastic list proves that even though the book was very
old, many of the tips are still helpful over 50 years later.

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