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Old 05-16-2008, 08:55 PM   #76
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*use the library or go to a used book store instead of buying books (especially if it's a novel you don't even know if you'll enjoy!) Dh and I go to a charity bookstore. If you bring in your old books, you get a credit of half of what they can sell the books for towards your purchases. We basically end up just recycling books this way. Any money the bookstore does make goeas to support schools in Haiti

*sell your old stuff on kijiji, craigslist or facebook sale groups. It takes less organization than a big yard sale since you can sell as many or as few items at a time as you want, and there's no paying for advertising, price stickers, etc.
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:44 PM   #77
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This doesn't work for me anymore because I work from home now, but when I was working part-time in an office, it saved me a lot of money. I love magazines, but not the cost. So I sent out an email at work and asked if people would pass their magazines on to me when they were done reading them. I don't really care if I'm reading them a week or two late! Anyway, I got tons of magazines. The ones I didn't want I just threw out, the others I took home and enjoyed. Even got to read some new ones I hadn't looked at before. And people were happy to do it!

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Old 05-17-2008, 09:21 AM   #78
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After posting on the breakfast idea thread, I thought I'd add this idea here too since it is a breakfast stretching idea:
I use quick oats to make my oatmeal in the morning, but the kids like the flavored packets. They could eat multiple packets if I let them. I buy the packets cheap at Aldi's (about $1.39 for a box of 10), then I add some extra quick oats to make it stretch. They still get the flavor, and they have a bigger bowl of oatmeal to fill them up. (Adding extra oats helps if you've accidentally added too much water also.) There are some homemade oatmeal packet recipes out there, but the ones I've tried haven't worked well. I think I'm going to try some new ones I found when our current supply runs out.
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:29 PM   #79
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Give up paper towels and paper napkins. Buy a bunch of good quality (on sale of course!) white dish towels. They will last forever, can be bleached of stains and can be used for drying hands and are great for covering laps really well while eating...so they're perfect with kids...less stains on clothing!
I think I am going to give this a try.

Also, I am thinking about buying a clothes drying rack like my mom had when we were kids. I will probably need a couple of them. I am thinking of using the tip someone gave about drying the clothes in the dryer long enough to get the wrinkles out and then put them on the drying rack. Problem is, I grew up with a basement (northeast) and Mom did the laundry down there. We don't have basements here so I am perplexed as to where I would put the drying racks. Oh well...where there is a will, there is a way! I will find a place.
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:38 PM   #80
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We don't have basements here so I am perplexed as to where I would put the drying racks. Oh well...where there is a will, there is a way! I will find a place.
We put a (I'm drawing a blank on the name of it!!) -- the same type of rod that might be in your bedroom closet to hang clothes on with a wire shelf above it. Anyway, we put one of those the entire length of our laundry room and use the shelf above for storage and hang clothes to dry on hangers on it. Then when they're dry, they're already on hangers & we just haul them upstairs.
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:24 PM   #81
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I already do many of these things, thanks to previous threads on this in the past & continue to love some of the ideas everyone has.
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:29 PM   #82
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We put a (I'm drawing a blank on the name of it!!) -- the same type of rod that might be in your bedroom closet to hang clothes on with a wire shelf above it. Anyway, we put one of those the entire length of our laundry room and use the shelf above for storage and hang clothes to dry on hangers on it. Then when they're dry, they're already on hangers & we just haul them upstairs.
Can you tell me where to buy it?
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:41 PM   #83
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Try cutting your brillo pads in half! Sharpens your scissors at the same time- when you do use your half-brillo store it in the freezer, it will never rust! This darn box is lasting me years, I swear.

Shorten your drying time in the dryer by tossing some old dry towels in there with the wet clothes. I keep about 4 on top of the dryer for this purpose (or bathing the dogs).
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:41 PM   #84
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I usually use less cheese in a recipe than called for - example my chicken enchiladas call for 2 cups of shredded cheese. I use 1 1/2 cups and it's perfect. I also do this with HB meat. I use 1 lb. when the recipe calls for 1 1/2 lbs., etc. No one notices the difference.
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Old 05-17-2008, 05:14 PM   #85
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Try cutting your brillo pads in half! Sharpens your scissors at the same time- when you do use your half-brillo store it in the freezer, it will never rust! This darn box is lasting me years, I swear.
I always cut my Brillo pads in half, and the last time I opened a box, I happened to count them as I cut them. (yes, I know I am a little OCD) There were only 17 pads in the box, although the box said it contained 18 pads. This really griped me, as I like SOS pads better than Brillo, but buy Brillo to save money. I knows this sounds like a cheapskate, but I emailed the company and told them about it and they sent me a coupon for a free box. I'm going to count the next box too, and if it's short, I'm going back to using SOS pads even if they're a little more expensive than Brillo pads.

Well, just for kicks I just went and cut my new box of Brillo pads in half and counted them too. This box contained 21 pads. They must go by weight when packaging instead of the counting out the actual number of pads, and some pads are larger than others. I'm glad to know now that they weren't intentionally shorting the box.
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Old 05-17-2008, 06:12 PM   #86
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wonderful thread keep them coming!!!


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Old 05-17-2008, 06:18 PM   #87
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I only use the bread flour for things like french bread, muffuletta rolls or pizza dough- things that I want a crisper crust for. The difference from AP is very noticable. I use AP for everything else. I did try adding 2 cups of AP to my pizza dough this weekend but it just didn't have the right bounce & stretch. The crusts weren't as tasty & I couldn't get them nicely thin. I guess I've gotten spoiled. So has my family .

If there's a Trader Joe's near you I've heard that the KA flour is a little bit cheaper there. Don't know for how much longer.
Care to share your pizza dough recipe? Please!

This is a great thread!! I love the Brillo pad idea!
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Can you tell me where to buy it?
Home Depot or Lowes ..... they will cut it there for you too. It's in the section for closet organization ... just a white wire closet rod with shelf on top. My DH also put up one of those TINY little ceiling fans - 24" or less (I think it was called a bullet or an egg). We turn it on to help dry stuff hanging in the laundry room. that cute little fan
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My aunt (as well as my parents) lived through the Great Depression and one of the things my aunt did until the day she died was to serve her "Fridge Supper" on Friday..

She took everything that was in the fridge (NO leftovers were EVER thrown out - even if it was a portion of meatloaf no bigger than a teaspoon) and put it in a great big frying pan..
My dad told stories of his dad doing that. Except one main dish involved peaches that happened to be in the fridge. LOL

I have a box of dry milk in my cupboard. We don't use it in place of our regular 'drinking' milk, but I do use it for cooking, especially gravies, etc.

Ditto on using the library as much as possible. We get all our DVD's there instead of renting them. I just put them on our online 'request' list, and I get emailed when they are in.

I called the cable company with the intention of dropping an extra tier on the cable to save money. The gal said if we did that, we would lose our bundle discount. So I asked if there was anything else she could do and she gave me $20 off our bill for 6 months. That was easy!!
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:12 PM   #90
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I cant eat the ones that are not folded or creased.. Does that make me crazy??
 
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I thought about this, but aren't you washing alot more?
I honestly dont think that we do.. I do a load of towels about every other day anyways so I just stick them in there with the towels..
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