Replacing Tupperware With Glass
I have also been replacing tupperware with glass. It is healthier and glass does not need to be replaced from being damaged in the microwave every couple of years.
Reusing a Tissue Holder
Good idea. Actually the reason your tissues dont fit could be the fact that a couple of months ago some of the tissue companies decided to increase the number of tissues in each box and the box is now just a little larger that the previous boxes. I actually...
Making Feather Bookmarks from CDs
A little smaller and these would make nice pins or earrings.
Freeze it! Butter freezes well and you just take out a new stick as needed. Will defrost in either the refrigerator or on the counter or if in a hurry and melted is ok use the microwave.
Remedies for Hiccups
I prefer a spoon full of honey instead of sugar, better flavor and already liquid.
I live in AZ and that is a ground squirrel/antelope squirrel. Still cute little fellows.
Use Puppy Pads in Litter Box
Puppy pads are also good for older animals that are having issues with joint pain and/or stiffness. They can simply step onto the pad and dont need to climb into a litter box.
Wash New Colored T-shirt Separately
All you need to do with new clothes to keep them from bleeding is put them in the washing machine by themselves on the lowest water setting and then add 1/2 cup of salt. It locks the color in and you never have to worry about it bleeding again. This also keeps...
Turn Off Fans to Save on Electricity
Wrong - fans also circulate the air so the entire room is the same temp. I tried your tip and when everyone else was comfortable I was sweating. I brought a small thermometer to where I was working and found out the temp was 6 degrees higher where I was. Turned...
Garlicky Eggs in a Basket
I take the bread from the center and fry it in the grease/butter. Delicious!
Choose Alkaline Batteries
I only use the heavy duty batteries in clocks. By the time an alkaline battery fails in a clock there is usually corrosion and sometimes leaks. Heavy duty batteries will keep a clock going for a long time and will run out of power before they corrode.
Pork Tenderloin Roast
You can also cut one of these into boneless pork chops - or split it and have one smaller roast and several chops for different meals.
Lowering the Acidity in Cheap Coffee
Salt does the same thing.
Chocolate Black Bean Blender Muffins
Following your recipe - the beans are never put in.
Heal Paper Cuts Quickly with Clear Nail Polish
Super glue is used by doctors for surgery and sealing wounds but I would not recommend nail polish because of the chemicals in it. May not cause an immediate problem but could possibly cause future cancer. Better safe than sorry.
Easy No Cook Chocolate Fudge
Using the microwave is cooking.
Pet Food Bag Sleeping Bag or Bedroll Tarp
For the non-sewers - you can also use duck (duct) tape to connect them. Waterproof and no pin holes or thread to absorb moisture or leak.
Thrifty and Quick Ribs
I just put it all in a large slow cooker in the morning and leave it on low all day. Falls off the bone, tastes delicious, makes the whole house smell great, and doesnt heat up the house.
Library for Free Entertainment
Libraries also offer dvds to check out - free fax service, computers that you can use and even classes on how to use computers, plus tax forms and sometimes tax help (if they have a qualified person on staff).
Zucchini Carrot Dessert Bars
You could improve these by substituting applesauce for the oil. Nice and moist with extra fruit instead of fat and fewer calories.
Keeping Cats from Chewing Power Cords
A thriftier method is to use sections of an old garden hose cut to the right length - that is what I do.
Donate Your Plastic Bags
You can also donate them to thrift shops and libraries. Both of these have a constant need for clean plastic shopping bags.
Alternatives to Commercial Litter for Cat Box?
You can use those items and also shredded newspapers IF you have a large supply. Most people do not live on a beach and have access to large amounts of sand. Moss takes time to grow and you need to microwave or bake it in an oven to kill the tiny insects that...
Collect Freebies for a Good Cause
Dont forget the local animal shelter. I won a coupon for a FREE 40 lb bag of dog food; but, I only have cats. I redeemed the coupon and took the bag to the local animal shelter. If its free and you cannot use it - donate it to someone who can.
Paid Survey Site: Opinion Outpost
I have been doing surveys on this site for several years and they do pay. If you do not qualify for a survey, you have the option of donating 10 cents to a charity or playing a game with a chance to win more points (money). They also run contests occasionally...
Avoid Aspartame for Bladder Control Issues
Other than politics and bribes, the only reason aspartame has not been banned is the fact that it affects different people in different ways. In your case, it was affecting your bladder. In my husbands case it was making his diabetes uncontrollable. After years...
I also get a lot of free calendars in the mail; but, I just keep the 2 I like the best - 1 by the computer and one in the kitchen - and then I donate the rest to a local thrift shop. This helps the charity that runs the thrift shop and gets the calendars out...
Oatmeal Snacks for Nursing Home Patients?
These taste good, have no items that are unhealthy and travel well. 1 c oatmeal 2 ripe bananas, mashed hand full of your choice - chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries (craisins) or chopped nuts. Mash bananas and oatmeal together. Add your choice (for...
Remove Odors with Ground Coffee
I do have allergies and I do buy many books from ebay annd amazon; but, I think you may be adding to my problem with your coffee trick. You see, I am allergic to coffee. I cannot shop in any book store that has a coffee bar in it because the odor of the coffee...
Recipes Using Stovetop Stuffing?
Just pop it into a food processor or blender and turn it into seasoned bread crumbs. Use it for any recipe that uses bread crumbs. Or, before you do that, remove the larger pieces and use them for croutons.
Clearing a Jammed Paper Shredder
I have found that the easiest and least messy way to do this is to spray a piece of paper with wd-40 and run that through the shredder. No muss, no fuss, no dripping and it spreads the wd-40 evenly over the cutting blades.
Quick Parmesan Chicken
I do not understand exactly what we are supposed to be doing here - Approximate time is 30 min; but, baking time is 25 - 35 min AND step 4 rotate chicken EVERY 15 min. Is that before it goes into the oven or after it is already in the oven? If it is before...
Dryer Sheets Contain Toxic Chemicals
A couple of tennis balls in the dryer are less expensive than the dryer balls and work just as well. I also tried aluminum foil balls; but the compress and then start to fall apart.
Use Rolling Trash Can as Yardwork Helper
This is a great idea! I have an old one that the lid broke on; but the rolling trash can itself is fine. I dont want to leave an open trash can on the curb with household garbage (stray animals get into them if anything smells interesting). But, it would be...
Infrared Zone Heating System
On your recommendation, I went out and purchased this exact make and model heater. Last year my electric bill for this month was $162.07. After using this heater for a little less than a full month, my bill was $208.57.
Keeping Kitty Out of Your Christmas Tree
I recently adopted 3 young cats from the local shelter. Since they get into everything, I tried the balloons. Did not work. They love the balloons. They pull them out of the tree and play until they pop them then they go back for another.
Keeping Kitty Out of Your Christmas Tree
Tried this last Christmas - my cats LOVED the balloons. Did not scare them at all. Thought they were great new toys and would climb the tree to get them out and play with them until they popped and then go back for another.
Diabetic Recipes for Picky Eaters?
I know it is hard when you have a picky eater that is a diabetic - my husband and my father both are. A good breakfast will get them going for the day. Take some hints from the British fry up. It includes: eggs, bacon, sausage (not you can get mild), baked...
Getting Rid of a Mouse Without Poison?
I use the little plastic catch and release traps myself; but, they are right you cannot just take them outside and let them go - they already know how to get back in. When I catch one in my house, I take him for a quick drive to the country and release him...
Wooden Bead and Wire Trivet
These beads look identical to the beaded car seat cushions. If you have one or find an old one it would make an inexpensive source of these wooden beads and keep a damaged seat cover out of the trash. Usually it is the line that the beads are strung on that...
Product Review: Insulated Drinking Glass
I work in a call center and this is the best way to keep something at my desk to drink. All liquids have to be in sealed containers with screw on lids and an actual bottle of water or soda is awkward and has to be opened and closed every time you need to take...
Buy Now Pay Later at Fingerhut.com
The base price of their products are higher than the norm and they charge a high interest rate. If you are truly thrifty, save the amount that they say you need to pay each month and you can buy the same item much sooner for fewer payments without adding to...
Gap Insurance Coverage Could Have Saved Thousands
Gap insurance can be purchased for very little from your insurance company! I used to sell insurance and a friend of mine had just bought a new car and I knew they had been rolling over the balance on their previous vehicles every time they got a new one. I...
Get Partial Fill On New Prescriptions
I had a reaction to a prescription and went back to the pharmacy - they took the medication back and gave me a refund. Check with your pharmacy about their refund policy.
Re-using Plastic Liquid Laundry Soap Bottles
To rinse these, I just remove the top and put both the bottle and the lid in the wash with my clothes when I wash them. There is enough detergent inside the container so that I do not need to add any to that load. This is one extra load of laundry and it also...
Air Smelly Books In Sun
Never put dryer sheets between the pages of a book! The chemicals in them are highly toxic and they penetrate the paper and stay there for years. Many people are extra sensitive to these chemicals and a few minutes of reading your fresh smelling book can cause...
Cooked Chicken Instead Of Wet Cat Food
Raw chicken is a good treat for a cat; but, there are long term problems with what you are doing. Cooking does remove some of the nutrients in the meat, many amino acids are destroyed in the cooking process. Discarding the bones means that they are not getting...
Shop Bargain Outlets For Bras
As long as you know your size - go to ebay. Search for your size and the word lot. I usually get a set of 6 bras for the cost of one retail - they are brand new, wide selection of sizes and styles, and they normally come with free shipping.
Mason Jar Jack-O'-Lanterns
Great idea; but, why limit it to mason jars. This would be great for any size jar (mayo, spagetti sauce, pickles, etc.). You could even make a family of jack o lanterns by using different size jars.
Avoid Using Aluminum Foil
FYI - Aluminum foil is the one type of aluminum that can not be recycled. Aluminum foil is so thin (even the heavy duty type) that it burns instead of melting and is vaporized in the process. My recycling company says this is true even if you fold it up into...
Getting Food Home From the Grocery Store
Instead of wasting money on ice, I keep a couple of the reusable ice packs in my freezer and before I leave the house to go shopping I put them in the cooler. This cools the cooler before the food ever gets in the cooler and then I dont have to use plastic...
Tennis Balls as Alternative to Dryer Sheets
This does work but it does not take away static - add a ball of crumpled up aluminum foil with the tennis balls and no more static. Also, you can keep reusing the aluminum foil ball. It lasts a long time.
Planning a Weekly Church Dinner For Families in Need?
One dish that I frequently take to potlucks and large gatherings is macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. Just make the mac n cheese according to the directions on the box. Use as many boxes as you need. While it is cooking, slice hot dogs into a lot of small...
Use Plastic Bag For Greasing Pans
I use either a napkin (an extra from a fast food place) or a paper towel. Both are inexpensive and biodegradable and neither one requires oil to make.
Be Flexible with Holiday Celebration Dates
My husband & I both work for companies that are open 24/7 and we frequently have to rearrange holiday celebrations around our work schedule. This year we will celebrate Thanksgiving on the Tuesday before since I work Wed - Sun and he works on Wed and Thurs...
"PayPall" Phishing Warning
An extra word of warning; I recently got an email from paypal and everything looked authentic - address, spelling, and it even had my first and last name right. I did not click on the link in the email, but I used a shortcut I have on my computer to log in...
Frugal Uses for Vinegar
It gets rid of bees without killing them. Just spray where they like to congregate - pools, windows, bird feeders, picnic areas, etc. They will go away and do what they are supposed to do - pollinate plants.
Baked Spaghetti Pizza Pie
Sounds delicious but I never have leftover spaghetti or sauce. Ill have to start with everything fresh.
Washing Brushes and Combs
I am even thriftier when cleaning my brushes and combs. I simply add them to a load of laundry - plenty of soap and hot water already being used anyway. After the load is finished, I remove them and air dry.
Giant Beef Pop Tart
What temperature for baking? Does the cooking time include the time for cooking the meat mixture or is that the amount of time you bake it?
Alcohol For DVD Skip Remover and Eyeglass Cleanser
My optometrist told me to never use any alcohol on prescription eyeglasses because it will remove the anti-scratch coating that protects your lenses from scratching. This includes the premoistened towelettes that say they are for cleaning glasses. Alcohol should...
Use Fan to Defrost Freezer
Personally, I prefer to use my hairdryer. The air is hotter and it is easier to aim if you have spots where the ice is thicker.
A Collection of Halloween Treats
Best use is Halloween party treats instead of Trick or Treating.
Do Not Use Plastic Shopping Bags
Go ahead and use plastic shopping bags; but, recycle them! It only takes 14 plastic shopping bags to make a t-shirt. They can be made into other clothing too, anything that uses synthetic fibers (polyester, rayon, spandex, etc.). They can also be used to make...
Paper Or Plastic Bags?
Who says you cant recycle plastic bags? I reuse a couple of plastic bags; but, the majority of them I recycle. Recycled plastic bags are made into a lot of items - clothing, plastic decks, garden stepping stones and ornaments, etc. And, all you have to do to...
Using Every Bit of Laundry Detergent
I do not bother taking the bottle apart or letting it stand overnight. I just take off the cap and put both the bottle and cap in the washing machine. The soap in it is enough to do the load of clothes and the empty bottle and cap are clean and ready for projects...
Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect a Judgment?
Not all judgements can be removed by bankruptcy; but, the ones that are caused by credit card debt can be removed by bankruptcy in almost every state. I had two credit card based judgements removed by my bankruptcy. The types of judgements that cannot be removed...
Making Adobe Brick with Cement Added?
Have you thought about using papercrete? Papercrete uses a paper and concrete mix that makes a very strong, durable, waterproof, and fireproof building material. It weighs less than adobe or concrete. It also recycles old paper (newspaper, etc). Here is a link...
Freeze Berries on a Baking Pan
Dont need your cooking spray - use a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to line your baking pan and the berries will not stick AND the wax paper or parchment paper can be reused several times. You also do not get any oil on the fruit, so fewer calories when...
Using a Cake Mix That's Expired?
Please dont take the chance. I used to think it was safe to use after the expiration date also; but, then I read a news article about a lady who poisoned her family using a cake mix that was past the expiration date. The flour itself had gone bad (but, it didnt...
Food Scraps for Wildlife
I also insist on this. We live in the country in AZ and we have a large assortment of wildlife that comes to our yard. Because it is so dry here we do keep a faucet on a steady drip in our yard year round. Left over food, scraps, etc. go out to feed whatever...
Scented Christmas Gift Bags
Please only give these to people that you KNOW are NOT allergic to fragrances. The scent from your candles is absorbed by the bag and will be passed on to any gift you place in the bag. It does not take much to cause problems for a person with allergies. I...
Can Changing Food Kill a Dog?
I am very sorry to hear about her loss. Did changing the type of dog food kill the dog - no. However, the way she changed the food could have been a contributing factor IF the dog already had a genetic predisposition to bloat. Food changes for certain breeds...
Bread from Bread Machine is Small?
Since this was a mix; either the mix was old or your kitchen is too cold. This is also true when baking from scratch - old yeast does not rise as well and a cold kitchen does effect how fast and how high the bread rises. In winter I have to add a little extra...
Using Dentures for Dish Detergent
They work really well on coffee pots and coffee mugs. I fill them up with warm water and drop in 1 tablet for a mug and 2 for a coffee pot. Let them sit and they wipe clean without any scrubbing.
Harvest Food From Mother Nature
Please be careful when you do this. Many wild plants have been contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals from nearby farms and fields. Plants near roadsides may be contaminated from the exhaust fumes from passing autos, chemicals leaching from the asphalt...
Save Money By Baking Your Own Bread
I love my bread machine and wouldnt be without it. I actually have 2 of them for different shape loaves. If I do not want to worry about the hole for the hook, I use the machine for everything except the last rising, you just take out the dough and let it rise...
Don't Cook Your Turkey in the Oven
Momoffour - a weber kettle is a round charcal grill made be - weber. Ours will hold up to a 18 lb turkey. The book that comes with it does give a number of min per pound and we use this as a guide - it is not always accurate especially if the weather is cold...
Flea Shampoo and Raw Diets
After the scare with the melamine in pet food, I switched my cats over to a raw food diet. Not only are they very healthy; but, the odor in the litter box is a lot less. A lot of the odor comes from not being able to properly digest all the carbs; cats were...
Reviews of Electric Fireplaces?
If you are talking about the Amish heaters that are being advertised, dont waste your money. These are nothing more than a decorative 1500w electric space heater. These heaters cost a couple hundred dollars for the same energy usage and heat provided by a standard...
Use for Leftover Mashed Potatoes?
I like to just toss mashed potatoes into a soup or stew. It gives it more body and a creamier texture. My husband likes to put mashed potatoes in between two pieces of bread with some sandwich meat or some cheese and he eats his mashed potato sandwich.
Thrifty Christmas Gifts For Large Family?
Rush down to your local dollar store! They have a great assortment of things and you can even combine a couple of dollar items to make a very nice inexpensive gift. I put together a very nice gift for a coworker by buying a couple of very nice scented candles...
Trimming Amaryllis Leaves?
I have two amaryllis that grow year round in my home. I cut off the individual leaf when it turns yellow down the center of the leaf. This signals that the leaf has served its purpose and it will soon get limp and dry up. Letting the leaf turn brown and dry...
Honey for Pimples?
I do not know about honey; but, the best treatment for pimples that I have found is a tiny dab of toothpaste just before bed. (It smells good and it is not sticky like honey.) This worked wonders for me when I was younger and my teenage son used it also. It...
Can I Invest Social Security?
You can not invest SSDI or any form of Social Security payment in a 401k. A 401k is an employer sponsored plan and it is for money you earn from THAT employer. You can invest that money in either a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA if you want to save it for retirement...
Making Your Own Countertops?
Have you thought about concrete? I saw an article a few months ago about custom countertops made out of concrete. The concrete can be stained, dyed, painted, sealed, polished, and have things (glass, tiles, pebbles, shells, etc.) embedded in it. Some of the...
Watch Out For Garlic Allergies
Fortunately I am not allergic to garlic; but, I do have a lot of other food allergies and my reactions run the gamut from headaches, rashes, and hives all the way up to anaphylaxis. If every cook took every food allergy into account; there would be nothing...
Puppy Fears His Owner?
If the puppy only acts this way around his owner - the owner probably abused him. If he acts this way around his owner AND others (especially the same gender); he may have been abused by the owner or someone else of the same gender. If he reacts this way toward...
Relieving Cold Symptoms?
Whenever I come down with the flu or a cold, I take: 800 IU Vitamin E, 10,000 IU of Vitamin A, and 1,000 mg of Vitamin C once a day for 3 days. By the end of the 3 days I am usually better and if Im not 100%, my symptoms are much reduced and I just take 1 multivitamin...
Can Excess Exercise Cause Puppy To Have Diarrhea?
It is not so much the exercise as it is a combination of heat and dehydration. If your puppy is not used to the heat (and it is still very hot in Los Angeles); the heat can upset their digestive tract and cause diarrhea. Also, if your puppy became dehydrated...
Killing Grass in Rock Ground Cover?
The least expensive way I have found is to mix 1 cup of regular table salt with 1 gallon of water. You can buy a package of salt for less than 50 cents most places and it does not matter if it is iodized or not. Just pour it on ANY plant you want to kill - grass...
Make Your Own Buttermilk
Does this make REAL buttermilk - thick and creamy - or is it the thin watery stuff they are currently selling in the supermarket today and are calling buttermilk. I grew up with the real stuff; but, the stuff they sell now tastes like buttermilk FLAVORED water...
Can't Recycle Plastic Containers?
Daycare and nursery schools might be able to use them. Elementary schools could also use them. They would make great containers for crayons, arts and crafts, etc. Donate them to thift stores - Slavation Army, Goodwill, etc. Turn them into planters - a few holes...
Healthy Living Tips To Keep Weight Off
You forgot an important one - sleep! You need a minimum of 7 hours sleep to maintain your weight or lose weight. When I was losing weight I found that some weeks I lost more than others even thought the food I ate and amount of exercise stayed the same. I started...
Return Junk Mail To Sender
I handle this a little differently. The prepaid return envelopes belong to the company that sent them out; so, I return them. Our postal system says it is not making enough to keep running because we are not sending enough mail through the system. Bulk mail...
Stop Charging and Start Using Cash
Not only does paying with cash help you get out of debt or start paying it off. Paying with cash saves everyone money. Cashback and other credit card rewards are NOT free money. They come from the money that the bank charges the retailer to accept the card...