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Old 09-17-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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Household money saving tips

How do you save money around the house? Here's a couple of my tips:

Mix dish soap 50/50 with water, and use two tablespoons in a small pump container filled with water for hand soap.

Buy larger cuts of meat and use the leftovers for lunch, or turn it into another meal. Leftover chicken - chicken salad, steak - cheese steak sandwiches.

Buy whole chickens and break down into seperate parts. It takes me 5 minutes to turn a whole chicken into boneless/skinless breasts, legs, thighs, wings.

Use the carcass for stock, strain and freeze.


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Old 09-17-2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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I do the exact same things you described! The soap trick I do on occasion, especially when the hand-soap is running out. I always cut-up my own chickens.

Iíll also go to Samís and buy huge packs of ground beef (5+ pounds) and then divide them up myself for freezing. Same with large packs of chicken leg quarters and wings. I also cut leg quarters apart and freeze them individually so that I have packs of legs and packs of thighs for use.

I also like to make big pots of soup and freeze the leftovers in individual servings.

Also, writing out a menu for the week really helps and cuts down on waste. When itís written down, itís easy to see where the leftovers are going. For example, one night you make a big pot of chili, the next you have chili-dogs and fries, or chili-cheese nachos, etc. Pork Loin one night, then pork sandwiches or stir-fried rice the next.

Then there are home-remedies that are cool such as using lemon juice to clean SS cookware. DW even has a recipe somewhere for furniture oil that is made with products nearly everyone has lying around the kitchen.

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Old 09-17-2007, 12:28 PM   #3
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buy huge packs of ground beef (5+ pounds) and then divide them up myself for freezing.
I do that, too, along with other cuts of meat.

My best advice is get a chest freezer if you can afford the space and take advantage of sales and stock up.
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:42 PM   #4
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I have a make believe Hog that lives in a make believe pen under a real pecan tree behind my house. The object is to starve the hog to death!

Everything is turned into something else or frozen for soup/stew/etc. There is no telling how many hogs I have starved to death!

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Old 09-17-2007, 01:36 PM   #5
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I do the same as mentioned, also take veggie ends and scraps and store them in a freezer bag until I have enough to make veggie stock.

Buy bulk cheese and shred myself and freeze for cooking purposes. Foodsaver comes in handy here.

Unplug any applicance or whatnot from the wall, even tho it is not turned on, it still uses power and emits carbon into the atmosphere. Helps to save $$$ on the electric bill.

I definately like the whole chicken thing... I love using the carcass to make stock and then pick it clean to have chicken for salads and sandwiches!
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:21 PM   #6
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because everything is SOOOOOOOOOO $$$$$$$ over here in K. we waste nothing. I save all jars and plastic containers and recycle them. There are no dollar stores over here and a small plastic bowl will set you back at least $3-4 dollars. Also since I work at the international school I take in old newspapers, magazines, empty boxes, toilet paper and paper towel rolls for art activities. We also wash and rewash ziploc bags that we bring back with us from the states. Everyone shares DVDS, magazines, and books------recently saw a Reader's Digest for sale here---$13.00USD!! When in the states I also use coupons for the items that I normally use anyway or use store brands that I know are good.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:32 PM   #7
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Never ever shop for groceries when you are hungry it makes it easier to stick to your list and when you see a great deal on something you like stock up.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:43 PM   #8
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I save all my celery tops in the freezer for soups, etc.

Non-food related, we save all our cereal, cracker, soup, etc. boxes for use as "kindling" in our wood stove, which heats our house in the wintertime. Use newspapers in the bottom of the litter box, too.

I also shred all my junk mail and put into my compost pile as some of the "dry" material. Same for all my veggie waste. So far, my compost pile is awesome. Nice and rich and black. Also, definitely no identity theft problems. Save in the freezer all chicken and beef trimmings/bones. When enough, I make stock...using my celery tops already saved.

I used to send back all the credit card offers in their own postage-paid envelopes, but figured out it made little difference. Instead, I get compost.
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:34 PM   #9
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Never ever shop for groceries when you are hungry it makes it easier to stick to your list and when you see a great deal on something you like stock up.
Absolutely JP. It took me a while to really learn this because I really don't like grocery shopping so I tend to put it off till I'm hungry. But that's a HUGE mistake. I end up with a pantry full of weird stuff!
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:23 AM   #10
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With regards to my apartment, a while back I just tried to train myself to really think about each decision I was making, especially with regards to electricity (leaving lights on, having more lights on than needed, unused appliances plugged in, TV on while doing something else etc). After a while, you develop something of a revulsion against excess. It actually turned into something of a pet peeve, really, to see anything unnecessary using electricity. The savings were immense. Just by being observant, I now use 75% less electricity per month with no real hassle, well, other than the mood swings brought on by someone leaving a light on :)

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