Helpful money-saving tips
Eat at home: My husband and I both work full time and have 3 children involved in school things, sports, as well as our church activities. The expense of ‘eating out’ was wrecking our budget so we got out the slow cooker one weekend and went through recipes with the kids. We found some we liked, shopped for the groceries and have it ‘down pat’ now! We put the meal in the cooker, refrigerate the container overnight, set it in the cooker base in the morning, set it and everyone leaves for work/school. Our supper is hot and ready to eat when we all get home. We eat as a family (sometimes pretty early) and then go off to the baseball, basketball, soccer or whatever other activity to attend. Feeding all of us at home is definitely cheaper as well as healthier. And, best of all, the children are learning how to shop for the best deals and how to cook. We choose not to buy the food at the concession stands, but we do give a donation to the groups involved—figuring that this way, the choir or whatever gets use of all the money instead of spending half of it for something to sell.
Noodle tricks: When you cook noodles, you can add extra flavor by adding some chicken bouillon to the cooking water.
Did you know that you can use your bread machine to mix up the dough for homemade noodles. Just mix in the machine and then roll them out, cut by hand or use a pasta machine, bag and freeze what you don’t need right away for another meal.
Cut the bulbs: I cut the amount of money I spend on electricity by unscrewing about half the light bulbs in the house. My kids seem to think they need everything as bright as day and it costs too much. I didn’t take the bulbs out and leave empty sockets, I just loosen them enough so they don’t light.
My daughter has taken my “cheapness” to heart and loosened half of the bulbs in her living room. She has several big lamps and 2 ceiling fans with 5 bulbs each around the fan blades and 1 in the middle. She loosened all the bulbs on the fans but the middle one and says she’s definitely noticed a difference in her utility bill.
Ink removal hint: To remove ball point ink from a leather coat, rub it with some toothpaste, let it set for a little while and wipe clean. The ink should all come out without staining the leather permanently. I have had it take a couple of tries if the ink has set for a while.
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