Tips From The Economically Savvy One

Some of these little tidbits you may have already heard of, but here they are anyway. And as more little gems come along they’ll get added to the list.
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Treat your broccoli like a flower…
Instead of storing your broccoli in the vegetable crisper, store it in a cup with water in it.  I have three-week old home grown broccoli with leaves attached, and the leaves are as perky as they were the day the broccoli was picked.
Get more shampoos per bottle…
Instead of using shampoo directly from the bottle, mix the shampoo with warm water and then slowly pour on wet hair lathering as you pour.  You’ll find you’ll get the same amount of lather using much less shampoo.  I’ve been able to lather and repeat with less shampoo than I had used for the first lathering.
Don’t throw away the wrappers from your butter or margarine…
Fold and store in refrigerator.  Use them to grease cake pans or cookie sheets.
Save those packets of silica gel…
They can be used to help keep the moisture away from the seeds you’re saving. One of the best ways to store your seeds is to put them in individual envelopes and put the envelopes into a glass jar with lid and store in a cool place.
Saving seeds…
Saving seeds from your own vegetables give you the advantage of knowing that the plants will grow well in your climate. Be cautious when saving plants grown from hybrid seeds as they don’t grow true to the parent.
An alternative to peat pots is to make your own starter pots with newspaper.
Make bar soap last longer…
When you remove bar soap from its container, the soap dries out and lasts longer.  You can freshen your dresser drawers by storing the soap in the drawers.
Plant ties…
Recycle old stockings and use as plant ties by cutting into strips. The fabric stretches, so it won’t hurt plant stems.
Moisture retaining crystals…
The lining of diapers can be torn apart and mixed in with your potting soil to help keep moisture in plant containers, which is especially useful in the hot summer days when container plants are prone to dry out quickly.

1 Comment

  1. Melissa said,

    November 18, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Wow! You are very savvy, it’s a wonder you ever spend a penny. You have this thing down to a science.

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