Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Find Inspiration in a Book!


I'm not a senior, but I am frugal and love to learn from my elders, so I picked this up from the library to peruse.

I haven't tried any of these tips yet, but these were fun and original!

1. Keep grapes fresh longer by pouring orange juice over them.

2. Revive stale crackers by spreading them on a baking sheet and heating in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes.  Once they cool you can store them in an air tight container.

3. Use your shower water to heat your home in cold weather.  Instead of letting your hot water run down the drain, plug it up when you are showering and only drain once it has completely cooled. This must also help with humidity in the dry winter months!

  
4. Clean your chimney with salt.  Throw a handful of salt (sodium chloride) in the fire. Salt combined with the water released from the wood forms an acid that can help dissolve light creosote.
DO NOT ATTEMPT WITH METAL CHIMNEYS.
This one makes me nervous, so please check with a professional before giving it a go.

Do you have a favorite book that teaches something about frugality?

4 comments:

Audra Marie said...

I'll have to remember that shower one for sure. It gets real dry here. :)

Julie Bagamary said...

The cracker tip works!

'Becca said...

The author's name is so perfect for the book, I have to wonder if that's his real name!

The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn was a newsletter that is now available in books. I have one of them, and there are lots of great tips in there!

Here's my tip for saving money by never buying tampons again!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Good stuff there..the shower one is a keeper for sure. Now I can save on heating if I shower before my kiddo wakes up and gets ready for school.

Stop by and visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime soon...we are back up and running once again!