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Old 04-16-2014, 07:43 PM
 
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I work at Costco and I love it when people come through my register and give me great tips on everything from making berries last longer to cheap ways to make homemade febreeze. So I thought we could start a frugal tips thread.

I have a customer that buys all his berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) from us and told me a great way to make them last longer and not waste any. Soak berries in white vinegar for 15 minutes and then completely rinse your berries clean. Dry them on a paper towel and then store in a clean dry container. This will help them last weeks longer than normal. I've done it....it works!


A member once told me that it was cheaper to buy Downy UNstopables and make your own febreeze than to buy febreeze. She said she takes 1 tablespoons of UNstopables and dissolves them in water (in a reusable spray bottle of course). You can spray this on your furniture and carpets and even your clothing.


So what great tips do you have to being more frugal?
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:47 AM
 
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You can use a king sized coverlet on a queen sized bed by turning it the "other way".
Situate is so the extra fabric is on the top by the pillows and you can cover the pillows like we used to do with bedspreads. That way you don't need shams. You do need to watch that the print works on the bed the opposite way is was intended. All over prints work the best. I find this works well when looking at used ones in thrift stores and garage sales, often the shams are missing but it doesn't matter. I have a neutral colored bed skirt which has worked with several coverlettes.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:13 AM
 
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Never pay full price for a haircut.

Almost everyone who cuts hair emails coupons, prints them in the newspaper,
or has special promotional discount days.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:56 AM
 
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Yeah -- don't use Febreeze at all. It's merely a perfume and does nothing real. It doesn't clean or remove odors... if you truly are worried about your sofa smelling, buy washable slipcovers.

I also don't use fabric softener, except on clothes that cling. Most of what we wear is cotton, so there is no need for it. I have a three year old bottle of Downy, I do one load of sweats a week in the winter, and I use half of the amount suggested.

The only house cleaning products I buy are Windex and toilet bowl cleaner (the one with scale remover). I scrub my sinks and bathtub with baking soda, I wash my floors with liquid dish soap (and not much of that), and I polish my furniture with a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice shaken well and applied to a soft rag. I was so done with buying a cleaner for this and a cleaner for that and none of them worked any better than baking soda, so IO stopped wasting my money.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:40 AM
 
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If you're worried about static from the dryer, wad up some aluminum foil and make about 3-4 balls. Toss them in the dryer with your clothes and no static. When the balls start getting squashed looking, throw them out and make new ones.

Paper towel soaked in vinegar will get rid of hard water stains in toilets and around sinks. It takes maybe half an hour or so, but no scrubbing needed.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:48 AM
 
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The only house cleaning products I buy are Windex
Surprised you don't make your own!

Mom's recipe (I think she got it from her Mom, LOL):
1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
1/4 c. white vinegar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 c. warm water
Shake well, even while using.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:53 PM
 
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We do not drink Coke so leftovers get poured into the ... you guessed it ... toilet. 30 minutes and then flush.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Costco chicken is the best.. usually eat it on 3 or 4 days, only 2 people so it lasts forever. I then use the bones to makes soup. That chicken lasts for a week, best $4.99 spent.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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I make my own soup stock, with left over meat bones and vegetables. We use a lot of stock, so I make it and freeze it in chunks to store.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I just spent a delightful evening at the local community theater enjoying a wonderful play. It was free for me, because I signed up to usher. Best bargain ever!!!!
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