This post is by Bernie Carr,
With the budget being tight, I normally find various things to do to save a buck or two on a regular basis. This past weekend was no exception. Here are five frugal things I did.
Cut the dryer sheets in half
I know that vinegar is a natural alternative to dryer sheets but the family cannot stand the smell. I’ve also tried cutting out dryer sheets altogether but there is too much static cling. Plus, I like the scent. To save on dryer sheets I cut them in half so the box lasts twice as long.
Saved the bacon grease
After cooking bacon for breakfast in the convection oven, I drained the bacon grease into a glass container and saved it. I’ve gotten good results using bacon grease to fry tortilla chips, eggs and even added it to beans. (Don’t do this if you are watching your cholesterol.)
Fixed a toilet valve
Our lease does not cover fixing broken toilet valve. Instead of calling for repairs, we watched a Youtube video and got the part for under $10. It took only around 20 minutes of work and now the toilet works just fine.
Bought a basil plant
I tried a recipe that required fresh basil. Instead of buying the cut herbs, I bought a basil plant for the same price. After cutting a few of the needed leaves, I replanted it and now I have basil whenever I need it.
Switched to a foaming soap dispenser
Hand soap runs out very quickly. So I got a foaming soap dispenser that is both decorative and economical. A foaming soap dispenser uses only about 1/4 the amount of soap but still retains enough cleaning power.
Simply fill 1/4 of the container with hand soap or even dish soap and add water. Shake it up and pump the dispenser once or twice to release the foam.
What did you do this weekend to save money? Please share in the comments, as I am always looking for ways to save!
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