Are you as frugal as ME?? LOL I find myself to be pretty frugal and I think I do somethings that others might find silly or a waste of time. Tell me what you think??
*When I wash my dishes, I always microwave the sponge when I'm done. It helps kills the germs, pluse keeps the odors away, thus making my sponges last longer.
*I save my plastic bags that holds the cereal. There is always a good use for them somewhere. Most of the time I use them to make my own 'shake and bake' type meals, saves my Ziplocks.
*When I buy chicken, I ALWAYS cut them thin before I portion and freeze them. A full portion of meat is only about 3 to 4 oz, a full breast is usually about 6 to 7 oz. SO I cut them and make my 5 breasts into 10, then portion and freeze them.
* I save coffee. When its leftover in the pot and I'm not going to drink it, I put it in a pitcher in the fridge and either use it to water my plants or drink it for ice coffee. LOL (another tip, pour some in a ice cube tray and make coffee ice cubes for your ice coffee! This way it doesn't get watered down)
*After supper, I take the leftover veggies, no matter how little is left, and put them in little containers then freeze them. Once I have enough, I'll defrost them and serve a 'mixed' vegetable for supper.
*When I do my laundry, I only use 1 ounce of detergent. You really don't need much more than this, it still gets my clothes clean, and it still gets sudsy. Then I toss my clothes in the dryer and only use half the dryer sheet. A box of 40 dryer sheets is now 80. And to be honest, you don't even NEED the dryer sheets, but I prefer them to keep the static off my clothes.
*Everyone who knows me know I'm a coupon clipper! But I don't buy the paper, I get my coupons from family and friends who save thier inserts. They are just gonna throw them out anyway, so I'll take them!
*On the rare occassions I take my kids out for fast food like McDonald's, I don't let them get happy meals anymore. For the most part they are okay with it, they don't even ask anymore. We will usually order 1 Value meal, and share the drink and fries. Then they get what they want, usually a doubler cheeseburger. And here is another tip: Did you know that the 6pk nuggets are 2.63, BUT the 4pk is only $1?? If you order 2 4pks, its only $2 and you are still getting 2 extra nuggets!
*I don't buy cleaning products. I clean my house with bleach, vinegar, and Dawn dishsoap. I will 'splurge' on Magic erasers, and Scrubbin' bubbles. I've found those are the BEST products for cleaning my tub and keeping it white. And I don't buy the name brand erasers, Target and Walmart's brands work just as great and half the price. I use them all over, those are truly magic! LOL Otherwise, I use vinegar on pretty much anything to clean it, bleach to disinfect what needs to be, and Dawn is a great grease cutter, stain remover. Thats all you need!
*When I pack my kids lunches, I try to use reusable stuff as much as possible. I don't buy prepackaged or portion control items, its cheaper to buy the box of crackers or cans of fruit and portion them out myself. I put thier sandwiches in reusable sandwich box, not a ziplock bag. I do purchase plastic utentsils, but I wash them everyday and put them back in until they break or get lost. I do buy juice boxes, for some reason my kids just won't drink out of those little plastic containers with the straw. And I have trouble keeping them clean and deodorized so to me its actually worth it. My oldest prefers a 'hot' lunch to a sandwich, so if there is pasta or mac and cheese leftover from a previous nights meal, I'll heat it up and put it in a insulated container for her.
*SO how frugal are you?? Do you use some of my ideas or have any of your own you want to share with me??