Dollar Stretcher Tips for November 17, 2016
Easy Paint Brush Cleaning
If you've ever struggled getting a paint brush clean, you'll love this. I always wash my brushes in dish soap and water, but it was really hard getting all the paint out until I started combing them with a wire brush. They come out just like they were new.
Have you ever tried to give your car the day off? I like to give my car a day off occasionally! Sometimes I car pool with my husband or take the bus to work. I've even biked to work a few times. Not only do I save some money, but also it breaks up the routine and gives me a different perspective on the day.
Save the Foil
If you do a lot of cooking this time of year, you probably buy some extra aluminum foil. Here's how to reduce the amount you use. Buy one or two of those disposable foil pans for $2. You can turn them upside down over a casserole or other dish and it's the same as if you used foil. They can be easily washed and reused.
The Family Plan
My two sisters and I are all empty nesters. We thought that our days of buying bulk at Costco or Sam's Club were over until we came up with this idea. About once every three weeks, we go shopping together. We buy things that we can divide and share. We get the better prices and have an excuse to go shopping together!
Not a Senior, But…
In response to the tip “Lunch for Dinner,” I have found that some restaurants will allow you to order from the Senior menu, even if you are not Senior aged. I have a small appetite, especially with the ever larger portions that restaurants serve these days. The Senior portions are smaller and perfect for me. It never hurts to ask.
I found a simple solution for the ice that forms on my car's windshield overnight. When I get home from work, I give it quick spray of a mix of rubbing alcohol and water (3 to 1 mix). I use an old glass cleaning bottle that I keep in the car. It won't stop snow, but it does keep me from scraping my car's windows before I go to work in the morning.
Online Holiday Shopping
Most of us will be doing some holiday shopping online. One thing to remember is not to buy anything while you're in a public place. Only shop at home. In your local coffeehouse, someone could be capturing your credit card or PayPal account information. If you really want to online shop while you're not at home, just put the items in the shopping cart but don't enter your account information until you get home.
The Hiding Place
I have a perfect hiding place for some emergency cash and my wife's jewelry. When we painted our living room, I saved the empty gallon paint can with drips and all. Once the inside had dried, I used it to hold the valuables. It sits in the middle of other cans of leftover paint. Only my wife and I know it. We did leave a note in our safe deposit box for the kids to find if we both should die.
Winter Car Care
Slush can get nasty in the winter. Not only does your car look bad, but also it's hard on paint and can even cause rust. About this time of the year, I put a nylon toilet brush in the trunk. When I get home, I use it to brush away any slush that's clinging to my car. It only takes a minute or two to walk around the car and give it a quick swipe. My current ride is nine years old and still looks good!
Budget Friendly Dinners
When you run out of ideas or your budget is tight, breakfast for dinner may be a good idea. Everyone seems to enjoy breakfast food anytime of the day, especially my grandchildren! I prepare eggs, bacon or sausage, and toast. If I have a leftover baked potato, I cut it up, add some onions, and quickly fry them. Orange juice is an added treat or coffee for the adults. It's easy, nutritious, and delicious!
First Apartment Solution
We found the perfect way to furnish our first apartment. We found an estate sale in our neighborhood. That's a sale where the homeowner has died and they're clearing out the house. We waited until the end of the sale and told them that we were looking to furnish an apartment. We needed furniture for a living room, bedroom and kitchen, cookware, bath items, and cleaning supplies. Most of that stuff had very little value to them at that point, so we got a great deal. The furniture isn't the style we want, but we can replace it when we have the money. It sure beats sleeping on the floor and running up a bill at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Instead of wrapping my pictures in Christmas paper, I made big bows from wired ribbon and just taped them to the corner of an existing picture (no wrapping needed). They look beautiful! When I remove them after Christmas, they smooth flat because they are wired. I store them in a box and bring them out every Christmas. After I plump up the bow's wire with my fingers and re-stick the bows to the pictures, they are good to go for another year.
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