Dollar Stretcher Tips July 17, 2014

Weekly-Dollar-StretcherHere are your Dollar Stretcher Tips for July 17, 2014.

Painter’s Hack

We recently had the inside of our home painted and there was quite a bit of old paint on the baseboards and floors. Our painter told us to put rubbing alcoholon a rag or cotton ball and rub the old paint away. It worked.

Checking Your Luggage?

Before you turn over your suitcase, take a picture of the inside of it. That way, if it gets lost, you have a record of what was inside. You may need to take a few, but it only takes a minute and could avoid big trouble later.

Buggy Car?

Put some baking soda on a wet sponge and gently scrub your car’s windshield, lights, and chrome (if you have an oldie!) to remove bugs. Just wipe it off with another wet sponge or some damp paper towel. This works well and it’s very inexpensive.
Donna from NC

An Inexpensive Occasion

I use a dollar store to help me with “occasions.” For less than $10, I can purchase a tablecloth, plates, napkins, cups, silverware, table decorations, wall decorations and wrapping paper or bags and tissue! There’s no need to spend a fortune to make someone feel special!

Summer Bird Suet

Birds eat suet all year, but sometimes it can melt in hot temperatures. A way to make the suet last longer is to put it in the freezer. I put mine in my freezer as soon as I get home from the store. When I need to put a new cake out, I take it right to the suet cage. It’s not necessary to thaw it before putting it out.
Pamela M. in Alabama

Flea Removal

My husband and I live out in the country, and here are our flea control tips. Plant pennyroyal around your yard where the dogs might lie in it sometimes. Put cedar shavings in the dog house, but these need to be changed once or twice a year. We usually put fresh out just before and after the winter. Allow the pets to roll in dust (they know what they’re doing). We have two dogs and five cats (among our other 25 pets) and have very little problem with fleas (in Missouri!).

Swiffer Refills

Instead of buying refills to fit your Swiffer® sweeper, go to a fabric store or Walmart and buy 1/4 yard of really soft fleece fabric. Cut it into rectangles to fit your sweeper. You should be able to get at least five of them from this amount of fabric. You can use one side until it’s dirty and then flip it over and use the other side. Wash the fabric rectangles in the washing machine and tumble dry.

Mark-Up Savings

When my daughter bought a fixer upper home, she could not afford to buy repair materials. When she found people who were remodeling their home, she offered to haul off their used materials for a small fee and then she used a lot of the materials on her home. She got newer windows, usable wood, partial cans of paint, a newer bathtub, sinks, new doors, etc. It was a win-win situation for her. She was paid to haul the stuff off and then she had all kinds of construction materials to use for her home. She saved several thousand dollars!
Joann S.

Where Did I Get This?

Everyone has multiple cans of spray paint. It’s hard to remember where each can came from as each store sells different brands. To keep track, I keep a black marker in the garage, and immediately when I come in, I mark the bottom with where it came from and how much it cost. That way, when I finish the can at a later day, I know where I can purchase the same color again!
Elizabeth H.

Custom Borders

I was redoing my kitchen in an Italian country theme. We got the idea last summer on our vacation. I wanted a border, but couldn’t find anything that I liked at the home centers or paint stores. Then I had a great idea. We brought back a bunch of post cards and other paper items like street maps and tickets to places we had visited. I decided to use them as the border.

I used wallpaper paste to stick them to the wall. I did need to soak the postcards to remove the picture as they would have been too fat to stick. Then I clear coated over them. Now I have a border that reminds me of a wonderful vacation, and it only cost a few pennies for the wallpaper paste!


Since moving to Florida, roaches have been a real problem. There is an old remedy that the Japanese people use that includes white flour, boric acid, and powdered sugar.

I mix equal amounts of boric acid and flour. Then I add powdered sugar to attract the roaches. To make a soft dough, I add just enough water. After rolling the dough into balls, I place them into little candy paper cups (like muffin cups). Then I place the balls in corners of cupboards and behind furniture where other animal life cannot reach. The roaches eat this, and it causes them to dry out. It takes about two to three weeks to completely work. I replace the boric acid balls every month to ensure that there is no reinfestation.

Starting Christmas Now

It’s July, and I am already thinking about Christmas! I bought several herb plants. I have been snipping herbs and washing and air-drying them to put into small bags to give as Christmas gifts this year. I’m growing rosemary, oregano, mint, stevia, and basil.

Also, I bought a dehydrator at a thrift store. It’s not the top of the line, but it still works great and has many trays to it. My next project is dehydrating fruits, so I can make a dry fruit mixture to bag up. Then I will do vegetables for vegetable soup. I plan to make up some cream powder to put with it in order to make cream/vegetable soup. It will be so nice on a cold winter’s night!

Both of these items are expensive to buy in any store, but to make them at home, it is not costly at all. Therefore, they make nice gifts. Another benefit is that both of these items will be relatively low in cost to ship!

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