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Tip #25 – Gift Bags

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Reuse your gift bags.

Reuse your gift bags.

Decorative gift bags can be very pricey. As you receive gift bags, hold on to them. Reuse them for gifts that you are giving others.

If you want to get real organized you can even organize your bags by holiday/event. You can place your bags in a box and then use small pieces of cardboard as a separator.

When you bring home your leftovers from the restaurant you can also reuse this bag. These bags can make great lunch bags.

Tip #22 – Sauce Jars

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

During these tough times, we are making our dollar stretch as far as possible.  When you are cooking and and have sauce remaining in a jar, like spaghetti sauce, do the following:  place just a small amount of water in the jar, cap it, shake it, and then pour out the remaining sauce.

Tip #18 – Cleaning Your Microwave

Monday, January 19th, 2009
A simple mixture to clean your microwave.

A simple mixture to clean your microwave.

We all know that a microwave can get messy…especially those at our place of work.  (People often seem to forget to cover their food.)  Well, here’s an easy, inexpensive and “green” way to clean any grimy microwave.

In a large, glass bowl combine approximately 1 cup of each of the following ingredients:  water, lemon juice and white vinegar.  One thing to note, the length of time you need to microwave the mixture and let it sit depends on the dirtiness of your microwave.  The times below are approximate

Start your microwave and let it run for enough time that the mixture will boil for 3-6 minutes.  After this, keep the microwave door closed and let the mixture sit and steam for 5-10 minutes.  Once the food debris has softened, it is ready to wipe away.  If needed, you can repeat the steps above.

Tip #13-Reusing Plastic

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
You can reuse your plastic bags in a variety of ways.

You can reuse your plastic bags in a variety of ways.

We all get plastic bags from a variety of places: produce at the grocery store, items we purchase at various stores, our newspaper, Ziplocs from food, and more.

Don’t just throw them in the trash – REUSE them! Here are several ideas that will help you reuse your plastic bags:

  • Use a Ziploc more than ONE time – especially with sandwiches, chips, and some fruits.
  • Carry your lunch to work or school in a plastic grocery sack.
  • When you’re out playing sports, camping, or just enjoying the outdoors, take along a few grocery sacks for wet and/or dirty clothing and shoes.
  • Keep misc. items organized in your family vehicle using a plastic bag.
  • Use any of the sacks to clean up after your pooch while on a walk.
  • And for those of you who are really pinching pennies, you can even wash out your Ziplocs with soap and water and reuse them. (If you’re bag contained raw meat, it’s best to not reuse the bag.)
  • Take the grocery bags that are in good shape back to the store for a second time.
  • Use your produce bag for all or part of your lunch. They also work great for some leftovers.
  • Place your grocery sack in a small wastebasket as a liner.  Fill it, pull it out, tie it off, and throw it away.  (Or you may even be able to reuse it again!)

Tip #11- Cleaning Your Windows

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Using newspaper when cleaning windows eliminates streaks.

Using newspaper when cleaning windows eliminates streaks.

When you get ready to clean your windows next time, get rid of the paper towel and get your hands on some black and white newspaper.  Newspaper paired with Windex will give you an amazing streak-free shine.

If you are looking to save some money, you can use a 5-1 mixture of water and vinegar.  You will have to use a few more newspapers in order to absorb this mixture.