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Written by: Dolores Hark
Date posted: 25 May 2009

I don’t like shopping much! Finding ways around spending money on consumer products is sort of like a hobby for me. If I find a good tip I try to remember to share it here.


The Usefulness of Tiny Baking Pans

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Editor: Dolores Hark
Date posted / or last updated: 9 February 2013

A year or so back, I was the lucky recipient of a gift card. It’s not exactly easy to get to the particular physical location so I was keen to just use the value up.

Ended up with like eight of these small bread pans, thinking when I got home, hmmm, maybe that was silly.

It turns out that these little pans have been incredibly useful. I’ve taken to using them for storing single-serve frozen meals that I can easily stick in the freezer.

In this case, I do first take a layer of Saran Wrap to cover the food in order to help prevent freezer burn, followed by a top layer of tin foil. Not sure how long this keeps the food; generally I try not to leave these in the freezer too long, especially dishes with cheese, but so far I’ve been pretty pleased with the results all around. I used to store things in jars or tupperware, and then I’d end up throwing things out since I’d have to wait through a bit of defrosting time, then inevitably I seem to get distracted between taking the food out and actually heating it up. This just works a lot better for me – I think of it, I take it out, I put it in the oven – skipping the step of having to maneuver the frozen food from jar to pot.


Mops and Mopping

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Editor: Dolores Hark
Date posted / or last updated: 7 February 2013

I’ve definitely developed a pet peeve against mops over the years. I think I used to use one myself, but realize it just seems a lot more effective to run a towel or yes, paper towels (especially if I am in a hurry) over the floor on my hands and knees.

Once upon a time, I lived with a person who insisted on using a mop and tons of pinesol and inevitably, I would feel the need to reclean the floor, or at least the smelliest areas, by hand after he finished, on the sly.

So I thought it was excellent to learn via a news story one day on NPR that the mopping industry itself knows that mops don’t work – hence the birth of the Swiffer – or whatever that product is called where you put disposable sheets on a pole.

My recommendation is to find some old thin towels, and cut these into about one foot square pieces. Then use this collection of towel rags to clean your floor since they can be tossed in a machine for washing pretty easily afterward.


Reducing Use of Disposable Saran Wrap

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Editor: Dolores Hark
Date posted / or last updated: 6 February 2013

Here is a tip in terms of cutting down on use of plastic. Try using a plate to cover your food, especially if you are storing it in a bowl in the fridge. I am not going to comment on which is better, safer, etc., just saying it seems to work pretty well for me when I use a heavy ceramic plate and I’m just storing the food for a short time.


 


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Living Frugally, with Purpose and Style: The New Conserver

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Living Frugally, with Purpose and Style: The New Conserver

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Green Tomato Cake Recipe on About.com
Leave Google Behind
Lisa's Kitchen - Healthy Vegetarian Recipes and Cooking Hints
Michigan Camping
Paula Burch's All About Hand Dyeing
Starvation.net
Still Tasty.com
TomPaine.com
WHFoods: The World's Healthiest Foods

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Living Frugally, with Purpose and Style: The New Conserver

Living Frugally, with Purpose and Style: the New Conserver

Living Frugally, with Purpose and Style: The New Conserver

Living Frugally, with Purpose and Style: the New Conserver