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Cucumbers in Plastic Wrap, and More Great Reader Tips!

I think it’s universally understood that a red flag means stop or some variation of caution. A green flag, on the other hand means, “Wow what a great idea!” That’s how I mark email from my awesome Everyday Cheapskate readers who send me their best tips. Check out this fresh batch of “green-flagged” tips:

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SAVE A CUKE. You know how the expensive English cucumbers at the store are wrapped in plastic? The guys at Cooks Illustrated tested wrapping regular uncut and cut cucumbers in plastic wrap. Both work and amazingly to allow you to keep a cucumber fresh for up to a week! Jessica

LAST MINUTE SEARCH. Before you buy something online do a general search on the Internet for the item you want. You can often save a lot. For example, I recently was shopping online for a new headboard for my bed. After much searching I found the exact one I wanted for $499. Just to see what would happen, I typed the name of the item into my Internet search engine and found exactly the same item on another site for half the price. I’m glad I searched. What a savings. Caitlin

BAG THE SPUDS. When a recipe calls for putting something like potato pieces in a bowl, and adding oil to mix and coat prior to roasting, I use a plastic market produce bag instead. Uses far less oil, and no oily bowl to wash. Tempe

REMOVE THE GOO. Ever pulled a sticker off of fabric only to find it has left a residue or part of the sticker backing? Here’s how to get it off: Take a piece of a brown paper bag and place it over the area. Set your iron on low/medium and iron over the bag. The heat will melt the glue and the remnant of the sticker will adhere to the bag. Melissa

CLEAR LUNCH BAG. Use a gallon size zip-type plastic bag to take your lunch to work. It holds a sandwich, chips, a juice box and a dessert very comfortably. Because they are reusable, in the long run they are a better value than brown paper sacks and don’t use as much room in the landfill. Jessica

RENEW THE DRYER. What a mess if you ever get gum or crayons melted inside the dryer. Here’s what to do: Get some old towels, pop them in the dryer and run on hot for a few minutes to soften the wax/gum. Now make a paste of Cascade automatic dishwasher detergent and hot water. With a damp cloth use this paste to scrub off the gum/wax. Go over the entire inside of the dryer, then make sure you rinse it off well. Run a load of old towels just to make sure it’s all gone. Maggie

RESCUE WITH TAPE. Keep a roll of double-sided tape in your dresser drawer. It comes in handy to keep slippery scarves in place and lapels stuck down. It even works as an emergency hem fix. Janell

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3 replies
  1. Jana says:

    I actually have used a used dryer sheet to get gum out of the dryer. It works really well, it’s amazing! I also use the dryer sheets for getting lint build up/dust off my dryer too. And for general dusting. You can also use them as the holder for homemade fire starters. Our girl scout troop used dryer lint mixed with melted wax and put them in the center of a used dryer sheet. Tied with twine and voila, homemade fire starters from basically free items! (we used wax that was left over from burnt down candles)

  2. Karen Halstead says:

    To Caitlin who did the search for her item and found it for half price- good job! Here’s another step you can do that has saved me lots of $. After I know what store I’m going to buy from I will open another window and go to retailmenot.com. Type in the name of the store where I’m buying from and a lot of times there are discounts there for that particular store I may not have known about. So not only did you find your item for 1/2 price (yeah you!), you could possibly get at least free shipping, or another % off just for a quick look.

  3. Priscilla says:

    I don’t agree with the tip about using a plastic bag instead of a brown paper bag to carry your lunch. It might take up less room, but it certainly does not degrade as fast as paper in the landfill.


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