I don’t know if the world is getting older, or we all just have too many things to remember, but more and more memory-saving tips are landing in my inbox. Let me just say, “thanks, keep ‘em coming!”
COUPON REMINDER. I used to have such a challenge remembering to use the instant coupons that came stuck to the front of a product. I’d get home from the grocery store and there it was, still stuck to the product. One day it dawned on me what to do. When I pick the product off the shelf, I IMMEDIATELY stick the coupon over the bar code. That way, if I get busy unloading the basket the clerk will have to remove it to scan the product! Sylvia, Louisiana
ODOR-FREE ONION STOCKPILE. Make sure when you are freezing onions to use freezer bags, not just sandwich zip-type bags. Bags designed for the freezer do a better job of keeping the food’s odors from escaping. I mean, who wants their freezer to smell like onions? Tina, EC blog
NO KETCHUP MEANS MEATLOAF. When I was growing up, a nearly-empty ketchup bottle meant that my thrifty mother’s delicious meatloaf would soon appear on our dinner table. Mom added about 1/4 cup of water to the ketchup bottle, shook well and poured the thinned ketchup over the unbaked loaf. Just as tasty as tomato sauce and not a drop of ketchup wasted! Rick, Michigan
STICKY BRA STRAPS. My bra straps will not stay in place, even after I’ve adjusted them. I solved the problem by tightening the strap to where I wanted it and then attaching a small, round velcro piece inside each of the straps, facing each other. They’ve stuck together for more than two weeks and I haven’t had sliding bra straps to deal with. GRK, email
LOTTERY TICKET FUNDRAISERS. It seems that lottery tickets are a big seller for fundraising. I don’t believe in gambling, so we don’t buy or sell the tickets. I made that clear to the organizers of the fundraisers when my children were in school. I never got any hassles about it, either. Instead of selling lottery tickets, I donated my time. I worked the concession stands at football games, was a girl scout leader, etc. My kids knew they would never get any top seller prizes, but they knew that was the way it was. Everyone was fine. Cecile, email
MEAL-IN-ONE ADJUSTMENT. I tried the meal-in-one recipes from an EC food column several weeks ago. I made an adjustment for two “eco reasons”—economy and ecology: I could not use the heavy duty foil. Instead, I put the “packets” in a covered casserole and followed the oven directions. It turned out great! Carol, email
Question: What is your favorite memory-saving tip? Share it here.