Tips and Tricks to Stop the Money Leaks

For many, it’s not the big expenditures that keep them spending beyond their means, but rather the thousands of little purchases that together wreak havoc on their finances. Want to start leaving more money in the bank each month? Start paying attention to all the little ways money leaks out of your life.


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TOOTHPASTE LIKE A PEA. Those toothpaste ads that show the toothbrush covered with toothpaste in an artful swirl use about four times as much toothpaste as necessary to brush our teeth thoroughly. My dentist told me that it takes enough toothpaste the size of a pea to do a good job. And the fact that a smaller amount is still effective, is more comfortable than having a mouth full of suds and makes the toothpaste last three times longer is my idea of a great way to stop the money leak. Edna, Oregon

LINT ROLL THE LAMPSHADE. My lampshades don’t get dirty, but they sure do get dusty. I “dust” my cloth lampshades with a lint roller. Works like a charm! Anita, Minnesota

SLOW DOWN THE ROLL. When done with a roll of toilet paper, take the cardboard center and fold it in half the long way. Slide this inside the center of the new roll and install the roll as normal. The extra bulk inside the center roll prevents toilet paper from flying off when spun around and the user uses less. Shawna, Missouri

ROLL OFF THE HAIRS. Take an adhesive lint roller along next time you have your hair cut. Use it once you get to your car to remove the sharp hairs that inevitably attack your neck. This is much more effective than the neck brush the barber or beautician uses. Susie, Tennessee

BOILING OUT THE STAINS. Can’t get the stove top burner pans clean? Try this: Fill a big pot with water. Add about 4 tablespoons baking soda and a few squirts of dishwashing soap. Place the stained burner pans in the water and bring to a boil, making sure the suds do not boil over. Allow them to boil gently until all the baked on spots are removed. Rinse the pans and wipe clean. They will sparkle like new. Nicole, Pennsylvania

GO PRIVATE WITH PENS. I always carry and use my own pen when I’m out at the doctor’s office, the pharmacy, the bank and grocery store. Think about it. Most people at the doctor’s office and the pharmacy are sick and have just used that public pen at the desk. Patricia, Indiana

CLINGING THE CLING WRAP. Whenever I tear a piece of plastic wrap to place over a plate or bowl, I first pull a little off the roll and place it on one edge of the item I want to cover. Then I unroll more wrap, stretching as I go. When I get to the other edge of the dish, I touch the wrap to it and tear it. No more sticking to itself, frustration or wasted wrap! Cheryl, Maryland

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  1. Mictros
    Mictros says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Recently purchased an expensive Sunflower Oil. Had one of those dreaded plastic pull rings in it. Pull ring broke upon removal attempt. Solution? Take an inexpensive corn cob skewer holder ( the ones that look like corn and provide handles) or similar object. Poke holes through the inverted dome of the pull ring. Leaving IN the pull ring and only cutting the broken ring puller. 1:) Solves problem. 2:) May aid in keeping oil fresh longer. 3:) Use LESS 4:) Have perfect control over how much comes out to avoid the ” whoops” that sometimes happens with fully open containers. It really provides good directional control. Much better than a cruet or fancy overpriced ” EVOO bottle”.

  2. dkbink
    dkbink says:

    Save on air freshner…
    Use stick matches instead of aerosols. Leave the fragrant sprays for children too young to use matches. Keep a small paper cup by sink to deposit used matches after dousing them in water.

  3. Stumbo
    Stumbo says:

    One tool I keep handy is a small bottle of graphite. For all locks, interior and exterior including car, trucks, planes and trains. Oil attracts dirt so should never be used when trying to lubricate a lock. Graphite comes as a very, very thin powder that is not water soluble. It is so thin that it will float away if it is spilled. Surrounding a lock with a disposable towel or container can help from getting powder spread around the area. It is usually applied by puffing it into locking mechanisms, moving the lock by inserting a key and then reapplying until the lock is looser and works more easily.

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