My readers do come up with great tips, tricks and ideas for how to save time and money every day. Today is no exception. From bugs to puppy poop—all the way to phone chargers and tomato paste, we’re about to cover a lot of frugal ground.
CUTEST LITTLE LEAK DETECTOR. After dealing with a toilet leaking and causing $500 in damage because it went unnoticed for too long, my plumber told me about this ingenious little device called the LeakBug, which detects the smallest amount of standing water and alerts you to it with loud beeping like a smoke alarm. I purchased one for each of my bathrooms, under sinks and next to the water heater. I’m finding that my peace of mind is well worth the initial cost! Mack
TOMATO PASTE WASTE. Many times a recipe will call for a small amount of tomato paste. Often, this means that if you’re like me, what remains in the can is stored in the refrigerator for future use. It also means that months later I find it and toss it in the trash because it has now gone bad. But no more! Now, I take the remaining tomato paste and spread it out in a thin layer in a zip sandwich bag I store flat on a freezer shelf until it’s frozen. The next time I need tomato paste, I simply break off what I need, zip up the bag and replace in the freezer. Works great; no more waste! Karen
FREE DOGGY POOP BAGS. When you get a delivery that includes those bags of “air” used to pack around items, turn them into free doggy poop bags. This is easiest done with two people: Have one person hold the end of the bag(s) and the other person take a pair of scissors and cut along the seam of the bag where the air was injected. This should give you an open bag to use for your poop patrol duties. If you are fortunate enough to get a “string” of these packing bags, leave them attached to one another and cut them into a continuous roll. Tear a bag of at the perforation, as needed. A useful way to recycle and not have to pay for bags. Snuggles
DONATE PHONE CHARGERS. I work in a hospital and at least once a week, my patient will ask me if I have cell phone charger that will fit their phone. Often patients are admitted unexpectedly and have their phone with them, but no charger. In my unit we have a file drawer with chargers that other patients have left behind and go unclaimed. However, frequently we don’t have the particular charger needed. If your readers have phone chargers for phones they no longer own, they should consider donating them to their local hospital. It would be a great service and a good way to clear clutter. Julie
WEIGHT LOSS INCENTIVE. I have been struggling with my weight for years. I am about 50 pound over the ideal weight. Recently, I learned that my health insurance company would pay for a three-month gym membership—and If I showed a weight loss at the end of three months they would continue paying for a year. I have just completed my three months and lost nine pounds. I am so excited! For those who might want to use a gym to help lose weight or just to get healthier, check with your health insurance company. Lydia