Save money with portion control
Portioning out food is a frugal tactic. Typically it involves buying or cooking a bulk amount of food for less money, measuring and dividing it into smaller portions and repackaging into storage bags or containers. A kitchen scale, ice cube trays and an ice cream scoop can be handy to help with this. Of course, strive for healthy serving sizes based on the pyramid (http://www.mypyramid.gov/), too. The first reader tip shares another great way to portion out food.
I was making sloppy joes and pulled pork BBQ for sandwiches. I made tons of extra. I took paper cupcake holders and filled each one and placed them in the freezer for a few hours, then removed the paper and put them in freezer bags. Now, when the kids want a sandwich (I keep hamburger buns around), they pop one in a bowl and nuke for 1 minute and put on the bun. Quick and easy. We have been doing this for a few weeks and wow, it is a real time saver, especially with hungry husbands and kids. — Louise, Georgia
Note from Sara: You can skip the paper liners and freeze directly in a muffin tin, too.
CLOUDY GLASS TIP:
I went through all the remedies to clear my cloudy goblets. The last time I tried I was dismayed to find that were clouding again. I got a closer look at them and then realized that steam was being trapped in the overturned goblets that were draining onto a cloth I had put on the counter top. — Rosann, e-mail
The other day I baked four medium yams in the oven. I peeled and mashed them, added oleo and then realized I had no brown sugar. My replacement was amazing. There is a product called “Dessert Topper ” (like caramel ice cream topping). I purchased it at Big Lots, 14 ounces for $1. The flavor was Orange Crush (like the drink). I squeezed about a 1/4 of a cup into the mashed spuds, covered them in mini marshmallows and baked a few minutes until the top was brown. When I spooned into the potatoes, I cannot tell you how orange they were. I shared some with neighbors and all the comments were good, but all mentioned the color. How easy was that! — Caroline H., Texas
NEW USES FOR PLACE MATS:
A quilted oval placemat makes a good adult bib. At one end, attach a fabric strip long enough to place it comfortably with a Velcro tab to attach it to the placemat. Another is making quilted little cosmetic bags with a zipper top. Doubled up and sewn together, quilted fabric makes good potholders. (As a quilter I always have extra bits of binding to use as binding on the pot holders.) — Nancy S., e-mail
REUSE ODD SOCKS:
A couple placed one inside the other makes a great oven mitt, I don’t buy mittens for the kids, I simply use the old socks, and yes I have even done the color coding thing, but I took it a step further. Each member of my family has their own color so I no longer spend hours sorting socks. — Tina A., e-mail
CUTTING DRYER TIME IN HALF:
One of my favorite tips is how to cut drying time in half when drying laundry in the dryer, and it absolutely works. Put a clean, dry, lint-free bath towel into each load of drying laundry. It’s amazing to me the difference in drying time for the clothes. It literally cuts the drying time in half. I do hang laundry out in the summer time to save money, but when it’s not an option, this trick sure works. — Lisa, forums