Use leftover mashed potatoes
Don’t toss out leftover mashed potatoes. Add them to soups, stews, pancakes, bread, biscuits, meatloaf, meatballs, or make gnocchi. You can make potato patties from leftover mashed potatoes, too. Simply add an egg to 2 cups mashed potatoes, form into patties and fry in a pan with a little oil. You can add meat, seasoned breadcrumbs, cheese or onion for extra flavor. The first reader tip shares another way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
Homemade potato flakes:
Spread cooked mashed potatoes on lightly oiled fruit leather sheets, place in the dehydrator and dry. Break the dehydrated potatoes into chunks, put in the blender, and pulse until ground into flakes. — Denise, Illinois
Note from Sara: This is for mashed potatoes without milk and butter added. Dehydrate for about 7 hours at 135 degrees. If anyone has successfully dehydrated their own mashed potatoes made with milk and butter, please let me know.
Use leftover wallpaper:
I have been making wallpaper envelopes for several years. I use a cardboard template from an old envelope, trace around it on a wallpaper sample, then tape it together with invisible tape. A friend and I were given many wallpaper books from a hardware store. She uses wallpaper for scrapbooking backgrounds. I also apply samples to the front of larger envelopes and use labels for addressing, sometimes lightly coloring with colored pencils. My most ambitious project (in progress), is recycling the fabric swatches from wallpaper books and making a Grandmother’s Flower Garden coverlet from them. If it gets done, it will grace my sun room, giving it a garden look. — Quiltlady, email
Use for Fels-Naptha:
I had a bad case of chigger bites and was about to go crazy. I remembered I had Fels-Naptha in the bathroom closet. It relieved the itching in a very short time. — Grace, email
Reason to stockpile:
I stockpile to save money. I buy enough of an item when it hits a certain price point or lower (normally 40 percent of the regular price) to last me until the next time it goes on sale, which is typically four to eight weeks later. Ninety-nine percent of my stockpile has been built by combining coupons and sales. I do this in order to avoid paying retail as much as possible. Toiletries, household items, food items, etc., are all fair game to me. Time to get a new toothbrush? Don’t put it on my grocery list so I can spend $2.50 on it. Instead, go to the laundry room and get one that cost me nothing, thanks to coupons and sales. — Leigh, forums
I make an all-purpose cream cleaner I love. Take a squeeze bottle (old shampoo bottle works well), fill it halfway with baking soda, add 1 tablespoon of dish liquid and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (it will foam). Top the bottle with water. Shake before each use because it will separate. For a great smell add a few drops of essential oil before the water. I use it for sinks, bathtub and shower, and even as a toilet bowl cleaner. It doesn’t irritate my skin and there’s no harsh smell. I use vinegar a lot, too: in a spray bottle for windows and mirrors, as a fabric softener and to remove residue from coffeemakers. — Mrs. K., Canada