Dollar Stretcher Tips
The After Easter Egg Hunt
If your family likes eggs, check out your grocery store on the day after
Easter. I buy a bunch. They last about a month in the fridge and up to a
year in the freezer!
Dry Winter Skin
If your skin gets dry in the winter, try mixing glycerin and water in equal
proportions. Just spray a little onto your skin each day and rub it in.
It's just as good as those expensive moisturizing creams that you can buy.
Evening Dress Recycling
I rarely wear dresses, including evening dresses. I decided to buy one at a
high-end used clothing store. When I was done with it, I had it cleaned and
sold it back to the store. It was less expensive this way, and I did not
have to give up space in my closet.
I wanted to work part-time but not be tied to a schedule, so I started
doing focus groups. I also teach guitar lessons. If you think about it, you
can find ways to make some money. It's just a matter of thinking about what
you know and who might want to take advantage of that knowledge.
It Costs You
You might not think about it, but every time you get in your car and go
somewhere, it costs money. Even if you're not heading to the store, you're
still burning gas. Even if you have a hybrid, you're still using
electricity. I don't know how much it saves me each month, but I try to
always be aware of where I'm spending.
Rental Car Warning
Twice now, while traveling with a rental car, we have received a charge on
our credit card for tolls we paid with cash. The device for tolls
auto-added to our bill on the windshield was not turned on. Since this had
happened before, we now save our receipts. We had to send the receipt in
and were refunded the $1.25 toll plus $20 surcharge! Always save those
It's Show Time
Here's a cheap outing. Most counties have a center that's used for various
shows like home shows, craft shows, health shows, etc. I watch my local
calendar to see what's coming up. Most are free. If possible, we like to go
the first day of the show. The vendors have all kinds of stuff that they're
giving away. Most of it is cheap stuff that we pass on to the grandkids,
but some is worth keeping. It's rare that we see anything that we want to
buy or have done to our home, but just seeing different things gives us
something to talk about that we've never discussed before. It's not bad for
a free outing!
Why I Love Estate Sales
Most of my friends have quit going to estate and garage sales. They do
almost all of their shopping online. I'm glad. That means that there's more
good stuff for me! I used to get out real early to get the best deals. Now
I often find really good stuff no matter when I go. It takes a little more
effort than scanning online for the things I want, but to me, it's a lot
more fun hunting for the best deals!
Reducing the Cost of Lunches
My husband and I are empty nesters, but we're still working. That's made
cooking for dinner tricky. We don't like leftovers, but we've come up with
a solution that works for us. I find ways to repackage the main meat course
for our lunches. For instance, if I buy a beef or pork roast, the leftover
meat is sliced for sandwiches. If I buy a whole chicken, the extra chicken
is cubed and made into chicken salad. Now I can buy commonly packaged
meats, not waste any food, and lower the cost of our lunches all at the
When my daughter was growing up, we developed appetizer night instead of a
regular meal on occasion. The "meal" consisted of healthy finger foods that
required little prep on my part. Two things that both of us still love are
meatballs and nachos. I would put them in her lunch on a regular basis, and
she loved it. On weekends, we cooked and prepared boiled eggs, meatballs
and red sauce, sliced veggies and fruits, as well as different flavored
popcorns. I was able to incorporate healthy items like zucchini into the
meatballs. We also made little pies out of a snack maker. We made pizza
pops and used chicken instead of pepperoni and also made sweet pies for
dessert. She still comes home with her children and almost immediately asks
for an appetizer night, and her kids get appetizer lunches for school!