* Freezing biscuit / cookie dough. I discovered this concept / savings tip on the Cheapskates Club forum quite a few years ago. I asked if you can freeze dough and was suprised to learn you can. It was a huge light bulb moment. Before this I was making and baking the whole batch of dough to find out after a week, half of the biscuits were still uneaten. It didn't help that some recipes make 60 biscuits. I now bake a tray of biscuits and freeze the rest of the dough into log sizes. Not a scrap of dough is wasted and it's handy to have on standby when visitors pop in or I'm asked to bring a plate.
* Making Miracle Spray. Oh my goodness, how this has changed my life. Joy from the Cheapskates Club ( and family member ) mentioned making Miracle Spray. You could say my ears pricked up and I asked for the recipe. Now I no longer need to buy spray and wipe, toilet cleaner, laundry stain remover, carpet stain remover and shower cleaner. It's better for my health and I'm no longer breathing in toxic cleaning fumes. I use Miracle Spray at all of my cleaning jobs too. I've saved a small fortune over the years.
* Turning standby lights off. I know this is probably an obvious one but it makes me more conscious of our power usage and helps us keep our power bills down.
* Making Laundry Powder. Before I met Cath from the Cheapskates Club, I didn't know you could make laundry powder. I'm from the generation of just buying what's in the supermarket. Laundry powder is so easy and cheap to make. It's been wonderful on my skin and great for my purse too.
* Saving shower warm up water. When water restrictions came into force in Melbourne in 2006, most people started viewing their water usage in a different light. I couldn't stand seeing good clean water going down the drain. So I found a couple of plastic hand washing basins and put them in each shower to collect the water. I use it to water the garden, to top up the washing machine, to clean the car, to wash the kitty litter tray and to mop the floors.
* Diluting dishwashing liquid, vinegar, window cleaner, shampoo and conditioner, foaming hand wash etc etc. When money was really tight back in 2014 I started looking at our consumption habits to save a few dollars. Just because I buy a product at a certain strength doesn't mean I have to use it that way. Companies want us to consume products quickly to increase their bottom line. I'm more interested in my bottom line.
* Freezing leftovers. We've always use the 48 hour rule in our fridge. Leftover must be consumed within 48 hours or they get tossed out to avoid food poisoning. By portioning out the leftovers when I serve dinner then freezing them, no food is wasted. The bonus is I get a stockpile of freezer meals for emergencies or busy days. I always view freezer meals as a free meal..
* Bulk / batch cooking. This is really a time and money saver. It takes no longer to cook four meals of spag bol sauce than what it does to cook one. The savings are in the reduced power usage and having meals in the freezer to avoid takeaway.
* Stockpiling. My favourite subject. Having a stockpile saves us so much money. I don't pay full price for many, many groceries. For example, tinned soup comes on sale for $1 a tin during Winter I stock up enough to get me through until the following Winter. I don't want to pay $2 a tin during Summer to put it in a casserole.
* Making dry mixes like hot choc drink mix, gravy powder, French onion soup mix. Once upon a time, I bought packets of this and that. Now I just make up my own using ingredients I already have. I know exactly what's in them and I'm not paying retail prices.
|Stockpiling all year round.|
|Bulk cooking and freezing leftovers|
|Making laundry powder|
|Making dried seasoned bread crumbs.|