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Old 07-07-2004, 03:24 PM
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I found a great book (at www.half.com) on not wasting food. It's called:
The Use-It-Up Cookbook by Lois Carlson Willand.
This book is a guide, organized by the type of food, of what you can do with extra of any food you may have.
It's already helping me make better use of any leftovers we have.
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:44 PM
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Thanks for the info on the book barbszy. I am still waiting for mine to arrive in the mail! I can't wait!
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Old 07-07-2004, 10:59 PM
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I too seem to waste a lot of food but try not too i know it sounds bad but if it sits too long we feed it to our dogs they still eat their dog food too so it saves on dog food here and there
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:41 PM
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Karen I like the idea of assigning rolls of TP. That way the kids can't use the ole' famous..."I didn't do it"

Barbzy that cookbook sounds great

Heather I also give our pups old food with their regular dog food. My boys are pretty spoiled. We won't give them spoiled food...but there are somethings we won't eat that the canines don't mind!:p
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:58 PM
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I feel better knowing im not the only one that gives my dogs leftovers well gotta go to bed its almost 3 in the morning just up because dd whos 3 has been throwing up hope to talk to you all soon
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Old 07-08-2004, 12:55 AM
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If you use bar soap, remove from the wrappers and allow to air dry. They really do last longer as they are not as soft and don't melt so quickly. Then save all the little slivers and either put into a little soft bag and use in the bag as a sponge for washing hands. Or, save and mix with water until they melt and make liquid hand soap. I always dilute the liquid hand soap I buy with water, just enough to make it go farther, but not so thin so a lot is used at one time,either. I still want it to lather. I do the same with the "ultra" dish soaps, just thin a little to make them go farther. They still work great.
I make my own salad dressings as they seem cheaper and taste better than the bottled stuff, too. I have a good honey mustard dressing recipe. Makes a good dip for chicken strips, too.
No need to buy expensive bread crumbs, either. Use your blender or food processer, and you have instant bread crumbs. I keep them frozen in bags for mixing into meatloaf or topping casseroles, etc. If you want dry bread crumbs, then you can toast the bread first or make the crumbs and carefully put in the oven to dry. Just watch so they don't burn. I save the heels from the bread and any leftover hamburger or hot dog buns, or whatever bread I have. I am amazed at how many people buy breadcrumbs at the store.
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Old 07-08-2004, 10:32 AM
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My father passed away in May this year and he used to do that except he would take shampoo and mix with water and make hand soap i still have some that he made up its nice to have those little things that he did like the soap
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Old 07-23-2004, 04:04 PM
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My best friend is the freezer...I always make twice of everything when I cook...( i only do that, because I make the time, and because i love to cook) then I freeze the extra portions for a day when I don't have the time to cook...I can reach in the freezer and pop something in the microwave when I need too...I buy bulk, like the yeast and freeze that too...When supper is over, I save all the left overs in the freezer, because if I leave in the fridge I do tend to leave or forget, then they spoil....
I hate the musts nowadays: plastics, etc...I only buy what I absolutely cannot live without...I use the recycled items instead of buying something new...and put the money away that I would have wasted on things that are needless..
I recycle everything too...when a jar is empty or container I just throw in with my regular dishes and put away in my recycling...I don't even buy tupperware, I just use the recycled containers...anything else that I recycle, I can use in crafts or other things around the house...It's handy to have recycled things in the house, you can use for a variety of differents uses...
I know it sounds like alot of work, but I would rather save money, and be thrifty...even on the days when I'm dead tired

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Old 07-25-2004, 05:08 PM
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Samsteram

First let me say a warm welcome to the Frugal Living Section. And secondly, that is great that you are recycling and saving money to boot. My mil grew up in the depression and she does that too. It just amazes me at how much she saves things and reuses and she has me thinking the same way I have to admit to having a weakness for Tupperware and Rubbermaid but I never buy them new, always look for them in yard sales or thrift stores.

Linda Lou-

you are definitely in the right section with your frugal ideas and hope to learn more from you as time goes by, you have a lot to contribute.

Keep up the good work ladies and please continue to share your ideas with us, we can always use new ways of thinking.

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Old 08-06-2004, 06:51 PM
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OSI I am with you on the tupperware and rubbermaid. I watch garage sales and thrift stores. I have bought several pieces for $.25 that retail over $10.
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