Frugal Fridays: Frugal Tidbits from The Tightwad Gazette

Welcome to the Frugal Friday’s edition of My Take on Money.  Today’s post lists some super frugal tidbits that I found in one of my favorite books entitled The Tightwad Gazette III by Amy Dacyczyn…..she’s my frugal idol. Give some of them a try and let me know what you think.   Enjoy!


Homemade Orange Marmalade

Don’t go out and buy marmalade.  Here’s a quick recipe for some great tasting marmalade that’s done in not time.

Cut up one orange (with the skin on it) and place in a blender with one tablespoon of water.  After blending, pour into a pan along with ½ cup sugar and boil for 15 minutes.  Cool and refrigerate.  Keeps for several weeks.

Economic Re-pression

Press powder compacts often fall apart before they are half used.  You can salvage them by breaking up the remaining chunks, adding a small amount of rubbing alcohol, and mixing to a paste.  As the alcohol dries, a solid cake forms again.  The drying takes a few hours and voila!  Now that’s pretty frugal.

How to save your Eggs

Many people don’t take full advantage when eggs go on sale because they don’t know that eggs can be frozen.  All you have to do is just lightly mix 1 cup of raw eggs (about 5 large ones) with 1 tea spoon of salt and store in an airtight freezer container.  Thaw overnight in refrigerator.  They will keep up to 6 months.  Three tablespoons of egg mixture is approximately equal to one large egg.

Low pay Spray

If you like the convenience of spray-on cooking oil such as Pam but hate the price then here’s a great frugal alternative and cost pennies on the dollar to make.

Mix 5 ounces of vegetable oil or whatever kind of oil you desire with 1 ounce of vodka (because it’s fairly odorless, tasteless and clear), shake well and spray (use a spray bottle or a recycled Pam pump bottle).

Holey rubber gloves

Cut into sections, these make great rubber bands which can be custom-cut for specific uses.  Fingers make small ones, cuffs make large ones.

Come back and visit MTM weekly for “Frugal Fridays” because saving money makes plenty of cents!

What frugalicious ideas do you have that you would like to share?

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