Saving pennies does add up - Surviving on Shoestrings by Donna Miller
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Saving pennies does add up

Plastic baggies.

Aluminum foil.

25# -50# Grain bags

Mulit purpose uses for things like a dehydrator.

Cheap storage for pots/pans/lids.

One grain used many ways.

All these (and more as my mind works) are multi-use topics that help me save pennies around our home. This has helped us in the lean times more than me going to 'work' for someone else.

Very shortly, I will have new series on my youtube channel that branches into use, re-use, recycle and re-think uses of many items we typically toss.

It's amazing how the pennies add up when we just take the time to think outside the box.

If you want to be updated with visual tips and instructions to saving pennies in many areas, please visit my youtube channel at:

 I hope you will check it out - it's like sharing face to face the tricks I've learned as my homesteading mindset has developed during our families journey!

Please stop by.

Best Blessings!




Cheryl said:


Wanted to let you know how much I loved your videos. I've been on the net for years, and have been cooking years longer than that. Usually I don't learn much, if anything, from cooking or frugal sites that I dont already implement, but I have to say I was impressed with yours. I learned some things I had never thought of before.  

I have to admit I've never fooled with saving bread ends to make croutons. The only way I knew to make them was leave them out to dry. Impossible for me, a cat owner! I loved your idea of usinig the bags.  I also loved the fruit one. Again, never occurred to me to salvage part of a piece of fruit before. Loved it!

I would love to know where you get those bags you use in your videos. They look to be less expensive than the zipper bags.


Cheryl B.

November 17, 2008 5:51 AM

Millers Grain House said:

Hi Cheryl!

(I don't know if you get notice of this or not - will try to contact you directly)

Just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for your kind words of encouragement!  My hubby always says that I must think wierd or out-of-the-box for a reason! And if it helps anyone - then that's good enough reason for me! (o:

Will try to contact you directly!


November 18, 2008 1:17 PM

Millers Grain House said:


Can't figure how to reply directly to you - so I'll post it here.

Those baggies are the ZipLoc Freezer type. I find they hold up to washing best. We get them at Sam's Club, four boxes within a box and when washing them they last an average of 6 months.

I have used Walmart's brand of freezer baggies too. They work for re-use just as well.

Now if you are talking about the bags for the grains/flours or breads. They are my product bags. 2ml poly bags for the ingredients and 1ml bread bags (which will be for sale on my webstore soon as a new shipment comes in).

Thank you again - I hope you get these answers!

Still new at replying to comments! (o:



November 18, 2008 1:25 PM

Cheryl said:


I read the first comment without scrolling down to see the second one, and I went to your website's "contact us" section to leave you a note.. so you could have my email addy. Sorry about that!

Yes, it is the bags you use for the flours that I was talking about. I hope you do sell them, I could really put them to good use, especially with some of your ideas.

Thank you again, and please keep the videos coming!

November 19, 2008 3:39 AM

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About Millers Grain House

Donna Miller is the wife of almost 29+ years to the love of her life Joseph, the mother of three home-school graduates and has one daughter-in-law. She is the hostess of the radio shows Your Preparation Station, Surviving on Shoestrings and Encouragement in the Kitchen . She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Frontier Christian University. She teaches local classes and ladies retreats for people to learn hands-on lost skills. She is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer. She and her husband are the owners of Millers Grain House and are the founders of PREPARE Magazine .

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