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Saving money in some odd ways....

There really is not a topic other than 'odd ways' for this entry. Really, I tried to put them in a category but they just aren't fitting so, this hodgepodge of odd savings is brought to you by my eclectic frugal, brain. I hope you enjoy!


Odd ways in the kitchen (with objects not food):

Make a paper towel holder out of a wire coat-hanger. Just cut the center of the place where the pants would hang and put the paper towel roll in there. This hangs on the wall or a knob of a cabinet and is portable when you don't want it there, unlike the ones you have to attach to the wall.

 Move your crock-pot outside. Actually, my crock-pot has a crack in it that we fixed with gorilla glue so it's more of a 'cracked-pot', like me, but it works well none the less. But by moving the crock-pot outside, you can avoid heating the kitchen up (thus saving air condition costs) and still have the slow cooked taste so many meals benefit from.


Odd ways in the bath room:

Have bath towels a different color for each person. Think about it. After a shower or bath, you should be, what? CLEAN. So you don't need to use a new towel every time you clean up! Just use it up to 3 times and let it air dry. With each person having their own color, no one risks using anther family member's towel.

Step on the toilet paper! Yes, you read that right. If you have cats or toddlers, you may already use this trick, but it also helps slow yourself down when the toilet paper roll has been stepped on to resemble more of a football shape than a perfect cylinder that rolls too quickly.


Odd ways for beauty:

Opt for coconut or olive oil as a moisturizer. It is better for your skin and cheaper than most over the counter chemical laden goop.

Cut your own hair...or have a family member cut it. Hey, it grows back!

To add volume to your hair, add this to your shampoo: Dissolve about 1 tsp of Epsom Salt in 1/4 Cup of hot water. Add this to about a half bottle of cheap (or better home made) shampoo and VA VA VOOM volume! Really. It works great!


Okay, enough oddness from my odd brain and odd ways to save money.  Hope you learned something new, and better yet, GIVE IT A TRY! Saving money can be just as creative (and odd) and fun as you want it to be! You'll find more ways as you get more practice.

Best Blessings!

Donna Miller

The Millers own and operate Millers Grain House which offers Chemical Free and Organic Grains, Grain Mills, Bread Machines,Grain buckets, Bosch Mixers, the NutriMill, instructional tutorials, recipes and more.




Gary said:

There's no such thing as an 'odd way' to save money. Just ways that we haven't tried yet!

August 19, 2010 9:17 AM

Millers Grain House said:

Well - Thank you Gary!

So nice of you to be so to encouraging of my 'dysfunction' hahaha!

I sometimes feel like a weirdo for some of the ways I figure out and others that I totally over-look!

Bless you!


August 20, 2010 11:01 AM

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August 20, 2010 2:38 PM

This Old Housewife said:

Make that olive oil do triple duty by wiping down your wooden furniture with it--making your own furniture polish!  Don't have olive oil?  Pam-type pan spray works just as well, and loosens rusty door hinges too!  Canola oil also works fine.

August 21, 2010 7:20 AM

Anne Cross said:

Great tips, nothing weird about 'em -- I'll add one on the oil theme -- use corn or other vegetable oil to keep your paper shredder sharp. Pour about a quarter cup over the slot where paper goes once a month or so (depending on how much you shred) and it will keep it running smooth and sharp!

August 21, 2010 4:52 PM

Mrs. Roy said:

I agree with Gary; odd is in the eyes of the beholder.  Whatever works to help you save money is a good thing.  I love the step on the toilet paper idea!  

One of my favorite odd tricks - when I get a run in one leg of pantyhose, I cut it off and save the good leg and panty.  The next time it happens, I do the same thing then wear both pairs together - two good legs and two panties.  I've been doing that for years and my sister-in-law thinks I'm crazy but it works for me.  

August 22, 2010 8:47 AM

KeithTax said:

The biggest laugh I ever got from my wife was when she caught me turning faded black socks inside out so I could continue wearing them to the office. But it saved me money.

August 22, 2010 4:18 PM

Millers Grain House said:

All these are GREAT tips!

Now I feel like I'm in really GOOD COMPANY!!


Best Blessings!


August 23, 2010 1:58 PM

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August 27, 2010 2:37 AM

myjesus49 said:

Thanks dear I really like the one for the shampoo , I am for sure going to try that! God Bless!

September 17, 2010 4:40 AM

myjesus49 said:

Thanks dear these are great ideas. I am for sure going to try the one with the shampoo! God Bless!

September 17, 2010 4:41 AM

myjesus49 said:

Thanks these are great ideas . I am for sure going to try the one with the shampoo. God Bless

September 17, 2010 4:42 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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