Monday, March 12, 2012

How To Frugally Use Items

Have you ever wondered how to frugally use items? Not just for the sake of saving money, but for the sake of preserving everything you buy to last as long as possible. That way, you know you are getting your money's worth out of it. We've come up with a few step by step tips that should give you great insight into using your items with freebies and frugality in mind!

1) Learn To Use Items To The Last Drop

Remember as a kid, you parents told you to eat everything off your plate? Well, carry this concept into other areas in your life. For example, use every last drop of your toothpaste, even if it means rolling up the tube. Learn to use all the paper plates that come in each package, shampoo in its bottle, hairspray in the can, etc. The more you use up, the better off you will be in helping your items last longer. Even little things like this can go a very long way.

2) Learn To Make the Wear And Tear Last on Clothes

Clothes can easily wear out, if you aren't careful. To make your clothes color and appearance last longer, you can learn to preserve them better. Do so, by washing your clothes on a gentler cycle. This will help keep the clothes looking their best. You can also wash darker colored clothes inside out, to keep them looking bright. Learn how to get stains out, so you don't have to throw them away. You can find hundreds of laundry tips online to help you preserve your clothes much longer.

3) Learn To Stretch Your Food To Last Longer

Food is another area that often gets overlooked. It's easy to throw leftovers away, when instead you can put them aside for lunch the next day. When you have leftover meat, learn to chop it up and freeze it. Then, you can use the meat in soups, casserole dishes and more! Have leftover crackers? Crunch them up and use them for fried food batter. There are many other food items that can be preserved in this manner. You'll be surprised with how much extra food you can come up with, by simply being alert and making it last.

4) Learn To Make Your Pennies Stretch

When it comes to the cash aspect of our lifestyles, we often think that petty change should be tossed aside. If you really set your mind to using every single penny, you would be surprised at how much extra money you could come up with. Try this experiment: Every day, when you go to town and get change back from your purchases, put the coins in a large jar. Do this every day for the entire month. Then, take the change in to your local bank. I bet you will have enough change to fill a tank of gas, pay for an entire meal or stock up on more groceries. It's a great way to be frugal with your money.

As you can see, you can learn to apply simple and effective tips to your life. Doing so will ensure your ability to be frugal with what you have been given in life. Not to mention, it will also give you a better perspective on how to be a good steward, so that you can pass on these valuable lessons to your own children someday. When all is said and done, the hard work to be frugal will be worth it.

My name is Nisha, I represent a site called, I love to write and I love to give advice to families and new mums.

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