invest in rubber dishwashing gloves

I didn’t use rubber gloves until about 10 years into my marriage. I just never gave them any thought. Then I started buying that blue grease cutting dishwashing liquid that starts with a “D”. It effectively stripped all oils from my hands and made my fingers crack. I think they changed the formula years later because these things quit ruining my skin. Using gloves also kept manicures lasting longer and stopped me getting nicked fingers/fingernails from chopping/slicing things like onions and garlic. Using while peeling garlic also, keeps the smell off your skin. I used to buy the Playtex brand from Walmart & the biggest size (XL) was always a bit small. They also tended to deteriorate underneath my sink over time. Now I buy them online, they are a bigger size and tougher.

A Handy Yogurt tip

want to learn a new way to make your morning yogurt look more appetizing? Here it is–and it is very simple. For years I always ripped the lid off and began stirring. Since it is a milk product, it can separate. The tearing of the lid sometimes made a little annoying “splash” so I would do it over the sink. I noticed my husband one morning shaking his yogurt. Just hold it in your hand (cover intact) and give a few good shakes. Remove the lid and–TA DA- the ingredients are mixed! As a side note I also put on a few spoons of raw oatmeal to help my cholesterol.

Gardener savings- small plants

for lower prices on pepper plants (bell, jalapeno, banana) go to your local farmer co-op & buy the ones that are in the plastic flats and the plant is in small squares of black dirt. Don’t go to other places and buy ones in white plastic cups.

The perfect girlfriend gift- bar soap!

I started doing this recently.  Actually,  I was out of ideas for gifts for women friends.  For years, there was a deluge of “Bath and Body works” products– liquid soap, hand sanitizers (is this really a gift? Come on! It reeks of germs!), and buckets of body lotion.  And scented candles are great, but some folks who live alone and fear house fires don’t really appreciate these.  They give them away to other friends as soon as they receive them.  Then I hit on the idea of bar soap.  It is one of those gifts I don’t buy for myself, but love buying for friends.  Besides the usual places you would buy them, also check in organic grocery stores.  And they don’t clog up landfills like empty liquid bath soap bottles.

money saver tip for the day $$$$

Get dry haircuts.  My other post just disappeared.  My fault.  90% of beauticians  won’t do this.  Find the 10% who will.  You can change an $18 hair cut into a $10.  I just talked my husband into trying it today and he LOVED it.  I have been doing it every chance I get since 1996.  Ask the hairdresser first if she is agreeable to this.  Shampoo at home either the night before or the morning of the cut.  Don’t apply any “product.”

cutting dish soap costs in half

Have you noticed in recent years that cheap laundry soap & dish washing soaps have pretty much disappeared off store shelves?  Remember the days before HE (high efficiency) laundry soap, you could buy varieties of it in huge boxes?  And the same with laundry soaps.  Getting to the point:  I noticed a few years back I was always buying more dish soap.  Then I started buying refill jugs & saved quite a bit on that.  Finally I realized I was sometimes filling the sink with soapy water 6 times a day.  YES!  I got in the habit of washing utensils & pots while cooking a meal.  Then I’d let the water get cold while I watched a TV show or movie.  Then I let the water out, ran more hot water & washed the rest of the dishes.  One day (perhaps I had been boiling water for tea) I had a large amount of hot water I could have poured down the drain.  Instead, I added it to the soapy water in the sink.  Ta da, everything was great!  I know we have better grease-cutting soaps now (Dawn and Wal*Mart knockoff) so we can wash in cold water.  But my soap usage has dramatically gone down.  Save yourself about $20 per year.