Here are a few ideas. Some you may already do - but I hope you get a couple new tips you can use!
- When you cook rice for a meal - make a double batch. You may as well utilize the heat. Put half of it in a freezer bag. When ready to use - heat for 2-3 minutes and you are ready to go. Saves cooking time and your time!
- Make a big batch of mashed potatoes ( or have leftovers) - place a nice helping in muffin tins and freeze. Pop out and place in baggies - pull out a re-heat a serving as needed.
- Have fun with summer deals. At the Dollar Tree buy several colorful plastic sand buckets (normally for kids). Use them for a festive touch at the table (or picnic) to hold bread sticks, crackers, popcorn, chips, etc. You could get different colors for different holidays!
- Make your own tortilla bowls for taco salad. Lightly brush each side of corn tortillas with olive oil. Press into a oven safe bowl. They don't have to be smooth - can be rippled. Place in a 325 oven for 8 - 10 minutes, until crispy and golden. Fill and enjoy!!!!
- Make an easy throw for your couch or chair. No sewing required. Simply buy a 2 yard piece of fleece. Trim edges, and make 6" fringe along one or two ends. That's it!!!
- Get cloth napkins. Buy at thrift stores or yard sales. You can make them as well. It saves money (no paper) and it really jazzes up a table.
- Freeze empty plastic soda bottles. Fill 2/3 with water and freeze and then use in your coolers. Solid ice keeps longer than pieces.
- Need new dinnerware? Think about mismatched. That is very trendy right now. Buy all solids colors or floral or geometric. etc. Get them for pennies at yard sales or thrift stores. Tables really look pretty with mismatched table ware. Can do the same with glasses and flatware.
- Make gravy look dark and rich in color by adding a spoonful or two of brewed coffee. Makes the gravy dark, but does not change the taste (not the same as redeye gravy).
- Make a tin can lantern from your trash! Clean out various size tins cans and remove labels. Fill 2/3 with water and freeze. While frozen use a hammer and nail/awl to poke holes or design in can. Thaw and empty. Place candle in cans for pretty lights. Citronella candles would be great for outdoor parties and sitting.
- Use a counter top paper towel holder for holding rolls of various tapes. I keep one in my kitchen base cabinet - and my tapes are always within reach and easy to find.
- Buy cheap baskets at yard sales or thrift stores - clean free of dust - then paint. Use a sponge (if desired) to lightly add a second color for a rustic look. You can have pretty yet inexpensive baskets to use for towels, crafts, magazines, TP, etc.
- Cut the stem end off bell peppers and scoop out the membranes and seeds. Use the pepper (whole) as a serving 'dish' for dips. Pretty and natural, and you can eat them when done!
- If you have any vintage looking tablecloths that are stained - think about cutting into napkins or make a table runner out of the unstained part. It still gives you that vintage look. Stained ones can also be used for picnics.
- Microwave whole onions in a covered container for 1 -2 minutes. Makes them super easy to peel and takes away some of their 'hot' when using them fresh in salads or on sandwiches or burgers. Great way to 'cool down' a hot onion!
- Buy fancy or fun interesting plates at yard sales. They are great to use for a special platter of homemade goodies to give to that special someone. Place a little note with them to keep the plate or pass it on to someone else to brighten their day!
- Need a stake for a vining houseplant - walk outside and get a sturdy stick. It's all natural and just blends in with the plant.
I hope this gives you and idea or two that you can use to save a little money or time.
It seems we never have enough of either!!!!!
HAVE A BLESSED DAY!