Thursday, October 20, 2011

Frugal Best Practices

I've found much of frugal living revolves around thinking about every minute routine & coming up with ways to reduce the amount of resources needed or use everything in its entirety.  As I worked around our house this week here are a few frugal practices I've found helpful.  

Bake Potatoes on Metal Skewers--This saves wrapping them in foil, in addition to reducing the cooking time as the skewers help the potatoes cook through more quickly.  My only complaint is it does make the skin a bit more tough, but I find that the saved resources & energy are worth it.  (Don't forget to open the oven door to heat your home in the winter!)

Wash Children's Socks in a Lingerie Bag--It's a simple way to prevent socks from getting lost in the wash & it saves time when I hang wash--only two clothes pins needed!

Use a Candle Crock--These handy little inventions help you get the absolute max out of your favorite candles.  When you have wax left over at the end of a candle simply break up the remaining wax (I stab it with scissors) then place a chunk on the top of the crock.  The heat from the tea light will melt the wax & you will get to enjoy the scent of your favorite candle for the minimal expense of an unscented tea light.  

My sweet sister saves the remnants of her Yankee Candle's Midsummer's Night (my fav!) just so I can enjoy, because I'm too cheap to buy.  If that isn't love I don't know what is. 

These are just a few things that have saved me time, money, and resources & I certainly look forward to finding more frugal best practices shortly.   


  1. Sounds like a good idea. And I like the potato skin a bit overcooked. The only thing is I usually make potatoes up at the cabin in my wood stove on the shelf just inside the glass door. I wrap them in foil to protect them from getting their skins burned by the fire at the back. What I like most about it, is it is a free oven in the winter when we are using the stove to heat the cabin. - Margy

  2. Making potatoes at the cabin sounds picturesque. :)