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20 Penny Pinching Plans

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20 Penny Pinching Plans

From Ian Nicholson, “North America’s No.1 Miser,” and author of The Miser’s Guide To Wealth.

  1. Most showers require 60% less water than baths.
  2. Don’t throw away the elastic or zippers from discarded garments. Remove and reuse them in other sewing projects.
  3. A bottle of gummy nail polish will be renewed when immersed briefly in boiling water.
  4. Place cloth adhesive tape on the underside of rocking chair rockers to prevent wear on a hardwood floor.
  5. Don’t throw away old shower curtains. Use them as a painting drop cloth or to cover a barbecue grill.
  6. To remove sediment and improve water flow, soak a clogged showerhead in a plastic bag with hot vinegar.
  7. An extra spaghetti fork makes an inexpensive, effective, and durable back scratcher.
  8. To remove rust from metal, or grease spots from glass, wet a rag with a cola soda. It works wonders.
  9. Your ordinary kitchen scissors make the best pizza cutter.
  10. To prevent toys, food and other throwaway items from getting down inside a car’s seat, place a small plastic tray or old towel under a child’s car seat
  11. When dining out, check your bill total so you don’t tip on the tax portion.
  12. Reactivate an aerosol can by spraying with it in the upside-down position.
  13. For longer storage life, remove the green tops from beets, turnips and carrots.
  14. For lower laundry costs, try using one half the manufacturer’s recommended amount of detergent.
  15. Don’t just throw away those pre-approved credit card solicitations. Tear them into little pieces, so that a thief can’t change the address, get the card and destroy your good credit.
  16. Always know and calculate the unit price to identify a bargain.
  17. Most grocery store specials are on a six-week cycle. Stock up on that basis.
  18. Keep your thermostat down during the day and wear a sweater for comfort
  19. Used tea bags make good sink scrubbers. If broken, the tea leaves add value to the compost pile.
  20. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Always investigate before you invest; afterwards may be too late.

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