What I love more than great tips and brilliant ideas from my readers are the lovely words of love and thanks. Yeah, I'm a sucker for friendship, and I value each and every one of you more than you will ever know. Just knowing that so many friends are reading these columns every day makes me excited and energized to keep going! So whatever you do, keep the love and those tips, great ideas and questions coming.
FREEZE MILK FOR LATER
Dear Mary: I use whole milk but only occasionally in some of my special recipes. Instead of purchasing the smaller size milk container for that one recipe, I purchase the gallon-size whole milk, which is much cheaper per ounce.
I freeze what I don't need in 1-cup measurements in freezer bags. I am surprised how many times during the year this saves me from purchasing yet again a smaller size milk container for just one recipe.
I am so grateful for your columns. They have helped keep me on the right track. Thank you. — Linda
Dear Mary: I am a retired soldier. During my active career, we moved often. That meant my inner DIY needed to come out often. We disassembled many things over the years, and I would like to add to your tips on taking things apart. Once the item is disassembled, always reposition the fasteners, screws or bolts and nuts back into the holes, exactly where they were. You are not putting the item back together, simply inserting the hardware into the specific slots and holes.
Packing all of these items into a zip-type plastic bag sounds like a good idea, but unless you very securely tape the little bag to the back of the item you took apart, the bag always seems to get lost some way or another.
Putting the fasteners back where they were means they will always be in the right place when and where you need them!
Now that we have retired, we still have some things disassembled in our shed for storage, and the fasteners are back in their spots waiting to be used in the reassembly, without hunting for them. — Colonel T.W.
SHOE POLISH CLEAN-UP TRICK
Dear Mary: I can never seem to polish shoes without getting polish all over my hands. Recalling how great liquid blue Dawn Ultra is for removing grease from dishes — and that wax is a kind of grease — I decided to give that a try. In the past, I have used hand soap and would have to rub and rub to get the stain to come off. With Dawn Ultra I was amazed at how quickly the polish came off clean with just a few drops!
Thank you for all the great tips you share with everyone. I have several "Everyday Cheapskate" articles taped to the inside of my laundry and kitchen cabinets for quick reference. — Gayle
HOMAGE? YES. DUST? NO!
Dear Mary: I'm not a fan of artificial flowers, but Aunt Rose was. She passed away at age 99. Among her possessions was a ceramic vase she made and painted, with an assortment of artificial flowers. As an homage to her, I wanted to display it. But the flowers were horribly dusty. I'd read your tip to solve this problem, so I tried it: Put the flowers in a large plastic bag with a few tablespoons of salt. Shake vigorously for a few minutes. All clean! Good tip! — Anne
Mary invites questions, comments and tips at [email protected], or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.