10 Great Money Saving Tips 

 Originally Written: June 4, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

We all love to save money. The bonus here is that not only will these tips help you cut costs, they are fun to do as well! Enjoy!

10 Great Money Saving Tips:

1. No-stick Baked Goods:

If you stack fresh-baked cookies or brownies on a plate, they can stick together. To prevent this, put a coffee filter or paper doily in between the layers. It will help you having to discard broken pieces of your baked goods.

2. Keep Drains Clean:

Once a month, drop three antacid tablets, followed by a cup of plain vinegar down your drains. Wait a few minutes and run hot water to rinse the drains. The combination of acid and bubbles will dissolve any food or grease stuck in the pipes and prevent potentially costly plumber assistance with plugged drains.

3. Washable Party Decorations:

For glowing wall decorations, use liquid laundry soap to paint designs on the walls. Once it dries, turn out the lights and turn on a black light. The phosphates in the soap will glow, creating a great effect and the wall washes right off when your party is over!

4. Laundry Saver:

If you run out of fabric softener, plut a few drops of hair conditioner on a washcloth and toss it into your dryer with the clothes. Your clothes will come out soft and fresh-smelling.

5. Guaranteed Delivery:

If you are sending a get-well card to someone in the hospital, use that person’s home address as the return address. If the person is discharged before the card is delivered, it will be automatically forwarded to them at home. With the cost of greetings cards – this prevents a waste and allows your intended recipient to enjoy your good wishes.

6. Portable Sewing Kit:

Use an old lipstick tube to create a portable sewing kit. Once the tube is totally cleaned out, put a cotton ball in the bottom and stick needles threaded with various colours into the cotton ball. Then just put the cap on and toss it in your purse.

7. Button Saver:

To keep buttons from falling of your children’s clothing, put a layer of clear nail polish over the threads. It will harden the threads and “glue” them to the button.

8.Fun Punch Ice:

This works well at Halloween – but you can use it anytime! You can make some “handy” ice cubes by filling new, clean,clear rubber gloves with mixture of water and food colouring. Tie off the ends and place the gloves into your freezer. When the water is frozen, peel off the gloves and you are ready to surprise your guests!

9. Bathing Fun:

To make very inexpensive fun bath toys for your children, try making your own soaps. Mix 1-3/4 cups of soap flakes with water and dye it with food colouring. Pour soap mixture into candy molds, let it dry and you have your own customized mini soaps.

10. Save on Show Polish:

Use creamy cleanser with abrasives to clean white shoes. Pus a few dabs on a cotton rag and wipe shoes with it. It works as well as shoe polish!

I hope you enjoyed these tips! Please send me your comments, suggestions and experiences – your input is always welcomed!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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