How are you frugal? Do you reuse plastic baggies? Do you cut paper towels into squares?

United States
April 27, 2017 7:01pm CST
In what ways are you frugal? Do you make your own cleaning solutions? What frugal hints would you like to try? I make my own counter cleaner. I also dilute my dish soap. Next, I would like to try making my own laundry detergent. What about you?
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@Platespinner (16494)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Apr 17
Our laundry is dried outside in the sun whenever the weather cooperates. I made my own laundry soap for a while, but wasn't entirely happy with how the soap performed so I stopped doing that. I don't cut paper towels in squares because I don't use paper towels at all. I keep a stack of squares of cut up old towel (that I've zig-zag stitched the edges to prevent fraying), those get used and washed, used and washed, used and washed.... I avoid using plastic baggies as well, and opt for re-useable pyrex containers instead. Plastic sour-cream tubs and the like get repurposed as paint water tubs, pet food scoops and the like.
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• United States
3 May 17
@Platespinner Good old soap and water works, too.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
28 Apr 17
I cut my fabric softener sheets in half and they still do a good job. I won't dilute my dish soap, though. When I had a garden in the Midwest I fed it my coffee grounds. I keep bones to make soup. All leftovers go in a container in the freezer and when it's full I make soup or a casserole out of all the meat scraps and vegetables. I quit smoking and now save about $30 a week, that's pretty frugal. I rarely buy name brand foods and I'll buy dented items if the can is not bulging. I can't think of anything else right offhand but nearly everything I do is frugal or downright cheap. One more thing--I love live theatre and when I could drive at night I used to go to high school plays. I could not afford the prices of professional stage plays and some of those kids are very talented. The last time I went I got in for $5 and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
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• United States
28 Apr 17
I am going to try cutting my fabric sheets in half. So glad to hear you quit smoking!
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
28 Apr 17
I make my own foaming soap for in the bathroom. I reuse the pump container and fill it with a solution of liquid hand soap and water. Instead of $2.00 or more for a container, I pay about $0.20 per refill.
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• United States
28 Apr 17
That is awesome. I would like to try that.
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@NJChicaa (40274)
• United States
28 Apr 17
I'm not frugal at all. I mean, I try to save money by buying store brands of some things and getting items on sale but I don't do anything like reusing plastic bags or dilute dish soap or anything on that order.
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• United States
28 Apr 17
Whatever works for you is what is important.
@marguicha (94824)
• Chile
28 Apr 17
My frugality has to do with eating everything I cook and not wating leftovers or serving more than needed. I scrub the dishes with cold water and fill the dishwasher completly before I turn it on. I do the same with the washing machine. And I sun dry my garments and gave away my dryer a long time ago.
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• United States
28 Apr 17
There is nothing like the smell of garment dried in the sun! What a way to go!
@PatZAnthony (12660)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
28 Apr 17
We make our own laundry soap (have for years) our own toothpaste (just healthier) our own cleaners (very easy to do) and details to make most things are online.
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• United States
28 Apr 17
Laundry soap is on my list to make. I would like to make my own tooth paste, but I am thinking you need to use baking soda to do that, and I hate the taste of it.