Friday, December 5, 2008

New Guy In the Front Office

I heard today that were getting a new guy in the front office to help with our finances. Freddie the Frugal Finance Guy. He was suggested by our friend in the states Loislane26. (pretty good name for a gal in the newspaper business, eh. I thought so, too)

Seems we all have to tighten up on expenses with the way the economy is going. I don't think anybody isn't affected by it.

So Freddie said he'd share his ideas with all of us on ways in which we can tighten the belt and not give up the things we like.

Here's a real simple one form Freddie. Most of us buy prepared tomato/spaghetti sauce because we just never seem to have enough time to make it from scratch. Buy it in jars next time.

When you've used all the sauce up, put the jars in a big pot of boiling water long enough to clean the inside but more importantly to get the label and glue off. Put the lid in the water too. These jars are a great way to store just about anything in the dry food category and let you keep it fresh longer.

It makes a trip to the bulk food store useful for a change and you can cut down on the amount of wasted packaging that we all end up trying to recycle. Here's some of the items you might store in them. We're gonna' clear the entire second shelf in the pantry to make room for them. Most of the stuff you won't need to label because you can see what's inside. It also makes it easier when the jar is empty. You can just throw it in the dishwasher and reuse it all over again.
  • sugar
  • coffee, coffee beans
  • tea bags
  • powdered milk (used in baking mostly)
  • powdered drink mixes
  • pasta shells, macaroni, rotini, etc.
  • rice
  • oatmeal
  • cornstarch
  • flour
  • cornmeal
  • dried fruits like raisins, dates, prunes, cranberries
  • sesame and flax seeds (used in breads or baking)
  • salt
  • chocolate chips
  • dried coconut
You'll be doing your part for the environment and saving some money while your at it. You might even be eating healthier if you switch to whole wheat in rice, pasta and flour, for example.

...what about my gummy bears

Yah. that'll work too. All the kids in the house need a treat once in a while. Especially, the older ones like me.

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