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Frugal Tip: Freeze Whipped Cream

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by Kelly Gibbs

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If you are living a frugal life (or doing your best to) it means finding ways to stop waste or extend the life of something.  How about that little bit of whip cream you would most likely throw out!  STOP!  Don’t throw it out!  Do this!

Did you know that you can freeze whipped cream?  It’s true!  You can drop large spoonfuls of any leftover whipped cream on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen individually, store them in a freezer bag. You can use these on desserts and hot beverages like hot chocolate and coffee (just let them thaw a bit first). These don’t store long though, they would need to be used within two weeks.



Tip ResourceRecycling an frugal tip:  If you buy veggies that are bagged in nylon mesh, you can use that mesh for various cleaning jobs around the house and yard. Just wad up the bag and use it as a scrubber.  See the pictures of making the DIY Dish Scrubber.

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fabric softnerDIY Homemade Fabric Softener ~ Frugal Tip


~ Save Money on Fabric Softener by making it homemade!  This works SO good!

Want to stretch your fabric softener a lot further?  Mix 1 gallon of water and 1 cup concentrated liquid fabric softener in a pail. Dip a sponge or washcloth in the liquid, squeeze out excess and toss in the dryer with your laundry. Seal pail when not in use.


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Gift Closet Stash

Start shopping for upcoming occasions WAY in advance.  Buy gifts whenever you find a good sale. This will prevent you from paying full price at the last minute and will also make sticking to a budget easier.

Sit down (right now) and make a note of the next 12 months of birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baby showers or weddings. Look for great deals now and through the holiday season sales and see if you can squeeze into your budget a few advance gift purchases.  Not only will you be prepared, but you will save a bundle of money over time.

Stash these gifts if a bin under the bed or in a closet.  Store them away for the next kids birthday party, baby shower, wedding or event you are heading too!


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Coffee Creamer Substitutions

Instead of buying expensive flavored creamers, you can try cinnamon sticks, dried citrus peels or homemade flavored sugars in your coffee and tea.  If you still want cream add a splash of heavy cream, which is much cheaper than coffee creamers.


DIY Homemade Flavored Sugar:

Add 2 tsp of ground cinnamon, add 8 Tablespoons sugar, mix and use in coffee. Try this using pumpkin pie spices too.

Cut a vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds from the bean into the sugar, then bury the bean in the sugar.   It takes about a week to infuse the vanilla flavor into the sugar.

Take 2 1/2 tablespoons orange peel (white removed) and blend with 1/2 cup sugar until the peel is tiny specks. Stir into another 1 cup sugar!


gel air freshener recipe

DIY Gel Air Freshener Recipe — How To Be Frugal

Instead of spending money on expensive air fresheners, you can actually make your own!  Here is a very easy DIY Air Freshner recipe.   This is not a spray type freshener, but instead it is gel!  Some of the oils I have are orange, lemongrass, lavender, and cedarwood.  My little bottles of Essential Oils are going on 3 years!  They last SO long!!


DIY Air Freshener Ingredients:
2 cups water
4 packages Gelatin (plain)
15 to 20 drops Essential Oils (adjust to personal preference)
1 to 2 TBS salt
Food Coloring
Small Jars (baby food or Ball canning jars)
  • In a small pot, mix 1 cup water, Essential Oils and food coloring. As soon as it starts to boil, remove from heat.
  • Completely dissolve gelatin and salt in the hot water then add the other cup of water (cold)–stir well (gently so it doesn’t foam).
  • Pour into jars and set aside for a couple days before using so the gelatin has a chance to completely set (you can refrigerate to speed up the process). Once cooled, cover with lids that have a few holes punched in them to allow fragrance to escape.
  • The salt in this recipe is used to help combat mold, please make sure to add it.


DIY Home Made Hanging Air Fresheners:

To make your own hanging Air Freshners, just place drops of the Essential Oils on a piece of cardboard and slip it into a ziploc bag with holes punched in it (I use an old fashioned hole puncher for this).   OR simply soak a cottonball in the oils!