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This weeks Dollar Stretcher Tips

August 5, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

Sweeter Smelling Vacuum Cleaner

With two little ones, I sweep up a lot of food with my sweeper, and to keep it smelling good, I just vacuum up some cloves or cinnamon. There are no harsh chemicals and very rarely do I use a whole container of spices before it gets stale. Keeps the sweeper smelling like apple pie every time I vacuum.

Valerie B. in Ohio

Nighttime Cooling Without A/C

If you are trying to stay cool but need to feel cool to sleep, try this. Get an air mattress and sleep on it. Since the ambient temperature (which is the temperature of the air in the mattress) is lower than your body temperature, you will actually feel too cold and may need to use a mattress pad or blanket between you and the mattress.


Alternate Sources

I would like to suggest trying "alternative" sources for food. For instance, in my area, we have two "scratch and dent" places, but only one of them is listed in the phone book under grocery stores. The other is listed under "groceries - whole sale," but anyone can shop there. As with shopping anywhere, be sure to closely scrutinize per unit pricing. In addition, if there is a livestock auction nearby, you may find that they also auction off vegetables, fruits and plants for extremely low prices.


Inexpensive Drying Racks

My washer and dryer are upstairs in my condo, and I have no basement and I cannot dry laundry outdoors. Rather than buying the expensive fan and rack drying combination, I put up my old wooden drying rack and turn on the overhead fan. A portable fan would work too. My clothes dry quicker and get less wear and tear than in the dryer, and I cool off at the same time! Not only do I save the cost of the new "drying system," but I also save money on running my clothes dryer by using what I already own.

Barbara in CT

Because they're always at least seven pounds, this looks like a huge hunk of meat, but if you eat pork chops, this is a great deal. Why? Those expensive boneless pork chops are really just sliced pork loin. Sharpen a knife, slice them about 1/2 or 3/4 inch thick, and freeze the chops for later use. You'll feel really smart when you see pork chops on "sale" for $1.49 a pound. Your cost will be less than $1 a pound and a few minutes of prep time.

Save two pounds of the pork loin and toss it in the slow cooker with a 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Cook for eight to nine hours on low (your pot may vary) or until it's "falling apart" done. Pull apart meat with a fork, mix in the pan juices and adjust to your taste with more BBQ sauce. Grab some buns and you've got great BBQ pork sandwiches. Freeze any extra for a fast dinner next winter!

Michelle Y.



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