Thrifty Thursday: Week #8

This week I was poking around and found a bunch of great tips from message board members. Sharing some of those here:

  • Freshen your rooms for less: I have sprinkled Baby powder with lavender on a throw rug, then vacuumed it up. It makes my vacuum smell great for many uses.
  • To make a homemade mocha latte, make a cup of hot chocolate and put in 1 tablespoon instant coffee. Add a little milk and top off with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • I got tired of printing pictures, cutting them out and tossing the leftover photo paper. I now use the scraps to make stencils.
  • I purchase coffee filters at the dollar store and use them to cover foods to be warmed in the microwave. They are far less expensive than paper towels or paper plates.
  • Make your own “Element Crystals” with rock salt, fragrance oil and food coloring. 
  • To keep my coupons so I could find them in the store, I’m using a small photo album and putting them in like pictures.
  • I only use the clothes dryer for five minutes or so with some loads (just long enough to fluff the clothes). I put one load in the dryer and only leave them there as long as it takes me to load the washer with the next load. Then I hang the clothes to dry.
  • To save ink when using your printer, change the font color to gray. You still use the black ink, but a lesser amount. Everything will be just as legible, yet your cartridge will last twice as long.
  • Use odd socks to make covers for cell phones or handheld games! 

What are your Thrifty Thursday tips?


  1. Cheri Sicard says

    There are some good thrifty tips this week Amanda. For this Thrifty Thursday I posted my favorite anytime salsa recipe — takes no time at all to make, uses largely pantry ingredients and is 100% delicious.

  2. Alisa - Frugal Foodie says

    Those are great! I will have to see if my husband is keen on changing the printer black down a notch.

    It is nothing new on the thrift front, but a couple weeks ago we finally switched to using cloth napkins and kitchen towels more often. For years I have bought the pick-a-size paper towels, which literally last three or four times longer per roll than the others; but switching to fabric napkins really hadn’t occured to me, so obvious!

    I bake bread from scratch too, but use easy, no rise recipes quite a bit to not only save money, but time. There are a couple such recipes on my blog.

  3. Culinary Cory says

    There will be no way I will use my old socks for cell phone covers. They are more likely to become cheap dog toys. :) I like the idea of printing in gray to save on ink.

  4. The Blonde Duck says

    I’ve tried baking soda on the carpet, but never baby powder. I’ll have to see if it works better!

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