Frugal Living, Thrift, and Saving Money
Frugal Dessert Tips
Here's an fast and economical way to decorate
sugar cookies. Take some granulated sugar and mix a little food coloring into
it. Stir well, and sprinkle on the cookies. Also, to save time, make a
large amount of batter, and refrigerate or freeze part of it for easy use later.
To make perfect slices, save your frozen juice cans and store the batter in
them. When you are ready to make cookies, take them out of the refrigerator or
freezer, remove the bottom of the can, and just push out the batter and slice
with a knife.
If you crave freshly baked cookies this
summer, but don't want to heat up your house, think about making cookie bars.
Cookie bars are nothing more than cookie batter spread out on a sheet and baked
at one time. It is quicker, and your oven will not be on as long.
Store crackers in the freezer. Save money by
buying the most economical box of crackers, and freeze all of them except as
many as you plan to eat within a few weeks. Your crackers will come out of the
freezer as fresh as they went in, and you will not waste money potentially
throwing out stale food.
Easy Healthy Snacks
It can be a challenge to eat healthy, especially
when it comes to snacks. However, this can be a must for some people. Make life
easier for yourself by doing a little prep work when you come home from the
store. If you buy carrots, cut them into slices, and place them in a bowl of ice
water in the refrigerator. Cut your cantaloupe into slices so it will be ready
to go also. Anything ready to eat will be easier to grab- and will get eaten.
When you are in a rush or tired, it is just too easy to grab food that is
usually not good for you.
Also, there is a reason people on a diet drink so much water. it fills you up.
This is also why soup is served at the beginning of a meal. Drink lots of water,
and see that your children do also. You will save money because everyone will
Next time you make chocolate chip cookies, set
a few chocolate chips aside and don't put them in the cookies. Next time you
make a small cake, or a few muffins, just sprinkle the leftover chips on top
while the baked product is still warm. The chips will melt, and you can spread
them like frosting- quick and easy.
Making pie crust is a lot of work. No one
likes to eat it when it burns. There are several ways to prevents burning your
crust. One way is to cover it with aluminum foil as soon as it turns brown. I
knew one lady who bakes her pies in a brown paper bag (with a low temperature in
the oven). However, if you use the bottom third of your oven to bake your pies,
it is further away from the heating element, and that may be enough to protect
If you've don't already have them, be sure
and purchase some popsicle molds. They are wonderful for summer. It is so easy
to make popsicles, and you save money by using items you might otherwise
discard. You can also be very creative. Popsicles can be made out of Jello,
fruit juices, syrup from fruit, and other liquids. Pour your liquid into the
mold, freeze, and see what you get. You can have a lot of fun experimenting with
different flavors and ingredients.
If you don't have a popsicle
mold, you can use ice trays. After you put the liquid in the ice tray,
cover it with plastic wrap and put toothpicks or small sticks in each section.
If you have leftover
tortillas, and don't want to freeze them, try making tortilla chips. Just cut
them into smaller pieces, sprinkle with water and seasonings, and pop them in
your oven (375 degrees) for about 15 minutes. It is very economical to put them
in the oven after baking something else. You can probably turn the oven off
after about 7 minutes, and still have enough heat to finish baking them.