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Monday tip of the week

This week’s tip is brought to you by Yellow Pages.  Well, not really.  They don’t know I’m doing this, and they’d probably be all kinds of pissed for what I’m about to share with you.

When I have something I need “blotted” like bacon or kale chips, I tear out a few pages of the phone book and put the food item on top of that stack.  We used to use paper towels, but phone books are free and work just as well.

Sorry Yellow Pages.  Don’t hate me.  Let’s face it, your days are numbered.  Ever heard of a little thing called Google?  If you need to talk to my lawyer about this tip, please call 867-5309 and ask for Jenny.

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  1. Lol, just call it the phone book & you’re covered. The other colored pages are just as outdated.

  2. Is it printed using vegetable ink? Other ink would be pretty unsafe to use on your food 🙁

    • That isn’t something I had considered before. I’ll have to look in to it. But the food is only there for a short time and with the chemicals that is put in (on?) papertowels it’s a wash for me.

  3. I was wondering how safe it was, too. Aside from the question about vegetable ink, what other “stuff” might be on those pages during the creation/processing of said phone book? I’m scared of phonebook germs. Really scared.

  4. you have an amazing blog!

  5. i would put a single paper towel between the pages and the ink, myself, due to worry about what they use in the ink, and such. but i do use phone book pages to line pet cages with! much less ink than newspaper, so white fur doesn’t get dingy, and i worry less about the critters getting sick from licking ink off themselves.

  6. It’s also amazing for making paper mache things like a Pinata:)

    Love your blog, and tips, and don’t comment often…but, I’ve added you to my list of 7 blogs I’d like to award The Versatile Blogger! Details on my recent blog post. Basically, it feels a little like a chain email, but it’s fun to spread the love. So, feel free to play along, or just ignore and enjoy the warm fuzzies!

  7. You should be fine with the phone book pages. Most places if not all use soy based inks. They won’t hurt you. Great idea though!

  8. When I was in college, I worked in a quick service restaurant where most of what we served was deep fried in huge vats of vegetable oil. We didn’t use paper towels or paper to “blot” the food. Instead, we tossed the hot food onto metal trays that had holes in them to allow the grease to drain off. The food we served stayed crisp and most of the grease drained off.

    I haven’t bought paper towels in more than a decade. At first, I tried using cloth napkins. Then, I used paper. Then, I thought about my college experience, and I started putting those foods on a metal tray to “drain.” It works great, and there’s no worry and no waste, because the tray just gets washed when I’m finished :).

Monday tip of the week!

If you compost, and you’re like me, your compost always has WAY more greens than browns in it.  Lack of “browns” meals fruit flies, bad ratios, and stinky smelly decomposing food.

Adding shredded paper and cardboard helps, so we always put our toilet paper rolls in there!

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  1. I’m using mine to start seeds in since I can plant them directly in… But after the next month or so, good idea!

  2. I compost all my paper waste. Really helps bulk up the sandy soil I have and saves on the garbage.

  3. Dear Sarah,
    I used to use the Green, Brown Black recipe for my compost:
    Green: any cuttings, peelings, etc. and egg shells for calcium.
    Brown: Old leaves(cut with a weed wacker into a recycled 45 gal molasses drum), grass clippings that have air dried for a week or more, spread out thinly on top of the cut grass, and any used straw I could get my hands on.
    Black: at least one-two inches of surface soil from any of my garden beds, wheel barrowed to the compost.
    Never once did I have a smell, rats or lousy compost. I miss that BLACK GOLD so much, it’s practically insufferable. I can only tell you that I had a 3 part compost and it was the BEST Mother’s Day gift ever!!! In fact, I would give up EVERYTHING to go back to that 7 year RETREAT even now.
    Good luck and happy diggin!
    Melanie

Monday tip of the week!

This week’s tip is an easy way to save bars of soap in the shower!

Back in college my sister insisted on a suction cup soap holder thingy in our shared shower.  I made fun of her (that is what sisters do), but I’m eating my words now.

Getting a plastic/nubby soap saver can literally save your soap.  Deep thoughts on a Monday morning. The idea is that the soap sits above the soap dish, so instead of getting that soap “goo” at the bottom of your soap dish, you get a solid/dry bar each and every time.  And because you aren’t losing soap to “soap goo”, the bar lasts a whole lot longer.

You can order them online, but I’ve found them cheaper at Target.  It’s a small $3 one-time investment to save you money on soap in the long run.

Have a cheap trick you want to share with my readers?  Shoot me an email at beingfrugalbychoiceblog@gmail.com.

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  1. I have found two packs of smaller ones at the Dollar Tree occasionally. I like to use them to line an existing soap dish so I get a pleasing aesthetic and the practicality of non-mushy soap.

  2. They are 99 cents for two at Bed bath and beyond.

  3. fun little project to make out of some old marbles and a little tray…

Monday tip of the week!

This tip will require about $3 and two minutes to execute.  I love those kind of tips.

We have multiple cutting boards and used to lean them up against the wall in a corner. But then they’d all come crashing down at once and scare the poo out of me.  I figured there must be a better way to organize cutting boards. 

So I thought.

And thought.

And thought so more.

And then it hit me.  A napkin holder!

Geez this photo makes my cutting board look gross!

I think I got this at Target for about $2.99, but I’ve seen them in recent months at Goodwill too!

Happy organizing friends.

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8 comments on “Monday tip of the week!”

  1. What a great idea! We, too, have a plethora of cutting boards.

  2. I thought that was a file folder organizer 🙂

  3. I love this idea! It won’t work for me as I don’t have enough space. I have 2 boards side by side and 2 smaller ones in front. My dish drying rack helps hold them up – until I fold it up and then everything slides down. One commenter mentioned a letter holder. I have one, but it holds letters. I’ll try it and if it works I’ll get another one for the letters.

    • Do you have any space between appliances on your counter – say a microwave and toaster (or something like that)? You should slide this in sideways between those items.

  4. Okay I am so doing this. I have the same thing happen to me. I have 4 cutting boards! they crash and throw the rolling pin that I cannot fit in my drawer across the room and it scares me to death. You are a genius. A cheap genius but a genius none the less.

  5. Ok so I have a napkin holder that was a gift from a student from Haiti. Not your typical one….but I have never used it! I will now! Thanks

“Monday” tip of the week

My Monday tip for you is not to expect a tip on Monday if it’s a three-day weekend.  Way too much bread to bake and snuggles to dish out to a certain toddler!

My tip comes from my grandma and is has been in our family for many many years.  If you have a pot or dish with a tough stain on it, soak the item in hot water with a mix of liquid dish soap and powdered dishwasher detergent.  Soak for 1+ hours, and then scrub.  It’s always taken off about 99% of my stains.

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Monday tip of the week

I’m going to start posting 1 frugal tip a week every Monday.  Let’s see if I can keep this up for more than 3 weeks in a row!

This week’s tip: spices.  My sister shared this tip with me a few years ago, and it’s genius I tell you!  When you’ve run out of spices, skip the expensive spice aisle and head to the bulk section.  By bulk section, I mean the part of the store with big bins of things – not necessarily Costco or Sam’s Clubs.  In the Northwest, Fred Meyer and Town & Country Stores (Central Market) are awesome resources.  For anyone close to a big city, Whole Foods should have this as well.

This weekend I needed more celery seed.  It’s hard to find in the spice aisle and if you can find it, it is about $6 for a small bottle.  I bought half of a small ziploc bag full for $.31.  I’m not mathematician, but those are good savings!  And I swear they taste fresher.

We also use a lot of sesame oil for cooking stir fry and hummus.  A 7.5 oz bottle was $4 at my local market.  Central Market on the other hand has sesame oil in bulk (who knew?!).  I got 16 oz plus a new squeeze bottle for $6.50.

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  1. Hi! I just started reading due to your post on food renegade!

    Go to an international grocery store if you need cheap spices. I kid you not: You can get boatloads of things like cinnamon sticks for just a couple of dollars there, rather than 4 bucks for 4 sticks in a McCormicks jar. Just know which country uses that type of spice the most and you will find it in the right place.