Frugal Tips

Don’t Throw Away the Crusts

Do your kids refuse to eat the crust off of their PB&J? Don’t throw away the crust! Save the crusts in a gallon sized Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer. Each time you cut off the crust, add it to the bag. Use the crust to make your kids french toast sticks or use it in a french toast casserole or even use it in your Thanksgiving stuffing. You can even cut them into squares, add some spices and bake them for a few minutes to make croutons.

You STILL have leftover Halloween candy?

If you are like me and still have leftover candy from Halloween, here is what you can do with it:

  1. Put it in the middle of cupcakes for an added surprise.
  2. Use it to decorate cupcakes and cakes too.
  3. Use it for a Christmas countdown calendar. I usually alternate between candy and candy canes.
  4. Potty training rewards!!!! Worked for me! Or should I say my kids.
  5. Create a Halloween wreath for next year using a pine wreath or Styrofoam wreath, a glue gun and candy and go glue gun crazy with it.
  6. Use it to make gingerbread houses.
  7. Use it as math manipulatives and then rewards.
  8. Donate it to local shelters.
  9. Just give up and eat it.

Turn Your Halloween Cookies Into Christmas Cookies

I bought these Halloween cookies for free using sales and coupons but wasn’t able to make all of them before Halloween. I pulled them out of my freezer and put all of the pre-shaped cookies into a bowl. I let them thaw and mixed them all together, adding some red food coloring in the process. I spooned them onto a cookie sheet and baked them according to the package directions. I found some green icing and red sugar and decorated them for Christmas.

Alluring Artwork Archives

Do you find it hard to part with all of the wonderful artwork your child creates? I certainly do and I have 3 children who are all creating their own masterpieces. I receive an average of 3 masterpieces a day with just one of my children. I have some ideas I would like to share with you. They are all realistic so don’t think you can’t do it. Continue reading here.

Triple Duty Sheets

These Triple Duty Sheets are on their second duty. We took an old set of sheets (used as bedding = first duty) and used them as a table cover for our painting projects. We first laid the flat sheet on the table and then used the fitted sheet over top. It fit our table perfectly and stayed in place! I have to admit that the sheet staying in place was the best part! The projects drying in the middle of the table are for a later project so stay tuned. When the kids were done with each paint color, it was easy for me to tell them to wipe off the extra paint right on the table! They loved that part! Clean up was a breeze too. I just wrapped it up like a table cloth and set it aside for the next project. Stay tuned for the project using the Triple Duty Sheets on their third duty. It might take a while, but as soon as those sheets are really full of paint, we have another fun project to show you

T-Shirt Pillow

My son needed a small pillow to take with him to his new daycare. I really didn’t have anything small and I definitely didn’t want to go out and buy a $20 pillow. However, I did have an old t-shirt of my daughter’s and some leftover stuffing. I turned the t-shirt inside out and sewed the arms and bottom. Then I flipped it right side out and stuffed it with stuffing. I carefully sewed the neck area together and now I have the perfect sized pillow for my son’s first day of daycare.

Spilled Wax?

Does your house get rowdy at times? Are you always warning your kids of the hot wax on the table? Yep, that’s me. Only I was too slow to keep it from completely spilling over. It was on my tablecloth, table runner, carpet and wall. All I had to do was Continue reading…

Double the Softness

At first, I was skeptical about this so I decided to try it. It’s been 5 months and I’m pretty convinced. You only need half of a dryer sheet. Yup. I wasn’t too sure at first because I really do not like static cling. I can definitely vouch for this tip now though. Continue reading…

Toothpaste vs. Kool-Aid

My kids love Kool-Aid. Therefore, my kids always have stains on their faces. With my couponing, I have been able to score a lot, and I mean a lot, of free toothpaste. I have found another use for all the toothpaste I have stocked in my closet. I put some of it on a Q-tip and use it to clean of all those stains on my kids’ faces! Works like a charm!