Frugal people have a natural tendency to stretch their resources as far as possible. Reducing waste, in any form, will ultimately save money. It is also an important aspect of being a good steward.
One of my biggest parenting struggles is teaching my children the negative effects of wastefulness. I strive to carefully conserve everything from milk to energy and even toilet paper! Much of this habit comes from my upbringing, so I can only hope I can instill in my children what my Mother did in me.
One little trick I use to reduce waste requires nothing but a little H2O. It is nearly impossible to squeeze the last few tablespoons of ketchup or shampoo out of a plastic bottle. Just add water-a few quick drops- then shake! The remaining product comes right out.
This is especially effective in the kitchen. The last of that sauce or marinade you are using in a recipe is not effected by a little water. Casseroles and soups will never know the difference.
Other products you can “stretch” with a little water:
- cleaning solutions
- liquid laundry detergent
Unfortunately, this trick does not work on toothpaste.
What are some other simple ways you reduce waste in your household?
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