Wednesday, January 25, 2012


There are so many great uses for cardboard! Don't just recycle the cardboard but use it!  Here's some ideas:

  • garage - my son loves using boxes as a garage for his matchbox cards, you can also use them to build parking structures
  • doll house - don't forget the girls, cardboard can make the house and everything in it
  • put under those older cars you have (also a money saver!) in case it drips a little to keep your garage looking nice
  • paint them! great for crafts
  • large boxes can be a play house for the kids to play in, you (adult) can cut out windows for them
  • organize - cut slits and put together as a grid to organize a drawer into compartments
  • burn it in your fireplace or outside fire pit
And when you are all done doing that, then recycle the cardboard.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rinse those Dishes

Here's something you can train your family to do to help you out.  Rinse the dishes before you put them by the side of the sink to be washed.  You don't have to use a lot of water to do this, just enough to get that ketchup or syrup off before it becomes one with the dish.  Saves you time in scrubbing them later on and your family will feel good knowing they are making their Frugal Omma a happier person. ^_^

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Air Dry

We all have laundry that piles up (didn't I just wash this?) and it takes time, money, and energy to do it.  Here's a tip, air dry as much of your laundry as you can. In fact, I sort my laundry this way (because I also wash everything in cold water it doesn't matter if whites are with darks). Some goes in the dryer (because I only have so much room on my clothes lines) and some gets hung up to dry.  I air dry as much as I can because it saves on electric cost, extra wear on the clothes and thus not having to buy clothes as often, and it gives me satisfaction watching my kids run through the sheets on a summery day (which I'm missing now that it is winter).

Friday, January 6, 2012

Peanut Butter

Ah peanut butter, what a wonderful food. Full of wonderful protein, great for sandwiches...and so hard to get off the container! I use a spatula to ensure all the wonderful peanut buttery goodness makes it out of the container and onto my sandwich.  It also makes cleanup of the container for recycling so much easier.