Weekly Update: Using Things in New Ways

by Kelly · 5 comments

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While I may fall down in some areas on the frugal front (making and sticking to a budget, for example), one of the things I am rather good at is finding ways to repurpose things, either after they’ve served their original purpose or while they’re waiting to be used in the first place.

Like when we moved into our new apartment and we couldn’t find a cabinet to hold our towels that would fit into our cramped bathroom? I reused an Ikea kitchen cabinet that we ended up not needing for the kitchen. Or when you’ve burned the soup- you can use a spoonful of peanut butter to get rid of the burnt taste- not that I’ve ever tried this tip myself, mind you. My latest brainwave has been to store bars of soap in the aforementioned bathroom linen cabinet. If you let bars of soap dry out before using them, they last longer. And I’ve found that by leaving them with the towels, it makes the bathroom smell nicer. For another hack for a better smelling bathroom, check out the Apartment Therapy link below!

As always, you can check out the Good Reads page or our Tumblr site Almost Frugal Finds for all our links. Have a great rest of the weekend!


1 Jenna June 29, 2010

Where did you hear about the peanut butter and burnt taste? That is new to me. But if I ever burn soup (hopefully never) I'll have to give it a try…

2 Kelly June 29, 2010

I used to work in a group home for developmentally disabled adults, and the night shift guy/cook was from Haiti. He told me they used peanut butter or ground up peanuts to ‘correct’ for all sorts of cooking mistakes, like over seasoning to burning. He was a great cook, and whenever I asked him how he made X dish, he would just look at me and said ‘I followed the recipe.’! Not true though- he had a lot of tricks up his sleeve.

3 Jenna June 29, 2010

Crazy! Thanks for sharing! Usually the best recipes are everything and the kitchen sink. Yummy but hard to reproduce. I have a love/hate relationship with those dishes.

4 The Digerati Life July 1, 2010

Thank you Kelly! Great ideas on repurposing. Storing the soap is certainly cheaper than buying aerosol fragrances or scented candles. You can always use the soap right?

5 Kelly July 1, 2010

Yup- and letting it dry out means that it lasts longer too.

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