You can use these easy tips to save money at home.
Maximize your morning cup: Instead of throwing out used coffee grounds, leave half in the filter, then add half of the freshly ground coffee for a second pot.
My mother's tip:When the mayonnaise jar is almost empty and you just can't get that last little bit, sprinkle a few drops of vinegar inside, add flavorful herbs and shake well. You'll have enough salad dressing for one salad.
New life for an old battery: After you take a dying battery out of a camera, try reusing it in a low-energy appliance — an alarm or a wall clock, for example. (But never mix old batteries with new ones.) Better yet, invest in rechargeable batteries.
Save money on food by freezing: Stock up when the prices are low on your favorite grocery items. Toss them in deep freeze so they'll be fresh when you need them. Buy shredded cheese in bulk when you see a deal. Sprinkle in cornstarch to prevent sticking, then freeze. Consider storing herbs and spices and loaves of bread in the freezer, too, to extend their shelf life.
Useful old t-shirts: Old t-shirts work fine as cleaning rags; there’s no sense in actually purchasing rags. Cut them down to size, hem them and use them as wash cloths.
Rewrapping: Recycle your gift wrap. Don’t waste remnants of wrapping paper. Use a shredder and shred all the remnants of wrapping paper and documents with personal information. Use the shredding to stuff packages and it also makes great stuffing when using gift bags.
Shop Smart: Refill Packs, such as Handy Andy refills are less expensive and they use less plastic then actual spray containers.
Buy In Bulk: If you've ever been tempted to pick up 20 cans of green beans when they’re on sale, you're not crazy. You're smart, experts say when purchased in bulk, shoppers can reduce their household food and goods costs by 50%. If you have a large family or can share shopping runs with friends might be worth stocking up on more goods.