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    Wow I learned that tip from my Mother when I was about 4, she did it all the time. Can't believe people of that era did not know about it!

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    I do love Cooking Light. Just got a great deal on it for 2 years.

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    Hello

    While I am in the 40 plus age group, I did indeed know that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    I think that is hilarious! Don't you? What have these women been doing? ha,ha. Lena, I'm 83 and I tell my husband if we had a big recession, we could get by on beans and cornbread.
    just the thought of some beans and cornbread has made me want some !!
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    Doghouse Mom, your ice cube comment brought a belly laugh!! Love your humor!!

    My mom still practices the thrift she grew up with in the Depression. My Dad could never refuse a "gift" of someone else's cast off(s), because it "might come in handy someday." I drive my husband nuts when I try to figure out how to reuse things that should be thrown out. It's just amazing how much the 70 and 80's babies don't know. They never had to learn.
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    I save ketchup packets in my car. You never know when you're going to run out of ketchup at home and those will come to the rescue. To clarify, I don't hoard them there, just save the un-used ones we get from the occasional drive thru.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barny View Post
    I think that is hilarious! Don't you? What have these women been doing? ha,ha. Lena, I'm 83 and I tell my husband if we had a big recession, we could get by on beans and cornbread.
    Lucky you, we have been eating a lot of beans and cornbread because of the bad economy. I ate this so much when I was a child that I never wanted to eat this again, but guess what, cost of gas and food, worse part was having to restrict my fabric buying LOL.
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    And a rubber spatula works wonders getting out the thicker stuff, like mayo.
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    Maybe it's a generational thing. My Mom grew up in the Depression....enough said. When I was younger, her thriftiness drove me crazy. I'm now 59 and the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Hubby and I worked hard for our $$ and I do all I can to use up and not be wasteful of food. I also cook most everything from scratch. For every decade of folks born thereafter, the outlook changes. So many people don't know the slightest of cooking techniques or the ecomomics of cooking, sad to say. But, they can make dinner reservations perfectly.

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    I have done this always. But when my daughter did it and a friend saw her and asked her why ,to get the last little bit out ,, the friend said she was neither that cheap or that desparate. Huh???
    Some days I am glad I was raised by my grandparents who were around during the depression. It kills me to see how much stuff my brother and his step daughter waste every day. Reuse containers and jars. NOT thats junk go out and buy rubbermaid, food oh its ok if it goes bad there is always more in the store. ACK Drives me crazier than I already am.

    I splurge and buy myself hand made soap but I save every last little piece in an old sugar bowl in my bathroom. I am going to melt it all together when I get enough and add a little lavender and I have my own bar of soap again .. Or I have added a lot of water and made liquid soap with it.
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    That is a wonderful story. I'm not sure how you didn't start laughing, but you were likely too shocked to giggle. I guess we have really have changed the world into non-common-sense creatures. Certainly non-frugal creatures.

    Thank you for sharing. I was howling with laughter and it's a good thing you didn't attend with me because I would have been laughing like crazy.

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    I'm laughing out loud at your response to your hubby. Bet he closed his lips til dinner time.

    That hot tip sounds like it might have come from the comedian. Ha ha ha

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    My parents were both born in 1914, I was born in 1945 and were pretty poor. I grew up knowing how to stretch money and have alot of frugal habits. I could get by on very little. My kids were raised that way too, even though we didn't have to live that close, I saw no reason to live differently. They see no reason to scrimp on much if it isn't needed.
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    You would be suprised. When I did that my husband's sister-in-law looked at me like I had gone crazy. The look on her face was something to see. That's OK, I'm a better cook!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenabeena View Post
    my friends and i , all in our 60's and 70's recently attended a cooking school given by a popular recipe magazine. I will not repeat all the snide remarks from our husbands about learning to cook at our ages!!! We said if they wanted to eat again they should keep quiet!!! Anyway we went to the event and enjoyed tasty samples, received a few free nick-nacks, laughed at the comedian, and won a years subscription to the magazine. We watched the cooking demonstrations and whispered among ourselves at what we could substitute for their very expensive ingredients. Then came the 'clincher". The speaker promised to give us the "best tip ever" to use when cooking. We waited through the whole long selling bit and finally he said to get ready to write it down. Pencils were poised, breaths held, eyes glued on him and here it came................."when you have a bit of sauce left in a jar, add a few spoons of water, shake it and you will get more out." huh? That was the best tip ever? My friends and i looked around at all the hundreds of women, many our age, who were frantically writing and nodding to each other and saying what a great idea. We were stunned! Doesn't everyone know this?
    evidently he was from the new school and not from the old school as we say here in kentucky.i am like you i thought every one new that i have been running a house hold since i was 16 yrs old i am now 49 my age doesn't bother me just my health.lol
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    Hahaha, just tonight I put a little water in the jar and shook it to get the rest of the spaghetti sauce out. I must be a genius!

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    i too was raised very frugal my mom taught me a lot of tips to extend things futher and I still use them HOWEVER one thing that used to really bug me was people putting water in a ketchup bottle used to tell my dh if Mr heinz wanted more water in the ketchup he would put it in. lol however I would stand the bottle upside down to let it all drain if you have patience it will eventually all drain out

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    that is so funny. I don't just do that in the kitchen but with shampoo even . when i was working for a catering couple also found out that when we ran out of whipped butter for a wedding just take the regular butter or margerine put it in a mixer and add a few ice cube at a time till whipped. now the question is why it is more expensive at the store?

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    Well I love the magazine you are talking about and always wanted to attend one of their cooking schools .. But alas umm maybe not so much now !LOL I learned that years and I do mean years ago when Mom was on food stamps as she had cancer and couldn't work. I did alot of the cooking in the family, so waste not want not.
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    My mom thought me to cut open those plastic bottles to get the last of it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom View Post
    I hate wasting the last little bit in a bottle too. Has anyone noticed that in a pump bottle of lotion, it quits dispensing when there is at least an inch of lotion left in the bottle? Such a pain! So I heat it in the microwave nad pour it into something easier to empty. It is a hassle, but I am not throwing it out!
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    Did happen to know this but...........this might be why people are afraid to ask questions. None of us know anything until someone tells us. One of my grandchildren didn't know what a broom was. Some don't know what an iron is for etc.
    Maybe we could help, not make fun of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom View Post
    I hate wasting the last little bit in a bottle too. Has anyone noticed that in a pump bottle of lotion, it quits dispensing when there is at least an inch of lotion left in the bottle? Such a pain! So I heat it in the microwave nad pour it into something easier to empty. It is a hassle, but I am not throwing it out!
    I think the soap is too thick, so pour half into another pump container and add water to both. Gently swirl the water/ soap mixture....now you have 2 bottles of hand soap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LenaBeena View Post
    My friends and I , all in our 60's and 70's recently attended a cooking school given by a popular recipe magazine. I will not repeat all the snide remarks from our husbands about learning to cook at our ages!!! We said if they wanted to eat again they should keep quiet!!! Anyway we went to the event and enjoyed tasty samples, received a few free nick-nacks, laughed at the comedian, and won a years subscription to the magazine. We watched the cooking demonstrations and whispered among ourselves at what we could substitute for their very expensive ingredients. Then came the 'clincher". The speaker promised to give us the "best tip ever" to use when cooking. We waited through the whole long selling bit and finally he said to get ready to write it down. Pencils were poised, breaths held, eyes glued on him and here it came................."When you have a bit of sauce left in a jar, add a few spoons of water, shake it and you will get more out." HUH? THAT WAS THE BEST TIP EVER? My friends and I looked around at all the hundreds of women, many our age, who were frantically writing and nodding to each other and saying what a great idea. We were stunned! Doesn't everyone know this?
    Well, I do and when it is a pasta sauce use red or white wine and give it a shake voila even better pasta sauce
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    have rinsed jars and cans for years.
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    Duh! Guess we just store these things in the back of our non-electronic brains, and use these ideas when we can.

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