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    Sarahsaver
    Old style things that 'only you' do...
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 7:08 AM
    Old style things that 'only you' do... 2nd Aug 06 at 7:08 AM
    I thought this as I put the kettle on for my PROPER coffee this morning...
    Am I the only one who alternates use of the rings on the hob so they wear out evenly d:

    Are there any OS quirky things that you are convinced only you do?
    Dare you tell us?
    A friend's mum at primary school washed sandwich bags :rolleyes:


    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 08-08-2006 at 1:46 PM.
    Member no.1 of the 'I'm not in a clique' group
    I have done reading too!
    To avoid all evil, to do good,
    to purify the mind- that is the
    teaching of the Buddhas.
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    • By twink 2nd Aug 06, 7:26 AM
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    i have a bagless hoover now but when i had to buy bags i would carefully open and empty them then i had a clip to close them with, lasted ages
    i used to grudge paying about five pounds for four bags
  • Gingham Ribbon
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 7:32 AM
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    When my washing up sponge needs replacing, I put a fresh one out and take the old one up to the bathroom and use that to clean in there. I do the same for cleaning the bathroom floor as I don't like to use the mop for the bathroom AND the kitchen. (The bathroom is tiny so it doesn't take long to do it with the sponge.)
    May all your dots fall silently to the ground.
  • wigginsmum
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 7:33 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 7:33 AM
    I save used envelopes for shopping lists and ocasional takeaway orders (not sure that's very unusual).
    The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. An ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.
  • tom and barbara good
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 7:51 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 7:51 AM
    After using face wipes (tesco value are great) I give the bathroom basin and other bathroom surfaces a swish, then I give the loo a wipe too.

    They are strong enough to rinse out between wiping each surface if you like....is this just me?
    If I screw my eyes up tight I can just about see where you're coming from
    • Becles
    • By Becles 2nd Aug 06, 8:16 AM
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    Becles
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 8:16 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 8:16 AM
    Too many things to mention

    Hubby says I'm too frugal and laughs at me for some of the things I do, such as:

    When the soap gets so small it snaps into tiny pieces, I squash them all together and keep using it. Then when they get really small I squash the remaining bits onto the new bar.

    Leaving bottles upside down, so every last drop drains out.

    Wiping marg tubs out with greaseproof paper when baking, so every last spot of it gets used up.
    Here I go again on my own....
  • Littlemiss-lotsofdebt
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 8:28 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 8:28 AM
    I think OH thinks I'm tight too Becles!

    I always turn things upside down to get the last drop out, and as OH has a nasty habit of not using the last drops in the his bottle of hairstuff, I tip the last bits into his new one and feel much better about it lol

    I usually grab loads of those mini sachets of mayo & salad cream if we go out for something to eat, as they are ideal to take to work with a salad and they're probably built into the cost of the meal anyway!
    Its nice to be important but more important to be nice!
  • vik6525
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    • 2nd Aug 06, 10:08 AM
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    LOL littlemisslotsofdebt! my oh is bloody OBSESSED with those little sachets of sauce you get when you go for meals! i cant count the times ive left a pub or resteraunt with the 'extra' ones in my handbag! hes had to stop doing it so much now though, as last time we went out, he accidentally sat on my bag, and my purse, mobile and make up got covered in mayo as the blinking sachets burst!
    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 2nd Aug 06, 10:37 AM
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    when ever i use a jar of curry sauce ( as they have been on offer ) i allways after pouring the sauce out put a bit of water in it and give it a shake, so every last bit of the sauce is out

    .....also tomato sauce bottles when there is only dregs left i put a little bit of vinegar in there and shake, so we can use every last bit of the tomato sauce....

    not quite the same, but in the spring i put the fluff from the dryer into an old peanut feeder, so the birds can use it for nest building....

    i do loads of other things,,
    Work to live= not live to work
  • Smashing
    I put extra plastic bags, the ones you get for your fruit and veg in supermarkets, in my trolley, and then take them home and use them as sandwich/freezer bags. I think its my birthday when i find a shop that still has them on rolls, and not pull off idividually!!!!!
    by catowen
    Lidl are great for these - nice & roomy and on rolls!
    Also re-use hoover bags, rinse out sauce jars and turn stuff upside down.

    My mother was also insitant on cutting bottles in half when no more will pour/squirt out - I still do and I'm still pathetically impressed with how much more I can get out.
    • Softstuff
    • By Softstuff 2nd Aug 06, 11:55 AM
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    Softstuff
    So far the only one on this list I haven't done is alternate cooker rings for wear and tear... though that's only a matter of time I guess!!
    I think my oddest thing is collecting fabric... doesn't matter what it has come off I'll collect it and find a use for it later. And also, if it was originally a garment, I'll strip it down and keep the buttons and zips for use. Think I get this from nan, she used to have a button box... must have been thousands in there.

    Guess I'm lucky with my OH, he applauds all efforts to save money no matter how odd they may seem (we're discussing everything from hen keeping to soap making at the moment), I have occasionally teased him that he is so tight he squeaks when he walks
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 2nd Aug 06, 11:56 AM
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    thriftlady
    A friend's mum at primary school washed sandwich bags :rolleyes:
    by Sarahsaver
    What's wrong with that? I do it all the time,the kitchen is permanently festooned with plastic bags drying out.
  • Smashing
    What's wrong with that? I do it all the time,the kitchen is permanently festooned with plastic bags drying out.
    by thriftlady
    My favourite thing to do with the sandwich bags my mum gave me was to blow them up and burst them just behind someone's head.

    She switched to foil shortly afterwards.
  • SusanCarter
    I do most of the things which have been listed.

    I don't do vacuum cleaner bag, tumble dryer and face wipe things as I don't have them. Also don't do sandwich bag thing as I get enough packaging for sandwich bags anyway without trying. Also our cooker belongs to the landlord and is going rusty so no point in trying to make it wear evenly.

    Now I'll have to try and think of something no one else would do...

    ...I use stones in the washing machine to save on washing liquid.
    • mehefin
    • By mehefin 2nd Aug 06, 12:47 PM
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    mehefin
    My Mum used to put all the odd bits of soap into a foam 'fish' for us kids to uses in the bath. lots of soapy foam!!
    • annie-c
    • By annie-c 2nd Aug 06, 12:52 PM
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    annie-c
    Am I the only one who alternates use of the rings on the hob so they wear out evenly d:
    by Sarahsaver
    Fantastic!!! I can't beat this, but am proud at the length of time I wore foundation eked out of a cut open tube last week.... kept it in a sealed ziploc bag to keep it fresh. Didn't think to wash and re-use the bag after though..
  • Sarahsaver
    My favourite thing to do with the sandwich bags my mum gave me was to blow them up and burst them just behind someone's head.

    She switched to foil shortly afterwards.
    by Smashing
    ROTFLMAO

    And I thought I was the only one who re-used drier lint - for lighting the fire!
    We didn't have sandwich bags, mum used greaseproof paper.

    I am trying to think now if there's anything else I do which is more weird than the cooker ring thing... I told you lot that! My dark secret LOL Not even OH knows.

    I have upside down at the moment tomato ketchup and shampoo. And the shampoo was free from boots
    Last edited by Sarahsaver; 02-08-2006 at 1:08 PM.
    Member no.1 of the 'I'm not in a clique' group
    I have done reading too!
    To avoid all evil, to do good,
    to purify the mind- that is the
    teaching of the Buddhas.
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 2nd Aug 06, 1:32 PM
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    culpepper
    When an electrical item breaks,I take it to bits for the parts.
    My garden has fridge shelf tents to protect the plants from birds.
    We have some huge magnets from an old microwave and the glass turntable is a serving dish.
    • Aril
    • By Aril 2nd Aug 06, 1:43 PM
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    Aril
    I keep all my empty cereal bags for freezing bread and put a peg on the toothpaste as we're nearing the end so I get every last squeeze out. I also cut open my moisuriser bottle [it's hardish plastic] with OH's craft knife [shhh] and there's always loads more in there. When we have a hair cut I put all the cut bits on the compost heap. And how about this for the tightest....even I had to admit that I had rather overdone the rag bag where I've been shoving all our worn out clothes for the last couple of years as my cupboard was completely full. However, I still sat there and went through them all carefully before putting the worst ones out for recycling and I'm afraid I cut out the best bits from all the old pants as they're soft cotton and just right for polishing cloths for OH's miniature furniture. I looked like a rag and bone man surrounded by all my piles of cloth at the end of it!! OH just roared when he saw it and extracted the Michael somewhat. Must remind myself to get a life sometime!!
    Aril
    Aiming for a life of elegant frugality wearing a new-to-me silk shirt rather than one of hair!

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  • flufff
    I'm a bad bad woman.....I cut all 4 of my kids hair......am improving now rofl
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