Everyday Cheapskate: Use This for That
One of the best ways to recycle responsibly -- and save a few bucks at the same time -- is to find a second life for something you might otherwise toss in the trash. Some ideas are pretty well-known, like using plastic grocery bags for trash can liners and the lid from a liquid detergent container for a biscuit cutter. So, when a reader sends in a tip for how to use this for that that I've not heard of before, or an idea for how to use something I own already to avoid buying something I don't, that reader gets my attention!
Here, for your recycling pleasure, are just a few tips that have washed up on my desk recently:
Dear Mary: Use the plastic rings that are attached to a six-pack of soda to organize your scarves. Hang the plastic rings, still attached, over a hook on a clothes hanger. Pull your scarves through the rings so they hang loosely, wrinkle-free. --Sue
CARPET THE GARDEN
Dear Mary: We have a mole problem in our neighborhood, and the critters get into everything, leaving lovely molehills all over our lawn! My neighbor placed old pieces of carpet, fuzzy side down, on the bottom of his garden boxes with the dirt on top. It works great because moles dig but don't chew. In 15 years, he has never had moles munching on his veggies. We are planning to replace the carpet in our sons' room with laminate, and now we have a use for the old carpet. -- Katrina
Dear Mary: Whenever eggs go on sale, we buy several dozen and hard-cook them. Then, we drop them into jars of leftover pickle juice and keep them in the fridge. The pickled eggs are great shredded over potato salad or casseroles, atop green salad, in a quick and tasty egg salad (shredded, with mayonnaise) or even eaten whole, as a snack. -- Patty
I wrote back for more details: "Any pickle juice? Sweet, dill? Do you mix or must they be kept in separate jars?"
She responded: "We have kept the pickle juices separate in their own jars, sweet or dill. We put eggs in both of them. The sweet eggs are good in potato salad with sweet pickle relish added.
"I especially like the dill eggs shredded with cheddar cheese and pimiento-stuffed green olives (also shredded) mixed with mayonnaise (sometimes I thin it with wine or vodka) on party rye for cocktail parties. This definitely adds an adult taste to this egg salad."
Note: Be sure to peel the hard-boiled egg before placing it in pickle juice. Wait one week for egg to pickle. Then, use it within four weeks.
Got a unique way that you use this for that? Send your ideas to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line "This for That." If your tip is unique and would be useful for a good portion of my readers, I'll share it with everyone right here.
Mary invites questions, comments and tips at email@example.com, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.Copyright 2018 Creators Syndicate Inc.