Budget101 Discussion List Archives Frugal Savings Using Half of Something

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    Liss
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    What Items do you split in half to save money?

  • #410745

    great tips, anyone want to add some new ones?

  • #410755

    After reading the hints about using only half as much I realized that I really did not need to use as much body wash, shampoo and conditioner as I was squirting out, so I’ve reduced the amount. Also am using the hint about dilluting fabric softener with 1 part softener to 3 parts water and keeping it in a bowl with a few small sponges.(squeese out sponge and throw in dryer instead of fabric softener sheet) This one is really stretching the fabric softener and it works. (nice smell, no static cling and soft enough for my family not to have even noticed any difference, they aren’t even aware I’ve changed something) big thanks to whoever posted this hint-you’re saving me lots of money.

    (too bad i can’t use this for things i hang dry, which will be a lot more when spring gets here)
    i put my brillo pad in a small sandwich baggie after the first use and put it in my freezer, pull out when needed, then refreeze til next time, no more rusty pads to throw away after only one use.

  • #410756

    I split paper towels in half. I split toilet paper in half about 10 years ago when the kids were smaller because they would create huge wads that was such a waste!!!

  • #410779

    Niddi I’m glad to hear that you are saving some money with the sponge idea. I wondered if anyone would try it or not. I’ve been doing this for some time now, and it really has saved me alot of money too.
    Lynn, how do you split toilet paper in half?

    I wasn’t sure what you were meaning by that one.

  • #410892

    I like to buy large containers of things like heavey cream and freeze it in ice cube trays. Then I just add one cube per oz the recipe needs. I know there are lots of other things like some people do hambuger.

    I split chicken leggs because Dh dosent eat them. That way I can make two at a time for me. Split your egg yolks and whites into a ice cube tray if you have a lot of recipes that call fore one and not both.

    Cut sink sponges in half too.

    Keep the ideas comming, i like these.

    Wanted to ask…what size sponge??? can I cut them in half too? Dose this work as well with with cheap softener?

    I am intrested.

  • #410900

    The only thing I can think of that I use half of is…hamburger meat…lol. I use half a pound in spaghetti and other recipes unless I need a lot of meat.

    One thing I have tried and save money on is using bubble bath in my washing machine. It leaves your clothes smelling so good and gets them clean. i use to sell avon a while back and this was a hot topic on the message board so i said why not!

    works great! 🙂

  • #410942

    The only thing I can think of that I use half of is…hamburger meat…lol. I use half a pound in spaghetti and other recipes unless I need a lot of meat.

    One thing I have tried and save money on is using bubble bath in my washing machine. It leaves your clothes smelling so good and gets them clean. i use to sell avon a while back and this was a hot topic on the message board so i said why not!

    works great! 🙂

  • #410983

    Sometimes I make half a sandwich, using just one slice of bread and slicing it down the middle to fold over, since I don’t always want an entire pb&j.

    I split up frozen bags of veggies that I buy for recipes. Instead of using the whole bag (i usually get the store brand unless anothers on sale), I only add half the veggies to pasta or a dish.

    I also only use half a box of pasta at a time since it feeds the two of us and we always have leftovers for the next day too. Last week we had lots of pasta. I made a peanut sauce one night with frozen green beans added.

    And another night I made a garlic white sauce and added half a bag of frozen broccoli.

    I use half a can of corn to add it to salad. then save the rest for a recipe or to munch on later.

    I also just use half of a taco seasoning mix since it’s so concentrated and I find it has enough spices to season my ground turkey or shrimp that I use for fajitas. I put the other half in a ziploc for the next time. I also did this with the peanut sauce mix I bought.

    I just bought a packet of Hidden Valley ranch dip (i just saw the recipe someone posted and wish i saw it earlier)… and it’s probably too much so I’ll halve that too.

    I think you can pretty much halve any seasoning mix/packet you buy and just add half the milk/butter too. This could go for mac & cheese too.

  • #411059

    Sometimes I make half a sandwich, using just one slice of bread and slicing it down the middle to fold over, since I don’t always want an entire pb&j.

    I split up frozen bags of veggies that I buy for recipes. Instead of using the whole bag (i usually get the store brand unless anothers on sale), I only add half the veggies to pasta or a dish.

    I also only use half a box of pasta at a time since it feeds the two of us and we always have leftovers for the next day too. Last week we had lots of pasta. I made a peanut sauce one night with frozen green beans added.

    And another night I made a garlic white sauce and added half a bag of frozen broccoli.

    I use half a can of corn to add it to salad. then save the rest for a recipe or to munch on later.

    I also just use half of a taco seasoning mix since it’s so concentrated and I find it has enough spices to season my ground turkey or shrimp that I use for fajitas. I put the other half in a ziploc for the next time. I also did this with the peanut sauce mix I bought.

    I just bought a packet of Hidden Valley ranch dip (i just saw the recipe someone posted and wish i saw it earlier)… and it’s probably too much so I’ll halve that too.

    I think you can pretty much halve any seasoning mix/packet you buy and just add half the milk/butter too. This could go for mac & cheese too.

  • #411018

    Really great ideas. Not only frugal but very helpful for one person menus. Thanks for the post

  • #411091

    Really great ideas. Not only frugal but very helpful for one person menus. Thanks for the post

  • #411097

    Redring, I just used a sponge about the size of the kind you would do dishes with and cut it into 2 pieces. Both stay in the bowl and I squeeze one out real good and put in dryer, when that load is done use the other sponge and let the first one soak for your next load. Haven’t tried it with anything but Downy because I had 2 bottles on hand but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with a cheaper softner.

    If it’s watery maybe you could just dillute half and half. I do this with towels, sheets, our everyday clothes, socks etc. I have not done this with nice dress clothes because I usually hand wash or gentle machine wash and hang to dry.

  • #411166

    Redring, I just used a sponge about the size of the kind you would do dishes with and cut it into 2 pieces. Both stay in the bowl and I squeeze one out real good and put in dryer, when that load is done use the other sponge and let the first one soak for your next load. Haven’t tried it with anything but Downy because I had 2 bottles on hand but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with a cheaper softner.

    If it’s watery maybe you could just dillute half and half. I do this with towels, sheets, our everyday clothes, socks etc. I have not done this with nice dress clothes because I usually hand wash or gentle machine wash and hang to dry.

  • #412109

    I only softener our towles and blankets unless there is a pet accident and then I add softener to the load to help get the smell out. I dont use much then but Ill try this and see how it helps. Hopefully Dollar tree softener is not too thin to begin with have to try and see.

    Thanks!!

  • #412184

    I only softener our towles and blankets unless there is a pet accident and then I add softener to the load to help get the smell out. I dont use much then but Ill try this and see how it helps. Hopefully Dollar tree softener is not too thin to begin with have to try and see.

    Thanks!!

  • #412268

    Thanks these are some really good tips!

  • #412354

    Thanks these are some really good tips!

  • #412568

    Since I have very short hair when I color my hair I only use half. I mix 1/2 the color and 1/2 the creme colorizer in an open tip bottle that I saved from a previous box. Then 5 or 6 weeks later I mix the leftovers together and use.

    This way I get 2 colorings out of 1 box. It works for me!

  • #414578

    iget the green nylon scrubbers from sam’s club and cut each one in 4ths. 1/4 will last about a month.

  • #414580

    I split paper towels in half. I also split the amount of detergent that I use for washing clothes in half.

    I use extremely diluted Suave shampoo as liquid soap for my boys. They would only take a week to melt down the soap bars, so I started making my own handwash. They like it because it smells like apples and I no longer have a fit over them melting 3 bars of soap in a week!

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