DIY FANCY COFFEE
I make my own great frozen coffee drinks, better than the ones that cost so much money. It all starts with frozen coffee cubes, which I make from the flavored coffee of my choice and freeze in ice cube trays. That’s the secret. Most recipes call for adding things to cold coffee and then blending with ice. But the ice can water it down. By starting with frozen coffee, there’s no need for ice to make the drink frozen. My favorite recipe is frozen coffee cubes, hazelnut or caramel syrup, chocolate milk or powder, light cream or milk and a little sugar (I like mine sweet). Blend until smooth. Yummy! I just keep a zip-type bag full of coffee cubes in my freezer. — Lori
FOIL THE FOOLS
Since it’s not recommended to put your home address in your GPS in case your car is stolen, I’ve set my “home” address as my local police station. I figure if a thief is dumb enough to think they can steal a car, they’ll be dumb enough to pull into the police station. If my car is ever stolen I’ll tell the police to keep an eye on their parking lot. While I don’t know if it would actually work, if it did I’d have the story of stories! And, by the way, I do know the way home from the police station. — Tim
KITTY LITTER TRACTION
When I have to walk across surfaces that are icy or slick, I carry a zip-type bag of kitty litter with me to sprinkle ahead of me as I walk.
I keep a spare bag in the car, too. It costs less than two dollars for a five-pound bag, which is pretty cheap when I consider it might save me a trip to the hospital. — Kay
My children like to have blankets in the car during the ride to school in the morning. Keeping these clean on the ride home in the afternoon is hard, since the kids are eating their snacks, are sweaty from practice and so on. I bought cushion covers at Target.
I quickly fold up their blankets after I drop them off in the morning and stuff them into the cushion covers. I wash the cushion covers and blankets every week instead of washing the blankets every day. They also serve as pillows when the kids are tired and need a little nap. — Juni
SINGLE SERVING PIZZA
I’m a single girl and live alone, so I’m always looking for ways to save money. I love to cook, but sometimes I opt for a frozen pizza. Instead of cooking one and then having leftovers, I open the pizza box as soon as I get home from the grocery store, cut it into quarters, wrap each slice individually in foil and put them back in the box and into the freezer.
On those days when I’m too tired to cook, all I have to do is pull out a slice and pop it in the oven.
This way, I only eat about one frozen pizza a month, it never goes to waste and I never eat more than one slice at a time. — Sheri