FRUGAL LIVING: Reuse coffee cans
Coffee cans are great storage containers. They have a tight-fitting lid, come in different sizes, are portable, and some even have a wide-grip handle. Their durability makes them a smarter choice than glass jars for many storage solutions.
The first reader shares one way to reuse coffee cans:
Reuse containers: This summer I was wondering what to do with all of my plastic coffee cans (I hate to throw stuff away), and I came up with a solution. Wash them well and use them to send soups, etc. home with grandkids. You don’t have to worry about getting the containers back. — Jackie H., email
WRAP CUPCAKES: For bake sales, place individual cupcakes inside 9-ounce clear plastic cups and wrap in cellophane. — W.J., Mississippi
Reuse tires: Other than chipping them up as fake mulch, tires don’t have much recycle potential. They do have reuse potential, though. Many a tractor and truck tire has been turned into a flowerbed. They can be stacked and then backfilled/covered to make a retaining wall. Use one as a swing or sandbox. They’re good for many types of sports and sports training. Hang one by a rope to practice throwing a baseball or football through. Place a pole in the middle and fill with concrete for portable volleyball nets. My granddad would put a target in the middle of a tire and then roll it across the field for target practice. They can be used as “bumpers” to soften hard edges like loading docks. — Chris, Alabama
FRUIT SALAD: Years ago, I would add yogurt to my fruit salad to give it added flavor. Now I make sure my fruit salad includes a can of pineapple (with the juice) and I add a box of dry vanilla pudding mix instead of yogurt. It’s delicious. — Julia, Ohio
PARTY CUBES: For party punch (in a punch bowl or a large pitcher) that needs ice cubes, use a muffin tin to make your ice. Add lemon or fruit slices and add to your punch. — Laura, Indiana
REMOVE DEAD SKIN: Use Cool Whip. Put it on your skin (works on faces, too) and rub in. Let it dry until it is barely moist. Rub again and the dead skin will flake off. I don’t suggest buying it for this specific reason, but if you have any leftover, put it to use. — Cody, Pennsylvania
STORE GREEN ONIONS: Chop and store them in an old Parmesan cheese container or keep intact and store in a jar with a bit of water and leave on the counter (or even window sill) or store in the fridge. — Melanie, Illinois
SHOUT LAUNDRY SPRAY: My nephews got into the shower with terribly dirty feet, leaving something black and tarlike all over the sides of my tub. I wanted to clean it and found that I didn’t have any of my favorite cleaner on hand.
Not wanting to give up without a try, I got the Shout spray bottle and proceeded to clean my tub with it. I was very surprised and pleased when it made short work of the black rings in the tub. — M.R., Pennsylvania
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