We may be convinced of the benefits of making everything with our own two hands rather than buying things ready made, and finding ourselves more and more dependent on shop bought goods. But buying from a shop doesn’t mean we can’t make small savings. There are many little tips and techniques for making the products we have bought last longer, and delay the next trip to the supermarket.
1) Put a candle in the freezer for a few hours before using it, so that the wax is harder and takes longer to melt.
2) Cut sponges in two (or more) pieces to use them for longer.
3) Keep sauces, jams and preserves upside down in the fridge, so that the air doesn’t get in and alter the quality of your foodstuffs.
4) Avoid touching cheese with your fingers because sweat and natural oils get on to the cheese and can cause mould to form.
Use the packaging or a cloth to get a good grip while you are cutting it.
5) You can store flour in the fridge to keep it fresh for longer.
6) To make a tube of toothpaste last longer and to make sure you don’t waste a drop, here are a few ideas:
- You don’t need to cover your entire toothbrush with toothpaste like you see in the ads. A small quantity is enough.
- Cut the tube of toothpaste in the middle or at the opposite end from the cap to retrieve the last of the toothpaste inside.
- Use a document clip to pinch the tube and roll it well.
- A hair grip or a food storage clip can work equally well.