Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Frugal Friday Tips

A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth. ~Charles Spurgeon

With gas prices, and food prices on the rise, many homes are feeling the pinch.
Like many of our foremothers, we too can make a one income household stretch farther if we remember ...

1.economical in use or expenditure;
prudently saving or sparing;
not wasteful:
a frugal manager
2.entailing little expense;
requiring few resources;
a frugal meal.
[Origin: 1590–1600;
—Synonyms 1. thrifty, chary, provident, careful.
opposed to extravagance]

Brightly Colored Copper!

Oh how I love it when the copper shines!
This was a home improvement with the help of my husband. I had been wanting a place to hang my pots and pans but I didn't want to pay for the silly looking, ridiculously priced metal hangers found in the stores. Dear husband found an old wire closet rack out in the shed, and attached it to the two cabinets ends. He also found some s hooks to hang the pots and pans on. I used a few things I had and strung a string of lights up, a garland of grape vine ivy and a few coffee mugs with grapes on them to decorate and Viola!

I have also been saving these white containers from a purchase we have been making over the winter. I tore off the labels and printed up my own on my computer complete with rose clip art I painted and scanned onto my computer. Now my flour, and sugar, and rice and oatmeal, and so forth have a home on the window sill, ready at my beck and call.

Keep an eye out for possible recycling containers to help in the home.

Bar Keepers Friend is the best thing I have ever used to keep my pots and pans clean.
These Pots and pans are about 25 years old. They were wedding gifts, and they still shine nicely with a little help from...

It also works great on pyrex glass baking dishes, and stoves tops and I use it safely in the shower and bathtub as well. I pick mine up at the local walmart, but can't seem to find it at any other grocery store. It is also available online at Amazon.com.
HisBeloved said...
Ah! Bar Keeper's friend...best cleaner on the market. It's kept pans clean for my mom, my sister-in-law and me too! Wonderful stuff!Blessings!
June 27, 2008 9:28 AM
MichelleC said...
I love this idea for your pots and pans. The way my kitchen is set up..I can also do this. I have an extra white shelf like that too. BUT-I only have iron cast and I certainly would not want to be busy doing the dishes one evening and have an iron cast pot of any size fall on my head. They are so heavy. I wonder what else would look nice hanging there.*scratching chin* I think this looks great and we have been saving those same white containers too. ;-)I love BKF too. I use it for my tubs and grill racks.
June 29, 2008 8:01 AM
fearfully and wonderfully made said...
I really like the idea you have for hanging your pans. I have a very small kitchen been trying to come up with an idea to clear out some of the cupboards and I think your idea may work!Thanks.
June 30, 2008 9:14 AM
Vintage Linen Treasures said...
What great ideas! I read through your post and kept going back to the picture to see the details. It looks wonderful! I'm guessing DH got a big kiss?Patricia :o)
June 30, 2008 7:20 PM
Domestically Inclined said...
Absolutley! :)
Originally Posted by Domestically Inclined June 30th , 2008 8:19 PM


theGracegirl said...

Lovely! Just found your blog through "Living it up in the Midwest"--who I don't really know. But I know people on her blogroll. Haha. Funny how that works. Anyway, I love your blog. Mind if I link you?

~~Deby said...

oh this is going on this weeks shopping list.

Lori said...

What a GREAT idea using the closet rack!!! What a smart husband you have. :) And I love the containers! Is that the protein powder jars?? My daughter uses that...I'll have to put a bug in her ear about the containers. :)
Don't ya just love making do with what you have??
Thanks for sharing this post!!


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