Nifty n' Thrifty

Hosted by Mary Lee
Group active since Sun, Apr 28, 2013

Hello and Welcome to, Nifty n' Thrifty !
This group was started for us to share affordable clever ideas whether it pertains to cooking , party planning, gardening, crafts, bargain hunting , helpful hints, decorating / remodeling projects, for those of us on a limited budget. If you're like me, I love to save a buck or two, three is even better : ) .... l love creative and inexpensive ideas. Please join in and share yours with us. We'd love to hear them. Product recalls are welcomed also.

Ask a question or share an idea .., "All" are welcomed.

Thank you for joining ! Enjoy and have fun !

P.S Since we all have different likes , thoughts and ideas ... I would suggest if there is a post made that doesn't strike your fancy it would probably be best to just pass over it ... doing it this way everyone remains "friends and a happy group" : ) Thanks !!

Valeree Dunbar
Sep 19, 2016

Unshrink Wool????

I'm sure most of you have done the awful deed where you accidently put your wool sweater in the dryer by mistake only to find that it will only fit your young child now. I just saw this idea online and wondered if anyone had ever heard of doing this or has tried it. I haven't but it is worth a try.

To unshrink your fine wools follow this idea.
Mix a solution of one gallon lukewarm water and two tablespoons baby shampoo. Soak the shrunken garment for about ten minutes. Now the important part: Don’t rinse! Simply blot out all the excess water with a dry towel and very gently lay it flat on a fresh towel. Reshape slowly and carefully stretch it back to its original size. Dry out of direct sunlight or heat. This tip comes from the Wool Bureau who verifies this technique will work provided the fibers have not become permanently damaged.

Valeree Dunbar
Aug 10, 2016

New Uses for dryer sheets

Pests: dryer sheets will repel both spiders and flies. Keep a few extra sheets in clothes hampers and around the laundry area and you can kiss all those spiders goodbye.

BURNT PAN. Fill that icky casserole pan with warm water and lay a dryer sheet flat on top to soak overnight. In the morning, the baked-on gunk will have either floated off or be loose enough to scrape off easily with a spatula.

TISSUE ROLL. Roll up a dryer sheet and stuff it inside the paper roll. Each time you spin, it releases a little freshness into your bathroom.

BLINDS. Wipe down your blinds with a dryer sheet to prevent static electricity and to keep dust from collecting.


Rose Mary Mogan
Jun 25, 2016

Did you know?

If a recipe calls for SUPER FINE SUGAR, and you are out, that you can process regular sugar in a blender.

Also if a recipe calls for fresh herbs and you only have dried, use HALF of the amount called for in the recipe, as the dried are more concentrated.

Valeree Dunbar
Jun 23, 2016

Easy Way to Measure honey or molasses

If you have a recipe that calls for honey or molasses or any other sticky substance like that, sometimes it's annoying when you measure it out and you pour it in your recipe and not all of it comes out. then you have to scrape the rest out of the measure cup. Here's an easy way to get around that. Just dip the measuring cup or measuring spoon in a bowl of very warm water before measuring. Once its warmed up, take it out and measure your ingredients. The honey or molasses will all slide right out when added to the recipe. no more scraping the measuring cup.

Valeree Dunbar
Jun 13, 2016

Club Soda for houseplants???

I discovered a tip recently on using club soda to water houseplants with instead of using water because it contains phosphates and nutrients that enrich the soil and promotes growth. Has anyone ever heard of this or even tried it. I'm curious to know if it does work.

Valeree Dunbar
May 3, 2016

Salad tip

If you are taking salad for lunch, pour the amount of dressing you will need into the bottom corner of a small plastic bag. Put a twist tie above the dressing and cut off the rest of the bag. When you are ready to eat, just snip off the corner and squeeze the dressing into your salad.

Valeree Dunbar
Apr 19, 2016

Nifty Way to Store Onions

Storing onions can be a chore in itself especially when you find that they have started to go soft or rot before you expect them to. Here's a way to store them and keep them good longer using a pair of panty hose. Yes I said, pantyhose. Onions will go bad faster if they are touching each other so just drop an onion into the toe of the leg and tie a knot. Then drop another onion in and then another tying each one until the panty leg is full and tie it off at the top. By tying off between each one, the onions are not touching another and the hose material allows air to circulate. Then just hang the onions from a hook in your pantry. Now I just cut off one onion at a time. Onions and garlic (I store them the same way) seem to last forever with this method.

OK, I'd like to revise this idea by saying that if you want to use the panty hose over and over again instead of cutting each one off, I would untie the top one and take out the onion and then untie each one as you need one. then you can use the same panty hose over again.