Good to the Last Drop: 10 Tips for Getting that Last Bit of Food

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In my post, Why You Should Finish Everything on Your Plate, I explain why scraping the last bits of food from the dish is more than just about saving money. A cleaner plate means less time picking out bits from the filters in your sink and dishwasher, and saves soap and water when washing. I don’t think we should teach kids to finish their food when they aren’t hungry, but we should train them to take a little less than they think they will eat until they get better at estimating quantities.

We deal with food remains when cooking and baking too: Bowls, measuring cups, jars and bottles with remnants of food. Here are my favorite techniques for getting that last bit into your recipe.

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The Best Little-Known Water-Saving Tip

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Sure you know that you shouldn’t let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes. And that you can reuse water. But there is one tip that you don’t see very often, and it will save you time and money.

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10 Creative Ideas for Cooking Pasta Frugally

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We love pasta around here. But the package directions, and most cookbooks, call for huge amounts of water. Boiling all that water takes time and money. The cookbooks are wrong. Here are ten creative ideas for making pasta frugally. Cook as usual, but use less water. Start with half the amount you usually use. The […]

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Cheap Ways to Stay Cool: Enjoy Water from the Tap

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The frugal website Wisebread asked readers for suggestions on staying cool in the summer without air-conditioning. Since drinking is an important part of staying cool, I’ve collected tips on saving and quenching your thirst at the same time. While purchased drinks are a dispensable part of the grocery budget for many families, there are ways to save even if you already drink only tap water.

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Festival of Frugality #213: Long-Term Planning Edition

Welcome to the 213th Edition of the Festival of Frugality. The Festival is a weekly listing of frugal posts from around the internet. For more information about hosting or submitting a post, see the website.

Thank you for visiting CookingManager.Com. I share tips and recipes for home chefs who want to save time and money in the kitchen, using fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch. I especially like to save on water, gas and electricity so be sure to check out my series on appliances. I post recipes every Wednesday. You can get new posts by email or RSS reader, or join my Facebook fan page.

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Extreme Frugality: Twenty Memories of My Mother

Wisebread wrote about her parents’ extreme frugality, leading to an  interesting discussion on the difference between being poor and frugal. When I was growing up, my parents were able to purchase good quality food, clothes and furniture. But my mother did not believe in wasting resources. Here are twenty ways my mother was frugal: Cooking […]

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