This Ain't Gonna Make You Rich, But...

January 4, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

The temps have been up for two days! At right around 40 degrees, I have been able to fill the horse troughs a LOT easier. Using a hose instead of hauling buckets of water from my kitchen sink is sooooo much better. Not saying I got tired Tuesday, but at one point I honestly contemplated if I could bring them into the kitchen one at a time to let them drink from the faucet! Then I realized what a mess their 'hoof prints' would make, so reality won out, and I went back to hauling water in buckets.

Okay, on to a little tip I learned from the Tightwad Gazette back in the day. Someone wrote Amy and told how he kept from wasting deodorant. I tried it, and while it won't save you tons of money, it does help prevent waste, and if you are patient, you will save a little bit of money in the long run. The reason I am sharing is so that hopefully you can see this and it will at least get you thinking about all the little things that you can do to prevent waste.

My son and the Redneck both use Old Spice deodorant, the gel type. It's inexpensive, smells good and it works. When the product gets to where it's hard to get anything out, I put the container into a box and save it with the others that are too far gone to use.

After I have a few saved up (I usually do this with a lot more containers than this--but I was bored and wanted something to do), I get them out and start taking the little plastic piece that makes the gel rise in the container. They usually pop right out with no problem. 

I take a small knife and peel the remaining gel off, and I poke through the little holes in the plastic piece. 

I put all the little gel pieces into a glass measuring cup or small microwave safe bowl, and then zap them for about 10 seconds until they liquefy.

I then pour the liquid carefully into one intact leftover container and allow it to cool and solidify. I then pop the lid on it and put it in the bathroom cupboard to wait until I have more to add to it. Yes, it takes time to save up a lot of containers, but it takes less than 5 minutes to do this whole process. I do this a couple of times a year, and I end up with a full container. 

Silly? Maybe, but I do it as one small part of my Thriftology practice. It's a simple task that always reminds me to not allow waste in ANY area of my life, whether it's deodorant, food, time or money. I base a lot of what I do on the scripture John 6:12, where Jesus had just fed the five thousand with a couple of bread and some fish. 

"When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."

In my own opinion, while Jesus could have easily made more food, he knew that waste, even in the face of plenty, was a sign of laziness of character and spirit. Anytime we are wasteful, it affects others. (I like to think that all that food that was gathered up was delivered to the poor of the area.) 

So, while you don't have to do this particular activity at your house, try taking a look around to see where you can 'gather up the fragments'. Maybe you can use leftover bread for making dressing, have a container in the fridge for bits of leftover veggies and meat to eventually turn into a soup, or add a little apple cider vinegar to almost empty jars of ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, etc, and pour it into what's called a 'drippins jar' in the fridge. I use the resulting concoction to marinate meat in before cooking. Even using empty coffee cans for canisters or making a crazy quilt from odd shaped cloth scraps is a form of 'fragment gathering.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018


  1. Love it! I'm always scraping and squeezing out the last of the toothpaste!

    1. Me too! And adding water to shampoo and conditioner to get the last little bit out of the bottle.

  2. Great idea! I always want to use the last drop.

    1. I know, cause the more you can squeeze out of a product, the longer you can go without spending money for a new one.


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