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Ah, dpression era grandmothers.

Here's my grandmother's favorite thrifty trick. Never, ever, waste bacon grease. Throw a slice of bread in the pan, soak it up and eat it. Not ready for that? Save the grease and use it on your break for an afternoon snack.

Meanwhile, her son (my dad) took maybe a shower a week, and always limited it to a few minutes. Must turn off water while soaping. Dad never smelled bad. I don't know how he did it.
I use the bacon grease to cook the sunny side up eggs.
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We catch our water as the shower is warming up in a bucket, and use to flush the toilet.
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I use this rubber coated wire sold to anchor plants, from Dollar Tree. It works great for electronics cords. It is seasonal, so I can't find the Dollar Tree link, but this is the same stuff at Ace for much more. LINK
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I do take home the unused soaps and used/unused hair products from the hotel, but not the used bar soaps.
So that's why they installed those gawdaweful dispensers of shampoo and bodywash on the walls!

I also just retired my iPhone4S bought used in 2012 for $100 and bought an SE 2020 for $25/mo, no charge for usage.

We have moved beyond many of the habits described here. We have taken Blow That Dough thread to heart. Plus the market has spoiled us.

So we only reuse ziplocks when they are almost clean anyway just to get the oder out. Love the Costco yellow cloths and wash them.
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We catch our water as the shower is warming up in a bucket, and use to flush the toilet.
Do you pour the water directly into the toilet? Or into the water tank of the toilet?
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Here's my grandmother's favorite thrifty trick. Never, ever, waste bacon grease. Throw a slice of bread in the pan, soak it up and eat it. Not ready for that? Save the grease and use it on your bread for an afternoon snack.

Part of a great British breakfast is frying both sides of the bread in the bacon grease after the eggs have been cooked. Don't knock it till you've tried it, it's absolutely delicious and comes out crispy.
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I'm not a bread eater (LCHF diet) but I've kept a can of bacon grease in the frig all my life. Easy to spoon out a little to get a skillet going for cooking just about anything. I use a strainer on top so the can holds just the grease.

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Do you pour the water directly into the toilet? Or into the water tank of the toilet?
Pouring water into the bowl will flush it.

Also, re: bacon grease, it won't use much of it, but I like dipping a teaspoon into it (just to coat it) and stirring my coffee with the spoon. It has some of the mouth feel of cream, but with a bit of salt, which some people add to their coffee to reduce the bitterness.
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Didn't everyone's grandma used to save bread wrappers and twisties ? The bread wrappers went over your socks in the winter time before you put on your bootsI thought everybody used bread bags in their boots! How else would you keep your hand me down socks dry?
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In the 80s I bought a little heavy wire frame that holds a plastic bag you get when buying something. Iíve mounted it on the inside of a cabinet everywhere Iíve lived. It has a lid so thereís no smell.
Never bought garbage bags.
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+1, the free grocery store plastic bags have been my bathroom trashcan liners for as long as I can remember. I live in California and now we have to pay 10 cents for "reusable" bags that are a little thicker. My states effort to cut down on plastic waste backfired on them when Covid19 came along and we were no longer allowed to use these reusable bags in the stores and the stores had to buy more of the cheap single use trash bags again.
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Didn't everyone's grandma used to save bread wrappers and twisties ? The bread wrappers went over your socks in the winter time before you put on your boots

I thought everybody used bread bags in their boots! How else would you keep your hand me down socks dry?
I vaguely remember bread bags in the boots!

We make our own bread and use a large ziplock bag. I have to use new so as to avoid any mold spores from a used bag. The good news is we find the bags work well as cat litter containment packages. Clean the box, and deposit the accretion disks into the ziplock, where you can trap the odor and throw away.

I suspect any of these bags would also work well for dog poop. No need to go out and buy special poop bags.
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Man, Iíve been accused of squeezing the buffalo off a nickel but I have met my match on this string! We must have scared off the OP, who hasnít been seen since. I canít throw away a twist tie or rubber band but all yíall who reuse your dental floss are on your own. 🤦🏼*♂️
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Yes, over 30 years of using the disposable grocery bags for cat litter.
When coming home from the store, the bags automatically go into a bag hanging over the washing machine. Removed as needed for any purpose. We have never NOT recycled them in some fashion.

Another little thing is that I don't think we have ever thrown out a towel. They go into a bag in the laundry room for use as rags or whatever. After use, they can easily be thrown into the washing machine for reuse. Probably saves some enormous amount that would have been spent on paper towels.
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I'm not a bread eater (LCHF diet) but I've kept a can of bacon grease in the frig all my life. Easy to spoon out a little to get a skillet going for cooking just about anything. I use a strainer on top so the can holds just the grease.
My late husband was born in 1938 and grew up very poor. Bacon grease was "seasoning" to pour over cooked vegetables. They mostly had cabbage because it was cheap. As an adult, DH refused to eat boiled cabbage.
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Heck, I did this with newspaper bags as an adult, for shoveling snow (or just walking in it)! Also comes in handy if you need to shower with a cast on.

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Here's my grandmother's favorite thrifty trick. Never, ever, waste bacon grease. Throw a slice of bread in the pan, soak it up and eat it. Not ready for that? Save the grease and use it on your bread for an afternoon snack.

Part of a great British breakfast is frying both sides of the bread in the bacon grease after the eggs have been cooked. Don't knock it till you've tried it, it's absolutely delicious and comes out crispy.
I must be cheap/thrifty since many of the tricks shared here are what we have always done.

I think that the fried eggs on bacon grease fried bread is called "Adam and Eve on a Raft". It was introduced to me by my British grandfather who served in the army in World War 1. That and bacon and stewed tomatoes ---yummm, one of my favorite breakfasts!! Old British army fare.
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+1, the free grocery store plastic bags have been my bathroom trashcan liners for as long as I can remember. I live in California and now we have to pay 10 cents for "reusable" bags that are a little thicker. My states effort to cut down on plastic waste backfired on them when Covid19 came along and we were no longer allowed to use these reusable bags in the stores and the stores had to buy more of the cheap single use trash bags again.

A few of the stores I go to are now letting customers bring their own bags again, as long as they keep the bags in the cart and pack their own groceries.
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My late husband was born in 1938 and grew up very poor. Bacon grease was "seasoning" to pour over cooked vegetables. They mostly had cabbage because it was cheap. As an adult, DH refused to eat boiled cabbage.
My heritage is N. Europe. This is true judging by my grandparents from both sides, different countries. No offense to Polish-German grandma, but I found her cabbage disgusting because of the grease.

Now my Dutch grandma made a salad that consisted of lettuce (alternately cabbage), bacon grease and soft boiled eggs. It was actually pretty darn good.
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