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This old dog is definately trying to learn some new tricks! You would think that after more years than I care to count and 6 kids I would have learned about all there is to know about housekeeping and saving money but I find every day if I am willing to examine my ways and change some things it can be a BIG help and am also definately acknowledging that I most certainly DO NOT know it all.
Case in point, I have always kept all my glasses together in the cabinet nearest the refrigerator as that is where we use them most often. I still have 2 teens at home and my monthly bill for milk and juice approaches the GNP of a small 3rd world nation! I try to limit soda etc in the interest of health and preach drinking water until I get the nag, nag. nag eyeroll every time it is mentioned. Not too long ago had one of those DUH! moments. Most modern glasses hold 12-20 oz which is actually at least twice what a recommended serving of milk or Juice is. You are hard pressed to find a glass that holds 6-8 oz like my mother always served juice and milk in. While cleaning out her old home I came accross a bunch of tupperware 8 oz glasses and juice glasses by the dozen.
Teens are genetically lazy and will grab the biggest of any container at hand and fill it to the brim regardless of size, but will not walk 3 steps to find a different container. DUH! I moved all the big glasses and bowls to a cabinet on the far side of the kitchen and filled the one by refrig. with small cereal bowls and 8 oz glasses. I received some grumbles but told them sweetly if that wasn't enough they could always come back for seconds. Result is a 1/3 to 1/2 reduction in the consumption of expensive milk, juice and cereal. They will grab what is at hand and run back to their video game or movie and get absorbed in what they are doing and forget about seconds. It also means when the 3-10yr old set of Grands is over I am not constanly nagging about them pouring 16 oz of juice, drinking 6 oz, and sitting the rest down to get knocked over on my coffee table or floor;.
Another "new" idea is simply how I put dishes in the drain rack. Plates and nice wide, flat soup/salad bowls fit very nicely in the holders of a drain rack but deeper bowls do not and I was constantly coming back to find the bowls had slipped out and instead of drying were holding a puddle of water in the bottom. DUH! Instead of placing my plates all lined up like little soldiers I leave a space between 2 plates the size of my deeper bowls, this holds them in place and allows me to place 2 or 3 side by side and I come back to dry bowls.
Who else here has had some of these DUH! moments to share with the rest of us. Sometimes the simpliest "tricks" are something the rest of us never thought of and if it saves me time, money, or aggravation, I'm all ears!