Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Using It All - No Spend Day

 
Keeping your spending as low as possible means using up every last little bit of all things that you buy.  I learnt years ago that squeezing tubes until you thought they were empty was not the way to get every bit of the product inside them out.
 
This particular tube of hand cream had been squeezed in every direction until it was giving me nothing for all my efforts.  So I did what I always do and chopped it in half.  The cream that was stuck to the top half was scraped out with my finger and nail and deposited into the bottom half, where it joined a good couple of spoonfuls of hand cream that had been determined not to head for the hole in the bottom.

 
Now I have a couple of days worth of hand cream to keep me going until I head for the cupboard and a replacement tube.

 
And to keep it fresh and stop it drying out I simply use the cut off half as a top.  It slides on easily after each time I use the hand cream. 
 
And yes, I am using a lot of hand cream at the moment.  With Mavis, erm how shall I say it .... throwing off her worm load every time she goes to the toilet, I need to be even more fastidious than usual to keep both me and the other dogs healthy and happy, so lots of hand washing is going on at the moment.

 
As I type this the scene at my feet is this one.  Rosy is curled up on our bed, on top of the day quilt away from the madness of the puppy and our returning confused little doggy.  Suky takes it all in her stride and the rhythmic sound of her contented snores calm the other two down and make for a peaceful hour.
 
 
Mavis last night, settled by the Aga in her old bed, starting to feel loved again I hope.
 
Sue xx
 

22 comments:

  1. Mavis already looks so much better, which is very pleasing.
    I cut my tubes to get the last drops out, and hubby laughs at me when I buy a new bottle of anything I will turn the 'empty' one upside down and let the last contents drop into the new bottle.

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    1. Snap!! Any unexplained thuds in this house are the sounds of an upended bottle falling over when the last dregs have drained into the new one.

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  2. I always do that too and am still using a finished lipstick many months later by getting the half inch of remaining lippy out with a lip brush.

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  3. Such a good idea yet I've never thought of it! Pranet head or what!

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    1. Once you know something it seems so obvious. The using the bottom as a lid was only picked up by me a couple of years ago, whereas I have always been surrounded by half cut tubes!!

      I only hope I don't bore those that have read my tips before over the course of this month. But it's always worth repeating this sort of tip for those that haven't seen or heard of it before.

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  4. I do that with my tubes too. It's amazing how much more you get out when you think it is empty. It's lovely to see Mavis settling back in. Bless her.

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  5. I always do that with tubes but did not think to put the other half on top. Thanks Sue!
    So pleased to see Mavis is settling home again.

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  6. I've always done that as well with all of our tubes and hair gel (back when I used to go out)!
    Shows I was tight I was even as a teenager!

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  7. I do this with all tubes and bottles get tipped upside down and rinsed sepecially shampoo and conditioner.

    Good to see Mavis looking a bit happier today. X

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  8. I cut the hand cream tube open too and secure it with a couple of wooden clothes pegs. To get the last of the hand wash out of the bottle I add a little cold water. When the very last bit won't come out using the pump, I remove the pump and pour it on to my hands. When the laundry liquid is almost finished I add a little water, give it a swirl and leave it upside down in the soap drawer of the washing machine for a while. Our shampoo is kept upside down in the shower which saves money on the shower water while you would otherwise wait for the shampoo to come out of the bottle if it was kept up the right way, especially when there isn't much left in it.

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  9. I use the tail ends of cremes that didn't work out for some reasons ( maybe samples that didn't agree with my face or were to oily) on my feet once I get into bed at night. I learned the hard way that some cremes with Shea Butter will stain white sheets. Oh well, my feet are soft! Sandy

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  10. Aww little Mavis, such a sweetie. We've had a lot of stories of dog snatching in our area, they even tried to steal someones dog while they popped in to fetch a paper.................may Karma find them all x

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  11. Please keep posting Mavis updates, I just lurv that little doggie.

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    1. I will, it's a good way for me to monitor her progress each day. Already she is starting to look a little bit more comfortable, the poor little thing was walking around like a cow that needed to be milked :-(

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  12. I always keep my little empty jars of moisturizer to put in the last bits of tubes. And like others I add some water to shampoo and washing-up liquid bottles to use the full contents.

    Lovely to see Mavis back at your place. How is she reacting to the other dogs and vice versa?

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    1. The dogs have all settled in well together. Ginger the cat is keeping out of the way a bit in the house but is joining us for walks around the paddock. We expect a lot from our animals, ie. family members don't bite or be nasty to any other family members, be they dogs, cats or chickens ..... and they usually oblige.

      And of course it's musical beds as usual .... and where we leave them at night is rarely where we find them in the morning. :-)

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  13. Mavis looks better already you can see in her eyes she is happier.

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  14. Mavis looks a touch wary but as you say beginning to relax, how did she react to finding a "baby" in the house after her experience.

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    1. She responded very well, they are both bouncy little dogs. Charley is being very good and doing as she is told leaving Mavis in peace when she is sleeping and not climbing all over her like she does with the others. The strangest thing is having a puppy that I can trust off the lead with the door open and Mavis who needs a lead on at all times if there is an escape route.

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  15. Happy families!
    Looks like lots of us do the tube thing and also turn bottles upside down to get the last drop of its' contents!
    One thing I've started doing is saving the bottom end of celery, rooting it in water, then popping it in the raised bed. I've got three growing in there at the moment, all growing strong. It might seem like a lot of faffing about but, they provide a few stalks for soups/stocks etc, especially when I've forgotten to buy some.

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    1. Brilliant idea and one which I've not tried yet, I will have to give this a go, thanks.

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