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In an effort to actually organize this blog, for the time being, I’m going to have designated days to write about specific things that interest me or that I do and want to share or areas of frugality that I want or need to learn more about. Hence, the Frugal Wednesday title 😉 Each Wednesday, I’ll post something related to frugality, be it family budgeting, couponing, shopping tips and tricks, household tips and tricks, or even ethical or moral issues that come up while surfing the frugal wave.

For today, and then periodically on Wednesdays in the future, I’ll pick a letter of the alphabet and find something most people have around the house and list five alternative uses for it. Because really, if I can do at least five different jobs with one item, I’m saving valuable real estate in my cupboards and drawers and keeping the money in my pocket, buying one item instead of five!

A to Z tips and tricks with everyday household items

Aluminum foil

1. Soften brown sugar – wrap a rock-hard lump of brown sugar in aluminum foil and bake it at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes.
2. Polish your silver – Ion molecular reaction will shine it right up. Line a pan with a sheet of foil, fill it with cold water and add two teaspoons of salt. Let tarnished silverware sit in the solution for two to three minutes then rinse and dry off.
3. Scrub your pots – out of SOS pads? No problem. Crumple up a handful of aluminum foil and scrub away the grime!
4. Sharpen your scissors – use any leftover foil that is otherwise headed for the Blue Box . Smooth out and fold into several layers and start cutting. Seven or eight passes should sharpen your scissors right up.
5. Fix loose batteries – place as thick of a piece of foil as needed between the battery and a ‘relaxed’ spring to help tighten up the connection again.

What, other than covering food in the oven or wrapping up leftovers, do you use aluminum foil for?

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