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Make everyday things stretch

Not sure how to make the most of everyday items? We've got 10 ways to help you do it.

It's amazing how much you can save by making everyday things stretch a little further. Here are some more easy tips to make things stretch.

Store jars upside down in the fridge Nothing sticks to the bottom of the jar, so you can get every last scrape easily. It stops things from going mouldy too!

Make a block of cheese last much longer Use a vegetable peeler to shave thin slices, rather than a knife. It's better for your waistline too.


Add a little hot water to tomato sauce or Vegemite jars and give it a good shake to get every last scrape. Add to soups or casseroles for extra taste.

Don't throw out that last bit of soap Instead, 'piggyback' it onto the new bar! Wet both pieces and press together. Or try making an everlasting hand washer - save all your soap slivers in a little fabric drawstring bag. Use the bag like a whole bar of soap and wash hands as usual, letting the water run through the fabric.


Cotton onto that extra bit Use a cotton bud to dig out and apply the last bit of lipstick.

Add water to the leftover juice from tinned fruit Then use it to make healthy ice blocks, or add a little plain gelatine to make delicious fruit jellies.

Save leftover crumbs from cereal boxes Add a handful of leftover Weetbix or like ceral to burgers and meatloaves to give flavour and stretch the meat further.


Just add water! You can stretch all sorts of things by diluting with water - they will work just as well. Try it with fruit juice, sweet chilli sauce, shampoo, conditioner, liquid hand soap - the list goes on.

Eat 'rubber' chicken! Enjoy a roast chicken as usual, then use leftovers to make a pie, a stir-fry or sandwiches for lunch. But don't throw out the carcass - do what our mothers did and put it in a pot with some vegies to make soup or chicken stock. You've made three meals from one chicken - easy!

Cut off the end of the toothpaste tube So that you will give you many more uses before you throw the tube away. This works for all moisturiser, foundation or anything which comes in a tube.


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