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Posted By Sharon

Well it's Friday and I have a full weekend ahead of me again so you're getting 3 Frugal Tips to use over the weekend!

Frugal Tip 15:  Flash Freezing! When I find a food item on sale or have leftovers that I'm not going to be using immediately I flash freeze them in individual portions.  Meats are so much easier to handle when you lay them out individually on a pizza pan, freeze them and then bag them.  When ready for use, all you need to do is take out the number of servings you need.  The same for bananas that are over ripe.  Cut them into 1" pieces, freeze & bag them, then take out the amount you need for smoothies or quick breads.  This has saved me so much time and money in the long run.

Frugal Tip 16:  Make Your Own Butter.  Did you know you can use a pint jar, fill it half way with milk (2% even works) or heavy cream and make butter?  Fill the jar 1/2 way, put the lid on and start shaking.  It will take about 10-15 minutes but when you're finished, you will have butter.  Once it's the right consistency, you can add a little salt if you like!  When I was in children's ministry, I used this as an illustration about when we get 'knocked' around in life, it changes us and makes us stronger.  With the help of God, we don't have to go through those 'knocks' alone. :-) Another lesson could be 'good things come to those who wait'.  10-15 minutes may not seem long but when you're doing the shaking, your arms can get tired.  This is also a fun way to involve your kids!

Frugal Tip 17:  Make Your Own Cake Stand.  I'm constantly seeing mismatched  glassware  and dishes in thriftstores for pennies on the dollar.  Why not make your own unique cake stand out of the menagerie? Turn the glass (stemware would be beautiful) upside down and super glue or use a strong craft glue to glue the plate to it. Let it dry for a few hours! You now have a unique, inexpensive cake stand.  You could do one for each season or holiday!  The possibilities are endless!

Have a wonderful weekend! God loves you so much He sent the best Valentine Ever....Jesus!


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