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Get MORE Around the House with Tony’s Pizza & Giveaway

by Nicole on March 8, 2011

If you’re a frequent Nicole’s Nickels reader you know I am all about getting MORE with what you have!

Here are some great tips from Tony’s Pizza on how to get MORE:

* 99 Days of More: One lucky winner will receive a $500 Visa gift every day – to put towards anything they want – you could put this towards your grocery bill every week for a month!

* In the Kitchen: Get inventive in the kitchen to make dinnertime both delicious and fun. Use leftover cereal as ice cream toppings. Freeze stale bread for bread pudding, croutons or bread crumbs. And schedule theme nights such as Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, or Pizza Friday to excite your family about dinner time while managing a hungry family’s expectations!

* Around the House: Think about how you can repurpose things around the house before you discard. For example, save your mint tins, to store small nick-knacks or hair ties and tissue boxes for plastic bags!

* Towards your Bills: Once a week practice a NO ELECTRICITY DAY. Don’t use TV’s, games, or computers. Enjoy board games, puzzles, books, picnics and other activities with your family. In other words, have some good old-fashioned FUN!

One of my favorite tips to get MORE is to negotiate with your creditors.  I frequently call the cable, phone and internet companies to see where I can get the best deal and then let my current company match or beat it to keep me with them.  You’ll find especially today that companies value brand loyalty and often will beat their competitor’s offer to keep me as a client!

Giveaway: What are some of your savvy household tips? The most creative response left in the commentsd will receive a full value coupon for any Tony’s Pizza product.

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1 Jenny B March 9, 2011 at 1:32 am

I think the most creative way I saved money recently was when we bought a Costco take and bake cheese pizza. I always cut the pizza in half and freeze the rest in portions for another meal or a quick individual heat and go. Well, they always put A TON of cheese on it so this time I took about half the cheese off and froze it in a little ziploc and used it later when I made homemade pizza. My husband thought I was a little nuts but we got 3 meals out of one pizza.

2 Geri March 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

A wise women told me to use the bags from inside your empty cereal boxes to keep produce in the fridge instead of the the plastic bags you get in the produce dept. Produce does lasts a lot longer, just ask my tomatoes!

3 Cheryl March 9, 2011 at 8:05 am

Use Amazon Subscribe & Save for buying diapers – pair it up with the Amazon Mom discount and the 20% off coupons in Parents magazines…you can’t beat the prices!

4 Sunnie March 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I take only my list and the coupons Iam using when I go grocery shopping so I dont do any impulse spending.

5 Anne Haun March 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I have made vinegar my best friend. I use it for everything from cleaning windows, countertops, toilets, and even add it to the laundry. Vinegar is cheap and will save you lots of money. Instead of a cupboard full of miscellaneous cleaning products that add clutter, I have a big old jug of vinegar!

6 Jennifer M March 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

When my kiddos need new clothes, I trade in their old clothes at my neighborhood consignment store and end up spending very little out of pocket. :)

7 Christy A. March 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Use coupons for everything (grocery shopping, eating out, department stores, etc.)! But aside from the obvious, I cut dryer sheets in half to get twice the use out of them.

8 Srilatha Vasikarla March 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Use coupons , check for the best deals

9 Maria T March 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm

i made a list of all the food i have in my pantry and shelf. It has name of food/number of food/if its open or not/location (specific shelf right side)/expiration date.

I take this when i go grocery shopping so I never buy multiples of what I already have :)

Hope it helps!
mtmomo09 AT gmail DOT com

10 Maria T March 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I never go shopping empty stomached…
Because when you’re empty stomached and you go grocery shopping you always tend to buy more grocery or eat out!!

Hope this helps :)

mtmomo09 AT gmail DOT com

11 The Happy Wife/Danielle March 10, 2011 at 3:51 am

I hate wasting water so we have begun to keep a bucket in the bathroom. When we turn the bath or shower on, the bucket goes under the faucet,we set the wand shower head in it, and let the colder water run into it. That water is then used to water plants, fill pets water dishes, soaking a stain, or whatever other use we might have for water that day. It cuts down on our water bill and is good for the environment :)

12 Will March 10, 2011 at 8:58 am

I wash clothes in cold water to save money, it is just as effective and better for the environment (and my pocketbook!)

13 Carol March 10, 2011 at 9:23 am

When my girls grow out of pants, I turn them into shorts. I keep the scraps of material to make dish cloths, doilies or napkins. My girls end up with a new outfit and I end up new decor!

14 Marcie March 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

In these tough times, we have found great ways of saving by opening our home to our neighbors. We regularly host potluck dinners and clothing swaps, and have begun to barter–I recently traded a weeks worth of dinners for landscaping services. These have added up to big savings and it’s been a great way to connect with the community!

15 Briana S. March 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

In the summer, I “blow dry” my hair with the fans that we already have running during the day. It saves energy because we were already running the fans anyway and it feels better than a blow dryer would on a hot summer day. Not only that, but it makes my hair extremely smooth and does a lot less damage than a hair dryer would.
Also in my house, we make our own salmon patties using home-made low-carb breadcrumbs and purchasing BumbleBee salmon pouches. We purchase Arnold’s brand Low-Carb bread, freeze it, and crumble it up. Then we take the salmon out of the pouch, ball it up, dip it in the generic form of Egg Beaters, and roll it in the breadcrumbs and chopped up spinach, and put it on a pan on the stove on the medium to high-setting, flattening it out as it goes. It’s a high protein, low-fat, low-carb, not to mention inexpensive meal that my whole family loves.

16 Carol A. March 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Cleaning tip – (it really works!) Rub glass shower doors with a white vinegar dampened sponge to remove soap residue. No need to buy expensive cleaners and it keeps your house “green”.
Saving while shopping – I find a coupon for anything and everything (usually via the internet). The internet is a very valuable source to save money.
Household tip – Another savvy tip, combine all of your insurance policies with one company. You can save hundreds of dollars each year!

17 kelly holmes March 11, 2011 at 5:33 am

I read earlier that someone made vinegar her best friend..I agree, it’s a wonder for household uses. Another extremely inexpensive cleaner is rubbing alcohol! I have a little pump spray right on the alcohol bottle, it is the best darn stainless steel cleaner you will find! Takes smudges right off my refrigerator and leaves it sparkling like new.

18 Alycia E March 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

My tip is that if you get rust on your counter (from cast iron skillets). I used W-D 40 to get it off, Works like a charm.

19 bonita12 March 13, 2011 at 7:21 am

I have been putting leftover coffee in the fridge for an iced coffee later in the day.

20 Patti March 13, 2011 at 8:55 am

I live in senior housing. First I make gift bags out of the colored sections of the newspaper (glue the paper (the comics work especially well) onto cereal boxes (cut to size) to make them stiff). Then I have a shredder that I make available to my neighbors to shred the colored sections of the newspaper. This then becomes a filler for the many gift bags we use, plus it matches the outside of the bag. It’s a wonderful way to recycle.

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