Cash Strapped Solutions

In Todays Economic Climate

When every thing is getting expensive and we really have to tighten our belts. This is not only temporary, or even localised, it is all around us, at home and abroad.

This is not only affecting the poor, but also the top billionaires, have shuffled around and have lost their top spots as others have moved up because of where their major portfolio holdings are in the sea of commodities, stocks, bonds etc.

Yet somehow, it is very comforting to know, that even the Super Rich, are feeling some sort of pinch in this economic crunch.

Maybe they have to skip the fillet at least once a weak.

Some Methods of Savings

  1. DON'T waste money on expensive ipods. Simply think of your favourite tune and hum it. If you want to "switch tracks", simply think of another song you like and hum that instead.
  2. DON'T waste money on expensive paper shredders to avoid having your identity stolen. Simply place a few dog turds in the bin bags along with your old bank statements.
  3. SAVE money on expensive personalised car number plates by changing your name to match your existing plate. - Mr. KVL 741 GP , this is a South African number plate for the Guateng Province.
  4. DON'T waste money buying expensive binoculars; simply stand closer to the object you wish to view.
  5. SAVE electricity by turning off all the lights in your house and walking around wearing a miner's hat.
  6. HOUSEWIVES, the best way to get two bottles of washing-up liquid for the price of one is by putting one in your shopping trolley and the other in your coat pocket.
  7. OLD telephone directories make ideal personal address books, simply cross out the names and address of people you don't know.
  8. SAVE on booze by drinking cold tea instead of whisky. The following morning you can create the effects of a hangover by drinking a thimble full of washing up liquid and banging your head repeatedly on the wall.
  9. CAN'T afford contact lenses? Simply cut out small circles of cling film and press them into your eyes.
  10. MAKE your own inexpensive mints by leaving blobs of toothpaste to dry on a window sill. Use striped toothpaste to make humbugs.
  11. SHOPPERS, when buying oranges, get more for your money by peeling them before taking them to the counter to be weighed.
  12. Take advantage of the one months free trial at the local fitness centres, dont shower or shave at home just use their fascilities, saves soup hot water and water, in some cases even the soup is provided.
  13. Eat with your parents often as you can, try not be too obvious
  14. Carry your own teabags and order hot water and a slice of lemon, at the coffee shops, shake your teabag in it until it has just started to release the tea. Use their sugar or sweatener.
  15. After removing the teabag from the above mentioned cup place in a tupperware container, will last for at leasts ten cups.

 

Some other More Serious and better Methods of Savings

Household Electricity

Over 40% of your electricity bill is used to run your geyser, so it is one of the first genuine savings area to look at, when trying to reduce your overall running costs.

  1. Switch geyser off during the day, if you do your ablutions in the morning or switch off during night if your ablutions are done at night.
  2. Use your washing machine and dish washer, connect only to the cold water inlet. Reduces the drain of water from the geyser.
  3. Shower more often, uses +/- 25% less hot water than the average bath.

Further savings can be achieved by using your stove correctly and as little as possible.

  1. Use an electric slow cooker for casserole and stews.
  2. Make use of Pressure cookers, quicker.
  3. Do not use the oven for toasting doing the morning toast, use the toaster.
  4. Do not put a large pot on a small stove plate, it makes for inefficient usage of electricity.
  5. When you need to make pasta or rice on the stove boil the water in the kettle then transfer it to the stove, the cooking time for pasta and rice is then greatly reduced, hey this also applies to potatoes as well.

Reflections in a coffee cup - look closely
Reflections in a coffee cup - look closely
When the rain comes - a Typical Highveld thunderstorm.
When the rain comes - a Typical Highveld thunderstorm.

Reflections From A Coffee Cup

 This day has dawned

Tom Foolery

Runs rampant

his pranks and practises

Range far and wide

His practices

spread to

news

to practical

pranks

and ingenious schemes

 

So If C. Lion

leaves a message

The local zoos are

constantly pestered

Urban legends

are born today

 

Ponte building

a Cmax Prison

 

Underwater Casino

on the Vaal

 

Table Mountain

hollowed out

to form Cavern hotel

 

Me streaking through

later on

to pick you up

A grandly day

avoid the

Ship of Fools

 

Do not sail away.

 

Comment on the recent heavy rain falls

The clouds

a muted smokey

steely grey

a sombre blanket

on a line

drip

drip

dripping

onto

the sodden

earth below.

Tis raining

the life giving

waters that

feed our rivers

have

washed our roads

have swept away

cars

shacks.

And on the lighter side

I  kid you not...


New Wine  for Seniors 

California  vintners in the Napa Valley area, which primarily produce Pinot  Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new  hybrid grape that acts as an

 
anti-diuretic! 



It is expected  to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the  bathroom during the night. 

The new  wine will be marketed as





PINO  MORE
 


I  HEARD IT
 


THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE 
  


I  just could not help it.




  
 


  





 


 

 

 

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Comments 24 comments

G-Ma Johnson profile image

G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

LMAO that was a good one my dear...Thanks for the smiles..G-Ma :O) Hugs


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ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

Yes, those are good. simpyl cross out the manes you do not know in the phone book..LOL.. I actually did try #2 using moldy or old food. 4 is great too.


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

G-Ma, Glad you can raise a smile, as they say

When you smile - every body then wonders what you have been up to!

Ocbill, Glad you enjoyed them.

Thanks for the comments.


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jajeisan5892 7 years ago from Los Angeles

i enjoyed your hub.


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks jajeisan5892


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I've got to find a miner's hat now :)


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Travis Pyle 7 years ago from Vineland, New Jersey

heyy there is a coffee cup i love coffee yum


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

The miner's hat, works wonders. LOL Thatnks for the comment RGraf.

If one is being reflective, there is nothing better than a cup of coffee.


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Karen Ellis 7 years ago from Central Oregon

Hi Rodney,

Stopped by to say hello. You have given me my laught for the day.


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Karen Hi how are you keepingglad that I could give you a laugh.


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Juliet Christie 7 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

Appreciate these tips along with the laughs


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Juliet,

Glad that you appreciate this hub, I enjoy putting them together.

Thanks for the comment


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santoion 7 years ago

Very good hub.Thank You !


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Karen Ellis 7 years ago from Central Oregon

Hi Rodney,

I was walking around last night, wearing my minor's hat (humming my favorite tunes - no Ipod) when I saw somthing moving outside of the window. As per your suggestion, I didn't get any binoculars, so I went to get closer to see what it was. Oooo! Large furry brown bear. This note comes to you from the great beyond...I believe I was a tasty treat. LOL


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Karen, as I am the author of the hub that caused this most tragic and unexpected demise, I feel that I am to part, moraly to blame, however the lawyers have advised me to stay quiet and not accept liability.

So like all the super hereos on WWW, WWE, ECW why did you not just pull a foul and kick the hell out of the brown bear, I saw a you tube of it where you aim your kick right into his ..... parts and jis eyes water and they cannot see,

LOL great to have your delightful comment


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Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

jut rodney, Great tips, loved the one about using dog turds to get rid of c cards. People would have to think twice about checking that out. Gee I feel sorry for some of the cops when they have to go through peoples rubbish for evidence at times. thanks for great hub


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks Eileen, yes there is always a hint of truth in humour, as to the cops, well it is a tough job but someone has to do it.

Thanks for stopping by.


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sheryld30 7 years ago from California

Very informative. Thank you so much for sharing!! :)


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks for enjoying this hub sheryld30, I do try.


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Karen Ellis 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Hi Rodney,

Just stopped by to say hello. You need to get busy and write us another entertaining article. Hope all is well with you.


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Hi Karen, after the festivities have died down I may be able to write something, as to the tone of it will have to be in the lap of the gods, when my fingers poke and hunt, hunt and poke their way through the keyboard about 5 minutes behind the current thought.

Have a great New Year and will do that hub.


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Karen will do soon


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I tend to be a very frugal guy. Some might call that cheap. The term I really prefer is thrifty. One of my aunts always used to accuse me of living in the dark, so the miner's hat idea struck a funny cord with me. Gosh, it would have been such a great comeback.

"Yeah, but I wear a miner's hat." That would have been one eye-rolling that would have sent her eyeballs rolling right out their sockets. :)


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Just_Rodney 6 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City Author

Thanks for the comments Springboard, glad that I could make a contribution, on the lighter side of life.

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