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Eight Ways to Pinch Pennies: Start with a Chipboard Mouse Pad

Updated on September 28, 2012

Why do people always use the number "10" in describing the best, worst, and sundry other things? Is it because we normally have 10 fingers? Well, I only have eight (as well as two thumbs), so I think I'll only list the 8 best suggestions for saving a few pennies. Besides, eight is all I could think of at the moment.

So here are eight ways to save pennies - if you're a penny-pincher - and to make life a little bit easier. I probably don't save that much, but these days, a little is a lot.

1) If you're a guy, cease to buy shaving cream. Buy a pump bottle of hand soap and put it by the bathroom sink. One squirt of this, after you shower, will quickly cover your face, and provide more lubrication than typical shaving cream from a can.

2) Don't buy toothpaste that has a humongous cap system, like the one pictured at the top of this hub. Halfway through the tube, it starts getting hard to squeeze out more toothpaste. A little further, and you need to become an engineer to extract the rest of the toothpaste. The tendency is to just throw it away and buy another. This type of behavior helps the toothpaste manufacturers to buy their recreational vehicles with increased frequency.

3) Cut back on needless excess. For example, when you use toothpaste, use half the blob you've used before. This way, you've just cut your toothpaste purchases in half. Try to buy bathroom tissue with not so much quilting. You're buying a lot of air with that kind of tissue. When you prepare food, make enough to barely serve the stomachs awaiting you. Leftovers are often thrown out. If your consumers are still hungry, have some salad or vegetables handy. If they're hungry enough, they'll eat it, especially if it's sitting under their noses and decorated with love. There are recipes on the internet for amazing dishes comprised of cauliflower and broccoli, etc. Salad and veggies reduce hunger in just a few minutes after eating them, and your food-dependents will not consume so much ice cream or expensive dessert.

An exta boost in saving money as far as veggies go, you will prevent obesity, and thus save on doctor bills and medications.

4) To get rid of pesky moles that occasionally flare up, don't go to a doctor. Apply a drop of grapefruit seed extract a few times a day. It may itch and burn a little, but after a week or two, it should begin to fall off. Poof! You've just save 500 dollars on your mole-removing bill. Disclaimer (the part that's spoken 90 miles an hour at the end of some commercials): Proceed at your own risk. By using this system, you agree not to hold Sambo Rambo or any person represented by that name responsible for any problem arising from such action. Sambo is not the final authority, and is only suggesting something, if you're willing to take the risk in using this system. (End of Disclaimer.) Grapefruit seed extract is also excellent in fighting off a cold. When you feel the first symptoms, put three or four drops in your beverage. Prepare for it to taste nasty. Hey, I said "save," not "sweet."

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5) The ideal mousepad is a sheet of chipboard - the kind of thing you find at the end of a pad of scratch paper, or a receipt book. You can buy it at a paper store. Chip board helps the mouse to move smoothy, while at the same, cleaning it off. Your mouse will never again collect oil, grease and dirt on the underside. Just tape the chipboard to your desk, and it's already installed and ready to go to town. In time, the bottom ridges of the mouse may wear down, but by that time, it will probably be time to buy a new mouse. And it will be worth it, because you never have to clean it again, and you won't be bothered by that grating sound, caused by by collection of garbage and grit when chipboard isn't used.

6) To clean between the keys of your computer keyboard, use either a piece of Post-It note, or a piece of tape. Put the edge of the Post-It note that has the glue between the keys, and slide it sideways. You'll be amazed at what you'll pick up. To use regular tape, attach a piece of tape along the edge of a sheet of paper, letting half of it hang off the edge. Then, do your sliding job between the keys.

7) Don't throw away your old computers. The circuit boards inside most likely have gold in them. Take the circuit boards to a precious metals recycling center.

8) Turn down the heat in your house, and wear sweaters and coats.

Well, there you have it, unless you want one to grow on: Borrow a dollar from your neighbor and tell him/her you'll pay it back on the second Tuesday of the week. Glad to help. Enjoy.


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    • BLChew profile image


      6 years ago from Northeastern Indiana

      We are always interested in how others are living a furgul lifestyle. Each of us have those special ways of saving and using items wisely. This is a great Hub.

    • BkCreative profile image


      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love a good list - so true about the gold in keyboards - every little bit ads up. I really need to do that number 6 and clean between the keys on my keyboard - that is so great. As soon as I come across those post-its.

      Thanks for this list! So great and rated up and more. Yay!

    • Mr Tindle profile image

      Mr Tindle 

      7 years ago


      Great hub, you point out some useful ideas for saving money. I have alos written a few hubs were used numbers besides 10 :). I'll be following your work from now on and thanks again for the savings ideas. Voted up!


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