Hey! Look at me, I finally have something to add to Mary's weekly event! I lurk over at Tightwad Tuesday regularly, however, even though I am very cheap I don't often have anything original to offer. In fact, this idea may be a re-hashed one for frugal experts - but it is one that I have had to go back to using recently.
The price of milk has threatened on many occasions to bulge my budget and I really do not like powdered milk. Yes, I know the use of powdered milk is extolled by many a frugal housewife. It has been tried in my house and failed miserably. Lately, with the price of milk going up (yet again!), I have gone back to using a old method to skimp and save. Water.
No, not replace the milk with water. I buy 2% milk (in Canada in comes in bags, each bag holding 1 and 1/3 litres), then pour one bag into a 2 litre jug. The remainder of the jug is filled with water - i.e. giving me 2 litres of milk from 1 and 1/3 litres. The taste is similar, if not the same, as the 1% milk I usually buy. This is a method in which my family has not noticed any difference whether drinking the milk straight or in use for cooking and baking.
Just as a side note, the watered down milk also works with my kefir grains, too. If I could get my family to drink kefir alone - well, I won't hold my breath for that one!
More Tightwad Tuesday is over at Mary's site. Hopefully there will be other ideas that I can share in the future weeks.