Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tightwad Tuesday

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.


Mrs. Parunak said...

Hey, cool idea. I've never heard this one before. I'm with you on the powdered milk thing--really awful.

Mary @Raising 4 Godly Men said...

Not only is powdered milk...yucky it doesn't save you any money in Canada.( I really don't know if it does still in the states any more) I did the math. [0=

But...diluting with water IS cheaper ! [0= I dilute in my baking but I need to take it to the next step with drinking. [0=

I sure do hope you keep sharing. Don't worry about being original just share what you do that saves you money.( that is what I do,
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Congratulations on having a new little one on the way ! (((HUGS)))

Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC
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Tina said...

Hi Kim! So glad you posted! Its been a very long time. Congrats on the baby! How wonderful. My mom use to water the milk down and also do the powedered milk...I have to admit I just can't do it! I hated it growing up. So I cut back in other areas. We really do not use much milk. ( allergies ) But cheese...now there is a food I need to find a cheap source for!

Lori said...

So clever! I never heard of this before, and I'm pretty tight! Thanks. :)