A large part of frugality is being careful about what you spend. You know, don’t waste your grocery money on Twinkies and Oreos and then say you can’t afford organic fruits and vegetables.
But an often overlooked aspect of frugality is being careful with what you already have. As our grandparents said, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Our generation is just starting to grasp this concept, but we’ve got a long way to go. Take a clue from those who lived through the Depression and the Great War, and learn to use up every last bit of everything before you throw it out.
Personally, I find it a rather fun challenge to see if I can find a new use for something that I used to just mindlessly throw away. For example, making an elegant dessert out of stale bread, or turning egg cartons into gift packaging. Or turning orange rinds into gourmet orange peel granules. Sure, you could pay $9 for someone else’s orange peel trash… or you could make your own and save your $9.
Trash into treasure. Something from nothing. It’s like you’re a magician.
The process is pretty simple. All you have to do is this:
- If your orange is not organic, wash it very carefully before peeling it.
- Peel your orange (or clementine, or tangerine) and eat it. Yum, yum!
- Take the pieces of the peel and lay them on a plate. Leave them there for about 24 hours.
- Run the dried orange peel through a coffee grinder (A clean coffee grinder, please. You don’t want coffee grinds mixed in with your dried orange zest!)
- Store in an empty spice container (see all the trash you’re turning into treasure?!)
- in simple syrup
- in homemade coffee creamer
- mixed and brewed with coffee grinds
- stirred into pancake batter
- stirred into any batter (cake, cookie, brownie, etc.)
- as a garnish
- in fruit dip
- in marinades