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Repurpose household, grocery items to save cash

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webmaster | 04/11/12

Inspired by an Extreme Couponer featured on the so-named TLC show who said everything in her stockpile had two uses, I set out to find multiple uses for my own household products.

The Extreme Couponer used toothpaste on her teeth — and on her walls as a household cleaner. She spread mayonnaise on her sandwiches — and on her hair as a conditioner.

After some Internet research and conducting my own inhome trials, I’ve compiled a top five list of creative ways to replace expensive cleaners and grocery items, or use common items for different purposes.

1. Never buy Pam again

At $3 to $4 for a 6-ounce can, Pam cooking spray is a costly grocery staple when you realize you can buy a 48-ounce bottle of canola oil for the same price. Make your own Pam by putting canola or olive oil into a glass or stainless steel spray bottle. I found 10-ounce glass spray bottles made for oils and vinegar for $5.95 online at


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