Buy Sample-Size Cosmetics for Get Them For Free

I am always reading reviews on many different types of cosmetics, anti-aging products, but not sure which ones will work for me.

Instead of buying the regular-sized product at a store, I scour the internet for free samples, first. If none are available, I go on eBay and Amazon to see if someone is selling a small size of the product for a few dollars.

Once I get the product, I try it out. If it works well and I like it, I buy a larger size. If I don’t like the product, I just throw out the sample size and don’t feel guilty since I spent almost nothing on it.  It also helps keep my bathroom clutter-free!

Be Famous for Something Cheap

Don’t become famous for something expensive. Become famous for something cheap!

A cheesecake can cost in the $10 range to make for a potluck or other get-together. Homemade rolls or a pasta salad can be made for a fraction of that price and are just as good.

I became “famous” for hard rolls. I purchase bulk yeast and flour on sale. I can make 16 hard rolls for $0.40!

And, everyone thinks that I am an amazing cook because I make homemade rolls!


MabelMartha’s Famous Rolls

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 (.25 oz) packages yeast (or one tablespoon)
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt
  1. Add yeast to water and sugar. Let sit until foamy. Add the yeast mixture to 5 cups of the flour. Beat until thoroughly combined. I like a wooden spoon for this. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour on the dough and need until smooth and shiny. Repeat until all flour is used. You may need more liquid. If so, add room temperature water 1 teaspoon at a time. Lightly oil the dough ball and place in a large bowl.
  2. Let the dough rise in a warm place until dough doubles. Punch the dough down and knead again. Let rise a second time. Punch dough down again.
  3. Preheat oven to 375° F. Divide dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball. Place on a greased or non-stick baking sheet. Let rise until double.
  4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until golden brown.


  1. I don’t use brand name flour. Store brands are usually much less expensive.
  2. Flour freezes well in the bag. Flour usually goes on sale in November and December.
  3. I have not found flour pricing at Sam’s Club or Costco to be any better than store brand flour.
  4. I don’t use bread flour for this recipe and still get excellent results

Spay and Neuter Pets

Spay or neuter your companion animals as soon as possible. Not only does it prevent pet overpopulation, but it greatly reduces many medical issues such as mammary tumors that can develop in unsterilized animals.

If money is tight, check your local humane society for reduced-cost or free sterilization clinics in your area.

Removable Banana Hanger

I have new cupboards that I didn’t want to mar with screws or hooks.

To easily hang bananas, I use a large S hook that I hook over a cabinet pull.  It’s movable,  removable and works great!