The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) Spencer Soper column
Jan 27, 2013 (The Morning Call (Allentown - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
It's sure been cold outside.
Fortunately, we got a nice note from Kathy Brearley in South Whitehall Township that made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
"I enjoy reading your column," Kathy said.
She's also got a tip to help us all save a little money while warming up with a cup of tea. Kathy is British, so she knows a thing or two about tea.
"I like flavored tea bags and one way to save money is to use a flavored tea bag and a plain tea bag to make two or more cups of tea," Kathy said. "Usually the flavor will do two cups."
If you want to spice up a regular tea bag without buying flavored tea, Kathy suggests adding a teaspoon of jelly, a minty candy, a dash of fruit juice or a splash of wine directly to your cup of tea. She has also used baking flavors in little bottles.
"They are delicious but some are expensive," Kathy said.
You can see Kathy's money-saving methods in a demonstration video at http://www.mcall.com/onthecheap. She puts a bag of flavored tea in a pot along with a generic tea bag to make about 24 ounces in the microwave. Thrifty and easy.
We did some number-crunching in the On The Cheap lab and figure this tip would save a tea drinker $1,333.28 over 20 years. That would buy some fancy tea cups.
Now we've got a dilemma. Back in November we received an anonymous voice mail from someone looking for ways to use those pretty lipstick tubes once they are empty, and we posed the question to readers.
We usually get inundated with ideas when we do this, which happened when we asked what to do with soap slivers and the plastic packaging sheets they come in. But this one left most cheapsters stumped.
The exception, of course, was Irene "Toilet Lady" Zalutsky, a crowd-pleasing cheapster from Whitehall Township. Over the years, Irene has showed us her homemade concoction for clearing a clogged toilet and how to make your own solution for cleaning dirty eyeglasses. We still get phone calls from readers asking for those recipes.
We've always admired Irene for how proud she is of her ideas and how generous she is about sharing them. Turns out she has a great idea for those lipstick tubes, too. Problem is, she's suddenly gone bashful and is hesitant to share her latest suggestion.
"No one is going to want to dig out the last of the lipstick and they'll make all kinds of comments about it being unsanitary," Irene said.
We think she's wrong. If you want to hear Irene's lipstick tube tip, shoot us a note or give us a call. We'll let her know what the feedback is and maybe that will help her realize how much we all enjoy learning from her.
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Save on flavored tea
Cheapster: Kathy Brearley
Tip: Make two cups of tea with one flavored bag
Estimated savings: $1,333.28 over 20 years
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