Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Living Large For Less:

Next week I will be showing viewers how to 'reinvent' their debt on ABC and NBC. One of the top tips is to...freeze your credit card. Freezing your credit cards saves you money because studies show we spend 30% less when we spend cash. Here are more tips to use your Freezer to cool off expenses.

As a small business owner, I am always aware of the importance of getting the biggest bang for my buck. We entrepreneurs tend to expect value. Here are some unexpected things to freeze and save money.

* Batteries: A number of studies have shown that storing batteries in the freezer helps them retain their charge longer. This is less true for alkaline batteries (freezing extends their shelf life by only about 5%) than it is for NiMH and Nicad batteries often used in electronics. Keeping NiMH batteries in the freezer can boost battery life by 90%

* Wine Cubes: Lots of people already keep alcohol in the freezer. Freezing wine can save you from wasting the last of that vino. When you have a little leftover wine, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it. "Wine cubes" are perfect to use in making stock and other cooking.

* Pantyhose: Like Grandma Yeager, I don't wear them, but my wife sure does. She swears that if she keeps her pantyhose in the freezer, they're less likely to run and they last longer. (I just can't imagine how she gets up enough courage to slide into an icy pair every morning.)

* Candles: Keep your wax candles in the freezer and they'll burn longer. It's especially good for slim table tapers that normally burn very fast.

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