Practical Frugality – How to Make Things Last Longer

By | February 26, 2019

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In my previous posts, I often talked about extending the life of a product to stretch your hard-earned dollar. In this post, I’m going to show you exactly how I squeezed the last drop of cream from my favorite moisturizer without using a toothpaste squeezer.

This post is different from my usual posts, as it’s more visual, but it’s nice to have a change now and then, don’t you think? Besides, you’ll find this interesting.

Have you ever struggled to get that last dollop of facial cream that simply refused to budge from a tube, no matter how much you try? I’m going to show you how I actually extracted it without a toothpaste squeezer.

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In my previous posts, I’ve mentioned my favorite beauty and skincare range–Antipodes.

After many years of searching for the best skincare range, best as it being safe and it really has to work, I’ve finally found Antipodes. Not only is it organic, it’s safe and has been scientifically proven to work.

If you look below, you’d think there’s hardly anything left in this tube of moisturizer,right?

I’ve already trimmed off two edges of the tube. One at the bottom of the tube and another at the side as you can see in the photo below.

You’ll need to get ready a clean container first. We don’t want the leave the cream exposed for too long as the quality of the cream will be affected.

When I open up the tube, can you see there’s still more cream hidden near the top of the tube? This contains the treasure trove I’ve been going after.

I use a little spoon to scoop out the remaining cream and place it in my container. You can use your fingers but I prefer not to, as fingers need to be really clean to avoid contaminating the cream.

As you can see below, there’s still an amount of cream that could have been wasted by throwing away the tube. This little amount lasted me another 10 days, even when I used the cream twice daily.

Then I simply used my fingers to lift off any remaining layer of cream from the surface of the tube, and applied it there and then that morning.

Wrap Up

I hope you’ve found this interesting. I’ve used a toothpaste squeezer in the past but it doesn’t extract as much as I would have liked. Using the way described above, we can make our money go further.

I know this saving may not amount to a few hundred dollars. But it’s actually fun to be frugally extracting the last drop 🙂

The more important reason is to reduce wastage, which can only be good for our environment. This is one of the little ways we reduce landfill and help conserve our earth’s resources.

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How to be frugal to the very last drop.


How you can be frugal to the very last drop

How to be frugal to the very last drop


PRACTICAL FRUGALITY Make things last longer
Practical Frugality- How to make things last longer


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