When Life Hands you Lemons…

Posted by Mrs Money on September 2nd, 2008

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lemon.jpgHere at the Money Household, when you open our refrigerator, you’ll see a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit.  We love our fresh foods!  Unfortunately, the only drawback to having so many fruits and veggies on hand (besides the cost) is that sometimes we’ve got too much that we don’t know what to do with.  I try to get creative when that happens.  With extra greens, I throw them in our green smoothies.  If we have extra fruit, we eat it or throw it in the freezer.  I realized today that we have too many lemons and oranges.  What was I going to do with them?

I juiced them!  I was so proud of myself for thinking of that.  Juicing may have been your first thought, but it wasn’t mine.  I decided to make homemade lemonade and fresh squeezed orange juice.  I don’t have a fancy juicer, but I used the one I do have, and it worked fine.

When you’ve got excess vegetables and fruits, think about juicing.  I know there are many people that don’t have a juicer, but you can juice without a juicer.  I juice things in my blender.  I throw them in, turn it on high, let it get to mush, and then strain it.  My mom picked us up a juicer at a yard sale the other day for $5, so I won’t have to be doing this much longer. I was so proud of myself for coming up with the idea to juice the oranges and lemons.  I normally just eat the oranges, but this was a great way to not let them go bad.

What are some frugal tips you’ve discovered yourself that you are really proud of?

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2 Responses to “When Life Hands you Lemons…”


  1. Sue says:

    I juice free lemons and freeze the juice in ice cube trays; lemon drinks are easy to make any time and healthy too.

    I found a juicer at the Salvation Army shop for $10.

    I also freeze bananas which are cheap here. When I want ice cream, I put a banana and some ice cubes into the food processor and it makes a delicious ‘ice cream’ dessert. It needs to be eaten straight away though.

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  2. Mrs Money says:

    Sue- your ice cream sounds great! I love freezing bananas for smoothies. :)

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