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Buy This, Not That: New Uses for Your Groceries

By Just Heather |

I’ve been shopping the baby aisle for 15 years now. My “baby” is six, but it’s a hard habit to break. Especially when baby products can double as beauty products, at a fraction of the cost. I’ve also found a few other grocery items with multiple uses. It’s so much smarter to find an off-label use for a less expensive product.

Here are a few of my favorite double duty groceries:

Eye Makeup Remover Baby Oil Gel: Baby oil is gentle enough to use around the eye but costs way less than expensive makeup removers. I’ve also been known to use a baby wipe, J&J washcloths for my face!

Woolite for Delicates Baby Shampoo: Hand wash delicates with baby shampoo — it’s gentle, smells great, and may already be on hand.

Shaving Cream Conditioner: I haven’t bought shaving cream in years, at least for myself. Conditioner protects against nicks and razor burn, and I don’t have to buy anything new. It’s already right there in the shower. It doesn’t even take much at all.

Shoe Deodorizer Baby Powder: Gym shoes, cleats, knee pads — we have some stinky, sporty girls around here. Baby powder is a lot cheaper than fancy foot powders and freshens up the smelly shoes just as well.

Window Cleaner Vinegar: Vinegar isn’t just for Easter eggs! I use a variety of homemade cleaners, but straight up vinegar works especially well on windows. Save on paper towels, too, by using a much more frugal coffee filter. It offers a no streak wipe for glass and mirrors.

What is your favorite off-label use for your groceries?

Photo Credit: Flickr user katerha and Flickr user danisabella

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About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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