Scottish frugality #1

So you may be aware that the Scots have a dreadfully unfair reputation as a race that is tighter (with money) than a ducks ars#.

As much as i would like to say that this is completely undeserved, i have been known to secrete 5c coins away in the hope that they will reproduce 50c pieces, and i do get a recurring sharp pain in the wallet area when the family shower more often than once every other day…. it all costs money, people… šŸ™‚

So, when i was put in charge of all things domestic, i took it upon myself to ‘rationalise the use of available resources’, as Qantas would say…

So, in a new series of blog posts, based on the theme of Scots being tightars#s, here’s a few suggestions to stretch that dollar/pound/Euro a bit further…

1. We have a dishwasher. And a small child. As such, it is used at least once a day. We use these tablets, from a supermarket that rhymes with ‘moles’


It turns out that you can cut them in half (the tablets, not the moles) with a sharp knife, and there is NO depreciation in the quality of the washed dishes, when only using half a tablet.Ā  Hey presto, at least $10 saved, which equals a reasonable bottle of NZ Sauvignon Blanc.

2. On the theme of dishwashers, have you tried using vinegar as the rinse aid liquid? No? Then give it a go. No chemicals on your washed dishes, and depending on the hardness of your water, there may be no discernible difference.Ā  Maybe a nice Pinot Noir, this time…

3. And on the theme of vinegar, i will write a more comprehensive post on this wonderful nectar, but you can also use it as a surface cleaner, fabric conditioner in the washing machine and it even tastes pretty good on a fried blue grenadier with minimum chips.

Have a great weekend, y’all.



4 thoughts on “Scottish frugality #1

  1. cowroad November 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply

    Ha, the Dutch (that’s me) are also know for their frugal ways, but I hadn’t thought of cutting the tablets in two: brilliant! šŸ™‚

    • rosko001 November 12, 2012 at 9:10 am Reply

      Hi Cow Road. Thanks for stopping by. Have you tried the tablet dissection yet? Frugality is nothing to be ashamed of, we’re the ones that always have a few dollars for the car park ticket machine and a Maccas coffee. Nothing wrong with that at all!

  2. Emma Nikolin November 12, 2012 at 7:56 am Reply

    Does the vinegar make the dishes smell of it? Love the blog so far!

    • rosko001 November 12, 2012 at 9:08 am Reply

      Hi Emma. Would you believe that there is no vinegary smell. However, i have only tried Coles ‘Smart Buy’ white vinegar. Your imported Tuscan Balsamic may leave a certain aroma, reminiscent of morning dew on a mountain olive grove. Let me know how it goes!

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