Hint of the Week Competition

Hi Guest,

We are now giving away one 12 month membership per week to the person who donates the best tip to the Savings Vault. Everyone can enter. If you are already a member you win an extra 12 months added on to your existing membership.

This week Essie C has won 12 months membership to the Savings Vault with this great hint:

Oven saves stale biscuits and cereal

My oven is saving me big bikkies each week! I try very hard to keep biscuits and cereals in sealed containers to keep them as fresh as possible. However living in a humid climate, and having a husband and kids who don't necessarily re-seal containers, I get very annoyed at the waste whenever I have to throw stale things out. Faced recently with both stale cereal and half a box of stale savoury biscuits, I remembered a tip I heard about putting them in the oven for a few minutes to 'cook' away the moisture, which is what makes them go stale. I did some experimenting and found that baking them at around 170C for about four minutes brought the cereal back to life and made the biscuits as good as new! I seem to consistently throw out the remnants of two or three items each week so this easy solution will save us as much as $5 per week and $260 a year from going in the rubbish!

The best way to win a membership is to write helpful, interesting, unique and error free hints. You need to include how much money you saved, how you saved it, what you did and how much you paid. The more detail you provide the more likely you are to win a 12 month membership.

You do not have to answer all the questions to enter the competition. Each hint entered is judged separately. If you send 5 hints. They will be considered 5 separate entries. Which means you have a much higher chance of winning by entering one or two top quality hints than if you entered twenty brief, vague tips. Quality is everything!

If you do not have an answer to a question, or it does not apply to you, please leave it blank.

Thanks for giving it a go. Good luck!

Many grins,
Fiona

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"Please help! I work really hard at sticking to our food budget so there are rarely treats or fancy food in my fridge. While this is fantastic for our budget, I am sometimes caught out when unexpected guests drop by and I really don't have anything 'nice' to give them (unless they are happy with frozen home-made biscuits or vegie sticks and mayonnaise!). I'd love some ideas for savoury, quick entertainers that I can keep stocked in the cupboard, freezer or long-term in the fridge so that I can serve something tasty for those 'pop-in' visitors. Does anyone have recipes or ideas?" - Karyn