Scoop up more savings with your spatula

Karla Evans

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Don’t you hate it when you want a sandwich and you find a nearly empty jar of mayonnaise or peanut butter in the kitchen? You’re too hungry to run to the store, and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t scrape out enough with a knife. Fortunately for you, and your empty stomach, this month’s Frugal $ense winner has found a way to get more out of that nearly empty jar.

April’s Frugal $ense winner: Karla Evans

Karla Evans won $100 for submitting the following tip:
Getting the most out of every jar
“When a jar of mayonnaise, mustard or peanut butter is almost empty, a spoon just cannot get the last bit out. Try using a small spatula instead to scrape the remains of the jar, and you will be pleasantly surprised with the amount that can still be consumed and not wasted! An extra benefit to using a spatula is that the jar is ready to be recycled without wasting water to wash it out!” — Karla Evans of Lithia, Fla.Read more tipsSubmit your tip How did you figure this out?

Karla Evans: With three children you end up packing a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. I needed just a little bit more for one more sandwich. I did it mostly just to clean the jar out so it can be recycled more easily. How many more uses can you get out of a jar of mayo or peanut butter?

Karla Evans: I would confidently say at least two and maybe three. It’s definitely a money-saving tip. You save water as well by not having to wash the jar out when you recycle it. How long have you been doing this?

Karla Evans: I’d say a couple of years at least. I think one morning I realized I was down to the end and I needed to get more peanut butter to make a sandwich. I thought I could get more out of there. Now I’ve even purchased a small spatula just for that purpose — making sure to get everything out of jars and cans. Is there anything else you do to save money or be frugal?

Karla Evans: I think, recently, I try to look at things in a different way and repurpose things that I might not have in the past. It’s not just to save money, but also to cut down on garbage. It’s just returning to what our grandparents probably did — things that maybe haven’t carried down through the years, or we’ve become lazy.