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All Parts of Eggs Lead to Savings

Posted By Jeff Yeager On March 21, 2013 @ 1:00 pm In Money Talk | Comments Disabled

“A friend is someone who thinks that you’re a good egg even though he knows that you’re slightly cracked,” or so the saying goes.

Check out the Cheap Life! [1]

For frugal folks everywhere, the simple, noble chicken egg is a good friend indeed, and not just at Easter. [2] Eggs are an inexpensive [3] source of high quality protein year round.

Even more so, the myriad ways to repurpose an eggshell [4] is the topic of this week’s episode “The Cheap Life [1],”  my new web show on YouTube.

Egg Supplies [5]

Speaking of novel ways to use eggs, you can make your sweetheart [6] a special heart-shaped egg this Easter. Just hard boil the eggs for about 15 minutes, then plunge them into a bowl of ice water to make removing the shells easier. Once cool, remove the shells. [NOTE: This works best with freshly boiled eggs, when the yolks are still slightly malleable, so don't let them sit around too long.]


Egg Process [7]Next, use a piece of light cardboard (a piece cut from the side of a milk carton is perfect) to make a cradle as shown (it’s like a little cardboard canoe!). Place the egg in the cradle, and use two rubber bands to fasten a pencil or a chopstick on top of the egg to apply pressure and make the desired indentation. Put the egg (still in the cradle) in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or even overnight.




FinalHeart - open [8]And, voila, you have a heart-shaped egg – all for about 20 cents! Truly eggs-traordinary!  This short video has more step-by-step instructions [9].  (Photos by Tish King)

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URLs in this post:

[1] Check out the Cheap Life!: http://www.youtube.com/cheaplifechannel

[2] Easter.: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-04-2011/double-duty-easter-decorations.html

[3] inexpensive: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2009/foods_under_a_dollar_per_pound.html

[4] repurpose an eggshell : http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-04-2012/can-this-be-reused-quiz.html

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Egg-Supplies.jpg

[6] your sweetheart: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-09-2010/savings_challenge_cheap_date_tips.html

[7] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Egg-Process.jpg

[8] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/FinalHeart-open.jpg

[9] instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lCAqRzMtVM

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