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Penny Pincher of the Year

July 19th, 2007 at 09:47 am

I dont think I'm this good...

For example, one of my all-time favorite penny pinchers is Louise Meyer of Washington, D.C. She won the first Penny Pincher of the Year Contest in 1997 by writing about how she put solar cookers on her roof and used them to fix chicken, rice, stuffed peppers, even pasta.

To solar cook, all you need is a sunny day, water-resistant, aluminum- laminated cardboard, a clear plastic oven-roasting bag, and a dark pot with a tight-fitting lid. To find out more, visit the website for Solar Cookers International (www.solarcookers.org), a nonprofit organization.

Rest of the article http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_6373116?

5 Responses to “Penny Pincher of the Year”

  1. katwoman Says:

    OMG! If this doesn't beat all!

    Now I have been on various frugal sites for over 3 years and I have the Complete Tightwad Gazette but I have never heard of solar cooking!

    Thanks for the laugh.

  2. mrs. Thrifty Says:

    Thanks for sharing that. The frugal bar has been raised. LOL!

  3. boomeyers Says:

    Amy has the solar cooking in the Tighwad Gazette! It even tells you how to make your own oven!

    I have cooked in a cardboard box too! Girl Scouts ya know!

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    My son was supposed to build me a good one while on summer break. Just a few weeks left till he leaves and there is no sign of a solar cooker yet. I'm too lazy to do it myself. For me, I think it would really be a novelty used just once in a while. But it sure would be nice to cook some long-simmering things smokefree and OUTDOORS in the summer instead of heating up the house.

  5. fern Says:

    well that takes the cake! hard to believe they work.

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