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Seven Surprising Ways to Save Money in Kitchens

All of us like to save money whenever and wherever we can.

So how about - the kitchen?!

On "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," Lisa Quinn, author of "Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets," shared seven tips to help you cut costs in what's probably the most popular room in your home.

They're all innovative and easy - somewhat bizarre, yet cost-effective!

1. Put a raisin in a bottle of flat champagne to bring it back to life with bubbles! The natural sugars in the raisin make that magic happen.

2. Prevent cheese from drying out by smearing butter or margarine on the parts where you've cut into it. That prevents moisture from escaping and works best with hard cheeses partially sealed in wax.

3. Use the rind of hard cheeses to flavor soup stock. Just add the rind when you're simmering the stock, then remove and strain before you serve.

4. Bad eggs float, fresh ones sink. So, if you're not sure whether an egg is fresh, don't throw it away -- put it in a cup of water!

5. When your recipe calls for just a few drops of lemon juice, don't cut the lemon in half -- it will dry out quickly that way. Instead, puncture it and squeeze out just what you need. Save the rest in the fridge, wrapped in plastic.

6. Keep apples away from already ripe fruits, because the gas they let off can lead to early spoilage.

7. Revive dry cookies by placing them in a jar overnight with a slice of apple. The moisture from the apple will soften them up a bit.

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