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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cook for a day, Eat for a Month


I am trying new ways to save and one of ventures that I am going to tackle is OAMC also known as once a month cooking. I figured I will gather all of our favorite meals and whip up a menu containing some of the same foods to be used in something else. I am also clipping coupons to save while I gather my groceries for my challenge. Once I finish getting the items I will post them as I go along. I really am excited about this and see how much I save by doing so.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

See A Penny...


What do you do if you are walking and see a pnny on the floor? Do you pick it up or just think to yourself "its just a penny..". Well I will pick it up and I will tell you why. You have 99 cents and with that penny you have a dollar. See where I am getting at? By doing this I started a shoe box in which my family and I threw pennies that we found anywhere and it started piling up. We now have $11.19! That is money that we did not have before and it is fun to count and see how much we have now.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holidays and Food Shopping

I really love shopping around the holidays, because everything is on sale in my local grocery stores. Take this time to really stcok up on pasta, sauces and meats. If you are like me and have tons of room in your fridge/freezer, then start stocking up like me.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Cool Project

I thought this was so cool to do when I saw this, its called Juice Pouch Lunch Bag. This lunch bag is easy to make and durable. It makes great use of Kool-Jammer or Capri Sun pouches.



Supplies:

14 Capri Sun or Kool-aid Jammer juice pouches
X-acto knife
Sticky End Velcro
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors







Read more about it here

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Being Frugal For Now

Another reason why you should challenge yourselves and start living frugally is to have a nice retirement. Think about....be as frugal as you can and see how much you manage to save for hat time frame and imagine when you do decide to retire, you can live comfortably without worrying. Or just be forever frugal!! Either way the choice is yours.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Frugal Project

Here is a great project that is fun for the kids

Many children have completed a leaf collection for a school project, it can be a lot of fun for their siblings, parents and grandparents too. And it's practically free! So, here's a great idea for Fall - just think how pretty an Autumn array of red, orange and yellow leaves arranged in a leaf collection album would be, simply beautiful!

And instead of just drying the leaves between sheets of paper under a heavy book, here's a few more tips for preserving those beautiful colors...

Wax Paper

Take the leaves and place them between two paper towels. Dry one side of the leaves by ironing them for 10 minutes, on medium heat without steam (move iron continuously). Then turn the leaves over and using a fresh paper towel, repeat process for about 5 minutes.


Now take the dried leaves and place them in-between two sheets of waxed paper, waxy side against the leaves. Add another sheet of waxed paper to protect the iron and press them again for a minute or so, until the leaves are coated with wax.

Now, peel off the waxed paper and see how the leaves have become beautifully preserved.

Microwave

Try drying your leaves in the microwave oven, by placing them between double layers of paper towels. Start with 30 seconds and continue until the leaves are completely dry (please use caution as leaves can catch on fire.)

Glycerin

We found two ways of using Glycerin to preserve leaves, the first is to place the leaves in a flat pan in a single layer, then cover with a mixture of one part glycerin and two parts water. Then weight the leaves down to keep them submerged for 2-6 days. Remove the leaves and dry with paper towels.

The second way is to bring the mixture of 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water to a boil in a saucepan. Pour the mixture into a heat-proof container and submerge a few leaves. Keep in a dark, cool place until the leaves begin to change color slightly. Remove the leaves and dry with paper towels.

Going, Going...

Whichever way you choose to preserve those beautiful Autumn leaves is fine, just make sure to get outside and collect them before they're gone!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Crockpot Recipes

I really do love my crockpost and I must agree that it is not only a time-saver, but its really cheap too. Just throw everything in it and forget it! One of my favorites and cheap recipes in crockpot chilli.

2 (16 oz.) red kidney beans, drained
2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans tomatoes
2 lb. ground chuck
2 med. onions, coarsely chopped
1 green pepper
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cumin
Salt to taste

Put all ingredients in crockpot in order listed. Stir once. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 12 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours.

Not only are the ingredients cheap to get but it is also delicious and the kids love it. I do this recipe with leftover meatloaf!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Why Frugality?

I think that it is fun to see how much you can actually save on a daily basis. Every single day there are ways to keep it simple. I truly think that it is great for us to have extra hundreds of dollars monthly due to us cutting back on a few things.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Get More coupons

If you are like me then you look forward to the sunday paper mainly because of the coupons. Did you know that you can look other places to get your coupons? when you are shopping at the market, do you notice those coupon dispensers? have you ever checked to what kind of deals you can get by using those? Make sure to take a look.

Another way is inside the package of what you have, for instance some boxes of cereals may have a coupon that is part of the box and it is u to you to find it and cut it out. Some coupons may be located on the outside of the ox as well, so keep an eye out for that.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Dont throw that away!

Before you throw away that stale bread and those chips and crackers that have been siting there for awhile, listen to this. So the chips have been there and no one is going to eat them right? Wrong, you can still use those chips and crackers and crumble them up and top them on top of your casserole dish before you pop it in the oven, guess what no one wil be able to tell that those were stale, shh. Those stale cookies? well thats easy, crumble those up and use that as a topping on your fave ice cream or crumble them up, add some milk and ice cream and make your family an awesome shake!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Vinegar

I have heard this so many times that vinegar is a must in the household. With so much things that can stain your clothes, of course you need some fancy shmancy satin remover right? NOPE!! Vinegar can handle that and its super cheap! Here is a guide that helps to let you know just how handy it is.

1. Remove Tomato Stains
Saturate the stain with vinegar. Allow it to soak in. Then, wash.

2. Remove Sugar-Based Stains
Saturate the stain with vinegar. Allow it to soak in. Then, wash.

3. Remove Coffee/ Tea Stains
Flush the area with vinegar to remove the stain. Rinse and repeat as needed. Then, wash as usual.

4. Remove Wine Stains
Saturate the stain in vinegar, and allow to it stand for several minutes. Then, rinse with water, and repeat the process, if needed. Wash immediately after.

5. Remove Mustard Stains
Apply vinegar to the stain, and allow it to soak in. Then, spot treat with a bit of laundry detergent, and wash.

6. Remove Grease
Soak the stain in undiluted white vinegar. Then, wash as usual.

7. Remove Sweat Stains
Pour vinegar over the sweat stain. Then rub coarse salt into the stain (table salt will work if it's all you have). Place the garment out in the sun to dry. Then, wash.

8. Remove Grass Stains
Apply vinegar to the stain with a sponge, and lightly dab to lift. If the stain persists, make a paste of vinegar and baking soda, and brush it into the stain with an old toothbrush. Then, wash as usual.

9. Remove Ink Stains
Apply vinegar to the stain. Then, rub with a paste made of vinegar and baking soda. Let dry. Then, wash.

10. Remove Deodorant Stains
Rub vinegar into the stain until it disappears. Then, launder as usual.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Groceries

How much do you spend on groceries? We currently spend $800 a month for our groceries and we are learning to reduce it drastically. Budget and coupons and just plain ole' smart shopping! I am going to look for sales everywhere and see where that takes and possibly see how much we save.

Why are you frugal?

Many people wonder why some people are frugal. But there are different reasons such as to pay pff debt or loans. Mainly because we have a huge family in our household and havet o make do with what we have. We are really trying to save and DH wants me to sell my things which I will not part with, lol. So instead we are on a tight budget and see how far we can stretch our dollar.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Being Frugal

We all have our own terms of what being frugal is. But I have my own ways and I am going to share how a mom living in NY with a family tries to be frugal to save money. I wasnt always and I am still learning. This is my journey and welcome.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Coming Soon

I will share some stockpiling tips as soon as I can figure it out myself, lol. I have read about many moms doing this and I am checking out some forums and speaking to other moms about this. It really is a great way to save!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Saving on Trash Bags

One of the things that we have done is stop using trash bags because we have so many grocery bags just for that. You can also purchase a trash can that is design to hold those kinds of bags for you. BUt just in case, you shoud still have a pack of regular bags stores away.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

How Surveys helped me

I have always loved taking surveys online from home and they have helped alot. Many online focus groups and short surveys hhelp me in making hundreds per month. I always feel that everyone shold participate and get on with the program. That is whay I am always promoting my squidoo lens which has also helped so many.

Take surveys and use that money as savings, for groceries, or just a rainy day fund.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Frugal Beginnings

Well I am starting my journey in being frugal mainly because we would like to save and just have more money. I was always a spender and always have to have the latest in fashion and things like that, but after having kids and going through so much during the day, I decided there can be ways to make money and save at the same time. So here is my journal in atempt to really stretch my dollar.