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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 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.


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.)


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


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.