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Frugal Living Tips, Issue #006
May 01, 2009

Welcome to May's Frugal Living Tips newsletter.

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good March and kept those pennies safe. You all probably did better than me as I have had to spend big time this month after the works on my house were finished. However you will be glad to hear my frugal head was always on and I always got a bargain.

Many new visitors to frugal living tips have been contributing to the site this month with their
questions,
recipes
and helpful tips
so it has been a busy month for me here keeping up with it all. Many thanks to all those that contributed. Your submissions are always welcome.

Well I will stop waffling and let you read the rest of this months frugal living ezine. Enjoy.

Visit us soon at Frugal-Living-Tips.Com

Best Wishes Kate

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CONTENTS

1. What's New On Frugal Living Tips

2. Tip of The Month - Homemade Dry Carpet Freshener

3. Competition - Recipe Competition

4. Coupons. - Money Off Coupons

5 Article - Ready For Spring Gardening

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1. What's New On Frugal Living Tips.com

Make it last Longer

This month I took A look at the area of not just saving money by buying cheaply but also by making things last longer. I chose four areas which in my life anyway have been areas which at times could stretch by budget. They are:

Shoes - I seem to have the knack of wearing out my shoes incredibly quickly and even though I try not to spend too much on a pair of shoes I still ended up over a year spending more than I liked. So I decided to try and look after them better and here are the tips I found that can extend the life of a pair of shoes greatly.

Printer Inks - I do a lot of printing for my work and finding ways to make my printer Ink last longer was high on my list. These tips have helped me to reduce the amount I now spend on the thirsty little things.

Clothing and Bedding - Again with some extra care these two items can be made to last quite a long time, saving you both money and heartache (I hate it when a pair of my favorite jeans wear out).

Food - This used to be one of my major bug bears. Throwing food out because it had gone bad before we ate it was something I hated doing. So wasteful. These tips will help you to keep some of the staple food items fresh for longer.

Backpacking

I must admit to have always wanted to go backpacking myself, especially when I was younger. The thought of the freedom and all the new experiences I could have in foreign lands was thrilling. But I was a bit of a chicken and because I didn't know much about it, I never got around to giving it a go.

So I thought "why not interview someone who is an experienced Backpacker". So that others who may still be thinking of traveling this way can have a better Idea of the ups and downs from someone in the know.

David Lee has been backpacking for many years and kindly agreed to be interviewed. See his interview here and perhaps you too could be setting off on your own exciting expedition soon.

 

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2. Tip Of the Month - Dry Carpet Cleaner

This brightens up rugs and adds a fresh scent to the room.

To make enough for a small rug

10 oz / 275g baking powder

2.5 oz / 70g cornflower

5 dried bay leaves, crumbled

1 teaspoon ground cloves or 2 oz / 60g potpourri

In a covered container, mix all the ingredients thoroughly.

Shake well and sprinkle generously on the carpet.

It leave for several hours or over night (keep children and pets off of the rug)

Vacuum thoroughly to remove residue

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3. Competition - Your Recipes

Every Month we hold a recipe of the month competition where you can win a variety of prizes. All you have to do is submit one of your favorite recipes to be in with a chance to win.

This month the prize is a delightful gift box of natural fragrance for the home. The box contains a ceramic cone holder, 12 lemon Incense cones and 6 lemon Incense coils. Great for revitalizing your home

.incense prize

Simply Submit your recipe with any serving suggestions to us here and we choose a winner every month. All the recipes will feature on the website.

Click here to submit Your Recipe

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4. Free Downloadable Coupons

These are just some of the coupons you can download for free this month. Click on the image to see the full range available. Please use Internet explorer to view coupons.

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5. Ready for Spring Gardening? Upromise.com
by Tina Shake Dollar Stretcher

Yes, spring has sprung. I know this because this morning I awoke from my winter hibernation. I threw back the cheese puff encrusted blanket, slipped my little tootsies into my favorite pink fuzzy slippers and slowly made my way toward my picture window. Yes, it was official. Robins were playing tug a war with the worms, and little bunnies were hopping down their bunny trails. It's officially time to begin. I'm going to plan my garden! Well, maybe after a little nap. I'll just get back under my blankie for a little while and do a little mental planning.

The first thing on my agenda is to find as many paper coffee cups as possible to use as plant starters. You can go to a warehouse store and buy gazillions, or maybe you can sweet talk the convenience store owner into giving you some. But do not, I repeat do not, stalk the customers. Do not carry a box of medical grade gloves and ruffle through trash cans for trendy cups. Paper cups are nearly impossible to disinfect. They will just fall apart and make such a big mess. At least, that's what I "heard."

Every year our little town has a gardeners' contest, you know, to make the community beautiful and call attention to the talented artist/gardeners such as myself. So, over the cold winter, in between snoozes, I graphed out a 10-foot by 10-foot garden.

I put little drops of Elmer's glue throughout the towel and carefully dropped seed in each dot of glue. After the towel was dry, I rolled it up and put it in a numbered plastic bag.

I'll lay down the towels to correspond with my finished graph into the prepared earth. My graph this year is the American Flag! You can also do a salad garden this way as well. Cover the seeds with compost or soil. Water well.


To start your own rosebushes, cut off a stem with a bloom and five leaves. Plant the stem with three of the leaves buried. Leave the remaining two leaves above ground and remove the bloom. Now water and put a glass canning jar over the stem. You will have a rose bush started lickety split! Here's an important tip: It is not wise to dress in combat clothes and do night time slithering through each neighbor's yards for a variety of rose stems. Apparently that is illegal, and some neighbors, the picky ones, might take your picture and plaster it in your town newspaper. Not that I've ever tried that, "no siree."

If you are concerned about pests like those cute little bunnies, try cotton balls soaked in vinegar. Some people take a 35mm film container with a hole in it to hold the balls. You will probably need more than one and have to check them occasionally to rewet them.

The bunnies do not like the smell; husbands do not like the aroma either. This can be a good thing if you think about it. Next time you want to watch your favorite girly movie, just put a few of these babies under their pillow. "Oh honey, I just can't get this darn vinegar off my hands. Why don't you sleep on the couch tonight while it wears off?" If he says he can not remember where the couch is, sprinkle your cheese puffs in a bread crumb trail fashion from the bedroom to the couch. He'll be like an old hound looking for the scent. "Look, babe, there's 'another' cheese puff over there! Wow it's my lucky day!" Remember that cheese puffs are your friends.

If you are like me, you want to save every penny that you can. That is why I've started collecting rainwater in a drum. It doesn't take long to accumulate a lot of nourishing water for your plants. I've redirected the guttering to drain the water off the roof into the drum. I was so proud of myself when I got this project completed!

Now that I have my plans firmly in place, and now that my soaps are over and I've had a few cheese puffs, it's time to get moving! I'll pick out my best go-to-town, queen-size polyester/spandex leggings and tube top and show the world that I mean business. Today is the day! No time like the present! Wait! Is that my favorite weather man on TV? I'd better wait until I see the forecast. Yes, I'll get up after the news.

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