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Frugal Living Tips, Issue #020
November 01, 2010

Welcome to November's Frugal Living Tips newsletter.

Enjoy this months newsletter and come by and visit us at Frugal Living Tips Soon.

Till next month

Best Wishes Kate

 

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CONTENTS

1. Recipe - Lazy wife cake

2. Tip of The Month - Frugal Car Maintenance

3. Coupons. - Money Off Coupons

4 Article -Autumn Family Fun

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1. Recipe - Lazy wife cake
by by Elvira
(Greece)

I found this amish recipe somewhere on the internet a while ago.
I love it because it's quick to make, tastes good and it doesn't cost too much.

You will need:

1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
A pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 1/2 or 2 tablespoons of cacao
1 cup of sugar
vanilla sugar

1 tablespoon of vinegar
7 tablespoons of sunflower oil or olive oil
1 cup of cold water

Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl, mix them and then add the vinegar, oil and water.
Stir well and if needed add a little more cold water.

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Place it in a greased tin and bake it in the oven for 25 to 35 minutes on 180 degrees (sorry, I don't know how much that is in F)
Bake it until it's dry on the inside.

This is the most basic version and like this I make it most of the times. But you also can add raisins, nuts or cocos.

Enjoy!

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2. Tip Of the Month - Frugal Car Maintenance

car book

Car Maintenance need not be difficult or time consuming and it could save you a lot of money in the process. taking the time to look after your car will mean that it keeps going for longer, less breakdowns and lower garage bills.

Let me introduce you to a book which has helped me look after my car and which I know has saved me lots of money over time. being a woman i never had much opportunity in my life to learn mechanics etc and i have always ended up just taking my car to the garage whenever anything needed to be done and that included the simply things too, i just didn't have the confidence or know how to attempt them myself.

Read the rest of the article here

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3. 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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4.

Autumn Family Fun
by Linda Shapero

article from Dollar Stretcher
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Are you looking for some autumn activities for the whole family that won't cost a mint? Are you racking your brain trying to come up with autumn family fun ideas suitable for your three-year-old, as well as your 12-year-old?

Autumn is a great time of year to get outside, take in the crisp fresh air, admire the beautiful foliage, and appreciate the mild weather while it's still with us. What better time to make a family date and do the following fall-like activities:

  • Visit an apple orchard and pick your own apples. You can make a day out of this by not only picking apples but packing a basket and finding the perfect spot for a family picnic. First, plan to also visit the orchard's country store (if they have one) to pick up some apple cider or other fall treats to add to the picnic basket. Don't forget to store apples in a cool, dark place when you get home. Later on, you can have fun making caramel apples and apple pies.

  • Invite friends and family over to have a raking or yard cleanup party. Ask everyone to bring their favorite seasonal dish and have a potluck while you're at it. (Of course, you'll want to coordinate this aspect of the party, as you don't want to end up with four dishes of homemade applesauce.) This is not only a great way to clean up and winterize your yard but have a fun get-together at the same time.
  • Take a nature walk in the woods and point out interesting trees, plants, and wildlife. If you're not up on the names of trees and plants, you can check a book out of the library that will serve as a guide. Encourage everyone to pick up leaves to press later on. They can make collages or all kinds of pictures and crafts from them. (One year for an autumn-themed birthday party, we used pressed leaves under a clear table covering for an impressive look.)

  • Likewise, make a trip to the pumpkin patch and then bake your own pumpkin pies. This is great fun for the kiddies, and they'll enjoy baking and eating the pumpkin seeds, too. It's the perfect time to begin teaching little ones about cooking and measurements, as well.

  • If the kids are a bit older, consider taking a longer hike. Make sure everyone has the proper clothing and footwear, as well as food, snacks and drinks. It's a great way to commune with nature and get out in the open. It's great exercise, too!

  • Get together with friends for a once-a-month (or more) autumn potluck. Make a heaping batch of beef stew, chili, or your favorite big batch meal, and call several family friends to join you with side dishes. Next month, let someone else do the same, and keep it up. Just think, if you do it more often, say once every two weeks, that cuts down on cooking for everyone!


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    Research museums in your area. Plan a day trip to one that you've never been to before. This is an especially helpful hint for those rainy weekends that creep up during the autumn months, and it's educational. It can also lead to new interests and new field trips.

  • If you live anywhere near a farm, arrange a hayride for your family and friends. Later, bring them back to the house for hot cider, popcorn, pumpkin pie, and any other fall goodies you can dream up.

  • Find a local festival or fair. These are always fun for everyone with all the sights, food and activities to partake of and they are almost always on a weekend for your convenience.

  • Check out school and church bazaars as early as October and November to find very affordable holiday gift items. You'll be surprised at some of the terrific sales you'll get at these holiday markets. The children will be so pleased when they can find items that will fit in their budget, plus it makes for a fun day for everyone.

Autumn goes so quickly, so be sure to make the most of it by getting out and participating in some of the above activities.

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