Frugal Living Tips - Quality Condiments DO make a difference!

by Barbara
(Bakersfield, CA, USA)

One of my Mother's sayings was that you could go "cheap" on the meals, but buy good, brand name condiments (the ones you were used to). And she was right! A few times, trying to save a buck, I bought "off brand" condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard). I was always disappointed at the way they tasted. Mom knew that condiments could make or break a meal. Their familiar, comforting tastes go a long way towards making a frugal meal enjoyable.

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Frugal Living Tip - Showering at the gym

by Gisele
(Upstate New York)

Now that we have 2 kids, and one of them enjoys taking baths, our water usage almost doubled in the past year. As a result, we had to pay alot more in our annual charge than we had been since we started living here 5 years ago.

I have decided to shower at the gym. I already get 1 1/2 hours of free daycare there so after exercising for an hour, I have a 1/2 hour to shower and get dressed.

It's a little hassle, getting the towels, cosmetics and bags ready but along with saving money, I have "free" time at home to play with the kids or pay bills or cook, instead of wasting this valuable time on showering. I love taking long hot showers so I had been wasting alot of water at home. Now at the gym, since I know people are waiting to use the shower, I am not wasting the water nor time.

Gisele

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Consumerism and Waste

by Yvonne
(Lincolnshire)

I want to talk to and hear from other like minded people
I am not into Consumerism and waste and hate to see this once beautiful country of ours falling to bits.
Maybe I'm daft or nieve or truly missing something wonderful But can someone please explain the Fascination people have with shopping?
I call them the Shopping Sheep
Cannot believe however much I see it how much Tat people buy
Also how much food do people buy it astounds me
We are a family of 4 (5 technically but 1 left home)
1 Veggie at home
Spend approx £50 a week on food
£5/10 a wk on toiletries/cleaning products
Do go to Bargain corner & pick up goods near or on their sell by date
If don't want to use them that night freeze them
We eat balanced/nutritious meals every night
Take sandwiches to work for lunch & fruit
Drink tap water cannot believe the price if bottled water

Are people mad
Buy a lot of unbranded products and try a lot of basics products from our local Sainsburys
Most are quite good
Try all sorts of different recipes & concoctions
Some work/some don't
Try & eat 5 a day
The price of veg/fruit horrendous
I buy the special offers of the week
Basic veg & stuff getting sold off cheap
Also go to veg markets & the Deep Discounters as find they are cheaper
Would like frugal tips & recipes
Also are the people on here into fashion/buying clothes?
I like to dress neatly & be clean but give me a pair of jeans/tshirt/fleece/jumper I'm fine
Birkenstocks for summer/walking shoes for winter
Decent anorak/gloves/hat for winter
What do you wear and buy?
Also what do you do to save the pennies?
We use low energy bulbs/use washer/bread maker on economy 7 tariff
Share bathwater/have a veg patch/dye my own hair/walk if possible
I just wish peoples attitudes would change and they would realize what's important and see the big picture.
Also wish Supermarkets would take more responsibility Stop giving away free bags & what's with All the packaging???
Has anyone seen the Thousands of £££s of food thrown out each week by the major supermarkets
It's disgraceful there are people starving & I bet there is not a jot wrong with well over half of it
BUT DOES ANYONE CARE????
I DO

Comment from Kate site owner
Hi Yvonne, this sounds like a bit of a rant BUT I totally agree with everything you say. If there is one thing that absolutely drives me crazy though, is watching people fill up the free plastic bags at the supermarket with one or two items before reaching for another bag Grrrr.
DO YOU?

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Shop Around

by Alan

I always recommend people to shop around before they buy anything at all. Now I know this takes some time but over the years I have hundreds if not thousands.

The Internet has made it so much easier to be frugal. When I recently had to spend money on a new bathroom suite, i spent a about 30 minutes looking around online for a bathroom suite and I ended up not only getting a better bigger bath than I originaly thought I could afford for less money than I had budgeted for. I even bourght it through one of those online shops that give you money back for shopping through them, so I saved twice.

So shop around and save yourself some money :)

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storage in my ceiling space

by Michelle
(Lindenhurst,NY)

I live(rent) in a small apt. I needed more room to store sheets ,clothes(not in season),christmas items.....etc. I could have rented a small space in the local storage place but then I looked up(literally)and realized the drop ceiling was quite strong ,so I did that put all my stuff in the ceiling. I know this is more of a storage issue but Im sure their are folks out there that need more room! Please only lighter stuff!

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Ink on Carpet

how do I get printer cartridge ink out of a inexpensive carpet?

Answer by Kate
When the ink is wet the first thing to do is to sprinkle some salt on it and allow the salt to soak up the ink,

If the ink is dry then squirt soda water on it then blot with paper towels.
Sponge with a detergent solution and blot again.

Hope that gets the worst of it out.

best wishes Kate

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