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Frugal Living Tips, Issue #015
April 01, 2010

Welcome to April's Frugal Living Tips newsletter.

It is spring time at last, well nearly and its time we started clearing the decks and giving the house a once over. So this month I have included some frugal cleaning tips to help you do it without breaking the bank.

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1. Recipe - Fish in mustard sauce

2. Frugal Cleaning Tips

3. Tip of The Month - Soothing Sore Throats

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5 Article - Spring Cleaning


1. Recipe - Fish in mustard sauce recipe

fish in mustard sauce


6 medium size pieces fish of your choice,
50 g cumin seed,
30 g mustard seed,
salt as per taste,
ginger 3/4 inch
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp.
green chilly 2 whole.
Mustard oil 2 tsp

clean the fish slit slightly in case of big pieces so that the sauce goes inside.
grind cumin,mustard,ginger,salt, green chilly with 1/2 cup water so that it becomes mustard sauce add water if it looks thick then add turmeric powder to it.

add the fish pieces in the sauce and marinate it for 10 min add mustard oil to it and microwave it for 7 min on medium heat.

have a hot& spicy fish in mustard sauce ready in jiffy.

You can serve it with steamed rice or eat it directly


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2. Frugal Cleaning Tips

If you do want to buy your cleaning products then there are a few tips to keep in mind that will help save on money:

  • Buy the shops own brand and not the leading brand names.
  • Buy the concentrate version if there is one.
  • Buy the biggest option, in the long run it will work out cheaper.
  • Always measure out your products using the recommendations on the packaging.

Make your own frugal cleaning products

I picked up a lot of great frugal cleaning tips from my grandmother. She was used to making her money stretch and lived in an era when chemical cleaners were not in existence.

She lived in a spotlessly clean house and lived to a ripe old age, thus proving that the basic cleaning products she used were just as good at their job.

With a few simple ingredients to hand, you can make your own multipurpose frugal cleaning products at a fraction of the cost and without polluting your home with harmful chemicals.

The basic ingredients are:
White Vinegar – excellent for killing germs, bacteria and mould.
Baking Soda – A great deodoriser and scourer.
Lemon Juice – the acid provides antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well as providing a wonderful fresh smell to your home.
Olive Oil – Good for polishing wood surfaces and adding shine to stainless steel.
Salt – A multi purpose cleaner and deodoriser, great for frugal cleaning as it is so cheap to buy.

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3. Tip Of the Month - Soothing A Sore Throat

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I find that at this time of the year with winter turning into spring that we fall prey to one last sore throat. Here are some tips on how to sooth the pain.

1. Keep the mucous membranes moist by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.

2. Take paracetamols or Asprin to relieve the pain.

3. To numb the pain make up this icy drink.

squeeze the juice of one lemon into 4fl oz / 115ml of water and mix in some honey or sugar. Add lots of ice and stir. Sip

4. Gargle with half teaspoon of salt in 8fl oz / 225ml of water three times a day.

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Spring Cleaning the Natural Way
by Linda Shapero

article from Dollar Stretcher
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Well, it was bound to happen. Spring has sprung, and it's time to get out the mops, brooms, sponges, and dust cloths. And don't forget all the cleaning products you'll need like wall cleaner, glass spray, oven cleaner, carpet freshener, grease remover, and more. If you don't already have most of these on hand, shopping for them can cause quite a dent in your wallet.

There's an easy way to save money and also cut down on the amount of products you need to buy. I'm referring to items you probably have around the house already, such as white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, and a few others that may surprise you.

Let's take a look at some of the things you'll be cleaning and what you can use just as effectively as store-bought cleaners. (I will compare some of the items with the homemade alternatives to show you just how much you can save.)

Walls and Stovetops - Walls can get grimy over the long winter season, particularly kitchen walls. To degrease them, use full strength white vinegar directly on a damp sponge or cloth. It will cut through the grease easily and leave the walls clean and fresh. (Compare Spic and Span at about $.075 an ounce to store brand white vinegar at a little more than $.03 an ounce.) But remember that you will surely use less vinegar, which will lower your cost even further.

Windows and Glass Surfaces - In a medium-sized spray bottle, mix 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of isopropyl alcohol. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. You can add more alcohol to cut down on drying time. (Compare Windex ounce for ounce, and you will be spending $1.47 for about 16 ounces of Windex rather than $.34 for our mixture.) For further savings, use newspapers (no colored pages) instead of paper towels for shining streak-free windows.

Rust Stains - Those ugly rust stains you find around sink drains and even outside on cement can be removed with a paste made of salt and hydrogen peroxide. Just mix to a paste consistency, apply, and leave on for about an hour. Rinse, and if stains persist, repeat. (CLR at the store will cost you $.19 an ounce. Compare it to $.05 an ounce for the salt and peroxide mix.)

Ovens - Dirty ovens are no fun to clean, and the cost of a can of spray oven cleaner is no fun, either. Make a baking soda and water paste and smear it on the oven's interior. If the oven is very dirty, you can leave it on overnight. You may also need to scrub some areas with steel wool. Rinse using cold water and dry. (Easy-Off costs almost $.28 per ounce. Baking soda costs less than $.08 an ounce.)

Pet Stains - Urine odors from pets are not only annoying and embarrassing but can draw your pets to a repeat performance. Use 1/4 cup of white vinegar in one quart of water. Spray on carpet, blot, and let dry. (Resolve Pet Stains costs about $.21 an ounce compared to $.03 an ounce for the vinegar.)

Carpets - Sprinkle cornstarch on rugs and carpets, wait about 15-30 minutes and vacuum. Woolite Oxy Deep costs $.19 per ounce compared to cornstarch, which costs about $.12 an ounce.)

Sticky Residue - Price stickers that are invariably placed on the glass of picture frames and mirrors can be removed with a small amount of peanut butter or nail polish remover.

Silver - For small items, use toothpaste on a toothbrush. Apply, brush, and rinse off.

Ink Stains - Try hairspray (or cream of tartar and water to create a paste, if you have it on hand), then wash the garment.

Cutting Boards - To clean and freshen a cutting board, cut a lemon in half, apply all over the board, and rinse with water. Air dry.

Water Rings on Wood - Try rubbing a little mayonnaise or toothpaste on the ring until it disappears. Then polish.

Mini-blinds - Double a piece of white bread and run it over each slat until it comes up dirty. Discard and use a new piece.

Fireplace - To get rid of the soot and grime that comes with using the fireplace all winter, take an art gum eraser and start erasing. Vacuum up crumbs from the eraser.

And remember, store all cleaning products where children and pets can't get into them.



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