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Frugal Living Tips, Issue #009
August 01, 2009

Welcome to Augusts Frugal Living Tips newsletter.

Visit us soon at Frugal-Living-Tips.Com and enjoy this months ezine

Best Wishes Kate



1. Recipe

2. Tip of The Month - Peppermint lotion

3. Competition - Recipe Competition

4. Coupons. - Money Off Coupons

5 Article - Nearly Free Vacation


1. Recipe

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Pea and Potato Cakes

Ingredients: (makes 3 large cakes, alter quanties for more)

  • 250g floury new potatoes
  • vegetable oil
  • 40g peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 pinches each of of Coriander, red chilli and cumin powder
  • salt to taste

Peel and grate potato, boil until cooked

Cook peas until cooked

Drain potatoes and squeeze water out of them, leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Put oil in frying pan and add peas and herbs and spices. Cook for 1 minute and mash slightly

Divide the potato mixture into 6 balls, then flatten in palms of hands.

Divide the pea mixture into three and place each portion into the middle of one of the potato cakes. Now place other potato cake on top to sandwich mixture. Seal edges

Now brown off the cakes in the frying pan until golden brown.

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2. Tip Of the Month - Peppermint lotion

A light lotion which relieves itching.

To make 8fl oz / 225ml

4fl oz /15ml water
4fl 0z / 15ml rubbing alcohol
3 - 4 drops peppermint oil

Put the water and alcohol into a bottle and add the oil.

Close the bottle and shake well.

Apply with a clean cloth, test on a smll area of your skin before applying to sensitive area. the inside of your wrist is a good place to test on, leave for a few hours to make sure that your skin does not react.

If no reaction occurs then you can apply it to your itchy skin.

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3. Competition - Your Recipes

Every Month we hold a competition to find a family favorite recipe 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. It can be easy or complicated, simple or unusual, be imaginative. Enter and be in with a chance of a prize as well as possibly giving another family their own favorite meal of the week.

The prize this month is a copy of the book "Get Out Of debt and Stay Out" .


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Simply Submit your recipe to me here and I will choose a winner every month. All the recipes will feature on the website.

Click here to submit Your Recipe


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.



Nearly Free Vacation
by Pamela Parks

article from Dollar Stretcher

It's time to start planning for your big summer vacation! Want to go someplace exciting that you have never been to before? Might I suggest a charming little Bed and Breakfast, which looks remarkably like your own home?

When I was a foreign exchange student in Japan, I learned a phrase, edokko. It means "Tokyo Native." (Edo is the former name for Tokyo, much like Istanbul was Constantinople.) Edokko is kind of the joking way you refer to someone who has lived all his life in Tokyo, and yet has never seen a Kabuki play or the Imperial Palace or even gone to Tokyo Disneyland. Are you an edokko in your own town?

Start your vacation planning with your own Chamber of Commerce. Also, on your next errand out, stop by the largest hotel you know of and pick up one of each brochure they have at the counter. Make a list of everything you've been meaning to go to. Include the things you had heard about somewhere but weren't really sure what they were. Add in the stuff that you didn't know you had in your town.

How about all those museums you've heard of but never investigated? I don't mean just art museums. Look for natural history museums, boating museums, farming museums, etc. If you live in a university town, you're in even better luck. Some museums have free days. By and large, museums are not terribly expensive when compared to amusement parks.

County fairs are a staple of summertime, and probably within a short drive of where you are. Pack your own picnic and fill up your water bottles at the drinking fountain. Most fairs offer unlimited ride wristbands at a discount if you purchase them at "participating retailers" a week or two before the fair. Not only do county fairs have rides, but they also have animal shows, rock concerts, and a kind of mini "home show" with vendor tables selling things like jewelry, hair products, home repair tools, toys, bumper stickers, gardening tools, storage sheds, etc. The most popular vendor is always the one who is demonstrating massage chairs to all the people with tired feet.

Do you have small kids? How about randomly choosing a different neighborhood's playground and going there for an afternoon? I have found that even a small playground that is unfamiliar is sometimes more exciting than one the kids are used to.

As you peruse your brochures, you will find that there are seasonal events you never heard of going on annually. Ever been to a renaissance faire? A Viking celebration? Cherry blossom festival? A vegetarian food-sampling event? A Civil War reenactment? A model train show? Many parks have free summer concerts. Some even have movies in the park. If you live near a university, every choir, orchestra, and band class is gearing up for its final performance. Since this is for the students' grade, they rarely charge admission.

Is there a store you've never been to or rarely go to? I know that this sounds like spending money, so you have to have discipline. But consider how interesting it would be to walk around a musical instrument store that really truly carries everything, such as lutes and steel drums. Or a retro toy store? How about test-driving that expensive car you honestly will never buy? One of my favorite places to go is a water garden supply store. The store itself is a tiny mobile office, and there are acres of ponds, each set up to look different from the others.

There are also the basics of fun. Since you are saving money by not traveling, you can do all the standard things you have neglected in this economy, like bowling, ice skating or roller skating and miniature golfing. Maybe you haven't done these things in a while. (I know I haven't!)

Let's turn our attention to the Bed and Breakfast part. Since this is your vacation, start planning your menus now. You probably won't want to walk the beach all day and then come home and cook. Now is the time to check out a "once-a-month cooking" cook book, and freeze the meals you will want. I have found that it is easier to take cranky kids home and wait 30 minutes for a lasagna to cook than to wait 30 minutes in a restaurant for your food to come to the table. And I am more relaxed because I didn't spend my week's grocery budget on just one measly meal!

Make this the summer vacation to remember! No waiting in line at the airport, no tired legs from a long drive, and a budget completely in control.



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