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Frugal Living Tips, Issue #013
February 01, 2010

Welcome to February's Frugal Living Tips newsletter.

Well I'm back after the Christmas break and I hope you all had a good time.

This month the newsletter has a valentines day feel with some frugal tips and ideas on how to have fun without spending a fortune. Some of the best times me and my partner have had have been the simplest ones.

The site is still growing and I am planning a makeover of the web site in the next month, so I will be very busy for awhile.

Enjoy this months Frugal-Living-Tips.Com newsletter and visit us soon.

Best Wishes Kate




1. Recipe - Vegetable Biryani

2. Dating On A Budget

3. Tip of The Month - White Ring Remover

4. Coupons. - Money Off Coupons

5 Article - Frugal Valentines Gifts


1. Recipe - Vegetable Biriyani

Picture by Mark

Why not prepare a Valentines meal for a special evening

You don't have to eat meat with every meal and if you are trying to save some money, buying less meat is a good option.

I enjoy a good curry but find the vegetables in the takeaway meals a little boring and tasteless. I find that using fresh thickly chopped vegetables a much tastier alternative.

Ingredients: serves 4
7ml oil
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 inch ginger (peeled and chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
half teaspoon coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 half pounds mixed vegetables (diced fresh or frozen)
3 cups of cold water
6oz brown rice
Pepper to taste


Fry onion in oil until they soften

Add garlic and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes

Add rest of herbs and spices

Add tin of Tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes

Add vegetables, rice and the three cups of water.

Simmer until cooked.

(the rice can be cooked separately if preferred.)


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2. Going On A Date with Little Money To Spend

Planning cheap dates doesn't make you a tightwad or an unromantic person. What it does make you is original and practical and that can make you a very desirable person too.

Anyone can splash the cash and buy their dates expensive jewellery; a meal out or bunches of red roses, but what does that really say about you.

Ok the girl might feel special for a short while but if on every date she gets the same sorts of things then how will you stand out from the crowd?

Make your frugal date all about your personality and creativity. Showing your partner who you really are is a sure fire way of making them fall for you and make your dates a romantic reminder of how you first met.

That's how I found my perfect partner, he was just so original even though we didn't have much money to spend, our dates were truly memorable and something I will cherish forever.

So put away your chequebook and discover how cheap dates can catch you your dream partner.

Cheap Dates Out

Sunset walks - There is nothing as romantic as watching a beautiful sunset, wrapped up warm with that special person. It doesn't even have to be looking out to sea, or across open fields.

No, I remember some absolutely wonderful evenings just watching the sun drifting behind city skylines. Find a bridge to stand on together, or tall building; I even remember being on the top floor of a multi story carpet looking out over the evening sky. Ahhhhh

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3. Tip Of the Month - White ring remover


To remove the rings made by hot drinks or water on waxed wood surfaces.

4 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons olive oil

Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl to make a thick paste. Wipe the paste onto the wood surface with a cloth and leave to stand for several hours.

Wipe off the paste and re wax the wood surface straight away.


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4. Free Downloadable Coupons

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Valentine Gifts On A Frugal Budget

valentine gifts by sister72 on flickrValentine gifts are always special no matter how expensive they are. Over the years I have received both expensive bouquets of flowers and meals out to inexpensive cute little teddies bears and hand made cards.

I can honestly say that all have meant a great deal to me, but gifts that have had time and thought spent over them like the handmade card has meant just that little bit more.

So if you really want to give your loved one something truly special that they will remember for a long time, then why not spend less money but more love and thought into this years Valentine gifts.

Great Frugal Valentine Gifts

Cook - A fancy restaurant is not the only place to give your loved one a meal to remember. Plan a romantic night in and prepare a slap up three-course meal yourself.

Dress up for the occasion and create a warm and cosy environment by dressing up the dining table, placing candles around the room and playing soft music in the background. PS. Leave the washing up until the morning.

Surprise them - Why not surprise your partner by meeting them unexpectedly for lunch. Go to a nice coffee shop and treat yourselves to a fancy piece of cake.

Cookie gifts - If your partner has a sweet tooth you could bake some cookies and cut them into heart shapes, then place them an old tin and decorate the tin with cut out love hearts and fancy ribbon. Such a simple but affective frugal idea i think.

Thoughtful gift - Some couples are not overly romantic but it is still nice to give your partner something nice on Valentines Day. So why not give them something that will make them smile as well as being very thoughtful. DIY coupons are great for this, make your own coupons offering the recipient for instance to wash the car for them, do the vacuuming or give them a massage or foot rub. A few suggested coupons are available for FREE DOWNLOAD HERE.

Flowers - If you really want to give flowers on Valentines Day, then opt for a potted plant rather than a bought bunch of flowers, why not even grow it yourself. The prices double for these bouquets on Valentines Day so don't be fooled into spending unnecessary money.

The alternative is to give just a simple single red rose with lovely red ribbons attached. I find this far more romantic than a whole bunch of roses.

Write s love letter - You may have been together weeks months or even years but a nothing says "I love you" more than a hand written heart felt love letter.

Decorate the envelope in your own special way and spray some of your scent for the final touch. I still have a love letter sent o me from 20 years ago that still smells of his aftershave.

A valentines love box - Why not put together a little box of small individually wrapped gifts that shows you care and have taken time to put together. The contents could be:

  • Individual chocolates wrapped in paper that you have written a love poem on.
  • Special photographs of you both
  • Rose petals
  • Seashells
  • A scented handkerchief
  • A little box with a kiss inside (kiss a piece of paper with lipstick, yes even you guys, it will mean a lot)
  • Love letter, a frugal gift that will last a lifetime.
  • A homemade tape or cd of hand picked love songs

Romantic Movie night - Dim the lights and choose your partners favourite romantic film. Cuddle up and settle down with a bottle of wine and some extra naughty but nice goodies such as:

  • Homemade hot popcorn covered in butter, honey or chocolate.
  • Chocolate chip cookies (handmade in lover heart shapes),
  • Her favourite ice cream
  • Chocolate covered strawberries (easy to make at home)

Framed picture - Having one of your partners favourite photographs of you both enlarged is no longer an expensive thing to do and lovely inexpensive frames are available (Ikea for example).

Fun and Silly - Being silly on Valentines day is wonderful, well if you can't be silly then, when can you be? Why not buy several packets of cheap party balloons and fill up her bedroom with them as a surprise. You could even put chocolates or love notes inside them before you blow them up.

Wishing you a happy frugal living Valentines day and we hope you will get all the Valentine gifts your heart desires.



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