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Frugal Living Tips, Issue #016
May 01, 2010

Welcome to May's Frugal Living Tips newsletter.

Well the frugal gardening is paying off at last, I now have a garden path built with bricks saved from a skip and fresh salad leaves growing from seed. i hope your frugal gardening is going well too.

The site is receiving more visits than ever which proves that more and more people are turning to frugal living and saving money. It also means that i receive lots of great money saving and frugal tips to add to the site, the more the merrier i say.

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

Best Wishes Kate




1. Recipe - Cheese Balls

2. Eco-tip: Reduce use of paint thinner

3. Tip of The Month - Soothing Sun Burn

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4. Coupons. - Money Off Coupons

5 Article - Lawns For Less


1. Recipe - Cheese Ball
Laurie James (Ontario, Canada)

fish in mustard sauce

Cheese Ball Ingredients

Recipe instructions:

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. worchestershire sauce
3 tbsp. sour cream or mayo
dash onion salt, garlic salt, celery salt, parsley walnuts


Combine cheeses, mayo, worchestershire sauce and seasonings. Blend until smooth. Cover and chill until firm. Shape into ball. Roll in chopped walnuts. Serve with crackers

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2. Eco-tip: Reduce use of paint thinner - Submitted to site

First of all, get the smallest container of paint thinner you can, for those jobs where you absolutely need to use a solvent base finish- such as transparent and semi transparent wood stains and primer on bare wood (oil based primer allows real smooth sanding). You will not need very much using this method.

I take an empty plastic container, such as yogurt container, and rinse my brushes in this. I then let the impurities settle to the bottom overnight, and then I pour the clear paint thinner into another plastic container. (To get a better seal use a little film before you close up lid, and make a note on the container what is in there. I then let the sediment evaporate in the first container before I dispose it in the trash.

For jobs, where I need to stop for the day, assuming the paint on the brush is fresh and has not started to dry, I wrap the brush in a plastic bag and place in freezer. After a bit of defrosting the next day it is ready to use and I did not need to use solvent.


3. Tip Of the Month - Sunburn Soother

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With the sun starting to get stronger as summer approaches, it is time to start to think about looking after our skin and preventing sun burn.

However if you do find that you have been caught out and have burnt a little, use this frugal tip to soothing the skin.

for 1 bath

4 tea bags
16 tablespoons dried mint or double the amount if fresh
1 pint water

Put all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil

Simmer for 5 minutes

Remove from heat and let sit for another 15 minutes

Strain into a jar and leave the fluid to cool

Use the mixture to dab onto sun burned areas with cotton wool or add to a warm bath and soak in it for 15 minutes.

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Lawns for Less
by Deana Ricks

article from Dollar Stretcher
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Our family used to live in Arizona and our home in the desert made us very appreciative of something most folks take for granted - a lush, green lawn. Like many transplanted mid-westerners, we grew a small patch of grass in front of our desert home, but supplying the water to keep it alive became an expensive chore. We learned very quickly how to cut costs in lawn care.

Less is more. The smaller the lawn, the less it will cost to maintain. Trade a large carpet of green for a smaller lawn with larger flower beds. The beds will add color and dimension to your yard and make the lawn more impressive. And fill those beds with hardy, drought tolerant bushes, ground cover and flowers. Avoid thirsty plants that require high maintenance. You'll save on water, use less fertilizers and pest controls, and spend less time working on the yard.

Water efficiently. Water is a lawn's most expensive component. In most cities, yard maintenance accounts for 40-60% of the water used annually.

Early morning is the best time to water the lawn. After about 10 am, heat steals moisture from the yard through evaporation. Mid-day and evening watering can actually damage your lawn. Hot mid-day sunlight is magnified through droplets of water and scalds the grass. Moist grass at night, easily develops disease.


Water the lawn only when it needs moisture. To test whether your lawn needs watering, take a walk on the grass. If it springs back, you don't need to water. If it stays flat, it's time to water again.

When you do water the lawn, give it a good soak, not just a sprinkle. A soaking will encourage deep root growth. But how much water is enough? Experts say about one inch of water will do the trick. Set out an empty tuna can in the area you're watering. When the can is full, the watering is done. According to the American Water Works Association, 85% of all landscape problems are directly related to overwatering.

Mow better lawns. The least expensive way to mow your grass is with a goat. But I don't know if you really want a farm animal grazing through the neighborhood. Push mowers are also inexpensive, but most people use a gas or electric mower. Whatever equipment you choose, be sure to maintain it well. This will yield a longer life and fewer repairs. If your mower or string trimmer should need parts or die altogether, shop for a replacement at a garage sale.

Mow your lawn once a week. Try to cut off no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time or around 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Longer grass blades shield one another from the heat and hold moisture longer. If you mow shorter than this the grass will be "shocked" and turn yellow. Adjust your lawn mower blade to a higher setting to get the best results.

Growing green. Lawns will require fertilizer to stay green. Shop around for the best bargain on fertilizer and use it only according to directions. Too much fertilizer is wasteful and will give the grass a nasty chemical burn.

It is recommended that lawns have regular aeration for healthy growth. Aeration is simply forcing air into the soil and there are several methods to do this. However the most frugal is to wear golf shoes while mowing. The shoe spikes will make hundreds of holes across the lawn that allow the air to come in and break up clay soils.

Beautiful lawns don't have to be expensive. Using these tips, you can grow some green and save some too.

Angie Zalewski and Deana Ricks are co-founders of the Frugal Family Network, Inc. They publish a popular thrift newsletter to help people live contentedly within their means and present workshops on stretching the family dollar.


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