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Frugal Living Tips, Issue #011
October 01, 2009

Welcome to October's Frugal Living Tips newsletter.


Well Autumn is on it's way here in the Uk and the leaves are just turning brown and falling. It won't be long before Christmas is upon us and that means carefully planning and spending our budgets.

Autumn is also a great time for the family to get and about and explore all the wonderful colors of the woods and forests, so this months article is all about frugal family fun.

Once again we have coupons to say you money and a tasty recipe to fill you up as the nights get colder.

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

Best Wishes Kate




1. Recipe

2. Tip of The Month - Pot mix for Chrysanthemums

3. Competition - Recipe Competition

4. Coupons. - Money Off Coupons

5 Article - Autumn Family Fun


1. Recipe

by starsammy
Picture by starsammy on

Cheese Pie

Ingredients for savory pastry:

  • 6oz /175g plain flour
  • salt and pepper
  • half teaspoon of mustard powder
  • 3oz / 85g margarine
  • 1oz / 25g grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Cheese pie Filling ingredients

  • 1oz / 25g margarine
  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 2 medium diced boiled potatoes
  • 2 sliced tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • qtr pint / 150ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 20z / 50g grated cheese

Begin by making the pastry.

Add to bowl sifted flour, mustard, salt and pepper, then rub in the margarine.

Add grated cheese and parsley

Add enough water to make a firm rolling pastry

Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and put in the fridge to chill

When chilled, roll out and line a 8 inch flan dish and cook for 15 minutes (gas mark 5 / 190c)

To make the filling:

Heat the margarine in a saucepan and then add chopped onions for 8 minutes.

Add the cooked dice potatoes and mix together.

Use the mixture to fill pastry shell and top with the sliced Tomatoes.

Beat the eggs in a jug and add the milk, parsley and cheese and mix well together.

pour mixture over potato mix in pastry shell and bake for a further 25 minutes at gas mark 3 / 160c

The mixture should set during cooking and so can be sliced for serving.





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2. Tip Of the Month - Pot mix for Chrysanthemums Oct/Nov flowering

This mix helps to encourage flowering in late Autumn.

To make 1 bucketful

1/3 bucketful loam (best garden soil)

1/2 spadeful crumbly compost

1/4 bucketful coarse peat

1/2 bucketful coarse sand

chrysanthemum fertilizer - used as directed on packet

Mix all ingredients together.


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3. Competition - Your home made 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 a gift packet of Violet Incense cones with ceramic holder. These are lovely sets which I use all the time myself.


.incense prize

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

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.



Autumn Family Fun

by Linda Shapero

article from Dollar Stretcher

Are you looking for some autumn activities for the whole family that won't cost a mint? Are you racking your brain trying to come up with autumn family fun ideas suitable for your three-year-old, as well as your 12-year-old?

Autumn is a great time of year to get outside, take in the crisp fresh air, admire the beautiful foliage, and appreciate the mild weather while it's still with us. What better time to make a family date and do the following fall-like activities:
Visit an apple orchard and pick your own apples. You can make a day out of this by not only picking apples but packing a basket and finding the perfect spot for a family picnic. First, plan to also visit the orchard's country store (if they have one) to pick up some apple cider or other fall treats to add to the picnic basket. Don't forget to store apples in a cool, dark place when you get home. Later on, you can have fun making caramel apples and apple pies.

Invite friends and family over to have a raking or yard cleanup party. Ask everyone to bring their favorite seasonal dish and have a potluck while you're at it. (Of course, you'll want to coordinate this aspect of the party, as you don't want to end up with four dishes of homemade applesauce.) This is not only a great way to clean up and winterize your yard but have a fun get-together at the same time.

Take a nature walk in the woods and point out interesting trees, plants, and wildlife. If you're not up on the names of trees and plants, you can check a book out of the library that will serve as a guide. Encourage everyone to pick up leaves to press later on. They can make collages or all kinds of pictures and crafts from them. (One year for an autumn-themed birthday party, we used pressed leaves under a clear table covering for an impressive look.)

Likewise, make a trip to the pumpkin patch and then bake your own pumpkin pies. This is great fun for the kiddies, and they'll enjoy baking and eating the pumpkin seeds, too. It's the perfect time to begin teaching little ones about cooking and measurements, as well.

If the kids are a bit older, consider taking a longer hike. Make sure everyone has the proper clothing and footwear, as well as food, snacks and drinks. It's a great way to commune with nature and get out in the open. It's great exercise, too!

Get together with friends for a once-a-month (or more) autumn potluck. Make a heaping batch of beef stew, chili, or your favorite big batch meal, and call several family friends to join you with side dishes. Next month, let someone else do the same, and keep it up. Just think, if you do it more often, say once every two weeks, that cuts down on cooking for everyone!

Research museums in your area. Plan a day trip to one that you've never been to before. This is an especially helpful hint for those rainy weekends that creep up during the autumn months, and it's educational. It can also lead to new interests and new field trips.

If you live anywhere near a farm, arrange a hayride for your family and friends. Later, bring them back to the house for hot cider, popcorn, pumpkin pie, and any other fall goodies you can dream up.

Find a local festival or fair. These are always fun for everyone with all the sights, food and activities to partake of and they are almost always on a weekend for your convenience.

Check out school and church bazaars as early as October and November to find very affordable holiday gift items. You'll be surprised at some of the terrific sales you'll get at these holiday markets. The children will be so pleased when they can find items that will fit in their budget, plus it makes for a fun day for everyone.

Autumn goes so quickly, so be sure to make the most of it by getting out and participating in some of the above activities.

Take the Next Step:
Autumn is a wonderful time of year, but it passes quickly. Start making some plans now, so you'll be ready when the leaves start to change and the temperature starts to drop. There are many wonderful things to do. Maybe you'll want to try one of the above activities or ask around and see what's available in your neck of the woods.


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