Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2010’

Reward yourself to stay on track

photo by pretty in print Frugal living takes discipline, and long-term consistency matters. You have to reward yourself from time to time or you’ll feel frustrated and discouraged. These emotions can sabotage your efforts, undermine your goals and make you want to give up. Avoid comparing yourself to others, too. If you constantly focus on what you don’t have or …

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Can you pull the plug?

photo by mykl roventine No television. Does it seem possible? Many people are downgrading their TV channel packages or completely terminating TV services. Sure, there are options, such as watching shows on Hulu or renting from Netflix or Redbox. But what about temporarily or permanently cutting out all TV viewing? How did we ever get by without it? I’m not …

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When life gives you lemons…

photo by little blue hen Lemons are available year-round but peak from April through July. That’s right about the time you look forward to enjoying the refreshingly tart taste in a variety of dishes and beverages. When selecting lemons, avoid any that are under-ripe and green. It should feel firm to the touch, have a smooth, finely grained peel and …

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Decorate with dried roses

photo by hapal DEAR SARA: Do you have creative ways to decorate with dead roses? I hope that didn’t sound morbid. I’ve put them across my china cabinet before, and it looked pretty cool until the cats got bored. My husband got me a dozen for our anniversary, and I was thinking of creative ways to keep them decorative in …

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A handy use for coffee filters

photo by tuchodi Coffee filters can be used for more than simply brewing coffee. If you’ve recently switched to a reusable filter or are low on paper towels, paper filters can be used for many of the same purposes as paper towels. The first tip shares one alternative use. REUSE COFFEE FILTERS: I use them when putting cut up brownies …

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Convenience foods: I wish I could quit you

photo by house of sims Frugal people cook from scratch frequently. But there are some recipes they’re not willing to make themselves regularly. If you have time constraints or don’t have health restrictions, then there’s increased value placed on ready-made and convenience foods. Homemade isn’t always cheaper, but it’s a surefire way to control ingredients, so it can be healthier. …

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BISSELL Pet Hair Broom contest giveaway

This contest giveaway is sponsored by BISSELL Homecare, Inc. Contest ends May 7 11:59pm

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When it’s gone, it’s gone

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  Replacing items is pricy. Smart shoppers will buy secondhand merchandise as a backup. When it breaks, you don’t have to run out to replace anything right away. This gives you time to save money and pay cash versus credit, research products and find it at the best price. But if you’re frugal, you keep your lifestyle basic. There are …

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Give spring a little zing

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Rhubarb is an old-fashioned favorite. It gives and gives. The leaves are toxic, but the stalks lend themselves well to desserts. It can be chopped and frozen in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Enjoy the first fruit of the season with the following recipes. Easy Rhubarb Cake 1 yellow box-cake mix …

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Assemble a simple sewing kit

photo by Andres Rueda DEAR SARA: If you were going to make a sewing kit, what items would you add into it? I do not have a sewing kit. I have one roll of black sewing thread and probably two needles. I went to sew a hole in my sock yesterday and could not find either the needle or the …

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Make edible-container snacks

photo by starmama Cones are a practical, edible and portable container to hold snacks for kids. You can pour snacks such as trail mix, goldfish or animal crackers, dried fruit, mini marshmallows, popcorn or pretzels into a waffle or sugar cone. Or. when you make Rice Krispies treats, mold individual portions into cones to prevent sticky fingers. Not only can …

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Roads that lead to frugality

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Frugal living is different for everyone. It’s interesting to know what starts people on the frugal path. Some people stumble onto frugality by accident, have had a specific experience, such as unemployment, that pushed them into frugality, or were born with a natural tendency to waste less. If you live a frugal lifestyle, tell me what made you start. Here …

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