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Make a frugal sandbox

By on June 1, 2012
tire sandbox

It’s sandbox weather for the kids. If you can’t afford to build a backyard sandbox, you can use a kiddie pool or a plastic storage container. Or check Craigslist, Freecycle or garage sales for plastic sandboxes. The first reader tip has another suggestion:

 

DIY sandbox tip:

Call a place that sells sand by the dump truck load and ask how much it would cost to get half a pick-up load or a car trunk-full. They may just give you some for free or only charge you a few bucks, as long as you’re willing to get it yourself. Bring a shovel and your containers. Not all places will give you a cut rate, but it’s worth a try.

When I was a kid, my sandbox was a tractor tire. You can often get tires free from places that recycle them, and there are many sizes available. They last forever, are comfortable to sit on (unless they’re in direct sun), are a nice height for little kids, and the sides make great roadways and garages for toy cars and trucks. I spent many, many hours building all kinds of things in that old tire! Cover it with a tarp when not in use, and use bricks, rocks or even pop bottles filled with water to weigh the corners down. — S.D., Minnesota

Remove crayon marks from laundry:

Add 1/4 cup per load of Murphy’s Oil Soap in the wash with the affected clothes. It works! — Meredith, Texas

Remove wax from a candle jar:

Place the jar candle in the freezer overnight or longer. In the morning, use a wooden spoon or similar (not sharp) implement and push on the wax as you go around the inside of the jar. The wax will pop away from the glass like magic. You may have to break the wax with the spoon to remove it from the jar because the mass of frozen wax is too large to remove through the jar’s opening. — Theresa G., Pennsylvania

Homemade body wash:

I just made my first batch of body wash using an eight-pack of Up and Up bar soap, the generic version of Dove Sensitive Skin. I grated two bars of soap, used 20 ounces of water, and added 4 ounces of Hempz pomegranate lotion to the mix. It came out perfect! I made this for my little girls because I am so sick of the expensive kids’ body wash, and my girls have sensitive skin. — Tia, Massachusetts

Use for hardboiled eggs:

Single-serving French Potatoes
1 potato, boiled, peeled and thinly sliced
1 hardboiled egg, sliced
bratwurst, cooked and sliced
sour cream
breadcrumbs

In oven-safe dish, mix potatoes, eggs and sausage. Top with sour cream and breadcrumbs. (You can also top off with a few slices of bacon or a few pats of butter, if you don’t mind the calories.) Bake at 375 F for 25-35 minutes, depending on size of casserole. Serve with a salad. — Anna W., email

photo by krossbow

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