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Frugal Living

Money and time saving ideas about frugal and better living.

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A Tribute To Bertie Jane
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Life as a Homesteader
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Flip Caps for the Last Drop of Lotion

I suggest that you collect a random assortment of flip caps. Remove the pump, select a flip cap that fits and prop the bottle upside down to drain. There won't be 1/10th of an ounce wasted.

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ThriftyFun is Part of My Family

We live in an area where there are lots of trees and woodland critters. A large rat had taken up residence in my neighbor's yard had been killed. My son, who has a mischievous streak a mile wide, asked me if I needed pics for ThriftyFun.

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Clean Living is Frugal Living
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Using Beach Balls
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Bungee Cord Suspenders
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Teaching the Next Generation to be Thrifty
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Extra Savings At Goodwill And Craft...
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Use Pantyliners for Underarm Shields
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Ditch Cable with a Digital Antenna

A friend told me to go to Walmart and buy an RCA UHF/VHF/Digital Indoor Antenna antenna for about $10. Then run the program on your Digital TV to program channels.

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How To Appreciate Cobbler Crust
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Living the Best Frugal Life I Can
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Frugal Queen in Process
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Don't Waste Anything
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Being Healthy is Frugal
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Painless Ways to Save
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Bulk Buy Used Clothing

Some eBay sellers offer bulk secondhand items very cheaply. What I do is to choose the items I want to keep, and designate others to be offered to other family members, given to charity shops, or upcycled.

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Big Family on The Farm
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Shop First at Dollar Stores

Before you set out to do your shopping, stop at your local Dollar Store. I have had to become very frugal, due to sudden changes in my life.

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Save Money with Digital Books

We love books but our book collection required bookshelves which required wall space and that means more square footage, which meant a larger house. That larger house required larger payments for mortgage and taxes.

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Uses for Petroleum Jelly
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Use Hair Clip for Curtain Decorations
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Uses for Shortening
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Need Help with Plumbing

I'm having trouble with my plumbing and winterizing my home. I'm out of water as of now. I'm a one income household. Trying to live on $8.35 a hour. I'm attempting to pay heat, mortgage, electric, and all other bills.

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Free Handwritten Art Letters

There is a site called "Snail Mail My Email". From November 10-16, they will allow you to type a letter to anyone you choose, turn it into a piece of art and mail it anywhere for free.

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Life in the Fab Lane Without Breaking the...
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Spending Freeze Tips
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Learning Frugality
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Reviving Dried Up Markers
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Saving Money on Dish Soap
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Chickens Save You Money

Every week, people usually spend $3 on eggs. Now that may not sound like much but it adds up! So, my family and I have decided that we are going to get chickens. Chicken feed costs $15 for a fifty pound bag.

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Getting All the Toothpaste out of the Tube

When I can no longer get any more toothpaste out of the tube, I cut the tube into 2-3 inch sections and store them in a baggie. When I need toothpaste, I wet the brush and swipe some toothpaste from the cut sections.

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Reviving Dried Up Markers
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Trade With Your Local Florist

I had some house plants I had to get rid off so I took pictures of them to the local florist. They took some of the plants and gave me fresh cut flowers in exchange.

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Living Without Modern Amenities
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Don't Take Free Items Beyond What You Need

Please don't take free items just because you are too cheap. As a result, items that had been free we now have to pay for. Here are just a few examples.

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Dumpster Diving Tips and Tricks
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Dumpster Diving in College Towns

If you live near any university area and there are students from all over the country or foreign students, watch out when school is over. Some students throw away everything they own when they have to move back home. From dry or canned food stuff, dishes, to beds; you take your pick.

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Zip Bags as Air Packets
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Using Bumper Stickers
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Phone Service Wherever You Have Wi-Fi

If you have internet service anywhere, then you also have phone service. Find the telephone receiver icon on the Gmail email home page. Hit that icon, then dial the number.

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Communal Sharing and Saving
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Being Thrifty or Frugal: The Big Picture
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Uses for Shampoo
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Alternate Uses for Dryer Sheets
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Waste Not, Want Not Tips and Tricks
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Waste Not, Want Not

If you are like me, you like to find a use for everything, rather than throw it away. At a minimum, you will settle for putting it with the recycling, or donating it, as long as, it does not go to waste.

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What is Living a Frugal Life About?
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Frugal Entertaining Tips
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Uses for Q-Tips
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Saving Money on Feminine Hygiene Products
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Pioneer Solutionism
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Finding Temporary Financial Assistance and...
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Cheap Ways to Beat the Heat
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Make "New" Designer Towels and Washcloths

When our bath towels get worn around the edges, usually the center portion is still nice and plush. I cut them in either 4 equal pieces for hand towels, or 6 pieces for wash cloths.

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Southern California Thrift Stores
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Saving Money on Calendars
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Uses for Electrical Timers
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Saving on Magazine Subscriptions

One of my splurges is subscriptions to several magazines. I only purchase subscriptions from discount sites, but it is vital to read the "fine print".

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Collecting Freebies for Gifts
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Making Ends Meet
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Watch For Green Money in Unexpected Places

Look for green money, too. Look behind pictures in frames, between pages of old books, on the underside of drawers and shelves...

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Buy Half Sheet Paper Towels

If you are going to use paper towels the most obvious savings are to always buy the "select-a-size" where there are already perforations for a half a sheet.

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Continue Using Old Cell Phone

My husband am I just got new phones. I was not able to use my old phone as a discount, so found two ways to continue to use it.

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Saving Money on Paper
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Saving Money on Mailing Supplies
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Reuse Pill Blister Packages As Box Cutter
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Use Mechanical Pencil as Stylus

I saw my daughter using one of her empty mechanical pencils as a stylus on her DSI. I am sure it could be used on any electronic which has a touch screen.

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Saving Money on Bottled Water
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DIY Your Life

Being frugal is not all about saving money. It is a discipline lifestyle, at least for me. Growing up with a single parent, I know the struggles my mother had putting clothes on our backs and food on the table. I too became a single mother.

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Spending Money to Save Money
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Frugal Bathroom Tips
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Living Better With Less
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Starting to Live Frugally
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Uses for Panty Liners
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Life of Watch Battery with Stem Pulled Out

Can a watch battery go dead with the stem pulled out? I replaced a bunch of watch batteries and left the stem out on all of them. They went dead after 2 years. How long should they last with stem out? I kind of forgot about them, so was surprised when they were all dead!

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Stretching My Meager Dollars
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Read Your Coupons!

I am a coupon queen, and while I am not at the level of those extreme couponers, I can still do some damage at the store! Recently, I was able to save my friend almost $17 in hair care products with coupons.

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Black Friday Alternatives
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Saving Money on Travel Mugs
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Uses for Nail Polish
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Saving Money on Facial Tissues
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Refreshing Dry Erase Markers

My Expo Dry Erase markers are not old, but one just dried up and the lid was on it. Is there anything you can do to "rewet" them?

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Saving Money on Cell Phone Batteries
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Stretching Liquid Hand Soap
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Uses for Clothespins

This is a guide about uses for clothespins. While most of us in the US dry our clothing in clothing dryers, there are still many uses for clothespins around the house.

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What Have You Done to Save a Penny?
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Saving Money on Toothpaste
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Reading Your Power Meter
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Frugal Colonial Lifestyle of the Past
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Getting All the Lotion Out of a Bottle
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Uses for Paper Plates
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Reviving Dry Erase Markers
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How We Shared in our Needy Days
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Living a Frugal Lifestyle
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My Adventures In Cheap Skating
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Uses for Laundry Hampers
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Saving Money on Post-its
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My Son's Beer Can Collection
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Uses for Masking Tape
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Uses for Flat Sheets
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The Lessons of Less
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Earning Income for Online Surveys
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History of Posts on ThriftyFun

Awhile ago I posted something on thriftyfun.com that I had written about a dog I had trained and I just wanted to reread it.

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Finding Loose Change
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Homemade Spray Chalk

This guide is about homemade spray chalk. When you need a quick non-toxic outdoor marker, you may have what you need.

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Black Friday Shopping Tips
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Living Within Your Means
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My Frugal Life: Living with the Coupon Queen
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Save Water Each Time You Flush

To save water, empty the back of your toilet and put a 2 litre bottle into the back filled with water. When you flush, it will use less water. I did this in the washer as well, it worked for smaller loads.

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Saving Money On Dishes
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Saving Money on Postage Stamps
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Saving Money on Magazines
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My Frugal Life: Consciously Saving...
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My Frugal Life: Compromise and Compensate
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Single Income Living
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Uses For Dental Floss
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Bath Sprays For Stretching Shoes

If you have shoes that are uncomfortable, spray the uncomfortable area of the shoes inside and out with bath spray (also called body splash and body spray), then wear the shoes until they are dry. Repeat if needed.

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How to spell FRUGAL
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U-Haul for Emergency Car Rental

We recently needed a rental car while our car was in the shop. I checked the online deals and they were all very high. I remembered that U-Haul advertises $29.95/day rentals. This does not include mileage, so be sure you will not be driving many miles.

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My Frugal Life: Keep Your Eyes and Heart Open
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My Frugal Life: The End of the Road

I found my true calling. I know how to save a buck or lest try. As soon as I finish this post, I will be going to get my Sunday papers and look through the coupons, sales and ads.

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My Frugal Life: Good to the Last Drop

Times are definitely tough for many of us and there is little or no cash for treats and little luxuries. At our house to make belt tightening a bit more fun, we have invented a game; "Good to the Last Drop".

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