ThriftyFun News May 4, 2004


ThriftyFun News


Volume Six, Number 18, May 4, 2004
http://www.ThriftyFun.com


Contents


Greetings
Contest
Newest Requests
Last Weeks Requests

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Articles and Posts
Disclaimer: Please Read


Greetings!


Hello,

We have a lot of new request and useful information posted since the last ThriftyFun News. Below is a listing of all the new requests, articles and tips that have been added since last week.

We have a new feature! On each article, tip and request there is a link titled "Send Me Responses". This allows you to sign up to receive responses notification when responses are posted. So much information is posted each week on ThriftyFun, this feature will help you track articles of interest.

Have a wonderful week!

- Susan

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Newest Requests


Below are the requests we have received since the last newsletter.


Need Help with Bread Loaf Centerpieces

We are having a family reunion. I want to bake homemade bread like my mom use to do. i want to use them as center pieces for the tables at our family reunion. My mom used to bake 8 loafs every other day. i come from a very large family (16 brothers and sisters ). Both of our parents have passed away and I thought it would be a gentle reminder on how hard our mom worked every day us. I have twenty loafs to make. Here are my questions:

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Removing Oil Stains from Garage and Driveway

How can i get oil stains out of my driveway and garage from a car that leaked oil? Geri from KY.

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Using Outdated Yeast

I can buy outdated yeast for real cheap, but will it be as good? Can I use 2 packets in place of one? Patricia

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Strawberry Cream Pie

I need recipe for strawberry cream pie. I lost my only one. Sharyl from Utah

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Tips for Storing Toothbrushes and Bath Linens

i keep seeing infomercial on tv for toothbrush sterilizer that claims much of the germs from sink and toilet use settle into toothbrushes, and by extension must settle on bath towels etc. does anyone have tips on what solution to store toothbrushes and hints about bath linens.... tjcali from california

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Lilac Bush with Very Little Leaves

I bought my lilac bush last fall. It was approximately 2-3 feet tall and loaded with leaves. This season, it now has blooms but very little leaves. Most of the branches appear dry and dead. What can i do? Torrie

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How can I grow herbs with low light in my apartment?

I live on the sixth floor of an apartment building. My apartment is a studio and I have two windows side by side with one having a window air conditioner in it. I want to grow fresh herbs but my sunlight during the day doesn't hit my side of the building or my studio apt. very well until around 2 pm and not for long. Is there anyway I can grow herbs in my apartment? I also want to have house plants but haven't bought any because I'm not sure what kind to buy. I don't want to waste money by going out and buying some and having them die because I bought the wrong kind. Does anyone have some ideas for me? Thank you. ~~sparkingbrowneys~~

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Looking for Tea Tips

I have just started to drink tea. I would love to get some recipes on how you make hot or iced tea. I do not like lemon or sugar in my tea. What brands are best? Do you make it in a pan or in a coffee maker? Please give me some tips. Thanks so much. Geri from KY.

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Cleaning Pyrex or Corning

Does anyone know how to clean silverware marks off of pyrex or corning, I've tried oven cleaner and scrubbing with a plastic scrubber and that didn't work.

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Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

I need a recipe for Sweet and Sour sauce. Thanks Jan Dougan

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I Need a Summer Job

Hello, I am looking for ideas for a summer job. I am in the 8th grade and not old enough to get most jobs yet. Any ideas? April

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Looking for BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Howdy, I am a college student, looking for a good bbq recipe for bbq chicken sandwiches. Thanks Dan_wsu

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Home remedy for my dog's yeast infection in her ears.

My 1 1/2 year old mutt is continually getting yeast infections in her ears. The ointment we get from the vet is very expensive and was wondering if anyone knew of a home remedy. Supposedly this is caused by allergies. Thanks so much! Kathy

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Saving Money on Graduation: Senior Pictures, Announcements and Other Expenses.

My son is about to finish his junior year in high school. The expenses in preparation for his senior year and graduation have already begun. Does anyone have any creative ideas on how to save money on items such as senior pictures, announcements and all those other expenses and still make it nice? We already plan to make our own announcements. I appreciate any feedback. Linda

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Please Help Me Choose a Paint Color!

First off I'm 14, my 22 year old sister is moving in this summer and we have to share rooms. I need serious help with color choices for my new room. I like deep colors like olive/forest green, maroon, navy and brown but I don't want the room to be too dark or too hard to re-paint. What should I do?? Meaghan

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Looking for Meals for One

I live alone and hate TV dinners. I also don't like leftovers more than once. I would welcome ANY suggestions for simple meals for one. Raggedy_Jane

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Dried Paint from an Upholstered Chair

How can I remove dried paint from an upholstered chair. Joan from Oregon

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Ink and Marker off of Vinyl

Does anyone know how to get ink and marker marks out of vinyl? I have a tan vinyl top card table that my son has drawn all over and would like to remove the marks without ruining the table. I have tried a few cleaners, but none have worked. I even heard hairspray would take up the pen marks, but no such luck. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. jhawkgrl19

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Preventing Deer From Eating Rose Pedals

My mother grows roses and she has problems with the deer coming in her yard and eating the rose pedals. Does anyone know of something she can use to treat this problem. Thanks Patty Powell Patty from Maryland

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Need Recipes for South Beach Diet Phase 1

I just started Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet and I"m looking for a easy recipes... getting so tired of eggs and bacon! I have looked online already but there's not whole lot that interest me. Please help! Kim

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Last Weeks Requests


Homemade Aphid Repellant

Hi, I am looking for a homemade aphid repellant recipe. I know I have used one before but the recipe has escaped me. Thanks, Stan.

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Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Does anyone here make their own dog food? And does anyone have any frugal recipes for doing so? Is it frugal to make your own dog food? Thanks! Denny

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Garlic and Brewer's Yeast for Fleas

I have heard that garlic and brewer's yeast work but i can't get my dog to eat garlic! am i using it wrong? Misty

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Reception Ideas: Lunch for 100 People

I am planning a wedding for my sister. I need to feed 100 people on a limited budget. I think we have atleast 10 vegetarians. It doesn't need to be incredibly formal. I need atleast one meal for meat eaters, a meal for vegetarians, a couple kinds of salad and some snacky food. The cake is taken care of. I want the food to be as tasty as possible but not too expensive. It can really add up fast when you are feeding this many people. For example, if I budget 10 dollars per person I am looking at 1000, which is too much. Thank you! Tammy

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Removing Steak Sauce Stain From a Prom Dress

I need to know how to get a steak sauce stain out of my prom dress. The stain has set in for a while. please email me anw_sr2004@yahoo.com Ashley

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Foot Problem: Feet Itch and Burn

I need help with a problem with my feet. I am not sure what if wrong with them, but my feet itch really bad and burn. My toes are red as well as inbetween them. I hope someone has a homemade helpful hints. Thanks Starla from Ohio

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Looking for an Inexpensive Royal Blue Prom Dresses

I got invited to the prom last minute and looking for a royal blue dress under $100. I only have until the 14 of May. If you can help e-mail me at bluetigger112 (AT) aol.com. Thank you. Simone

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Make Your Own Baby Wash Recipe

I have purchased grapeseed oil, vegetable glycerine, jojoba oil, vitamin e, aloe vera, sweet almond oil and essential oils of lavender and sweet orange. I intend to make a baby wash but do not know exactly what quantities of each to put into it. Please could you supply a recipe on your website using these ingredients. Emma from Perth, Western Australia

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Can I Freeze Jelly Beans for Next Easter?

Since Easter is over, the fun jelly beans were on sale. Can I freeze them for next Easter?

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Get Rid of Crabgrass?

Can anyone tell me how to get rid of crabgrass? We have tried so many different things on it and we just can't seem to get rid of it. It is covering a big portion of our yard. Brenda from Missouri

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How do I Keep Squirrels out of the House?

We have squirrels in between our kitchen ceiling and bedroom upstairs, we do not know how they are coming in but do know they go onto the roof. Does anyone have any ideas how to keep them out besides trapping them. The electronic Pest Control units do not seem to work, I have 3 of them. From Anna in Maine

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How to Make Firecracker Bows?

I don't know how to make firecracker bows can anyone help. Please Raquesha a-k-a Mz.Bowwow

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What to do with Leftover Soap Pieces

I would like to know what to do with leftover pieces of hand soap. I have started using liquid soap for hands, but have plenty of soap pieces left over. Please help... Carmen from Illinois

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First Communion Centerpieces

I need ideas for my sons First Communion centerpieces. Anyone? Michelle

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Rust Removal Tips for My Old Truck

I have another question: I have an old Toyota truck I use for going to the dump and hauling brush. It's starting to get pretty rusty. I am not worried about how it looks but don't want it to rust out. Anyone have any tips to remove the rust or even just preventing it from further rusting? Thanks Grizfan

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Moss Growing on Red Tile Roof

I am trying to find some tips to prevent moss from growing on a red tile roof. I like the roof a lot but every few years the moss needs to be removed and its very difficult to remove it without breaking tiles. In fact, even professional cleaners break tiles when they go up there. They don't make the tiles anymore so I have to pay quite a bit for them to get replacements. Its the only drawback with an otherwise beautiful tile roof. Thanks Grizfan

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Koolaid Stain out of Carpet

Anybody know what will get out red kool-aid from kids bedroom carpet?

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Inexpensive Bridesmaid Dresses

I am looking for some ideas for inexpensive Bridesmaid dresses. I want everyone to match as much as possible and I would like to have quite a few bridesmaids. The cost of the dresses will greatly influence how many I have. Thanks for any info that you can provide. - TT

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Homemade Hamburger Helper

I know there is a really simple recipe for making your own hamburger helper. Does anyone have it handy? - TT

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Articles and Posts


Below is a list of articles and tips that have been posted in the last week.


That Strange Stuff in the Corners of Your Kitchen Could Become a Feast
By Shel Horowitz

While it sure is frugal to use up leftovers and anything that's about to spoil, it may not feel like too much fun--unless you do what I do.

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Dessert for One Person

I make a dessert using the microwave for one serving. 1/2 cup ouick cooking oatmeal or 1 pkg. of any flavor instant oatmeal, 2 tablespoon margarine or butter melted, 2 tablespoon brown sugar, any kind of dessert spices (cinnamon, nutmeg,etc.) 1 peeled and cored medium apple. Put the sliced apples into a microwaveable small bowl. Mix the other ingredients and sprinkle over the apple slices. Microwave for 2 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes. I make this for breakfast or for a dessert. Maepearl from Texas

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32 Tips for Making Food Stretch

A long list of tips to help food stretch.

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Homemade Beef Jerky

1. Slice 5 pounds lean beef (flank steak or similar cut) into strips 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide, and 4 to 12 inches long. Cut with the grain of the meat; remove the fat.

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Inexpensive Wedding Catering Strategies

This page has wedding stategies and ideas for feeding big parties. Most of these ideas are either inexpensive or have inexpensive alternatives. Worth a look if you are planning on self-catering a wedding or large event.

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Make Your Own Sports Drink

This is an easy to make alternative to some of the name brand sports drinks. If you are exercising for more than 30 minutes you may benefit from a fluid-replacement sports drink.

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Dusting Tips: Dealing with Dust

Here are some tips to help you deal with dust.

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Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

Reuse Grocery Bags as Disposable Trash Bags. Store empty grocery sacks, rolled into empty cardboard paper towel rolls. Great for the car. We always keep a couple of rolls in the trunk. Great disposable trash bags. By Sean C

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Freeze Stains with Hairspray

Carry a travel-size can of hair spray in your purse. It doesn't take up much room. If you accidentally stain your clothes with an ink pen, wine, lipstick or practically anything, spray the stain with the hairspray. It will "freeze" it until you can clean it. It works! No ancient chinese secret! I have saved many a garment with a small can of Rave! By MartArtist

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Inexpensive Meal: Eat Breakfast for Dinner

At least once a week, have breakfast for dinner, eggs are so inexpensive. And there are so many ways to prepare them, omelets, pancakes, french toast. A half dozen eggs and a loaf of day old bread can feed a family of 4, and that whole meal would probably cost under $2. By Leslie Greene

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Grocery List Tips

I use the back of an envelope affixed to the refrigerator with a magnet to write my ongoing grocery list. Then when I'm ready to go to the store, I select the coupons I need and put them right in the envelope. By Nancy Wall

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May Is National Strawberry Month
By Cindy Sanchez

If you love strawberries, then you know that nothing compares in texture or flavor to a red, ripe succulent strawberry! This article contains Strawberry facts and the following recipes: Strawberry Leather, Layered Strawberry Cake, Strawberries 'n' Cream Pizza, Strawberry Squares, Strawberry Salad, Strawberry Salsa, Strawberry Blossoms and Strawberry Muffins.

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Stain Removal Guide

Stain removal information for: Grease and Oil, Paint, Baby Clothes, Gum, Perspiration Stains, Ballpoint Ink, Hand Lotion, Petroleum Jelly, Beer and alcohol, Iodine, Rust, Blood, Leather, Sap, Crayon, Lipstick, Shoe Polish, Dirt, Magic Marker, Soot, Discolored Clothing, Mascara, Tar, Dye, Methiolade, Urine, Feces, Milk, Wax, Food, Mold/Mildew, Glue and Adhesive, Nail Polish, Grass Stains, Paste Wax

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Homemade Luxury Bath Products
By Martha Matthews

If you like the beautiful designer bath products you see in the trendy department stores but you don't want to fork out the big bucks for them, then why not try making your own?  They are inexpensive and easy to create.  When dressed up in a pretty container they make a wonderful gift.  So break out the mixing bowls and give these recipes a whirl.

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Ingredient Substitutions

Missing an ingredient and don't want to run to the store? Some of these ingredient substitutions may help you in a pinch.

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Beware the Shopping Mall Monster
By Colin Mc Caig

Like me, you've probably been offered a fair old number of these by now... and, if you're like most people, chances are you maybe own at least one or two. They always seem to put in an appearance at just the right (or wrong) moment...

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Make Your Own Rubber Bands

Snip the fingers of worn out rubber gloves to make various sized "rubber bands". By Susan

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Frugal Gifts for Kids

Whenever I run across a good kid's CD (sometimes I merely borrow them) I burn as many copies as I need and keep them for nieces, nephews and friends. I pay only $10 for a box of 14 CD-Rs and get 14 gifts for .72 cents a piece. And the kids love to receive their own music. By Kristi 32, ME

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Save Money on Milk, Freeze it.

This money saving tip saves me so much money. My family doesn't like drinking powdered milk. So to save money. I have a big freezer and when milk is on sale. I buy a LOT. I pour a little off each gallon into the milk bottle in the fridge and then I freeze the rest. when the milk in the fridge is getting low I just go to the freezer and pull out what I need. It takes about 24 hours for it to thaw. I just set the bottles in the sink and when they are almost completely thawed I put them in the fridge. I am never out of milk this way. Try it, you'll save lots of money on milk. By Suzanne

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Recipe Organization

I am a recipe collector and I started having piles of recipes all over the place. I bought an accordion pocket file and labeled the pockets according to recipe types. It works as my "quick file" until I can sort and file them into my file cabinet (where I have file folders labeled down in my office). By Tawnda Thomas

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Dried Blood Repellent for Deer and Rabbits

Dried blood should be available at your local garden store. It is a biproduct of cattle beef processing. It comes in a powdered form and is effective for discouraging deer and rabbits from eating your plants.

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Prefold Diaper Making Instructions

This page has detailed diaper making instructions.

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Make Your Own Diaper Wipes

GentleParenting.com: "Since many of us find that commercial baby wipes are too harsh on our babies' diaper areas and are not very economical, some use homemade diaper wipes made with our own recipes or ones we've borrowed from others.  Here are a few of them:"

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Make Your Own Diapers

Use the step-by-step instructions to make your own diapers.

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Uses for Cardboard Milk Cartons

Prevent scratches on your floor with cardbaord milk cartons. Cut off the top part of the milk carton and slip the lower part on furniture legs. Then you can slide heavy furniture without fear of scratching your floor.

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Make Your Own Organic Plant Fertilizer Tea Bag

"For gardens to grow, they need to be fertilized. Unfortunately, commercially available fertilizers are an unregulated product that may contain toxic wastes. Happily, you can easily make your own organic plant fertilizer "tea bag" -- and save some money at the same time."

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Sourdough Broccoli Dip

Sourdough appetizer.

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Guide to a Growing Trend: The "Green" or Ecological Wedding
By Blake Kritzberg

Does it seem like the phrases "ecology" and "wedding" could hardly have less in common? With the average wedding costing well over 15 thousand today, one would think so. And yet, the "green" or ecologically-friendly wedding is gaining momentum across the nation. The green wedding, like any other wedding style, has its tribal features. By tribal, I mean the signs and signifiers that help tell the guests what the wedding is supposed to mean, and how the couple prefers to appear. From a tribal perspective, a green wedding can be hauntingly romantic, with its outdoor setting, its focus on living plants, and its less-formal gown (often made of hemp) that brings to mind fairy outings from 400 years ago. In personal appearance, the ecology bride is often the gamine type. Even on her wedding day, her fresh face forms a contrast with the heavily made-up cover girls of bridal magazines. When it comes to more functional aspects, the green weddings shape and flavor flow from three main goals: - Do no harm, - Patronize earth-friendly vendors, and - Reuse/recycle.

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Dried Paint from an Upholstered Chair

How can I remove dried paint from an upholstered chair. Joan from Oregon

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Egg Deer Repellent

Deer don't like eggs! This recipe is easy to make and fairly inexpensive, it calls for 18 eggs. You can also make small batches.

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Top 10 Ways to Save on Gasoline
By Cyndi Roberts

Gasoline prices are soaring!  Now is a good time to look at ways to save at the pump. 

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"Sewing Room Salvage - Save and Sew!"
By Sarah J. Doyle

A collection of sewing room salvage items should be an organized part of your sewing room. Fabric scraps, buttons, zippers, ribbons, yarn and trimmings should be systematically saved so you don't waste time searching for them, nor spend extra money replacing something you have but cannot find.

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Talking Dirty With The Queen Of Clean
by Linda Cobb
"tand back, Heloise, here comes the Queen of Clean. Armed with both common sense and ingenuity, Linda Cobb made a name for herself on Morning, Arizona. For those of you who don't happen to live in Arizona, she has written this helpful little book. Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean tackles just about any household stain, stink, or accident you can think of.

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Beach Themed Wedding Centerpieces
By Rose Smith

Decorate your tables with some fun-loving beach-themed centerpieces. Each centerpiece is easy to put together, so anyone can do them.

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Getting Tar Off a Vinyl Floor

Problem: Someone has tracked tar onto your vinyl floor. Solution: Rub some butter or margarine on the tar, then wipe it up with a dry cloth. This trick even works on some carpets; thoroughly remove all evidence of the residue with a foamy carpet cleaner. By Eulice

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Let Your Kids Draw on Old Shades

Do you have any old and/or unused white window shades? Let your kids or grandkids draw on them with crayons or paints. They can then be washed with a sponge and mild dish detergent and used over again. Of course, do not remove what could later be a first edition of a "PICASSO" picture. By joesgirl

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Smoke Detector "Beeper"

My sweet hubby is in the last stages of lung cancer and his voice is gone. I bought a new smoke detector and he uses it for a "beeper" if I am in another part of the house or at night when I am sleeping. All he has to do is push the check button. By MarySue

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Last Minute Bridal Shower/Wedding Gift Idea

Have a last minute bridal shower/wedding, graduation or house-warming and don't have much cash to get a good gift? For the cost of a pack of index cards you can write out all of your favorite recipes and start a recipe collection for your person of honor. Wrap it with a ribbon as it is, or...

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Make Your Cornbread More Firm

As I have moved around over the years, I found that my favorite cornbread recipe changed in firmness depending on where I lived. I have had two suggestions given to me that work very well. Adding an extra egg helps a lot and does not change the texture. Adding about 1/8-1/4 cup sour cream to your batter makes a nice, firm cornbread, if you prefer yours more firm. By Tawnda Thomas

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Money Saving Milk Ideas

Have you heard that the price of milk and other dairy products is going "sky high"? Unlike the high price of gas, we consumers can do something about the price of milk. Just don't buy it! Serve water at more meals.

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Play Soothing Music at Your Garage Sale

During your yard sale, play soothing, classical music. Your customers will browse longer and hopefully buy more. Playing loud, get-up-and-go music will have them leaving sooner. By Anna

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Get the After Sale Bargains

On the weekends, I sometimes go by garage sales even after they have closed. Sometimes they are getting rid of stuff or throwing it away! By Cindy Esparza

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Egg Cartons for Storing Earrings

I use the bottom of empty egg cartons to store my earrings. They each have 12 separate compartments and you can store them one on top of each other if you just use the bottoms and throw away the tops. By Blanche Kryszak

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Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

These tips are offered by Bounce. They have numerous tips for using dryer sheets around the house. Clearly an attempt to sell more dryer sheets but there are some interesting tips. Some of the tips may work with used dryer sheets.

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Power Tool Safety
By Dave Markel

There are a number of things that every wood worker needs to know when they are working with power tools (to a lessor extent, hand tools). Some things are plainly obvious but others are often overlooked. 

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Decorating with Area Rugs
By Nikki Willhite

Area rugs are great for frugal decorators. They are extremely versatile, and serve many purposes. They can start off in the living room, move to the Family Room or Bedroom, and eventually end up in the garage or an indoor/outdoor room.

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A Great Gift for Mother's Day: Homemade Scented Bath Salts
By Michelle Jones

CNN recently reported that consumers plan to spend an average of $98.64 on gifts for Mom this year, but here's a frugal gift idea that most mothers would love, and it won't break the bank!

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Colonial Pound Cake

Here is another pound cake that is even easier.

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Easter Pound Cake

Cream butter; add sugar and cream together. Add eggs one at the time mixing well after each. Add vanilla to above mixture.

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Raised Bed Gardening

"Gardening in raised beds, a common practice before colonial times, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity among home vegetable growers. In parts of the world with greater population densities or less tillable land, gardening in beds is still the norm."

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Cloth Diapers or Disposable Diapers?

Hello, my daughter is about to have her first child and I am looking for information on the cost comparison between Cloth and Disposable Diapers. Any other diaper tips would be great. Thanks, Lois in LA

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All About Yeast Breads

These breads all have something in common—the leavening agent is yeast. Yeast is a microorganism that is activated with "food" (sugar and flour), "water" (liquid ingredients) and warmth. As the yeast grows and multiplies, it creates gas bubbles that cause bread dough to rise. Yeast breads can be divided into two main categories:

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Use a "Magic Can" for Odds n' Ends

I have a 3 lb coffee can that I add all screws, pieces of blinds, wing nuts, lamp parts and "what have you" that are left over. For over 30 years now if I have needed something to hang a picture, anchor or screw I just look in the "MAGIC CAN" and there it is. My kids also have adopted this method and very few projects have to be stopped to go and buy the proper pieces. By Julia

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Old Credit Cards for Cleaning

Don't throw away your outdated credit card. I use it to clean my kitchen counter, especially after making some thing like pie crust. The dough sticks to the counter top and if you take the side of the credit card it really removes any hardened dough (or anything else) very easily. By joesgirl

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Make Your Own Swiffer Pads

I got a Swiffer Wet Jet Mop a few years ago. But I hated buying those new pads all the time. So I found several wool sweaters I was no longer wearing, shrunk them (also known as felting), then I measured the last Swiffer pad that was in the box, made a quick pattern from newspaper. Then I cut out about 10 pads from the 2 shrunken sweaters and "wah-lah!". Reuseable swiffer pads. The wool sticks right to the velcro on the bottom of the swiffer. And the wool makes a nice cleaning tool. When they are dirty, I just toss them in the washer. Now if I can just find a way to refill the cleaner, I'd really be saving some money! By Cassie Stevens

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I actively participate in radio contests. My local station has lots of trivia, name that tune, and multiple choice contests. Usually the prize is a free lunch, a pizza, or an oil change. Not big bucks stuff, but hey, if I can win a free lunch every 30 days, why not go for it? By Becki Harris

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Clean Chrome with Vodka

Did you know that a cloth dipped in vodka will clean and shine anything chrome and in the bathroom? It will remove soap scum, calcium, and lime deposits off chrome fixtures and faucets. By G. Stevenson

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Gail's Coffee Cake
By The Maitre D

Our regular readers will know that we are always looking for simple recipes that are at the same time delicious yet easy to prepare, whether you are a seasoned veteran of the kitchen or just starting out.  I have a particular fondness for deserts and especially ones that are good for ending a meal or just having with your tea or coffee or whenever the urge hits you.  Today's recipe fits the bill perfectl

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Put flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & chocolate chips in a bowl.  Mix and make a well in the center.

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Stop! You're Wasting Money!
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Groceries are one of the few flexible items in a family's budget, but it can sometimes be challenging to find creative ways to save on regular family food costs. Following are some simple tips for easy reductions in grocery expenses:

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Fabulous and Frugal Gifts for Mom
By Cyndi Roberts

What to do?  Mother's Day is just around the corner and there's just no money in the budget for gifts.  Not to worry!  Just look over this list of inexpensive gifts to buy or make and you'll be all set.  These budget ideas with a lot of heart can mean more than 2 dozen red roses to a mom!

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12 Tips To Follow When Shopping for a Bridal Gown
By Rose Smith

There can be a lot of pitfalls that brides fall into when shopping for that perfect dress for their special day. To help you make a more informed purchase here are12 tips to make your shopping experience smoother and more enjoyable.

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Coffee Can Composting

I use a coffee can to hold my compost. One of the large Folgers cans works great. Make sure to keep the plastic lid so you can use it to help prevent fruit flies. You can use a plastic grocery bag as a liner for the coffee can to prevent it from rusting. You can paint the coffee can to match your kitchen or cover it with contact paper. Its a free, clean, fruit-fly-less way to deal with your kitchen waste. Gerald

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Make Your Own Rain Barrel

"Below we have provided directions on how we make rain barrels. Some of the tools are specialized and can be costly. However, recommended less expensive alternatives are discussed. You can put your own rain barrel together for about $20."

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Home Storage Solutions: Spring Ideas To Organize Your Home
By Michael J. Holland

Without a doubt, there are plenty of home storage solutions to help organize your home life. But... what you may not realize is that from a home interior decorating perspective, getting rid of, or organizing, clutter can beautify your home.

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Dust with Used Fabric Softener Sheets

Save your used fabric softener sheets and use them to dust with. They work great. I also use them on my Swiffer Duster instead of paying for the more expensive Swiffer replacements. By Jackie S.

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