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Is the Taste of Evaporated Milk Noticeable When Used in Cooking?
I make gravy with it, and love it. I also use it to make puddings, cakes, biscuits. I cannot taste it, nor can I smell it.

 

Storing Dry Goods

Storing Dry Goods to Avoid Weevils
I do the same thing! I have jars lined up with everything you can think of in them. Keeps them fresh and bug free, doesnt it? :-)

 

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Shower Doors are White Instead of Clear?
At Dollar Tree they have mist and go, a daily shower spray. I have tried the expensive ones but they do not work as well as this one does. Spray it every day for a week, it should wipe off then.

 

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Cleaning a Self Cleaning Oven By Hand?
Self cleaning or continuous clean? Years ago I had a continuous clean and you were not supposed to use anything on it. When we moved my new range had a self cleaning oven. I recently replaced my electric range with a gas stove. I purchased the gas stove used...

 

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How Do I Make Pancakes?
1 egg 3/4 cup milk 1 cup flour, all-purpose 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Beat egg with hand beater until fluffy; beat in remaining ingredients just until mixed. For thinner pancakes, stir in additional...

 

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Make Your Own Bread Machine Mixes
I like doing this, too! It saves so much time. I have Muffin Mix in quart jars, I make up about half a dozen at a time. I also have several jars of Whole Wheat Pancake mix. Ready to add the wet ingredients when I am ready to bake! I havent did the bread mix...

 

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Home Safety Tips
Good tips, but crime keeps getting worse and worse. We live in a small town. My neighbor parks his truck in his driveway directly under a street light. He had one of those huge mounted tool boxes in it. Theives took it. Not sure how they did it so fast, because...

 

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Pressure Canning Pumpkin at Home?
Yes, but you can it in chunks, not pureed. Pressure it at the right pressure for your altitude. 90 minutes for quarts, 55 minutes for pints.

 

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Canned Apple Pie Filling
I am a home canner. I use Clearjel, which is made for use in canning. Corn starch is too iffy, I wont take the chance and use it.

 

Icicles

Prepping for Winter
Great tips! We get a lot of ice and snow in our area so we also keep a generator ready to go. We start it several times a month to make sure it is ready to go when ice brings down power lines in our rural town. Plus we keep our supply shelves stocked. Nothing...

 

My Frugal Life: Me And The Bee
Thank you for sharing! Loved it!

 

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What is the Chemical Mix to Make Colored Flames?
I have never done this, but my sister did. She said they use a section of a copper pipe, with a section of garden hose around it. They throw it into the fire and say it burns green.

 

A 70s family

Balancing Thrifty And Fun
Thank you for sharing your down to earth soul warming story! I feel the same way. :-) Being thrifty and frugal is wonderful, as long as you treat yourself occasionally to something that makes your heart smile!

 

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Store Empty Canning Jars Upside Down
I store mine upside down, too, Mary, (xintesas, well yeah, but they are easier to wash off!) I store my rings threaded on a clothing hanger that I have untwisted the top on, keeps them perfectly round. I hang the hanger from the rafters in the basement.

 

Wildlife: Seagull
Beautiful picture!

 

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Make Your Own Deodorant
Why? Easy. :-) It works better for some of us. I used commercial deodorants for close to half a century. Expensive, cheap, you name it. But I could still smell what to me was offensive underarm odor soon after bathing and applying it. I read an article on making...

 

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Re-read The Books You Have
I have numerous books that I love so much I will re-read them! I have a big box of them under my bed and occasionally I will slide it out from under it, remove a few, put a few back in. Some books I just didnt enjoy that much, they go into a give away box. But...

 

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Gift Mixes Using Splenda
How thoughtful of you! Are your loved ones on any other restriction? DH and I are diabetic,not only is sugar a no no to us, so is white flours.

 

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Gift Mixes Using Splenda
How thoughtful! DH and I are both diabetics and would love to receive such a thoughtful item! We use Splenda without any type of ill effects. We also use Wheylow, wheat flour, etc to keep our carbs down. Again, that is so nice and considerate of you!

 

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Reserving an RV Spot for a Travel Trailer?
Most camp sites that you can reserve online will tell you the length. For instance, our camper is 33 foot, and I allow 20 for our truck. So I check that the site has a minimum of 53 feet. Since we carry some equipment, such as our bikes, in the truck, I want...

 

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Hang Dry Your Clothes
My electric bill has went WAY down since I rarely use the dryer. Our electric rates are sky high here. An added benefit is our clothing lasts so much longer, especially things with elastic in them, like bras and panties. I dont mind the towel feeling a little...

 

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Glass Jars for Food Storage
Me too! I love doing this! I also use a vacuum sealer with a jar attachment to store things such as crackers, flour, etc in canning jars. It vacuum seals them closed, no bugs, and they dont go stale! I buy in bulk, and seal everything up. It keeps me from running...

 

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Diabetic Cookie Recipes?
Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 stick butter, softened 1 stick butter substitute, softened (Like smart balance) 3/4 cup Splenda (Or Altern, Walmarts brand) 3/8 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 cups Whole Wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda...

 

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Canning Fresh Salsa?
If canned and stored properly, home canned items will last for years. Home canned salsa doesnt have preservatives that store bought has, and you can season it to taste.

 

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Frugal Cooking for Two Recipes?
Dh and I love dried beans. They are cheap, and if you cook them in a crock pot, easy to prepare. I made Black Eyed Peas for New Years. I put 6 cups water, a 1 pound package of dried black eyed peas, chopped up an onion and added it, along with a little chopped...

 

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Recipes for a Burger and Fries Restaurant?
Consider offering healthy foods. Such as a Turkey burger on a wheat bun. Since hubby and I are diabetic and are eating healthier, we cannot go to restaurants. :-(

 

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Drain Browned Ground Beef in a Colander
I drain and rinse mine, also. I am a home canner and when I do this before canning it there is very little fat in the jars, a lot healthier. I use empty coffee cans, etc to drain the fat into.

 

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Homemade Powdered Apple Cider Mix?
Would it be possible to dehydrate apple cider using a fruit leather tray and a dehydrator? And pulverize it? I really dont have a clue, but if you ever find a way, please post it.

 

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Recycle Mattress Cover for Quilt Filling
Great idea. I have never used a mattress pad but my first quilt I ever made, I was a young girl of 17, I used an old Chenille bedspread in it. The top was simple double knit squares and I tacked it. I was filling my hope chest. 30+ years later my daughter used...

 

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Healthy Snacks for Fishing Trips?
Peanut butter sandwiches. When my DH has to travel due to his job I pack him things that dont need refrigeration. Peanut butter sandwiches fit the bill perfectly!

 

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Sausage Biscuit and Gravy Sandwich
A great idea! I have made my DH breakfast sandwiches using 2 small wheat pancakes as bread, and a dab of sugar free syrup as a condiment. It soaks in, then I put egg and sausage on it. But I never thought of gravy for the biscuit sandwiches. Thanks!

 

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Make Your Own Peanut Butter
I have always wanted to do this but just havent tried it. How long does it take? Do you have to stop the blender occasionally and work it down? DH and I love peanut butter but the price is so high now, plus there is so much additives, such as sugar and molasses...

 

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Pinto Bean Pie
I have a cookbook that is over 110 years old and this recipe is in it. Glad to see the ingredient amounts as my old cookbook has sizes such as a piece of butter the size of a walnut. Back then you had no grocery on each street corner selling fruit all year...

 

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Frugal Tissue Dispenser
What a great idea! At our school the children are told to bring in several boxes of tissue each to donate to the school. But I think this would be great to use here at home.

 

Frozen pizzas

Say "No" to Pizza Delivery
Due to health concerns we, too, had to say no to pizza deliveries! We have a bread machine and I use it to mix up a wheat crust in it. I buy Spaghetti sauce from Aldi, one jar will make several pizzas. I use lower fat cheese/meats on top. They sure taste better...

 

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Making Foaming Soap at Home
Yes, it will work with the foaming dish soap too. I have a Dawn one I got with a coupon and have refilled it several times. I have been refilling my foaming soap dispensers for years. I dont buy hand soap, I usually just use a squirt of dish washing liquid...

 

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Use Christmas Lights Year Round
I have clear icicle lights behind the valances in the bedroom and living room. Hmm, never thought about on top of the kitchen cabinets! Thanks!

 

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Save Money and Time With a Pressure Cooker
I used an aluminum pressure cooker that was handed down to me by my mother. When the handle broke and couldnt be replaced I purchased a new one. I use it, but I am not as happy with it as I was my old aluminum one was. My old one you simply put the weight on...

 

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School Lunch Tips
My daughter takes her lunch. I try to pack what she wants, and I know she will eat. She loves pasta, a can will make two lunches. I have the squatty thermos that I preheat with boiling water, and after heating her pasta, empty the water and put it in. She says...

 

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Make Extra Pancakes and Freeze
I lay out a piece of plastic wrap, lay one down, flip it, add another, flip, add one more, flip and wrap the excess plastic around it That way DH gets 3 small pancakes for breakfast to heat up, and they do not get freezer burned. (A cheap $1.00 roll of plastic...

 

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Spending Too Much On Take Out Coffee?
I like to travel, be it long trips or short jaunts. And I like coffee. In the past I have purchased coffee on the road and I never really was impressed with it. I solved my problem by buying a coffee mug that plugs into a cigarette lighter and the coffee singles...

 

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Automatic Dishwashers Save Water
So many times I have read articles that say that hand washing uses less water. I agree with this article, using my dishwasher certainly uses less water! I did make a mistake and purchased a huge bucket of dish washer packets from SAMS club. Not a good idea...

 

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Dealing With an Excess of Inherited Photographs
I guess you would consider me the family historian for my family. I would never give pics away to strangers. I do have a big tote that when family members come they can look through and take from. I also have disks of them scanned. I want to pass the history...

 

How I Save Money By Keeping a Clean House
Some of this I do, some I dont. (You have a lot of spunk!) But I do keep a decent house. I always think of my home being MY 5 star hotel. I am retired, a bit of a homebody, and like having my home to where I enjoy being here. I have a clean comfortable bed...

 

Window frame built around photo.

Turn A Photo Into A Window Outside
What a wonderful way to think pleasant thoughts of a loved one!

 

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Neighbors Added Onto Our Fence without Permission?
Did you have your land surveyed? Did he? That would be first, to prove his fence is actually on your land. Then I would talk to the city. Even in a small town like we live in we had to have a permit to put our fence up and we had to prove it was on our own...

 

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Neighbors Added Onto Our Fence without Permission?
Sorry, Ann. Your facts are not right. You hear about them more simply because little dogs bites do not cause much damage. I own several rotts. Any pet can be dangerous if not trained properly.

 

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Use Email As Your Online Cookbook
I, too, have done this for years. I have folders with different categories. (Bread, Diabetic and Healthy, Mixes, etc. After I use them and know it is something I will make over and over, then I print it out, or write it out.

 

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Cell Phones for Noting Ideas
Great tip! My phone has a note pad and before I go to the store I make my list on it. As I buy things on it, I delete them off of it. Easier than doing it by hand. :-)

 

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Food for 2 Years for $5 a Week
I believe stocking the pantry for emergencies is a great idea! I do stock flour, too. I find that if I freeze it for a week, then vacuum seal it in glass jars it keeps without getting buggy. Same with rice. I prefer canning, and buying canned food items. I...

 

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Making Biscuits and Gravy With Bacon Grease?
Years ago on a camping trip I forgot to take flour and was unable to make gravy for DH. He went to a little store and although they didnt have flour they had bisquick. I used that instead of flour to make the gravy. It was awesome, and I have been making it...

 

two views of finished angel

Great Granny Vi's Soap Angel Instructions
How cute! You are a very talented lady!

 

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My Frugal Life - Buying Ingredients Has Saved Me Money
I do the same thing! :-) I make my own mixes for items such as muffins, pancakes, cake mixes, etc. Not only is it cheaper, it is SO much healthier!

 

The posts mentioned almost every ethnic group, including blacks, Muslims, Jews and American Indians, and talked about an effort on campus to debate changing the university's mascot, a Viking. The threats came days after some student leaders suggested that

I Longed For A Simpler Lifestyle
Why the comments about this lady leaving her hubby with all the bills? A few years back I took an early retirement, my income went way down. My hubby encouraged it! I, like this lady, watch every penny, garden, and take care of our home. My husband loves the...

 

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Homemade Bottled Iced Tea
I have been drinking more home brewed tea and less soda. I see the feedback on here about tea being a diuretic and how you should drink more water. I did some research and found that some bloggers DO post that it is, but the Mayo Clinic has this to say: It...

 

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Vi's Tacos 1950s
A great idea!

 

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Ladder as Pots and Pans Organizer
I did the same thing, except after hanging it up my hubby used S hooks to hang my pots from. We moved from that house 8 years ago and since I did not have another ladder we ended up purchasing a hanging rack for this home. In all honesty, I prefer my homemade...

 

A faux rock wall behind a Tiffany lamp.

Making a Faux Rock Wall
Beautiful. It looks really nice.

 

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Bread Machine Oatmeal Rolls
Most of my recipes call for a pack, a pack is over 2 teaspoons. (I buy in bulk.) I do have several other oatmeal bread recipes and they call for a bit more. Maybe the oatmeal takes a bit more to rise?

 

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Ground Moles?
We had mole tunnels all over the yard, and it didnt help my two dogs, when outside, would dig at the tunnels. We filled in the holes with dirt and purchased a bag of granules that was touted as killing grubs, ticks, fleas, etc. Right before a rain was coming...

 

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Being a Good Patient at the Doctor's Office
I agree with this article. So, I do not mean to sound bad, but can we add a few things for staff, too?When a patient enters the office and approaches the window to sign in, or to ask a question, please do not ignore us. Do not continue to talk to your coworkers...

 

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Buying in Bulk
I find that to buy in bulk you really do have to see if you are saving money. Some bulk items do cost more than a smaller package per ounce. I like to have my pantry and freezer stocked. There are three of us so when I buy meats in bulk I separate it into three...

 

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Save Money on Shaving
I read a tip on here this spring that stated when you are done shaving with your disposable razor rinse it and store in in a container with a little oil in it. I have mine in a plastic container with a lid that drink mix came in, and I use baby oil. It is tall...

 

Laundry tubs for organizing clean laundry.

Plastic Dish Pans for Laundry
What a neat idea! I do laundry in the basement and put all socks, etc into one big basket. But that means that when the family digs in them they make a mess! Thanks for posting!

 

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Putting an Artificial Tree in a Christmas Tree Stand
Do you mean stand them up by/around the stem of the tree? I have several artificial trees as I like to decorate! One broke a piece off of the base, I would like to put it in a regular stand that I have. Thanks! You may have helped me to keep the tree out of...

 

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Cooking From Scratch
Thumbs up from me, too! :-) I make my own mixes up and store them in jars. I can my own veggies/fruits/meat. I can control what goes into them. Emulsifiers, flavor enhancers, dyes, they all turn me off. Food tastes like real food without it.

 

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