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October 30, 2004
Shining Sterling Silver Candle Sticks
Does anyone know of a quick and easy way to shine sterling candle sticks? Beth
Liquid for Burning Pine Cones
A long time ago I read about how you can soak pine cones in a liquid solution and when they dry you put them in a fireplace. The flames will turn colors. I would like to know what the liquid is that does this. I believe liquid solution had "alum" in the name. Thanks Pat from Texas
ThriftyFun News October 30, 2004 - Holiday Travel
Online version of the ThriftyFun News. Holiday Travel. Volume Six, Number 42 October 30, 2004
Car Rental Tips
You can usually get a much better price by renting well in advance of your trip, especially if you reserve in a low season and travel in a high season
Is there a way to fly with your toiletries without them exploding all over the place?
Some Travel Tips
Pack all of your heavy items in the bottom of your suitcase. Determine the bottom by the position of the suitcase when it is locked & either wheeled or carried.
Stretching Hotel Coffee
I go to conferences and schools yearly. The 4 cup coffee maker the hotel has will have a pre-packaged coffee and filter. I make the 4 cups of regular coffee. I take a covered pitcher or carafe with me and pour that coffee in the pitcher.
If you are flying somewhere and have to change planes on-route, you will probably have to walk a few miles. Don't take anything on-board that you don't want to lug for five miles. I use a comfortable padded back-pack for my laptop, and check in everything else.
Put Small Travel Items in Zip Lock Bags
When traveling, putting small items such as brushes, toothpaste, and undergarments in large zip lock bags, makes room for the larger items that have to be taken with you. By Della Gray
How to Apply for Makeover Shows
I have seen all of these shows on TV where homes are getting redecorated for families, neighbors, etc. What about a place of business, more specifically a small night time bar?
Check at garage sale free boxes for dresses and blouses that have pretty buttons. These buttons can be cut off and reused (or collected) and it didn't cost you a penny. Also, watch for sweaters and other crocheted or knitted items in the free boxes. You can ravel out the stitch work and re-use the yarn or give it to somebody you know that crochets or knits. By Kathie
Remedy for Kids Not Remembering What You Told Them
I decided I was tired of my kids always saying that they didn't remember me telling them something, like "clean your room". So what I did was tape off an area around the lightswitch and painted around it with melamine paint (the kind they use on dry erase boards). So now, I write something on there and anytime they turn on the light, voila! they see the note! By Lisa Trudeau
Rebates at Stores
Take advantage of rebates at Rite Aid, Walgreens, Office Max, Auto Zone, CVS and the grocery store.
Polishing Carved Furniture
Dip an old soft toothbrush into furniture polish and brush lightly. Then buff with a clean cloth. By Peggy
Repair Tears in Window Shade
Repair tears in window shades with colorless nail polish. This works wonders on small tears. By Peggy
Frizzy Hair Remedy
Get the frizz in the winter? Look like Buckwheat by the time you get to work? Me too. Here's a quick, economical way to reuse your dryer sheets. Put one in your bag and a brush. Rub the brush with the used dryer sheet and viola!
Neck Tie Belt
Want to keep up with trends, but don't have the bucks to spare? Here's a real hot fashion trend that you can spend no money on! Grab one of your husband's ties or one of your own and use it in place of a belt.
15 Cent Pedicure
Hello Frugal Friends. Tis the season to be happy, healthy and jolly. Tell that to my dry, cracked feet. Need a cheap way to acheive the results of a pedicure without the excessive price? Fill a bowl or tub with warm to hot water so that it will cover your tootsies. Then add a half cup of Epsom salts. You can pick up a giant container for REAL cheap. Soak for as long as you like or at least ten minutes. Then use a pumice stone (lava rock) to sloph off dead skin. Rub in lotion and you just got yourself a $25 dollar pedicure for about 15 cents. By Suzanne S.
Frugal Decorating With Old Calendars
Need to decorate in a bad way but have almost no money to spare? If you want to perk up those bare walls with artwork here's what you do.
I watch for shampoo at garage sales. Last garage sale, I got an almost full bottle of Herbal Essence shampoo for damaged hair for 10 cents. I then mix the shampoo and water together in a spray bottle, about 1/3 water and 2/3 shampoo or whatever works for you.
Cutting Chicken Strip Tip
When I want to make chicken strips from frozen boneless chicken breasts, I take them out of the freezer for approximately 30 minutes. It makes the cutting more uniform and a lot easier! By Michelle
Make a Dog Bed With Old Fleece Robes
Doggie beds can be made out of used fleece robes found at thrift stores. You can usually pick them up for very little and cut them apart to make a nice bed for your little pet.
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