November 19, 2004

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"Gas Station Free Refill"I'm not sure how many frugal members know about the "Gas Station Free Refill" fountain drink rule. I am a fountain drink-aholic.

 

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Inexpensive, Removable, WallpaperIf you want a unique wallpaper, but easily removable, try stenciling the least expensive muslin fabric (I found mine for 86 cents a yard at major department store). Make sure to use fabric medium when stenciling. Then put up the fabric with laundry starch. The upside is that when you decide not to use the fabric for wallpaper any more, you can make curtains and other home decor out of it. By Debbie Z

 

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Homemade Towel HolderI needed a towel holder in my kitchen but cash was short. So I got to looking around my house for unused things that I could make one with. I found an oak toilet tissue holder that we had never used.

 

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Dusting Powder TipIf you use dusting powder after you shower, dry off in the shower and apply the powder there - eliminates powder residue on your floor.

 

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Keeping Things ON the DashboardIf you would like to set small items on your car dashboard without having them fall off when you make a turn, use a leftover piece of the rubberized shelf liner used in kitchen cabinets. It works great, and it's just the right size for a cell phone, sunglasses, etc. Plus, if you buy it in the kitchen section at discount stores, it's usually cheaper than a similar roll in the auto or RV area. By Tori

 

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Buying a Used CarBuying a used car - don't overlook the private seller. I've bought two used cars, with 60,000 miles on them, paid $200 each time and drove them another 80,000 miles with no major repairs. They were not pretty cars, but very dependable transportation. By Betty G.

 

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Bags of CementIf you have gaps in your fenced yard where the dog gets loose or you want to border a garden, without lugging heavy blocks everywhere, put out bags of unopened cement in the way you want them, around garden beds or under fence. Water them with a hose or rain will water them. When completely soaked they will dry into hard blocks. By Racer

 

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Discount Grocery StoresSearch out the Bent N Dent grocery stores or salvage grocery stores. I've bought a whole grocery cart full of food, no meat, for $40 which included cosmetics, pantyhose, paper products and food. By Betty G.

 

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Marking Pans, Dishes and Utensils For Group Picnics Or CampingWhen we go picnicking/camping with other families, we usually mix cooking and eating utensil together for eating and dishwashing. Saves on water and fuel.

 

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Asian Ladybug DeterrentI have used this idea for the past several years and it works well for me: scatter bay leaves around on window sills or anywhere else flat you can place them. It keeps them away. The next fall I do it again. I haven't been bothered since.

 

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Grocery List ChalkboardI have a grocery list board on my kitchen cupboard. I don't always have a pen and paper handy when I think of something I need at the grocery store. So I decided to use chalkboard paint to create a surface that I will always have handy.

 

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Taking Honey for EnergyHoney is a great way to increase your stamina. I take a teaspoon a day and have energy to burn. To get the very last bit of honey out of the jar or bottle, simply remove the lid and microwave for 10-15 seconds. It quickly becomes thinner and pourable again. By Glynda Lomax

 

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Visit Health FairsYou can get free blood pressure readings, free cholesterol readings, and free blood sugar readings. In addition, they give away nice samples, pens, pencils, pads, rulers.

 

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Apple Pear Crockpot ButterPut in crockpot and put on high for 1 hour and then turn down to low for 7 hours, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking. After 7 hours, take lid off and cook on high for 1 hour.

 

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Making Mini Pies Without Tart Pans?I absolutely LOVE making pies! But I would love to make mini pies for thanksgiving instead of the traditional 9". Sort of like tarts I guess. But I really don't want to buy and tart pans, I was wondering if I can use muffin tins and if anyone had a recipe. Thanks in advance! :)

 

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Removing Hair From Hairbrushes?I'd like to know how to remove hair from hairbrushes with plastic bristles, like the kind used for blow-drying. I soak my brushes in a ammonia solution but getting all the hair off is tedious. Any suggestions? Jeanne from Wisconsin

 

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