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December 18, 2004
ThriftyFun News December 18, 2004 - Christmas Gift Ideas and Tips
Online version of the ThriftyFun News. Christmas Gift Ideas and Tips. Volume Six, Number 49 December 18, 2004
Foaming Hand Wash Recipe
A short while ago there was a tip for making a foaming hand wash. I did not copy this and now I'm asking for a request. But I also want to wish each and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Rudy from MA
Clothing for a Sports Fan
Gifts for sports fans... Rather than buying expensive official merchandise you can buy shirts, hats, scarves, etc. that have the same colors as their favorite sports team.
Gifts for Elderly Friends
It is not easy to find a gift for elderly friends and relatives. I give them stationary, a ball point pen and stamps. By Jean Sterling
Creative Gift Wrapping - Hiding Gifts in the Pantry
For anyone wanting to hide gifts and save on wrapping paper, use boxes out of your pantry. When I start collecting gifts I hide them in my pantry in empty food boxes, they would not look into. I glue the boxes shut.
Homemade Playdough Gift
For a quick and cheap child's gift, make a batch of the Kool Aid playdough, put some various colors in old frosting tubs, add some different cookie cutters, and a thick dowel cut to be a rolling pin.
Don't Give Live Pets as Presents
If you wish to give the gift of a cat or dog for Christmas, give a gift coupon you make attached to a stuffed animal or an animal toy. Wait until after the holidays to get the new pet.
Removing Packaging From Toys Before Wrapping Them
One tip I have for toys under the tree is to remove them from their packaging before wrapping them. Toys these days have so much plastic and twist ties that it can take forever to get a toy out of their packaging.
Christmas Decorations as Gifts for Young Adults
I have some nieces and nephews that are young adults and starting out in their apartments for their 1st Christmas celebration. Being limited with money they don't have a lot to spend on decorations.
Give the Heartfelt Gift of a Poem
One year I couldn't afford gifts for giving. So I wrote poems for each of my individual loved ones and put them in picture frames. My dad wept when I read the poem aloud and presented it to him. He proudly pointed it out for years to whoever would come and visit him.
Looking for a Good, Inexpensive Vacuum Cleaner
I do not have much space to store a big vacuum nor do I have the time to deal with one that needs a bag. Can someone tell me of a very good vacuum (not water) that picks up everything for an affordable price of under $70.00.
Buying a Wedding Ring With Bad Credit
I want to propose to my girlfriend but I don't have the money to buy a ring right this moment, so are there any sites out there that you can buy now and pay later without good credit? and you can receive the ring before you get finish paying it off! Allan
Lois Ann's Christmas Memory
It had been a particularly warm winter that year in the 1980s, no snow at all. The temps were extremely high for the Buffalo, New York region. Everyone was depressed because of the lack of snow.
Tofu Corn Bread
Enjoy this gluten and lactose free recipe for corn bread!
Apple Quick Bread
Coat bottom and sides of a 9x9 baking pan with oil. Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of the wheat germ, and spread evenly over the oil...
aute pepper and garlic in liquid of your choice 3-5 mins, until tender-crisp. Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to boil, simmer 5-7 mins., till tender. Serve with rice.
Cure for Cheap Earrings That Irritate Your Skin
If wearing "cheap" holiday earrings irritates your pierced ears, put a dab of antibiotic ointment on your ear, front and back, before inserting earrings. By Linda
Toasting Nuts and Oatmeal for Cookies
Toasting nuts or oatmeal before adding them to cookies enhances the flavor. Put them in a shallow pan and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-20 minutes. Stir them every 5 min so they don't burn.
Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
The amounts for this recipe vary with taste and serving size, feel free to add more or less.
Egg for Meringue Tip
Eggs whites whip into meringue best if the eggs are slightly older and at room temperature before you beat them. By Linda
Quick Holiday Treats
If you really hate to bake, try dipping Oreos, pretzels, or dried apricots in melted chocolate to have some "homemade" holiday treats.
Making Lots of Cookies Tips
While one batch of cookies is baking, I prepare the next batch on parchment paper or foil. As soon as a batch is removed from a cookie sheet, the next batch, on the paper, is slid onto the sheet and goes right in the oven. Speeds up things a lot!
Remembering Which Ingredients Have Been Added
When baking, in order to remember which ingredients have been put into your bowl do this: Place all items to the left of your bowl. As you use them; move to the right of your bowl.
Mix the corn flour and vegetarian chicken seasoning together. Lay the cake of tofu down. If it was frozen and you thawed it out, make sure most of the extra water is pressed out.
Decorating Plant and Flower Pots With Wallpaper
With the pre-pasted wallpapers, I have taken two patterns, wrong sides together, dipped them in water for a short time and then formed them around a plant pot, bowl, glass jar, or cup.
Cupboard and Closet Tip
Don't stack things too deep, making things easy and convenient to get in and out of your cupboards and closets.
Party Egg Nog
Combine all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth. Sprinkle with nutmeg, pour into punch bowl and serve.
Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine buttermilk and soda, stirring well...
Hershey Bar Cake
Cream butter and sugar well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing after each addition. Melt candy in double boiler. Add syrup to melted candy.
Dryer Sheet Tips
Golfers put a dryer sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away. Use a dryer sheet to clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean.
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