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Bring Food On Outings

You know those days when you're hitting four different grocery stores for the best deals, dropping off dry-cleaning and making another donation to the local thrift shop. You're out for hours! You will inevitably get hungry, and why waste a bunch of money when you are trying so hard to save money and get the best deals everywhere you go?

Homemade Wool Dryer Balls
Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser for Stoves

My solution to this and other kitchen challenges is now Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser. A liquid version of the scouring powder made by Bar Keepers. This cream cleans better than the expensive stove top cleaners and does dual duty for stainless steel, other kitchen metals (pots and pans) and hard surfaces.

Beach Bag as a Shopping Bag

At a garage sale, I paid $1 for a large, sturdy beach bag, which I took home, laundered, and dried, in the sun. It holds all my other re-usable shopping bags, and is the largest, sturdiest shopping bag of all. I'll look at the thriftstore for more bags that can be used as shopping carry-alls.

Cleaning an Old Easel Board

I check out some of the other email postings. I recently received an easel board from another family member - they had a lot of writing with grease markers on it, and they don't know how long it was on there.

Firecracker Wrapping for Money Gift

When my grandson was 10 years old he loved fireworks every Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc. So for his September Labor Day birthday I did the following. I took 10 toilet paper rolls and put a five dollar bill in each one.

Hotep (Ragdoll)
Leftover Hamburger Pasta Soup
Shadow (Black Labrador)
Shadow (St. Bernard/Shepherd Mix)
Store Paperwork in Tissue Boxes

When finished with tissue boxes cut from the centre to the corners and fold all sides down. Then staple the folded sides to the sides of the box, It is now ready to keep all your paid accounts in.

Millow (Mixed)
Peach Cobbler
Sassy June (Collie/Lab Mix)
Toilet Roll Father Christmas
Reinforced Shopping Bag
Reuse Coffee Creamer Containers for Storage
Scrapbook Pockets for Filing Recipes
Strawberry Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust
Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Tie Back Box Flaps to Return Soda Cans
Twice a Year Changes

Everyone knows that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year, at the Daylight Saving time change. It's also good to look for other changes to do as well, those that can "add change" to your bank account.

Using Measuring Cups Sensibly

All the cups I use to measure dry ingredients are not organized neatly on a cabinet shelf, where they take up room until they're used, washed and returned to the shelf. When I open the sugar container, there's a 1/2 measuring cup inside.

Watermelon-Strawberry Popsicles
Chato (Pit Bull)
Macaroni Salad
S'mores Bars
"Love" Letters Framed Art
Armorie for Storing Linens and Blankets

I have a very large cherrywood armoire in my bedroom. I use the large opening on top, filling it with sheets and matching pillow cases, all matching sets together.

Celebrate Milestone Birthdays with Cards

If you know someone you would like to honor for any decade birthday (30th, 40th, 80th, etc.), contact friends and family by email or Facebook. Have them send cards so that by your friend's birthday, they will have received that number of cards. I always suggest to send a card from each family member, including pets, so that your goal will be reached.

Delicious Tuna Salad
Easy Baked Rice Dish
Emergency Light from Sports Drink
Frugality, Foraging and Farming
Ilka and Gustav (Bengal Cat and Prague Ratter)
Nail File to Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries

As a RN, 12 hours of opening individually packaged pills caused my flexor tendonitis. I finally figured out that a steel nail file could open that packaging without twisting or prying.

Old Fashioned Potato Salad
Use Spice Rack for Coffee Pods
Use Pantyhose to Catch Washing Machine Lint
Waters (Tabby Cat)
You Are Loved Box
Zuquiche Delight
Darling Angel Christmas Ornament
Iced Vanilla Chai Tea
Pomegranate Chicken
Zesty Shrimp and Veggies
Fried Green Tomatoes (Gluten Free)
Ms. Kitty (White Tabby)
Adjusting to a New Life
Borrowing Eyes

Between age and infirmity, I often do not see what's right in front of me, and I am plagued with not being able to find things. When someone comes to visit, I ask to "borrow" their eyes to look for these things. Often they are found within minutes and we both have a good laugh.

Displaying Family Memories
Frugal Hand Soap Refills
Nate Note (Mixed Breed)
Store Desk Supplies in Vintage Suitcase

Inside a shabby chic suitcase on or under my coffee table I keep notepads, stationary, pens, scissors, stamps, etc. When I need to use these things while watching TV or on phone, everything is right there and I don't have to get up and go to my desk search for things.

Easy Banana Ice Cream
Gorgeous Garden
Lightly Salting Vegetables
Lucy: A Gift From the Rainbow Bridge
Maggie Albert (Schnauzer and...
Marley Watkins (Yellow Lab)
Popcorn (Syrian Hamster)
Snuggles (Domestic Longhair)
Arum (Calla) Lily
Chemical Free Instant Weed Killer

Instead of using harsh chemicals that can be lethal to children and animals and quite expensive, grab a nice big pot and fill it with water. Bring water to a rapid boil and pour on weeds. This literally fries the roots and the active growing weeds nearly instantly.

Epsom Salts for Inexpensive Fertilizer
Friskie Fuzziebutt (Domestic Shorthair)
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Jello Pudding Fudge
Keep Avocados from Turning Brown
Molly (Yorkshire Terrier)
Organizing Kitchen Utensils
Princess (Collie Mix)
Reuse Produce Bags in the Kitchen

When I buy fruit or veggies at the store, I put them in those plastic produce bags provided by the stores. At home, I take the produce out of the bags, putting it into a fruit bowl or a paper bag in the refrigerator. Then I turn the plastic bags inside out and use them for breading my chicken, fish, etc.

Scooter Milo Abrego (Maltese)
Use Office File Rack for Your Pot Lids
Zucchini Lasagne
Max (Miniature Pinscher)
Belly Flattening Smoothie
Making an Orange Candle
Prevent Wasps from Making a Nest
Put a Hand Sanitizer in Lunch Box
Decoupage Photos Onto Wood Letter
Potato Pancakes
Root Beer Float Popsicles
Copper (Papperanian)
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup
Max (American Bully)
Saving an Orphaned Baby Squirrel
Peacock-Inspired Glass Vase
Combine Beauty Treatments with...
Have Vegetables Share Fridge Space
Large Homegrown Cantaloupe
Oil to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeder

After several years of trying everything possible, I've found that liberally applying vegetable oil all over the shepard's crook and the feeder hanger itself keeps ants away. Nothing toxic, messy, or unsightly, and the ants don't like it!

Oreo (Husky/Dalmatian Mix)
Salt to Curb Bitterness in Beverages
Store Seasonal Clothes In Vacuum Bags

Save space and view clothes easily by using vacuum bags that come in multiple sizes. Take clean folded clothes and place in vacuum bags then just suck out the air with a vacuum cleaner.

Unclogging Cat Litter from a Toilet

I made the mistake of throwing a large clump of clumping kitty litter down the toilet. Here are some tricks I used to unclog it:

Getting Rid of Gnats and Fruit Flies

Gnats and fruit flies love sweet liquids. You don't have to use wine, although they do like it. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (only about 3) to wine and slowly stir this makes a film on the surface that the bugs get trapped in.

Getting Super Glue Off Glasses

I used nail polish remover and the super glue came right off the eye glasses. Any ordinary nail polish remover will work.

Keeping Your Cat from Using Garden as Litter...
Loco Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum...
Protecting Cabbages from White Butterflies
Recycled Jar as a Dime Bank
Some Potato Chip Tricks

When I have those little "crumb" chips left in the bag, I grind them up in my "buzz" blender. Store in a container in the refrigerator, adding more as available. I add these crumbs to my mix a Tbsp. at a time when breading something.

Coffee Can Lid Cutting Board
Poison Beauty (Datura metel)
BetterBoy Or TallBoy Tomatoes?
Thoroughly Cleaning A Cast Iron Fry Pan

You can tell me not to use soap on my cast iron pans til the cows come home. I will use it, anyway. I refuse to put away a pan that has only been scraped and wiped. To me, that borders on 'nasty'.

Yeast Free Naan Bread
A Tribute To Bertie Jane
Apple Cider Vinegar for Heartburn

Although some people might think apple cider vinegar as a remedy is nothing more than an old wives' tale, my father-in-law used to ingest it every day. He never had a digestive ailment in all his 80+ years.

Fruit Bowl Baby Carriage
Heaven and Man Man
Mini Beach Scene
Chicken Taco Bake
Emergency Bag for Car Trips
Free Seed From Grocery Store Produce
Honey Lime Salad Dressing
Hosta Hugging A Maple
Petey Fischer (Mixed Breed)
Soapy Water for Wasp Removal

Wasps seem to hate warm soapy water. I attached a sprayer to my hose with simple dish soap in it. I applied some several times during the day and have successfully deterred a large nest that was visible and inside my covered porch structure. I was reluctant to use a bunch of wasp spray.

Camping Cooler Tips

We have done a lot of camping and usually go for a week at a time. It was getting costly buying bags of ice all the time for the cooler. Then my husband came up with some solutions.

Lilly (Mixed Breed)
Put a Knot in Stained Clothing

If you notice a stain in your clothing, and you are not going to wash it right away, tie a knot in it before you put it in the laundry basket. When you do the laundry, you will know that piece of laundry has to be pretreated before it goes into the wash.

Roasted Lemon Balm Chicken
Use Flip Flops as Shoe Insoles

I just got out of a boot for a broken heel bone. My heel was still sore. The doctor said, to buy really thick insoles for my shoes. Nothing worked. I wore a pair of flip flops to go to the pool with my grandson. They were great. I cut a piece off of an old flip flop and used it in my house shoe. Heaven.

Yarn Octopus Doll
Bruno (German Shepherd Mix)
Cleaning Out the Cat Litter Box
Unique Clay Necklaces
Welcome Little Baby Girl Card
Life as a Homesteader
Unemployment Blues are "Green"
Using Herbs And Seasonings
Sheets as Shade Cloth