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Old 03-05-2009, 04:38 AM
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Thrifty Thursday - March 5, 2009

This week's Thrifty Thursday has begun! Stop by Amanda's blog to see all the ideas, and don't forget to post your own here!
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:34 AM
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Save those notice papers that the kids bring home from school! The blank side can be used in your printer for printing first drafts of homework, or recipes you want to try--or they can be used for children to draw or color on.
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:23 AM
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Barb, I've been using the backs of my kids papers that they bring home to print out recipes I find on the computer for years. They've always laughed at me for it. Now I can tell them that I'm not the only one who does that. lol
It's a great idea. Saves $$$ on paper when I'll throw it away afterwards anyway.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:53 AM
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Our company is going Paperless. So I am bring home the binders that they will no longer be using. The kids and myself use alot of binders. I use them for my recipes and coupons, etc.
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Thanks for some good ideas.I do re use the binders for the kids as alot of times they are hardely used up.
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Save Money! Let Your Fingers Do The Walking....

If your appliance is not working, don't forget to
check your warranty first. Try calling the manu-
facturer if they have a toll free number. Have the
model number ready and explain the problem. Some-
times they will be able to tell you how to fix it
over the phone, saving you the cost of a repair
man coming to your home or it still may be under
warranty which will pay for the visit.


Is it more frugal to repair or replace?

When your air conditioner blows warmer than your
furnace or your oven takes longer to heat up than
it does to bake a cake, the answers are clear...
it's time to repair it, or replace it. Ask your-
self the following questions....This will determine
whether you should repair or replace.

Age of the appliance

Overall satisfaction in the past

Cost of operating the appliance

Cost of repairs

Cost of replacement

How often the appliance is used
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You do not need a food dehydrator...

Don't spend a lot of money on a food dehydrator when
you can dehydrate food in your oven. Thinly slice the
fruits or vegetables, place onto cookie sheets or cake
racks and place into a 200-degree oven. Prop open the
oven door to maintain air circulation. Bake vegetables
from six to 16 hours, and fruits for 12 to 48 hours.
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Make your own hummingbird feeder food! It's just simple syrup with a bit of red food coloring (which I've heard is bad for the birds, so you can omit that or use a bit of jam to color the syrup).

2 parts sugar to 1 part warm water. Let the sugar dissolve in the water. Don't pay for feeder food!
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:44 PM
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That seems really heavy on the sugar to me. Do you have to use more in Oregon for some reason?
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