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Old 08-20-2004, 05:32 AM
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Bouiilon cubes

I use the chicken and beef bouillon cubes all the time for seasoning instead of salt. Anything you might use salt for, drop a cube in. When I cook a pot of beans (pinto or lima), I drop in a few, but, you have to remember NOT to salt anymore. Even if I am just heating up a can of green beans, I drop a cube in. Gives it great taste.
I use the Dollar General bouillon cubes, they are 25 for $1.00, not bad.

Not sure about your area, but, the Sears laundry detergent is on sale here this week! Yeah!

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Old 08-22-2004, 07:09 AM
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Family Fun night

Next Saturday my church is having a Family Fun night (we have one about every 3 months). We will be watching the not yet released Veggie Tale movie Sumo of The Opera and the church provides popcorn and juice. Those attending the free event are asked to bring snacks to share. There will also be crafts & games for the kids.
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Old 08-22-2004, 11:48 AM
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Frugal "Gasoline Tips"

1.Saving on gas

When filling up your gas tank, try to fill up during the cooler times of the day such as early morning or later at night. Since the gas is cooler it is more condensed and you will get more gas for your money.
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2. Save money and gas

After the pump stops automatically, do not try to "top-off." The amount of pressure needed to deliver fuel is not enough in short bursts. Therefore, the dollar meter runs but you are not getting the fuel for those last few drops.
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Old 08-22-2004, 12:06 PM
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Frugal Gift Tips

It's really true that you don't have to spend a lot of money to find that perfect gift for someone, just be sure to put some time and thought into it and your gift will be well received. Here's a few of my favorites...

1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
2. A pound of pistachios
3. Child's artwork, framed
4. Journal with special inscription inside
5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
8. Collage of special photos
9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
10. Bottle of sparkling cider
11. Home baked bread, include recipe
12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
14. Craft supplies
15. Holiday serving bowl or platter
16. Pretty basket filled with special jams or mustards
17. Decorative napkins and napkin rings
18. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
19. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds
20. Photo album, hand decorated is even better
21. Makeup tote
22. Prepaid photo developing envelopes
23. Homemade cookie mix with instructions for baking
24. Variety of bread mixes
25. Special coffee cup filled with candy
26. Fancy magazines tied together with a pretty ribbon
27. Gourmet popcorn and flavored oil
28. Locally made barbeque or steak sauce with basting brush
29. Pancake or waffle mix and a bottle of real maple syrup
30. Movie theater gift certificates
31. Board games
32. Jar of sourwood or pure honey with biscuit mix
33. Note cards and book of stamps
34. Picture frames, buy them on sale!
35. Specialty cookbook
36. Pretty glass jar filled with candy
37. Collectible sports cards
38. Muffin mixes with muffin pan
39. Books, there are still a few for under $10
40. Set of dish towels and dish cloths
41. Nail polish kit
42. Pretty night shirt
43. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
44. Video rental gift certificates
45. Pepper mill and fresh peppercorns
46. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
47. For the pets, gourmet dog biscuits or cat treats
48. Baking pans and supplies
49. Prepaid long distance phone cards
50. Small clock or radio
51. Pretty box for keepsakes
52. Colorful Post-It notepads
53. Address book
54. Christmas ornaments
55. Puzzles
56. Blank video or cassette tapes
57. Sewing supplies
58. Flashlight with batteries
59. Favorite quote embroidered on a nice handkerchief
60. Makeup brush set
61. Expensive socks, still under $10
62. Special soaps and bath puff
63. and don't forget my absolute favorite... home baked cookies!


Last Year I made Cookies, Choc-dipped pretzels, Buckeyes, Chexmix, fudge..and put them in tins that ice cream comes in...well. after Jan. I got all the tins back with notes...I want a refill for next year. Here I thought they would use the tin for other things, I do...lol But hey, they really appreciated the tin of homemade goodies..it seems like everyone gets so hectic at holiday time. lol

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Old 08-24-2004, 04:26 AM
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OOooh, Janet!! I LOVE the idea of embroidering a quote on a handkerchief....you could even make it into a pillow!! I had gotten a ton of silk hankies and scarves from dh's grandma when she passed away, and now I know what can do with them. They were way too pretty and expensive to just toss out!!

I got a lot of my baskets back last year for the same reason you got your tins. most of the people I gave the goodies to were older. So they either had enough of everything and didn't want/need any more junk to take care of, or just couldn't make the stuff themselves anymore. Some of it went to needier people who just couldn't afford to buy things like that. I certainly plan on doing it again this year--it was also a lot easier on me lol!!
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Wow. what great ideas. I am getting ready for Christmas right now, starting to make lists for who's getting what, buying things when they are on sale, etc. and this list is perfect! Thank you, Janet!
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Old 08-26-2004, 12:22 PM
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Recycling Sweaters

Recycling Sweaters

I use the sleeves of the sweater to make mittens. Trace a mitten shape as big as your hand (or whomever you are creating for) on the inside of the sweater sleeve using the cuff of the sweater as the wrist of the mitten. Cut out the shape, sew along the edges and turn inside right.

I like to get wool sweaters from the thrift stores, and wash them in hot water, so they shrink...the wool gets all fuzzy and tight...then I make mittens...they are so warm..

They look like boiled wool clothing.

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I am glad you are enjoying some of the tips I posted..

Mrs Maniac...don't get rid of your Grandma's hankies...especially if they are dressy ones, they are worth money. Hankies are hard to find anymore, and they go for alot of money for the really old ones.

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Old 08-26-2004, 03:48 PM
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Mittens from old sweaters

Janet--What a cool (warm ) idea! I'm going to try it-that would be such a neat homemade gift to give for Christmas. I'm so tired of trying to buy things for people--no one really needs anything anymore. I really also to recycle whenever and however I can. I hate throwing things away.

My favorite thing to do is go garage "saling". But I've never looked at sweaters in any other way other than whether I can wear them or not. I'm going to start scouting them out now--in fact I have donated some to Goodwill that would have come in handy for that very thing. Have you thought of any uses for what's left of the sweaters?

I think I will try to hit the thrift stores too--haven't done that in a long while--I just wish I had more cash right now---VERY low at the moment.

Tomorrow is my day to go--can't wait to see what I find.
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Old 08-26-2004, 05:23 PM
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Rivermom, You can take the body of sweaters, and stitch them together to make an afaghan...some people unravel the yarn from sweaters and rework the yarn...I haven't done that yet.
Or if you find alot of sweaters, you can sew the bodies of the sweaters for a large bedspreads...I always look for bright colors, like the shades of red...and then randomly stitich them together.

I also had my favorite sweater with embrodiery on it and I made a square pillow out of it.

I too hate to throw things out too...I always think what can I make out of this. lol

Now I have had some knit long sleeve tops that I felt were too tight across my chest...so I opened the front and made a cardigan out of it..it looks real cute with a white tshirt under it..a layer look...and you know how living in the North...you can use layers, all year round! LOL

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Old 08-27-2004, 03:39 PM
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Coca Cola for Removing Rusted Bolts

Have a bolt that you budge? Pour some cola on it and
let it set
for a few minutes. Then try removing again. The cola
will eat
away at the rust and often make it easier to turn.
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