Sunday, October 26, 2008

Free gift tags

Save junk mail envelopes and cut the glue covered edge from the flap to use for stick-on gift tags. Write names with colored marker or crayons to make them more festive.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Keep cold from coming through the door

The old dollar bill trick - putting a dollar in the door of the refrigerator and closing it, then seeing if it pulls out - works on exterior doors on your home, too. (You can substitute a piece of plain paper.) Hold a paper on the door frame and close the door. If it falls to the floor or comes out easily when you tug gently on it, put in new weather stripping. If it resists coming out, the door fits the frame close enough to keep out the winter cold.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Free static guard for the dryer

Since dryers smash and pummel fibers enough to keep them soft, you really don't need fabric softener to soften them. (Try it if you don't believe me.) What you do need, if you just have to use a dryer, is something to cut static cling so you won't lose your socks inside your trouser legs. Crumple a piece of aluminum foil - used and washed is good - and place in the dryer with your laundry. That's it. It works.

Re: Save a Penny, Make a Penny

In this post, I had to add this:

I have been hearing bad things about this program. I haven't tried to cash out yet, so I don't know first hand, but reports say that they are not paying, or that they're paying after long periods of time. Spend time with it at your own risk, and I apologize for leading you into something that apparently isn't working.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Free pony tail holders

Save narrow elastic from worn out underwear and other clothing, the cut it to lengths and sew or tie the ends to hold hair in a pony tail. It won't trap and pull hair.

Trash bag anchor

Save the wide elastic from old underwear. It's great for anchoring the tops of trash bags over a large kitchen garbage can.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Clean your floor for free

Catch a bucket of hot soapy water from the washer when it spins the first time and use it to mop your floor. It works well for cleaning woodwork, too. You can probably find other uses for it if you look around. Saves on water and cleaner.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Save your shoes

Take your shoes off in the house to save wear on them. Wear cheap footsies or learn to crochet or knit slippers for house wear from scrap yarn.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Most frugal foods

This time of year is great for frugal food! Use in your diet now and as long as you can get them: Cabbage, carrots, potatoes and pumpkins. All of them (even with the rise in the price of potatoes) give great nutrition and versatility to your menus. (Look for recipes online if you don't believe the versatility part!)