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Frugality: Simply the Act of Avoiding Waste

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Author: Mary Hunt 

Money in the Bank Is the Reward for Frugality

Frugality is a state of mind, an attitude you choose for a way of life that is rewarding. Every day my mailbox fills with frugal tips from my loyal readers. Some make me laugh; others leave me wondering why I didn’t think of that. Still others have become such a common way of life for me, I’m grateful to have been reminded of what a great frugal idea it is. Enjoy this recent sampling.”“Living frugally does not mean choosing a life of poverty. Frugality is simply the act of avoiding waste. It means finding the most economical way to accomplish a task or project. Frugality doesn’t mean giving up, it means living better because when you have all that you need plus money in the bank, life becomes much easier.

You can pick up a copy of Mary’s book, “7 Money Rules for Life” at the FullCircles Bookstore.


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20 Surprising Uses for White Vinegar


20 Surprising Uses for White Vinegar
By Mary Hunt

White vinegar is economical, all natural, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, amazing, astounding and cheap. Enjoy these interesting tidbits.

1 Spray white distilled vinegar on furniture to stop the cat from scratching the fabric or legs.

2 Soak your feet in white distilled vinegar to stop athlete’s foot.

3 Pantyhose last longer when rinsed in water containing 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar.

4 To remove soap residue that makes black clothes look dull, use white distilled vinegar in your final rinse.

5 Get rid of the tiny holes left along the hemline when you take out the hem of any garment by moistening a cloth with white distilled vinegar, placing it under the fabric and ironing.

6 Get rid of stubborn bathtub film by wiping it with white distilled vinegar and then scouring with baking soda.

7 Clean shower door tracks by filling them with white distilled vinegar and letting it sit for a few hours. Pour hot water into the tracks and wash and scrub away the scum with a toothbrush.

8 To make the toilet bowl sparkle, pour in a cup or more of diluted white distilled vinegar and let it sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with a toilet brush and flush.

9 Vinegar is great on tile, but never use white distilled vinegar on marble. The acid can damage the surface.

10 Keep a cat out of a garden area by placing paper or cloth that’s been soaked in white vinegar in the area.

11 Soothe a sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling, too.

12 Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before applying the nail polish.

13 Make creamy vinaigrette by adding plain or whipped cream to a mixture of one part white distilled vinegar and three parts oil.

14 Make pasta less sticky and reduce some of its starch. Add just a dash of white distilled vinegar to the water as it cooks.

15 Add moistness and taste to any chocolate cake, homemade or from a box, with a spoonful of white distilled vinegar.

16 Keep molded gelatin desserts and salads from sagging or melting in the summer heat by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each box of gelatin used.

17 Rid the windshield wipers of road grime by wiping them with a white distilled vinegar-soaked cloth.

18 Give leather upholstery an extra shine by cleaning it with hot white distilled vinegar and rinsing with soapy water.

19 Make your car extra shiny by adding a few drops of white distilled vinegar to your bucket of water.

20 To clean tarnished brass, copper and pewter, use a paste with equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and table salt.

via 20 Surprising Uses for White Vinegar.

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Save 50% on coffee made at home

A photo of a cup of coffee.

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Here’s a useful tip from the WasteNothing Yahoo! Group.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I will this morning without telling my wife.  We’ll see if she notices any difference.

… coffee…when making the first pot, make it as usual; in our house that means three scoops in a reusable filter that came with the pot…second pot…use the same grounds in the filter, just add half as much coffee (in this case one and a half scoops) and it tastes the same to husband and I and makes the coffee go 50% further. We do not often have leftover coffee but when we do it goes in a mason jar in the fridge and is warmed by the cup in the microwave.

via WasteNothing : Message: Cleaning Velcro and frugal coffee habit.

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Moving house? Some really useful tips

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STOP! Don’t take all that junk!  Not using it?

Freecycle it on FULLCIRCLES!

Remember, it costs big $$$ to move junk

And, it always costs someone
your employer, the taxpayer, or you!!

[Full text here] Moving flyer.

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Cheap Chick – Meals for 4 Under $5 – Depression Cooking

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I found this link on the Waste Nothing group.  This group discusses ways to re-purpose and up cycle without creating waste.

93 year old grandmother Clara is marketing her Great Depression Cooking on DVD  and has a slew of Youtube videos that qualify in my book as Cheap Chick meals for under $5.

the website:

Just goes to show you that sometimes the old ways really are the best ways!

Shelby Cooper is Freecycling’s Cheap Chick!

Stay tuned….more depression recipes to come!



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The Wedding Dress Was Found!

Wedding Dress

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We have received confirmation Jordan has found the dress!  It didn’t come from a freecycler but I feel we did our part and so does our friend Jordan.

We are still continuing to help Jordan by providing green buttons.  FullCircles members have been generous and are replying to her wanted ads and coming through with tons of buttons.

You can check her wish list on the Project Priceless blog if you want to help with other aspects of the wedding.

And, don’t forget, you can meet Brian and Jordan at Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market on June 4th, 2011.

With one less worry, Jordan can continue her search for the other items that aren’t as critical as “the dress”.  Congratulations Jordan, I can’t wait to see the wedding pics and “the dress”.

Kelly Wilson
Full Circles Ottawa Facilitator




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