Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Deodorizer and Disinfectant

Making your own cleaning supplies keeps your home less toxic and dangerous to the immune system, especially for children and pets.

6 drops Rosemary
6 drops Grapefruit
4 drops Lemon
2 ounces purified water

Combine oils and water in a 2-ounce glass spritzer bottle. Shake well before each use and spray liberally into the air. This spray will combat odors and kill infectious organisms. During cold and flu season, add 2 drops of Eucalyptus. The blend also works well in a diffuser without the water.

Learn more about 100% Pure Essential Oils and get more recipes for home, beauty and health.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Finding Shipping Boxes

From a Subscriber

Prior to the holidays, I had more packages to mail than I did boxes for them. And it seemed that good sturdy boxes were way too cluttered with graphics or printing. So I took these boxes apart and using the same folds, reconstructed them "inside-out" therefore putting the clean side out and ready for addressing.

You can use regular white glue, since you are gluing paper product, but to speed things up, I used an extra tacky glue. The shipping tape then gave it further support anyway. Through the year, I'll simply take apart boxes that I may use next year and reconstruct them as needed. Best part is - I won't have to buy any (hopefully).

Friday, January 25, 2008

Frugal Quotes

n 1732, Benjamin Franklin founded and published Poor Richard's Almanac, an annual collection of practical information, humorous stories, and wise sayings. Many of these sayings encouraged readers to build habits of diligence and thriftiness.

"He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich."

"Drink water, put the money in your pocket."

"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

"The way to wealth is as plain as the way to the market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both."

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Making A Porch Bench

From A Subscriber: Kajunbelle

I have some thing I made recently and had many compliments on. A porch bench!

I found 2 old iron dining room chairs in the backyard when I moved. I took off the seats, I painted them white, put the chairs facing each other, cut a piece of plywood the length and width (1/4 inch wider on each side), screwed two 1x4's on each side for the front and back.

I got sponge batting and an old sheet to cover the plywood stapled it to the plywood and screwed the plywood to the two chairs from the seats of the chairs. I then went to a garage sale (I love garage sales) and found a wicker head board for $5 and screwed it to the back of the bench. it was so pretty everyone wanted to know where to get one like it.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Catalog Choice

Save Money, Birds and Trees!

Catalog Choice is a free service that lets you decline paper catalogs you no longer wish to receive. Reduce the amount of unsolicited mail in your mailbox, helping you to simplify life and preserve the environment. Find the catalogs you don't want and they contact the merchant for you.

Catalogs are being produced from the boreal forest where 30% of our North American land birds breed and 40% of its waterfowl. Boreal birds need your help.

Take away the shopping temptation. Gather up the catalogs you do not want to receive and get them canceled at CatalogChoice.org today.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Better Than Carpeting

Inexpensive Floor Make Over
From Subscriber: wildone777

In remodeling our master bedroom we decided to paint the plywood floor we couldn't afford to carpet. We filled in the unevenness with bondo. Let it cure well. Sealed it with a good primer. Painted it the color of choice and then stenciled roses all around the edges with a 1/4 circle facing the corners and a hollow heart in each corner of the room. It turns out we liked it better than carpet! And it was a whole lot cheaper!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Budgets Are Necessary

From Character First Electronic Newsletter

Many individuals cringe at the idea, but a budget can help you develop the financial discipline to succeed.

Track Your Spending
Is your money consumed by impulse purchases, credit card bills, or banking fees? Use your credit card statements, receipts, and bills to keep track of every dollar you spend for two months. Calculate your monthly fixed and variable spending. Then calculate your monthly income, and compare numbers.

If your spending exceeds your income, look for places to cut spending. Identify non-essentials such as eating out, hobbies, name- brand coffee, and smoke breaks. Find less expensive alternatives, wait for sales, use coupons, or buy in bulk.

Make A Plan
Allocate money for each expense category. Save at least 10 percent of your income each month. Set aside additional money in order to prepare for unexpected circumstances. Put money aside for college tuition or other large expenses, and avoid heavy debt.

Pay your bills, then determine what you have left for other things. Pay extra on your credit cards until you pay them off; then pay the balance every month. Do not buy something unless you have the money to pay for it.

Cutting expenses does not mean cutting enjoyment. Go to the movies once instead of twice a week. Take advantage of free concerts, kids- eat-free deals, and free day at the zoo. Ride in one car instead of two when possible, and choose the one with better gas mileage.

Stick With It
Adjust your budget categories as necessary, but do not give up on cutting expenses or saving money. A little discipline now will eventually give you the freedom to go on that trip or buy that flat screen television.

Whatever stage of life you are in, using a spending plan now will give you the freedom to seize tomorrow's opportunities unhindered by financial worries.

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"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world." Duane Elgin

"Do what is good with your own hands, so that you might earn something to give to the needy." Ephesians 4:28