I’m very tired

As for being frugal I try to shop for deals at the local health food stores and one other store for food items I can eat. I have 4 different list of prices, but they seem to change weekly and it’s hard to actually keep up. I stopped using my car, I’m trying to walk to more places for exercise reasons (also my car is not working to well)

Umm, not much else I have to say right now, I’m very tired and I just shortened my Egroups lists the other day. I’m still getting over 300 emails a day.

I also watch 3 little munchkins 4-6 days a week. So if anyone has any recipes I can use to feed them more healthy food. I’d greatly appreciate it. I cannot cook chicken, rice due to allergies.

I also use cloth napkins and rags and rarely use paper towels. We use cloth handkerchiefs with the name of the owner embroidered on them, cloth sanitary pads, re-usable food containers, I do Once in a while cooking (freezer meals), cook from scratch whenever possible, practice the pantry principle, “use it up, wear it out,make do, or do without”. We wear our clothing until it either doesn’t fit or is falling apart, same with shoes, etc.

I shop thrift stores (rarely garage sales since they don’t give much for my time), sales, make my own clothing,make most of our gifts. We also eat frugal meals most of the time and occassionally have a feast. The meals we make are ones the family likes- I won’t cook something that they don’t like.

I also buy from outlets , give things to others who also give things to me- nothing formal or expected just a nice way of helping eachother out.

I find that it is the little things that keep me motivated. Plus the little savings here and there can really add up over the long run. I bought a package of washclothes for 2.00, I think there were 20 in the package. I use them to clean the counters, pick up spills etc. Now I don’t have to buy paper towels anymore, saving about 3 to 5 dollars a week and I just throw them in the washer and they are good to go again.

I consider myself a sahm

I consider myself a sahm, but have always done something from home. Now that the kids are in 2nd and 3rd grade this fall, I’ll have a full day to work with. I still need to be available for the kids’ sick days/ holidays and even for myself because I can get easily wiped out. (I’m a cancer survivor) I teach music lessons in my home studio, but have to cut back on the hours this year. We still have times when we need extra cash and fortunately many websites can help with bad credit installment loans. Used them several times already. Also, my husband’s hours may differ, and I need to be accessible for homework.

Favorite tip: getting rid of the majority of my expensive household cleaners!

glass cleaner/shower daily spray – 4 cups water and 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol On a household tips tv show, it was suggested to refill the blue glass cleaner bottles with windshieldwashing fluid that didn’t contain antifreeze.Well, I tried this trick and my mirrors also looked streaked afterwards.

Not with with rubbing alcohol and water!

1/2 cup vinegar, light sprinkle of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent, even in cold water the wash looks great and smells good. No more fabric softner liquid or sheets.

vinegar kills the weeds growing in the driveway cracks, along the curb, and behind the garage

fill large spray bottle with water almost to the top – add 3 – 4 squirts of hand dish-washing soap. I keep by the sink when I need to only wash a few dishes from breakfast or lunch instead of dragging out the dishpan.

I cut my “Brillo or SOS” type pads in 4 pieces – that way I can throw it out after each dish-washing session – no mess to deal with and going through a box in 7 weeks instead of 2.

Shaking baking soda and vinegar in the toilet bowl worked wonder for cleaning – also can be used for unclogging drains once a week. I should mention I do use the drop -ins once a month in the tank so this does help keep down cleaning time. Also tried 1/2 cup salt down the drain – seemed to help improve my slightly clogged drain.

Shaking baking soda in the carpeting before sweeping is a lot cheaper and doesn’t leave the artificial smell that can make some people or animals sick.

My husband looked at me strangely with this last savings tip: cut napkins in half. The kids usually grabbed them for Kleenex as well. Again, not huge savings but over a year it could equal a fast food meal out or a new pair of jeans.

I am able to find a gallon of generic vinegar for 1.27, box of baking soda for 39 cents, and rubbing alcohol for 33 cents on sale. Better for the environment, pocketbook, and time because I can skip that aisle in the grocery store/Walmart entirely.

I’m so grateful we could carry on the frugal ideas on Picoso.

Patti in OH.

When I use raw potatoes

When I use raw potatoes, I grate them into a bowl, add some water with a touch of lemon juice to rinse off some the starch from the potatoes. Sometimes I will grate a fair amount, so I just grab a handful or two, drain in a colander and add salt, pepper and onion powder and put in the hot skillet that already has some melted butter/margarine in it.

But I like the hash-browns from cooked potatoes much better and for them, I like to use the red potatoes better than the russet. I like the reds better for salads also. I like the russets in baked potatoes, scalloped or mashed. Yukon Gold is also a good potato for the same thing that the russet is for, plus it comes out looking a pale gold color.

After last night’s hash brown disaster, my son says I “owe” him a good batch, lol, so I will try making them from cooked potatoes this time and choose red ones.

Last night was a comedy of errors, really. I forgot to rinse the raw (white) potatoes, then they were cooking so slowly I stuck the lid on the electric frying pan to increase the heat but then of course, they got steamy and soupy, and THEN the electric frying pan died in the middle of cooking them. So they took an hour and were awful. The next batch has GOT to be better.