Frugal tip to make your laptop battery last longer

Keep your laptop unplugged when not in use to ensure the battery lasts as long as possible. Especially your Macbook. To quote from Apple’s Website: “Apple does not recommend leaving your portable More »

Frugal ways to reuse silica gel packets

Silica gel is a substance that absorbs moisture. Manufacturers use the gel to keep goods from spoiling, molding or degrading due to humidity. The gel itself is nontoxic, but can have a More »

Frugal Tip: Contact customer service before replacing a broken good.

I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not, but I’ve had great success doing this over the last few years. If you have a product that breaks before you think More »

Make your own shoe inserts

Shoe insoles are a great way to obtain comfort, pain relief and the prevention of foot problems, especially for athletes. They provide cushioning and support to help absorb the shock that makes More »

DIY Blackhead Removal – REALLY WORKS!!!

DIY Blackhead Removal – REALLY WORKS!!! Wet face with warm water to open pores. Then, mix 1 part baking soda, 1 part toothpaste and 2 parts water in a small dish. Rub More »

 

Frugal tip to make your laptop battery last longer

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Keep your laptop unplugged when not in use to ensure the battery lasts as long as possible.

Especially your Macbook. To quote from Apple’s Website: “Apple does not recommend leaving your portable plugged in all the time.”

A side bonus to this is that you’re not drawing ‘phantom power’. Phantom power is when you leave something plugged in that it’s constantly drawing power even if it’s not in use.

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Frugal Old Fashioned Ketchup Recipe

Frugal Old Fashioned Ketchup Recipe

Ingredients:
48 medium tomatoes (8 lbs.), peeled (heirloom tomatoes are more flavorful)
2 ripe red peppers, chopped
2 sweet green peppers, chopped
4 onions, chopped
3 c. white vinegar
3 c. sugar
3 T. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cloves
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. allspice
3 tsp. ground dry mustard
1/2 tsp. hot red peppers

Boil tomatoes, peppers and onions until tender. Run through sieve or strainer. Add remaining ingredients. Boil until thick and pour into jars.
Water Bath Canning: Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 35 minutes for pints and 40 minutes for quarts.
Pressure Canning: Process the jars for 30 minutes for pint jars and 35 minutes for quarts, at a pressure of 10 to 11 pounds.

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Money can grow on trees if you plant shade trees

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Money CAN grow on trees!!

Plant shade trees. According to the U.S. Forest Service, “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 — 50 percent in energy used for heating.” If you can, plant some trees on the side of the house that gets the most sun.

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DIY Frugal oatmeal recipe

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Tired of buying prepackaged oatmeal? This frugal recipe will help you save money and have more control over what goes into your morning oatmeal.

1/3 cup of oats (I use half instant and half quick cooking because I like sort of mushy but not completely mushy texture)
3 tsp powdered milk
1/8 tsp cinnamon
teeny bit of salt
2 tsp brown sugar (or less or more, depending on what you like)

It seems like a lot of work, but I just do it assembly-line style and it goes really quickly. I set up my rows of mason jars and add a scoop of oatmeal to each jar, then powdered milk, then sugar, etc.

Simply add water and microwave!

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Looking for a simple but effective workout?

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Forget paying for a gym membership or buying expensive equipment. You can get all the exercise you need at home. Looking for a simple, straight forward but effective workout? Try this:

25 Push Ups
30 Crunches
50 Second Wall Sit
10 Triceps dips
45 Second plank
30 Lunges (each leg)
15 Squats

Repeat 3 times!!!

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Frugal Tip To Fix Shattered Makeup

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Have you ever dropped your makeup and have it shatter into hundreds of pieces? Fear not – you don’t need to throw it out now! This pro frugal tip will allow you to mix it all back together so that it re-forms back into its original shape!

It’s simple. Just get Isopropyl Alcohol – Anything between 70% and 99% will work (the higher the better). Add some to your makeup and mix it till it becomes a paste. Mix it till it’s evenly spread. Leave it in a cool dark area to dry out. Voila!

Why does this work? Alcohol evaporates. What you’re doing is using the alcohol to re-mold the product, and then once it dries it all lifts away. This is why water or some other liquid will not work.

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Always always always try to buy used before buying brand new

Don’t buy any clothing brand new until you’ve scoured the thrift stores. Only after striking out at the thrifts should you think about retail — and then never, ever pay full price. Same goes for household items like cookware, dishes, small appliances, etc. Saves THOUSANDS, especially with kids – lots of used stuff is practically new at the thrifts

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10 foods you will pay more for this year

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Get ready for higher bills at the grocery store. The food price index rose 0.4 percent in February, its largest increase since September 2011. Here are the top 10 foods you will pay more for this year:

1. Beef
2. Lettuce
3. Milk
4. Pork
5. Tomatoes
6. Cheese
7. Bread
8. Nuts
9. Salmon
10. Peppers

The majority of these are directly impacted by the droughts in California – Which is a huge producer of produce.

How can you avoid paying extra for these items? Simple! By following a vegetarian diet and growing your own fruits and vegetables, you can avoid buying a lot of these items at the store.

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DIY Compost Accelerator

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As the name suggests, a compost accelerator is a concoction that when added to your compost pile, will increase the rate of decomposition. This means you’ll get your nutrition rich compost soil sooner to add to your garden. Here’s how you do it:

- Pour 6 ounces of beer into a bucket; beer contains yeast that will help to accelerate the decomposition process.

- Add one-half cup of ammonia to the beer to provide an extra shot of nitrogen to the compost and help speed up the breakdown of leaves, food and other ingredients in the compost bin.

- Pour 2 gallons of warm water into the bucket. Add 12 ounces of soda — regular not diet — to the mixture to introduce extra sugars for microbes to feed on during the decomposition process.

- Pour the mixed tonic over the compost pile. Stir the leaves, scraps and other ingredients with a shovel, to mix it in

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Safeway Brand Items up to 50% off

If you live in Western Canada, you probably heard by now that Safeway stores are closing and being converted to Save-On Foods, Sobeys or Co-Op grocery stores depending on your particular area. All the “Safeway” brand canned goods, paper towel, garbage bags, etc are on sale for as much as 50% off! With the first set of Safeway’s closing next week (March 28th) Now is the time to check out these savings, great way to stock up for summer!

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