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The Frugal Life – Living Well With What You Have

******************************************* PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SPONSORS THEY KEEP THIS SERVICE FREE ******************************************* THE FRUGAL LIFE NEWS Published Weekly by Randal Watkins August 12, 2002 ******************************************* The Frugal Life News is sent to subscribers only. If you would like to unsubscribe from this newsletter, please DO NOT reply to this email. Please see the bottom of the newsletter for instructions. ********************************************** PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large volume of email we receive from The Frugal Life site and response from the more than 15,600 subscribers, we cannot reply to your questions and suggestions, but we will try to post all of them as time and space permits within the context of this newsletter. This is a caring and sharing newsletter, so feel free to participate. ********************************************** CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE: A NOTE FOM RANDAL New Article Index FINANCES 25 Ways to Invest $1,000 GARDENING Butterfly Gardens SIMPLICITY How to Buy Green Electricity FRUGAL TIPS SHARING WHAT YOU KNOW ANSWERS TO PREVIOUS QUESTIONS LEGAL DISCLAIMER SUBSCRIPTION INFO *************** A NOTE FROM RANDAL Hello Everyone, We sure got lots of good ideas for some stain problems and a frugal wedding. I think it’s great you can submit a question and get back such a quick response. Some of you have indicated that it would be nice to have an index for The Frugal Life site. In the past, you have had to use the search engine we have on the site and sometimes that proves too difficult. I have started indexing the pages (I will continue to add all existing articles and any new ones) and they will all be listed on Frugal Topics Please continue to refer or forward our ezine to your associates, friends and family. I believe we are serving an important niche to those of us who want to live frugally. Your spreading the word is worth more than any advertisements we could ever purchase. Thanks again! Until next week! Randal Watkins ***************** FOCUS ON FINANCES 25 WAYS TO INVEST $1,000.(financial planning)(Cover Story)(Statistical Data Included) by Janet Bodnar – July, 2001 Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine What inflation? For a grand or less, you can BUILD A PORTFOLIO, advance your career, spiff up your home, or patronize a budding Picasso. ******************* FOCUS ON GARDENING BUTTERFLY GARDENS Butterflies bring not only color and movement to your garden, they pollinate your flowers as well, and their larval stages provide food for birds. Some butterfly garden choices are: Lavender, thyme, cosmos, nicotiana, purple coneflower, allysum, lychnis, daisies, garden phlox, butterfly bush, sweet rocket, tagetes marigold, and stinging nettles. Butterflies need water also, so keep a water source available. Please remember to change the water frequently to not breed mosquitoes. Learn more here: **************** FOCUS ON SIMPLICITY HOW TO BUY GREEN ELECTRICITY Buying clean electricity is a simple and effective way for people to make an immediate environmental difference and help build a sustainable future. Where can you buy green electricity? What are the benefits of green electricity? Find out by clicking here: <a href=” “> </a ***************************** FRUGAL TIPS – From Our Subscribers Hi, I submitted a tip about luggage tags, and someone else responded saying that this gives people the prime opportunity to clean out your home. My question is, what happens in the case that your luggage is lost? How do the airlines know where to send it once it is found if it is not tagged? I live overseas in Bermuda, and I am constantly travelling. I have had to deal with lost luggage on several occasions, and although it is computer coded, this info can be lost. I doubt that any luggage handlers overseas are going to come to Bermuda to rob my home. So, what is your suggestion for luggage tags? Just a name and contact number? – Raquel Editor’s Note: I wanted to give opportunity for Raquel to answer the response from last week. However, I won’t be printing any more responses on this topic in the near future. I think it can go either way. Personally, I believe Raquel’s approach is sound and I think the local authorities could easily figure out that connection if there ever happened to be a robbery off of the luggage tag address. I have for years worked out of my home and included my address on all my bags. I have never had problems with a robbery but I have had plenty of problems with lost bags. My attached address sure helped to get the bags back to me. ************ The name of this website says it all: Please notice that every other item there has a bid – Karl ************************************ ** DO YOU HAVE PETS? ** We’ve got it now! Flint River Ranch natural pet foods! We’ve been using natural pet foods since 1978. What they use in pet foods these days is disgusting! Want to know what’s in those “premium” pet foods? We always recommend natural food for a healthy pet, so now we’ve chosen a brand that passes our high standards. Oven-baked and loaded with good ingredients. Check it out now! *********************************** SHARING WHAT YOU KNOW Q. When I rearrange the furniture in the livingroom the indentations from the furniture never dissapear. Any suggeations?? – Debbie Q. Just removed old carpet and found hardwood flooring underneath. The carpet was glued to the flooring. Anybody know of a product to use to get the glue off or can you tell me how I should go about this to try to restore the floor? Thanks so very much in advance!!- Janice Please post your questions/answers to our new bulletin board. You can find directions here. ************ ANSWERS TO PREVIOUS QUESTIONS Q. Does anyone know how to remove the pencil-like marks on dinnerware that are caused by using stainless utensils to cut food or stir coffee? I’ve tried powdered cleansers, even an abrasive eraser, but nothing really works. Please help! – Barb To find all the responses go to *********** Q. My fiance and I are planning a wedding for spring of 2003. We are working with a tight budget, and would love to get some ideas from The Frugal Life readers on how to go about this major task without depleting our savings. We are planning to have the wedding and reception at a church, which should be relatively inexpensive, and I will be taking our engagement pictures. I’m especially concerned with the cost of catering. Also, I would love to have some creative ideas for gifts for the wedding party (it will be all family members). Thank you in advance for your wonderful ideas!! -Janelle I was overwhelmed with the response on this question. I had so many responses I couldn t post them all. However, for some innovative answers to a Frugal Wedding go to *********** Q. I’m having a terrible time removing dark eye make-up stains from light colored terry cloth washcloths. I’ve tried a lot of different things…desolvit, bleach, goop, spray ‘n wash, dishwasher powder, soaking all night…nothing seems to work… any suggestions?? – Patty For some great ideas check out ********** Q. I left a lovely mostly white baby’s quilt in our motorhome for several weeks. It must have gotten damp because now it has several big mildew stains on it. I’ve tried everything I know of, including Oxyclean, Simple Green, dishwasher detergent soaks, etc. They just won’t come out. The quilt appears to be all cotton. Any suggestions for getting rid of them? Debbie B. A. Try lemon juice and sunshine. Squeeze on the juice and lay the blanket in the sun. A. My sister in law soaked an old christening gown in plain milk. It took a while (several times), but the stains came out. LCR ********* Q. We are in the process of building another house and our aim is to build “green”. I need to know if any of you have any good or bad experience with bamboo flooring or cork flooring. Thanks – Randal I suggest that your reader take his question to the experts, and pwople who have direct experience with this. Subscribe to an online discussion board like gr****************************@cr***.org and post a question by mailing to gr***********@cr***.org I use this list specifically, because I JUST read discussions of this question there, and it is brought up frequently. There are other boards, like st************************@cr***.org that deals mostly with green, sustainable, super energy efficient straw bale buildings and lifestyle – Cathy ********** Q. Does anyone know how to successfully repel cats – we like them and do not want to harm them, however they are using the kids sandbox and our horse shoe pits as litter boxes! we’ve tried spraying the horse shoe pits with hot pepper spray to no avail – Betty and Harold A. I haven’t tried, But my neighbor says to spray Ammonia on the area to be rid of cats. This I plan to try on my horse shoe pits! – Kevin A. Try dousing the area with ammonia. Cats hate the smell and it doesn’t evaporate immediately. My grandmother used to sprinkle it around the base of her garbage cans and it kept ALL the wildlife (cats included) far away. Also, cats hate the smell of citrus…so any sprays or perfumes with this smell would be successful. Good luck – Carol ************** Q. My 7-yr old son is typically messy. One afternoon he managed to open a Go-Gurt and it flew all over the interior back seats of my van. I tried to use several stain and spot removers to get the stain out, but it’s not working. Any suggestions on cleaning the interior cloth seats in a car? Thanks! – Teresa A. To the person who has a question about cleaning the interior of her vehicle-“brake & parts clean” sold in autozone parts stores is what I use in cleaning my cloth interior of my vehicle. I have been using it for years and haven’t had a problem yet….spray it on the spots or the whole seat and let it sit about 2 minutes–if the spot is really tough you might want to use a brush to gently scrub the spot–then wipe whole area with a damp cloth. You need to use in a well ventilated place…roll all the windows down and leave them for a while after you’ve cleaned… there will be a slight odor for a few hours but it’s worth it because it will really does the cleaning job. My husband worked in a car dealership years ago and learned the trick there… A. I have discovered a product at the Dollar General for $2.00. It cleans EVERYTHING! The name of the product is Thunderblast. Try it, you’ll like it. I have used it to clean car mats of catsup and chocolate and it is wonderful in the house too and on the RV.. I am not a salesperson, but I could almost go door-to-door selling this product-It is that good. – Janet ************** DON’T PAY RETAIL FOR QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS Buy at Member Prices: 35-40% OFF!! Nature’s Sunshine allows Members to order direct from their warehouse at 35-40% OFF retail. There is NO SIGN-UP FEE if you place a $40 or more order (at Member pricing) at the time you sign up. No monthly minimums to purchase – you never need to order again. You can sign up on the telephone if you have a credit card. Read more: href=” “> Member Pricing *************** LEGAL DISCLAIMER Information in The Frugal Life News (TFL) has been derived from sources believed accurate and reliable. In no event shall *The Frugal Life,* Randal Watkins, or the TFL staff be liable for any damages whatsoever resulting from any action arising in connection with the use of information herein. TFL does not knowingly accept ads from advertisers deemed detrimental to TFL’s readers, however, publication of an ad in TFL does not constitute an endorsement for such product or service. There is no remuneration for suggestions, tips, or ideas submitted by readers. All suggestions, tips, and ideas, submitted for publication in The Frugal Life, become the property of The Frugal Life, notwithstanding similar rights of the reader submitting such suggestions, tips, or ideas. TFL publishes readers’ names with their suggestions, tips, and ideas unless a reader requests otherwise at the time of the submission.

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