Published Weekly by Randal Watkins

August 12, 2002



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25 Ways to Invest $1,000

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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

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
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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



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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.


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 https://www.thefrugallife.com/thefrugallife/dinnerware.html


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!!

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 https://www.thefrugallife.com/thefrugallife/frugalwed.html


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 https://www.thefrugallife.com/thefrugallife/eyemakeup.html


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 greenbuilding-digest-subscribe@crest.org and post a question by mailing
to greenbuilding@crest.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 strawbale-digest-subscribe@crest.org that deals mostly with green,
sustainable, super energy efficient straw bale buildings and lifestyle –


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

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



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