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THE FRUGAL LIFE NEWS
Published Weekly by Randal Watkins
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The Frugal Life
October 10, 2003

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A NOTE FROM RANDAL

Hello Everyone,

We have lots of good content in this issue. I am also in the process of seeking some new content providers too. We are constantly looking for new frugal providers, so let us know if you have any ideas.

We really value your readership and encouraging comments. Thanks again for sharing and subscribing to The Frugal Life News.


Until next time,

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FRUGAL FINANCES

HOW TO SAVE THROUGH REFUNDING

By Dr. Charlotte Gorman*

You probably have a number of refund forms just lying around your house. Look at them as INCOME MULTIPLIED. Use them and get back hundreds of dollars annually. Try some of the ideas below.

1. Save all refund forms you come across. If you can’t use some of them, then trade them for forms which you can use. There probably is someone out there who would like to have your refund form for receiving $1.50 back on the purchase of a package of chewing tobacco. Refund forms are potential money in your pocket.

2. Keep your refund forms organized, and you will be better prepared to take advantage of refund offers. Here is one way you might organize your refund forms: First, get out twelve used business size envelopes (from the stack you have been saving). Second, write January on one of them, February on another, and so on through December. Third, sort out your refund forms by the expiration dates and put the forms in the appropriate envelopes. Being organized will help you to take advantage of as many refund offers as you can.

3. Never leave home to go shopping without your inventory of refund forms. You might need to refer to them while you are out shopping. For example, you find a shampoo on sale for $1.00 and you think you have a refund form for $1.00 back on the purchase price. If you have all of your refund forms with you, you can easily check to see if you have one for the shampoo.

For the rest of the article go here: https://www.thefrugallife.com/refund.html
How To Save Through
Refunding

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SOURCE: The Frugal Mind by Charlotte Gorman

*Dr. Charlotte Gorman is an Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A & M University System. She is the author of The Frugal Mind, The Little Book of Living Frugal, and Speak for Yourself. cagorman@digitex.net


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GOT PETS?

Visit Healthy Pet Corner for lots of information, products, and links for birds, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, and reptiles.
http://www.healthypetcorner.com
All for Pets


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FRUGAL DECORATING

UPDATE YOUR DECOR, WITHOUT EMPTYING YOUR WALLET
By Kathleen Wilson


As the Holiday season approaches, many people are wanting to make some changes to their home décor in anticipation of upcoming events or houseguests, or just because they want a fresh look for the season! However, as we are all so very well aware, money is much tighter for many of us these days, and many of us (including me!) would like bring more meaning to the season, and spend less. Here are some great ideas for updating and freshening your rooms without spending lots of cash!

1.Paint. A gallon of paint can be gotten for around $10 these days, and nothing makes such a dramatic change in a room as new color! Paint just one or two walls in the room a rich or daring color. Jewel tones, rich terra cotta, sage greens, and honey gold are all very “in” colors, and will be for some time. They also bring a lot of comforting warmth to a room. Use a richer form of colors already in your room, and you will need to change
little else!

2.Move things around. We all get bored! Try a new arrangement for the furniture in your rooms, even try moving pieces from one room to another! That sofa table may make a better sideboard in the dining room, and that large fern may prefer a spot by the picture window instead of the entryway. Try planning it out on graph paper first: each square will equal one foot, and you can cut out templates of your furniture using the same graph paper and the one foot scale. Now move the furniture templates around the room drawing until you find an arrangement that works! Remember to leave 18-24 inches between furniture to walk around, more if that is not comfortable for your family members.

3.Look for wintry photos online, in old books, calendars, catalogs and magazines that you can use to replace your present artwork with. Just open up the frames, and pop the new artwork over the old, then in the spring, you can remove it for a “new” look!

4.Add a little nature to your home! Use natural items that can be gathered on long walks or weekends away to bring charm and warmth into your rooms. Always be sure you collect non-endangered items, and that you have permission to collect. A bowl full of pinecones or seedpods, pressed fall leaves scattered over a mantle, or evergreen boughs in a vase all add wonderful elements to a room.

5.Dress up your window treatments by adding quick and easy layers. Use cloth napkins to lay overlapping a valance to add pattern or color, add inexpensive strings of beads from the thrift shop as tiebacks and curtain “jewelry”, or hang cafe curtains under your main treatments by suspending them with ribbon from small hooks screwed into the window frame. Find old quilts at rummage sales and sew a rod pocket to make warm and charming winter treatments.

Great, easy, and cheap ideas to update your home and add terrific style! Bring on those holiday guests!

Kathleen Wilson is the author of “Quick Decorating Ideas Under $20: The Budget Decorator’s Bible” and the editor of the free ezine, The Budget Decorator. Find more free ideas and information on ordering her book and her online workshops here.


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FRUGAL SIMPLICITY

UPHOLSTERY CLEANING 101 – THE NONTOXIC WAY
By Annie B. Bond, Executive Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Content

When I bought a couch a few years ago, I refused the stain guard because I knew that the chemicals involved harmed the ozone layer of the earth, and if they did that, what would they do to me and my family? But, of course, real life isn’t perfect, and our couches get very hard work as a first rate destination for kids, dogs, and watching movies with snacks.

Here are the five techniques Annie uses to keep her couch clean and even remove stains, in a safe, nontoxic way:


DONATING BAND INSTRUMENTS

There is no doubt that being a part of band or orchestra can greatly enhance a child’s life, both now and in the future. Recent studies from many sources indicate that kids who study music generally have higher test scores, watch less TV, and are much more likely to go to college.

It’s a shame that for some children, the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra is severely limited by their parents’ inability to pay for a quality instrument, as well as by their schools’ inability to keep up with the ever-increasing numbers of program enrollees.

Dayna Barnes wanted to make a difference. A band mom who started Horns4Kids, a website project devoted to linking donated instruments to the school programs that need them.

If you would like to donate your instrument to a school in need without the worry that it will end up on an auction site, this site can help. Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what school or program is benefitting from your donation? This site is dedicated to linking donors directly with needy school music programs, with no middleman.

Visit Horns4Kids.com – DEAD LINK REMOVED


MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANING, BATH, and BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Here’s a kit with everything you will need to start making your own pampering and cleaning products for pennies with the easy-to-follow recipe guide.
http://www.theherbsplace.com/essentialstarter.html
Make Your Own


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FRUGAL TIPS FROM OUR SUBSCRIBERS

From CSinbad on how to use the annoying CD Internet Promotion Discs

The Cds make great paint pallets for the budding artist.  They are especially good for paints that need nonporus surfaces to prevent them from drying out.

Editor’s Note: You can find more ideas on how to Recycle/Use everyday items in the forum. See directions on how to enter the forum below.


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WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FORUM?

Maybe you can help these folks out with a few suggestions? Or post some of your own questions. LOG-IN TO POST Here’s the link:
https://www.thefrugallife.com/bulletinboard.html href=”https://www.thefrugallife.com/bulletinboard.html”> Forum

Questions Needing Answers at The Forum:

Holidays and Special Days
1. With the holiday season creeping up on us, does anyone have a unique holiday gift exchange idea.  Something unique, not too costly and fun……. There is a good mixture of males and females (couples), but none of us have a money tree growing in the back yard.   I’ve thought about a ‘white elephant’ gift exchange where everybody gets a ‘slightly used’ gift from a thrift store, flea market or garage sale. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for your help


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HOME-BASED BUSINESS IDEAS

NATURAL PET FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Life’s Abundance has great products by Dr. Jane Bicks and Dr. Barry Sears who developed the Zone Diet for Overweight Dogs. Besides dog, cat and horse products, you will have a non-toxic line of cleaning products – safe for pets and children. Visit this website for more information. This type of site is also available for $10.95/month (plus an initial $20 set-up fee). http://www.healthypetcorner.com/HPN/busopform.html href=”http://www.healthypetcorner.com/HPN/busopform.html”> Life’s Abundance

HOME SPA PARTY PLAN – MAKE BATH & BODY PRODUCTS

Have you noticed how popular bath and pampering products have become? The HomeSpa Party Plan taps into that craze. Guests at HomeSpa parties will learn how to make bath salts, personalized perfumes, body spritzers and more using essential oils, while you make a nice income from Nature’s Sunshine.
http://www.theherbsplace.com/essentialspa.html href=”http://www.theherbsplace.com/essentialspa.html”> Home Spa Party

ARE YOU A NATURAL HEALTH NUT?

If you’ve been a natural health nut, you have a lot of information others need to have. Earn an income selling over 600 natural health products, skin care, water filters, beverages, essential oils, and more. Earn trips and car allowance. Websites are also available for $15.95/month.
http://www.theherbsplace.com/busop.html href=”http://www.theherbsplace.com/busop.html”> Nature’s Sunshine

FLINT RIVER RANCH OVEN-BAKED PET FOODS

If you have pets, they’ll love Flint River and you can make an income providing good pet foods and other pet products to friends, neighbors and your family. Pets keep eating, so customers keep buying. If you love animals, this is a very rewarding home-based business. With only 100 volume a month you can earn 19% on all sales.
http://www.healthypetcorner.com/FRR/busop.html href=”http://www.healthypetcorner.com/FRR/busop.html”> Flint River Ranch


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