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The Frugal Life News
June 11, 2004 Edition

A Note From Randal
Hello Everyone,

Welcome new subscribers and thanks to all of you who have been sharing The
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The “Frugal Auto” section presents a unique fuel to consider for our diesel transportation needs. Let me encourage you to read it and pass it on to your friends and family, even if you don’t drive a diesel vehicle. The more visibility alternative fuels get the better chance we have of reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

To the reader wanting the Pet Brand Fudge recipe, please checkout the recipe section in the forum. There is a recipe posted there using the Pet Brand. Hope it is the one you have been searching for.

We appreciate all of your sharing of our ezines and websites.

Frugally yours,


Frugal Finances – Water, Water, Everywhere…

Lewis Black, in his recent HBO comedy special, performed a funny bit on the current bottled water craze. He lamented the fact that, when he was a kid, water was… free! When he was thirsty from playing in the yard, he ran into the house, found the nearest faucet, and drank. If he was locked out of his house, no problem, water came from a garden hose.

It was the best of times.

There was none of this business about hydrating or 8 glasses of water daily or water bottles as fashion statements or getting in your car to drive for miles in search of water. It came to your house in pipes and you drank when you were thirsty.

This, of course, got me to thinking about water and it’s impact on Rapid Debt Elimination.

Let’s look at three prominent categories of drinking water – bottled, home filtered, and good old tap.

Bottled water covers a dizzying array of products, packaging, and a wide range of prices. Bottled water marketers have managed to turn water into a religion for many, so, I’m not about to stumble into discussing the merits of different kinds of bottled water.

I’m primarily interested in equivalent value for less money, which creates more cashflow and faster debt freedom.

I’m discussing the cheap bottled water. If you drink more expensive bottled water, multiply these results accordingly.

On Sunday, Target Stores advertised 48 16.9oz. (500ml) bottles of Market Pantry water for $7.

(48 * 16.9)/128 = 6.34 gal

$7 / 6.34 gal = $1.10/gal

Drinking 8 glasses of Market Pantry per day will drain $16.73 per person per month from your checking account. For a family of four, that’s $66.91/month.

To increase your cashflow, bottle your own home-filtered water.

There’s a bunch of home water filtering products to choose from as well. Here’s a comparison of the top 10 home water filters. Water Filter Comparisons

The cost-per-gallon of the most expensive system, Brita, is $0.25 (after cost of the pitcher) plus the cost of water.

Eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day for a year is 182.5 gallons. Brita water costs $45.63/year per person, or $3.80 per month. For a family of 4 that’s $15.20/month. Note: I’ve left out the cost of water. You’ll see why in a minute

Switching to Brita filtered and bottling your own water will add $51.71/month — $620.52/yr — to your cashflow. Yes. You should buy one of those large-mouth water bottles so that you can properly sanitize your bottle, but that will only set you back around $5 each.

What about the stuff that comes out of your tap? Looking at our May water bill, it’s a tiered system. The more you use, the higher your cost/gallon. The highest rate is $3.55 per 1000 gallons, or about 3 Gallons for a Penny.

Somebody out there check my math. A gallon of tap water costs 1/3rd of a penny!

Drink 8 glasses of this stuff per day and you’ll drink 182.5 gallons a year and you’ll spend about 65 cents. For a family of 4, tap water costs $2.60/yr.

Compared to a gallon of commercially bottled water, you save… well, let’s just call this free!

You may have valid reasons for not wanting to drink what comes out of your tap. But, with the array of filtering technologies available, all of which cost less per gallon than commercially bottled water, you’ll get debt-free faster filtering it yourself.

Frugal Autos – Drive Your Car On 100% Used Vegetable Oil!

Greasecar vegetable Fuel Systems allow mechanically injected diesel vehicles to run on straight, filtered vegetable oil. Vegetable oil as fuel is a cleaner, safer and less expensive alternative to petroleum based fuel. It can be locally produced, even grown in your own back yard!

The Greasecar Vegetable Oil Conversion System is an auxiliary fuel modification system that allows diesel vehicles to run on straight vegetable oil in any climate. Your Greasecar kit comes with everything you need to convert your diesel vehicle to run on vegetable oil. Including hand crafted aluminum heated fuel cell, Quick-flush switching and 10 micron filter.

Learn more here:

Frugal How-To – Free Give-Aways Or Swaps Within Your Area

Here’s a way to recycle things among people in your area. So when you’d like to give something to somebody who really needs it rather than have it stacked in the back of Salvation Army warehouses, this is the way to go. Maybe you have a family that is looking for some things they need but have no money to buy them. It’s a good place for that also. It’s gotta be free – no money involved. Find your city and see what’s available here.

Bath, Beauty, Perfumes, Cleaning and Air Freshner/Deodorizer

Essential oil kits allow you to make your own safe non-chemical home and
beauty products. You’ll save a lot and feel better about making your home
less toxic for yourself, children and pets. The Starter Pack has a Recipe
Guide with tons of ideas.
Make Your Own Home
and Beauty Products

Frugal Pets


Robin Sockness works with pet owners with an individualized program and has currently worked with over 300 dogs. Herbs are safer and less expensive so it’s a win-win situation for all. Prevention programs are available also. Read more about it here:
Herbal Heartworm
Program & Prevention

Free Information, Free Ecards, and Pet Foods Too!

Healthy Pet Corner provides lots of information and links for birds, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, and reptiles.
Healthy Pet Corner – Your Pet

Frugal Tips From Our Subscribers – Unclogging A Drain Without Chemicals

Sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar. Cover the drain with a plate or lid for 5 minutes. Finally, pour 5 cups of boiling water down the drain. Voila! Your drain will clear!

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:

Questions Needing Answers At The Forum

1. I recently left a ball point pen in my pocket, when the shirt was washed and dried it left deep dark pen stains on some cotton shirts, does anyone have solutions??

1. My toilet tank sweats and drips water on the floor.  How can I fix this?

1. Has anyone ever seen a geen lady bug with black spots or a tan ladybg with green stripes?  I was fishing in the Delta, (Rio Vista area of CA), near Antioch, CA.  There were quite a few red lady bugs with the spots, (9). I also saw a solid colored red one.  There seemed to be more than one would normally see.  So, the question is, what are the green ones?  They did not bite, as I have read in other forums.

Home Based Business Ideas

Home Spa Party Plan – Make Bath and 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.
Home Spa Party

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. Websites are not yet available.
Flint River Ranch

Nature’s Sunshine Products – Herbs and Supplements

If you’ve been a natural health nut, you have a lot of information to share. Earn an income selling over 500 natural health products, beverages, essential oils, skin care systems, water filters, and more. Websites are also available for $15.95/month (plus an initial $19.95 set-up fee).
Nature’s Sunshine

Life’s Abundance Foods and Supplements

Life’s Abundance products by Dr. Jane Bicks and Dr. Barry Sears who developed the Zone Diet for Overweight Dogs. Besides dog, cat and horse products, they have a non-toxic line of cleaning products – safe for pets and children. Websites available for $10.95/month (plus an initial $20 set-up fee).
Healthy Pet

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