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The Frugal Life News
August 10, 2004 Edition

A Note From Randal
Hello Everyone,

We have been using a very good resource for Frugal Living, Green Choices and Responsible Choices called Coop America. Donna and I have realized that frugal choices are great. However, some of the choices also may employ slave labor and other barbaric acts. Coop America has opened our eyes and caused us to make more responsible choices too.

You can go to their site by clicking here:

As always, we appreciate all of your sharing of our ezines and websites.

Frugally yours,


Frugal Finances –

Finance Camps

There are computer camps and foreign language camps and math and science camps, so what about finances which is such a key skill to have in our children’s lives.

Coop America listed several resources in a recent issue of their magazine. You may be able to find more online.

College Challenge Camp in Salt Lake City –

Independent Means, Inc. with programs throughout US and around the world –

The Money Camp for Kids for middle and high school students held in CA, TX
and NC

Free Lesson #1 – Debt Freedom Course

Pay off all of your debt in 5-7 years using the money you already make. Find out why financial guru and best-selling author, Suze Orman, is advising her millions of followers to “Pay Everything Off as Fast As Possible!

Frugal Gardening

Frugal Weed Control Without Chemicals – People and Pet-Safe Choices

Weed control can be a daunting task. However, with regular maintenance and a few preventative tools, weeding can be manageable and even easy.

* During the growing season, make a commitment to weed 20 minutes every week. Grab a hoe and disturb the little guys before they have the opportunity to grow big and tough. Circle hoes and asparagus knives/weeders are great weeding investments.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! Weed bare earth thoroughly and place 3 inches or more of wood chips, grass clippings, straw, and/or leaves over it. This will also help your plants conserve water and provide them nutrients. For pathways and other unplanted spots, place black landscaping cloth (or newspapers) under the mulch.

* Plant beds closely and evenly, leaving little room for weeds to grow. As your plants grow, they will crowd weeds out as they drink all water and shade the bare ground.

* Do not let weeds set seed. If nothing else, clip those weed flowers and seed heads as you see them.

* For concrete cracks, kill weeds with a good clipping and boiling water.

* In the off-season, use cover crops or mulch to prevent weed growth.

* Rotate crops from year to year. Weeds hate that, as do pests.

Your weeds make a great addition to a hot compost pile.

If you choose to use herbicides, consider non-toxic alternatives. Bioganic is one of them:

Corn gluten spread on bare earth has been shown to prevent weed growth. A handful of companies are providing gluten products. If your local nurseries do not carry these items, the Internet is a good resource.

Source: You Grow Girl

Frugal How-To –

Make Your Own Home And Beauty Products
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 Simplicity

Simple Living – New TV Show

Wanda Urbanska was once an aspiring business writer for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner who was told she was on the fast track to the Wall Street Journal. At the same time her husband, Frank Levering, was cranking up his Hollywood screenwriting career. They lived life in the fast lane, frequented trendy restaurants, hung out with celebs, went to Hollywood screenings and kept late hours.

Eventually they became disillusioned and decided speeding was not for them. In 1986 they moved back to the Levering family cherry tree orchard north of Mount Airy — Mayberry, as it’s called, thanks to its distinction as Andy Griffith’s hometown. They came in search of a simpler, slower life — a life with meaningful friendships, conversations they could actually remember a week later and Norman Rockwellian values.

These days Urbanska is traveling with her husband and a camera crew shooting segments for the upcoming PBS TV series “Simple Living.” The series, which Urbanska hosts and produces, has begun airing on PBS stations in June.

Find out more about it and see video clips of the show on this site:

Deodorize While You Kill Bacteria and Viruses

Essential oils will make your home smell wonderful without the dangerous air freshner chemicals that have been in the news. The big bonus is that you also get the anti-microbial properties of essential plant oils so you can kill germs throughout your home without bleach and toxic cleaning products.

The AromaBall is a handy plug-in appliance with a ceramic plate that holds a small pad on which you add essential oils. Easy-to-use as a night light.

Get more info and/or purchase here:
AromaBall for
Deodorizer and Anti-Microbial Home Defense

Frugal Pets

Herbal Heartworm Program and Prevention

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 –

Unloading Items You Don’t Want to People Who Need Them

Whether you’ve had a garage sale and still have leftovers you’re not sure
what to do with or if you’d like to clean out your attic or basement but
want to know your things are going some place that they’re needed … here’s
a couple of websites that will allow you to match up your discards with
others’ needs. – you can list excess possessions and surplus merchandise on this site for donation to charities or to businesses and individuals for reuse, refurbishing and recycling.

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

Cleaning Forum
1. Meow Mix Carpeting stains
My cat recently vomited on my light colored carpeting and the red dye will not come out. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have tried my home cleaner system and Spot Shot. Thanks! Marjorie

2. During my recent honeymoon I had a violent allergic reaction to the laundry detergent used by the hotel. It turned out to be WINDFRESH sold by Sam’s. Since returning I have learned that a student science project that was designed to find out if different detergents have different levels of cleaning discovered that Windfresh doesn’t get your clothes clean either. I would think twice before reccomending this product to anyone. I have never had a severe reaction to any detergent before…what is in that stuff?? Maureen

3. I hope someone can help. Our clothes started to appear with very odd stains on them – a sort of water mark and grey in colour. After ruling out sloppy eating habits and the iron, we’ve now found out that its happening in our washing machine. Every now and again an item or two of clothing comes out of the wash with these marks on them – they cannot be got rid of, not even with Vanish. We’ve stopped using fabric conditioner in the hope that has something to do with it, but alas it happened again last night. Any ideas? Any info grateful. Thanks Clare

Recipes Forum
1. Green Tomato Recipes ?
Hello, I have Plenty of green tomatoes !! and if summer doesnt’ last until late Nov. that is ALL I am going to have.. I love the cool summer we have had here in Iowa.. but the tomatoes sure don’t Help ! Lisalynn

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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