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The Frugal Life News
February 13, 2005 Edition

A Note From Randal
Hello Everyone,


We have been busy adding to the site. We now have two new categories on the site, to help you find the new information see below:

1. The first is Clutter/Organizing:

2. The second is Work At Home:

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

Until next time,


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Frugal Gardening

February is a month that many gardeners suffer through with impatience they want to get outdoors and begin their spring gardens. Be patient since even with a few warm days, cold and frost is still likely to come back before Spring. This will keep you from planting to early and having all your seedlings die.

If you have your Spring garden planned, make your seed orders early this month. Many seed companies offer early season discounts and bonus seeds to those who order their seeds early.

If you have saved seeds, consider exchanging or trading at your next garden club to get a new variety at no cost.

Consider planting a new vegetable that you’ve never grown in your garden before to add variety and cut back on what you have to purchase at the grocery store.

Continue to keep plenty of seed out for the birds and other garden animals. If you have enjoyed feeding the birds, consider ordering
trees or shrubs which provide fruits such as crabapple and hawthorn. If planted in your yard on the opposite side of your garden, these will help lure the hungry birds from the fruit in your planted garden meaning that you’ll get more bounty out of it.

Take a few minutes to check any stored bulbs, tubers or vegetables. Dispose of any that show signs of shriveling or rotting since this
will save others from falling to the same.

Best of luck in all your saving,

Jeffrey Strain

Frugal Dating

Say “I Love You” For Valentine’s Day – By Jeffrey Strain

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for the one you love. Whether you are looking for something special on a tight budget or would simply like to add on something special to another gift, there’s no better way to express your love than by saying it in a variety of languages.

Find a nice jar and cut different colored paper into heart-shaped pieces. Write “I Love You” in a different language on each heart and place it in the jar. Continue doing this until the jar is full. Add a nice ribbon around the jar and you have a wonderful jar of “Love” to give.

For more great information go here:

Make Your Own Home And Beauty Products
Bath, Beauty, Perfumes, Cleaning and Air Freshener/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 Decorating

Deodorize While You Kill Bacteria and Viruses

Essential oils will make your home smell wonderful without the dangerous air freshener 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 500 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 Portal

Frugal Tips From Our Subscribers

Did You Add Too Much Salt?

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it is still cooking, drop in a
peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt.

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. I need some suggestions on how to clean old label residue from the face of plastic drawers in some wood cabinets I have.  I estimate the labels were in place 20 years.  The paper labels are brittle but come off easily.  Not so with the adhesive residue.  I’m trying not to mar the plastic.

Do-It-Yourself Forum

1. Hi there,
I am trying to find some directions to make cabins, furniture etc. with popsicle sticks. I remember making them as a kid in Canada but have searched literally hours now and have been unable to find any. Does anyone have any ideas? Jenna

Pets Forum

1. Hi, I am hoping someone has gone through this and can give me some good advice. My 10-12 yr. old cat has kidney failure. I was told this is a common thing now days. The vet wanted to put her to rest after just 2 days in their hospital. They don’t do herbs or anything like that there. I brought my baby back home for the weekend and she started to eat as soon as she came out of her travel box. She eats and drinks all day. I gave her pumpkin in her food to keep her bowels going. She walks around and talks to me but the vet said she is in the final stage. My question is, what can I give her on a daily bases to keep her alive and comfortable until she really is ready to pass as I don’t see that she is completely ready yet. She would not eat, drink or go to the bathroom at the vet’s. She is fine at home. I have read so much about this that I am getting confused. I know she can’t get well again but I have read there are things that can prolong her death. I just don’t know which ones to give as everyone wants you to buy their things or wants you to buy a book first. I don’t have much time and need to make the correct choices fast. If anyone could help me, we would greatly appreciate it.

Recipes Forum

1. Does anyone have any recipes that are super quick yet healthy for when one is really in a bind for time?  I am particularly interested in unprocessed food recipes.  
Anyhow, here are some of my quick recipes as examples of what I am looking for.  This is about all I have, hence the request for suggestions.  Thanks in advance.
Zucchini & Sardines with Hotsauce (dinner)
-Chop up 2 whole zucchinis.  Open a can of sardines.  Dump all of this into a bowl with some hotsauce and mix.  Eat (this is like, half a dinner… have a piece of fruit if still hungry).  Time to prepare: 1 minute.
Cottage Cheese with Apples (breakfast)
-Pour 8 oz of cottage cheese into a bowl.  Chop up an apple and put in the cottage cheese.  Sprinkle a bunch of cinnamon on this mixture.  Eat as a quick breakfast (is surprisingly filling).  Time to prepare: 1 minute.
Pear Smoothies (breakfast)
-In a blender, put in 6 ice cubes.  Chop up a pear into 6 or so pieces and throw into the blender along with 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vanilla Designer Whey), and half a cup of water.  (Additional things one can throw in there: a raw organic egg, slivered almonds, and/or half a cup of milk…)  Blend and drink.  Makes about 2 glasses (drink both) for breakfast.  Time to prepare: 3 minutes

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 $100.00 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 Products

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 are available for $8.50/month (plus an initial $20 set-up fee).
Healthy Pet Net

ZoneNet Health Products

ZoneNet products are distributed by the same company that produces Life’s Abundance. ZoneNet products are backed by the research and wisdom of Dr. Barry Sears one of America’s most trusted health and wellness experts. Their mission is to to develop superior functional food products that help people achieve long-term wellness. Websites are available for $8.50/month (plus an initial $20 set-up fee).

Check out his unique products at
ZoneNet Health Products

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