The Frugal Life News
March 26, 2005 Edition
The Frugal Life

A Note From Randal
Hello Everyone,

Welcome new subscribers and thanks to all of you who have been sharing The Frugal Life News with others! We have noticed more new subscribers and we know that you our readers have helped us to grow, Thanks!

If you have an interest in essential oils, make sure you check out the new FREE newsletter mentioned in the “Frugal How To” section below.

We hope your beginning of springtime brings joy, happiness and peace to you and all of your loved ones.


Frugally yours,


Frugal Finances

Barter Your Services

If you need a service, you can contact a provider and offer yours in exchange. If they are interested in what you can offer, you have a bartering match!

Example: If you are a Flooring Specialist seeking a web site for your business, you can find and contact a Web Developer in your area and offer to refinish his/her floors. Another Example: If you are a Graphic Designer seeking a Dog Groomer for your puppy, you can find and contact a local groomer and offer to design a new brochure/ads for them, in exchange for
their services.

Some service barters are limited to local areas. Some can be implemented from any distance. This site provides you the ability to search and/or be found by local zip, state or anywhere in the US.

How About Business Bartering?

Barter Business Unlimited helps businesses to increase sales, build customer loyalty, tap into new markets, while conserving cash flow — All by bartering goods and services within the membership network.

Businesses save needed cash reserves by using barter dollars earned from selling products or services to other member companies. A business membership lets you purchase products direct from other businesses, as well as obtaining media advertising, travel and entertainment services, healthcare and fitness opportunities and so many other professional
services. Find out what goods and services are available here

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 Home Communications –
Long Distance, Internet Service and Cellular Phone Service

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Frugal Education

Vocation Vacations

Dreaming of starting your own business but not sure if it’s going to be the dream job you think it will be? What about trying it on for style?

Vocation Vacations offers fantasy stints for an expanding list of careers, including horse trainer, cheese maker, film producer, gardener, tour guide, innkeeper, dog trainer, floral designer and more!

It might be a great place for those graduating teens to find out if their real passion is as good as their dreams of it BEFORE spending the big bucks for the training.

Frugal Gardening

When you plow your garden beds, make sure not to do so when the soil is wet. Doing so will form dirt clods which will become difficult to break up and can cause problems with cultivation of your garden when summer comes.

Plan your vegetable garden this year focusing on vegetables that you know you’ll use in salads and other dishes this year. Take the time to plan the garden on paper to get the most out of the space you have and get the most out of the garden.

Keep a notebook / journal with all your garden information in it. Include all the vegetables that you will be planting, where you purchased the seeds, the names and varieties. By keeping detailed notes this year, you will learn which varieties grow the best in your garden to get the most out of it in later years.

Dedicate an area of your garden for herbs. These can be used to spice up your meals and many will continue to come up year after year once they have been planted.

Do a birdhouse check. If you have left them out all winter, take a look and make any repairs they may need. If you made some during the winter, make sure to place them outside since birds will begin looking for their nesting sites..

Best of luck in your frugal gardening.

Jeffrey Strain

Frugal How-To

Essential Oil Recipes and More – New Free Newsletter!

Emailed twice a month with an essential oils tip, recipe, Q&A, and more. As a subscriber you will be able to submit questions to the editor. Q&A will be placed in each issue. Enjoy the fun of using essential oils around your home and as part of your healthy lifestyle. Aromas add the spice to life!
Manage your subscription here: https://www.thefrugallife.com/eonews.html
Essential Oil Recipes & More

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: http://www.theherbsplace.com/heartworm.html
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

Before you go out and spend an arm and a leg on pesticides, do yourself a favor and give boric acid a try. It kills roaches and ants and lots of other bugs. Do a little reading. I have found it before at the dollar store. (much cheaper than anyplace else I have found.)

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 utilized hot water and fabric softener to remove a border of wall paper.  I cleaned the walls with a scrungie and sponge with hot water.  When I returned the next day I had long drips going down my walls.  I thought the paint would cover it but it didn’t.  I tried a small area using primer and they still show.  Any ideas on how to remove these drips?

2. I have frosted shower doors and I’ve tried all the products in my store to take away hard water stains but they never do and there are a lot I can’t use on frosted glass shower doors!  They are also very strong smelling and I’d like to get away from that!  I was wondering if there was a homemade version that would work for frosted shower doors.  I’m desperate to find something that works!

Family Forum
1. I know I’m not the only one here who has a spouse that wastes money, wastes resources, wastes time, wastes everything without a second thought. Not everyone is frugally minded! I’d love to hear about some success stories in converting spouses and family and how it was accomplished.  Thanks (I can use some inspiration as I am exasperated)

Utilities Forum
1. I purchased a home a few months ago that was built in 1989 and they used electricity as the energy source.  Since moving from an apartment I found that electricity cost a lot more than I thought it would.  This month my bill was over $300 dollars and it is just me in the house and I never use my lights and barely the heat.  What I want to know is how difficult is it to convert my home from using electricity as it’s energy to using propane? Big Boy

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

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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 Healthy Pet Net. 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 these unique products at
ZoneNet Health Products

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