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The Frugal Life News – 08/10/05

The Frugal Life News
August 10, 2005 Edition

A Note From Randal

Hello Everyone,

Hope all of you are doing well. We have enjoyed some nice rain so the need for Frugal Watering has lessened. Nevertheless, I have put together a page of all the suggestions sent in at
Frugal Watering

I am so grateful for the many great ideas and suggestions that were sent in.

We have a great exclusive offer for The Frugal Life News subscribers only, take a look below in the “Frugal How To” section.

Lastly, we have someone that needs some direction in cleaning an oven with plastic melted inside. Just go to the “What Is Happening In The Forum” section below and see if you can help out. Remember to post your answers in the forum so we will all have access to your ideas.

As always, we want to welcome our new subscribers and thanks to all of you who have been sharing The Frugal Life News with others!

Frugally yours,

Frugal Funerals

Frugal Funerals

Six years ago, Bob Davis realized he had paid way too much for his fathers funeral. A $20,000 insurance policy just barely covered the costs.

After the dirt had settled, he began to question why it should cost so much to bury a loved one. It seemed that there were no alternatives to being fleeced at the time of need.

The highest priced part of the funeral was the casket itself. $10,000 for a metal box was crazy. You wouldn’t pay that much for a refrigerator about the same size, and you get a lot more with it. Thinking back to his childhood, Bob remembered that his Grandfather was in the funeral business, and he remembered how they marked everything up thousands of dollars because you couldn’t get caskets anywhere else. People had no choice.

Bob decided to open retail stores where people could come without the pressure of the funeral home or the guilt being pushed on them to buy “The last thing you can buy for your Mother.”

In trying to open his first store, he found that he was dealing with a very secret society, the Funeral Industry. They don’t want people to be able to shop around for their goods and services. People might get wise to what’s happening. The less you know the better for them. Don’t ask any questions.

According to Federal Law, you can buy your funeral merchandise wherever you choose. But where? Another Funeral Home??

So, Bob opened the first Casket store, where he sells caskets, headstones and other funeral goods at very low, reasonable prices.

Now folks had a choice. Same goods, lower prices. Much lower prices. Folks could save thousands.

Read “8 Street-Wise Funeral Tips” to help you get through an emotional and financially difficult time of your life at Bob’s site:

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Frugal Gardening

When your bamboo rake starts looking seriously gap-toothed because of broken tines, save the best section, cut -All away the rest, and voila! You’ll have a custom rake to use in tight quarters between perennials.

This idea comes from The Frugal Gardener by Catriona Tudor Erler.

Frugal How-To From The Frugal Mind

Ways to Save by Recycling Old Clothing

1. Remove and reverse overly-worn or frayed collars. If you don’t consult a seamstress and compare the cost of reversing such collars with the cost of new garments. The difference could be substantial. By reversing the collars, you could get additional wear from the garments.

2. When sweaters have stretched at the bottom of the sleeves, put elastic in these areas to restore a proper fit. This is cheaper than buying new sweaters.

3. If the lapels on a coat or jacket are too wide to be “in style,” cut or have them cut down to an acceptable size. The cost will be much less than that for a new coat or jacket.

Editor’s Note: This book has over 1,400 money saving tips, just like the ones above. Recently, I received a copy of this wonderful book and I encourage you to get a copy too. The publisher has an exclusive offering to The Frugal Life Readers for $10.00 + free shipping. Normally, this book sells for $19.95 and you have to pay the shipping. This book is listed in all of the major book dealers and was changed to have a Brittish edition too. Order yourself a copy, you will be glad you did. Just send your money to the following address:

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708 Meadowview
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Make Your Own Home, Bath and Beauty Products

Essential oil kits allow you to make your own safe non-chemical home and beauty products. Making your home less toxic for yourself, children and pets.
Make Your Own Home and Beauty Products

Frugal Travel

Frugal Vacations – Saving Dimes While on Vacation

Here are some saving dimes tips that allow you to enjoy your vacation without spending an abundant amount of money.

Plan Ahead – Plan your vacation in advance. Know how much you can afford and how much you are willing to spend. Then you can plan when and where to go and what to do once you’re there.

Don’t Buy Expensive Travel Guides – Do research on the web; you’ll be saving dimes opposed to spending money on travel guides and maps that you may only use once.

Cash Withdrawals – For your vacation try to take out money before you leave on vacation or in large amounts once you reach your destination so you will be saving dimes on withdrawal fees if you aren’t using your bank ATM.

Avoid Traveling During Hot Seasons – If you want to go somewhere warm, go during their off-season, and avoid the weekends. For example, Florida is warm almost all year round but its peak season is the summer when kids are out of school, so wait for your children’s Christmas break or yours, where the temperature will be cooler but you wont be fighting the crowds at theme parks and attractions.

Stay Flexible – When planning your vacation try to stay flexible on . . .

For more great tips go here

Deodorize Where You Stay On Vacation While You Kill Bacteria and Viruses

Get the anti-microbial properties of essential plant oils so you can kill germs without bleach and toxic cleaning products. The plug-in AromaBall makes it quick and easy.
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 700 dogs. Herbs are safer and less expensive so it’s a win-win situation for all. Prevention programs available.
Herbal Heartworm Program & Prevention

Pet Information, Links and Natural Foods

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

Frugal Tips From Our Subscribers

Need Boot Shapers?

Take plastic bags you get newspapers in and fill them with the packing peanuts you get with shipments. Use a twistie tie and you have a recycled boot form for tall boots. To be sure they fit “your” boots, fill then with the bag in the boot.

Frugal Learning

Singing Success At-Home Study Course

The Singing Success Vocal Training Program, by celebrity vocal coach Brett Manning, is the only vocal training program that guarantees a full octave increase in your vocal range! You’ll learn to sing as easily as you speak, completely eliminating vocal strain, and you will learn to master the techniques of vocal style, including runs, licks and trills. Money-back Guarantee:
Singing Success

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. Does anyone know of any natural steam cleaning solution? I appreciate any info… Thanks

2. HELP! I preheated my oven to bake dinner one night, without looking in it first. There were dishes in it. Pots would’ve been fine-but these were PLASTIC BOWLS. (They were ‘hidden’ in a hurry and forgotten about!) After putting out the obvious fire that occurred, I had to let the oven cool a long while. Since cooled plastic hardens…here I am for help!  The melted plastic got on the wire rack, oven base, and part of the heating element below. I can’t bake again until I can get it ALL out, or it will smoke the room. The oven isn’t self cleaning; It’s older but good enough to still use. We’re tired of eating out! My husband and I are stumped. Is there a man/woman out there with an answer? We hope so! Thanks for helping!

Cooking Forum
1. Hi, If potatoes don’t freeze well, why is it that there are so many kinds of pre-prepared, frozen potatoes that you can buy?  I’m thinking of French fries, that kind of thing?  The reason I ask is that since I live in a humid climate, I end up having potatoes go bad fairly quickly, so I can’t buy them in a large bag. Any suggestions? Di

Home Based Business Ideas

Nature’s Sunshine Products – Herbs and Supplements

Earn an income selling over 500 natural health products, beverages, essential oils, skin care systems, water filters, and more. Websites for $11.95/month.
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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 learn how to make bath salts, personalized perfumes, body spritzers and more using essential oils, while you make a nice income.
Home Spa Party

Flint River Ranch – Oven Baked Pet Foods

Make additional income providing healthy pet foods and bones to friends, neighbors and 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 earn 19% on all sales.
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Life’s Abundance Foods and Supplements

Formulated 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 $8.50/month.
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