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The Frugal Life News
September 10, 2005 Edition
The Frugal Life

A Note From Randal

Hello Everyone,


This newsletter was scheduled before we left for a convention in Salt Lake City. We’ll be back at work the day before it goes out, but I know how much we’ll have to catch up on, so I’m using technology to make sure it goes out on time.

After our 4-day convention, we will have a 5-day trip with our son, Ben, and the itinerary includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. We are all very excited. A couple of years ago, our convention was in San Francisco and he came out there so we could travel to Yosemite. Places like this sure take our breath away and I do hope we save them for future generations.

When we get back Donna will post the pictures on our website gallery and let you get a glimpse of the activities we were able to enjoy. We toured a Shakespeare Theater in Staunton, VA, recently that is the only replica of the Blackfriars Playhouse in London. If you’d like to see those photos, here’s the link: Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA

If you haven’t visited our Critter Gallery of photos lately, Donna’s taken quite a few pictures of the critters that drop by to visit us. There are butterflies, toads, birds, squirrels, and more. Here’s a link to begin the most recent. You can click on the double arrows to go forward or back: Bluebird Cove Critters

We appreciate you sharing our sites and ezines with your friends and always enjoy the comments added to the gallery site.

Until next time, be in good health!

Blessings to You!

Frugal Finances

Never Pay Retail – Ever! – by Kimberly A. Griffiths

With so many different types of sales running all the time, why would anyone ever pay retail? In most cases, with a little research, you may never have to pay retail again.

Buyers beware — not all sales are created equally.

• % off sale price
Some sales offer substantial savings such as 50% off already reduced merchandise which is probably as deep a discount as you can get. It may take some time and patience once you’re in the store, but these sales can really be wonderful when buying necessities such as back-to-school clothes and even for off-season holiday shopping.

Read the rest of this information in our Finances section:

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!”
Free Lesson – Debt Freedom Course

Frugal Outdoors

Fire Starters … For wood or camp fires or cookouts

You only need 4 things:
1. Cardboard egg cartons (use just the bottom part)
2. Wood shavings/curls
3. Old wax
4. Old cookie sheet or something to set the egg cartons on
Put the egg carton bottoms on the cookie sheet … any extra wax will then go onto the cookie sheet and not on the counter.  Stuff about 1/4 cup of wood shavings into each “egg”.  Melt the wax and pour it over the wood shavings.  Let dry over night and the next day cut the egg cartons into individual “eggs”.
When you want to start a fire, just put one of the eggs at the bottom, add kindling and a couple of pieces of wood and start the egg/shavings on fire.  It will burn for about 10-15 minutes and by that time the fire will be going very well.
This is a good way to recycle old egg cartons, wood shavings and wax (old candles etc); and eliminates the need for paper when starting a wood fire.  I melt the wax in an old tea kettle on top of the wood stove.  Contributed by sunflower1948

Frugal Travel

Apartment and Home Exchanges

This type of travel takes some research, but then so does any trip unless you plan on booking through a travel agent.

Visit some of the sites that are designed for these exchanges:

Free Listing Sites:
Craig’s List

Living Abroad

Paid Listing Sites:
Homelink – the largest swap site

Intervacus – oldest swapping business since 1953

Home Exchange – mostly international

Home Invite

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 Money Making

Looking For Extra Dollars

No task is too menial when you’re crunched for cash. Here’s a few ideas on rustling up some extra bucks:

* Cash In Your Coins – you won’t believe how much you have in those jars and maybe in the furniture.

* Sell Your Stuff – it adds up. Look around and realize all of the things you are not using and get rid of it. Sell it on eBay, Craig’s List

* Do Market Research – Search for “focus groups” online and you’ll find oodles of them. Get paid for doing something you do all the time anyway, giving your opinion.

* Get a Move On – Do you have a truck, van or SUV? Place a free ad offering your moving services for a fee.

* Think Small Business – Many of them need temporary help and they pay in cash. Catering, landscaping, and other service type businesses. Check the yellow pages or newspaper ads.

* Like Children? Babysitting rates run from $7 – $20.

Source: Budget Living, August/September 2005

Deodorize 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

A roll of toilet paper fits neatly inside a fancy tissue box holder. Pull
the end through the slot for more economical Kleenex.

From Budget Living, Aug/Sept 2005

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

Pets Forum
1. Hi everyone, I just joined this forum. I see many of you know how to take care of kittens and other animals!
I just found two 2-week old kittens(they’re about 4 inches in length, so tiny!) on my driveway. Someone must have abandoned them, poor things. I would like to know any basic things I should be checking for. They are covered in fleas and I have washed them with Dawn dish soap about 3 times in the past 3 days. Any advice on what else I can do for these poor things? Thanks!

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.
Nature’s Sunshine Products

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.
Flint River Ranch

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.
Life’s Abundance


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