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The Frugal Life News – 03/26/06 – Living Well With What You Have


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The Frugal Life News
March 26, 2006 Edition
The Frugal Life

A Note From Randal

Hello Everyone,


Hard to believe this is the second day of spring. We are in Central Virginia and yesterday we had frozen ice pellets. This weather is strange, for sure.

We hope you enjoy this edition of The Frugal Life News. Which we will be sending out electronically while we are out of the office. I am sure glad we have a scheduled send feature to make that possible. Remember to visit the forum, the answers you provide may be just what someone needs.

As always, we appreciate you sharing this newsletter and our website.

Frugally yours,

Frugal Finances

2 Out of 3 Americans See Buying More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles As Patriotic

Faced with steadily rising prices at the gas pump, two out of three Americans now agree that it is patriotic to buy a fuel efficient vehicle that uses less gasoline and, therefore, requires this country to import less oil from the Middle East, according to a new Opinion Research Corp.

This national opinion poll launched, a site that gives car owners a powerful new forum in which to tell automakers and Congress that they support a federal fuel efficiency standard of 40 miles per gallon (mpg).

The survey shows that three out of five conservatives (57 percent) concur that buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle is a patriotic act, as do 67 percent of those who follow NASCAR.

Read the entire article here – DEAD LINK REMOVED

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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

A Dozen Ways to Save Money on Yard Care

1. To help protect your house from winter winds and, thus, save on heating bills, consider planting a windbreak. Call your Land Grant University’s County Extension Service for specific information on how to correctly design your windbreak (such as how far trees should be from your house and what kind of trees to plant). In certain areas of the U.S., actual fuel savings from windbreak protection can be about 18 to 27 percent.

2. Using plant materials wisely can help reduce your energy costs. Winter heating bills may be reduced as much as 15 percent while the energy needed for summer cooling may be cut 50 percent or more. Check with your Land Grant University’s County Extension Service for information on energy efficient landscaping (such as proper placement of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs in relation to your house).

3. Use drought resistant grasses and plants which can survive on limited amounts of water. Ask your County Agricultural Extension Agent about drought resistant grasses and plants that are adapted to your area. The fewer times you must water your yard and plants, the lower your water bill.

There’s nine (9) more ways in the rest of the article on the website:

Frugal Health

Ear Infections

Many times ear infections that are resistant to antibiotics can be cleared up by slightly warming a vinegar and water mixture and flushing the ear two or three times with the mixture twice a day with an ear flush bulb. An herbal formula does a good job also by Nature’s Sunshine.
Here’s a link:
How to Combat Ear Infections Naturally

Frugal How To

Nice Get Well or Birthday Gift for Female

I got this idea from my aunt. For a nice gift for a female that is not expensive. Take one of your old small clear vases and get a bag of jelly beans and a small bunch of pretty fake flowers from the dollar store or some place cheap. Put the jelly beans in the vase and then insert the flowers and wa-la. It is very cute and unique. My aunt gave one to my mom who is ill and she loved it.

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 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

New Fabric Smell

Many people notice a new fabric smell on just-purchased clothes. That “new” smell is a potent mixture of chemicals such as formaldehyde and urea resins. The chemicals are used to ‘finish’ fabric for a range of purposes, including stain resistance, wrinkle-proofing, and even disinfecting. Most contain volatile organic compounds that are often sensitizers and suspected carcinogens.

To get rid of those chemicals, place clothes in the washer with enough water to cover. Sprinkle one cup of baking soda into the washer and soak clothes overnight. When convenient during the soaking, agitate the machine for a few minutes. Launder as usual.

Some imported clothing companies are now dousing their clothes with long-lasting disinfectants. If the clothing you are about to purchase smells more pungent than usual, put it back on the rack.

Real Money, July/Aug 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:

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

Critters Forum
How can I keep bees out of my birdhouses?

Miscellaneous Forum
I need some more ideas on what to do with pill bottles. I use some to store different sized needles for my crafts/sewing. What does every one else do with them besides putting them out in the recycle bin?

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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