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Frugal Fridays: Frugal Tidbits from The Tightwad Gazette

Welcome to the Frugal Friday’s edition of My Take on Money.  Today’s post lists some super frugal tidbits that I found in one of my favorite books entitled The Tightwad Gazette III by Amy Dacyczyn…..she’s my frugal idol. Give some of them a try and let me know what you think.   Enjoy!


Homemade Orange Marmalade

Don’t go out and buy marmalade.  Here’s a quick recipe for some great tasting marmalade that’s done in not time.

Cut up one orange (with the skin on it) and place in a blender with one tablespoon of water.  After blending, pour into a pan along with ½ cup sugar and boil for 15 minutes.  Cool and refrigerate.  Keeps for several weeks.

Economic Re-pression

Press powder compacts often fall apart before they are half used.  You can salvage them by breaking up the remaining chunks, adding a small amount of rubbing alcohol, and mixing to a paste.  As the alcohol dries, a solid cake forms again.  The drying takes a few hours and voila!  Now that’s pretty frugal.

How to save your Eggs

Many people don’t take full advantage when eggs go on sale because they don’t know that eggs can be frozen.  All you have to do is just lightly mix 1 cup of raw eggs (about 5 large ones) with 1 tea spoon of salt and store in an airtight freezer container.  Thaw overnight in refrigerator.  They will keep up to 6 months.  Three tablespoons of egg mixture is approximately equal to one large egg.

Low pay Spray

If you like the convenience of spray-on cooking oil such as Pam but hate the price then here’s a great frugal alternative and cost pennies on the dollar to make.

Mix 5 ounces of vegetable oil or whatever kind of oil you desire with 1 ounce of vodka (because it’s fairly odorless, tasteless and clear), shake well and spray (use a spray bottle or a recycled Pam pump bottle).

Holey rubber gloves

Cut into sections, these make great rubber bands which can be custom-cut for specific uses.  Fingers make small ones, cuffs make large ones.

Come back and visit MTM weekly for “Frugal Fridays” because saving money makes plenty of cents!

What frugalicious ideas do you have that you would like to share?

The Pitfalls of Car Ownership: A Buyer’s remorse

Chrysler Crossfire

The other day, I grudgingly took my car to get an oil change and held my breath as they told me how much it was going to cost.  The price they quoted me was a whopping $100….and that’s considered a discount. Lord only knows how much it would have cost if I’d taken it to the dealer.

I’ve had my vehicle for five years now but I still cringe at the thought of paying that much for an oil change. Not to mention the price of tires…you’d faint if you knew how expensive they were.

No, I don’t have a Ferrari, Mercedes or a BMW….I have a cute little Chrysler Crossfire.  And yes, it was an emotional buy.  Some would even go as far as to say it was a selfish buy because it was a two-seater.  I wasn’t thinking about all that at the time of purchase.

Hec, what was I thinking?  Whatever it was, it wasn’t what I should have been thinking.  When I woke up that morning, my mind was far from purchasing a vehicle.  As a result, I didn’t do any pre-planning…..none, zilch, nada.   I just happened to drive by the dealer that day and was lured in by all the nice vehicles sitting out on the lot.  My eyes scanned the lot and all of a sudden stopped.  There she was….looking all shiny and cute saying “buy me” and to make a long story short, I couldn’t refuse….so I bought her.

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Frugal Fridays: Homemade Laundry Detergent and Cleaning Supplies

Welcome to the Frugal Friday’s edition of My Take on Money.  Today’s post is all about helping you find ways to be more frugal.  Being frugal is not being cheap….it’s actually being smart.  The more money you save the closer you get to becoming more financially independent….and that’s what we’re all aiming for.

Well today’s post is definitely “frugalicious”!  🙂

I’m going to show you how you can make homemade laundry detergent and cleaning supplies out of common household goods that you probably already have sitting in your pantry.  I’ve personally made and used these little concoctions and know firsthand that they work.  Once you try them, there won’t be a reason why you’d ever waste your hard earned money on purchasing them again from the store.  Plus your friends will envy you when you start bragging about how much money you’re saving!

Laundry Detergent

We all know how expensive laundry detergent can be.  The average cost is around $4.00/box or bottle and don’t even mention the good stuff like Tide and Gain…you can forget it…that’s going to cost you a small fortune.  The use of coupons can get the price down considerably but there’s nothing like getting your clothes clean for the cost of pennies on the dollar….now we’re talking.  I don’t know about you but I can use that extra money to pay down some other expense.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)

½ cup Borax Multi-Team

1 Bar of Soap (Ivory, Zote or Fels-Naptha)

Hot Water

3 Gallon Pail


Grate the soap into fine shredded pieces and put into a boiler with 2 cups of water and boil until the soap dissolves into a soapy like liquid.  Pour the soapy liquid into the 3 gallon pail along with all the other ingredients mentioned above.  Fill the pail up with hot water and then let sit for at least 24 hours before use.  It will develop into a gel-like substance…give it good stirring before scooping it out.  Use 1 scoop or cup of this per load and your clothes will come out clean and smelling good.  It even gets rid of stains and whitens as well.

Glass Cleaner

This is one of my favorites and very easy to make.  It doesn’t cost as much as washing/laundry detergent but again, why spend more than you have to plus it’s environmentally friendly and gets the job done in no time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 tablespoon White Vinegar

1 cup Alcohol

1 cup Water

Spray Bottle (new)


Mix all together and put into spray bottle and you’re ready to go.  It does a fine job with no streaking.

Multi-purpose Cleaner

This is another one of my favorites and is very easy to make.  Some of the ingredients are used in a lot in baking.  Who knew it could be used as a cleaning product too?  Vinegar is a natural cleanser and can be used to clean just about anything and lemon is a powerful cleanser as well….it’s great for bleaching.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup White Vinegar

2 tablespoons Baking Soda

1/2 cup Lemon Juice

1 cup Water

Spray bottle (new)


Mix all together and put into spray bottle and you’re ready to go.  You’ve just created a great, frugal and natural homemade cleaning product that can be used in the kitchen and restroom.

Come back and visit MTM weekly for “Frugal Fridays” because saving money makes plenty of cents!

What homemade frugal ideas do you have that you would like to share?