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Is Being Frugal Always Being Different?

photo credit: KlausNahr Last weekend I spent time at my best friend’s house, celebrating her daughter’s third birthday. It’s always funny- every time I’m away from home I realize just how differently Mr. Money and I live our lives.  I was helping my friend clean the house and noticed how all the cleaning products she used were commercial,  the laundry detergent was store bought, and she used her dryer to dry clothes.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with any of that because it works for her, and that’s all that matters. I just couldn’t help but feel how different our lives were.  It’s really cool when I can share my frugality and greenness with people and they don’t make fun of me. A lot of the time I shy away from sharing things with people because I’m afraid they’re going to think it’s silly to do __.  I’ve decided that it’s my life, and as long as myself and Mr. Money are happy, that’s all that matters.  Who cares if I don’t use shampoo and I use cloth toilet […]

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How to Make Shampoo

If you’re interested in how to make shampoo, you’ve come to the right place! If you’ve tried the No Poo Shampoo Method and it just didn’t work for you, don’t worry. I’ve got the perfect shampoo recipe you can make yourself that’s all natural and won’t break the bank. This is a tried and true recipe; Mr. Money uses it exclusively and loves it! Ingredients 1 Bar of Soap (I used homemade but you can use something like Dr. Bronner’s or Ivory. 1/4 Cup of olive oil Your favorite essential oil (I used peppermint) Water or tea (I used mint tea) Directions Grate your bar of soap on a cheese grater. Mine looks suspiciously like cheese. It’s not; I promise it’s just beer soap. Put your grated soap, olive oil, and a little bit of water in the blender. I started with about 1/4 cup of mint tea.  Add in about 10 drops of your essential oil. Blend until it is the consistency that you’d like. You may need to add more liquid. (Ignore the bubble that looks like a […]

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Frugal New Year’s Eve Ideas

I can’t believe 2009 is almost over! Where does time go? Hopefully you’ve got some rockin’ plans for tonight, but if you don’t I’m going to give you some frugal New Year’s Eve ideas. Have a specific food party and have everyone bring an ingredient.  For instance, you could have a pizza party and everyone brings a topping.  Or have a taco bar! Have an ice cream sundae or dessert party.  Everyone could bring a dessert topping or ice cream. Incorporate music into the party.  Have everyone bring a cd with their favorite song from 2000-2009.  If you wanted, you could assign years to everyone! Have everyone bring a bottle of wine and do a wine swap so you can experience new wines! Stay home and relax!  Make a fire, light some candles, take a bubble bath; whatever you wish. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? image from legalnonresident Tweet

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Frugal Christmas Eve Traditions

Can you believe it’s already Christmas Eve? I sure can’t! I love Christmas Eve. I think it is the most magical night of the year. I especially love when there’s a little snow on the ground, Christmas lights are sparkling, and people are snug in their houses drinking hot cocoa and waiting for Santa. Here are some of my favorite frugal Christmas Eve traditions: Attending Church for Christmas Eve service.  I know that many people attend churches on Christmas Eve even if they don’t attend year-round.  I can understand why; Christmas Eve service is the best!  Many churches light candles and turn out the lights while singing.  It’s so beautiful and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Opening one present on Christmas eve (always pajamas!) and wearing them to bed that night.  I remember as a kid I always looked forward to my new jammies.  I couldn’t wait to see what they were!  I still have my moose pj pants from a few years ago, and they’re still one of my favorites! Gathering with family, eating Christmas cookies […]

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No Christmas This Year

I have a confession to make. I have done no Christmas shopping yet and it’s the 18th of December. The honest reason I haven’t started shopping? I don’t want to spend money on buying people Stuff they don’t need, and I don’t want to get any Stuff I don’t need in return. We’re trying to downsize after all, and receiving more gifts doesn’t jive with that. My mother was asking what we wanted for Christmas, and after drawing a blank for weeks, I told her that we needed new undergarments and maybe a Wii game. That’s all I could think of. I am just really worried that whatever I get people, they won’t like. This year for Christmas we’re just buying gifts for my mom and dad, brother and sister, and my niece and nephew. I’m going to buy my dad some whiskey because that’s what he requested. I was going to knit a shawl for my mom, but I have run out of time now. I’m going to make her some candy cane sugar scrub and will probably get […]

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A Frugal Free Christmas Tree!

Obviously you wouldn’t expect that we wouldn’t have a Christmas tree that has been used, right? Well, we went a step further and definitely won’t disappoint because our Christmas tree has been rescued from the garbage. A few years ago, after Christmas my mother was driving around town and saw that someone threw out a Christmas tree. She has this habit of pulling things out of the garbage (only things that someone else may use!) and tucked it away in her attic for me. The next time she came to visit, she brought the tree, and I ended up assembling it in the middle of February. Thankfully, all the branches were there. We ended up having a beautiful, free Christmas tree. It disgusts me to think that someone was going to toss a perfectly good tree in the landfill! All of the ornaments on our tree are the ones that my mother has saved for me throughout the years. It’s really neat to decorate our tree because I have so many memories surrounding the ornaments. It is such a great […]

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