Frugal Tips

Howdy Neighbor, Stay a spell and enjoy some of these wonderful tips that my frugal viewers are sharing. Talk about being neighborly and helping your neighbors out, it’s happening right here. I hope you will join in and and share a few tips with us.  

Peggy, Tenn. – Mice don’t like peppermint. I got a package of peppermint tea bags and left them all over in our camper. It was stored in a corn crib.. grin! NO MICE! You can also use peppermint oil on cotton balls. This was also in a camping site I belong to.

Karen U.S.A.  – I thought you might like to know that Pine and Cedar shavings are toxic to many small animals. We had a litter of Pugs about 4 years ago and put Cedar Bedding around their bed. They couldn’t breath and got pneumonia. We lost most of the litter. Please check into this. Large breed dogs aren’t bothered by the Cedar and our adult pugs were not bothered by the Cedar. I would suggest something else if  I knew of anything else that would work on young pugs. Sometimes we use flea dip but only after they are 4 weeks old.

Nita U.S.A. – If you freeze candles a day or so before putting them in holders – they won’t drip wax on your good table cloth.  

Peggy, Tenn. – Cleaning the inside of the dishwasher. I use lemonade Kool-Aid to clean the inside of my dishwasher. Just one or two packages without the sugar and the inside is clean and smells pretty good too. I had a friend tell me to use Tang but I couldn’t see putting all that sugar so use the Kool-Aid.  

Michelle, Tenn. – Ant mound problem? Pour cornmeal on the mound, the Worker ants will eat it and also carry it to the Queen ant and after they eat the corn meal it will swell and they will die.

Sandra, Tenn. – Hold tacos –  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

Brooke, Ala. – Use Empty toilet paper roll to store small appliance cords in. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance the cord belongs to. 

Tenn. Gal, Tenn. – Re-use Ziploc bags. Wash out Ziploc bags and reuse, to save money. ( Unless you store meat in them)

 Tammy, Oklahoma. – Use milk jugs as mini greenhouses in the spring. Cut the bottoms out and put over tomatoes. During the day, unscrew the cap to let excess heat out. Put the cap back on at night to keep plants warm.     Sue, Texas. – Use shredded paper or newspaper under mulch. You will use less wood chips and the weeds will have a harder time poking through for a couple years. You could also just use grass clippings on top of the newspaper as mulch.

Nat, W. Virginia. – Make a Teepee shape out of sticks or poles. Then plant runner beans at the base of each pole. As the plants grow they cover up the teepee and make a natural hideaway. And the kids can pick the beans for supper.

Debbie, Washington. – Instead of buying expensive bleach pens. Dip a cotton swab in bleach and water then dab the spot.

 Carol,Tenn.- If your car has a Alarm system, then this a great Tip.  
At night put your car keys beside your bed or somewhere close. Then if you hear a noise outside your home or someone is trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. Make sure to test it first, it’ll go off from most everywhere inside your house. Odds are the burglar won’t stick around. Also remember to carry your keys in your hand while walking to your car in a parking lot. Keeping your keys in your pocket while your outside is also a good idea. In case you fall outside you can activate the car alarm and then other family members will know there’s a problem.

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Love the dishwasher cleaner!!!

  2. 2

    Peggy/Tenn said,

    Randy and Johnnie’s Glass Cleaner

    16 oz. Water
    1/2 C. White Vinegar
    1/4 C. 70% Alcohol

    This glass cleaner does not leave streaks.


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