Cheapo Fix Its

Paper Clips
Use as a hook  - drapery, pegboard
Use as cotter pin to hold lawnmower wheels
Use to replace a broken or lost door hinge pin
Use as a zipper pull

Fishing Line
Kite string
Toilet flapper chain
Sew into screen door hole

Safety Pins
To fasten new upholstery onto existing cushions
Replaces missing eyeglass screws (the ones that back out at the arm hinge)

Baking Soda
Pour one cup into clogged drain; follow with one-cup vinegar, flush with hot water

Clear scotch tape
Use to replace the plastic tip on shoelaces


Free Food = The Easiest Way to Become Frugal

  • Start you own garden indoors or out
  • Barter with neighbors who have large gardens
  • Use the Leftover app
  • Take up hunting/fishing
  • Work at a hall that hosts weddings and funerals - or get friendly with someone who does – take home salads, leftover chicken, etc.
  • Go to the grocery store and take advantage of free food demonstrations since they usually give samples
  • Take up Freeganism

Being Frugal @ Food Festivals

I know lots of people are turned off by the high price of food festivals. So here is what we did this weekend during Pierogi Fest. We walked over there Saturday just to scope things out. Then, 2 hours before closing on Sunday, we returned to haggle and make purchases at deep discounts. Food and merchandise vendors do not want to drag stuff back with them!

7 pierogi for $5 (was 6 for $5 all weekend)

$1 slice of pizza (was $3.50 all weekend)

A dress that was $35 was purchased for $25!


And we also had some luck too. We found 5 beer tickets (a $15 value) on the walk up and our neighbor gave us some left over BBQ chicken when we got home!


Foraging For Food

The other day I was watching the news and they had a Chicago chef, along with an expert forager, picking up food along side a Wisconsin road. Happy hunting!

BEST BETS ==> Cattail, Inner Pine Bark, Purple Clover, Dandelion,  Acorns, Squirrel, Rabbit, Trout, Crayfish, Snakes, Frogs,

Self Reliance = Saving Money

  • Forage for food
  • Simple garden anywhere you live
  • Pick up hand tools and learn to use them. You can find hand saws, planes, augers, post hole diggers and other tools for pennies at garage sales. These make you work, so you won't need a gym membership!
  • Invest in reusable personal items like cloth diapers and cloth feminine hygeine products. 
  • Use a solar stove or wood stove.
  • hand/pedal generators

Cheapo Knife Sharpener

256 If you’re finding that your favorite knife is just not sharp enough anymore, use the bottom of a tea cup to sharpen it. Simply turn the tea cup upside down and place it on your counter. Hold the knife at the angle in which the blade runs, and slide the blade down the tea cup (be careful); up and down, up and down on both sides of the blade. It will keep your knife sharp and you won't need to buy a sharpener.