I decided that with all the wonderful, FREE, subscriptions I get to great magazines, I should share the best frugal tips and blurbs from them. Also, this will give me a place to reference back for my favorite tips without keeping loads of magazine pages on file somewhere. Every month I’ll do this rundown, and hopefully you all can learn something too!
From Woman’s Day:
how to wash pillows-
put pillows in the machine on the gentle cycle with a mild detergent(or cheap shampoo!)
put the pillows in the dryer with a clean tennis ball to help fluff them back up
make your own see-through labels-
write your label title on white paper
press pieces of packing tape over the words and cut out the labels
put the label in a bowl, and with you fingers, wipe off the paper. the ink will transfer to the tape.
alternate use for a leaf blower-
use it to sweep up your patio or deck with it; it does a great job of cleaning out corners that you can’t reach with a broom.
From Parents magazine:
Keep insects at bay-
place some halved lemons in a jar and it will keep mosquitoes away
bugs are attracted to sweat and body heat, so try to bathe right before you leave for the day
during your picnics or dinners outside, place a fan near the eating area. Bugs won’t be able to land on your food!
From All You magazine:
Donate those old bras-
go to support1000.blogspot.com to get details on an initiative that collects gently-used bras for low-income women.
Tackle these tasks to give yourself more time-
place all of your favorite blogs(like 4 hats and frugal!) on an RSS feed so you can view them all at once. Our RSS button is located at the top right of the blog(click posts and then whatever your preferred e-mail site is)
once a year, sit down and address birthday cards for family and close friends.
when making breakfast, turn it into a batch cooking day. Make 3 batches of pancakes and freeze two. This is perfect for quick mornings.
sharpen your kitchen knives whenever you remember. It makes food prep go so much quicker.
pour vinegar into a large gardening spray bottle and spray onto your weeds. After a few hours in the sun, they will die.