Friday, September 16, 2011

Frugal Friday Link Up

Welcome to Friday!

This has been a very long and busy week for me. I don't have any posts to share for this past week in my own linky, but I do hope many will come in and inspire us with their frugal type posts.

We spent many many hours at the Kansas State Fair this week. Monday was dollar day. We go each year on dollar day for the year. We always start by walking around with the Headstart class for the morning. I only spent $10 the whole day. $5 for midway rides, $3 for root beers, and $2 on something else that I can't even remember. (Told you it's been a long week). If you showed your DIllon's Plus card at the gate it was free to get in.

Wednesday not so frugal but that's my husbands day off. It cost the 3 of us $24 to get in to the fair. I told him we needed to pick up a lot of free stuff to cover that $24. Surprisingly enough, this year I didn't go around picking up everything that was free. We did pick up a few pens, several pencils, several emery boards, some stickers etc. The electric company gave out insulation to put behind your light switches and plug ins. One of Steve's bread customers gave us free food and drink from their booth (a funnel cake and 2 cherry limeades). We got free little cups of ice cream. We taste tested lots of dips and mustards with pretzels. We also tasted veggie stew and chili. I picked up some free devotional materials for the Lutheran Hour table. I even picked up an education packet from Birth Right---this will be used with Jasmine as part of health and they did a good job filling the folder with lots of information. We picked up 2 re-usable shopping bags, 3 sets of word magnets, 3 tops, and 3 of the little toothpick dispensers. Jasmine got a horseshoe with her name on it and John 3:16. Believe it or not, that's not even near the usual stuff we come home with. We probably did get our money's worth though, even just for having the family time out.

Moving on---today is the last of the baking soda tips from the 99 Cent Solutions. Who knew there were so many uses for baking soda?

1. Revitalize wallpaper. Remove greasy fingerprints by rubbing the stain gently with a damp sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse and pat dry. Your wall paper will be good as new.

2. Don't lose your marble. Brighten up your marble countertop by dipping a cloth in water and lightly sprinkling it with baking soda. Rub gently in a circular motion and rinse with cool water and buff it dry, The marble will gleam again.

3. Green your baby clothes. Get rid of that stiff feel and smell of chemicals by washing your baby clothes in scent free baby detergent and adding 1/2 cup baking soda.

4. Down the drain. For a minor blockage pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain. Repeat as needed. (I've used this trick many times over the years!)

5. Detergent expander. To extend dishwashing liquid, add one squeeze to a dishpan partially filed with hot water. Stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda. The water won't be as bubble but it will feel soapy. Grease will disappear and baked-on food will come off easily.

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