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Bubbles

7 Jul

I found this super easy way to make your own bubble mixture from the Purposed Heart (check out her site to see how to make a bubble wand too). All you need is:

  • 3/4 cup of dish detergent
  • 1 cup of water

Mix the dish soap and water in a pot, then bring it to a boil. Let it cool….and voila, you have bubbles! šŸ™‚ Gracia’s glad to have some more bubble soap, so she can blow bubbles again!

And if you need any other fun and frugal kid ideas check these out (just click the photo to be taken to the full post):

Homemade Finger Paint

Juice Lid Memory Game

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Make Your Own Postcards

28 Jun

I mentioned that I’ve been wanting to make and use my own postcards, and now I’ve FINALLY done it!

Making your own postcards can save you money in 2 ways:

  1. They’re a cheap alternative to a card. Even if you already makeĀ  your own cards, postcards use half the amount of paper, and no envelopes necessary.
  2. They’re cheaper to mail. It costs $.44 to mail a regular letter, and only $.29 to mail a postcard, saving you $.15. That’s not a lot of difference, but if you mail out a lot of letters it can add up.

When I made my postcards I just used a regular postcard I already had to see how big to cut mine. I used card stockĀ  paper, so it would be thick enough. And of course leave the back blank for writing your note and the address. And if you’re more creative and patient than me, your postcards can look way cuter than mine!

If you want to save even more, Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette recommends cutting the front picture part off of old cards you’ve received and using that as a post card.

Frugal Photo Friday – Easy to Make Finger Paint

17 Jun

Finger Paint

Need a fun activity for your kids this summer? Just whip up some frugal finger paint. All you need is water, cornstarch, and food coloring. Here’s the site I got the recipe from. Today was the second time I’ve done this with Gracia and she really likes it, especially since she gets to pick out what colors we make. You can even have your kids help make it. Gracia poured the cornstarch in the cold water, got the bowls out and of course picked out the colors. It’s a great idea for decorating a Father’s Day card too!

Recipe: Brownies

15 Jun

I love brownies!!

I don’t have much time today, so I’m just gonna let you know I’m making a brownie recipe from the Frugal Girl. Haven’t tasted them yet, but they smell heavenly! =P

Who doesn’t love a yummy chocolate brownie every now and then?

 

Juice Lid Memory Game

9 May

Here’s an idea I got from The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczn. Keep the lids to concentrated frozen juice. Put matching stickers on to make a memory game for kids. You could also paint or draw shapes, letters, colors or whatever to help them learn. And you can keep adding to the game as you collect more juice lids (as you can see I need to save more.)

You could do this with card stock paper too, but the juice lids will last a lot longer. And they stack really nicely! Plus frozen juice is a lot of times cheaper than bottled. Check the ingredients in bottled juice, a lot of them are made from concentrate.

This is a great frugal gift idea for kids. You can personalize them by using stickers of one of their favorite characters, then tie with a pretty ribbon.

Frugal Photos 2

28 Feb

Keeping Warm

Here’s Gracia again…you’re gonna see a lot of her! This was a cold night, so she decided she wanted to color on the floor by the heater and with her “bed buddy” (one of those heating pads you microwave, they feel great on your toes!). I think we can all learn a lesson from this 2 year old…stay warm by hanging out in the warmest spot of the house. Turn your thermostat down just a little and get some socks, blanket, coffee or hot water bottle to keep you warm instead.

Nice and cozy!

Here’s another one, reiterating the same idea, cuddling up with a big blanket! (By the way, I just put another picture in the same post! I’m learning, yay!)

Here’s the book Gracia got for Daddy for Christmas all wrapped up in a map. He’s a pilot and always is having to buy new flight maps, as they expire really quickly. I hated seeing all those cool maps go into the trash, so I saved some and ended up using one to wrap his present with! And on a side note I didn’t end up having to buy any wrapping paper, ribbon or anything to wrap presents this last year! I had enough saved from previous years, and still have tons of gift bags left over!

Map Wrap

Gracia making (but mostly eating) egg salad

To the right is my last picture for now. It’s Gracia “helping” me make egg salad. This shows 2 frugal strategies: 1-Egg salad is a cheap sandwich filler 2-Cooking from scratch. It’s almost always cheaper to make something yourself than to buy the already made kind. But if you have a price list (mentioned in my shopping post) you can find out just how much your saving by making it yourself.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures…I think I’m gonna have to read up on some photography tips! =D