A Guide to Greenhouse Gases 2

No greenhouse gas is a good greenhouse gas. But did you know that some of them aren’t even reported? We’ve been talking about all of the various greenhouse gasses, how they contribute to global warming, and how you can reduce your household activities that lead to releasing these gases into the atmosphere. Everyone knows about Carbon Dioxide (which plant life actually needs to survive). We are contributing too much of this gas to the atmosphere, upsetting the balance. But knowing about all of the greenhouse gases will help us do what we can to reduce them. Let us continue examining … Continue reading

How to Have a Frugal Garden

Every year when I talk to my husband about gardening, he gets that look in his eye and says, “You know, it isn’t going to be cost effective.” This is because although growing our own food could in fact cut our grocery bill, all that is entailed with actually starting a garden from scratch could cost money. So in dedication to the love of my life, I thought I would come up with some ways to have a frugal garden. My husband’s biggest concern is prepping an area for a garden. Because of our location, we would need fencing to … Continue reading

Make Your Own Stuff and Save

If you want a great way to save money, try making your own items instead of purchasing them. From growing your own food and making your own mixes to creating your own laundry detergent and sanitizing wipes, there are so many ways to save. Plus, it is nice knowing that you don’t have to rely on expensive commercial products if you don’t want to do so. Check out this round up of “Make Your Own” articles. Try one recipe or instructions, or try them all! Frugal Food: Make Your Own Granola Bars? Make Your Own Yogurt Make Your Own Fabric … Continue reading

Frugal Food Growing

Everyone knows that growing your own food can save you a lot of money, right? Well, in some cases, it may actually cost you money! That is right. You may find yourself spending more money than growing your own food saves. Here are some tips on really frugal food growing. Use the space you have. If you live in an apartment, see if you can grow some plants in containers on a porch or Windowsill rather than buying space in a community lot. Later, when you are experienced enough to get a huge yield from your garden, then go ahead … Continue reading

Still More Frugal Kitchen Tips

Wow we have a lot of great kitchen tips to get through. Which ones have been your favorites so far? Are there any more frugal kitchen tips that you would like to share with us? I have my favorites of course, but I am always looking for new ideas that can save me money. See what you think of my next set of tips below. Measuring spaghetti doesn’t require spending $10 on a fancy spaghetti measurer. If you are wondering exactly how much spaghetti to make to serve a certain number of people, use something that you just might have … Continue reading

Frugal Living Week in Review for September 3-9, 2007

It was a short week with the Monday holiday, and getting back into the swing of things again on Tuesday threw me off the rest of the week, and I was always a day behind. However, the blogs here at families.com were still filling up with excellent articles on every topic you could want. Let’s see what happened in the frugal living blog this week. More Frugal Decorating With Flea Market Finds Lately I have been obsessed with decorating my home. Partly because we are putting it on the market, and partly because I know we will be getting a … Continue reading

Make A Frugal Greenhouse

With all of our trips to local parks and gardens, I have really been itching to have a garden and grow our own vegetables. My grand plans will have to wait until next year, when we can install some protective fencing. Otherwise, my garden will wind up feeding the deer and the bunnies. But, I’m going to get started anyway, growing some things indoors. I checked into buying a greenhouse to help start my seeds and nurture the young “plantlings” indoors. But, the whole greenhouse set up can get very expensive. So I found a way to be a bit … Continue reading

Frugal Lessons: Eiffel Tower Is Turning Off Its Lights

On Thursday evening, the Eiffel tower will go dark, turning off its light for five minutes to save energy. The reason for this is to bring attention to the issue of global warming. This frugal move will extinguish, at least temporarily, the more than 20,000 flashing lights on the Eiffel Tower. The lights will all be shut off just hours before a long-anticipated report on the seriousness of global warming. According to the Associated Press, “The darkening of the landmark in the City of Light comes at the urging of environmental activists and is timed to coincide with Friday’s release … Continue reading

Non-Frugal Light Bulbs May Soon Be Illegal

For anyone concerned with lighting their home, fluorescent light-bulbs are the way to go. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) use about 25 percent of the energy that traditional, incandescent light bulbs use. They also generate much less heat than a conventional light bulb, as much as 70 percent less heat. The CFL bulbs are known for their spiral shape. If you live in California, you may be forced to give up your traditional light bulbs and made to use the CFL bulbs exclusively. Currently on the agenda for a California law maker is a law, that if passed, would ban … Continue reading

Frugal Fall Decorating (1)

Decorating for fall brings the beautiful color change into your home and adds a rustic, natural touch to the indoors. Fall is my favorite season so I absolutely love decorating my home to reflect this. However, I choose not to go out and spend lots of money on decorations, I prfer to do it the frugal way. To begin, I suggest taking a nature walk. In fact, take the whole family on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and go walking in the park, or even just through your neighborhood. I am lucky enough to have my mother’s home on four acres … Continue reading