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Fun and Frugal Home and Garden Tips 1
By Monica Resinger
_http://homemakersjournal.com_ (http://homemakersjournal.com) 
 
1. Baking soda is an excellent scrub for sinks and tubs; it both whitens and 
deodorizes.
 
2. If you have grimey mini blinds, on a nice day lay them on your lawn, spray 
with a hose, add a few drops of dish soap, then scrub with a soft brush.  Let 
them dry in the sun, then re-hang.  
 
3. Save money and contribute to your health by growing your own produce.  If 
you don't have much room in your yard for a garden, try growing them in 
containers or squeezed into existing flower beds.  Growing your own will 
provide you 
plenty of fresh produce and you'll know how they were grown and taken care 
of.  You'll also save gas from having to go purchase them.  Additional beneftis 
are a fun hobby and exercise!  If you're a beginning gardener, and you don't 
know where to start, a search on the Internet or a book from the library can 
help. 
 
4. Keep clothespins handy in a nearby drawer to hold closed opened bags of 
food such as chips, bags of lettuce, etc.
 
5. Save money on food and lose weight by cutting back and eating only when 
hungry.  I joined Weight Watchers and justify the fees by how much money I save 
on the food that I'm not eating anymore.  I've lost weight, am much healthier 
and happier and am saving money!  
 
6. A great way to save money is to make compost for your garden, rather than 
buying fertilizer.  Not only will you save the fertilizer money, but you'll 
save money by reducing the waste that goes into your garbage can (not to 
mention 
landfill space!), which can save you money by getting a smaller can or having 
the garbage workers pick up your trash less often.  A search on the Internet 
or a book from the library will teach you how to make compost, but generally, 
all you need to do is make a pile of layered grass clippings, produce waste, 
weeds and leaves, in an inconspicuous area of your yard, then water and turn it 
until it decomposes.  Once decomposed, it can be applied to your garden beds 
and will provide valuable nutrients to your plants.  
 
7. To save money decorating your home (and yard), get creative and shop 
thrift stores and yard sales for decorative items like curtains, knick-knacks, 
planters, wreaths, art and more.  Deciding on themes and colors for your rooms 
beforehand really helps so you can look for those type of items when shopping.  
Shopping this way will save you hundreds of dollars, literally, and it is great 
fun to hunt for treasures!
 
8. Save energy when cooking noodles by bringing the pot of water to a boil, t
hen adding the noodles, then putting a tight-fitting lid on and turning the 
heat off; after 10 minutes the noodles will be done!
 
9.  Save calories and money and enjoy a mock ice-cream sandwich.  Sandwich 
frozen fat-free whipped topping between 2 chocolate or regular graham 
crackers... mmmmmm!  
 
Monica is the founder Homemaker's Journal E-publications, the growing home of 
many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and 
more!  _http://homemakersjournal.com/_ (http://homemakersjournal.com/) 
Get a FREE Slowcooker Recipe E-book when you subscribe to Monica's FREE 
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