Saturday, August 20, 2011

Homemade Playdoh!

Thanks to Thrifty Reader Leah for this great idea! I can't wait to make this for my little one.

4 cups flour
2 cups salt
4 cups water
8 tsp cream of tartar
6 TBSP oil
food coloring

Mix together in a large saucepan. Cook until it holds together and pulls away from pan. Cool and knead. You may add peppermint or almond extract for scent if you wish. 


Also, while browsing the net, I came across another recipe from CupCake KidCafe. It uses Koolaid!

With either recipe, I strongly recommend you let your bigger kids help you make this. It will be a fun science experiment for them, and then they can play with it later! But remember, safety first.

Be sure to post pics if you try this!

Monday, August 8, 2011

FB Garage Sales!

Have you seen these? My mom told me about them this weekend. Basically, look up "Your County Area Garage Sales" on Facebook.  Not every county has a page, but maybe that means you start one up and spread the word. People list their garage sales or post up specific items for sale. It's a great tool to sell your stuff or to buy a thrifty gift.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIY Diaper Pail Powder/Carpet Powder

I got this "recipe" from Thrifty Reader, Kelisa. I can't wait to try it!

What you need:

  • 8 oz. box of baking soda
  • 25-50 drops of Essential Oil (EO) of your choice (depending how strong the smell is, like tea tree oil has a very strong scent so I'd use the 25 drops range while sweet orange has a softer scent, so I'd use closer to 50). After making this once, you can't even tell I used any of the EO, so it will really last a LONG time!
  • Empty (and clean) Parmesan Cheese Shaker

  1. Dump the baking soda into a bowl.
  2. Add 25-50 drops of EO.
  3. Mash with a fork.
  4. Let sit for about 30 minutes.
  5. Sift.
  6. Let sit for another 30 minutes.
  7. Sift again.
  8. Put into a shaker container
  9. Sprinkle into diaper pail as needed!
  10. For carpets, sprinkle on carpet, let set for 10-30 minutes, and vacuum off.
Disclaimer: If you are concerned about the filter on your vacuum, try dissolving it with water in a spray bottle container, spray on, wait, and vacuum. - Thanks to Thrifty Reader Marlo for that tip!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Homemade Wine

Thrifty Reader Christine told me one of her biggest areas of unnecessary spending is wine. I'm not a wine fan, myself, but it's one of those things I wish I liked (similar to coffee, which I don't like either). So many options make it intriguing!

This link is all about homemade wine (this is obvious once you click on it).

In this link, I found a whole host of recipes on making your own wine. They even break it down by what you can make the wine with. Herb wine? Really?

I'm not sure this will save you all that much given the ingredients, equipment, and time you'll need, but at least you'll have a great experience!

This is definitely not all the information out there, but hopefully it will help you move in the right direction!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

6 Money Savers in Your House

Thanks to Thrifty Reader Christine for sharing this article. There are some great tips in here!

And also thank you to Thrifty Reader Heather for sharing that Monday is REDHEAD APPRECIATION DAY and that Marble Slab Creamery is going to be giving away free ice cream to redheads. Be sure to appreciate me on Monday. :-D

Saturday, July 2, 2011

DIY: Flokati Rug for Under $25

Thanks to Thrifty Reader Amanda for sharing this great tutorial.

A fair warning, the rug might only cost you pennies, but it will take a LOT of time. This is great though if you are looking for a project. SUPER easy and inexpensive. The results are fabulous!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie - Ode to Cloth Diapering

I don't currently cloth diaper, but I know some that LOVE it. If you are even a tiny bit interested, visit this Cloth Diapering 101 tutorial by Little Bean Tree. She does a great way of explaining everything with several breakdown links.

There are several reasons to cloth diaper. It is environmentally friendly, safe for your baby, and... you guessed it, thrifty! You buy products that grow with your baby so you use them over and over again. Want to see real savings? Use them with a second baby. You can even buy stashes on Craigslist and Ebay. It can be addicting to get that new cute cover or scoop up that sale off the internet, so watch yourself. It still probably beats buying diapers by the box every month.