One of my frugal friends offered a few tips for me to share with you on Frugal Friday. I have declared Fridays will be the one day a week, I will spend no money in 2010. No reason, really, except to flex my self discipline muscles, if I still have any.
When someone calls me on Friday to do something other than window shop, I must explain my “blue law” will be over at midnight. If they really want me in their party, they must pay my way (tee hee, see how that works?).
Here’s some time and money savers I found particularly interesting:
* Put a few drops of hot sauce into birdseed to keep out the squirrels. I don’t know why the heat doesn’t bother the birds, but she declares the birds seem to love it!
*Ice proof your windows with vinegar. Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spritz it on all your car windows at night. In the morning, they’ll be clear of icy mess.
How does it work? Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water, preventing water from freezing. Wake up to an already frozen car? Just spray the mixture on your windows and watch it melt.
Wish I had known this last week when the entire mid-South was frozen solid, and it took me thirty minutes to defrost the windows of my truck. (Hmmm, I wonder. Would this work on pipes and outdoor faucets?)
If you are still using plastic bags in your microwave, you are obviously not yet aware that this is a serious health hazard. When the plastic is heated, it releases a chemical into the food that is very bad for your health.
It’s much better to buy some glass casserole dishes with lids and microwave your frozen veggies in them. They steam inside the casserole dish and come out delicious. There’s a bit of clean up involved, but there’s no worry about chemicals from plastics, or the repeated cost of buying bags.
And this just in from Ruthie – will try it when fire ants return.
An environmentally friendly cure for fire ants has been announced by Walter Reeves on his Georgia Gardener radio program. Testimonials that it REALLY WORKS are coming in.
Simply pour two cups of CLUB SODA (carbonated water) directly in the center of a fire ant mound. The carbon dioxide in the water is heavier than air and displaces the oxygen which suffocates the queen and the other ants. The whole colony will be dead within about two days. Sorry ant people, but you asked for it!
Besides eliminating the ants, club soda leaves no poisonous residue, does not contaminate the ground water, and does not
indiscriminately kill other insects. It is not harmful to your pets, soaks into the ground. Each mound must be treated individually and a one liter bottle of club soda will kill 2 to 3 mounds. It’s worth a try.