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Topic: Frugal Living Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 2/6/2010)  (Read 92284 times)
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« Reply #1540 on: February 16, 2010 11:48:20 AM »

I have a question about making your own dish soap. I used a recipe I found on line yesterday. Pretty simple
1/4 cup soap flakes
2 cups hot water
1/4 glycerin
I added a bit of baking soda
and a splash of lemon

So it turned out well, as far as it is gel like and comes out of the bottle good, it smells good. HOWEVER it does not make bubbles? So I am wondering if I did something wrong or if maybe soap flakes don't lather like we are used to?
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« Reply #1541 on: February 16, 2010 12:04:18 PM »

Tero - when I made my laundry soap with grated Ivory (something like soap flakes I'm guessing), the recipe warned that it woudn't lather but that doesn't mean it isn't cleaning.  I wouldn't worry about not having suds.  I know it's what we're used to and means "clean" to us, but some of them just don't make bubbles.
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« Reply #1542 on: February 17, 2010 05:56:08 AM »

I will be heading to the PO tomorrow..the PO near my house has been having wonky(yup,its a word Smiley ) hours of operation..

today is the first full day of school for the boys in 2 weeks..yowzers!
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« Reply #1543 on: February 18, 2010 03:16:00 PM »

OK, I'm back after being offline for a few days. 

Posting pics of the wonderful things I received from the very kind lydiaharper in the gallery, now.

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« Reply #1544 on: March 08, 2010 07:45:43 PM »

Hi all!   Grin

Yay for a successful swap!   Kiss  I should be opening Round 2 at the end of the month, have a month for crafting, send-outs beginning of May.  Should I put up an interest thread in the New Swap Ideas board?

Anyway, THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME!!!


And now for the non-swappy portion of the post ... (if that annoys you, please just read the above!  I'm not trying to be annoying, but there's some momentary panic setting in ...)  Someone close to me (not me!) isn't doing so well financially.  Her income is less than her outgoing.  She's not happy about having to scale back, etc etc, but she really doesn't have a choice.  I've given her some hard truths tonight, given her her marching orders to pay off some debt ASAP, cancel a couple of services altogether ...  what else can I suggest she do?  Her electric bill alone is astronomical ... and there's a 99% probability that she'll be paid less soon (hence the panicking on her part).

So I'm turning to you, lovely Craftster peeps.  Any advice for an older woman to save money on a monthly basis?  Tips on weatherizing? (I've made her a draft dodger for her front door.  She's in a condo, though, so she can't do too much, but anything non-permanent ...)  Feel free to PM so we don't annoy people or anything with OTish discussions!

Sorry for piling this all on you all, but I knew you'd have great ideas that I haven't thought of!  (As a side note - I'm feeling better about her situation than I did when I arrived at her house this afternoon, but it's still not spectacular.)  THANK YOU!
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« Reply #1545 on: March 08, 2010 07:53:08 PM »

The first thing I think of off the top of my head is to find a local church that does Angel Food boxes.
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« Reply #1546 on: March 08, 2010 07:59:06 PM »

OOh yes, and I'd think one of those would last a single person far more than a week.  *hug*  Thank you!
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« Reply #1547 on: March 08, 2010 08:00:51 PM »

Yeah, it's supposed to be about a month for a single.  She just can't be a picky pants.
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« Reply #1548 on: March 08, 2010 08:32:19 PM »

also many local charities will help pay utility bills etc..the trick is finding them.
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« Reply #1549 on: March 09, 2010 02:24:03 AM »

try telling her to not shower as long and not use the heating etc when not necessary, like when she is asleep or not home.
Maybe have it set to come on 30 mins before she wakes/comes home, if that is possible.

my biggest tip would be write down ALL her outgoings and split it into smaller portions over the month etc.
I pay my phone, gas and elec fortnightly so that I don't get a whooping great bill and you don't notice it so much after a while because the bill becomes in credit if you can do it long enough. Not sure if that's possible over in the USA.
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