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Topic: Frugal Living Swap 2: Return of the Cheap (SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 5/1)  (Read 38960 times)
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« on: March 18, 2010 04:14:32 PM »

GALLERY LINK!

We have swappers from ... U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Australia and Canada!  


Swap name: Frugal Living Swap 2: (Return of the Cheap)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: superhooker (thank you!)
Sign-up date range: March 18, 2010 - March 31, 2010
Partners will go out on: April 1, 2010
Date to send item by: May 1, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? No.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

This swap is all about living (and crafting!) frugally.  Frugal living means something different to each person, but it may include saving money by using cloth napkins, knit/crocheted dishcloths, reusable shopping bags (you save 5 cents for each bag you bring in at my grocery store!), wool dryer balls (seriously, the dryer sheets can be pricey!), reusable menstrual pads or diva cup/moon cup bag and wet bags, soap savers, homemade laundry soap, homemade bath soaks, etc.  Or it may include recipes to try out instead of eating out, a piggy bank/other way of corralling change to take to the bank instead of letting it be eaten by the couch, having a coupon organizer ... the ideas are endless!

For this swap, 95% of what you'll use to craft should be from your stash.  The more you use that you already have, the better!  If you absolutely must purchase something, it'd be great if you could get it at the Salvation Army/Goodwill/thrift stores or on sale.  (I don't want to say don't buy anything because I know how it feels to have everything you need except one little thing for a project.)

I'll do my best to pair people by country, so participants can take advantage of cheaper rate shipping.  (If you'd be willing to send out of your country, that'd be great though, in case of uneven numbers.)

Crafting Requirements:

The requirements for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls.  If you want to do more, please talk to your partner!  Remember, this is all about frugality so do not feel obligated or pressured into sending more than the requirements.  If your partner mentions spoiling and you can't or won't, be honest!  We're all here to get a handle on saving and becoming more financially in charge of our futures, so no one is going to look down their nose at you if you don't want to or can't send more than the requirements.  Really.  Pinky promise!

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price (though really, USE YOUR STASH!!!  The entire package should be less than a small!)
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less


Communication Requirements:

Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting!  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient.  Since in the last swap we were a very chatty bunch - and not always on topic - I am requiring that every post have SOMETHING to do with being frugal, being crafty or being craftily frugal.  Also, communicating with your partner is also a necessity.  If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!



If you want to participate, PM the following information to the organizer (kaz814):

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Frugal Living Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):

What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?
What crafts would help you in those goals?
What crafts would you be willing to make?
What crafts would not like to make?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
What are your favorite colors/patterns?
What are your least favorite colors/patterns?
Are there allergies in your home?
Are there allergens in your home?
Can you take pictures before you send and post pictures when you receive?
Is there anything else that you'd like your partner to know? (Children, SOs, other preferences, etc.)



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


Want to join, but are having trouble thinking of frugal things you'd like to go on your questionnaire?  Check out this list!

Also, check this post for a list of Frugal Resources!
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010 04:14:53 PM »

Participants ...

1. itchyfingers
2.
3. craftmagicmomma
4.
5. flower
6. love2teach
7. lapoli
8. Disco Queen Highness
9. amymisha (replacement partner)
10. Zombie_Queen
11. Troublet
12. hngoodlett
13. holistic knitter
14. danirene
15. eye_on_sparrow
16. superhooker
17. yelutci
18. yardenxanthe
19. JodiLynn85
20. morrigan_le_faye
21. Strawberryh
22. starmumplus
23. Tanza
24. dreadlocklove
25. onegroovyday
26. mink_bikini
27. islandmum
28. kaz814
29. Imagine
30. hotgluegert
31. camelama
32. morglanc
33. Mocka_moo
34. fluttermuffin
35. jennilocker
36. TheSapphireMoon
37. yarnorama
38. MysticZahn (First time swapper! Welcome!)
39. Linnybelle
40. margiej
41. pinklrt
42. pack my bags (First time swapper! Welcome!)
43. tlh878
44. angelofmusic
45. DeannaLynn06
46. leashhh
47. TerraBella01
48. SamanthaHope (First time swapper!  Welcome!)



Partners:  I did my best to do in-country shipping, but it wasn't always possible with allergies (seriously, we have every pet known to womankind), crafts you can do, crafts you want, etc.  Thank you to all who indicated they were willing to ship internationally. You all were lifesavers!  If you see any problems, please let me know ASAP.


(in no particular order)

kaz814's group  (please contact kaz814 for sending/receiving/concerns, etc.)

kaz814 <-> Troublet
pack my bags <-> danirene
jennilocker <-> TheSapphireMoon
ZombieQueen <-> lapoli
MysticZahn <-> fluttermuffin
holistic knitter <-> yarnorama
dreadlocklove <-> morglanc
JodiLynn85 <-> eye_on_sparrow
leashhh <-> margiej
Troublet (replacement partner) craftmagicmomma <-> pinklrt 
starmumplus <-> islandmum


superhooker's group (please contact superhooker for sending/receiving/concerns, etc.)

superhooker <-> DiscoQueenHighness
camelama <-> SamanthaHope
Mocka_moo <-> hotgluegert
yardenxanthe <-> mink_bikini
Tanza <-> onegroovyday
tlh878 <-> morrigan_le_fey
hngoodlett <-> Strawberryh
TerraBella01 <-> yelutci
amymisha (replacement partner) <-> Imagine
Linnybelle <-> angelofmusic
love2teach <-> DeannaLynn06
flower <-> itchyfingers
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010 04:15:09 PM »

Some more ideas of what people can craft for the frugal household/crafter ...

Budgeting
- calendar for when bills are due to avoid paying late charges
- calendar for when library books are due to avoid paying late fees
- checkbook cover (perhaps if it's pretty, it'll be easier to keep track of spending?)
- coin purse
- journal/book to keep a budget in
- piggy bank


Frugal Crafters
- crafting inventory (to prevent duplicate purchases)
- reclaimed yarn/fabric (how to reclaim yarn from a sweater)
- repurposed clothing
- supplies (if the sender won't use it and the receiver will - it'll be good for all!)


Frugal Gardens (growing is cheaper than buying once you've gotten started!)
- basket to collect the veggies
- crop/plant markers
- gardening bag,
- getting started kit
- planting planners
- seeds/containers
- veggie/herb kit for indoor gardening
- watering can


Frugal gift giving
- blank gift tags
- card-making kit
- DIY gift-giving kit (reusable fabric gift bags, blank notecards, blank gift tags, etc.)
- fabric gift bags
- handcrafted stamps to make personalized note cards/stationery
- handmade birthday cards
- handmade gift boxes (small ones are great made out of old holiday cards)
- handmade holiday cards
- handmade other occasion cards
- newspaper gift bags
- notebook for brainstorming gift ideas (hopefully that will save us a few bucks and reduce the chances of impulse buying at the last minute.)
- personalized note cards/stationery
- pocket calendar to keep track of birthdays and useful for being able to plan and post early would save on postage
- reusable fabric gift wrap
- stamped wrapping paper (brown paper would work well)


Frugal Gourmet
- book to plan menus (which will help eliminate eating out)
- calculator cozy (for taking to the grocery store to keep track of your purchases!)
- coupon holder (sewn and not-sewn)
- grocery list organizer to go along with the menu planning
- home-preserved jams, jellies, etc.
- mixes (for dip, bread, cookies, etc.)
- price comparison notebook (if you keep track of how much a can of tomatoes is at Store A and Store B, you'll know who has better deals - and if the "sales" are really worth it!)
- recipes (homemade bread is economical AND tasty!  Also non-meat meals cost less, too ... including ideas for leftovers, might be fun too.)
- reusable grocery/other use bags
- reusable vegetable bags



The Frugal Home
- a book of tips for the frugal crafter/homeowner
- clothespin bag
- DIY home repair kit (hammer, screwdriver ... misc. tools, plus instructions on how to do simple home repairs)
- draft dodgers to go at doors/windows to keep out the drafts
- dryer sachets
- homemade cleaning products (or recipes for such with bottles to put them in, since the Postal Service frowns on sending most liquids ...)
- homemade laundry soap
- magnets/wall stuff to remind you to do things (turn off lights, unplug unused appliances, adjust thermostat when you won't be there, water your garden)
- reusable swiffer socks  (a sewn swiffer cover tutorial and a crocheted swiffer cover pattern)
- Sock Rug
- wool dryer balls



Kitchen Frugality
- cloth napkins
- dishcloths
- drying rack for plastic bags
- jug/jar covers
- napkin rings
- pantry inventory (so you don't overbuy or worse, let something go to waste in the bottom of the fridge because you forgot you have it)
- reusable bowl covers
- reusable bread bag
- reusable lunch bag, sandwich wrap, snack bag  (Possible off-gassing using PUL/vinyl - please discuss with your partner if you want to make that/have a problem with it!)
- reusable "paper" towels
- reusable tea bags for loose tea (made out of a fine mesh)
- tea cozy (irony optional)
- tea towels/dishtowels
- tea wallet
- utensil roll for lunchboxes (no more disposables or losing good flatware)



Personally Frugal
- cloth diapers/cloth baby wipes
- cloth menstrual pads/menstrual cup bag/wet bags
- DIY first aid kit (gauze, bandages, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, etc.)
- embroidered cloth handkerchiefs
- dumbbells of some sort (filled with sand, perhaps?)
- handmade soap/bath salts (possibly with recipes)
- homemade cough drops
- homemade face scrub/astringent
- reusable makeup remover pads
- reusable water bottle/carrier
- small rice/corn packs for icing/warming eyes/head
- soap saver
- tote bag for library books
- yoga mat
- washcloths



Seasonally Frugal (to save on heating bills/AC bills)
- cool pack to put in the fridge/freezer
- draft dodger
- gloves/wrist warmers to keep warm in the winter
- hair ties/headbands
- homemade hand fans
- lap quilt
- microwavable rice/corn heating bag to keep tootsies warm in bed
- re-conned shirts into tank tops
- rag rug
- socks/slippers to keep warm in the winter





What else?  I'd be happy to edit this list as ideas come in!  
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010 04:15:27 PM »

Okay, here's the Frugal Resource List!  Please PM me to add! (Please note ... Craftster does not endorse these websites/blogs/books ... they're just links that have helped other members of Craftster who wanted to share!)


Frugal Resources

FrugalALong - Craftster's very own A-Long where the goal is being frugal!



Books (links are to Amazon, so you can see the cover, etc.)

Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond - Recipes and tips for having a clean and healthy home without chemicals.

Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte - facts and suggestions for planting certain veggies, fruits, and herbs together - or for NOT putting them together.

Clean It, Fix It, Eat It by Joey Green.  Fixing everything with things you already have.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn - a compendium of frugal suggestions and ideas.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery - everything you've ever wanted to know about raising your own livestock, growing plants, canning, catching a pig (yes, seriously), and so much more.

The Family Kitchen Garden by Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner, and Annette Wendland - how to plant, grow, and cook together.  Inclues month-by month gardening activies, techniques and recipes, and an A-Z of edible plants.

Fresh Food from Small Spaces by R.J. Ruppenthal - how to grow your own food, even when you're limited on space.

Grandmother's Kitchen Wisdom by Myles H. Bader - compendium of info.  Includes tips, natural home remedies, money-saving advice, etc.

Homemade by the Reader's Digest Editors - recipes for everyday products, including lip balm, facial moisturizer, laundry soap, etc.

Joey Green's Amazing Kitchen Cures by Joey Green.  Fixing common ailments with household products.

Joey Green's Gardening Magic by Joey Green.  How to fix garden problems with household products.

Joey Green's Incredible Country Store by Joey Green.  Potions, Notions and Elixirs of the Past--and How to Make Them Today.

Joey Green's Fix-It Magic by Joey Green.  Solutions to household problems, using household products.

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee - discussion of ingredients, healthy food (and unhealthy) and how it all reacts with our bodies.

On My Own Two Feet: A modern girl's guide to personal finance by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar.  Awesome book about budgeting and saving, tailored for women.

The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen - how to be a city dweller and still be self-sufficient!  Includes container gardening, organic cleaning, food preservation, solar energy, and more.



Blogs

75 Frugality Blogs That Will Change Your Life - links to blogs where frugality is the focus

Cheap Like Me - blog "where economy and ecology meet the good life".

down---to---earth - a blog by an Australian woman who has great ideas about budgeting, cutting back, gardening, living simply, and more!

Frugal Hacks - a compilation of blogs all having to do with frugality!



Websites

CardSwap - Swap unwanted gift cards or buy gift cards at a discount.  (Canada only)

Coupons.Com - print coupons right from your computer!

DaveRamsey.com - financial guru for those who want advice on budgeting and getting financially fit.

Menstrual Cups LJ Community - livejournal community discussing the pros and cons of certain menstrual cups.

thenappynetwork.org - info on making your own cloth nappies/diapers.

PaperBackSwap.com - website where you list books you no longer want to keep and then send them to people who claim them.  In return, you get points which you can use to claim books you want. (US and territories only)

Stretcher.com - a website for all things frugal.

SwapaCD.com - website where you list CDs you no longer want to keep and then send them to people who claim them.  In return, you get points which you can use to claim CDs you want. (US and territories only)

SwapaDVD.com - website where you list DVDs you no longer want to keep and then send them to people who claim them.  In return, you get points which you can use to claim DVDs you want. (US and territories only)

SwapSity - swapping website for items or skills. (Canada only)

SwapThing - for swapping things.  (Canada only)

SwapTree - website where you can list things you have (books, CDs, DVDs, video games) that you no longer use, and can swap them for ones you want.  (US only)

ThredUp - like paperbackswap except for clothes; kid's version is coming soon!
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2010 04:18:02 PM »

I really love this idea.  I'm going to finish up some swaps now and see if I can't make time for it!
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2010 04:31:18 PM »

Yay!!
I'll be sending in my info soon!
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2010 04:31:46 PM »

Oooo...really can't wait to sign up...hopefully two of the swaps I'm in will finish quickly and I'll have an empty spot to sign up.  Had loads of fun the last round - can't wait to do it again!
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2010 04:52:34 PM »

Yay!!  Let's hope pregnancy doesn't prevent me from crafting to the best of my ability on this one!
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2010 05:48:36 PM »

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2010 06:57:33 PM »

Gaaaaaarrrrrrg!!! *&%$!!! I have no open slots! I've sent for 3 of my swaps but still waiting on feedback. I hope I don't end up missing this round, too!  Cry
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