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Topic: Frugal Living Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED; MAIL BY 2/6/2010)  (Read 160233 times)
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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2009 06:42:10 PM »

might have to join this one - i need to save some serious money this spring!

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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2009 07:42:40 PM »

Really looking forward to this.

« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2009 07:49:03 PM »

Oh, this looks like so much fun! I was raised in a rather frugal/thrifty/reusable lifestyle, and I want to be doing better. I'll have to put some serious thought into this, good thing there's a generous sign up!  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2009 08:28:57 PM »

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

Kitchen Frugality
- 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!)
- tea towels/dishtowels
- dishcloths
- 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)
- cloth napkins
- tea cozy (irony optional)
- drying rack for plastic bags
- beaded napkin rings (or other type of napkin ring)
- Frugal getting started kit
- utensil roll for lunchboxes (no more disposables or losing good flatware)
- reusable tea bags for loose tea (made out of a fine mesh)
- jug/jar covers
- reusable bowl covers
- reusable "paper" towels
- tea wallet

The Frugal Home
- reusable swiffer socks  (a sewn swiffer cover tutorial and a crocheted swiffer cover pattern)
- homemade laundry soap
- wool dryer balls
- dryer sachets
- a book of tips for the frugal crafter/homeowner
- DIY Home Repair kit (hammer, screwdriver ... misc. tools, plus instructions on how to do simple home repairs)
- homemade cleaning products (or recipes for such with bottles to put them in, since the Postal Service frowns on sending most liquids ...)
- 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)
- Frugal getting started kit
- draft dodgers to go at doors/windows to keep out the drafts
- Sock Rug
- clothespin bag

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

Frugal Gourmet
- recipes (homemade bread is economical AND tasty!  Also non-meat meals cost less, too ... including ideas for leftovers, might be fun too.)
- mixes (for dip, bread, cookies, etc.)
- coupon holder
- home-preserved jams, jellies, etc.
- book to plan menus (which will help eliminate eating out)
- grocery list organizer to go along with the menu planning
- reusable grocery/other use bags
- reusable vegetable bags
- 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!)
- calculator cozy (for taking to the grocery store to keep track of your purchases!)
- Frugal getting started kit

Being Craftily Frugal
- 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!)

Warm and Frugal Ideas (to save on heating bills)
- socks/slippers to keep warm in the winter
- gloves/wrist warmers to keep warm in the winter
- lap quilt
- microwavable rice/corn heating bag to keep tootsies warm in bed
- draft dodger
- rag rug

Cool and Frugal Ideas (to save on A/C bills)
- cool pack to put in the fridge/freezer
- homemade hand fans
- fun hair ties/headbands
- re-conned shirts into tank tops

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

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

- checkbook cover (perhaps if it's pretty, it'll be easier to keep track of spending?)
- journal/book to keep a budget in
- piggy bank
- coin purse

What else?  I'd be happy to edit this list as ideas come in!  
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2009 09:25:57 PM »

Thanks for all the ideas!!  I've been making soap savers lately..of a sort.  Whether my partner will want one or not I don't know...we'll see!

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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2009 09:35:16 PM »

What is a soap saver?
I may be resubmitting my questionaire to you kaz814 now that I've seen all your great ideas!
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2009 09:49:18 PM »

Oh, this swap is sooooo for me. I'm sure I'll be signing up after the holidaze!

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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2009 09:59:04 PM »

I have to give this some serious thought.  I believe in frugal living, but I don't know if what I make is right for this.

Heck, I'd be your partner in this, pinokeeo! I could use one of your pine needle baskets to gather the tiny wild strawberries that grow in my backyard! Or how about some wood burned veggie markers? Or a beautiful bowl to make salads from the garden? A box to hold all the cloth napkins I plan on making and swapping for next year? Okay, so all those things would be, like, extra larges, but I would totally spoil you in return!

« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2009 11:00:36 PM »

Wow... that is a nice list of ideas there!! I should look up a bunch of ideas and make a whole book of everything that I can find.

You know, I hear that you save electricity by unplugging things you aren't using, even more than just turning them off. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2009 11:12:52 PM »

Wow, that's a fabulous list! I was so inspired to join this swap that I actually went into my mom's kitchen and decided to organize/take inventory. I decided it would be one of those service-type Christmas gifts. Four notebook pages later, I'm still not done Smiley Mom's a baker and you wouldn't believe how spread out and discombobulated things were getting. Vanilla sugar here, there, and everywhere. I'm going to attack the rest of it tomorrow.

Why does anyone need three large bottles of white vinegar? Cinammon? Three containers of garlic salt and no less than five canisters of black pepper?

Moral of the story: The food inventory is a good thing. How would one be able to keep a viable list going, though? A checkmark system? A continuous list of crossing off and writing in? How does it all work?

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