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« on: March 19, 2011 05:09:36 PM »


Swap name: Frugal Living Swap 4: Frugal is the NEW BLACK!

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Troublet
Co-organizer: kaz814
Sign-up date range: March 20 - March 31
Partners will go out on: April 1, 2011
Date to send item by: May 1, 2011

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!  

This round will be Spring/Summer themed!  If you live Down Under with a different season completely or are not interested in seasonal themed items at all, just say so in your questionnaire!

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.)

Crafting Requirements:

The requirements for this swap is 5 points, which will translate to one medium and three smalls OR two  mediums and one small.  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.

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 swaps 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 Troublet:

Please fill out the questionnaire thoroughly!  If you're unsure of what you'd like to receive, check out the list below (it's a few posts down!)  It's hard to pair partners when I don't know what sorts of things you'd like to receive or what crafts you do!  Thank you so much!!!!


Name of swap: Frugal Living Swap 4: Frugal is the NEW BLACK!
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 is your favorite thing about Spring/Summer?
Would you like to receive seasonal-themed frugal crafts?
If yes, what sort of seasonal-themed frugal crafts would you like to get?
What sort of seasonal-themed frugal crafts would you not like to get?  

What are your frugal goals for your household/yourself?
Is there anything in particular you'd love to get?
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.)


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2011 10:01:41 AM by Troublet » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011 05:10:11 PM »

1. Troublet (USA)
2. kaz814 (USA)
3. pollyprissypants (USA)
4. dfunk98 (USA)
6. Anofeles (Czech Republic)
7. Bergman (Canada)
8. Southern Flower (USA)
9. mom2em (USA)
10. dizzerspinninround (USA)
11. AttieNichole (USA)
12. holistic knitter (UK)
13. littlehajerika (USA)
14. Paperbag (USA)
15. Disco Queen Highness (USA)
16. Zephyr (USA)
17. AlphaBrett (USA)
18. lissablair (USA)
19. kwality570 (USA)
20. Miss Barbara (USA)
21. hawkeyes_girl (USA)
22. BioformCallie (USA)
23. yzzilnoaj (USA)
24. Maurer (USA)
25. redpopsicles (USA)
26. catango (USA)
27. MarleesMom (USA) -  First Time Swapper! Cheesy
28. kayrun (USA)
29. bookstorebabe (USA)
30. dontdresslikeapril (USA) - First Time Swapper! Cheesy
31. smittenheart (USA)
32. crazyda79 (USA)
33. whileitsraining (USA)
34. puzzler (USA)
35. ysmeine (USA)


Troublet's group
kayrun <->  Maurer
Souther Flower <-> dontdresslikeapri
bookstorebabe <-> littlehajerika
dfunk98 <-> MarleesMom
holistic knitter <->Anofeles
smittenheart <-> pollyprissypants
Miss Barbara <-> kwality570
kazy814 <-> puzzler
yzillnoaj <-> Zephyr
crazyda79 <-> whileitsraining

kaz814's group
Troublet <-> mom2em
AttieNichole<-> Troublet
lissablair <-> redpopsicles
ysmeine <-> A2JC4LIFE
Bergman <-> catango
dizzer <-> DQH
Paperbag <-> Alphabrett
hawkeyes girl <-> BioformCallie

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2011 05:27:20 PM »

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

- 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 gift bows (out of newspaper, magazines, film ... ideas are endless)
- 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 to plan and post early, which 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
- candles - remelt the ends into a mold to form a perfectly usable new candle (just add a wick)
- 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)
- reusable swiffer hand duster socks
- Sock Rug
- wool dryer balls

Frugal Kids
- cloth diapers
- cloth baby wipes
- remelt the ends of crayons to make new crayons

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 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
- handmade face scrub/astringent
- nursing pads
- 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 or as a hot/cold pack
- 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 19, 2011 05:27:32 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

Frugal-Along OT Thread - Craftster's very own OT thread for frugal-related topics!  This is located in the Friends of Craftster board, so if you're a FOC, join in the discussions! (And really, it IS frugal to spend a little because you get an awesome crafty site in return!)

$5 Dinners Craftalong - Craftster's cookalong for cheap, nutritious and filling dinners.  Most dinners come in at around $5, give or take a few bucks!  Awesome ideas here!

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.

Not Buying It by Judith Levine - about one woman's journey of not shopping for a year.

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.


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!

Living the Cheap Life - blog about being frugal!  Seems to not be updated any longer, but the past posts are still there.


America's Cheapest Family - site for the Economides family - authors of a series of frugal living books!

Budget101.com - great site for budgeting, frugal living, and all sorts of other things!

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.

DIY Fashion - about.com's page for making your own clothes!

Frugal Living - about.com's page about frugal living.  Lots of suggestions and articles!

The Grocery Game - website/service (you have to pay for it) that will tell you what supermarket deals are where each week and if it's worth it to buy what's on sale.  It uses the sales plus coupons to tell you when to get the best deal!

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 19, 2011 05:33:32 PM »

I'm so totally IN! I've been waiting to see if something like this would come along again! Grin

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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2011 05:46:30 PM »

I'm so totally IN! I've been waiting to see if something like this would come along again! Grin

Yay, pollyprissypants!  Frugal swaps are so much fun!
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2011 07:12:06 PM »

This is a very interesting swap - so many different possibilities!!  I'm considering...

« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2011 08:04:31 PM »

I loved the last round!  So more then likely I will be back to sign up.

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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2011 09:57:53 PM »

Totally joining this once once I'm on a computer, kinda difficult to do out with my phone Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2011 12:08:14 AM »

would love to join but need another Aussie to join also.

postage is a killer and I'd love to really fill a 3 kilo post bag for this one.



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