Monday, December 29, 2008


In this uncertain economic time, being frugal is more important than ever. 
Being a saver is part of the frugal lifestyle. Saving money allows us freedom from fear when unexpected expenses occur, allows us to buy things without going into debt and helps us secure a decent retirement and old age.
America used to be a nation of savers. No more! We are a nation of credit-crazy debtors, from the individual and family on Main Street to the head honchos on Wall Street and our own federal government.
The is no time like the present to start to reverse our fortunes, get out of debt and save, save, save!
It will take time, it will take courage and persistence but it can happen if we just start NOW! No amount is too little to start saving. Round up that change lurking between the couch cushions, save your change after purchases, pocket the savings from coupons and rebates. The more you do this, the easier it gets!
Go sign the pledge at We The Savers to get started.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Some frugal home remedies

Sometimes home remedies for your ailments work! 
(In the interest of not getting sued, I am not a medical professional & don't claim that these remedies can diagnose or cure any illness or medical condition.)
Here are a few frugal remedies that I have personally found to be helpful:
~ Canned green beans for cold sores - At the first inkling of a cold sore eat canned green beans. Do not drain the beans and do not substitute frozen or fresh beans for canned. The cold sore will stop forming & if already started will be less serious & not last as long. Green beans work better than OTC remedies & as well as prescription remedies. Also, consider taking the amino acid Lysine, available at drugstores & health food stores.
~ Apples & apple juice for Fibromyalgia pain. I'm told it helps as much as many of the OTC & prescription remedies.
~ Artichokes for liver detoxification. Artichokes are a member of the Thistle family& contain the same liver detox herb, Silymarin, as the herbal preparation Milk Thistle. Two fresh, canned or frozen Artichokes twice weekly provide as much Silymarin as a daily 600 mg. Milk Thistle capsule.
~Magnesium for migraine headache prevention & to help prevent nighttime leg cramps. Potassium also helps the cramps. I've also heard that placing a silver spoon on the cramp or sleeping with a bar of Ivory soap under the calf of your leg can help.

~Vitamin E for leg cramps - It's the main thing that stopped my horrible leg cramps. A doctor recommended this to me.
~ If you get a cold take sub-lingual (under the tongue) Zinc Gluoccinate tablets. The Zinc shortens the duration & the intensity of the cold. Also, take a laxative & help flush the mucus out of your system & down the drain. And of course, there's always chicken soup!

Sambuccus (elderberries) To avoid or lessen the flu & other seasonal viruses such as colds.
~ For a stomach ache, take ginger ale or ginger tea or a piece of candied ginger. Ginger also helps nausea.