Friday, May 22, 2009

Frugal Friday & Giveaway

What is Frugal? Many times when a person hears the word frugal that brings to mind thoughts of being miserly or a cheapskate. That is not the definition of frugal.

Frugal means:
  1. not wasteful; not spending freely or unnecessarily; thrifty; economical
2. not costly or luxurious; inexpensive or meager

Today's post for Frugal Friday tips come from Alicia @Little Miss Sew N Sew who is sponsoring this weeks giveaway. Alicia says she uses these tips herself and has always been frugal herself. I hope you find them useful and enjoy them as much as I did. Many of them were completely new to me and I started using several myself.

Alicia says that they're are many uses for Bounce fabric softener sheets:

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. (I have been doing this one and it works)

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season. (This one I can't wait to try, since I think we must live in the mosquito capital)

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner. (this one works wonderful)

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the lose hairs. (I keep forgetting to do this and must remember)

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away. (Ms. Snooty here's one for you)

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe lovebugs off easily with the wet Bounce.

Now, who would have thought there would be this many uses for Bounce Fabric Sheets? I also want to say that this would work for any brand as well.

Thank you so much Alicia for not only sponsoring the giveaway but passing along these great frugal tips to me and my readers. They are awesome ones.


Now it's time to say congratulations to the winners of last weeks giveaway for the Truckers Tracks CD.

And the first winner is................................Valerie2350 subscriber

and........................................Beth said... The frugal tip I like is shutting vents and closing the doors on rooms we rarely use.

I will be emailing you shortly about winning and you will have 48 hours to get back to me with your shipping information. If by chance you are unable to provide the shipping information or not contacted me back an alternate winner will be chosen.

A big thanks also to our sponsor Doug Jones from Truckers Tracks. For those that didn't win you can still purchase this great CD from the website.


The giveaway this week is being held on my new blog: Treasia's Treasures - which is strictly for giveaways and contests. Anyone who would like to enter just go over and you can read all about it. Alicia from Little Miss Sew N Sew has generously offered one of the items from her Etsy store and here's a picture of just one of the choices. This is one of her cosmetic bags that she is donating for giveaway. So head on over to Treasia's Treasures and enter now.

Everyone that takes part in my giveaways will now be doing so at my other blog and even though I will have a reminder up on Friday's you might want to go over at any time and see what's going on over there. I post giveaways on a daily basis.

Happy Frugal Friday my friends,


Linda said...

Great I need to remember them. If I was smart, I'd print out the page.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

It's amazing how much you can save by doing simple things. I try to be frugal. We dont waste much around our place.

Mental P Mama said...

I hope those hints are all true, because I'm gonna try them!