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penny pinching

How Not To Use Castille Soap

by Lisa Linderman on April 12, 2011

in diy,penny pinching,pioneer home skills

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for a while now.  I’ve tried a powdered formulation, and while it’s much easier to store, I much prefer the results of the liquid variety, and will be returning to that as soon as I run out of the powder I made…which should be in about 2014. I [...]

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My friend Hollie posted an article in her blog a while back about the virtues of making one’s own laundry detergent.  Now while I’m into the DIY thing and I like to make lots of stuff from scratch, it seemed a little more effort than it would be worth to make detergent.  I mean, doesn’t [...]

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A few tips and preservation techniques I thought I’d pass along. Seems like the appropriate time of year, when people are hauling in the last of their crops! * Beans to be dried for later use in soups or bean dishes can usually be left to dry on the plant. When they rattle in the [...]

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Hot.

by Lisa Linderman on July 26, 2009

in penny pinching,waste reduction

While heat is all relative, we’re having quite a heat wave for our area. For us, that’s temperatures in the upper 90′s to triple digits for more than a day or two. It happens pretty much every summer for a week or two, but it seems to always be shocking to the residents of the [...]

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Not-A-Bee Traps

by Lisa Linderman on July 9, 2009

in diy,penny pinching,pest control

A while back I mentioned that I’m alarmed by the number of people who classify anything that buzzes, is black and yellow and vaguely striped, and is hanging around the yard as a “bee”. And that they furthermore seem to hate bees with such a passion that they swat, poison, trap, stomp, squash, maim, fold, [...]

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Plants on a Budget

by Lisa Linderman on May 18, 2009

in penny pinching,waste reduction

I love plants. There are certain places where it’s dangerous for me to go unescorted, at least when I have my wallet with me: bookstores, craft stores, hardware stores, “organic” type food stores, and nurseries. I seem to be incapable of walking out of a nursery without at least one or two new plants. Problem [...]

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