Fixing a Split Seam
Fixing a Split Seam
Posted 1 month ago

Fixing a split seam is one of the easiest mending jobs out there!

A split seam is when the stitching along a seam has somehow come undone without tearing the fabric. …

Fixing a Split Seam
Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Saftey Razor
Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Safet…
Posted 2 months ago

Today I'm going to talk about hair.

Not the nice, flowing mane of silky tresses kind of hair (don't I sound like a bad romance novel?!?) but the other, less glamorous…

Save Money on Shaving and Razors with a Safet…
Making Yogurt from Scratch
How to Make Yogurt from Scratch
Posted 2 months ago

I am so proud--I finally made yogurt from scratch!  I've been meaning to try this for a couple of years, but finding a "Thriftee-Yogurt Maker" circa 1974 or so at…

How to Make Yogurt from Scratch
DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
Posted 3 months ago

This charming rustic bookshelf is easy to make out of unfinished wooden crates from Walmart.  Let me show you how!

I have seen a variety of attractive wooden crate projects over the…

DIY Bookshelf from Unfinished Wooden Crates
Winter Storm Kit
Preparing for Winter Storms
Posted 3 months ago

This year has been pretty terrible for winter storms.  The "polar vortex" has caused extreme cold weather even down into the deep south, there have been blizzards in the midwest…

Preparing for Winter Storms
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Meal Plan 4/15

April 15, 2014

It’s starting to feel like spring here at the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead.  This weekend was up in the mid 70′s. . . but never fear, there is a chance of snow today.  (lucky us). I’ve got several things to consider this week: 1.  This week is spring break for the kiddos.  We have popped […]

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Quick Tip: Making Large Batches of Meatballs the Easy Way

April 14, 2014
Quick Tip for Making Meatballs

Here’s a quick tip for you!  Have you ever had to make a really large batch of meatballs–either for a HUGE meal or because you are making them ahead to freeze them?  Well it can take forever to roll out all those meatballs.  Pinch off a little piece of meat mixture, roll it into a […]

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Plastic Decorating Eggs

April 11, 2014
Materials for Plastic Decorating Egg Project

Have you seen the new Plastic Decorating Eggs at Walmart this year?  These are one piece plastic eggs that look like real eggs, and can be decorated just like real eggs.  So you don’t have to worry about boiling them, having any crack, or losing an egg somewhere in the living room and only finding […]

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Easter Outfits

April 10, 2014
Boys suits in store

Do you dress your kids up for Easter?  I remember how much fun it was to put Princess in an adorable dress when she was a toddler and little girl–like playing dress up.  Now the kids are older, and I like them to look spiffy, but I don’t want to spend a fortune.  At 10 […]

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How to Buy Beef by the Side

April 10, 2014
buying a side of beef

For several years Yankee Bill and I have been buying a half pig from a local farmer who uses organic methods (although they haven’t gone through the expensive hoopla to actually be able to use the label “organic”). This year we also purchased a half cow from a different farmer, which we split with my […]

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Scent Your Home in Style with an Edison Wax Warmer (sponsored)

April 8, 2014
Edison Wax Warmer

Are you familiar with wax warmers?  These nifty gizmos are like a scented candle–without the flame.  They use a lightbulb to gently warm a tray where you place scented wax cubes.  The heat gently releases the fragrance into your room–without worry about flame or fire. I haven’t really used a wax warmer before-as a migraine […]

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Springtime is Dog Walking Time! (sponsored)

April 7, 2014
Fashion Collars

I don’t walk my dog in the winter. I know, that sounds terrible–but our sidewalks are snowy and icy all winter, Summer (our dog) pulls, and I have sprained each of my ankles at least 6 or 7 times–so it’s not worth the risk.  When spring comes I don’t know who is more excited to […]

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Meal Plan 4/7

April 7, 2014

Welcome to another wild and wooly week a the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead!  Things have slowed down a bit here since a few of the kids activities have ended (Odessey and the play)–but that’s all pretty relative.  Our calendar still seems pretty full and all of the warm weather activities and chores (like gardening & […]

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Signs of Spring

April 5, 2014
First Rhubarb bud of spring

Ahhh, it looks like spring has finally arrived here in Upstate NY.  Barely. We may still have permafrost 3 inches down, the high might only be 50, and there could still always be another light snowfall. . . but some true blue signs have appeared this week proving that winter is finally on it’s way […]

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Reader’s Question: Fragrance for Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

April 3, 2014
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Dear Frugal Upstate, Do you have a homemade liquid laundry soap recipe with scents? I was buying some from a person who was making this.  She had many  different scents.  That lady is now pregnant and can’t make the soap until her baby is born so I need to make my own.  I haven’t been […]

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