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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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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Bookbag 4-1-13

April 1, 2014
Frugal Upstate Bookbag 3-31-13

Here’s my second installment of the Frugal Upstate Bookbag report.  Yup, this is what I have out from our awesome local library right now: An Age of Barns by Eric Sloane I discovered Eric Sloane a couple of months ago.  His books are a bit older (this one is from 2001) and are what I […]

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Save Money–Keep a Card Box (sponsored)

March 31, 2014
Getting Cards in the Mail

Don’t you just love getting cards?  There is something about opening up your mailbox and finding a brightly colored envelope inside that just gives you a little burst of excitement. These days folks don’t send cards very often anymore.  In our busy lives we are much more likely to shoot a quick text or leave […]

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Meal Plan 3-31

March 31, 2014

It’s Meal Plan Time!  I am so excited about this week–because there really isn’t much going on.  Last week was just straight out, all day, every day, all week.  I am exhausted.  So a quiet calmer week is just what the doctor ordered.  Especially if this blasted snow we got last night melts like it’s […]

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Walmart Moms Book Club: Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

March 29, 2014
Blossom Street Brides

I love to read.  My first love as a youth was science fiction and fantasy, but as an adult I often enjoy the escapism of a good romance novel.  It can’t just be any romance novel though-it’s got to be a GOOD romance novel. What’s a good romance novel?   As someone who has probably read, […]

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The Eureka Airspeed All Floor ~ and a DOUBLE Giveaway! #bringiton #EurekaPower

March 25, 2014
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I’m so excited–not only did I get a brand new Eureka Airspeed All Floor to play with–I get to give TWO away to lucky readers! I’ve been a fan of the Eureka vaccums for a while, and I’ve had a chance to test out both the Eureka Airspeed and the Eureka Endeavor NLS in the […]

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Meal Plan 3/24

March 24, 2014

Welcome to a cold spring week in Upstate NY.  Record lows for this date in Binghamton this morning. . . blech.  I am so ready to be outside digging in the garden, and Yankee Bill can’t wait to get on the bike.  But for now we are all just slogging along, trying to get what […]

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Quick Tip: Recycled Compost Bucket

March 20, 2014
Cover a Compost Bucket

I’m a big believer in composting.  It pretty much meets all my criteria for a perfect activity–it takes items that would normally be trash, save them from being sent to the landfill and recycles it into organic matter that can be used in your garden for free in place of a purchased fertility supplement. Sustainable […]

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Easy Eggrolls

March 19, 2014
Easy Homemade Eggroll Recipe

You would not believe how easy it is to make your own tasty eggrolls (egg rolls?) at home! All you need is 4 or 5 ingredients and to get over your fear of frying things! Eggrolls at their most basic are a wrapper and a stuffing.  For vegetarian eggrolls you can use cabbage, carrot and […]

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