My "boredom buster" that brings me some "play" money. Check it out! :)


From Slashing Grocery Bills to Bucket Gardening

Here's some goodies from my email that have racked up lately so I went through ALL my email (just my gmail lol) and deleted all the "junk" and saved the good stuff for a blog.

Simple Ways To Slash Your Grocery Bill
Seven Ways To Save On Fuel
Free Organic Soil Fertilizer
All About Growing Sweet Corn
A Better Way To Harvest Rainwater
Easy Natural Remedies For Summer
Why You Don't Need Anti-bacterial Soap
How To Make A Kite From Recycled Materials
How To Build A Gourd Birdhouse
How To "Garden in a Bucket" for Children

The "Hillbilly Housewife" site says using white vinegar as your fabric softener is not only cheaper but works better. I'll have to get a Downy ball for that because I never can remember to put it in the rinse cycle.

The "Cool Summer Treats" blog entry has some yummy recipes for smoothies and milk shakes. I've seen the Wendy's Frosty clone recipe before but haven't tried it yet so maybe we'll get the stuff tomorrow to make some.

And last of all... some easy and yummy summer sandwiches!

Turkey Cucumber Dill Sandwiches
Chicken Club Sandwiches
Chicken BLT Sandwiches
Ranch Tuna Melt Wedges

I'm itching to try that Ranch Tuna Melt Wedges recipe. Might substitute mayo for the ranch if it's too tangy.


Shopping Time - Store Circulars

Since I live in the South, these stores might primarily be only in my area so feel free to comment with a link to others in YOUR area!

For $30 each month you can get a whole lot of food to stretch your food budget at an Angelfood Ministry location near you. Very helpful!


Need extra cash?

Below are a few ways to earn some extra cash to help you get by in these hard times.

1. Take your old scrap metal to the scrap yard. Strip old wire for copper & recycle at the scrap yard for money. Copper is going for about $2-$3 or so a pound right now. Any scrap metal will bring you some money. Take old appliances, cars, swingsets, etc. and turn them in for cash.
*Note* Please do not steal in order to do this.

2. Recycle aluminum drink cans. If you do not have any, there's plenty of litter on the sides of roads to find some. You'd make your surroundings look better and make some money in the process. Cans are going for about 75 cents/lb.
Throwing away a single aluminum can is like pouring out six ounces of gasoline.  Recycle the whole can, not just the can tabs. -

3. Have a yard sale. Put up signs with clear, concise, bold wording. Group like items together in sections as they are in a department store. Put price stickers on EVERYTHING. People are more likely to buy something if they can see the price and not have to ask you how much something is. Sell paperback books for Buy One Get One Free or 3 for $1, etc. Make the buyer feel like they're getting a bargain & they're likely to buy other things such as big ticket items.

4. Sell stuff you no longer want or need on Ebay. Keep a watch on store sales to buy something at a discounted price to resell. 

5. Put what interests you to work such as if you've got a green thumb then sell the vegetables you grow. If you're handy with tools, advertise that you're an 'on-call handyman'. Offer to cut your neighbor's grass for a fee. The possibilities are endless with this one. :)

6. Make some extra cash online. I started doing these sites for some extra cash. Hope these help someone!
Check out my 'fast easy cash' page!

This one is NOT a scam and is very much legit! click here.

Reading at the Cash Crate Forum can help guide you along the way with great tips & how-to's!
You can increase your referral commissions by referring more active United States members. (View Levels)
You currently earn 20% of what your referrals make and 10% of what their referrals make.
You'll also receive a $3.00 bonus for each referral who earns their first $10.00.

Here are my recent earnings. (The more time you put into it, the more you make.)

Payment IDDate OffersShoppingSurveys ReferralsBonusesTotal
****** Processing $20.95 $0.00 $0.00 $0.10 $0.25 $21.30
****** 02/16/09 $16.05 $2.80 $1.60 $0.00 $0.00 $20.45
****** 09/15/08 $9.25 $0.00 $0.00 $1.61 $1.00 $11.86
****** 06/16/08 $27.25 $0.00 $0.80 $2.78 $3.00 $33.83

Pinecone Research is another site I've been a member of for about ten years now that has sent product review surveys and compensated $5 for each (I think now it's just $3). Only one member per mailing address.  The household questionaires aren't compensated for but do give you more chances of getting paid surveys. New members now only get $3. After your first survey, you can ask to be switched to payment via Paypal rather than receive a check. You have to "stumble upon" their banner while surfing the internet to sign up. has been somewhat reliable. This past week I got $4 sent to my PayPal account from taking four surveys - most of which were simply filling out a form try new products or to download and print a coupon. Very fast and easy buck to make!

Search & Win
This site is fairly easy to "rack up points" to cash in for gift certificates & prizes. Do a few searches a day & keep a watch on their Facebook & Twitter pages for random codes!


Homemade dishwasher detergent

I found a recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent today which has already come in handy as I'm out of the stuff! You can either use this or mix it half & half with your store bought brand to stretch it. Every little bit helps!

Homemade dishwasher detergent
1C Baking Soda
1/2 C salt

Mix it all together. Use 1 TB detergent, and use
Vinegar as your rinse aid.