Business Card Designing

I just finished designing the new frugal business cards using Inkscape software. The soft ware is free but takes some time to learn. For easier learning I searched YouTube for “Inkscape Tutorial”! YouTube is fast becoming a do-it-your-self training resource! Another low cost way is to go to fiverr.com and hire it done. For a print shop, the edges must have some bleed spacing also. Can you see me hard at work? Dyg

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Solar Yard Lights

Too many get broke off easily as the point is not strong. To fix this, instead use a short length of re-bar to drive into the ground and slide the tubular stem over it. This not only resists breakage but will serve to spin and let hoses slide right by without dragging the hose into the flower bed or garden. When not needing the lighting, you can just slide a plastic length of pipe over it, to spin over the re-bar! Dyg

Laptop Keyboard Protector

I used a cardboard the thickness of cereal boxes to make a stencil for cutting clear plastic in to a rectangle shape slightly larger than that of keyboard and made numerous pre-cut clear plastic protectors to last through out the year. Be sure not to cover any ventilation openings. By using a small square of transparent scotch tape on each of the 4 corners, this keeps it in place. Each time I clean and replace the protector, I use rubbing alcohol placed onto the cleaning linen before wiping it down. The alcohol cleans food, oils, and tape adhesive off very nicely. Do not apply alcohol directly to the laptop. Dyg

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Knowing Warranties!

Some Companies back their products with warranties that can be turned into a big savings if you are knowledgeable! Here is a stainless steel BBQ with a lifetime warranty that was bought used at a garage sale for $40 because internal parts were corroded too much. After contacting the manufacturer, for $27 more for shipping and cleaning kit, the rest of the replacement parts were sent for free. Total cost was $67 for this one with side burner, broiler, and rotisserie.

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Trash Compactor $

By making the trash take up less space many folks find savings because the sanitation pick up prices are often based on size of container.  Also, if you find aluminum recycling time consuming, the trash compactor can be used for aluminum cans to crush cans faster with less work, saving you time and space. Trash compactors can be found used for bargain prices as I have seen them offered from free to about 20 US dollars. DygDSCN0745

Meat Grinding

To save on ground meats we sometimes grind our own meat that was on sale or hunted. I like using the electric grinder but in case of power outage or to save on electricity, it is nice to have a hand crank grinder on hand too. Dyggrinders

Baby Monitor for Security

If you are short on funds for a high tech security system, using a baby monitor can be a cheap alternative. I put the sending unit on the porch under the roof cover and the receiver just inside the front door. By adjusting the volume up I can even amplify sounds outside for easy listening. So this way I hear cars drive up, people walking by, and even wild animals nearby. My best buy for a baby monitor is garage sales for about 5 US dollars. Many newer baby monitors also have a video feed too, which I consider excellent for those without a peek hole in their door. With many having a dc input voltage, they can easily be rigged for off grid or RV applications also.

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Egg Test

Many may know but for those that do not I am adding this for good measure. As I have lived abroad, I learn how effective it is to test eggs by placing them in a bowl of water deeper than the eggs. If the egg floats at all, it is bad. If the egg sits on the bottom it is good.