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Frugal Heartburn Relief Tips

By October 25, 2016 Frugal Life hacks
SUMMARY: DIY tips and advice to try that have helped me in the past. Forget the drugs for help to relieve your symptoms. Try these Frugal Heartburn tips.
I wanted to stop taking this drug and find ways to relieve my heartburn so I could improve my health naturally.

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Source: photo by Suzzycue

I wanted to stop taking this drug and find ways to relieve my heartburn so I could improve my health naturally.

DIY For Your Health
Do you want to stop your heartburn without the use of drugs. Are you tired of the chalk tasting Tums or Rolaids?
This drug did work and Suzzycue was so desperate for relief she stayed on it for three years and also changed her diet. It was not easy as She had to eat something to find out if it hurt or not.
Acid Reflux Disease

There are two types of acid reflux: Supine Acid Reflux… causing symptoms at night.

Upright Acid Reflux… causes symptoms in the day.

HOW TO DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES

Anyone who has this condition as I do knows how painful and frustrating it can be.

So here are some of the things, I practiced to enjoy my day without so many anti-acid medications 🙂

NIGHT TIME

This was a quick fix for me, simply put blocks of, four- inch squares of wood made from two by fours under each leg of the front of your bed. This raises your head up so the acid does not come into your throat by lying down.

DAY TIME

We know food is a big factor with this condition. Stay away from fatty foods, creamy foods, spicy foods, and fried foods. Can we still have some taste to our foods? Can we still have some fun?

These small changes will help

Suzzycue still enjoys her morning coffee, a big no, no with Acid Reflux but if you make it the way you enjoy it… it can be very painful. The trick is to put ice in it. The ice stops the pain, She does not know how but, can enjoy her morning coffee. Now if ice does not work for you, have a hot cup of lemon water. It will wake you up like coffee with no acid hurting at all. The fisherman in Florida on their fishing boats, would cut holes in lemons, and suck the juice out of them to prevent seasickness. Lemons calm the acid with acid… who knew.

Suzzycue likes to eat eggs once in awhile but every time she does… she suffers. The trick to eggs is to remove the yolk, fry up the egg whites and no problem at all. Why? The yolks are where the fat is and fat hurts.

In addition, you will know that onions are a big pain, but we love our fried onions. Food is bland without onions. To enjoy your onions… fry them up in a pan of olive oil until their nice and crispy … then throw them out. Yes, I know, I am crying too but the oil has a great onion flavor you can rub onto meats and use it to shallow fry a steak… Delicious!

If you have heart burn and you have nothing to treat it with, you can drink a cup of hot water. This will ease the pain. Bananas is another heartburn food to ease the pain and includes potassium, which we all need to have. Lemons can also ease the pain of heartburn and calm you stomach. Using acid, to fix acid, really works. Try It.

Hope this helps with your heartburn. Suzzycue also does deep breathing exercises. She takes in oxygen threw her nose in deep breaths breathing from her diaphragm, making sure her stomach goes out on the inhale and in as far as she can on the exhale. This strengthens her diaphragm to help keep her esophagus closed to stop the acid coming up her throat. This exercise does work.

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Frugal Money Making Tips

By August 17, 2016 Frugal Life hacks

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Photo by Suzzycue

This dog is singing for attention 🙂

 Make cash money in one day when you need it:

We have all been there and lately I have been there all too often. So I decided to make a list of how I could make Money when I was desperate. These are tried and tested tips about making money that work. 🙂

Tip:1 This is an easy one, cut grass depending on the size of the lawn you can make 5$ to 20$ +Cash money.

Tip: 2 In the winter time shovel sidewalks or driveways. I have made 5$ to $20 this way also and have kept some of my neighbors asking to do other odd jobs as well.

Tip:3 There usually are Elderly people in your neighborhoods that need rides to doctors’ appointments or you can do their grocery shopping . This is a great job and when you add light house- keeping you will find yourself asked again and again to come back for $40 and a ten dollar tip. Don’t forget to take out the garbage.

Tip:4 In my neighborhood people’s house numbers were hard to see at night for deliveries. So I made $1 a number to stencil the house number on the curb in front of their houses. They never missed a pizza or received a cold one again. This does need permission to do this. You cannot paint the number than expect to get paid.

Tip: 5 Babysitting jobs today rack in $10-$20 dollars a night or even more. This is a great job to have fun with the kids and get paid.

Tip:6 Pet sitting makes even more money. I know people that have got upwards of $60 a night for cat sitting. People are not allowed poets in Hotel rooms so this is a really good job to make the money in one day.

Tip: 7 Dog walking gets you good money especially if you walk more than one dog at as time. People are too busy these days and will pay a trusted dog walker $20 to entertain their pet when they are at work.

Tip:8 Taking Photographs of people (tourists) that come to events in your+hometown. People love to have their picture taken. Just get their email address and email their picture to them for $10.

Tip:9 Deliver groceries . We have one grocery store that will hand pick groceries for seniors and then delivers them. Ask them to call you if their delivery person doesn’t show up. You will get $5 a delivery and who knows maybe they will like you better and hire you on.

Tip: 10 Give a canoe ride for $16 on your home town river. This is a tricky one make sure you know the water safety rules and have enough safety jackets for each person in the canoe.

If you think about there are hundreds of ways to make money when you need it fast. These are just a few tips that I have tried when my wallet is dusty. Have a good day and thanks a lot for reading. 🙂

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Cork Craft Bird House and Pig Roast

By August 15, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas, Frugal Life hacks

<span class="caption_text">Do you wish to build your own Wine bottle cork birdhouse? It is so easy.</span>

 

Hi… Have you been keeping cool like I have with glasses of wine over ice? This is the hottest summer, breaking records from way back.

I  went to my Brother’s Retirement Pig Roast Saturday , it rained buckets of water on us. We all had a great time under the tents. We got soaking wet, when someone reached up and pushed under the tent, to empty the roof of water, so the tent wouldn’t break. We all laughed , the kids played in the mud, making mud pies bringing back my good childhood memories. It was fun to see the kids play in it.

Celebrations like this, are a great way to bring Family and Friends together with good music, good food and the rain only made it more fabulous, bringing everyone together under the tents to celebrate my Brother’s accomplishment of 34 years of teaching 🙂 It was a Blast

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So… Now the Summer Parties are over and we have saved those special corks overflowing our kitchen drawers. What do we do with them. Here are a few DIY Cork Craft Projects that I have used my corks to build. If you want to build these projects but don’t have corks … You can buy them on Amazon or at your local wine making store really cheap. The birds will love you for it:)

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Frugal Keeping Cool Tips

By July 30, 2016 Frugal Life hacks

Photo by Suzzycue

This was this year’s longest day of the year shouting…  Summer has Started. The sun was still present as the moon arrived, causing this beautiful side effect. I love it and wanted to share. Enjoy:) and share if you wish!

Since this Summer Solstice has come and gone, we have experienced exceptional hot days through July. We had three solid weeks of hot, muggy temperatures in the 90’s and over.

I tried to stay cool by splashing water on my arms and sitting in front of the fan. This did give me some relief. I am trying not to run the air-conditioner because I am unemployed at the moment. It also gives the grid some relief if I don’t run it. I remember one summer in 2006 that the grid crashed and we were without electric for three full days. I was working in a factory cafeteria at the time and we were afraid the meat would go bad in the freezers. Luckily it came back on and most people cooked what was thawed in their freezers and just refroze it again or ate it all 🙂 The Hot- dog wagon on an uptown street corner was doing great. Since, I live in an Apartment and am not allowed a BBQ that is where I ate.

One of the best keep cool tips, I used, when I was in Florida, was to wet one of those blue or red handkerchiefs  we wore in the seventies(yes I am an old Hippie and still have mine:) ).  Then roll it up and put it in  the freezer.  After it freezes tie it around your neck. This will melt leaving you much cooler than not wetting it. I also used to wear them dry and when they get wet from you sweating they keep you cool too.

Stay cool and thanks for reading:)

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Frugal Camping Tip for Corn

By July 27, 2016 Frugal Life hacks

Photo by Suzzycue

Cooler Corn

Cooler corn is just that. You take your Coleman cooler from the garage and clean it out. Then put into it a dozen corn cobs that have been cleaned. Pour over it two kettles of hot water and close the lid. Then Nothing. Let sit closed for 30 minutes and it is done perfect and it will not cook past perfection. I love this way to cook corn.

We owned a campground on Lake Huron for twenty-one years and I learned all kinds of camping tips from the campers that camped with us. I really miss it a lot.

Have you ever wanted to learn to cook with pie irons on the fire. Give these recipes a try. Happy Camping 🙂

 

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Frugal Twist Tie

By July 19, 2016 Frugal Life hacks, quick frugal tips for food

Photos by Suzzycue

How many times have you lost your patience looking for a twist tie to close a bag of chips,popcorn ?  Then have the food spill on the floor, while you are looking. Many times this has happened to me.

The solution is to cut the top off, the bag of food, and use it to close the bag. A simple frugal tip and it works. You’ll never look for a twist tie again 🙂 A friend of mine working with me in a Nursing Home Kitchen showed me this and I use this trick a lot.

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Plastic on Your Windows Tip

By July 19, 2016 Frugal Life hacks, Frugal saving Money Tips

Photos by Suzzycue.

 I bet you’re not even thinking about putting plastic on your Windows this year because it’s been so warm. I put mine on after Thanksgiving every year. Have you ever noticed that you put the two-sided tape on your cement block walls,( if you happen to live in an apartment like I do) and the tape doesn’t stick because the walls are too cold. This ends up with your tape all balled up , you get all mad and you quit the job.

I have been there folks. What I do is…  I take a blow dryer and heat up the wall, where I want to put the tape, then the tape goes on really easy, because the walls are warmer. I also make sure, I tape the center post between the two panes of glass because in my case, the wind blows so hard, being I’m on the third floor, it will blow the plastic right off.

Another tip is to trim around the plastic after you have it taped on and then used two inch clear packing tape and go around again on the outside of your plastic onto your wall. This ensures that your plastic will stay on the window until you remove it in the spring. You can now use the blow dryer again to blow the wrinkles out of the plastic but I don’t do this because it makes the plastic too tight and the wind will rip it from my windows.

 I like having plastic on the Windows because it not only helps your comfort level, which is what I’m really interested in for winter, but I save $2-$300 a year on my electric heat bill.

 Hope all you low income people with electric heat applied for your hydro rebate. The time is running out. You need to do it by December 31 and then it takes 8 weeks to process. You can apply online. 

Now, if you’ve ever tried to take a photo threw a plastic window…  you’ll get a picture that looks like this. The flash from the camera just reflects off the plastic.  The trick, I learned to do, is to put your camera right on the plastic that is bulging out from the window because the extra cold air coming in and then take the picture.  You will have a clear picture , like the one below and nobody will know that you shot through plastic. Hope these tips help you to save money through this winter and thanks for reading. Have a good day 🙂

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Frugal Space Saver

By July 13, 2016 Frugal Life hacks

This brilliant idea and photos, I attribute to @Attosa and her Mom

 When I saw this I had to share it with you. It is such a fun, frugal idea that will save space in your spice cupboard. If you want this a bit stronger use real tin pie pans. We all have them and I think I still have my marbles:)
Need to make Lazy Susan:  2 aluminum pie plates and some marbles in between. It could not be easier. The pans will also keep the spices from falling over. Great idea:) Attosa’s Mom
I now have one of these in my cupboard and it works great 🙂

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Cheap Microwave Popcorn

By July 11, 2016 Frugal Life hacks

Photo by Suzzycue

I love microwave popcorn but I don’t want all the trans-fats, extra calories from the butter and all the salt that you eat, with buying it that way.  One of my friends introduced me to this idea and I have been doing it ever since:)

You take a flat bottom, paper bag, cover the bottom with uncooked popcorn (that you buy from the store and is the cheapest way to buy it), roll down the top to close it, put the bag in the microwave and push the same popcorn button that you would use for the store-bought microwave popcorn.

When it stops popping, usually it goes right to the end of when the microwave shuts off … you’ve got awesome popcorn 🙂  It is nice and fluffy and you can add whatever you like. My favorite is olive oil , Parmesan cheese, and salt to taste. I love to add Old Bay spice, (when I visited in Florida) but I cannot find it up here. I use my pepper grinder full of spices on my popcorn too. YUMMO

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Frugal Crispy Lettuce Tip

By July 11, 2016 Frugal Life hacks, quick frugal tips for food

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Photo by Suzzycue

This lettuce crisper idea, my friend” Marylou” taught me and I have used it for years 🙂

The lettuce you are looking at, came from the marked down pile of vegetables that I shop for … last week. It was 99 cents. I peeled off the few top brown leaves, rinsed it all off, then I leave it in the dish rack to dry.

When it has dried off a bit… I shake the remaining water off and start to stack it in this plastic box. You can use any plastic box , with a lid ,you have, or even a large zip-lock bag. I put a paper towel on the bottom ,then add lettuce for one layer, paper towel again, lettuce and always finish with a paper towel on the top. When, you use the lettuce, take the top, wet paper towel out, dry it on the oven handle and put it back in after it dries. Repeat as you eat the lettuce.

Even though I bought this lettuce on it’s way out, I can keep it fresh and like new ,in this box for up to a week or more. It is always crisp and ready to use. I love this frugal-tip that will save you money:) Thank you all for reading and have a great day.

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