Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval

Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Lemi Shine

September 5, 2012
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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Lemi Shine

It’s been months since I last handed out a Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval, possibly because I haven’t come across a product or service that was deserving of my kudos. Now I have. You’ll recall that last month I posted my recipe for DIY homemade dishwasher detergent. It was a combination of ingredients that I had played around with a bit in the past, after successfully making my own DIY homemade laundry detergent (which I’m still using and loving. Note to users: if you have a front loader, put the powder in the drum and in the detergent drawer....

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UPDATED: Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval–Borax

August 7, 2012
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UPDATED: Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval–Borax

Four years ago, or about one year into our suddenly frugal lifestyle, I wrote a blog post giving Borax a Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval. At that time I was impressed with how well Borax was at removing stains. Here’s what I wrote at that time: Since then I’ve tried borax on nearly any stain my kids can create these days–my husband, too. Blood, dirt and chocolate don’t stand a chance now that I’m armed with borax. That first box is long gone, and now borax has become a must-buy for keeping my family’s clothes clean. Once I had...

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Redux: Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval-Exercise TV

July 14, 2011
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Awhile ago I used to run Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval posts on Thursday. Then I got out of the habit of doing it, and, well, it’s been a long time since I’ve given one of these out. In the meantime I’ve realized how much I appreciate one service that I’d given a Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval to back in December 2008. It’s Exercise TV, the free workout “videos” that I can get “on demand” through Xfinity, part of Comcast. Before the summer began, I swore that I was going to join a gym (once again) and get...

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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Bread Maker

December 13, 2010
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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Bread Maker

When you look back at previous products that have gotten my Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval, you’ll see that I have a fondness for things in the kitchen. I have given my blog’s thumbs up to a rice cooker, a cheese grater, and kitchen shears, among other items. Perhaps it’s because one of the ways I found the biggest savings in our suddenly frugal life was in meal planning and cooking at home. For example, one of our big downfalls in our formerly spendthrift life was ordering in pizza two to three times a week. Once we were living...

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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Rice Cooker

March 4, 2010
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It’s rare for me to give out two Suddenly Frugal Seals of Approval in one week, but it’s been crazy lately, and these two services/products really have made my life easier by saving me money and time. The first time and money saver was ServiceMagic, which I’d tipped my hat to on Monday. And now today I’m tipping my hat to my rice cooker. I know that I’d blogged in my “Cooking Without a Kitchen” series about how the rice cooker has been a welcomed addition to my Crock-Pot, microwave and George Foreman Grill during these stove-less times during...

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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: ServiceMagic

March 2, 2010
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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: ServiceMagic

I first heard of ServiceMagic a few years ago, when the ridge vent on my roof blew off, the weather forecast predicted torrential rains, and I needed someone to come fix my roof and fast. A neighbor recommended I put in a request through ServiceMagic’s website–a site that helps regular folks like you and me find contractors, like someone to fix my roof. I took my neighbor’s advice and within minutes of hitting the “send” button, I had roofers calling me to bid on my job. The guy we hired to fix the roof was out by 6:00 that...

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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Payless Green Shoes

April 22, 2009
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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Payless Green Shoes

Normally, I do my Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval posts on Thursday. And while I realize I haven’t given one of these out in quite some time, I’m tweaking my system just a bit this week to tie it in to Earth Day, today. That’s because this time around I’m giving my Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval to Payless ShoeSource’s new eco-friendly line of shoes called Zoe & Zac. These green shoes truly do save you green–especially since nothing in the line costs more than $30–definitely affordable in my book. In addition to the Zoe & Zac shoes,  the...

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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: CSA Membership

December 25, 2008
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One of the gifts that I’m giving myself this holiday season is the gift of a CSA membership in 2009. Sure, I was a CSA member in 2008 but, that almost didn’t happen because I waited too long to sign up for one. It turns out that CSA (or community supported agriculture) farm memberships often sell out at least six months before the first crop gets harvested. The CSA I used to belong to in New Jersey would sell out the October before the next year’s season began–and right after the current year’s season had ended. My new CSA...

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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Regifting

December 18, 2008
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Did you know that today is National Regifting Day? It seems that this third Thursday in December was chosen as a day for regifting, because it’s the time of the month when most companies hold their office party–that is, if they haven’t already cancelled their 2008 office party. And I guess that regifting is par for the course as far as business gifts go, though I certainly never suggested this in a New York Times interview I did a few years ago. I would think that a day for regifting would be some weekend day between Christmas and New...

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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer with SPF

October 16, 2008
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Suddenly Frugal Seal of Approval: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer with SPF

I guess I’m lucky that my mother instilled in me at a young age the importance of sunscreen. Back then I called it suntan lotion, thinking it would help me get a tan. But thanks to dear old mom–and probably some good DNA from my dad who looks years younger than his real age–I continue to have pretty youthful-looking skin. I’m hoping that my daughters will enjoy the same when they get older, as we’ve always been diligent with them about applying sunscreen. Not only did my mother protect my skin when I was younger, but I’ve continued to...

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