Category Archives: Frugality

These posts will touch on saving money or reusing something so as not to buy new.

Game Night: Simple Living, Simple Fun!

From Monopoly to Scrabble to a lively game of Hearts, I grew up playing card and board games. Here in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, there’s nothing better than getting together with friends to play games. Game night parties … Continue reading

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Stinging Nettle, an Excellent Spring Herb

To many, nettle is a pest, a weed. And it actually does need to be handled carefully or it will sting, true to the name. But it is also a wonderful herb. And cheap–you might have some in your back … Continue reading

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Technology Turnover: CDs Into Clocks

CDs and DVDs are starting to give way to MP3s and Blu-ray disks — My, how technology changes! While I still haven’t found many uses for old audio or videotapes (beyond continuing to enjoy them on my old equipment), I’ve … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Baggie Dryer

Green living is a goal for me, and there are some pretty good products on the market to help with that. Still, I’ve come across some items that, while they serve the purpose, the frugal side of me stops to … Continue reading

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End of the Growing Season? Not!

I had a pepper plant in my garden that seemed promising all year long, but all I’ve had to eat from the plant were two miniature red bell peppers. Yummy but small, and this was not a miniature pepper plant. … Continue reading

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Fighting the Waste In, Waste Out Habit

I try to recycle what I can but there are times I really wish I didn’t get this stuff in the first place. I did a little searching around Madison and found some solutions to the clutter problem. Phone Books … Continue reading

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Book Sale at Central Library!

Whatever you may think about the controversy that surrounds the downtown library, it’s beginning to look like it will get renovated after all–and that means moving books and selling books! The Friends of Madison Public Library are having a sale … Continue reading

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Vermiculture: The Worms Crawl In

Outdoor composting has been big in Madison for several years. The city sells lovely compost bins  (and rain barrels) in May each year, and there’s no shortage of neighborhood experts who can help you get started. But, what if you … Continue reading

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Little Libraries—Look for Them

I walk every day, sometimes twice a day and sometimes on my walks I find myself on North Street. I was walking on Hoard several weeks ago, and as I crossed North St. I saw a little structure, sort of … Continue reading

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Junk in the Trunk

by Donna Poehner I’m not a pack rat (I’ve lived with a couple, so I know one when I see one), but I do tend to hang onto things too long. I think it’s because I don’t want to waste … Continue reading

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