Category Archives for Frugal Living

About Repurposing

Since I opened the doors to the Hillbilly Housewife Club, we’ve been talking a lot about repurposing in the forum there. I never really thought about it all that much until then, it was just something I did automatically. But let’s back up here for a second. What exactly is repurposing? According to dictonary.com repurpose […]

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Frugal Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We all want to celebrate and honor our moms on Mother’s Day, but you may be stumped for frugal Mother’s Day gift ideas this year. Giving Mother’s Day gifts doesn’t have to break your budget if you use one of these ideas. Many restaurants offer discounts for mothers on Mother’s Day; some even allow moms […]

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Home Heating This Winter

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your heating bill down this winter is to turn down the thermostat. This means cooler temperatures in the house but there are several things you can do to help keep your family cozy and warm while saving money at the same time. Be proactive – […]

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Homemade Sanitary Pads

I learned about homemade cloth menstrual pads on a Christian Ladies’ message board in 2002. I had just been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS. Some of my symptoms were heavy, irregular and painful menses which left me feeling very much like the Woman in the New Testament with the issue of blood […]

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Powdered Milk

With the price of milk soaring through the roof lots of folks are reconsidering powdered milk for it’s economy. The dairy price hike hasn’t affected dry milk much yet, making it the best dairy bargain currently available. Through an informal investigation I’ve discovered that fresh milk costs between $3.50 and $4.50 a gallon in most […]

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Bread Machine Basics

What to do when your manual is missing. The Missing Manual People often ask me what to do with a bread machine that doesn’t have its own manual. It can be very frustrating, especially when you have never used a bread machine before. Some folks find used bread makers at yard sales. Other folks may […]

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Apron Evangelism

Dear Readers; This is a post written by Maggie, a ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ believer who sometimes takes a look back in time to turn things around.  Please enjoy this post and be sure to comment about your own “apron experiences.” Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife One day not too long ago I was struggling with the boys […]

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Suggestions For School Lunches

An empty lunch box can be an intimidating thing at 6 am when you are wiping the sleep from you eyes and wishing you had taken the time to prepare and program the coffee maker the night before. To help you out of this predicament, I offer the following suggestions. You can mix and match […]

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Frugal Staples

Ever wonder how our ancestors always seemed to have food on the table even in lean times? When we are visiting the grocery store every week to the tune of hundreds of dollars, we long to know their secret. In fact it isn’t a secret at all. It is actually good planning and preparation on […]

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