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FrugalistaThe word "Frugalista" almost made it into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2008. It was beat out by "hypermiling". No matter though -- we like it enough to use it anyway.

Amrita Singh can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning, and seen on CBC News Ottawa. She’s putting frugal living tips to the test and sharing results with you. Whether it’s saving dollars by making your own cleaning supplies, or saving hundreds by canceling cable…Amrita is proud to be a Frugalista living in Ottawa.

You can keep up-to-date with frugal activities around town by following Amrita on twitter at If you have suggestions, comments, or frugal tips you live by -- please get in touch and share at

Funeral Planning Frugality

May 04, 2010 | 08:35 AM


Talk about a touchy subject! The thought of worrying about money when planning a funeral for a loved one seems petty, right? But talking about funerals is something that does need to happen before it's too late.

In my mind, pre-planning a funeral classifies as frugal because once you know what you want (or what a loved one wants) you won't get caught up in emotional buying.

Patrick McGarry is part of the Hulse, Playfair & McGarry family on McLeod Street. It's a beautiful facility with lots of in-house services.

But remember, you need to shop around for the funeral home that fits your needs. Prices vary greatly from one place to the next. Ask the right questions! is another option for anyone who wants to keep things simple. It's primarily an online business. Unlike the funeral home, you can avoid sit down sessions with planners and just get right to the business of cremation.

When you have a conversation about your funeral wishes make sure to cover these basics.

1) What do you want to have happen to your body?

(gravesite, cremation, donate to science)

2) What kind of celebration do you want your family and friends to have?

(visitation in funeral home, house party, no party)

3) Where do you want your remains to go?

(cemetery, scattered)


April 20, 2010 | 07:48 AM


Green thumbs have united to send in frugal gardening tips! Thanks for the suggestions -- if you're reading this and have a tip of your own...please include it through the comments feature of the blog. Here's a recap of what was heard on Ottawa Morning's Frugalista column.


True: sprinkle it on your brick or stone pathways to prevent weeds from popping up. Be careful to use it sparingly so it doesn't seep into gardens. Could also work for dandelions.


True: great in your compost helps breakdown other items. Sprinkling grounds directly into your garden may effect the pH levels of the soil and the better solution is to put them in the compost and then use the compost in the garden.


The City of Ottawa sells compost through its Trail Road Waste Facility. Good deal! Details here.


True: planting plastic forks upside down in the garden will irritate cat paws and potentially keep them out of your garden. This isn't the most environmentally friendly option -- another suggestion is mothballs. Hang mothballs in bags made out of old nylons. This could deter squirrels, chipmunks, racoons and rabbits too.


True: if you spread a layer of broken egg shells around slug-prone plants it will keep the slugs at bay. The reason this works is a little morbid...when they slide across the shells the edges cut into them and they die a slow death by de-hydration. Poor things.


True: add a splash to your water features...the acidity will keep the mosquitoes away.


Cheap to make and sure to cheer up an dreary space (I'm a poet and didn't even know it!). Instructions here.

Home security advice for FREE!

April 06, 2010 | 08:25 AM


There are two services offered by Ottawa's Community Police Centres...they are free and will help you crimeproof your living space.

1) Home Security Inspection Police representatives visit your home (house, condo, apartment, etc.) to provide a safety audit.

2) Operation Identification Borrow an electric engraver for three days to mark your personal possessions.

You can find a list of Ottawa area Community Police Centres here.

Stay safe!


March 18, 2010 | 06:08 PM



Okay, I have to admit I was a little concerned about doing this story. Spending money outside of our city makes me a bit sad. Then again, I don't have multiple mouths to feed. Some of the deals found in Ogdensburg are very hard to ignore -- especially the money you can save by using the UPS store as an American mailing address. Also, grocery stores in The Burg seem to be more competitive with one another and that translates into some big savings for consumers. Here's a list of tips if you decide to go State-side!


Use the store's address as your American mailing address. The UPS location will charge you a nominal fee for picking the items up from their store. Because of NAFTA, you probably don't have to pay duty on items if they are made in America, and you show the customs people your receipt. You will have to pay Canadian tax.

2981 Ford St. Extension

Ogdensburg, NY



There are two major grocery stores in Ogdensburg: The Price Chopper and Aldi. Details about Price Chopper's Fuel Advantage program are here.

Happy shopping!


March 11, 2010 | 03:41 PM



1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup dry skim milk powder

300 mls. baby food = 3 small jars

Mix everything up together in a bowl.

Bake for fifteen minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350. That's it.

I use a combination of beef broth baby food (1 small jar) and turkey stew with vegetables (2 small jars). The treats turn out great everytime. Warning: these are not crunchy treats...they are the consistency of oatmeal cookies.

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Ottawa Dog Blog

A great resource for dog lovers in the Capital. BIG thanks to Liz, the blog creator, she allowed me to post the cute picture (above!) of Stuart the Schnoodle!

Money-Saving Tips for Pet Prescriptions*

1. Ask your vet for a written prescription

2. Ask your vet if there is a human drug equivalent

3. Shop around! Local area pharmacies do fill pet prescriptions and sometimes their mark-up rates are lower. Plus there is a gap in dispensing fees from place to place.

*I realize that there are many benefits to filling pet prescriptions at a veterinarian clinic. You receive expert advice, they know exact dosage amounts and should your pet react badly to the meds they can help. On the flipside...some pet meds are simply smaller dosages of human drugs. It pays to ask your family pharmacist if they can help meet your pets needs.

The Glebe Pharmasave Apothecary even flavours pet medication to the likes of your dog!


March 04, 2010 | 06:20 PM




Fly out of a border city. Plattsburg, Messina, Syracuse and Buffalo seem to be popular options for Ottawans. Yes, it's a bit of a road trip but many hotels in those cities offer FREE park & fly for Canadians and discounted hotel stays. And, an added bonus...travellers say it's easier to pass through US customs via land than air.


If you're travelling as a family, or a group, skip the hotel. You can rent entire homes for cheaper. Check out Home Away for a list of places available across the world. Talk about house envy! Some of the digs look fantastic! Details about Lynda Milina's Ottawa property can also be found here.


Ask (or look) for Price Drop Protection when you book online. Lots of travel sites offer the option for free. It's up to you to follow up with them and pursue a discount. The rules may look intimidating (maybe companies want you to think it's too much of a hassle?) but following-up after your trip could save you hundreds of dollars. iTravel2000 is one of many places that offers the protection.


My colleague told me that he recently had to park & fly at the Ottawa Airport. When he picked up his car the parking attendant asked if he was a CAA Member. He is. By showing his CAA card he saved 25% off his total parking bill.

Reno Supplies on the Cheap.

March 02, 2010 | 08:15 AM



Okay, I admit it. I know nothing of renovations. The thought of a house filled with dust, broken up walls, and strange smells is not my cup of tea. But I know many of you are serious DIY'ers and you take great pride in renovating your homes. Just because the home reno tax credit is over...doesn't mean you can't find deals on reno supplies. I hope this list helps you the next time you decide to fix it up!

ReStore / Habitat for Humanity

Old kitchen sink? Donate it to the ReStore and keep it out of the landfill. Need kitchen cupboards, tile, or a vanity? Visit the ReStore and see what deals you can find on new and gently-used merchandise.

Hardwood Auction / Rideau Auctions

Attend an auction if you dare...but be sure to do your research beforehand so you bid properly. The Hardwood Flooring Auction is on March 28th, 2010. In the meantime, the liquidation auctions may also have reno supplies.

Full Circles / FREE

Find stuff, give away stuff, borrow stuff, loan stuff. There's only one rule...everything is 100% FREE. Note! If you sign up to be a member you should know that the amount of postings per day will fill your inbox quickly. Use a secondary email if you want to keep things simple.


February 25, 2010 | 04:02 PM


As seen on CBC News Ottawa


The Best Chip Wagon | Bank Street near Catherine / 6 Springrolls for $3.50 (includes nguoc ngam dipping sauce!)

Grace Ottawa | 219 Bank Street / Jamaican Patties for $1.25 (regular and SPICY!)

Website featuring daily restaurant specials |

Aladdin Convenience & Bakery | 1801 Carling Avenue / Cheese and Beef Fatayer for under $2

CheapEats Ottawa | Book Details

La Cabana Restaurant | 848 Merivale Road / Cheese and Pork Pupusas for $2 each

And special thanks to my TWEEPS!

I wasn't able to fit all your suggestions into the story. Here's a list of cheap eats compiled from my cheap tweeps: IKEA, Pho Bo Go La, New Mee Fung, Mongolian Village, Whalesbone Sandwiches, Mello's, AYCE Sushi, The Manx, Fils Diner, The Green Door, La Bottega, Wellington Sandwiches.

Cutting the Cord on Cable

February 16, 2010 | 08:15 AM


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Over-The-Air Digital Forum (OTA)


BIG thanks to Al Webb for writing in and letting me invade his living room to learn about digital antennas. Not to mention get re-acquainted with rabbit ears. This is a picture of Al's pretty TV and the quality of digital CBC.


Frugal Treats for Dogs...and their owners!

February 02, 2010 | 08:17 AM

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Ottawa Dog Blog

By popular's the recipe for frugal dog treats. They have been tested, tasted, and seem to be a hit. You can use whatever flavour baby food you like (erh...whatever flavour baby food your DOG likes).


1 cup wheat germ *

3 jars baby food

1 T water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Drop by tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool then store in fridge for up to two weeks.

*you can also use a combo of 1/2 cup wheat germ and 1/2 cup dry skim milk powder!


-buy toys and special treats at dog charity events

-stuff a pillowcase with old socks and turn it into a makeshift dog bed

-braid three pieces of fleece together to make a rope tug toy

-poke small holes in an old toilet paper roll, drop treats inside, seal the top and bottom with masking tape and let your cat have at it!

-put coins inside an empty pop can and place the can on areas around the house that you don't want your cat to use...when they jump up on the surface the can will be knocked over and startle them...this is an effective training technique.

Emergency Preparedness with Frugal Flair!

January 19, 2010 | 07:54 AM

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Red Cross (Be Prepared Not Scared)


I'm not kidding...for the price of $30 I was able to assemble an emergency preparedness kit that would make my mother proud. It's not fancy but it will get the job done. I hope you'll take some of the tips here and commit to being prepared. Good luck!

Frugal lessons that have stuck!

December 29, 2009 | 08:20 AM

Six months ago I started on this journey of becoming more frugal. Thanks to great expert advice, and lots of experimentation I've managed to adopt a few practices that are saving me money. Here's are just three of the tips that seem to work best for me...give them a try!

Cleaning Supplies

Make your own! Air Freshener Spray: 4 cups warm water, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla extract, drops of essential oil. More HERE.

Microwave Popcorn

Forget about buying bags from the grocery can dit-yourself. All you need are popcorn kernels, brown paper bags, a microwave and it's like magic! More HERE.

Frugal Finances

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has put together a great tool that compares bank fees and services across multiple institutions. Answer some simple questions and find out if you're getting the biggest bank for your buck.

Answering your voice mails...

December 08, 2009 | 08:32 AM

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65 Ways to Conserve Energy at Home

Family Activity Advent Calendar

Ottawa's Specials Today (on food, drink, and entertainment)

The Good Food Box

A note about this morning's segment. We were so short on time in the show that I had to skip over lots of details. I apologize to listeners for not being more thorough on air...there just wasn't time. Please click on the links above to find out more about things we touched on.

Frugal Fun...Ninjas and Noses

November 17, 2009 | 08:44 AM

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Frugal Fun Ottawa

Here it is! As promised, a picture of Kathleen and Stu with their "pick your nose" cups. I found the cups at Lost Marbles in Byward Market. They come in packs of 24 for $12.99. Not the most frugal find but definitely priceless when it comes to photo opportunities at your next party.


Point A to Point B the Frugal Way

November 03, 2009 | 08:29 AM

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VrtuCar Ottawa

OC Transpo Travel Planner

Carpool Group to Black Sheep Inn (need Facebook account)


Friday Trip to Wakefield for a concert at the Black Sheep Inn 7 PM to 11:30 PM

Saturday Day trip to Montreal 10 AM to midnight

Sunday Trip to Lansdowne Farmers' Market + Loblaws at Billings Bridge / Dinner at Ishina's in Bells Corners


Public Transit = $119

VrtuCar = $129

Rental Car = $169 (including gas, excluding insurance)

Big thanks to Jith Paul and Gillian Walker for taking time to do the math! I must admit that Jith and I left the meeting ready to take a close look at what VrtuCar has to offer. But I've also heard from people who use VrtuCar and fall into the trap of using it too often for too short trips. These short trips end up costing quite a bit on a monthly basis so watch out. Thanks for listening!

FRUGALISTA ON TV - Cleaning Supplies

October 22, 2009 | 05:50 PM

As seen on CBC News Ottawa on Thursday, October 22nd.


Guest: Rebecca Page

Owner, Concierge Home Services


For glass, mirrors, wooden floors, and all-purpose.

-One part water

-One part vinegar

The smell of vinegar will disappear in seconds. Use a clean, dry microfibre cloth for best results.

For stainless steel appliances.

-Can of club soda in spray bottle

The ingredients in club soda dissolve grease left by grimy hands. Use a clean, dry microfibre cloth for best results.

Air freshener spray.

-1/4 cup baking soda

-4 cups warm water

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-4 drops peppermint oil

Start with the water, add the baking soda, stir/shake until dissolved, then add scents (vanilla and peppermint oil). Put everything into a spray bottle and store in the fridge when done using. Heat up in the microwave for a few seconds when needed again...shake up...and spray!

You can hear other frugal home solutions by listening to Mish Mash featured on CBC's Ottawa Morning.

Blowing hot air? Or, frugal-wise?

October 20, 2009 | 08:25 AM

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Raymond Belisle

Infinity Home Inspection Service Ottawa

NRCan's EcoEnergy Retrofit Program



It's $350 for a home energy audit. You get $150 back from the provincial governement. $200 worth it? I think yes, if you want to discover the sneaky leaks throughout your home. Once you patch them up you could save that $200 on your hydro bill in just one season!

Many of you have written in asking how to save on utilities and I think this could be one step in the right direction. You can also follow these common tips.

(1) Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

(2) Get a programmable thremostat.

(3) Put a brick sealed jar or jug of water in your toilet tank.

(4) Install low-flow shower heads.

(5) Install aerator screens on all of your faucets.

(6) Get a separate water meter for your exterior hose bibbs and/or irrigation system.

(7) Balance your vents to achieve an even, comfortable temperature throughout your house.

(8) Weather strip your doors and windows.

(9) Insulate your garage door.

(10) Plant trees in strategic locations around your house.

FRUGALISTA ON TV - Frugal Grocery Shopping

October 15, 2009 | 05:20 PM

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Big thanks to Krystal Taylor from the Somerset West Community Health Centre. It was fun shopping with her and I did learn a few new tricks to keep my grocery bill in check. The Centre offers a whole slew of classes geared towards people on a shoestring budget.

Also, the City of Ottawa has a long list of frugal tips to follow when grocery shopping. Check it out! Find out the best buys in grain, veggies, and more.

Frugal Thanksgiving Feast

October 06, 2009 | 07:53 AM

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Ottawa Flyers at Flyerland

Supermarket Specials by Ron Eade

ASHTON NATURALS Organic chicken, turkey and veg 613-253-0421

Happy Thanksgiving! I want to thank all the random strangers who stopped to talk to me about their turkey plans over the weekend. FYI. The farm in Ashton is run by Jo'Anne Cassidy -- if you're looking for a locally raised, organic, free-range bird, she has five available that have to be picked up this Wednesday after 5 PM. Another shout-out to Alan McKay. He gave me lots of ideas for this story and also wanted to share his brining technique with anyone who's interested in spicing up their turkey. You can find instructions here.

jello2.JPG Just for fun...look at these retro Jello Salads! They could win awards! Look at the height and colour!

Cheap cures from your cupboard...

September 22, 2009 | 08:52 AM

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GlebePHARMASAVE Apothecary

Simple Solution for Diarrhea -- according to the World Health Organization

one teaspoon salt

half teaspoon baking soda

eight teaspoons sugar

one litre water

Mix all ingredients together and store in fridge or on counter. Drink one cup when watery diarrhea strikes. Follow up with the BRAT diet. Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast.


Try sucking on a garlic clove the next time you have a sore throat! It may not taste great...but it's a frugal solution!

Points, points and a coupon train!

September 08, 2009 | 08:31 AM

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Swag Bucks

  1. SEARCH the web and receive results from Google and

  2. EARN swag bucks periodically when you search the web.

  3. REDEEM your swag bucks for products through the Swag Store.

Catherine DiCesare's Swag Bucks Referral Link

Air Miles Toolbar Application

FREE Stuff plus the Coupon Train!
Fabulous Canadian Freebies

My guest, Catherine DiCesare, is an amazing wealth of knowledge when it comes to maximizing points plans using the Internet. I had never heard of swag bucks before but can see how they would pay off! What purchase would you make with your digital money? Hope you have fun exploring and using these toolbars.


Catherine's unbelievably organized coupon binder! It's the thing of legends...

Mish-Mash of Frugal Fun!

September 01, 2009 | 08:45 AM

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Building a kite from a plastic bag. And yes, it will fly! Instructions here.

Homemade laundry detergent. And yes, it does work! Recipes here.

Eco-friendly earwig trap. And yes, they will like it! Details here.

If you're reading this and if you have some frugal ideas you want to share -- please get in touch! Tell me. What money-saving tips do you want to hear? Do you practice frugal living at your home? Is there a concoction you assemble that helps you save tons of money? Thanks for listening. My email address is here.

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Frugal homemade recipes worth trying

August 25, 2009 | 08:32 AM

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DIY Microwave Popcorn

Okay, so I'm late to the game when it comes to making popcorn at home, in the microwave, without the commercial microwave popcorn packages. But - better late than never. I'm excited to experiment with flavours and have already tried melted butter with a touch of garam masala on top of the popped kernels - delicious!

When it comes to homemade yogurt I'm a bit of a wimp. My Mom has taught me how to do it umpteen times but I just never take the leap. I think the time has come though. Could there be anything more satisfying than making yogurt from scratch? Don't answer that....let's just all give it a try!


4 cups 2% milk

1 teaspoon live yogurt/culture*

Glass measuring cup

Plastic recycled yogurt container -- or something else for your completed yogurt

*use the most natural plain yogurt you can find - my Mom always goes to Astro brand if she's stuck...look at the ingredient list...never use something with gum or flavour


Turn your oven to its lowest setting (100 degrees?). Pour milk into glass measuring cup and bring to a boil in the microwave. This should take about 10 minutes. It's important to bring the milk to a boil. Remove from the microwave and let the milk cool to a lukewarm temperature. Add the teaspoon of live culture and stir well. Pour milk into your "setting container". Put a lid on the container loosely. Wrap the container with a thick towel/cloth or use a teacosy. Place the wrapped container into the oven. DO NOT TOUCH IT AGAIN FOR SIX HOURS. After six hours has passed, remove the container, unwrap it carefully and put the container into the fridge. Let one night pass and your should wake up to thick, delicious, homemade yogurt that is prime for fruit and granola.

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Stop flushing money down the drain!

August 18, 2009 | 08:25 AM

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Tomboy Tools

Tool Parties by Karen

Spending time with Karen Donaldson was completely eye-opening. Just like the little engine that could...she showed me that I CAN do home improvements on my own to save some money. As a sidenote -- I also now know what to buy people for a housewarming gift. The Tomboy Tool Travelling kit is perfect! If you decide to throw a Tomboy Tool party I hope you'll get in touch and let me know how it turns out. They sound like fun!

If it's on Full's FREE!

August 11, 2009 | 10:51 AM

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Full Circles Ottawa

When you sign up with this yahoo group it will send emails to your account with descriptions of all the FREE items available. It's a great service -- keep in mind your email inbox will be filled up quite quickly. I suggest you sign up under a secondary email account if you want to keep these messages away from your personal ones. Sign up under the "ottawa" group. It has the most activity.

Canning and other ole' fashioned things...

August 04, 2009 | 08:30 AM

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Members of Barleyment | Canada's Virtual Home Brew Club

I had a great time chatting with Ottawa's Alan McKay. He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to canning, preserving and fermenting! Don't think I'll ever try making my own beer, or wine for that matter, but it sure was fun to hear more about it. If you have an interest in trying to make your own home sure to join the Members of Barleyment. It's a virtual family that won't let you down!

Mead.jpgThe Mason Jar o' Homemade Cherry Mead!

Back to basics cleaning

July 28, 2009 | 08:30 AM

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Concierge Home Services

Here's a funny story for all of you blog readers. Recently I've been coming home to a mailbox filled with squirmy gross earwigs! What does this have to do with cleaning supplies - you may ask? Well, since I have very few chemical things in my home I reached for my bottle of water-vinegar out of frustration. I spritzed my entire mailbox and gave the earwings a good bath. Guess what happened next? They fled far away and have not come back to my mailbox since. What's the moral of this story? The uses for water-vinegar seem to be endless.

Now, as's Rebecca's tip for cleaning stainless steel appliances...the frugal way.

Stainless steel appliances have grown in popularity in the past few years. Many are finding that the fridge which gleamed and shone in the store is looking faded and fingerprinted at home. The oils from our skin leaves marks, so unless you plan to never touch your appliances, this is unavoidable.

A frugal and environmentally friendly way to get the gleam back is a simple can of club soda. Pour in a spray bottle, spritz away, and wipe with a soft dry cloth. Microfibre or old cotton is best. Club soda has sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, or disodium phosphate as an ingredient which works gently to cut the oils left by our hands. No smell, no goopy mess, and no buildup on your favourite appliance!

Rebecca Page Founder, Concierge Home Services

Rebecca.jpg Rebecca, ready for her cleaning attack!

Swap till you drop!

July 20, 2009 | 08:30 AM

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swap.jpgHad a great time with the ladies (and gentleman!) who showed up for my first ever clothing swap. BIG thanks to Marilyn Champagne for putting everything in place. Be sure to follow Le Garde-Robe Collectif on FB to find out when swaps are happening here in Ottawa. For the record, I contributed a few tops to the mix and they were snatched up quickly!

Can tweeting save you money?

July 14, 2009 | 08:00 AM

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What can I say? I have time to play around with twitter and have developed a great affection for it. I like it way better than facebook. To me, FB is more about lurking and connecting with friends you have a connection with. On Twitter I can follow random people like Adam Lambert, Jamie Oliver, Elizabeth May, without ever having met them. And guess what? They have interesting things to say! That's what I love about twitter. You can learn so much about what's happening in the world based on what people are interested in posting. Stu Mills sent me a link for -- here's one girl wearing the same dress for one full year. It's a lesson in sustainable fashion. How interesting! Have fun tweeting and welcome to all new tweeps!

Frugal feast challenge

July 07, 2009 | 08:00 AM

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Winning Recipe!

frugal-recipe2-220.jpg CHIPOTLE GLAZED ROAST CHICKEN

with Grilled Corn and Green Beans

1 whole chicken quartered

The Rub:
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • The Glaze:

    • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar (depending how sweet you like it)
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp cider vinegar (or any vinegar you have in your pantry)
    • 2 tbsp ketchup
    • 1 chipotle chili in adobo (and ½ tsp adobo sauce)
    1. Set oven temp to 400F.
    2. Rub chicken with The Rub and bake for 15 mins.
    3. While chicken is browning mix the glaze. Mix cinnamon, vinegar, ketchup and sugar. Finely chop chili and add to glaze along with adobo sauce.
    4. After the 15 mins brush chicken with glaze and turn down oven temp to 350F. Brush chicken with glaze every 10 minutes until chicken is done and the juices run clear. About 30 mins.

    Serve with fresh sweet corn on the cob and seasonal veggies or a nice tossed salad with your favorite dressing.

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    Make your own beauty products

    June 30, 2009 | 08:00 AM

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    As's part two of my conversation with Alia Offman. In this one, she talks about homemade baby products that her little man, Asher, coos over!

    frugal-beauty-220.jpgAnd an update for you! Nature Clean does sell scented versions of its dishwashing liquid. So if you want to save even more money just pick up a scented version and use it on hair, hands, body, and dishes.

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    After this story aired I had many people ask about frugal options for hair conditioner. I have started using coconut oil but it's not for everyone. You can find bottles at natural health food stores like Herb and Spice or Rainbow. After washing my hair I put a teaspoon of the oil into my palms and then massage it into the tips of my hair and work it all the way up to my scalp and roots. Warning! I have extremely long hair so a teaspoon works for me. Most people would need way less than that and the trick is finding the right quantity so you're hair doesn't feel greasy afterwards. One other option is to try a vinegar rinse as a conditioning treatment. I'm a bit skeptical about this but am almost convinced after reading through this website. If anyone tries this method please let me know how it works for you!