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New Year, New You!... Posted by karin on Jan 1st, 2011.

Happy New Year!

We at Frugal Friends always try to come up with a slogan for the new year and it's a tough one for 2011. Heck, eleven (11) only has a few words that rhyme with it and heaven seemed to be the only one that might even come close to fitting any of our situations.

Heaven can mean many things to many people! It can be the place we want to go after we stop breathing here on earth. Or, it can mean a place that we want while we still live here on earth. So, what would your frugal heaven be like?

I know my top 5 frugal wishes...

#1 Bills paid on time
#2 Money to cover those bills! Lol
#3 A freezer or cupboard full of food!
#4 A family (loved one) who understands when I say turn the darn light off!

And, most importantly...
#5 A group of folks who fully understand where I am coming from and where I want to go! :)

That would be Frugal friends! We don't judge, we do scold occasionally if you ask for it, we offer big shoulders, many hugs, advise, ideas and most importantly friendship while we all try to make it through this life!

Wishing you all a very happy, frugal 2011!

If you would like to join our wonderful group just head to www.fractured.net/joinus and sign up today. You can even ask us questions at our Guest House!

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The Holiday's are almost here!... Posted by karin on Nov 1st, 2010.

Well, November is here and that means the holiday's are not far behind!

How do you handle the holiday celebrations on a budget? It's tough and seems impossible at times...but, it can be done! Need help with menu planning for those large holiday gatherings? Maybe you need some ideas for how to prepare meals ahead of time so that you can enjoy your friends and family. Or, if you are like most of us...you need to stretch your budget to the max so that your holiday meals don't look like they were done on a tight budget! Our members share tips, recipes and hints to make your holiday's one that won't break your purse and yet still make everyone smile!

November also means that the cold weather is just about here or possibly has already reached your home. How are you going to save on heating bills? Do you have plenty of food frozen or canned for the winter? Soups, stews and crockpot meals are welcome additions to a winter menu, and our members have shared plenty of recipes for you to try! We can all survive the winter with a little help from our friends at Fractured Frugal Friends!

Most of all we have fun while trying to help each other be frugal. That means that we offer advice, share personal experiences, give hugs when need and a swat when necessary! Most of all, we just have fun sharing being frugal. If you would like to join our wonderful group just head to www.fractured.net/joinusand sign up today.You can even ask us questions at our Guest House!

Come discuss this on our forums by clicking THIS LINK!

It's summer!... Posted by karin on Jun 22nd, 2010.

Summer is here! That means more time outside enjoying the sunshine. It also means that you probably have an air conditioner running so that you can cool off once you go inside. Do you keep your filters clean? If you have a window unit, make sure you give the vents a cleaning while you are vacuuming your floors. And, don't forget to use your draft dodgers in the summer..it keeps the cool air in! Close your blinds or drapes during the heat of the day. Did you remember to reverse your ceiling fans? Just a few tips on how to stay cool frugally this summer.

Summer also means the kids are home and probably bored by now! Our moms share their experiences with keeping the young ones entertained and out of their hair! It can be done frugally!

The summer heat also means more time grilling and eating outdoors. Learn some new ideas on things, like pizza, that can be cooked on the grill so you are not heating up your kitchen. Don't forget, crockpots are great to use in the summer...they also keep your kitchen cool. Tried any new crockpot recipes? Our members sure have and they love to share!

With the price of food these days, more of us are starting to grow our own veggies. Do you know when the right time to harvest is? Do you know how to preserve, freeze or can your bounty? Our members do and we always enjoy learning new tricks and helpful hints.

Most of all we have fun while trying too help each other be frugal. That means that we offer advice, share personal experiences, give hugs when need and a swat when necessary! Most of all, we just have fun sharing being frugal. If you would like to join our wonderful group just head to www.fractured.net/joinusand sign up today.You can even ask us questions at our Guest House!

Come discuss this on our forums by clicking THIS LINK!

Spring!!!... Posted by karin on Apr 27th, 2010.

Oh My Gosh, have I ever been lax in keeping this updated! So sorry but it seems like my life took over and the winter blues set in and then spring popped up and I got so occupied with thoughts of daffodils, tulips, mint, etc. that I completely forgot! EEK!

Well, spring did arrive and so did the storms that accompany this time of the year.. Do you have an emergency plan set up with your family? Would you know where to go when a tornado siren goes off? If you had to stay in your shelter space for a day do you have enough water, food, batteries and something to occupy the kids? Our members are from all over the world and they offer suggestions on what you should have available just in case of an emergency. It pays to be knowledgeable about spring weather!!!

Spring also brings us to the thought of planting our garden so that we can reap the harvest rewards this summer and fall! Tried any new seeds? Need some advice on how to keep your compost pile sweet?? Maybe you just built some raised beds and want opinions on what to plant in them...we can help!

Most of all we have fun while trying too help each other be frugal. That means that we offer advice, share personal experiences, give hugs when need and a swat when necessary! Most of all, we just have fun sharing being frugal. If you would like to join our wonderful group just head to www.fractured.net/joinus and sign up today.You can even ask us questions at our Guest House!

Come discuss this on our forums by clicking THIS LINK!

Go away winter!... Posted by karin on Feb 22nd, 2010.

I keep hoping that the winter months are almost over, but no such luck. As soon as I see sun and some snow melting it just comes back again! So, what do you do with the kids when they are home for school for days on end? Our members have come up with some great ideas that beat pulling your hair out. Lol How about feeding your family while they are snowbound? It sure makes you glad that you followed some of the hints and tips that our members have shared about stocking that pantry!

But, the good news is...spring is almost here! That means we're sharing seed buying tips and our favorite veggies to grow this year. Seriously, a cucumber is not just a green thing that you slice into a salad! And, green leafy vegetables are so easy to grow and soooo loaded with good for your body stuff! We all have our favorite tomatoes but maybe you're missing out on a really great producer. Think canning and freezing for us next winter. Can't believe I just said that dirty word again! EEK

Many of our members have teens that are about to enter college. They still can't figure out where the time went but now they are faced with having to pay for that education...that is another EEK! Yes, there are scholarships out there and they can help you locate them!

Most of all, we just have fun sharing being frugal. If you would like to join our wonderful group just head to www.fractured.net/joinus and sign up today. You can even ask us questions at our Guest House!

Come discuss this on our forums by clicking THIS LINK!

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