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Quick and Easy Oats for Breakfast

For winter porridge, I prefer to use whole oats rather than quick oats (as they are lower GI), but find that they always boil over in the microwave so I have to watch them constantly. However, I inadvertently discovered that if I give the whole oats...

2016 31 Days of MOO No. 3 Rosemary Salt

Smashed potatoes with rosemary salt, garnished with fresh rosemaryThis is one of my favourite ways to preserve the bright flavour of fresh rosemary. Rosemary salt takes about five minutes to make and can be stored indefinitely at room temperature. Tr...

31 Days of MOO No. 2 - All-Purpose Glue

This is a great all-purpose glue that isn't toxic, making it ideal to use with little ones. It will stick paper and card like a charm and washes out of clothes.All-Purpose GlueIngredients:2 tablespoons glucose syrup1 teaspoon white vinegar2 tablespoo...

31 Days of MOO No 1. Veggie Burgers

Have you priced veggie burgers from the deli or the chiller cabinet at the supermarket lately? They are expensive - over $3 each! This recipe makes six for less than the price of one. It's quick and easy too. Best of all you can make the patties ahea...

Super Easy, Super Cute Easter Baskets

Use them for Easter, for birthday parties, to hold small gifts - these very cute, super easy little baskets are quick and inexpensive and a great way to use up that stash of paper or cardstock you have.Make them larger, from 30cm cardstock, line them...

​Cash or Debit? Depends on the Total

When I go shopping for anything I wait until the total is rung up before I decide to pay by debit card or pay cash (sometimes I know beforehand). If the amount is rounded up when cash is paid, then I pay by debit because it is an exact amount and I t...

​Not So Flat Batteries

​Batteries are the bane of my life!OK, that's probably an exaggeration but they always go flat at the most inconvenient moment and then seem like such a waste of money to me. As a family we don't have too many battery operated items these days:the...

A Really Tasty, Really Simple Pasta Sauce

Bulk homemade pasta sauce using tomatoes fresh from the gardenI've been making pasta sauce for the last week. I've had a batch in the slow cooker every day and night, there was even a batch cooking during our card making day. So far I've bagged 49 tw...

Modern Take on a Needleworkers Chatelaine

Trash or treasure? In this case an old fashioned mug tree can be a Cheapskate's treasure - paint it to match your sewing roomToday's tip of the day is one that will help keep sewing and embroidery projects organised, even if you don't have a permanen...

Teach Yourself to Crochet

I taught myself to crochet years ago, before YouTube was even a thought. I wish YouTube had been around - it would have saved me a lot of pulling out (of yarn and hair!).Teach Yourself to Crochet Using YouTube!Approximate $ Savings: $65 for lessons +...

How to Haggle for Success

You wouldn't think of buying a house or a new car without first negotiating with the seller to make sure you pay the lowest possible price, and you always make an offer on potential market and garage sale purchases. so why not use those haggling skil...

A Mini Herb Garden Adds Colour and Flavour

Herbs add flavour and colour to cooking, turning even the simplest of dishes into gastronomic delights.You can buy herbs at most supermarkets and greengrocers, either fresh or dried, but you’ll be paying top dollar for ingredients you can easily gr...

The Easiest Way to Save

The easiest way to save is to open a savings account.The 10-10-80 rule suggests you save 10 per cent, give 10 per cent and live on the remaining 80 per cent of your wage. It is then a simple matter of having an amount deposited straight from your pay...

Unusual Embellishments Make Scrapbooking Affordable

I love scrapbooking my family's photos but unfortunately it can get very expensive. Too easy to splurge on all the latest papers/embellishments and tools to create my masterpieces so I started to look for some alternatives. I've found it's amazing wh...

Price Matching Strategies

Knowledge about store price matching policies and strategies can save you hundreds of dollars a year on just about everything you buy from groceries to shoes to DVDs to washing machines and even mobile phones.Price matching is a tactic stores employ...

Get Rid of all Your Debts, then You can Relax

Regardless of what the financial gurus tell you, when you have debt you own nothing. Even a small debt can be the undoing of the most wealthy when it is ignored, forgotten or just plain owed.Make it your top priority to get out of debt, and as fast a...

5 Creative Ways to Use Powdered Milk in Your Kitchen

Powdered milk in 2015 is so much better than it was when I was a child. It has a better flavour and if you choose an instant powdered milk it will dissolve easily and quickly even in cold water.I use powdered milk (the Aldi powdered milk is excellent...

Store and Organise Your Precious Photos

I organise my photos by month, in this file format for ease of sorting 'YEAR MONTH'. Any special events (weddings, birthdays, concerts etc.) have their own folder. For example I would have a '201401' folder for general January images, and a '201401 B...

The Value of Picturing Your Goals

Several years ago I did a goal setting course, and one of the things we did during the class was to make ourselves a poster with pictures cut from magazines or wherever we could find them of the things we wanted to achieve for the year, and we also m...

Lipstick on Your Collar?

I love the new lipsticks that stay on for just about forever, when they are on my lips.I'm not so fond of them when they're on my clothes or hankies - they are hard to shift.Here are three tried and true methods for getting lipstick stains out of clo...


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