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Make your own crystalized ginger for gifts in a jar

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 1:37 Comments Off on Make your own crystalized ginger for gifts in a jar

This is a great gift to give this Christmas season, especially since it is pretty inexpensive to make, but buying crystalized ginger in the store is an expensive treat.

1 lb fresh gingerroot

Carefully peel gingerroot and slice into thin slices.  Place gingerroot in a medium saucepan, add enough water to cover gingerroot and cook at medium low heat for 30 minutes.  Drain water and weight gingerroot on a scale.  Return to saucepan and add the same weight in sugar, using the scale to weight the sugar.  Add 3 tbsp of water and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent burning.  When the ginger is transparent and the liquid has nearly all been cooked off, remove from heat.  Toss ginger with enough sugar to coat the ginger.  Store in airtight container, such as a canning jar for gift giving.  Ginger will keep in airtight container for up to three months.

When you make your tag to attach to ginger, make sure to include a note that ginger must be stored in the airtight container for up to three months.  If you are making it several weeks before giving, you might want to put an expiry date on it instead, so the dating is accurate.

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Can you really save money making your own laundry detergent?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 4:58 10 Comments

If you have wondered if you could actually save much money by making your own laundry detergent, we have done the math for you :)

We checked out Tide Liquid, 2x concentrate in the original scent, and it checks in at $18 for a bottle of 48 loads at Netgrocer.  Expensive, especially if your family is large and you are doing many loads of laundry each week.

Now, let’s compare it to our own liquid laundry detergent recipe.  It is enough for about 50 loads of laundry.

But how much does it cost to make?

One box of Washing Soda is $9.28 (6 cups in the box, enough for 3 batches, so $3.09 per batch)
Fels-Naptha Soap is $1.79 for two bars.
Borax is $3.98 (8 cups in the box, enough for 4 batches, so $1 per batch)

All prices taken from today, for the most accurate pricing, and this comes in at $15.05 to buy the supplies initially… BUT remember the boxes of washing soda and borax make multiple batches… so what is the real cost per batch?   $5.88 for 50 loads of laundry… which works out to TWELVE CENTS per load!  And Tide?  THIRTY-EIGHT CENTS per load.

So for maybe 10 or 15 of work, you are saving two and a half times the cost of commercial detergent, simply by making your own at home.

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Homemade Febreze recipes you can make yourself

Saturday, October 25, 2008 1:06 3 Comments

Frebreeze can be expensive to buy, especially since families can go through it quite quickly when they are trying to make sure everything smells nice and fresh!  Here is how you can make it yourself, with a variety of scents.

Regular scented febreze
4 tbsp Ultra Downy fabric softener
32 oz spray bottle (clean!)

Fill the remainder of spray bottle with water, leaving a small amount of space at the top.  To use, give it a quick shake first, then use as you would Febreze.

For other scents, use other Ultra Downey scents… there are even several Downy’s with Febreze, if you love the smell of Febreze, including their Fresh Scent, Citrus & Light, Spring & Renewal, and Meadows & Rain.  But only buy these if you would use the fabric softener as well, or if you go through enough Febreze that using only four tablespoons at a time is worth it for you (you will still save A LOT of money buying the Febreze fabric softener and making it yourself than buying bottles of regular Febreze.

If you already have another brand of fabric softener in your house already, or a coupon for one, feel free to use that.  And please let us know which fabric softeners you used, and how they smelled :)


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Make your own Hot Pockets – pizza recipe

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 0:09 5 Comments

If your kids love Hot Pockets for a treat, it can be hard to spurge when they are not only expensive, but not very healthy!  But here is an easy recipe so you can make your own hot pockets right at home, meaning you can control the filling… and maybe even sneak some finely chopped up vegetables into the insides without your kids noticing :)

2 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
Dash pepper
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded lunchmeat (ie. ham, turkey, chicken)
1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (the larger size biscuits)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups Frosted Flakes, crushed (a great job for the kids!)

Heat oven to 375F

In one bowl, combine shredded lunch meat with cheese.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat.  Add flour, salt and pepper, mixing until well mixed with the melted butter.  Add milk and cook for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat, then add the lunch meat and cheese mixture, stirring again until well combined.

Pop the Pillsbury biscuit can, and roll out each biscuit so it is about 5″ across.  Using a measuring cup, scoop about 1/4 to 1/3 of the mixture ino the middle of each biscuit.  Fold the biscuit over in half and pinch the edges together so they stick (they will be shaped like the real hot pockets you buy).

Brush each biscuit with egg, then dip in Frosted Flakes until both sides are coated.  Bake on a tin foil lined cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until the Pillsbury dough is golden and fully cooked through.  Serve!

Make Healthier Hot Pockets: Use Corn Flakes rather than frosted flakes.  Add finely chopped pieces of brocolli or zucchini in the meat/cheese mixture.  Use low fat cheese.

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Make your own lime margaritas bath salts for gifts

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 17:39 1 Comment

If you love the rare indulgence of a margarita on a night out to a Mexican restaurant, you will probably love to have a bath immersed in margarita bath salts – hold the tequila, of course!  But even better, these make fabulous gifts for friends.  You can even put them in a margarita glass as a gift basket for a great feel good present for a girlfriend’s birthday/ 

Want to know what is even better?  You only need three inexpensive ingredients to make multiple batches of them, so you can make plenty for many gifts, even for Christmas.

For instructions: Make your own Lime Margaritas Bath Salts

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Frugal Easy Bake Oven Recipes

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 5:54 Comments Off on Frugal Easy Bake Oven Recipes

If your son or daughter loves making Easy Bake Oven recipes, it can be hard to see that money go to waste, particularly when you are paying $2 per package – you can buy an adult sized cake mix for less than that!  The Easy Bake super value pack has 3 Sugar Cookie Mixes, 3 Chocolate Cookie Mixes, 3 Yellow Cake Mixes, and 3 Chocolate Frosting Mixes, all for $25!  No, thank you!

If you still want your kids to be able to make Easy Bake recipes without breaking the bank, we have recipes for you to make up little Easy Bake cake and cookie packages – and even icing packages – without the expense, and most with ingredients already in your pantry.

We are biggest fans of the Easy Bake Oven Pizza Recipe, as well as the lemon cake with lemon icing.

You can find all our free Easy Bake Oven Recipes here on MomsBudget!

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