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Pam Bauserman
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  • Pam Bauserman is the editor of the Panorama page and writes about the clubs and non-profit organizations in the community as well as local volunteers.
Thursday 07/03/2014
Cure those sinus problems with a homemade remedy

If you’re constantly having sinus problems, you can make a homemade remedy. It’s called tomato shots. Just mix 1/8 cup tomato juice, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Drink once a day for three days before eating breakfast. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/recipes/bath-and-body.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, July 3, 2014 4:03 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/25/2014
Use an old toothbrush holder to make a flower bouquet

Want to have a beautiful flower bouquet without the fuss of learning how to arrange them? If you have an old toothbrush holder you aren’t using, fill the holes with water and stick bunches of fresh flowers into each hold. Or, if you have some inexpensive fake flowers, you can stick them in there as well. For more information, visit http://www.marthastewart.com/272398/flower-arranging-shortcut.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:17 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 04/28/2014
Some creative ways to use up leftover Easter Peeps

If you seem to have an over abundance of marshmallow peeps from Easter, don’t worry. Here are some ways to use them up.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, April 28, 2014 2:10 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/12/2014
An inexpensive twist to decorating Easter eggs

There are some creative ways to decorate Easter eggs if you need an inexpensive decorating twist to the process. Take bubble wrap that is three to four bubbles wide and paint a very thin coat of acrylic paint over it. Roll the egg over the paint and let dry. Another idea is to take patterned paper napkins and cut out the designs. Apply them to the egg using craft glue. For more egg decorating ideas, visit http://www.aeb-online.org/pr/140310decorating.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:24 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 01/28/2014
The art of making bows out of wrapping paper

A co-worker recently shared with me about her creative way to make bows out of wrapping paper. Just cut out several strips of it, each at the same length and then fold them and tape them in a circle onto the package. you can then wad up a piece of paper for the center or add a fun button. I think the next time I wrap a gift, I may try something like this. Here are some other websites I found that talk about this frugal way to make bows. You can visit http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/let-it-bow-let-it-bow-let-it-bow/or http://frugalchristianliving.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/dont-buy-any-more-bows-make-them-yourself-out-of-left-over-wrapping-paper/. If you are an avid Pinterest user, I also found some interesting options on that site.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:42 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 10/29/2013
Use coffee beans to freshen the room

If you have recently decided to kick the coffee habit and have extra coffee on hand, you can use it for an air freshener. After all, coffee does smell better than it tastes, right? For unused coffee beans, pour some in an unmated sock and tie a not in the top. If you have unused ground coffee, pour the grounds into a short glass mason jar. Cover with a stocking rather than a lid. For other scent options, you can add some cinnamon, cloves or other dry herbs. For more information, visit http://www.littlehouseliving.com/uses-for-coffee.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 2:39 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/19/2013
Jelly from a corncob?

The next time you have a backyard barbecue and don’t know what to do with those corn cobs, try making corn cob jelly. Here is what you will need: 12 corn cobs, three quarts water, two tablespoons lemon juice, one box Sure-Jell powdered pectin sugar and one tablespoon butter or margarine. For the full recipe, visit http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2012/09/corn-cob-jelly-recipe.html

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:24 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 08/02/2013
Make your own tater tots

Want tater tots with your hamburgers for tonight's meal? You can now make them yourself. Just bake potatoes and let them sit in the refrigerator overnight to firm up. Rub off the skins and grate them. Season them and roll into balls. Fry for one to two minutes until browned or bake them. For more information, visit http://dailyjournalonline.com/news/opinion/advice/frugal-living/make-your-own-tater-tots/article_ff987f56-d811-11e2-826c-0019bb2963f4.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Friday, August 2, 2013 9:00 am. Comments (0)

Monday 06/10/2013
Ground beef without the extra fat

If you like ground beef but like your skinny waistline, don’t worry about buying the reduced fat ground beef, which is often very expensive. Instead, you can boil the beef to remove its fat. Just boil for 10 minutes on high, then remove from heat, pour out liquid, refill and boil for another 10 minutes. Keep repeating until you see a significant loss in fat peaks in the water. For more information, visit http://emilysfrugaltips.com/frugal-living/frugal-living-tips-save-money-by-using-boild-full-fat-ground-beef.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, June 10, 2013 4:21 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/30/2013
Have some cake in a mug and eat it too

Craving some cake? Try making cake in a cup with hot chocolate mix. After spraying cooking spray in the mug, mix four tablespoons of flour, nine tablespoons of hot chocolate mix, a pinch of salt, one egg, three tablespoons of water and three tablespoons of oil. Microwave on high for three minutes and then tip the cake cylinder out of the mug. Serve with ice cream or whip cream, if desired. For more information, visit http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Make_Cake_in_a_Mug.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:45 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 04/04/2013
What to do with leftover pieces of Easter candy

Now that the Easter Bunny has left those chocolate treasures for children, what do you do with them? You can crush them up and sprinkle on ice cream, use in milkshakes or stir some into hot chocolate. For more ideas, visit http://www.livingonadime.com/easter-leftovers-eggs-chocolate-ham/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, April 4, 2013 3:47 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 03/19/2013
What to do with old baby socks

Don’t know what to do with old baby socks? Why not make cat toys or cute Christmas ornaments. To make cat toys, insert catnip and then sew the opening closed. You can then add ribbon or yarn to drag a toy. To make some baby sock snowmen ornaments, you’ll need batting, string, fabric, white and colored baby socks, glue, buttons, permanent markers, orange and another color or pipe cleaner and two mini pompons. For directions, visit http://spoonful.com/crafts/baby-sock-snowmen. For other baby sock uses, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2013/02/22/new-uses-for-baby-socks/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:50 pm. Comments (0)

Want a free breakfast?

Subway is taking reservations to give away a free three-inch flatbread breakfast sandwich and a coffee from March 11 through 16. Go here to make a reservation.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:11 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 01/09/2013
A better way to rid those nighttime coughs

Here’s a tip passed down by a family member that we tried on our daughter over the holidays. If you have trouble with a bad cough at night, don’t buy expensive cough syrups to relieve cough symptoms. Simply rub Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottom of the feet and put on socks. I can guarantee this works! For more ideas about Vick’s Vapor Rub, visit http://www.livingonadime.com/homemade-vicks-vapor-shower-discs/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:22 am. Updated: 9:29 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 12/11/2012
Looking for some inexpensive Christmas gifts?

Try some of these ideas: Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup, homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar, craft supplies, gardening gloves with a live plant or flower seeds, prepaid photo developing and locally made barbecue sauce with basting brush. For more ideas, visit http://www.betterbudgeting.com/articles/money/63giftsunder10dollars.htm

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:50 pm. Updated: 4:55 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 11/01/2012
Save that pie filling

The time is getting closer for making those homemade pies for Thanksgiving. If you end up with more pie filling than you need, save it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can then spoon it onto oatmeal for yummy breakfast treats. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/tip-for-extra-pie-filling.htm.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, November 1, 2012 10:59 am. Updated: 11:05 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 10/18/2012
A frugal way to gift wrap

Looking for a new, creative way to gift wrap? Next time you head to a designer store, check to see if they put your purchase into a fancy paper bag with the brand name on it. If they do, ask for a second bag. When you are ready to wrap the gift, cut up the bag into as much usable paper as possible. Then, wrap your gift making sure to expose the name of the store to give the gift that personal touch. For more information, visit http://www.frugalityisfree.com/2012/01/creative-gift-wrapping-frugal-living.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:51 pm. Updated: 4:55 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 10/01/2012
Try creative ways of using photos in old calendars

The end of the year is coming, which means trashing the old calendars. Or, not. There are many creative ways to use the old photos on the calendars. Try cutting them up for puzzles for young children. Just add card stock to the back to make them more sturdy. You can cut and laminate them to use as a bookmark. Also, try to cut the calendar images to use as gift tags for special occasions. For more calendar usues, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2012/05/27/reuse-your-old-calendars/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, October 1, 2012 11:19 am. Updated: 11:25 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/29/2012
Want a free cup of coffee?

If you frequently get coffee for co-workers, grab this coupon at http://www.frugallivingnw.com/. After you purchase four, present this coupon and you’ll get one for free. Better hurry. The coupon is valid only today.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:25 pm. Updated: 4:31 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 08/09/2012
Make taco burgers with your extra taco meat

Love tacos but are you left wondering what to do with the extra taco meat? Try making mini tacos by lining each cup in a muffin tin with a wonton wrapper or refrigerated bicuit dough and then filling with headed taco meat and shredded cheese. You can also put warmed up meat and shredded cheese on a bun for taco burgers. For more information, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2012/08/09/use-up-leftover-taco-meat-2/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, August 9, 2012 5:01 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 07/26/2012
Cool your kids off with some homemade popsicles

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to keep your kids cool for the remainder of the summer, try making homemade popsicles. You can:

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:12 pm. Updated: 6:04 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/18/2012
Cooking with the lid on will help to save energy

Save energy and always boil foods with the lid on. When the lid is off, the heat escapes and cooking takes twice as long. Pasta takes eight to 12 minutes without a lid and five to nine minutes with a lid. For more information, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2012/06/03/make-saving-money-a-game/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:36 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 07/02/2012
A creative way to save a favorite T-shirt

Have a favorite T-shirt you can’t seem to get rid of or throw out? Turn it into a grocery bag or an applique on hoodies or sweatshirts. For the grocery bag, cut the sleeves off and cut the neck opening slightly larger. The material left over from the sleeves becomes the handles. Turn the T-shirt inside out and sew the bottom opening closed. For an applique, cut out favorite designs on old T-shirts and sew them onto hoodies or sweatshirts. For other ways to use old T-shirts, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2010/09/29/recycle-your-t-shirts/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, July 2, 2012 4:45 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 06/04/2012
Use toothpaste to remove nail polish

Do you have chipped nail polish but ran out of polish remover? Just dab some toothpaste on a cotton ball to remove the polish. Toothpaste contains ethyl acetate that is found in nail polish removers. For more household substitutes, visit http://www.frugalmom.net/blog/beauty-fashion/top-beauty-fix-substitutes/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, June 4, 2012 4:37 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 05/15/2012
Use more vinegar

Did you know that vinegar has a variety of uses? Spray some on weeds to kill them. Dilute one cup of white vinegar in a pail of hot water to clean floors. Soak pots and pans in a water/vinegar solution to take out stains. Use two tablespoons of vinegar and three tablespoons of sugar per quart of water to make a bouquet of flowers last longer. For more vinegar uses, visit http://www.underthegoldenappletree.com/2012/02/12-ways-to-use-vinegar.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:08 am. Comments (0)

Monday 04/30/2012
A lunchbox from a milk carton

You can make a lunchbox out of a milk carton. All you need is a gallon plastic milk jug, scissors, a knife and a marker. Check out this website for instructions and how-to photos.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, April 30, 2012 4:21 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/17/2012
Need an inexpensive Mother's Day gift idea?

How about a photo canvas? From now until April 30, you can order an 8X10 for free or an 11X14 for $27 or a 16X20 for $37. Visit here.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 4:34 pm. Updated: 4:43 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 04/04/2012
Take a daytrip that's free

Need a daytrip idea? How about one that’s free? If you are a Bank of America card holder you may be able to have free admission to some local museums. Some of the museums on their list include the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts, the Crocker Art Museum and the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center. For others in the state or across the country, visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 4:03 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 03/01/2012
Try this cheaper, convenient salad dressing mix

I don’t know about you but salad dressings just about break my bank account. I have been trying to make my own at home as much as I can in the last six months. Here is a recipe I found for a dry Italian mix.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, March 1, 2012 9:30 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 02/14/2012
Want to throw an inexpensive party?

Try a recipe swap party. Invite some friends over and ask them to bring one of their favorite recipe to share. Try each one out and then have guests guess what ingredients are in each one. Pass out slips of paper. For each correct ingredient, award two points and subtract a point for each incorrect answer. The person with the most points wins a small prize basket. For more information, visit http://blog.swap.com/index.php/2011/11/08/grow-your-tastebuds-with-a-recipe-swap/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 4:57 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 01/30/2012
Free onion rings!

Burger King is giving away free onion rings on Saturday and Sunday. Just like them on Facebook.For more information, visit http://www.thecouponboutique.com/ or visit their facebook page here.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, January 30, 2012 4:17 pm. Updated: 4:22 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 01/19/2012
Make some peanut butter cups for some inexpensive Valentine treats

Do you find yourself in the mood for baking now that the Christmas rush is over? If you need some inexpensive Valentine treats to give away, try this recipe for homemade peanut butter cups.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:44 am. Updated: 2:10 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 12/12/2011
What to do with those Christmas cards

For an inexpensive but orderly way to display Christmas cards that come in the mail, make your own holiday cardholder. All you need is a wooden shutter, some spray paint, poster board, hooks and a sawtooth picture hanger. For instructions on how to make it, visit http://www.thecouponboutique.com/frugal-decorating-with-courtney-diy-holiday-cardholder.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, December 12, 2011 2:53 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 12/01/2011
Need Christmas gift ideas?

Take your outgrown or worn out jeans and create a purse, denim book cover or a pillow out of them. For information on how to do this, visit http://www.gastongazette.com/articles/jeans-63923-make-purse.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, December 1, 2011 3:59 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 11/07/2011
Don't toss your cereal bags

You can reuse cereal bags to store baked goods, to apply breadcrumb coatings to meat, to roll up cookie dough logs or as a trash container in the car. For some more tips, visit http://www.gastongazette.com/articles/bags-62252-cereal-use.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, November 7, 2011 4:37 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/19/2011
Cook dinners for under $10

Do you want to be able to cook dinner for under $10? Here is a simple recipe for potato corn chowder.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 4:31 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 09/01/2011
A simple recipe for a budget-friendly casserole

A co-worker recently brought in a copy of “The Complete Tightwad Gazette,” for me to look through. A tip I found for creating a budget-friendly casserole is to follow this simple recipe:

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, September 1, 2011 3:39 pm. Updated: 9:08 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 08/04/2011
Save on water bill by collecting rain water

As water meters loom ahead of us, try saving on your water bill by purchasing a rain barrell. It can collect rain water runoff from roof gutters and downspouts for use of watering the yard as well as for washing cars or rinsing windows. Just put a screen on top to keep out insects and debris. Some even come with hose attachments for low-pressure watering in the yard and garden. To learn more about the rain barrels, visit http://easyfrugalliving.blogspot.com/2009/03/saving-money-using-rain-barrels.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, August 4, 2011 3:08 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/20/2011
More uses for dryer sheets

I know I’ve written about dryer sheets before but here are some more interesting uses I came across.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 4:39 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 06/28/2011
It's vacation time — should you drive or fly?

Summer is here. In today’s economy, you may be trying to figure out where to take your family on vacation. The next question is, how to get there? By visiting http://www.befrugal.com/tools/fly-or-drive-calculator/, you can find out the cheaper way to travel, whether it’s by car or plane. Just type in your location, destination and days you plan to travel. The site calculates the time it will take as well as the total cost. It also has links to travelocity and priceline. Once you hit the link, it will give you options for car rentals.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:04 pm. Updated: 11:42 am. Comments (0)

Friday 06/10/2011
Coupons, coupons and more coupons

Are you in need of more coupons? If so you can find a bunch of printable coupons here. This site offers coupons for things such as household supplies, books, entertainment, restaurants, pet care and office supplies.

Posted in Saving with pam on Friday, June 10, 2011 11:22 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 05/05/2011
Don't waste your butter

Don’t waste your butter. You can use every last drop but saving your butter wrappers. When you need to grease a cake pan or muffin tin, use the leftover remnants of butter that is in the wrapper. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/frugal-tips.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:44 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 03/03/2011
Make your own flavored coffee creamer

Do you just love flavored coffee creamers but feel they are just too expensive? Now, you can make your own at home. I found a bunch at http://thetightwadtimes.com/2008/02/29/tightwad-recipes-make-your-own-flavored-liquid-coffee-creamer/. The chocolate truffle mint looked interesting to me. All you need to do is mix 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, one and-a-half cups nonfat milk, three tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. There are also recipes for french vanilla, almond orange cappuccino, amaretto, almond cappuccino and chocolate almond.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, March 3, 2011 3:23 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 01/26/2011
Register a Starbucks gift card and be eligible for a free cup of coffee

If you enjoy a cup of java every morning, you may want to sign up with Starbucks rewards program. All you have to do is register a gift card and use it everytime you order a cup of joe. You will then be eligible to recieve free drinks, even on your birthday. For more information, visit http://www.thethriftymama.com/2011/01/starbucks-rewards-earn-free-drinks.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 4:31 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 01/10/2011
Save eggs by dehydrating them

Next time you are worried your eggs are going to go bad just preserve them by dehydrating them. Use a wisk or blender and scramble them. Scramble the eggs in a non-stick pan, but don’t add anything to them. Then, put the eggs into a dehydrator or bake them on a low setting in the oven with the door cracked open for about four to six hours. Make sure to watch them so they don’t burn. Once they are dried, they are hard and oily feeling. Next, run them through a grinder to get egg powder. Next time you need an extender in a recipe, you can use the powdered eggs. For more information, visit http://anitaestes.blogspot.com/2010/10/dehydrating-eggs.html#more.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, January 10, 2011 4:34 pm. Updated: 4:34 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 11/02/2010
To dry clothes faster, throw in a clean, dry towel

Using too much energy when you dry your clothes? When you put a load in the dryer, add a clean dry towel. It will take less time to dry because the towel helps absorb the moisture. For more information, visit http://www.frugal-living-tips.com/cut-drying-time.html.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:01 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 10/12/2010
Don't wash your jeans

Want to make  your jeans last longer? Don’t wash them. According to this article, it is recommended you wait six months before washing them. And, in this article, Carl Chiara, of Levi Straus Co., cleans his jeans by placing them in a bathtub with mild liquid soap. With dark jeans, he’ll add one-eighth of a cup of white vinegar to keep them from fading.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:39 pm. Updated: 2:50 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 08/05/2010
Now you can rent your textbooks online

Have a college student you can't afford books for? Try renting them. You can go to chegg.com or bookrenter.com, which can be helpful in accessing books for general education classes. For more tips, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2010/05/28/try-frugal-substitutes/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, August 5, 2010 2:33 pm. Updated: 2:36 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/20/2010
What can you do with unused gift cards?

So you received a gift card for a steak restaurant from your aunt Martha and you are a vegetarian. You have no use for the card but don't want it to go to waste. What do you do with it? There are sites you can visit where you can trade it in, sell or auction it off. You can get up to 60 to 70 percent of the face value of the card. Some of those sites are www.certificateswap.com or www.giftcardbuyback.com. For more information, visit http://hubpages.com/hub/Unwanted-Gift-Cards-and-Store-Credits.

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 3:16 pm. Updated: 4:05 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 06/21/2010
Save energy by spritzing wrinkled clothes

This tip is one I will definitely try since I am guilty of doing this. If you leave your clothes in the dryer too long and they get wrinkled, you don’t need to waste energy by re-drying them. Just put the garment on, such as a t-shirt, and spritz yourself with a water bottle. The heat from your body causes the wrinkles to fall right out in a couple of minutes. For more information, visit http://www.frugallivingnews.com/11096/wfmw-the-%E2%80%9Canti-ironing-weapon%E2%80%9D/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, June 21, 2010 12:00 am. Updated: 1:36 pm. Comments (0)

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