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Pam Bauserman
  • Pam Bauserman
  • E-mail: pamelab@lodinews.com
  • 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.
Friday 06/19/2015
Out of cleaning supplies? Make this all purpose cleaner

Next time you run out of cleaning supplies, put together this homemade all-purpose cleaner. Combine one gallon of water, 2 teaspoons of Dawn dish soap, 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda. Put it in a spray bottle to clean showers, toilets, sinks and counters. To make it a disinfectant, add 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.livingonadime.com/purpose-cleaner/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Friday, June 19, 2015 3:16 pm.

Wednesday 06/10/2015
Cool off those burns with a homemade sunburn remedy

The blistering hot days of summer are among us, which means many will suffer sunburns. If you need something to soothe the pain, make this homemade sunburn soother. Pour one liter of boiled water into a mixing bowl. Add four to five bags of black tea and 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves. Let it steep for 30 minutes while stirring a couple of times. Strain the tea into a spray bottle and store in the fridge. You can the spray onto a sunburn for instant relief. For more information, visit http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/backyard-bbq-tips-and-hacks-1.2373460.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 4:23 pm.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Make ice cream from frozen bananas

It’s warming up enough for ice cream but what do you do if there isn’t any in house? You can make your own out of frozen bananas. Just pop some sliced, overripe bananas into the freezer. When your ready for ice cream, pull out the banana slices and put them in the blender with some vanilla flavor and a little milk. Blend until you get a soft serve ice cream consistency. You can then eat as is or spread onto a cookie or graham cracker and then top with another slice. Wrap them in freezer paper and freeze until hardened. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/frugal-tips.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 4:25 pm.

Monday 03/30/2015
Create your own Easter candy

Want to make your own Easter candy? Check out these homemade chocolate chip cookie dough Easter eggs. Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat 2/3 cup flour in the microwave for two minutes.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, March 30, 2015 9:18 am.

Monday 03/16/2015
Clean your clogged shower head with vinegar

Have a clogged shower head? Here is an inexpensive way to clean it. Take a plastic bag and fill with enough vinegar to immerse the shower head. Then, pull the bag over the shower head and secure with a rubber band. Let it soak for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the bag, rinse the shower head with clean water and then use an old toothbrush to brush away any other build-up or clogs and rinse. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/frugal-tips.

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, March 16, 2015 4:46 pm.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Use smart phone apps to help you save

There are smart phone apps for pretty much everything you can think of. You can even find some to help you save money. Here are some you may want to check out:

Posted in Saving with pam on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 11:15 am.

Wednesday 02/11/2015
Turn an empty salt shaker into an air freshener

If you’re like me and have empty salt shakers sitting around the house collecting dust, you can put them to use. Use them as an air freshener. Add a cotton ball soaked in vanilla or essential oil or potpourri. The holes in the lid release the scents and help draw in any odors. You can add tiny plants, soil, small pebbles and moss to create a mini-terrarium. Create a pincushion by filling the shaker with fabric scraps or buttons. Add a fiberfill or a piece of wool at the top and put the lid back on. Pins can go into the holes. For more uses of salt shakers, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2012/11/05/uses-for-saltshakers/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:28 pm.

Friday 01/23/2015
Whip up a pitcher of your own Gatorade

If you like the taste of Gatorade but don’t like the high price you pay, just whip up a pitcher of your own. Take one envelope of unsweetened powdered drink mix and combine with 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup orange juice and 2 quarts of water in a pitcher. For more information, visit http://www.frugalvillage.com/2014/12/31/use-a-thermos-for-more-than-coffee-2/.

Posted in Saving with pam on Friday, January 23, 2015 4:43 pm.

Thursday 12/11/2014
How to get spilled wax out of the carpet

You may enjoy burning candles this time of year but what happens when candle wax spills on the carpet? This simple home remedy might be the answer. Just get out your iron and set it at a low setting. Grab some paper towels or a plain white cloth. Put it over the spilled wax and then iron it. Keep the iron moving and the wax will start to absorb into the paper towel. For more information, visit http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/frugal-tips.

Posted in Saving with pam on Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:16 pm.

Monday 11/03/2014
Ways to get rid of that extra Halloween candy

Feeling overloaded with Halloween candy? Here are some ideas to get rid of some:

Posted in Saving with pam on Monday, November 3, 2014 4:49 pm.