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Jun 30, 2011

How to Hydrate and Replenish Your Electrolytes Without Drinking Gatorade

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Popular sports drinks such as Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water, etc., aim to hydrate the human body while replacing electrolytes lost during the process of sweating from physical activities. Millions of people drink down millions of bottles of these sports drinks a year in hope of a healthy method of hydration. Unfortunately, the majority of these people have been misled by creatively misleading advertisements. Of course when we see a famous athlete we all want to be like them and drink the same Gatorade they drink, right? Unfortunately, so.


What do drinks like Gatorade aim to do?

We've seen their advertisements everywhere. Gatorade is a 'sports drink' designed to provide adequate hydration as well as replenishing the electrolytes lost from sweating.

What is an electrolyte exactly?

"It's in Brawndo, the thirst mutilator, right?"

To put simply, it is just a chemical that conducts an electrical current. How is this beneficial to us? The most commonly electrolytes used in sports drinks are Na+ (Sodium Ion) and K+ (Potassium ion), considering they are most generously lost during sweating. They are important because they help to maintain proper voltages throughout the cell membrane. This is important because our entire body relies on the proper ordinance of electrical charges whether it be a nerve impulse, muscle contractions, etc. Without proper electrolytes these voltages could be starved of their energy source causing problems within the body. It deals very heavily on the human body's biochemistry.

Gatorade and it's analogues never explicitly mention that their product is healthy in their advertisements. Perhaps it's our innate ideas that athletes are healthy, therefore the product they sponsor must be healthy too. However, I've seen athletes sponsored by fast food joints and soda companies. Very few things scream unhealthy louder than things like that.








Let's look at the nutrition facts of a Gatorade, shall we?


This is  for a 32 fl oz size bottle of Gatorade. We can see that in one serving there are 14 grams of sugar. Sugar is scientifically known to dehydrate the cells in our body which means it dehydrates our bodies. This seems rather counter-intuitive. Make a drink claiming to hydrate yet load 14 grams of sugar into one serving of the drink. The only reason the drink has calories is due to its sugar content too. Even worse, the sugar isn't just sugar. It's high fructose corn syrup. I guess the only way people would drink it is if it had a sweet syrupy taste to it. Note how there are 110mg of Sodium and 30mg of potassium and 14g of total carbohydrates. This will come in handy for later parts of this post.

By now it should be obvious that over priced Gatorade bottles aren't exactly the most frugal option in drinks and hydration.

What to do then? Drink water. Drinking water is most hydrating experience you can get. "But what about my precious electrolytes. You said I needed them!!" Yes, they are still essential especially if you are being active and sweating. Here's a few ideas:


  • There is 110mg of sodium in a serving of Gatorade. This isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things. Take a pinch of table salt and throw it into your water. The amount is so little that you probably won't notice it during your ice cold chug.


  • How to make up for potassium? Eat half of a banana. Half of a medium banana should provide you with 200mg of potassium. You want to make sure your sodium and potassium levels are very similar, which is why eating an entire banana without making up for the sodium isn't recommended.


  • But what about the carbs that are in Gatorade too? Eat a portion of a medium sized potato and forget the banana. A medium potato has nearly 400mg of potassium too along with plenty of complex carbohydrates that will fuel you when you need it.

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Jun 29, 2011

Stop Drinking Coffee and Energy Drinks for Your Caffeine Fix

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As a society it is evident that we can't have too much caffeine. Of course this isn't true because caffeine's LD50 in humans is around 150mg per kg of body weight. Luckily, the vast majority of us don't reach the point of caffeine overdose. However, we certainly pay a premium on how we ingest our daily caffeine. 

Why do we drink so much caffeine?
  • Many people absolutely need it to get out of the bed in the morning. 

  • Many people will drink coffee or energy drinks in order to remain alert while driving, while staying up studying for finals and exams, and other mentally demanding things. 

  • We love the taste of coffee and sodas and drink it anyway. 

Many people drink coffee in the morning in order to wake themselves up the rest of the day. Some have even admitted to not liking coffee that much, but enjoying the buzz of caffeine. Considering this, people jam the drive-thru and create long lines at coffee shops around the country, including Starbucks which lines every square inch of the world.

Next time you are at your coffee shop look at the price you are paying. 2, 3, 4, 5 dollars for every coffee product you get depending on how fancy. Now multiply that by every day you buy one of these drinks. You are wasting an awful lot of money just to have your caffeine fix in the morning. The Consumerist  reported that their prices have increased by 17% even still as of recent. Even more reason to cut back.

The same goes for those who are regular users of energy drinks. A Redbull generally costs around 2 dollars for one can. Have you ever seen the size of the can? And have you ever tasted that yellow sludge? I think that itself is enough to warrant discontinuing its purchase from your list.

Do you want to know what the best substitute is for these drinks?


Completely quitting caffeine. To some this may seem crazy, but think about the money you could save if you didn't drink all those caffeinated drinks every morning of your life. You can save hundreds a year. Thousands if you drink enough. Unfortunately, those who are accustomed to caffeine may have a caffeine dependance. At this point, completely quitting caffeine can result in caffeine withdrawal symptoms due to caffeine addiction. It's best that you slowly wean yourself off of caffeine if this is the case. You may not feel the best for the time being, while your body adjusts to not having caffeine in it anymore.  I had a close friend who lost weight, violently vomited, and shook for awhile, among other things, while quitting caffeine.

Caffeine Pill
If you have no desire in quitting caffeine and you realize the health risk that too much caffeine as well as continued caffeine use can cause such as emotional fatigue, dehydration, memory issues, adrenal fatigue, anxiety and panic attacks, etc., then supplementing with a caffeine pill may be more beneficial. One pill can cover the dosage of caffeine from your cup of coffee or energy drink and more. Most pills are 200mg and come in the form of caffeine anhydrous, which simply means it is dry and "without water".

One caffeine pill supplement would be equal to or even more than the amount of caffeine in the cup of coffee you drink. The same goes for energy drinks.

 If you still want something warm or hot to drink while on the job or on the go, substitute expensive coffees and energy drinks with very inexpensive homemade teas or hot chocolate. Supplies for both are very cheap to make a cup. You can drink that and simply take a caffeine tablet. 
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Jun 22, 2011

How To Find And Save Coins And Other Loose Change

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We could all use a little change, right? I mean, even current President Obama touted the name of change as a presidential platform before his election.

"Change we can believe in." I believe in change just as much as Barack Obama or the American people. However, I believe more in monetary currency change rather than a revolution of governmental change. The pennies, the nickels, the dimes, the quarters, the half-dollars, the Sacajawea dollar coins that were given to me in middle school. This is the change I believe in.

Collecting and saving up coins and loose change is a great way to have extra spending money after a while of saving. Many people take coin currency and loose change for granted, and no I don't mean Loose Change the 9/11 criticism films either. Okay, enough unwarranted political banter.

I've seen people throw change away (literally), or drop it without a care in the world, or other unwise actions taken towards change. It's a shame, because change and coins can really add up big after a while. You can save hundreds of dollars just by saving the spare change you accumulate and find.

I liken it to this sometimes: I am an expeditor on ChaCha.com and make 2 cents a question. Yes. 2 pennies a question. For most people, this garners much laughter to my face saying how I'm essentially working for LESS than peanuts. Sure, it's not a full time job, but when you consistently answer questions, those 2 cents add up to a dollar, to 10 dollars, to 100 dollars. I typically make around $200 of extra money a month using ChaCha. 2 cents a question isn't all that bad in a perspective such as this.


Here's how to maximize your potential change savings:

The benefits are much more visual when you use cash for purposes considering you get change back from purchases. You will already be saving all of your change leftover from purchases if you use debit cards or checks. 

Start off by finding a collection jar. You can use a pretzel jar, sauce jar, mason jar, sock, ANYTHING that you want your change to be held in.

  • When purchasing an item or good with tangible cash, keep your eyes on the change you get back. Put the change into your pocket and immediately put it in your cash jar when you arrive home to it. 




  • Check your clothing washer and dryer (if you use one) for loose change that may have been unaccounted for.  Additionally, before washing, make sure you clear out your pockets of any change that may have accumulated throughout the day.  Note: Drying clothes in dryers wastes money.

  • Check under the cushions of your couch, in the cracks, and under the couch as well for fallen loose change. Coins will often fall out of your pants pockets as you sit on the couch. If you cushions are pinned to the couch, check between the cracks for loose coins and spare change. 

  • If you own a purse, dig through its contents. I'm sure you will find some scattered change and coins floating around the space.

  • Check every inch of your car's interior for coins and loose change. I can't tell you how often I found coins under the seats or between the seats.

  • Check in cabinets and drawers for coins and change. Especially if you keep a drawer specifically for junk and other less important but still retained items around the house. Almost anything winds up in a junk drawer so it's not hard to believe that change will either. 

  • Check in storage boxes and other compartments in your basement or alternative storage area. I cleaned out a box and found $1.86 in spare change. It really adds up!  

  • Check soda machines and vending machines in public. Sometimes people don't take their change from the machines, and even more rare, sometimes when you press the change release button, you will get change. I did this once at a vending machine and it dispensed $1 in quarters to me.  

  • Check the floors for coins and change at any restaurant or coffee shop you may visit. Coffee shops are a good place for this since many people are often in a hurry and may be more quick to forget, drop, or lose their change.  I've picked up more than 3 dollars in a few days at a local Starbucks. Retail stores also have their fair share of dropped change as well as mall parking lots.

  • Scour the ground as you are out and about especially if you live in a larger town or city. You are bound to find some change on the ground, whether it's in plain sight or in the cracks of the pavement. 

  • Check for loose coins and change outside of kiosks and especially drive-thru windows at fast food restaurants. People have a tendency to drop their change when its handed back to them and often many won't care about picking it back up. 

  • If you live near a boardwalk or are vacationing in a town with one be alert of the thousands of tourists who are dropping their change. 

  • Visit arcades. Arcades run off of the input of quarters and many people will drop their quarters and other change without noticing. Get in their and scoop it up!

 Those before us had a very perceptive outlook on the future. It's almost as if they gave us all of the knowledge and information we would ever need as a society even today. "A penny saved is a penny earned" - mouthed by the brilliant Benjamin Franklin understood the importance of saving your change. Do you?

If you're looking to cash in these coins check out a related post on how to cash in coins.

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    Jun 18, 2011

    Supplemental Income for College Students

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    There comes a time in a college student's life where he or she may realize they are running worryingly low on funds for even basic survival. It's very difficult to undergo a heavy course load while working during the same time frame. Even if you do find a job, you probably won't be able to work many hours. You'll then have to find a way to muster up money to provide for yourself to buy food, gas, and toiletries for the week. This can get very difficult when you live in an apartment and have other bills to pay as well.

    What can you do to supplement income in college when a job doesn't pay much?
    • Take part in university studies or experiments. Depending on your university campus you can do can take part in research experiments with fMRI, memory games, etc in the psychology department which can pay around $15 per hour. Of course other departments such as economics, nutrition, and others hold experiments that you can get in to. I've heard an account of someone injected with a small pox vaccine and payed $300 to do so. You have to to know where to look for these experiments. Fortunately, it's not a major commitment or time consumer, so you can still have time for your studies and come back whenever you have the time. 





    • Donate blood plasma. "Blood plasma is the yellow liquid component of blood in which the blood cells in whole blood are normally suspended. It makes up about 55% of the total blood volume." There are generally plasma donation centers on or near many university campuses. You can stand to make nearly $200 a month if you stick with it.

    • Use websites like eBay and Etsy to your advantage. Do you have old stuff that you could sell? Sell it on eBay. Do you enjoy making crafty things? Sell it on Etsy in your spare time.

    • If you have a special talent that would draw a crowd and you live in a college town with enough people, you can try busking or performing on the streets. If you play an instrument, for example, you can set up and play for awhile and leave a jar or box out for donations. If you're good, you may be able to pick up a good amount of money.

    • If you have the skill of cutting hair you can advertise around campus for your skills. Haircuts are a hot item on college campuses.

    • Do you have technological skill? Advertise to help people with their computers and gadgets. Many people are looking for help.

    • Try signing up with ChaCha at becomeaguide.chacha.com. You can make yourself $150+ if done properly.

    • If you are male you can look into sperm donation. If you are a woman, and this takes much more dedication, you can look into egg donation.
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    Get More Life Out of Your Sponges

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    No, I don't mean your living aquatic sponge that you forgot to feed bacteria to in order to sustain its life. I'm talking about dish sponges. Sponges you use to clean dishes and kitchen surfaces with. If you are a regular reader of Stay Frugal, you would know that using a dishwasher saves money. If you can't afford a dishwasher, or have no space or intentions on purchasing one, do not fret. There are frugal ways to save while staying manual and old school with dish washing sponges, cleaning sponges, kitchen sponges, or whatever you may call them. I've heard it all. Aside from tips concerning the conservation of water and dish soap, there are a few things to put into practice to make your dish sponges last longer.
    • When you purchase dishwashing sponge you can double it's efficiency by cutting it in perfect halves. I know this sounds silly, but the area provided by the half sponge is perfectly capable of cleaning the dishes well. Now instead of one sponge, you have two sponges. You can even allot one half of the sponge to a certain area, such as a bathroom, and keep another sponge in the kitchen as a kitchen sponge.

    • Many homeowners will throw their sponges away after awhile because they can become very dirty and bacteria laden. There is a simple and easy trick to learn, and it's how to disinfect a sponge. Disinfecting sponges is fortunately an easy process. Place your damp sponge in the microwave. Microwaving sponges you say? Yes, actually! Set the microwave on high for about 5 minutes. You may want to wrap the sponge in paper towel as it will begin to form bubbles and become wetter than desired. Exercise caution when removing the sponge from the microwave. At first, it will be hot. Once you've learned how to clean your sponge,  it will be disinfected and rid of bacteria due to the high heat of the microwave and ready to clean again!




      Does this work?


      This surprisingly does work. Nearly all bacteria die around the tepid temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Although a microwave doesn't technically produce heat like an oven does, it does heat the material itself up. This is why there are no temperature settings on a microwave. At a high setting on the microwave, however, the sponge should heat up past the point of 165 degrees effectively disturbing and killing the bacteria found on the sponge.

      Why does my sponge have bacteria in the first place?

      Well, it's pretty obvious. Cleaning sponges aren't made to grace surfaces that are already clean, their purpose is TO clean. Whether you use your sponge in the kitchen to clean up potentially harmful liquids from eggs, chicken, to other meats, or in the bathroom where urine and other unsightly matters may be cleaned. Not to mention, people don't clean their sponges very often. Even if you aren't cleaning up after questionable liquids possibly containing Salmonella or other bacteria, you can pick up food particles and other things that can help contribute to an increasingly dirty and bacteria laden sponge.

      How often should I clean my sponge?

      There really is no defined time limit. Some people may feel most comfortable doing it everyday. Others will do it on a weekly basis. I don't believe that it should go any longer than a month without a proper visit from the microwave, however.
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    Jun 17, 2011

    Change Your Dishwashing Habits

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    Many homes these days are fitted comfortably with an area designed specifically for a dishwasher so why not use it right? Automatic dishwashers replace the need for any dirty work. Load up all of the dirty dishes from the last few days and nights and then tap a few buttons to have your dishes mechanically and automatically cleaned. No manual labor required is by the end user save for the far-from-cardio motions of placing the dishes neatly on the rack.

    The first automatic dishwashers were found to be in use as far back 1850, obviously with a much more crude and primitive design. Since then it has replaced much of the manual work done by the homeowner and allows for a more efficient use of time. Reduce labor and increase personal time. Isn't that what we all long for?

    Does washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher save more money? The answer lies in how the actions are done. There was a study conducted in Germany that showed that dishwashers were more efficient against the use of manual hand dish washing by the human dishwashers. The study found that the dishwasher handled electricity, water, and detergent usage better than a human. The study can be found here, although the text is in German.

    Why is a automatic dishwasher more efficient? Well certainly because we are humans and not machines. Dishwashers may seem like they are wasting energy but the energy expenditure of a human using water and detergent inefficiently is greater than that of the machine designed to replace the job.

    There are a few tips that one should follow to be sure that their automatic drying experience is truly the best course of action. These tips will also help you save money even if you already use a dishwasher as opposed to hand washing.
    • Tend to use lighter wash settings for the dishes. The higher settings are unnecessary.
    • Choose not to do a heated dry. The heated dry will simply waste electricity. 
    • Do a load only when it is absolutely necessary. Fill the dishwasher to capacity before doing a load but do not overload. Make sure there is enough space for the water jet to reach each piece.
    • Wash pots and pans manually. They take up too much space in the dishwasher. Do not leave the water running while doing this. Fill the pot or pan up with a slight amount of water and use this to clean with. 
    • Do not overdo the use of dish detergent. 
    • Using EnergyStar Dishwashers can help save energy.
    • Check parts of the dishwasher and make sure they are working properly. This means checking for clogs and making sure the jet is not obstructed.
    • Scrape off what you can from the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher, but do not use water or other means of cleaning. The dishwasher can take care of this.
     
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    Jun 7, 2011

    How the Yellow Brick Road Got Its Color

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    Extremes are a variable type of occurrence with anything in life. Even when the extreme might be trying to save money. I knew a guy in a freshman class of mine who knew I was really into being frugal and whatnot. He decided to tell about his trials of saving money, especially as a desperately short-on-cash college student. I figured I'd listen and gain some potentially interesting information about saving money and being frugal and the like. I mean who knows, maybe I'd be able to write an interesting blog post about what he mentioned? Unfortunately, only one of those conditions were met and here I am.

    This man liked to save on the water bill in a rather interesting manner. Instead of peeing into a toilet like a normal person, he would pee into a cup large enough to accommodate his own bladder contents. From there he would either pour the cup down the drain in the sink, in the shower, or simply just outside. I put on my best poker face at this point and tried not to laugh. He continued and explained that he was saving a great deal in money from not flushing the toilet all the time when he urinating. I can't imagine what he does for other pertinent toilet occasions.






    Was he saving money at all?

    The average household toilet uses around 3 gallons per flush according to USGS.

    On average it is normal to urinate around 6-8 times a day. This of course changes depending on your fluid intake, but let's stick with the average.

    The average price of water in the United States is about $1.50 for 1000 gallons. Which means it is $0.0015 per gallon of water. Cheap, I know.

    Let's say he urinates 6 times a day at 3 gallons per flush. That's 18 gallons per day.

    There are 365 days in a year. This means that he is using 6570 gallons of water on just peeing per year.

    At $0.0015 per gallon, he is saving $9.86 per year by not flushing while relieving the bladder. Imagine if his family all did the same thing!

    It doesn't seem like much. But you decide that.
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    Other Uses for Old Socks and T-Shirts

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    If many of us were to raid our closets I'm sure we'd find a lot of shirts, especially boring plain white t-shirts with various amounts of different stains in the underarms. Even if your t-shirts are in good condition with no awkward stains, perhaps they are just old and unworthy of being worn on your body, or whatever reason you have for not wearing plain white t-shirts. Anyway, these, along with old socks can prove to have many other uses around the house than just throwing away, getting lost in the laundry, laying in multiple rooms of the house, etc.


    SHIRTS

    I'm sure you're thinking "My, what large text for a seemingly mundane and common household item" and I'd agree with you. However, it is now that shirts become more than ordinary and more than simply just something to add to closet clutter. That's why this is important. For you. For the world. For the universe. Let's go.

    • If you're like any normal homeowner, you have dust that settles on your television, and your counter, and your video games, and your tables, etc. Use an old t-shirt for dusting purposes rather than spending money on a cloth specifically designed to dust. I can attest, it works perfectly fine.
       
    • In addition to just dusting you can use the t-shirt as an applicator rag for a homemade or store-bought (less recommended) cleaning solution. You can also use it to apply polish sprays that will shine your wood tables such as Pledge. Just make sure you store the t-shirt under the sink or where your cleaning supplies are. You would hate for it to make it's way back in to your closet somehow. 

    • If you are willing to give up your ownership to old t-shirts you can format the shirts to fit over the body
      of your dog or cat to keep them warm in the winter. As long as you don't wear matching sweaters there shouldn't be a problem here.

    • Similarly, you can use an old shirt as a toy for your puppy or dog. They love playing tug-o-war with old shirts! 

    • In a true frugal manner, you can use old shirts to make into a reusable shopping bag. It doesn't waste paper or plastic bags and you can... re use it! 

    • I'm sure you've cooked at home before. Use an old t-shirt to pick up hot pots and pans when cooking. Make to make layers of the pot holder. It will serve only to burn you if you don't.

    • Conversion is a fun aspect of owning things. Take one thing and turn it into something else. Why not cut the old shirt up and make a perfectly good headband? Save $10 and make your own! You won't have to feel guilty if you sweat too much into it!

    •  Use the fabric to make a pillow out of!

    • Fashion them into seat covers!

    • Wash your floors and windows with it. You'll get much less streaks than paper towels. It's reusable at that point too!

    • If you can get creative you can make quilts, rugs, and other clothing items out of old shirt fabric!

    • Use a shirt to erase a dry-erase board if you have nothing better.

    • If you're still feeling creative, you can turn an old t-shirt into a scarf for the cold months (if you have cold months). 

    • If you don't have sponges, you can use an old t-shirt to wash your car with.




    SOCKS

    • All of us get injured at one point in our lifetime. Whether we tried to scooter on a patch of ice or jump off a deck into a tree, we all get bumps and bruises. Fortunately, you can take an old sock and fill it with ice and use it as an ice pack. Just fill the sock up with ice and apply it to your battle wound. 

    • Similarly we may need just the opposite of a cold ice pack. Fortunately, our fellow laundry escapists, socks, can cover that too. Fill the sock with rice and make sure the end is closed. Put the sock in the microwave for a few minutes depending on your microwave and how warm you want it. Take the sock out and apply to the desired area! The rice will retain the heat for a good amount of time. 

    • Use an old sock as a carrier for change. A great frugal tip is to save as much change as you possibly can. A cheap and easy way to store it is in a sock. 

    • If you have more exciting socks you don't necessarily want to wear anymore you can cut the socks up and use them as a sort of glove for your drink glasses. It will also prevent condensation from dripping down the glass onto the table. Oppositely, you can use it to dampen the heat of a hot drink of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate too. 

    • Socks too can be used as chew toys for your pets. Dogs will love to play tug-o-war and cats will love to chase and bat at the socks. 

    • Much like an old t-shirt, you can use an old sock for dusting and cleaning. Just put your hand in the sock as you would a foot and dust. However, if you're feeling lucky or silly that day, why not dust with your feet? I'm sure someone would get a kick out of it. 

    • Use socks on your hands as garden mittens, cutting grass, working with tools, etc. It's a good way to reduce the chance of blisters. 

    • Cut socks into patterns and use them as drink coasters. 

    • Socks are great as a storage device. Store screws, nails, pens, pencils, erasers, paperclips, markers,  any other thing inside of a sock. You could even try storing valuable things in your socks, because really...who is going to look inside of a sock? Just don't end up forgetting it's there!

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        Jun 4, 2011

        A List of Cheap and Free Things to Do in Each US State: A-G

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        Finding free or very cheap activities and entertainment is always a staple in leading a frugal life. I've decided to put together a list of free activities and things to do in each state in the United States. This list is NOT exhaustive.






        Free Activities in Alabama

        • Moundville Archaeological Park and Museum in Moundville
        • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
        • Sci-Quest in Huntsville
        • Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Montgomery
        • Donald E. Davis Arboretum in Auburn
        • Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham
        • Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne
        • Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham
        • Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum in Montgomery
        • Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham
        • Cook's Natural Science Museum in Decatur
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        Jun 3, 2011

        Other/Alternative Uses For Vinegar

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        Having different uses for things increases its worth and makes it even more worth buying. This is a great tip for people trying to be frugal. Look for items that have many other uses besides its main use or most mainstream use. A great item for this is the common household pantry item, Vinegar. Vinegar is most commonly used in culinary practices and food preparation. The main ingredient of vinegar is acetic acid, which has a pH of around 2.4 and is derived from fermenting ethanol. This is the wonder compound that gives vinegar its many uses, as well as its pungent and sour odor and taste. There are over 20 different varieties of vinegar to choose from, including apple cider vinegar, white distilled vinegar, malt vinegar, red wine vinegar, etc., some more useful than the others.
         

        Besides food and culinary purposes vinegar can be used in many other ways including health benefits:

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        Other/Alternative Uses For Soap

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        Knowing other uses for things around the house can benefit anyone greatly. It guarantees that you are getting the most out of your product that you are buying. The more uses, the better the buy the product was. Soap can be used for much more than just simple shower hygiene.
        • Use soap to un-stuck a zipper that wont budge. 
        • Use soap to thread a needle through tougher fabric. Just rub the needle through soap allowing it to lubricate so sewing becomes easier. 
        • Use it to freshen up a closed space. Put a scented bar of soap in a drawer or luggage for a consistent fresh smell. 
        • Soap can be used to detect potentially dangerous gas leaks. Rub soap along with water along the thoroughfare for gas, probably a pipe, and look for bubbles. 
        • Lubricate screws and nails with soap before use with precious wood. It will prevent the wood from splitting and make it easier to hammer or screw. 
        • Use the bar of soap in certain areas to keep bugs and pests away. The best places for this is gardens, garbage cans, etc. 
        • Use soap to remove stains. Sometimes simply soap can work better than some stain removers on the market. 
        • Remove wallpapers and stickers more easily by using soap to dissolve the glue. 
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        Jun 2, 2011

        Other uses for The Yellowbook/Yellow Pages/Other Phone Book

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        We all know it. The Yellow Book. We get it thrown at our doorsteps every so often and have absolutely no use for it these days with the advent of better technology. Often I see it just laying in other people's yards. Since they don't mail them, and simply placing them in the mailbox is illegal because mailboxes are the property of the US government the moment the box becomes in the use by the USPS, they just lie helplessly on the ground. Rather than just throwing them away there are other things you can do with a Yellow Book. Be creative.

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        Homemade Mosquito Repellent

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        It's the time of year again for us with the climates and areas that permits it. Mosquitoes are our to conquer our bodies and steal out blood. Not only are mosquito bites annoying in that they make us itch endlessly throughout the day and night, but they may carry infectious diseases such as Malaria and West Nile Virus, to name a few.

        Many sprays on the market that are used to repel mosquitoes contain a harmful chemical called N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide or more commonly known as DEET.

         Video of a mosquito bite up close.


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