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Millennium Ark: 100 Items That Disappear First in a Disaster January 24, 2010

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Millennium Ark: 100 Items That Disappear First in a Disaster.


Burlap Curtains — Life to the T January 22, 2010

Filed under: Drapes or Curtains,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 11:43 am

Beautiful Burlap Curtain

Burlap from T


Favorite Frugal Friday Posts April 10, 2009

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Jen posted on making your own stock here


Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs April 5, 2009

Filed under: Catholic,DS, The Younger,Family,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 2:29 am
Spiritual Sundays is hosted here.  With Easter approaching I thought I would share this idea for those who wish to share the good word with their children or grandchildren.
If I can’t find something like these locally at a good price, I will make my own using a saved an egg carton and  a dozen plastic eggs saved from previous years. 
We Are That Family  made a list of 12 items that are in the Resurrection Story and this is what they used:
1. A picture of a donkey (Jesus triumphal entry)
2. Palm leaf from our front yard
3. A cup (from the Last Supper) We used a small lid to a water bottle
4. A flower (representing the Garden where Jesus prayed)
5. Some coins (Judas’ betrayal)
6. A piece of leather (symbolizing the whip) 
7. A thorn (crown of thorns)
8. A paper cross
9. A dice (represent the soldiers who gambled for his clothes)
10. A nail (crucifixion)
11. A rock (to cover the tomb)
12. An empty egg (to remember the empty tomb!)
H/T to We Are That Family
We will hide these eggs for our son along with his other eggs and then gather together to open the special eggs and read the story. 
From  I found a similar idea with scripture reference to be written on a small piece of paper that would work well also
Egg #1:

Message — Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage — Matthew 21:1-11
Item — Piece of palm branch. Another option for those of you with extra leggo parts or plastic novelty beads would be to place a small plastic leaf in the egg

Egg #2:

Message — Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet.
Passage — John 12:2-8
Item — Small perfume sample or cloth with perfume or a piece of cotton with cologne on it

Egg #3:

Message — Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage — Matthew 26:17-19
Item – a piece of Chex cereal; or take clay and make a small bread-like shape

Egg #4:

Message — Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage — Matthew 27:3
Item — 3 dimes or plastic “silver” money

Egg #5:

Message — Jesus carried His own cross.
Passage — John 19:17
Item – toothpicks or Popsicle stick cut and glued in a cross form; or, a small plastic cross from a Christmas ornament or necklace.

Egg #6:

Message — Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
Passage — John 19:2
Item — Small thorny branch, or a large thorn all by itself.

Egg #7:

Message — Soldiers parted Jesus’ garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage — John 19:23
Item — Swatch of burlap and a nail. I’ve also seen miniature dice used for this one.

Egg #8:

Message — Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage — John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29
Item — A nail

Egg #9:

Message — They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage — Matthew 27:34
Item — A small sponge

Egg #10:

Message — Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage — John 19:40
Item — 7 or 8 whole cloves, or other whole spices

Egg #11:

Message — The stone covering Jesus’ tomb was rolled away.
Passage — John 20:1
Item — A small rock

Egg #12:

Message — The napkin around Jesus’ head was lying separately from His linen clothers. He was not there. He has risen!
Passage — John 20:6-7
Item — A scrap of linen-type fabric


Homemade Laundry & Dishwasher Soap April 3, 2009

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I am considering trying the homemade laundry soap and dishwasher soap.  I found the above link at Frugal Fridays.  When I do it, I’ll post back on how it went.


Raising Olives told me about her post on the same subject – she uses regular soap!


Frugal Friday, the Easter Basket April 1, 2009

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Life as Mom hosts Frugal Fridays, you should check her out.  Lots of great ideas to stretch the ole budget. 

We have four boys, around age 8 they all came to realize that cash is always good.  In fact that phrase makes it onto every gift request list they made over the years! 

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 Instead of spending a lot of money on candy they don’t need and isn’t good for them or on trinkets they don’t need and are a waste of money, we fill our old plastic eggs that we got from a community Easter egg hunt years ago with coins.  For the amount of money we would spend on enough candy to make a nice hunt for the kids, we get a lot of nickels and load those free eggs up.  We are happy and the kids are happy. This has been an ongoing tradition for years.  In fact we are down to the last child at home and you can bet that he is counting on some Easter coins to put in his savings for a DSI from Nintendo.


A Great Post on the Benefits of Being Frugal March 30, 2009

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can be found here:

Go check it out and let me know what you think!