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August 2013 - Posts

  • How to save on gasoline


    Do y'all remember the 'gas pill' that was sold all over the place a few years back?  It hit the peak of popularity when gas prices had soared to some of their highest in years!  The premis was that you put this pill in your gas tank and it made the gas last longer (I'm simplifying it).  The truth was found out shortly after the mega-hit sensation was found to completely ruin your gas line and thus car.  

    The 'gas pill' had a sad ending, but a true attempt at the root: We want/need to curb our gas use/expense in the USA.

    Not as quick of a fix as the 'gas pill' promise is a tried and true list of 'forming new habits as it relates to gasoline.  Sometimes we simply do 'this' or 'that' out of habit and time constraints that with just a little tweaking and thinking on these habitual actions we can save a bundle.  Making that tank of gas go further, last longer and more efficiently is the goal.  Looking at how we use, over use and spend our expensive gas, in ways we may not even realize it can help us all save money and stretch this consumable resorce. 

    This topic was the focus for yet another short (30 minute) episode of Surviving on Shoestrings.  I hope you can take a moment to listen and pick up some new ideas and form new habits to help you make the gas in your tank take you farther, last longer and cost you less. 

    Surviving on Shoestrings: Gasoline savings tips

    Also you can keep updated about shows as they air by coming to "LIKE" my Surviving on Shoestrings Facebook Page

  • Curbing Clothing Costs

    clothing costThere is a little bit more to curbing the cost of clothing than just 'buy it used'.  While that has an impact of on cost and is a foundational element the topic goes much farther than that. 

    You can listen to this recent episode of Surviving on Shoestrings to hear my heart and take on the matter and find out:

    • Where to buy it used for the best quality.
    • Difference between Consignment Shops, Thrift Stores and Garage/Yard Sales and Hand-me-downs.
    • Knowing what you need when you find the deal.
    • Methods on how to shop at each place.
    • Knowing sizes without other family members being with you.
    • Used shoe buying measurements.
    • How to check out the clothing.
    • How to care for the cloting once you own it.
    • What really is that LINT in the dryer?
    • Learn basic sewing skills.
    • Marking clothing to hand down.

    I go into greater detail on the audio linked above. Hopefully you can hear how we've done it and glean some additional tips for curbing your clothing cost for you and your family.

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