Thursday, 18 June 2009

MAKE SOME EXTRA INCOME FOR FREE!

If you need some extra income - and let's admit it, who doesn't, then the Spareground website could be for you. This site matches up those people who have a garage, driveway, industrial unit, business premises, studio, bedroom, garden, parking space - whatever, with those desperate people who are looking for just those things! There was even someone in Cambridge who was offering camping space in their garden at £10 per person per night! If you live near a large employer- say a hospital or university, or even better, a railway station, you can rent out your driveway to commuters - a parking space in Whitstable, for example, is priced at £90 per month! There are offers of attic storage (I could use some of that - you should see the junk in mine!) and factory space - just about every conceivable kind of "space" is listed. People are also listing large gardens to rent out to others with more time and energy to grow vegetables, so if you have a huge plot that you can't (or don't want to) manage this could be the answer.
Even better, and more unusually, it's absolutely free to list on the site. There are 13 pages of offers at the moment (you can also put in a "wanted" ad if you need something) and although I found nothing for rent in my south-east corner of the country, I'm sure it will soon grow once people get to know about it.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADS! FREE FATHER'S DAY PRESENT??

Get some free music! It may not all be to your taste, (but perhaps your dad may like it for Father's Day!) but have a look and see-
Amazon
Clash Music
More Father's day ideas HERE.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

FREE KNITTING PATTERN FOR MR BEAN'S BEAR!

This knitting pattern is just like Mr Bean's funny old bear - and would perhaps even make a quirky Father's Day present if your dad likes Mr Bean (and if you can knit fast enough!).
Get your free pattern HERE.

FREE PRESENTS FOR FATHER'S DAY

The Cannon website have several ideas for printable Father's day cards, gift boxes and printable photo gifts. Don't be discouraged by the category pics, I know they look a bit tame - but click on each one, scroll down through them to view and they really do have some nifty ideas! Just costs a bit of paper, card and printer ink!
More Father's day ideas HERE.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

MAKE YOUR OWN FLOOR CLEANER!

Don't buy all those little (very expensive) bottles of squirty floor cleaning, nasty, chemical stuff from the supermarket! Make your own cheaper, nicer, floor cleaning stuff!
All you need is your mop and bucket and, in said bucket, mix 3 ingredients with warm water. I'm not going to take credit for this as I found the recipe HERE at a fellow frugal blogger's blog! (so she deserves all the credit). Go on over and take a look!
Happy Frugal Hunting!

Monday, 8 June 2009

MAKE SOME MONEY ON LINE!

I've been doing on line surveys for a while now and I don't know whether you've tried this, but some of them are really hard to earn any money from; they either don't send you any survey notifications or when they do, you start the survey, spend some time on it and then they tell you you are not the right demographic, or that the survey's finished or full. How annoying is that!
No-one is saying that survey filling is well paid, but if you are time rich and cash poor, then it is at least a way to earn a little something! I've been doing
YouGov surveys for a while now and, although you have to have earned £50 (5000 points) before they pay out, they do play fair and pay you by cheque when you've done surveys for them. This year I have been offered at least 2 surveys per month (sometimes more) and each pays at least 50-75 points. Do remember though, that they offer a monthly prize draw as well and this will cost 50 of your points if you choose to do it.
YouGov are a reputable source of public opinion and are often quoted in the media, and it's a way to get your opinion out there! So if you can spare a few minutes either at home or in your lunch break at work, sign up now with
YouGov.
You never know, that £50 cheque may well come in handy just when you need it!

Friday, 5 June 2009

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SIMPLE AND TASTY SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE

This delicious piquant sauce tastes great and is easy to make. Most importantly, it is nothing like the gloopy sticky orange stuff you get in a polystyrene cup from the takeaway! It is made from store cupboard ingredients and can be used to pour over pasta or you can add cooked leftover chicken, canned pineapple and a can of chinese vegetables and serve with rice for a filling and frugal meal for 4.
Ingredients:
2 tbsps oil
1 onion chopped finely
Small (230g) can of tomatoes (chopped before adding)
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsps marmalade
2 tbsps ordinary brown vinegar
Method:
Gently fry the onion in the oil until soft and pale golden coloured. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, soy sauce, marmalade and tomato puree. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, add a couple of twists of black pepper - and it's done!
More frugal recipes from Happy Frugal Year