Do you know what a "Freegan" is?

Religous group, Environmentalists, or crazy?

More often than not, I tend to brag about how frugal or cheap I am. I do my best to reduce my ecological footprint by making my own green cleaning supplies, reusing and recycling containers, and making scratch foods when I can. Just the other day, I was introduced to the ultimate "cheapskates" ...or environmentalists...or crazy people, I really am not sure how to define them accurately. I recently learned of a growing subculture called the "Freegans".

Click HERE To learn how to live like a Freegan!

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DIY GAK RECIPE - 5 minutes to GOOEY FUN!

As a cheap mom (yes, I have reduced myself from frugal to cheap) I would like to think that I am teaching my children that ANYTHING we can buy in a store, we can make ourselves! So far....It is working! Now, when they see some new crazy pizza commercial, they don't ask if they can order it...they ask if we can make it - PROGRESS! So when they began begging for GAK...I decided that it was worth the trip to the worldwide web to see if we could DIY - AND WE CAN!

This was super fun to make and is still providing tons of fun a week later.

For those of you who don't know what GAK is a putty type substance that is a bit slimy and super stretchy.  It makes interesting noises and can be molded like putty but doesn't make a mess! It isn't all that expensive to buy at the stores - only about $6 - but in the spirit of teaching kids to was a priceless experiment!

TOTAL COST FOR 2 kids to make GAK $3!!!!

Note: Do not give to children under 3 as they may try to eat it. I do not recommend borax as a snack :)

To make your own GAK, you will need the following

- 8oz of White School Glue
- 1 1/2 tsp. Borax- In the laundry aisle - I use it in my homemade detergent
- Warm Water
-2 mixing bowls
-Food Coloring

  1. In bowl number one, empty out your glue bottle(s). Fill the glue bottle(s) with warm water - Shake and combine with glue.
  2. In second bowl, stir 1/4 cup or warm water with borax and food coloring.
  3. Slowly mix the two together. You will notice it beginning to become stringy and then a solid.
  4. You may have to start using your hands to squish and stir the goo!
  5. After a few have your own DIY GAK!
Store your GAK in an airtight container and it an be used AGAIN AND AGAIN!

If your kids LOVE it....You can also give it as a gift!


Looking for more fun crafts to do with the kids?
Here are a few

Toilet Paper Roll Pigs from my Friend over at Leah Inspired!

Also, click here to check out my girl Jelli Over at Jellibean Journals! She blogs all about cloth diapering, family projects, recipes, and life in Costa Rica!

DIY Homemade Playdough

We were sitting around having a lazy weekend when my kids started asking for something fun to do. My kids are already in front of a computer screen for school, play computers quite a bit, and watch some I wasn't wanting to put them back in front of a screen if I didn't need to. I had to think back to what I did as a kid - when screens weren't around (according to my kids)....and finally inspiration struck...PLAYDOUGH!

Did I mention that it was a LAZY weekend? I wanted them to have something fun to do but I wasn't in the mood to drive to the store. So....I found some fun and super easy ways to make our own playdough! I was so surprised at how easy it was to make (only about 8 minutes start to finish)! It was a fantastic way to teach the kiddies that almost anything we can buy....we a can make!

All you need are a few simple ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour - my playdough wasn't as bright since I used wheat flour - hey...its what I had here!
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • Food coloring

It doesn't get much easier than this!
  1. Add warm water, salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar and food coloring
  2. Slowly stir in the flour until it forms a ball (you can still add more coloring!
  3. Turn the ball out of the bowl and knead for a few minutes
  4. DONE! Now its play time
 You can wrap your dough up tightly with some plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

This kept the kids playing for hours! It was so nice to hear them laughing and giggling together NOT at a computer screen!
If you would like to make an organic can simply swap out the food coloring for some natural colors!
  • For red, use 1.5 cups of water and .5 cups of beet juice in the recipe!
  • For brown, use cocoa powder
  • Green, try celery juice
Enjoy your fun family project! Tomorrow, we are making homemade Gak! Wish me luck on that one--I hear it makes noises!

Looking for more fun projects?

Check out how to make HOMEMADE GIFT BOXES out of cereal boxes and crayons!

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Homamade All Natural Laundry Soap

 Powder and Liquid Recipes

For the majority of my adult life, I have been a management professional and have been in charge of the profit, loss,and operations of multi-million dollar companies. When baby number 5 came along, I realized that it was time to step back. I became a work from home mother and began devoting my time to my family's profit and loss! I quickly realized that we had been spending too much money buying things for convenience! I never would have accepted that from myself while operating other people's businesses so why start now?

I began looking into ways to save money and to get healthy. I began making all of my own noodles, breads, and pastries from scratch. took an extra minute from my work day BUT it was priceless quality time spent with my children and much healthier for us all. That part was easy. So...I had eliminated costs (and gotten a little greener) there but what was next.......after my first trip to the grocery for cleaning supplies, I saw the next challenge. I had already began looking into ways to eliminate chemicals from every-day items and trying to use all-natural cleaning supplies but YIKES was that expensive! The all-natural products on the shelf were almost double what I used to by. So...inspiration struck (and my cheapness...I mean frugality) and I was going to make my own cleaning products!

I didn't jump into green cleaning supplies all at once. I started with one product then worked my way through the cleaning cabinet. Once you buy just a few ingredients, they are able to be used in most of your green cleaning products so it is so easy to keep adding to the list of what you homemake. They are so much better on the pocket (usually 1/4 the cost or less than what you buy at the store) and better for you!

I finally made my way to laundry detergent. To me this was a leap of faith. I have used the same thing for years!! This is the most labor intensive of all of the homemade cleaning supplies which is why it was last. It works fantastically! Don't be scared that it doesn't suds up. The suds aren't what does the cleaning in traditional soaps...most of us think it is though! It is also safe for HE machines!

Homemade Laundry Detergent:
The larger batch cost (depending on store purchased and deals):

  • 1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Powder – $3.15
  • 4lb box of Baking Soda – $2.12
  • 1 box Borax – $3.39
  • 3 bars Fels-Naptha – $2.91
Total for large batch $11.57. It lasts for about 180 loads, that will be $0.06 per load!

If your family isn't as big as mine, you can make a smaller batch (about 30 loads)
  • 6-8 oz. Fels Naptha or other soap
  • 1 Cup baking soda
  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
grate the soap and place in blender or food processor. Once it is to a smaller texture...mix it with the other ingredients in a large bucket. Make sure you mix it well and some will suggest that you wear gloves. You will use 2 tablespoons per load.
If you prefer liquid detergent-

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

1/2 bar of Fels-Naptha (if you use Ivory soap usea whole bar)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
2 gallons of water, divided
Also need:
a grater
a large saucepan (8 cups or larger)
large bucket or container with lid
liquid storage containers for finished product
If you like fragrance---you can add some essential oil! Use whatever you like, lavender, orange, etc

1. Grate 1/2 a bar of Fels-Naptha into a saucepan.
2. Cover shavings with 4 cups of water and heat on low and continue stirring often until the soap is melted. Usually about 10 minutes
3. Remove from heat. Add the borax and washing soda (and essential oils if you choose)and stir in another 4 cups of water. Mixture may look like pudding!
4. Pour mixture into a bucket or other container with a lid., add another 24 cups (or 1 gallon + 8 cups) and stir well.This may be a bit tricky but some people use a whisk or immersion blender.
5. Let mixture set overnight.
6. The next day, the congealed soap will have settled to the top. Stir it back in and pour into storage containers.You can use old laundry bottles or any container with a lid. I like to use a square container.
Use 1 cup per load!

If you want to make the switch to all natural but aren't ready to DIY...No problem! My all Natural Laundry Soap is available at my Etsy shop! Click Here to see it and other great all natural and organic creations!

Or...if you are ready to DIY...
Grab your ingredients at Walgreens online and get FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $25!
Fels-Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Bar Soap
20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster & Multi-Purpose Household Cleaner (this is a 4 lb box so you get almost 800 loads out of it!
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Arm & Hammer Super Wash Soda, Detergent Booster( a 4 pound box)

Save vs. Splurge...

 I am honored to have the fantastic Katie from Moore from Katie here to talk about what items she advises saving on and which she says to splurge on when buying for baby!

Check her out at her Blog Moore from Katie then follow her on twitter HERE!  

She has a fun website that talks about baby, healthy living, fitness, and all things MOMMY!

Which Baby Items Are Worth the Extra Money?

When I was a new mom I faced so many decisions about what to buy for my baby. Would I really need that $200 baby swing? Was it safe to buy something used? Could a trust a used crib would stay together and keep my child safe? Along the way I learned which things were definitely worth the splurge and which were not.

Splurge: Jogging Stroller
One of the first items I bought that I decided was worth the “splurge” was a jogging stroller. They are incredibly easy to maneuver, especially compared to traditional strollers. I also found that my jogging stroller was easier to store and had a wheel lock, which made it easier to control. Plus, there are hand breaks for navigating ramps and hills. This is definitely a baby item worth spending the extra money.

Save: Diaper Research
On the flip side, my experience with my daughter showed me some areas I could save money (so I could afford my splurge). Believe it or not, cloth diapers really do save you money. There was a larger up front investment, but I recouped my costs within five months. You can shop around for used cloth diapers as well. Not only was my child more comfortable in cloth, but we also avoided the chemicals in disposable diapers. No more weird smells and fewer diaper rashes are both a win in my book!

Splurge: Cord Blood Banking
While I may have saved money with my diapering solution, I knew that one splurge I could not pass up was cord blood banking. My instincts told me to do anything possible to help protect my baby’s future health and this one was an easy choice. After learning about my baby's cord blood, I discovered I could preserve the valuable cells found within and that someday these cells could potentially be used in a medical treatment for my baby, or possibly a sibling. . As with any medical decision, you should discuss your available options with your doctor and then decide what is best for your baby and your family..

Splurge: Baby Laundry Detergent
One of the little areas to save is to not buy into everything geared for your little one. Let me tell you now that you do not need to spend extra for fancy baby laundry detergent. Sure, babies have more sensitive skin, but you can find a gentler soap that is much cheaper than the bottle with the baby on it. Choosing a dye and fragrance free detergent is just as good in my opinion. I have even had some friends who make their own detergent. They use every day household ingredients and save money at the same time.

Since my daughter is almost two, I often think about what I would change with a second baby. I learned so much from my first pregnancy and I’m able to cut costs efficiently- while keeping the family happy! Look closely at where your money is spent and I figure out you own ways to save- it becomes fun and easy!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

Earn CASH for your used DVDs, CDs, and Games!

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If you have been reading Frugal Fit Family, you know that I am a stinker for making money off the things that I am no longer using. If I can't use it, I either re-purpose it or sell it on Ebay. I recently found of a new way though to make cash off my used CDs, DVDs, and Games that is way easier and more profitable than selling on Ebay. Tell me a person who doesn't have at least a dozen of these guys laying around that simply aren't used and are just sitting there taking up space...Time to kick the clutter and make some cash. The MusicMagpie online service gives you CASH for your used items! They actually give you an instant buy price, pay for the shipping, and pay you via check for your items!

 Not only is it  a great way to make a few extra bucks BUT it can also end up helping the environment! 

Did you know......
  • A disc tossed into a landfill will be there for 500 years!
  • If you recycle just sixteen DVDs or CDs, you would have enough gas to run the average car for a mile.
  • Recordable Cd's actually have gold inside that can be recovered when the discs is recycled correctly!
I am sure that you are more interested in HOW TO MAKE GREEN from your items...but just in case, check out some more environmental facts HERE

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How it works
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Send your items to us for FREE using our FREE Shipping Service Labels
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To find out more, click here may ask...why is this better than Ebay?
  1. No seller's fees!
  2. You don't have to wait for the item to sell
  3. No pesky shipping fees and calculations...They send YOU the FREE Labels from magpie!
  4. You are saving the PLANET while making some GREEN!
I wanted to see approximately what the valuations would be like for some miscellanious Dvd's and games that I had laying around the house and I was pleasantly surprised! I averaged about $2 per video (Roseanne's 8th season and toy story)! Some were a little less but it is PURE profit-and lets face it, how often am I going to break out the Roseanne dvd's not so likely!

So start de-cluttering your shelves and drawers and check out to sell your used Cd's, DVD's, and Games for CASH!

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Right now, they are giving you a  FREE $10 Gift card of your choice to sign up to start earning and make a purchase at McDonalds by 7/14/2013!!

 When you sign up, you simply add your credit or debit card to your account then add offers to your "wallet"- Right now there are offers from red Robin, Dollar General, Kmart, and more!

Then Spend money at those locations and let your PLINK points add up! At 500 points, you can convert them to FREE gift cards!!!

Not too shabby to earn some free stuff just by having your morning latte...right?!?!?

4 All Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

Today, I am featuring a guest post from Puraforce Remedies! If you have not checked their site out it NOW! They offer an amazing line of homeopathic remedies ranging from baby ear ace drops to stress relief drops and everything in between. You also should know that they care about doing good too...and you know that I am all about responsible companies!

5% of every sale is donated to the Homoeopathic Charity
Rebalance the Globe, a non profit organization dedicated
to providing long term healthcare solutions to impoverished
communities in developing countries

They offer reasonable prices and have a homeopathic line like I have not seen before so I strongly urge you to check it out!

Nicoe and her kids!
Nicole Cunningham, founder of Puraforce Remedies, is a qualified Practitioner of Homoeopathic Medicine with over 10 years experience as a clinician, speaker and educator, educating parents and promoting/selling natural alternatives internationally. Follow and Learn more about Homeopathy on Facebook & Twitter.





Here is what Nicole is really here to talk about....4 All Natural Remedies for Dry Skin!

Summer is here and while most are thrilled, some are just not happy about it! While we are able to enjoy beaches and bbq’s, these hot temperatures can easily affect our health and skin - from dry skin to exhaustion.

Speaking of dry skin, it can actually be prevented and repaired naturally. Dryness is always unpleasant, causing symptoms of itchiness and flakiness along with insecurity. Some of us even suffer all year round. You’ll be pleased to know that you can find remedies in your own home. Below are just a few of those natural home remedies.

Water - This might be a no brainer, but I can’t stress enough how important drinking water is. It helps keep our body hydrated (this includes our skin). Drink at least 8 glasses a day for great health benefits and moisturized skin.

Oil - I know it might not sound or feel pleasant, but slabbing some oil over your dry skin can work wonders. The best oil options are olive, coconut, vegetable, avocado, glycerin, peanut, and sunflower. I prefer olive oil - it is afterall a main ingredient in many in-store moisturizers. Oh and please try to use organic oils!

Honey with Sugar - This is one of my favorite mixtures to exfoliate all those dead skin cells. It leaves your skin glowing, soft, and sweet like honey! If you don’t need an exfoliation, the honey alone works great as a moisturizer.

Oatmeal - Oats are an excellent source of fiber and are amazing to soak in. Soothing beyond belief, oatmeal baths treat itchy, dry, sensitive skin. Just like olive oil, many skin products contain oatmeal for its benefits. It can even treat your pet’s dry and itchy skin!

Please remember to follow Nicole and Puraforce Remedies at  Facebook & Twitter.She provides tons of tips, tricks, and product information! 

Thank you Nicole for swinging by to give us a few tips on how to keep our skin moisturized and glowing during the warm summer months!


I know we are all working on getting our meal plans ready to celebrate the 4th of July! Here are some awesome coupons to help you save money at the Grocery Store!

You can CLEAN up this week with the awesome coupons from Tide and don't forget to grab the diaper coupons too!!  Who can get enough cereal coupons?

Hair Care
Beauty Products + Feminine Hygiene Heath & Wellness Pet Supplies Beverages + Drinks Dental Hygiene Cleaning Supplies Batteries Snacks + Pastries Breakfast Items Food Baby Supplies

Save Money Shopping Online

Do you LOVE to save money? Are you constantly searching the internet to find the best deals only to find them at 10 different stores?

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They compare prices across Amazon, Walmart, Target,,,, Walgreens, and Costco and let you shop for the best price on the brands you love in one single megastore.

They are also offering $20 BACK on your first  order so why not check it out?

SAVE MORE WITH Sunday Coupon Preview!

Have you ever wondered how people know which coupons are coming out in ADVANCE? Now you can be a part of the "extreme couponers" inner circle by using Sunday Coupon Preview! This amazing site gives you a sneak peek at the coupons being released by red plum, general mills, and more! Extreme couponers save money because they are able to PLAN their hauls-they don't just get lucky.  Now, you can plan your shopping list and you coupons ahead of more clipping at the last minute! Click HERE, get signed up and start saving money! Don't forget to print your coupons here at Frugal Fit Family!

Save money at Bathtime with Ivory 2 in 1!

Check out Ivory 2 in 1!

Thanks to Influenster, I was able to be a part of a review panel for the New product from Ivory...Ivory 2 in 1 Hair and Body wash! I can honestly say that I was  a bit skeptical...... I have very sensitive skin and so do my kids! I am pleased to say that the Ivory 2 in 1 was great for our sensitive skin and had a very "Clean" scent!

The kids hair was left soft and conditioned and so was their skin!

The  best part was that I could eliminate a few bottles from the tub. The scent of the Ivory 2 in 1 was perfect for the kids AND for my husband and I! So...maybe the eliminated bottles were replaced with more toys but at least it is less product to buy at the store! The size is fantastic too! 1 bottle has lasted us quite a while so I can simply add it to the grocery list.

My advice is to try it and see how it works for you! It is a great value and fantastic for the whole family!

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From your home computer, you can order prints in almost any size and even order  wall art, mugs, calenders and gifts (Father's Day is coming up!) then pick most items up at your local Walgreens in about an our OR have them shipped for FREE!

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Save Money with Homemade Gift Boxes!

I guess the "greener" I get....the more "hippie" I am getting! I HATE seeing wrapping paper used then tossed away. Don't get me wrong though, I am not the type of person who reuses it either! Not only do I hate seeing the waste....I HATE seeing the price! Too often, I spend more on the card, gift bag, tissue paper, and bow than I did on the present! This Mother's day, I came up with a quick & cute solution which was as much fun to make as it was to give.

This year, my children made HOMEMADE GIFT BOXES! 

We started with a normal cereal box. The steps were so simple and the kids had a blast doing it.

Step 1
1. Reuse an old cereal box. Find the seam on the inside of the box.

Step 2

2. Gently separate the seam from the rest of the box. This will give you a nice clean line
and will make it so easy to reassemble.

Step 3

3. Now, fold the box open and lay it flat for the kids to color on. The inside is a great "kraft" colored surface so let the kids color away.

Step 4
4. When the kids are done, fold the box back into its original shape and tape down starting with the seam. Secure the seam, top, and bottom with a little tape and you are good to go!

BIG problem!

5. If you are wrapping something larger.....Go back to what you did in high school to cover your books! Grab your paper grocery bag and cut it down 1 side seam then along the entire "base" of the bag. Color the plain side of the bag and wrap gifts just like you would with wrapping paper.

Art work or gift box?

The recipients of the gifts did not mind one bit being handed special artwork and they didn't want to rip it! This is DEFINITELY something we will be doing more often. I have been reusing cereal boxes for some time to ship my Ebay items and I quickly realized that they have so many more uses! I hope that you enjoy this quick tip on how to save money when gift giving and try it next time you celebrate.


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I recently embarked on a journey to feed my family healthier foods and I also vowed to save money while doing it. The problem was that the foods were not always good NOR were they budget friendly. I started looking around for where to start and discovered NatureBox!

Nature Box sends high quality snacks to  your home each month for only $19.99 per month. You get anywhere from 4-6 snacks which makes them less than $5 per item. May sound pricey BUT as far as organic snacks go...its a pretty good deal!