Save Money Using a Solar Oven

Just got my new solar oven a week ago and I am loving it! I’ve cooked in it once or twice a day since receiving it. It’s very easy to use and is powered completely by the sun. I save money I would have spent on electricity to run my kitchen oven and again by not having to run the AC to cool the house back down afterward. This means a lot in Texas in August! I’m also saving by not eating out as much or using expensive convenience foods as much since the solar oven is so easy and fun to use. From electricity savings reports from other solar oven users I should recoup my cost for the oven in less than six months. The oven is built to last 15 years or more.

Sun Oven Solar Oven

Sun Oven Solar Oven


The oven I chose is a Global Sun Oven. It is a little more costly than some other solar ovens but is built to last many years and is very well insulated and seals tightly to reach higher temperatures and keep food warm longer. The oven is very portable and light weight. It weighs 21 pounds and quickly folds down to the size of a small suitcase with a built-in carrying handle.

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12 Secrets Home Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Imagine coming home from a vacation or at the end of a workday to find your house ransacked and your family heirlooms and other valuables missing.  You feel violated and wonder if the criminals will come back.  Now you must spend hours making insurance claims, filing police reports and trying to replace your belongings.  This doesn’t have to be you.  Knowing how thieves operate can help you outsmart them.

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Free Admission to National Parks


The National Park Service entrance fees will also be waivep1030475d on August 14 & 15, September 25, and November 11, 2010.  Other fees  will stay the same such as fees for camping, reservations, or tours.There are 147 parks that normally charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 245 national parks do not charge entrance fees.

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Freebies for Good Grades

Here is a list of stores offering free items for students with good grades:

  • Chick-fil-a – free 8pk. of nuggets for all A’s and B’s.
  • SBarro – free slice of pizza and soda to elementary students with A’s and B’s  and a free slice for one parent.

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14 Frugal Gift Ideas for Mothers Day

Mothers Day is almost here.  Mother’s Day has been celebrated in the US since May 10, 1908.  You don’t have to go broke to show your mom how much she means to you.    Here are a few inexpensive ways to make her feel appreciated on her special day: Read more »

14 Money-saving Gardening Tips

With the price of groceries steadily rising, vegetable gardening is becoming more popular. Growing your own food can help you keep your food costs down and have more control over the amount of chemicals your family is consuming. Here are a few frugal tips to keep gardening costs low: Read more »

Tax Day Freebies!

A reason to be happy on April 15 Tax Day — businesses are giving away free stuff! Even if you have to pay taxes today the day doesn’t have to be all bad. Here are a few eateries giving away free food:

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25 Frugal Gift Ideas for the Elderly

Here are a few Christmas or Hanukkah gift ideas for the senior citizen on your list. These would also work for birthday or anytime presents.

  1. stationery
  2. stamps
  3. beauty salon gift certificate
  4. bedsocks
  5. hand lotions and creams
  6. scarf
  7. special soaps
  8. birdfeeder
  9. reach extender
  10. music CD
  11. book on CD or tape
  12. word search puzzle books
  13. help with difficult household tasks
  14. non-skid socks
  15. jumbo-faced playing cards
  16. sweet breads such as pumpkin or banana-nut
  17. plants
  18. large print books
  19. a personal visit
  20. scrapbook of family member photos
  21. warm blanket
  22. slippers
  23. sweatshirt and/or pants
  24. large-face electric clock
  25. large-button TV remote

12 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

The average family of 4 spends $2500 per year on clothing.   Use the following tips on making your clothes last longer and you could save $1000/year or more — Read more »

Save Big on Food at Salvage and Discount Grocery Stores

Salvage or Discount Grocery Stores can save you a lot of money on your food bill. Hundreds of these stores are scattered across the U.S. Now there is an online directory available listing these stores state by state. These stores sell groceries that may be slightly dented, discontinued or overstocked. Find the directory here – Salvage Grocery Directory Scroll down to find your state and area.

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