Last Frugal Friday for a While

Not much on the frugal front to report, and frankly I’m worried the Frugal Friday thing is getting a bit tired.  And frugality is beginning to confuse me.

Not Made of Money picked up the Homemade Maple Syrup post I discussed  Clothes_Dryer Small last week as a guest post.  Just in case I was being too subtle last time, what they are discussing is making fake maple syrup, which is awful stuff, and real maple syrup is very cheap to make yourself, provided you have the right kind of tree and some simple tools.  (It is also, I am told, hard work.  I buy the stuff in the store like everybody else.)

Not Made of Money also had a post on what has become a recurring theme here,  Other Uses for Dryer Sheets.  I guess I must be really missing out, because I’ve never used a dryer sheet in my life, even for its intended purpose.  I guess I just assumed that a frugal person would also forgo this luxury.

Speaking of drying laundry, How I Save Money had a short post two weeks ago reminding readers that it was getting warm out and they could start air-drying their clothes again.  The author pointed out that “Just hanging out each load saves about $1 if you live in an apartment….”  Yeah, okay.  But if you live in an apartment, wouldn’t you have trouble finding an outdoor space to air-dry your clothes and so take advantage of the warm weather?  My confusion continues.

Stop The Ride had a post about what to do with toilet paper tubes.  Thankfully for my befuddled self, she had a reasonable explanation of how it is she came to own a collection of toilet paper tubes.  But no discussion of why she thought the reader might also be in the same predicament.  From there there is a link to an older post on 13 things to do with dryer lint.  (Yes, back to the dryers.)  They’re all pretty clever, but I’m not sure any of them are that much of an improvement over just throwing the stuff out.  My household doesn’t produce so much of it that’s a major disposal problem, but maybe that’s just us.  So confusing.

Anyway, that’s all I have this week.  Next week I am on vacation.  (Can unemployed people still call it that?  I sure feel like I need one.)   I’ve prepared a few short and hopefully modestly amusing lighter posts for next week.


  • By Buddy Rick, March 15, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    Enjoy the sun Frank et al!!

  • By J, March 19, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

    I agree that the laundry drying post is odd, but for different reasons. Here in the UK, most apartment dwellers dry our clothes year round on indoor airers (drying racks). I can confirm that they dry faster when it’s warmer even indoors, but they do still dry in the winter (with the occasional boost from chucking a heavy item or two onto the radiator).

  • By Denise, March 19, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    I have never used a dryer sheet either, and yet my laundry never seems to be lacking. What are they supposed to do anyway? (Besides be a scourge upon the earth and a money waster?)

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