What have you tried that was frugal, but didn't work out very well?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
February 7, 2009 8:10am CST
NY State will be having the kids use protractors (the 1/2 circle things that you measure angles with) made of thick paper for a test. Most protractors are see through, these are opaque and easily messed up. They're trying to be frugal. Plastic ones would cost too much to have millions of students take these tests with. The kids have some practice ones. They're getting dented and they're no good for making angles with. Alright for measuring providing the angle is drawn large enough, but if it's very small, you need to be able to see through it. I can't wait to see what they expect the kids to use for a compass (thing you place a point on the paper, a pencil in and draw a circle, arch, etc on a curve with). Maybe a string and a piece of tape? So I was thinking. The state of NY can't be the only one trying something frugal that doesn't work out very well. I guess my worst are: shampoo that was already diluted by the company that I tried to dilute further and ended up with slimy water that didn't wash anything. a wild food pot luck where someone cooked the latex into the milkweed flowers instead of out of them and they tasted like burned rubber. Couldn't get the taste out of my mouth, had to let it wear out. No food or drink would get rid of that rubber burned coating in my mouth. Some people liked it, their tastebuds must have died years ago. Your not-so frugal, frugality please?
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@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
8 Feb 09
Got all "het up" about harvesting "fiddlehead" ferns and all their nutritional properties...gathered a bundle, and I mean a bundle...followed all preps, froze a whole bunch...and then had them fresh for supper....YUCKYUCK!!!! And I had wasted all that time harvesting, prepping & freezing!....Ach...just thinking about them brings an acrid taste to my mouth!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
8 Feb 09
Did you research them first? Some have a disease in some areas. Most people have them tested to make sure they don't have that. They should be steamed and taste like asparagus. If they don't, that would be your first clue that they're tainted. Best in recipes with lots of cheese like asparagus quiche. I got some one time from a path and became very ill. Later on I found out they were from a snowmobile trail and had been contaminated with gas and oil. Please search "fiddlehead fern" pictures, disease, and recipes. One of each at a time. We had a 4 Star Hotel in our area make wild food delicacies. They had a fiddlehead fern quiche that melted in your mouth and was to absolutely die for. It was at a buffet and I kept going up after more. Also some ferns look like fiddleheads and aren't; they have a high acid content and should never be used. Always research the daylights out of everything before you try to harvest. I wish I had before I poisoned myself with that snow mobile trail. 10 websites at least and only believe those that have lived the lifestyle of gatherer or scientists who have studied it personally. Not friend of a friend or people who research but have never done anything with the food. If you want me to, I will research and get back to you with the links of what I've found. If you don't like asparagus, then unless you cover the heck out of it with cheese, you probably won't like it. But if you like or love asparagus, then you had a bad batch. My friend stems them and makes a cream sauce without all the fuss of quiche and it comes out good, too. Like like that hotel, though!
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• Canada
9 Feb 09
You know what, my dear...thinking of them conjures up such a bad taste, I think I will channel my energies in foraging for stuff that I really love! Y'know the old expression; "been there, done that." And yes, I am not even sure the ferns that we have here are the true "fiddleheads"! Glad you love seafood/shellfish...and realistically, it does not pack on the pounds, it is the way it is prepared...so have had to curb the garlic butter, but there are so many ways to enjoy!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Think of it as a lesson in, "Research more, harvest less, until you get the hang of it." I know, seafood, potatoes, pop corn-all butter-added things that we cause to be unheathy by adding too much other stuff to it. Take care.
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• United States
10 Feb 09
I failed at making home made soap. I just could not get it to the right consistency. So I gave that to the trash can. I will try again if someone personally shows me how. I want to try making a scented candle now.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
11 Feb 09
We'r lucky the 1812 Homestead has reinactors that show us how to do lots of things. Since the downturn in the economy, there are all kinds of classes like making cheese, etc. right now, but unfortunately, many of them are out of people's pocketbook range. The 1812 Homestead runs only summers, though. Thanks and take care.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Also maybe if you start a discussion asking people who has made soap, you might find out what you're doing wrong? Just a thought, you don't have to, but you never know, if might help. Take care.
• Hong Kong
8 Feb 09
I can't say that I have been really frugal but I am really trying down to cut down a lot of expenses. However, I must say that I haven't been really successful as well. Hopefully someone could enlighten me *smiles*.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
8 Feb 09
What do you need to do? What have you tried? Have you asked for or gotten any help from Mylot? If you are more specific, maybe we can help you. Thanks and take care.
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