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Due to the drought in various parts of the country
Animal Control Services are advising pet owners to
not leave out any food or water because nuisance animals
(such as skunks) are looking for water and food.
So what happens when your dog decides to get
up close and personal with a skunk???
I have a 12 pound Maltese so a tomato bath was out of the question.
My neighbor gave me this, skunk remedy and
I have had the pleasure to
confirm that it works on 3 different occasions.
Keep in mind it does not 100% get rid of the smell, but
it does make it bearable.
Skunk Remedy for Dog
1 Quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon of Liquid Dish Soap or Shampoo
(I use Dawn)
**Be sure to not get this in the dogs eyes**
Mix the above, wet down dog, work the solution
thoroughly into dog’s coat and leave on for 3-4
minutes. Then rinse out.
You can double or triple the above recipe depending on
the size of the dog. I have also repeated if after rinsing if
there was any trace smell. Keep in mind using this recipe
is so much cheaper then buying the “skunk remover” products
at the pet stores.
FOOD Prices will be Soaring after Harvest
Do you coupon? If not, there is no better time than NOW to start! We are going to see the price of food sky rocket in the next few months!
The hot temperatures we have been experiencing in the Midwest, along with the lack of rain, has made this one of the worst growing seasons in centuries. In NINE states in the Midwest, over half of the cornfields have been deemed poor or very poor by the Federal Authorities. In fields where corn is growing, it often is growing without any ears, or even a tassel, just a tall stalk, though in the majority of the fields it is not growing at all.
How will this affect you? We as a Nation depend on corn for everything; from fuel, to our foods, which include bread, baked goods, chips, etc. To recoup their loss (Not all farmers are insured) they will have to raise the price of their corn that does make it, and in turn, companies will be forced to raise the price of their products, which will show in our pocket books.
It is not just corn that is going to be affected either; grains, vegetables, you name it. Even our Meat prices are going to rise because our animals eat the grains that are grown, or in this case, NOT GROWING. And let’s not forget about our Butter and Milk; Yup, those prices are going to rise also.
There is NO BETTER time than now to learn to live frugal and start stocking those pantries!
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A sensitive subject in the Coupon World I know, but one I feel that needs to be covered. On Midwest Coupon Clippers Facebook Page, I have often heard, “I would LOVE to see a picture of your Stockpile!” Well Folks, You would be surprised to know, I ONLY have TWO Shelf Units in my kitchen. YES…ONLY TWO, and NOT all the shelves are for my “Stockpile.”
Yes I own a Coupon Blog, Yes I shop the Sale Cycles, Yes I am a big double Coupon Shopper…BUT that DOES NOT MEAN I am a Hoarder! On my blog page, Midwest Coupon Clippers, you WILL NOT SEE the bragging pictures of shelves and shelves full of product.
Honestly, I DO NOT SEE THE POINT. Sure, I could get 100 Razors, 100 boxes of noodles, 100 boxes of cereal, etc. for FREE…BUT WHY?
Ever had these little guys?
Once you get Pantry Moths, Getting rid of them is NO SIMPLE or in expensive task! And if you over the top stockpile, I guarantee YOU WILL GET THEM! They are already in the food you are buying. Flour, Pastas, Cereals, even Dog Food. Once this happens, ALL your Stockpile, ALL the money spent on buying coupon inserts or the ink and paper printing them is wasted.
I think often the “Stockpiling Obsession” is not about using the products, it is about that little “Rush” you get seeing everything you got for so cheap or often FREE.
If you need that feeling…that rush…that excitement of getting that deal… ADD TO THAT EXCITING FEELING and Donate these products you are “Scoring.” There honestly is no better feeling in the world then knowing you are helping someone in need! Be it another human being, or Animal. Donate, Donate, Donate.
Now, Let me explain to you what I DO Stock up on for our family personally! I shop sale cycles. (You can learn more how to do this HERE) We use a lot of BBQ Sauce, so when the summer sales hit and the coupons are out, I grab usually twenty to thirty to last throughout the year. For example last June, I got 25 bottles of Sweet Baby Rays FREE Thanks to the Sales and Coupons that were out. A few weeks ago I did the same for this year. About eight months ago I got $1/1 Gatorade Coupons, When my store ran these on sale, I not only got the Gatorade for FREE but it also turned this coupon into a $$ MoneyMaker $$ for me which in turn I could use the overage towards other groceries, like produce and meats. In this case, I stockpiled 50 to 75 Gatorades with Summer coming up at that point and Gatorade being one of my sons favorite beverages when he is out doing his sports, I knew these would be used. Another example, I recently got Snasuage Dog Treats for FREE with a Coupon and a Sale. I pre-ordered 30 of these, Kept 15 for our family dogs, and donated the other half. Besides these products, I DO NOT have an over abundance of any other products. At most maybe six of some, four or so of another.
Remember Folks, there is a FINE LINE between stockpiling and hoarding, which time and time again I see people crossing to the dark side. Stockpiling takes up room (A LOT OF ROOM) MONEY and Time! Why not keep a reasonable amount, and donate the rest? You will find a system that works right for you by buying less on a more frequent schedule. You will spend less, not waste as much, and MOST IMPORTANT be able to donate your extras and HELP OTHERS!
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