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Frugal Molly Does Laundry: A Review

This month Molly’s Money-Saving Digest tackles “Socks, Suds, and Savings.”  Of course, there are also recipes, crafts, and my favorite column “This is My Story.”  This time the story is by Jennifer Sikora who has long been associated with Molly.

Molly begins with the basics of making soups (including turkey stock) and stews.  Some of the recipes are new to me, and all of them look yummy.  If, as suggested, you use canned beans, corn, chilies, tomatoes, and more, the recipes will take almost no time to whip up.  Here’s to warming, filling soups!

This month, the “Tips and Tools for Organization” section centers around the laundry, with many helpful links.

I love the “Feather Your Nest Frugally” project: making lovely wall art for a song using mod podge.  I used mod podge once when I was young and it was so much fun!  Molly’s project looks like something I may be able to adapt for Christmas presents, and if I mess it up, I won’t waste much money.

And how about cooking once, serving twice?  “In the Kitchen with Molly” gives a week’s worth of menus, complete with shopping list, based on planned left-overs.  This concept can be a real time-saver, and it can be a frugal choice as well.  I’m looking forward to trying the Potato Pancake recipe and the Tortilla Chicken Soup.  Although I love potato pancakes, we have never yet found a good recipe, but this one looks great. As usual, Molly uses packages and mixes, which are great for convenience, but often offer inferior products for an inflated price.  It is relatively easy to substitute for such packaged food if you’re a ‘from scratch’ family as we are.

Teaching kids how to do laundry?  Let Molly help!  From sorting the clothes to folding them, it’s all explained in the “Kids’ Corner.”

Miss 12 was amazed at the project in “Something Old, Something New.”  So was I.  You truly can use things most of us would throw away to make lovely clothing!  Clear directions and photos make this cute dress ‘do-able’ for anyone who knows a bit about sewing.

“Socks, Suds, and Savings,” this month’s feature, talks about laundry from start to finish.  Beginning with an attitude check, then discussing washing schedules and homemade laundry products, and ending with drying options and tips, the article has even given me a few good ideas…and I’ve been doing laundry frugally and quickly for over two decades!

“This is My Story” tells the story of a broken washing machine, replaced for almost nothing, and a spare dryer that came free.   As Jennifer indicates, being stretched beyond our limits shows us new things.

As usual, Molly ends with a “Directory of Links” and a list of printable recipes for the yummy soups as well as the ‘cook once, serve twice’ meals.

My favorite quote this month is far from profound:

“Wash. Dry. Wear. Repeat.”

 After the initial chuckle, you may feel that the endless laundry treadmill is useless.  But remember, we at least have clothing, bedding, and towels to wash, unlike many people in the world.  Happy washing!

You can order Molly’s October Digest for $4.95, or get it as part of a  Molly Membership for $3.95.

Disclosure I received a complimentary download of Molly’s October Money-Saving Digest in order to give you my honest opinion of it.

For more great tips, see Works for Me WednesdayThrifty Thursday, and Frugal Friday.

3 Comments

  1. Kristen says:

    Molly has some wonderful ideas doesn’t she? I just listened to her speak on hospitality yesterday at the Expo.

    BTW, I tagged you on my blog.
    http://homeschoolblogger.com/kristenph/783553/

  2. Stacy's Page says:

    I thought of you this evening. I took dd to church, then I headed out to run some errands. I turned on the Christian radio station and Kevin Leman was the guest on the show that was on. He is such a funny guy! He was talking about the birth order.

    I am the 3rd child of 4. However, I am the first and only daughter. I bear a lot of the firstborn traits.

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