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Frugal Maniac

Bemidji MN, 56601

Frugal Maniac Blog


The Frugal Maniac Blog helps you promote a better frugal living. Our goal is to help you save money like we save money, sometimes it is from living like they did in years past, and other times it will be saving money by using the technology that we have now. Between both of these we have learned how to save money in literally every aspect of our lives. We want to show you how to do it also after all we had some awesome people who taught us and just want to share.

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The best fresh DIY salsa recipe

Posted on August 25, 2021 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It is our favorite time of year, time to get ready for the fresh tomatoes and everything that can be made from these awesome little fruits. We have a garden and every year we plant lots of tomatoes,  in years past we have had over 350 lbs. of them. One of our favorite tomato treats is fresh salsa and we would like to share one of our preferred recipes. This salsa has a tangy taste that tempts the taste buds leaving you wanting more. 

What kind of tomatoes should I use?

Our favorite tomatoes for salsa is actually a mix, canned tomatoes from the store will work but there is no comparison to fresh. We use BeefSteak tomatoes for fill and mix them with Roma's for the rich robust flavor. The reason we use the BeefSteak for fill, these tomatoes are huge and produce a large amount of fruit. The Roma tomatoes are a smaller more flavorful tomato, in our garden we do not have enough room to plant as many plants as we would need. 

How do I peel tomatoes?

Go to the cupboard drawer and grab the wet stone and sharpen your knife for the next fifteen minutes. Now grab one of your hairs and pluck it out of your head, take your knife and when you can split the hair in half you will be ready to peel your first tomato. Could you imagine if that was really how you peal a tomato? I do not think that people would even attempt to make salsa or spaghetti or anything else with a tomato in it, the mess would be horrific! Pealing a tomato is super easy it is a two step process. First put a pan on the oven and get some water starting to boil. While that is coming to a boil fill a bowl or your cleaned sink with cold water. When the water starts to boil place the tomatoes in the water until you see the skin crack, about a minute. Take the tomato out of the boiling water and place it in the cold water and slide the skin off. Boom tomato peeled, quick, easy, but still sometimes a little messy.

What if I want hotter Salsa?

In the past we decided to try to make our salsa a little bit hotter and let me tell you it really turned up the heat. I decided to grow habanero peppers; let me give you a tip with these little mini heaters, wear gloves and a mask they like to bite back. With that said it made a salsa I loved, it was hot and spicy for those who like that. In my house I am the only one so we do not make the "Hot" salsa anymore, sad face. If you do this only add one pepper at a time until you get the desired heat that you want. If you want as much heat as possible make sure you include the seeds, they have most heat.

Fresh Cilantro vs Dry?  

We try to use fresh out of the garden Cilantro; we grow it, we use it, and it does taste the best, just our opinion. But I know that not everyone has the option of having fresh Cilantro so I will share with you the ratio for dry to fresh and fresh to dry so that even in a pinch you will be able to enjoy this awesome treat. It is actually pretty simple 1 tsp. of dried Cilantro is equal to 1 tbsp. of fresh chopped Cilantro. 

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1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes or 6 peeled fresh tomatoes (if in season) 
1/2 sm. onion, diced 
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
1 tsp. sugar 
1 tsp. chili powder 
1/2 tsp. salt  
1/2 tsp. black pepper 
1 tbsp. cilantro 
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar


Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix until all ingredients are of desired consistency. This salsa tastes a lot like those that you would find a Mexican restaurant. I'll bet that it does not last long, it never does in our house.

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Scrub Garage Sale

Posted on April 26, 2020 at 8:31 AM Comments comments (0)

Stop searching all over the internet we have the scrubs you need in one place it's like a scrub shopping mall only dedicated to our hard working healthcare providers.

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                                               Scrub Mall
Here at the Frugal Maniac we can appreciate that you are a nurse and you do not have the time to look all over to find the scrubs that you need to perform your job. So we have searched the internet trying to find you the best selection and price for what you are looking for. So right here at your finger tips we have found some of the highest quality and most affordable scrubs and put them in one place. Some of these provide free shipping to your door and others can be purchased and picked up or shipped to the store. Conve-nience is the main goal and why we put together this little scrub store. We hope this can help you spend more of your free time relaxing and doing the things you love and make you happy instead of spending hours looking for some nice scrubs. 

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Clearance Baby

Posted on April 11, 2020 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Baby clearance clothes with everything that you are having to buy when you have that new baby the last thing you want to do is break the bank on clothes they wear for just a couple of months

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Clearance Baby

One of the most expensive things that we have ever under took was having a child, but it's so worth the price. When you have a child you realize how far money does not go, after all every few months they need a whole new wardrobe. This realization just added one more facet to the overwhelming need to be the Frugal Maniac that we have become. The only way that you can keep up a awesome frugal living is to hit garage sales as much as you can. But that is not always an option, example winter. So is what we have done is put together an awesome list that will take you to each stores clearance baby items, it's like a garage sale with out having to leave your home. Plus it's easy because we did the work to organize these stores to help save you time, because we know how much time you no longer have.
Baby Clearance at all of your favorite stores. Items that start at only a penny the bonus it's all brand new!

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Slow Down where is the Beef? #recipe

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 10:52 PM Comments comments (3)
FInd the perfect recipe for diner, desert, and more!VEGETABLE
1 lbs. ground chuck
1 cp. chopped onion
1 28 oz. cn. whole tomatoes (chopped)
3 cup diced potatoes
1 16 oz. can cut green beans
2 tsp. chili powder
2-3 dashes cayenne pepper sauce
2 10 1/2 oz. cans condensed beef bouillon
1 cp. chopped celery
1 cp. sliced carrots
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Brown meat with onion and celery; drain fat. Stir in the remaining
ingredients and add 1 or 2 cups of water. Cover and cook on low in a slow cooker for 8-10 hours.
Get all of your Baby girl clothes at awesome prices with a huge selection
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