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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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Fishing Bait

Posted on December 10, 2021 at 11:20 PM Comments comments ()


The Different Types of Bait


There is a wide array of organisms being used as fishing baits. Among the different types used in fishing, the commonly used are the small fishes. These consist of widely used fishing baits such as herring, anchovies, menhaden, and some others that are inborn to certain local waters. Larger fishes are usually used as chunk baits.


Fishing baits can be used whole, chunk, and strips, based on the activities of the type of fishes being chased. The size of the fishing bait is usually well matched with the size of the fish being hunted. Other common organisms used for bait fishing are crabs, worms, shrimps, crabs, clams, sand fleas, eels, and squid. Among all of the organisms mentioned, the crabs and the shrimps are the well-liked organisms to be used as fishing baits.


How to Jig fish for Bass

Posted on November 17, 2021 at 12:55 AM Comments comments ()

I have over the years learned how to fish jigs. Jigs are something not everyone fishes right turning them into a huge disappointment that never gets tried again. Jigs are an awesome bait that can be used for many different species and times of the year. There are different types Jigs that fall into the jig fishing category. We will cover a few different styles of jig fishing Bass jigs, round jigs (a go to Walleye jig), and Ice Fishng jigs.





A" target="_blank">Bass jig is usually composed of a lead jig head, silicone skirt, and tipped with pork or soft plastic. A lot of people will fish these to fast and often times in the wrong location. The best way I can explain how to fish these baits is to imagine that you are doing your favorite past time wanting it to last. You want to make sure it will last so you methodically do it until you are complete making sure that you did not miss a thing. Using a bass jig should be fished the same way, cover the area slowly, imagine it is another animal looking for something to eat on the bottom of the lake, river, or stream.




When it is spring use jigs around brush, lily pads that are coming up, docks and in rocks. Always remember to fish shallow water, it warms up faster then the rest of the lake. The warm water equals more active fish that are ready to eat. Try using a 1/2 ounce jig tipped with a pork trailer. As it warms and the fish become more active some times you'll find that using a jig instead of a crankbait will produce more fish. When a larger jig is dropped in front of a unexpecting bass they'll have a hard time turning down such an "easy" meal, Bass are opportunistic. Fish them in old creek channels, beds, grass and in lily pads.




When the heat of the summer starts to wain and the leaves start to change the Bass are getting ready for winter.


The water is cooling off the fish are slowing down, their metabolism is shifting into winter mode where the fish do not need to eat as much. Use jigs around fallen trees, dying lilies, stumps and any docks that are left in the water.


When Jack frost is nipping at your toes the bass tend to school up and go deeper. The deep water stays warmer which makes them feel more comfortable. If you find one bass you can usually count on there being another. Bass are opportunistic and if a lure falls in front of there face they'll take it. Remember, in the winter they will not expend a lot of their energy to eat, everything has slowed down including their system.


They do not move far from where they and usually will not chase anything like in the summer months because it use to much energy. When the Bass jig has been mastered it will produce fish on a regular basis if you remember the most important lesson of a jig fisherman, SLOW DOWN. This will keep the jig in front of the fish longer resulting in a fish that cannot refuse an easy meal.

How to get the best hotel stay

Posted on November 14, 2021 at 5:50 AM Comments comments ()


How to get the best hotel. A great highlight of any vacation is staying in a luxurious hotel. There are a lot of people that will pass on this option and stay in an economy room because of the potential cost of a luxury hotel. But with some work, research and planning you can get one of these upgraded hotel rooms at a price that will not break your budget.

Right Time

It does not matter what hotel you are looking at, weekends are the busiest time of the week. Try to get a hotel during the week because they will cost much less than those during the weekend. Find out the least busiest time of the year for the hotel that you are going to stay at. Figuring that out will give an opportunity to get the best possible price available to you so that the hotel has as few empty rooms as possible.



Like before, always check any membership club that you have signed up for. Are you a Veteran or Active Duty? Are you a senior of disabled? There can be extra discounts that can be used if you have access to them. Contact the Hotel and find out it they have any current promotions, ask them while they are on the phone what the lowest price they can offer for a stay. Now go online and compare the prices quoted and see if they can be beat or if it is the best you can get.

Check out our travel page to get some tips and help so that you can save money. 

DIY Bubble Bath

Posted on November 10, 2021 at 8:35 AM Comments comments ()

Get more bath DIY's when you click hereA sure fire way to save money is by learning how to  create the items that you use everyday. Shampoo, shaving cream, perfume, and like this post bubble bath. Yes, bubble bath, I alwasy say that just because I am cheap does not mean I do not like to enjoy life. 

Cherry Bubble Bath 
1/2 cup unscented shampoo 
3/4 cup water 
1/2 tsp. salt (regular table salt is fine) 
15 drops cherry fragrance oil 

Pour shampoo into a bowl and add water. Stir gently until well mixed. Add salt, and stir until mixture thickens. Add cherry fragrance oil and place in decorative bottle. When you are ready for a bath add a little of this mixture for bubbly bliss.