Molly Header 2011

How to Recycle Your Old Jeans!

April 4, 2011
In This Issue
From the Blog
What to Do With Old Jeans
Molly Members
Chicken and Rice Goulash
Cute Denim Hair Clips
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
In the Kitchen With Molly














Need a hand in the kitchen? Molly can help.


From planning meals to putting them on the table, feeding a family is a big job. In the Kitchen With Molly is the next best thing to having a personal chef.


This new E-Book contains 12 weeks of menu plans, one for each month of the year, plus shopping lists and printable recipe cards. With the planning done for you, you'll have more time to spend enjoying your family or tackling other projects that need your attention.


And with Molly, the focus is always on frugality. These recipes not only save you time, but they also save you money. Trimming dollars from the grocery bill can add up to a significant difference in the family budget, and having meals planned means you'll eat out less often. That's good for your wallet and your waistline.


A Look Back . . .A

April 2010 Digest:
Homemade Happiness ~ Frugal Fun and Games      

               Let it pour . . .

Gather the whole family indoors for some wholehearted, frugal fun!

Overflowing with thrifty, cheerful inspiration to use in the kitchen, on the workbench, for active learning, and for entertainment!


April 2009 Digest:

Making a Frugal Fresh Start


Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition, but Molly Green and her

Money-Saving Digest for April

will show you some simple steps to do it in a new way as you spruce things up on a shoestring and organize without spending!

Visit My BlogFrog Community!

Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers ~ Quick & Easy
140 deliciously simple recipes --
140 wonderful ways to feed your family!
Our daily lives often seem to run on overdrive. Too frequently a healthy, home-cooked meal is one of the things sacrificed. If only you had more time! Okay, maybe you really like to cook and it's worth all the effort it takes. But every day, day in and day out, perhaps two or even three meals a day .  .  .  14 to 20 meals a week, whew! A homemaker needs a reprieve!

Molly Goes Camping


Only $5.95!!!

molly goes camping



Do you long to enjoy and explore the great outdoors with your family?


Want to make that special connection with your kids?


Don't let a few varmints, mosquitoes, or mishaps spoil your fun - Go camping!


For the price of spending a night or two in a motel, you can outfit your family for adventure and make memories for a lifetime!


Get ready for an unforgettable experience as Molly and her fellow campers show you how, in  

Molly Goes Camping. 

Your blog or business here!

Email me for our affordable rates and advertising options.

Do you have a drawer full of jeans that are worn out or don't fit  anymore? Are your kids growing out of them faster than you can buy them? Jeans take up a lot of space in our drawers. I know I have a few pairs that need to be patched up and given away or thrown out. I'm sure you know by now that I have a hard time throwing anything away! So, I sat down and scoured the Internet to find some great ways to recycle old jeans.


Grab your notebooks or printer paper. I'm sure you will find a project in here that you will want to try out!

Old Jeans
Photo Credit: Toni Riggs


Molly signature transparent

P.S. Be sure to check out my Molly Goes Camping E-Book. It's on sale through April 15, just in time for spring break! 

From the Blog

If you didn't make it to the blog this week, head on over to see what you've been missing. Don't forget to leave a comment. I love hearing from you! 

Those of you who are especially observant may note the addition of Facebook and Twitter buttons on each post, now. I'd love if you would show your support of Econobusters by sharing posts you like with your friends. The number of Tweets and Likes will also allow me to get a better idea of what you'd like to see more of. Thanks! 

What to Do With Old Jeans


Here are some projects and crafts you can make out of your old jeans.


  • These cute denim flowers can be used as a bouquet or to create a faux garden.
  • Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make a laptop bag. This purse is made in a similar way, with a few added embellishments.
  • Old jeans can also be used to make quilts, pot holders, and rugs.
  • This pocket magnet is a great idea to keep paper and pens handy in the kitchen!
  • Here's a beautiful denim tote by Martha Stewart.
  • You can make this tool roll to hold your knitting or craft supplies.
  • Make this adorable wall hanging organizer for your craft room or child's room.
  • This beautiful jean corsage would look great with any outfit!
  • If you have a baby, check out these stylish denim bibs.
  • Need new slippers? That's right! You can make them out of old jeans too.
  • Here's a tutorial on how to make a jean skirt. If this is too short for you, sew a ruffle around the bottom using scrap fabric or an old shirt.
  • If this isn't enough, here are some more ideas from Favecrafts!
Molly Members
molly member banner
 Hi Molly Members,

I hope you've all had a chance to log in and download the April Digest, Molly Saves on the Go!  It's here just in time for spring vacation and planning ahead for summer.

You'll also find lots of travel related freebies and downloads this month. In fact, the folks at Activity Bags gave us their Travel Activities in a Binder as a free resource this month. A $15 value!


FREE with Membership!


Not a member yet? We'd love you to join us. Only $3.95/month! And remember, if you don't want to join using monthly payments, you can pay in advance with our six-month or twelve-month prepaid membership optionsFor only $23.70 you can enjoy six months of Money-Saving Digests, plus receive additional free E-Books and resources. This is a small investment to keep yourself armed and encouraged on your money-saving journey. The tips in each Digest easily recoup the cost!  

Chicken and Rice Goulash


This is a recipe we usually make right before we need to take a trip to the grocery store. We take the little bits of what is left in the fridge, put them in a pot, and viola! Chicken and Rice Goulash. Tasty and economical, this can be a side dish or a main course.




1/2 cup rice, uncooked

2-3 slices of pineapple, chopped

1/2 tomato, chopped

1.25 ounces olives, chopped

1-2 chicken breasts

1-2 thin slices of onion, chopped

2-3 slices of bacon, chopped

Sweet and sour sauce, optional



  1. Bake the chicken at 375 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes (or 40 to 50 if frozen).
  2. Boil the rice for about 10 minutes, or as directed on the package.
  3. When the chicken is cooked through, chop it up into small pieces and mix into the cooked rice. 
  4. Mix in the rest of your ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy it as it is, or drizzle Sweet and Sour sauce over the top and serve!


Denim Hair Clips



If you have a little girl in your house, you have to head on over to Until Wednesday Calls and check out Melissa's adorable denim hair clips tutorial. I might have to make a pair for myself!


Denim Hair Clips
Photo Credit:


iBreak new ground this spring!


Get your motor running!


Ease on down the road with tips for family travel in Molly's Money-Saving Digest for April and take a detour around the usual stress and expense.


Even if a road trip isn't on your horizon, you'll find plenty useful advice this month, including frugal projects, nutritious food, financial teaching for kids, and much more!

  • Treat your family to a hearty, easy meal.
  • Brush up on the basics of grooming your pet.
  • Teach your kids about budgeting.
  • Use salvaged materials to create a useful camp stool.
  • Find out which free websites can spur you on to better fitness.
  • Mix up some homemade help for hard-working hands.
  • Check out the many benefits of using your library.
  • Get inspired to use your crafting talents for others. 


April's special feature is:

Molly Saves on the Go


Are we there yet? Molly can help you arrive at your destination with more of your sanity and wallet intact. Loading up on junk food at every stop. Boredom wafting from the back seat. Squabbles resulting from said boredom. Does this sound all too familiar? Stop trouble in its tracks and make your car trip more enjoyable for everyone with the advice in this month's Digest.

Read a  full description here