Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.
In this August heat, how many times have you found yourself slightly
overheated and rummaging for an item to fan yourself?... Here’s a simple craft for making fun pocket fans to keep in a purse, backpack or car glove-box...
I think of going to the farmer’s market, I vision long rows of neatly
aligned and freshly picked vegetables, large tubs overflowing with vine
ripened melons and cantaloupe, and baskets of fresh corn...
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Are you in need of coupons? If so, you’d be pleased to know that saving
coupons is just one tweet or Facebook “like” away. Sometimes it does pay
to be socially connected.... There are several places that should be on your radar for social media savings. Here are just a few...
...most of us
tend to hang on to books and magazines with no intent of ever
revisiting them, creating an accumulation of items that can take over an
enormous amount of space. So when you’re ready to purge those books and magazines, here are some ideas to help you...
...All of my children have enjoyed the adventure of
hosting garage sales during the summer. Maybe it is the fun of
pretending they have a store or the idea that they are making extra
money. I, on the other hand, look at hosting garage sales as a lot of
work. But over the years I have learned a few successful garage sale
tips and tricks...
There’s just something about a chilled orzo salad during the
summertime—it just makes my tongue, my tummy and my heart happy! Orzo is
the perfect size, texture and does beautifully in a salad with lightly
sautéed vegetables and fresh herbs from the garden...
...Message containers can be crafted or purchased. It’s what you put inside
that makes them extra special. They make great gifts for teachers,
children, family and friends. The contents themselves can be as elaborate as you like or as simple as handwritten words on strips of plain paper...
As my family was working on eliminating our consumer debt...I was able to find
ways to get what we needed, and even a few things we wanted, without
spending a fortune. Below are five areas where we have managed to get
more for less...
The heat is on and the kids need some cooling down so whether you are
hanging at the house, playing at the beach or headed to the cabin, your
kids will enjoy cooling off to these fun splish, splash games and
Back in the day of glass-bottled soda, bottle caps were very easy to
come by and I loved to use them for craft projects. Here are a few of my favorite things to do with soda bottle caps...
Today we’re talking about grilling breads and potatoes. As soon as you
add these to your grilling repertoire, you can make an entire meal on
Gas prices continue to rise! Here are some ways you can save a few dollars at the pump...
...Fabric yo-yo’s are simple dimensional pieces created by folding and
stitching the edge of a circle-shape piece of fabric and are a great
craft to tote along for those on-the-go projects. Most fabric yo-yo
creations are made from multiple fabric patterns and colors married into
one collective piece....
...After my stack of magazines began to grow I had to come up with a
plan to organize them all. So, I’m going to let you in on my secret to
organizing my magazine addiction. Over the years I have used two different magazine organization methods...
...When it comes to popsicles, they are best homemade. Not only do you
get to control the taste and deliciousness, you also control the amount
of sugar or sweetener added.... So, keep those popsicle molds filled with healthy juices this summer and you’ll have happy kids and happy moms...
...A simple picnic with a homemade dish is a wonderful way to show
someone just how much they mean to you. So pack a cooler and blanket or
chairs and take a good friend to lunch....