January 29, 2015

Daily Frugal Tip: Make Your Own Kinetic Sand

Jan 28, 2015

Kinetic Sand

Do you have kids begging you for kinetic sand, but you don’t feel like dishing out the money for the high prices?

Try your hand at making your own kinetic sand! With this recipe, you’ll pay 50¢ for 10 pounds worth (and you can make a smaller batch if you want)! Compare this to the $17 price tag for just TWO pounds on Amazon (and even higher at craft stores).

Sometimes DIY projects aren’t worth the time and money spent, but this one looks like a major money saver!

Thanks, Gimme Freebies!

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Daily Frugal Tip: 22 Unique Uses for Tea Bags!

Jan 27, 2015

Tea Bags

Whether you drink tea or not, it looks like tea bags may be a great inexpensive item to have on hand around the home!

Check out these 22 unique uses for tea bags! From beauty tips and health care to household cleaning and cooking, these are some awesome ways to utilize a box of tea bags.

I knew about a couple of these, but many of these are brand new ideas to me. I can’t wait to try some of these. :)

Thanks, One Good Thing by Jillee!

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Daily Frugal Tip: Reuse Old Candle Jars for Storage!

Jan 22, 2015

candle jars

Do you have a candle buying addiction? {Raising my hand}

If so, check out this fun frugal tip to reuse old candle jars for storage!

What a fun and easy way to store makeup, q-tips, nail polish, hair accessories, candy, and more. :D

Don’t forget to check out all of the Easy Small Space Storage Ideas, too.

Thanks, Humaira Beauty!

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Daily Frugal Tip: Easy Small Space Storage Ideas

Jan 19, 2015

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Do you live in a smaller home with limited space?

Check out these 10 Easy Small Space Storage Ideas! All of these are such simple and inexpensive DIY home improvement projects that offer some extra storage space on a budget.

I’m thinking of doing the shadow box toilet paper one in our tiny guest bathroom. :)

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One Month of Spending Zero

Jan 15, 2015

One Month of Spending Zero - How we're getting by without spending money this month.

January No-Spend Challenge

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to spend ZERO this month.

Challenge accepted!

I realize we’re halfway through January already, but I’d love to have you join me in this challenge! Feel free to start halfway through, or even have a February no-spend challenge!

Doing a no-spend challenge for a month is a great way to recover from higher spending months like December when our bank accounts take a hit due to Christmas.

I’ll share how we are managing our challenge to ourselves to spend NOTHING in the month of January.

What we are still paying for:

• Regular Bills
• Home Business Expenses
• Gas
• That’s it!

What we’re NOT paying for:

• Groceries
• Household Items
• Clothing
• Meals Out
• Entertainment

How we’ll manage:

Eat from the Pantry/Freezer

We have a very well-stocked freezer and pantry, of which we’ll be taking advantage. Even though I love stockpiling, sometimes I just want to empty my cupboards and start over, so this is my chance!

We took an inventory of the food we have on hand and it is SHOCKING how much we truly have when we dig all the way to the back! Realistically, we could eat from our pantry/freezer for well OVER a month.

I even have quite a few meals left from my Costco Slow-Cooker Freezer Meals marathon session. Feeling VERY grateful for those meals right now!

Eat Leftovers

Leftovers will become our close friends. We always *intend* to use our leftovers but they usually end up in the back of the fridge, to be discovered only when it’s too late. While it gets repetitive to eat the same thing over, and over, and OVER, I am reminded that I should be thankful to not only have food on our table each night, but to have an abundance of food at that!

Repurpose Leftovers

My husband is very skilled at repurposing leftovers. We had Chicken Tortilla Soup one night (one of the above mentioned freezer meals) then they were turned into chicken tacos for lunch the next day (after straining off the broth), and then combined with cheese, rice (cook the rice in the broth!), and homemade enchilada sauce for a Mexican casserole the next night! This way the food doesn’t “feel” like leftovers!

We won’t be eating out AT ALL but I do have a couple of free drink rewards from Starbucks that I plan to use strategically. ;)

Gift Cards

I have a few gift cards that we can use to buy a few groceries, if necessary. These are gift cards I’ve earned through money-saving smartphone apps and Swagbucks.

I’ve already redeemed an Amazon gift card that I earned through Swagbucks in order to buy some shipping supplies for some packages I needed to mail. I probably could have made something work with things I already had, but this was business related (business expenses are allowed in my challenge, but I wanted to save anyway).

I already know that we’re about to run out of ink for our printer (necessary since we use it for business, homeschool, and my husband’s school). Thankfully I do have a gift card from a Best Buy Black Friday deal that I can use to cover the cost!

Free Entertainment

We don’t spend a lot on entertainment to begin with, so I don’t think this will be a big deal. We have an Arboretum membership if we get *really* bored (though, with it being January, I doubt we’ll want to venture out into the cold for fun…). We can also take advantage of free Redbox rental codes, free kids activities, or invite friends over to play. We also will continue our weekly library visits for free reading material, audiobooks, and even movies/TV shows on DVD to borrow.

Fuel Discounts

While gas is considered a necessary expense, we are still trying to limit how much we use (certainly easier when we aren’t running all over the place spending money!). We’re also taking advantage of fuel discounts and very thankful for the lower gas prices we’re seeing this month!

Declutter

I’m also taking the opportunity to declutter our home this month. By decluttering and organizing, we’re finding many things we’d forgotten! For example, the kids and I cleaned out our game cabinet one day and now that all the games have all their pieces and they can really see what we have, they are playing games almost every day! So, not only did we get organized, we also discovered some “free” entertainment.

Sell Stuff

I have a bin in our closet that I collect items we no longer need and when the bin is full, I either sell the items or deliver them to the thrift store. I pulled a few of the items out to sell on Facebook and made some quick cash! I then used that cash to buy coffee, milk, and eggs. It was a win-win!

I really think this challenge is good for us because we really evaluate all the things that we regularly buy that we do NOT need!

Have you ever participated in a no-spend challenge?

Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Recycled Layered T-Shirt!

Jan 12, 2015

Recycled Tee

Want to add something fun to your wardrobe without having to buy a new outfit?

Grab an old t-shirt and check out this tutorial for a DIY Recycled Layered T-Shirt! Super cute!

Thanks, Hope Studios.

If you like recycling projects, here are some others you might enjoy:

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Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Dry Erase Marker Pom Pom Erasers!

Jan 8, 2015

Pom Pom Dry Erase Markers

This is such a cute idea! Check out how to make DIY Dry Erase Marker Pom Pom Erasers!

Simply hot glue a pom pom to the end of your marker, and voila! You have an easy-to-use, convenient eraser at your fingertips. (The only thing I might change, personally, is to attach them to the cap so that you can still put the cap on the marker while using it.)

This is great, because you don’t have to buy a dry erase marker and you’re not wasting any paper towels or napkins! ;)

Thanks, Everyday with the Jays!

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Daily Frugal Tip: DIY Natural Stovetop Air Freshener

Sep 23, 2014

Lemon and Rosemary

Looking for unique ways to naturally freshen your home?

Try this DIY Stovetop Lemon & Rosemary Natural Air Freshener! I used this exact recipe last year during spring cleaning, and it completely dissolved all of the odors in the air and made the house smell soooo good! I highly recommend it. :)

You could also try this DIY Natural Air Freshener that uses baking soda and essential oils.

Thanks, Domestic Serenity!

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Daily Frugal Tip: Dollar Store Summer Boredom Busters

Jun 23, 2014

Dollar Store Boredom Busters

Kids complaining about being bored this summer? Check out these 25 Dollar Store Summer Boredom Busters! What a great idea!

Thanks, Kirsten Oliphant!

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Daily Frugal Tip: Homemade Laundry Detergent With Essential Oils

Jun 14, 2014

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Looking to save on laundry detergent? Check out how to make your own homemade laundry detergent with essential oils! It ends up being a fraction of the cost of even store-brand laundry detergent.

Thanks, Kirsten Oliphant!

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