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DIY Dishwasher Tablets

Jul 16, 2015

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

I’m going to show you how to make your very own Dishwasher Tablets! You’ll be amazed at how easy these are to make. Best of all, these DIY dishwasher tablets use only three ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

I absolutely love making my own household products! Not only are they saving me a huge amount of money, but I get to choose exactly what I use in my products.

You don’t realize how fast the cost adds up with the small things, such as dishwasher tablets, that you toss in your shopping cart. Save some money and try making your own dishwasher tablets with this recipe!

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

You’ll need:

First, grab a small bowl and pour in your borax and arm & hammer powder and mix it together using a fork.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

Then pour in your lemon juice and quickly stir all the power and lemon juice together to form a wet sand consistency.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

While the mixture is still moist spoon into your mini muffin pans and press down firmly. Allow the tablets to dry for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

Pop one into your dishwasher tablet dispenser and run cycle like normal. Enjoy sparkling, clean dishes for a fraction of the cost!


DIY Dishwasher Tablets |Save money by making your own dishwasher tabs! This easy recipe calls for only 3 ingredients!

Tips for Selling Kids’ Clothes on Facebook Garage Sale Groups

Jul 9, 2015

Great tips for selling kids' clothes on Facebook garage sale groups! Clear out your clutter and make money by selling your kids' outgrown clothing on Facebook.

Is all of your storage space filled with clothes that your kids have grown out of? Instead of keeping it in storage wasting precious space, try selling it on a Facebook garage sale group. Many communities now have Facebook garage sale groups that make it easy for parents to get rid of old clothes. If you’re ready to get rid of your kids’ old clothes, these tips can help you sell on a garage sale group.

Be Honest About Condition

If you’re selling clothes on a Facebook garage sale group, make sure you’re honest about the condition. If there’s a small stain somewhere on a shirt or if the pants have worn knees, let the buyer know ahead of time. Depending on the price you’ve posted for the item, many buyers will still be willing to purchase the item and you’ll have a guilt-free conscience about selling it to them.

Group Clothes Together

Instead of selling one piece of clothing at a time, try selling groups of clothes together. You can bundle these lots according to size, season or type of clothing. Not only can this help you make money fast, it also makes it easier to get rid of more clothes at once, making it a great strategy to use in order to clear your storage space.

Offer Discounts

Another great way to sell more clothes on Facebook garage sale sites is to offer discounts for multiple items or lots purchased. By offering group discounts, you’re encouraging buyers to purchase more from you. Not only does this benefit the buyer who gets a better price, it also benefits you since you only have to drive to a meeting place once, saving you time and stress.

Post as Fast Sale and No Holds

Different Facebook garage sale groups have different rules, but most groups require that you follow the line order in order to sell an item to someone. This means that the first person to comment interested is the person who gets the item. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some buyers will ask for you to hold the item until they’re paid, which can lead to you being stuck for days at a time waiting on a sale. Many times, these buyers back out last minute, causing you to waste time trying to sell the item. In order to protect yourself and save time, post the item as a fast sale with no holds. Although you’re still required to follow the line order, this allows you to skip a buyer if they can’t meet right away.

Selling clothes on Facebook garage sale groups is a great way to make some money and get rid of old kids’ clothes. Do you sell items on Facebook garage sale groups? Share your experience and tips with us.

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Tips for Buying Kids’ Clothes on Facebook Garage Sale Groups

Jul 2, 2015

Great tips for buying kids' clothes on Facebook garage sale groups. Find great deals and save a bundle by buying secondhand!

Garage sale and resale groups have become increasingly popular on Facebook. These groups allow parents to buy, sell, and trade kids’ clothes locally. Not only does this allow sellers to get a better price on their used clothes, it also allows buyers to get great bulk discounts on clothes they need for their kids.

Here are some tips for buying kid’s clothes on Facebook garage sale groups.

Comment ASAP

If you’re interested in something posted on a Facebook garage sale group, be sure to comment right away! These groups often use a line order to help prevent any arguments, which means you need to get your name on the list right away. After commenting, you can always back out if you end up deciding that the item just isn’t the right price for you.

Ask About Condition

Anytime something used is being sold, don’t forget to ask the seller about the condition. Not only should you specifically ask if the clothes have any stains or holes, you should also check to see if the clothes come from a smoke-free, pet-free home. Most sellers will be honest with you and let you know right away if something is wrong with it. You can then make your decision regarding the clothes.

Buy in Bulk

If a seller has multiple items or lots posted, try buying in bulk! Ask the seller if they offer a discount if you purchase all of their items. Many sellers will give you a great deal so that they only have to meet with one buyer as opposed to multiple meets with buyers who may or may not show up. By buying in bulk, you can get an even better deal on an already good price.

Make a Good Impression

If you have a good experience with a seller, make sure you make a good impression on them too. Be sure to show up at the meet on time with the agreed upon amount. By making a good impression on the seller, you can suggest that the next time they have something for sale that they contact you first before posting it on the group. If they’re selling clothes that your kids are in, they obviously have children who are older, which means that they will probably sell clothes each time their kids move up a size. This can make it easier for you to find used clothes in good condition at a great price.

Buying clothes on Facebook garage sale groups is a great way to get clothes for your kids at a great price. Do you buy clothes on any groups? Share your experiences with us!

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20 Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Jun 11, 2015

20 Father's Day DIY Gift Ideas | Homemade gifts are so thoughtful and meaningful. This list has some simple and fun gifts that Dad will love - pallet coasters, mustache mugs, beard conditioning oil and more!

Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re looking for something unique to give a special dad this year, this list of great Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas will help you out.

Gifts don’t have to be expensive to be nice, and handmade gifts are so thoughtful and meaningful. This list has some simple and elegant gifts that anyone would love — dad, grandpa, brother, friend, cousin, uncle, etc. From Pallet Coasters and Mustache Mugs to Beard Conditioning Oil and Comfy Pajama Pants, there’s something for everyone!

20 Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

1. DIY Mini Pallet Coasters via Cooking Like Lou
These little pallet coasters are SO clever! I saw them on Pinterest a couple months back and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. I think these are “manly” enough to be a great gift idea for Father’s Day! And they look so easy to make.

2. Father’s Day Personalized Magnet Board via Whipperberry
For something with more of a personal touch, this is such a wonderful idea! Personalize with photos and decorate it however you’d like. I just love the free printable it comes with. So precious.

3. DIY Sharpie Mustache Mug via One Little Project
Okay. Seriously? These are so adorable! Bonus: they are useful. Great gift idea for the coffee lover.

4. Abstract Art Daddy Cut-Out Sign via Lovely Design
I love the simplicity and elegance of this pretty little sign. It would look so nice in Daddy’s work area.

5. DIY Beard Conditioning Oil via The Ambitious Acre
For the man who is proud of his beard, this is such a fun and useful gift idea. Make it yourself using essential oils!

6. DIY Pre-Shave and After-Shave via One Project Closer
Another essential oil recipe that Dad is sure to love! The smells of Lavender, Valor, and Orange will be relaxing and soothing. He is sure to become addicted to these all-natural shaving recipes.

7. Father’s Day Grillin’ Towel via Craft Whatever
This is a very simple sewing tutorial to make a handmade grilling towel for Dad. I do not sew, and this doesn’t even look too intimidating to me! A good portion of it is iron-on patches. I love that this towel is masculine, yet pretty and elegant!

8. DIY Glass Paperweights via In My Own Style
These are so simple and so great for Dad’s desk! They look really easy to make — just some simple decoupage!

9. Little Handmade Notebooks via See Kate Sew
These are amazing. I’m in love. For Dad. For Anyone. So cute. So simple. So perfect for anyone who loves writing things down — thoughts, to-do lists, ramblings, doodles, etc.

10. Comfy Pajama Pants via Sew 4 Home
What Dad doesn’t love to lounge around the house in comfy PJ pants? Follow this easy sewing tutorial for some DIY PJ pants for Dad!

11. Lego Cuff Links via Fun Favors Events
For the geeky Dad who still loves all things Lego, this is a fun one! Make him some Lego Cuff Links. Super easy!

12. Monogrammed Cuff Links via The Purl Bee
Want something a little bit more elegant? Try your hand at these monogrammed cuff links!

13. Stress Away Sugar Scrub via ABC Creative Learning
I know, I know. It’s a sugar scrub. But sugar scrubs don’t have to just be for women! So many Dads are weighed down with stress, so give him this scrub to help the stress melt away!

14. Rustic Pencil Holder via Strawberry Chic
For the artistic Dad, this rustic pencil holder is awesome! Or he can use it for regular pens and pencils at his desk! I love the natural look of this.

15. Pocket Watch Photo Album via The Mother Huddle
I am in love with this idea! So classic with a personal touch!

16. DIY Men’s Wallet via Jinky’s Crafts Designs
If you really want to get crafty, you can try your hand at this homemade men’s wallet! How cool is that?!

17. Custom Checkerboard via Aly & Ash Creations
For the Dad who loves board games, this is a fun idea! Make your own custom checkerboard from tile, vinyl, and wood.

18. Hand Painted Mousepad via Design Sponge
Whoa. This is so cool! Hand paint a custom mousepad for a Dad who is frequently on the computer. Don’t worry if you’re not artistic — you get to use stencils.

19. DIY Spice Containers for Grill Rubs via Kojo Designs
For the Dad who loves to grill or cook, this is a unique gift idea that is really simple and easy to make.

20. DIY Grilling Prep Plates via These Little Loves
Going along with the same theme, you can make these custom grilling prep plates that are sure to be useful for the Dad who grills out frequently!

Do you enjoy making homemade DIY gifts? What other ideas have you tried that you might add to this list?

20 Board Games for Family Game Night

Jun 4, 2015

20 Board Games for Family Game Night! Freshen up your game night routine with these fun family board games!

Family game nights are one of the easiest ways to have some frugal fun and spend quality time with the people you love most.

If your game cabinet has gotten a little stale or you just want to add on to what you already have, check out these ideas for some of the best board games for family game night! This is a list of quality games that are sure to provide hours and hours of family fun!

20 Board Games for Family Game Night

1. Settlers of Catan (3-4 players, more if you have expansion packs)
If I could recommend one and only one board game to add to your family’s game collection, this would be it. I have long been an avid board game player, and this game was introduced to me about a year ago. It quickly became my favorite, and I will play it over any other board game any chance I have. It has all the qualities of a perfect board game: chance, strategy, laughs, fierce competition, and ideal duration of game play. It never gets old. You will play it over and over again. And the best part? If the game should ever become old news, it has expansion packs that add on to the original game! I recommend SeaFarers or Cities & Knights. Both are so much fun and completely change the game play. You can always grab Catan Junior for the younger kids. And if you’re a complete and total Star Trek nerd like me, the Star Trek Catan is super fun. I switch up playing that version and the regular version. 😀

2. Ticket To Ride (2-5 players)
Days of Wonder creates the best overall collection of board games in existence, hands down. Ticket To Ride is an exceptional game that I have played hundreds of time with family and friends. I like it because it’s unlike any other kind of game you will play. It’s great for both kids and adults. If you get bored with it, you can pick up one of the Ticket to Ride variations. I’ve heard the Ticket to Ride Europe variation is really fun, because it adds in many new elements like ferries and tunnels (in addition to the original trains).

3. Small World (2-5 players)
This is my other favorite Days of Wonder board game. It’s reminiscent of Risk, but with more strategy, less chance, and shorter game time (everyone says hooray!). This is a board game involving conquering regions and enemy troops, but it’s all fantastical in nature. The races are made up of elves, dwarves, halflings, wizards, and more! You combine your chosen fantasy race with a special power to strategize and win the game. The artwork is beautifully done and the game play is SO much fun! And again, there are many Small World variations if you tire of the original.

4. Balderdash (2-6 players, but I’ve played with up to 10)
This is an amazing game, and one of my absolute favorite games to play with a larger group of people. If you love words and creativity, this game is for you. The object of the game is to come up with a definition, movie plot, famous person’s biography, acronym meaning, or laughable law that convinces everyone else in the game it is the original from the card. I think what I love most about it is seeing how creative all of my family and friends are! It’s incredible. It’s a challenging game that offers friendly competition and lots of laughs. It also doesn’t require too much intense concentration, so it’s a fun one to play while also enjoying conversation with a group.

5. Dutch Blitz (2-4 players)
This is a hidden gem of a card game that is fast-paced and such a blast! I like playing with 4 players best, because it moves really quickly and gets chaotic. If you like fast-paced games, this one is for you! Warning: this game can get violent when competition gets fierce. 😉

6. Parcheesi (2-4 players)
I have been playing this game since I was a little girl, and it is one of the best all-time classic board games (in my opinion). It plays similar to Trouble, but it’s more complicated and way more fun.

7. Scrabble (2-4 players) or Bananagrams (1-8 players)
Ah, another classic! What word lover doesn’t love a friendly, competitive game of Scrabble?! If you want to switch it up a little or have more than 4 players, definitely give Bananagrams a try! It’s a fun twist on Scrabble!

8. 10 Days in Asia, Africa, or Europe (2-4 players)
The 10 Days In… series of games is incredible. They are fun and educational. These are great for helping kids learn geography. I personally love 10 Days in Asia, but it looks like the only one available on Amazon is 10 Days in Europe. I would forego 10 Days in USA, as it is pretty boring (but maybe that’s just me). You can go HERE to find an online retailer or store near you that carries these games.

9. Skip-Bo (2-6 players)
This is another one I’ve been playing since I was really young. This is a sequencing card game created by the makers of UNO, but I much prefer it to UNO any day!

10. Sequence (2+ players)
This game has hidden touches of many other games (poker, canasta, rummy), and it’s a great game to play with the entire family! It’s easy for kids but challenging for adults. I always love pulling this one out on game night for something a little bit different.

11. Pictionary (3+ players)
One of my most prized possessions is my original Pictionary board game that I found at a garage sale for $2. Pictionary never gets old for me. This is a tried and true favorite in our family! It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw well — that just makes it even better and more hilarious! Over the years, we have saved drawings that were horrible just to laugh at them later. 😉

12. Dixit (3-6 players)
This is a game I picked up recently during an Amazon Board Game Sale, and it has become a favorite among my friends. It is a really unique game with absolutely gorgeous artwork on each card. This game really activates the imagination and promotes creative thinking. It’s great for kids or adults!

13. Spy Alley (2-6 players)
I played this game for the first time this past weekend, and it’s awesome!! It’s a fun game of trickery and strategy, and the four of us who played it for the first time absolutely loved it. We played multiple times in one night, and it has been added into the regular rotation for our board game get-togethers!

14. Catch Phrase (4+ players)
This is the ultimate party game for a large group of people. You only need 4 people to play, but you can play with an infinite amount of people. You just need an even amount of people, divided into two teams. You have to creatively get your team members to guess a word, while also paying attention to the timer. The game proceeds much like hot potato, and whoever is left with the device at the end of each round loses. I also love this game because it tends to appeal to all types of people — even those who are not your traditional board gamers.

15. Backgammon (2 players)
If you have a large group of people, sometimes it’s fun to divide up into groups and play tournaments of 2-player games. This is a timeless classic of a game (and my personal favorite 2-player game). I like it because it’s not as strategy-heavy as Chess, but it has a good enough does of strategy to keep it fun and challenging.

16. Othello (2 players)
A minute to learn, a lifetime to master. That’s the tagline for this game, and it is oh-so-true! This is another awesome strategic 2-player game that is so much fun. I’m still perfecting my strategy on this game, and I’ve been playing it for a couple years.

17. Munchkin (3-8 players)
If you like or have ever been curious about Dungeons and Dragons, this is a cool variation! It’s silly, hilarious, and a fun one for a large group of people.

18. Carcassonne (2-5 players)
This is one I have yet to play, but have heard raving reviews about. It is supposed to appeal to lovers of Risk, Small World, and Catan. And many people say it is superior to the others. Its value lies in the replay value and strategic fun.

19. Risk (2-5 players)
It’s been alluded to many times in this round-up, and I don’t think a board game list is complete without it! A classic game of strategy and chance. If you don’t mind a game that lasts for hours, this is one that all board game lovers have to experience!

20. Deck of Cards
No game night is complete without a deck or two of cards. I love that with a couple decks of cards, there are infinite possibilities for a couple or many players. My all-time favorite card games are Spades and Liverpool Rummy, but I’m sure you have your favorites among your family and friends!

Are there any family favorites you would add to this list? Let’s hear in the comments!

Written by contributing author Meg, who is a total book worm, animal lover, neat freak, vegetarian foodie, and wannabe world traveler. She is passionate about hiking, writing, exceptional coffee, yoga, and good music. She is also a self-labeled nerd and thoroughly enjoys all things Star Trek and Harry Potter.