March 29, 2007

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Save and Create

Filed under: Craft Project,Save Money,Shopping Tips — sandilarson @ 7:13 am

29-Mar

By using ingredients from your pantry, you can take care of your skin and save. Try the
following:
Honey and oatmeal can exfoliate dry skin.
Ginger seeped in a bath softens your skin.
Cucumber and milk softens tired skin.

You can also make the best possible cream for dry, cracked skin… especially your feet.  Go to the nearest dollar store and purchase 1 bottle baby lotion, one bottle vitamin E lotion, and one jar Vaseline.  Mix the three together.  I just use my electric mixer.  I then put the new mixture back into the original containers and use daily.  I’ve never found anything better, and it only costs me $3 and a few minutes.  I save little jelly jars, and put some of the mixture into them as future gifts.   

30-Mar

You can make some delightful treats for all the children on your Easter list.  Purchase some white plastic spoons and suckers.  The round tootsie roll pops or a similar pop is the best.  Draw a bunny face on the back of the spoon with a permanent marker, add some felt bunny ears.  Tape the sucker into the bowl of the spoon and tie with a bow.  Here is a link to some that a member of a craft forum created for her Spring craft show.  http://bobbibopstuff.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=2164

She also made some chicks.  http://bobbibopstuff.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=2166

This is a fun and inexpensive treat that little kids will love.

 

 

31-Mar

            Review your calendar for March, and budget how much you will be spending for each gifting occasion.  If you normally purchase a Christmas present for those same people, plan on purchasing the Christmas gift at the same time.  Remember to record the purchase in your book.

 

1-Apr

            Keep pinching the tops of your herb plants and picking mature leaves.  Dry and store.  Even if you just use them for cooking instead of purchasing the bottled kind, you’ll save money.

 

2-Apr

            Almost everyone saves newspaper clippings, travel brochures, and other printed documents, and after just a few years these items begin to deteriorate due to the acid in the papers.  Archival mist is very expensive, but you can make your own by dissolving one milk of magnesia tablet in one quart of club soda.  Let mixture stand overnight,  stir well, and pour into shallow pan (like a cookie sheet or jellyroll pan).  Carefully lay clipping into mixture and let soak through.  Remove and lay on soft towel  to dry.  Be sure to test the colorfastness of inks on items other than newspaper before you soak.  This is a great money saver for anyone that creates scrapbooks.

March 28, 2007

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Eat at Home

Filed under: Cooking Tip,Save Money — sandilarson @ 7:14 am

Eat at home. Eating out has become an American lifestyle. What used to be an activity to celebrate special occasions has become part of the daily, fast-paced life. But did you know that eating out could 
take as much as 40% of your budget for food? You could save as much as $40 weekly, just by eating in!
Plan your meals. Eating out 4X a week need not be your solution to a busy lifestyle. Menu planning is! Take time on weekends to plan for the following week’s meals. Every night, before you go to bed, take out the ingredients for the meals of the next day from the freezer, and store them in the refrigerator. By the time you get home from work, everything is thawed and ready to be cooked. It only takes minutes to throw a few things int a slow cooker before you leave for work, and everything is ready when you get home from work.  There are some fantastic slow cooker recipes available.

March 27, 2007

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Buy in Bulk

Filed under: Save Money,Shopping Tips — sandilarson @ 6:49 am

Buy in bulk. How can warehouse and discount clubs drastically lower their prices? Because they buy and sell in bulk. And so should you! Consumables that are non-perishable can be purchased 10-15% cheaper when bought in bulk. You will waste money, however, if you purchase food items and allow them to go to waste.  You can repackage almost all the food items you purchase into smaller packages and freeze or otherwise preserve them.  I purchase my cheeses, meats, spices and fresh vegetables in bulk.  Everything is repackaged and frozen so nothing goes to waste.  Remember things such as kitchen towels, cleaners, canned goods, and paper goods are usually also a lot less expensive.

March 26, 2007

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Cancel Magazines

Filed under: Save Money — sandilarson @ 8:20 am

Reduce or eliminate magazines. If you are a typical American family, your mailbox gets its regular fill of magazines: business, sports, home and garden magazines. Can you imagine how much each of these
subscriptions cost? Annually, it is an average of about $20 per magazine. If your family is subscribed to 5 different magazines, that’s already $100 savings per year! If you still need the information from such magazines, go check out their websites and you’ll be surprised at how much free information is available!  Or, check them out from your local library.  You don’t need to wait until the subscription runs out.  For most magazines, you can cancel at any time and you will be sent the prorated balance of what you have prepaid.  If you cancel magazines, put the refund in your Christmas fund.

March 25, 2007

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Make Some Gifts

Filed under: Craft Project,Save Money — sandilarson @ 7:40 am

Set aside some time this week to make some useful Easter Gifts for some of the women on your gift list.  Here is a link to a delightful bunny made from a towel and wash cloths.  http://www.familycorner.com/homegarden/crafts/towel_bunny.shtml

Everyone can always use an extra kitchen or bath towel and wash cloths.  Your investment will be quite low, and the little bunny will be appreciated so much more than a more commercial gift.

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