Composting is great for helping your plants grow, preventing certain plant diseases and deterring some pests in your garden. Composting also helps prevent food scraps and yard waste from heading to the landfill, and saves you money on gardening products you would otherwise buy at the store.
You can compost inside on your countertop or outside, but if you are just starting out, I suggest trying a kitchen compost to see how you like it.
Halloween is one of my favorite times to decorate my home. However, I hate to break the bank doing so. Here are my top 5 tips for saving money on Halloween decorations.
1. Reuse what you have on hand with some quick additions. You can make a cute Halloween centerpiece by taking a vase and a candle you already have and adding candy corn around it. Look at what you have and see how you can give it some Halloween flair. Tablecloths and sheets can have many creative uses too.
2. Do it yourself. You can easily make all kinds of simple and cute Halloween decorations on the cheap. Everything from using glow sticks and toilet paper rolls for evil eyes in your bushes to cute subway art with free templates. I even have some ideas on a my Pinterest board to get you started.
Here's a few back to school freebies, including one for
teachers! If your a teacher Staples is giving out free gift bags
with bonus coupons to the first 100 teachers at each store. Check
the link for the date in your area for Staples Teacher Appreciation Day. I've posted this
next freebie before but I want to remind everyone about it. For the
entire month of August, JCPenney's is offering free haircuts to all kids K - 6th grade.
Appointments are recommended. The free haircuts are available at
all JCP Salons in the USA.
Whether you work
from home full time or find yourself bringing your work home with you on
the weekends, having a dedicated office space with all the gadgets and
tools you need makes life easier. Unfortunately, it also adds to your
electricity bill and household waste. Follow these four tips to cut down
on your energy consumption and waste levels.
1. Upgrade to CFLs
you're still using traditional light bulbs in your home office, its
time to upgrade to compact fluorescent light bulbs. CLFs cost a bit more
than standard light bulbs - about $3.00 to $6.00 a piece - but they'll
reduce your electricity usage as well as the heat output from the light.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that a CFL uses 75 percent less energy on average.
I bought my house approximately eight million years ago (or, five, depending upon who you ask). We moved in, stupidly juggling dueling mortgages and a four-year old child, and were amazed by all the space. Nothing like a tiny three bedroom condo to make a full-sized house look a little intimidating.