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.
Giving up disposable products, plastic shopping bags and other
"conveniences" of modern-day life can be challenging, because we
think they make our lives easier. The New Year is a great time to
challenge those perceptions.
Here are a handful of quick, eco-friendly resolutions that might
even make your life a little easier.
Buy in bulk
You'll pay less per pound of food, and make fewer trips to the
store, when you buy in bulk. These airtight glass canisters make storing your
extra non-perishables easy; you might need freezer bags, or even a
vacuum sealer, for perishable items.
Manufacturers want you to try their new products but sometimes they don't offer a freebie sample.
The next best thing is a rebate. What's a rebate? The manufacturer of the product will mail you a
check for the purchase price of certain products.
How does it work?
Step One: You buy the specific product at the store.
Step Two: Fill in the manufacturers rebate form.
Step Three: Mail the rebate form and other required info (usually a UPC and/or store receipt) to the manufacturer of the product.
Step Four: YOU GET A CHECK IN THE MAIL!
Rebate checks usually take about 4 - 8 weeks to arrive. Next is the most important fact you need to know:
You have to open every piece of mail even if it looks like junk mail. I had a check arrive once that I almost tossed
in the recycle bin by my mailbox. It looked like junk mail! I know it can be a little inconvenient but it's a
great way to try full size products.
Read on for a list to see what you can get a refund for.
Hurricane Irene struck a few days ago and some people in the Northeast are still without power and other basic services. This got me thinking about some basic emergency preparedness and how sometime the old solutions are still the best. You may get all your news on your iPhone via The HuffPo, or eat only microwave organic food normally--but most likely that's not gonna cut it after an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster.
Here are ten items you are going to want stashed away somewhere in case of emergency.
Air drying clothes is a big money saving, eco-friendly tip.
When you air dry your clothes, you save money and energy from not
using the dryer, but you also extend the life of your
Unfortunately many people believe because they don't have a yard or
live in an apartment that it's not possible. I've lived in
apartments and in places where it's so humid it's almost impossible
to air dry clothes outside. I've found ways around hanging
clothing outside to dry.
Last week I told you all about my ordeals under the house in my crawl space. This week I want to focus on just one aspect of it: PVC pipe. While it is true that the pipes I had to replace only broke because they were PVC, it was really the fault of the last installer not the pipe itself. PVC pipe is about the easiest type of plumbing pipe to work with, though it does have its limitations.
If you've seen "Moonstruck" you'll remember Cosmo Castorini's quote about plumbing: