Used Furniture – Re-purpose, Recycle, Re-use.

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

But there are ways to save – consider used furniture. While most folks consider wood and metal used furniture to be quite restorable, many turn their noses up at re-using fabric covered items. I recently bought a daybed, with a pop-up trundle and 2 mattresses for $30 (note that buying this set new would cost upwards of $300) and just completed my first re-upholstery job on a reclining wing back chair that came with our vacation condo.

Should Parents Pay For Good Grades?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

There is and has been a swirling cloud of controversy surrounding whether or not parents should reward their children for earning good grades in school. To me, it is normal and natural for a parent to want their child to do well – in school and in life. I believe that smart parents find ways to reward behavior they want to encourage. My parents rewarded by brother and I for good grades. Parents who pay for grades believe that it reinforces parental priorities.

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How to get rid of lice with tea tree oil (instead of insecticide)

The Frugal Girl

So, here’s a reminder about how you can effectively (and cheaply) get rid of lice without using RID or NIX. I know lice are a super unpleasant subject, but if you’ve got school-age kids, pin this for future use. Use a liberal hand and then some. Parenting

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Savings Tip: Use Reusable Packages for School Lunches

Couponing 101

If you’re packing lunches for your child or children, you may have already figured out budget-friendly items to include. While this may seem like a nominal price, when you’re using them five days a week for several years, the cost seems more significant. This is especially true if you use multiple bags per lunch or have several children. Reusable sandwich bags are a lot like the disposable bags you’re familiar with. Parenting Tips

How to Save Money by Greening your Wardrobe

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If you’re like me, you are always looking for ways to save money, even if it’s only a little bit each week or month. Whatever you choose, you will be de-cluttering your home, recycling, re-using and maybe making a bit of money as well. Look critically at what you have kept and make up different outfits using each garment multiple times. This was certainly not a good use of my limited clothing allowance.

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Kindergarten to College – Back to School Money Tips

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Not many – but by planning ahead now you might find ways to lessen the expenses you will face next month and use the annual experience as a teachable moment in your child’s personal finance education. Parents already know that back to school time is the second most expensive time of the year (right after the holidays). using what they already have. using tax free days. Use your card for the other purchases you make as well.

Free Kindle Books: The House, The Aging Boomers And More

For the Mommas

Samson: Over 30 experts provide answers to critical questions for you, your parents and loved ones! For Baby Boomers, the topics of conversations with friends went from discussing what formula you’re using with your infants to setting up play dates for your toddlers to scheduling car pools for sporting events. Now, the main topic of conversation for Baby Boomers is talking about parents and their illnesses, challenges, cognitive issues, and more.

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10 Ways to $ave Energy Comfortably

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The following are some tips, tricks, and tools you can employ to lower your energy use. Monthly cooking appears to be a growing trend, however, think back to when you were young and you likely remember your parents or grandmother cooking far too much food and freezing it for later use. If you’re using the energy (and spending money to do so) to make the food, why make just enough for one meal when you can stock up?

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Guest Post: 10 Ways to $ave Energy Comfortably

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The following are some tips, tricks, and tools you can employ to lower your energy use. Monthly cooking appears to be a growing trend, however, think back to when you were young and you likely remember your parents or grandmother cooking far too much food and freezing it for later use. If you’re using the energy (and spending money to do so) to make the food, why make just enough for one meal when you can stock up?

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