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.

Stay on track with bringing your lunch to work

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At my previous job, I had no problem with bringing my lunch every day to work. If you make a habit to make your lunch in the morning instead of buying it when you are at work, it will become far easier to sacrifice the easy, yet unhealthy restaurant food for cheaper and healthier food from home. Each morning, make it a habit to make your lunch for the day ahead and eat it at work instead of out. I started a new job last month.

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Saving Money by Taking Your Own Lunches to Work

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If you work out how much you’re spending on work lunches in the average work week, you might be surprised to know just how much money is being frittered away. You can save money by taking your own lunches to work and depending on what you’ve previously been grabbing in your lunch break, it might be a lot healthier too. Here are some tips on making it work for you. This is what we do and it works great.

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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.

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Five Frugal Things | pretty much 100% food!

The Frugal Girl

Once they were frozen, I removed them to a re-used ziploc freezer bag for storage. And I realized after finding the recipe that it’s by Heather Tullos, who works at Mediavine, and who I met at Fincon last year.

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7 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

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From food waste to packaging to disposable items, there are a lot of resources being used by humans. A meal plan can be one of the best ways to avoid last-minute takeout runs, as well as ensure that you have a way to use the food you buy. From taking good care of your car, to properly caring for your clothing, to keeping your appliances in working order, taking care of what you already have helps it last longer. Find Ways to Re-Use as Much As You Can. Buy Used.

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Simple But Effective Steps of Waste Management

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If you are looking to improve how you handle waste management, you should be using ways that help you keep the amount of waste at a low level. However, to ensure that everything runs smoothly at your home or work, you need to know how to effectively contribute. The first step of great waste management solution s is working on reducing the amount of waste that you produce. Getting products that you can use and re-use is also another great way of generating less waste.

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Interview with a Self-Made Millionaire

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

For so long, we plodded along with next to nothing while our neighbors were running up their charge cards and using home equity loans to take vacations. We shopped at garage sales, turned down the heat, combined errands to use less gas, didn’t buy a lot of prepared food, cooked at home and the like. I remember that we re-used our coffee grounds. Me: What do you mean, re-used your coffee grounds? What methods are you using to help get there?

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Silicone Baking Mats 2-Pack Set $13.36

For the Mommas

Right now on Amazon you can get these Artisan Metal Works Silicone Non-Stick Baking Mats 2-Pack Set for $13.36 (Reg. I love using my silicone baking mats when baking cookies. The cookies never stick, and I love that I can re-use them over and over again. 27.99). Free shipping is available on orders $35 or more, or with Amazon Prime. Amazon prices can change at anytime. Amazon Deals Hot Deals Online Sales

Wood Watches by JORD Product Review

Teresa's Deals

He really loves wearing a watch, his other two either quit working or broke. Consideration of best use and added benefit are central to their decision making process. Their methods ensure that their watches are not just worn, they’re used. This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content, read our Disclosure Policy. Wood Watches by JORD Product Review. I had the opportunity of receiving this men’s watch for my husband.

Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

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Millionaires like to use their time efficiently. To Practice Re-use. Garage sales afford an optimal way to get access products to be re-used. Millionaires work with and through people. Some millionaires buy and re-sell goods. Going to garage sales typically provides the cheapest way to buy goods for re-sale on venues such as eBay, Amazon or at antique malls or stores. This post was written by Marie. A lot of us frequent garage sales.

Friday Links – Whirlwind Edition

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Between working overtime at work, trying get things done for this Board I am on, the at home to do’s and blogging, I am just running off my feet. If you’re contemplating switching jobs and have an HSA with your current employer, don’t miss Michael’s post about what to do with your HSA when you leave a job at Financial Ramblings. How to Re-use Common Items. Are You Cut out for Working from Home?

6 Reasons to Meal Plan

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If you’re used to being spontaneous with your choice of meals, the idea of planning your meals for the week in advance might seem tedious and unappealing, but there are some definite advantages involved. By working out your household’s meals in advance, you’ll save money in food costs. Planning what you’ll eat means that you’re less likely to fall for impulse buys –as long as you stick to your list! I have found this also works good for work lunches too.

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Save Money on Hair Care

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Now, if you’re not blonde, you may not know what naturally blonde hair entails. I’ve since washed my hair every second day, which I found saves me a surprising amount of money on shampoo and conditioner, as you are using half as much in a month. If you have long hair, start from the bottom and comb the tangles while working your way up. I typically cheap out on the shampoo, and use a better quality conditioner.

Save Money and Time with Once a Month Cooking

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We used to love eating out, but as our family grew, so did the expense of eating out. One strategy I used to make dinner time more bearable was to begin making freezer meals. If you’re not sure which recipes would work, there are plenty of places you can look to find recipes. Do those the night before, and then when you’re cooking, you simply dump the ingredients in and keep working.

Day 4 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Budget: Pantry Challenge

Family Balance Sheet

Today, we’re going to plan meals using those inventories of foods you found in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. This week’s meal plan should already be complete–that was Day 1’s assignment–so we will use these meal ideas on Day 8 when we plan next week’s menu and grocery list. By doing the work today, Day 8’s assignment will be a little easier. I found lots of frozen fruit that we will use for smoothies.

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Should Parents Pay For Good Grades?

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I remember getting a quarter for every E (excellent work) and although I never had to pay it, there was a penalty for any grade below average. In fact, some studies, done long ago and outside the family environment show that rewards (of any kind) for work done may actually hurt intrinsic motivation. After all, isn’t the point to get your kids to work hard for the satisfaction of a job well done? It worked for us.

How Your House or Business Can Invest in a Greener Planet

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By doing this you don’t only help everybody on the globe by using green energy , you also help yourself. Fossil fuels continue to ruin our environment, and as they are also running out it is time for us to understand how we can use renewable energy for all of our business and home needs. Whether you’re looking at helping your business or your home then you should be looking at improving the future energy usage of your buildings. 5 Ways to Save Money and the Planet at Work.

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An Update on Medi-Share – September 2017

Family Balance Sheet

As open enrollment nears for many health insurance plans, I thought this would be a great time to give you an update on Medi-Share, the health sharing ministry that we are using in place of traditional health insurance. So far, the ministry has been working seemlessly. We generally don’t have a lot of medical bills–just the usual stuff like annual physicals, some blood work, and an occasional sick visit. We’re used to paying for a lot our medical expenses.

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Your Car Insurance Rates Can Be Lower If…

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The worse the rap sheet, the higher the premium, so don’t speed, don’t drink and drive, and if you feel you’re channeling the inner spirit of the lead from that action movie you just saw, just don’t. If you use all the safety gadgets. So use car pools and public transport when you can, and drive only when you have to – you’ll save a lot on insurance. Author Bio: Elvis Donnelly is a father of two who works from home and lives with his wife.

7 Tips and Tricks to Manage Your Inbox

Couponing 101

Depending on how you’re using it, maintaining your inbox might be sucking up a disproportionate chunk of your time. You can find them quickly and easily when you need them, but once they’re tucked away in a folder, you don’t have to look at them every day. Some say you should create a separate folder for emails that you’re waiting to act on. However, if you’re forgetful, it might be hard to remember to check another folder.

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Friday Links – Week Three of Chaos

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I hope you aren’t working yourselves into the ground like I seem to be at the moment. If you’re in the market for new insurance, make sure to read Deanne’s post about how much life insurance you need at Brighter Life. 10 reasons you’re broke. How to re-use common items. 10 Reasons You’re Broke Reader Question: How to Stay Positive When Times are Tough. Hi everyone. This week has been as hectic as the last two.

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Budget Babe: L’Oreal’s Genius New Dye

Cheap Chica's Guide To Style

The best part about this under $15 dye is that the resealable bottle allows for multiple uses, which means that you won’t waste a drop and will have to spend less on dye overall. This is a foam hair dye, Chicas, and take it from us – the new application is much easier than what you’re used to. For more of her work, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

10 Ways to Reduce Utility Bills

Couponing 101

Reducing your water not only helps with your bills, it also helps with making sure you’re not wasting water for no reason! Use CFL or LED bulbs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. Use a smart power strip. Using a smart power strip is a great way to avoid this, plus it’s nice to have all your outlets in one place. Utility companies may offer certain discounts for different types of energy use.

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Don’t Recycle, Reuse

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When you can reuse or re-purpose an item, you are not only saving it from the landfills, but you are also saving the expense and energy which would have been expended when you recycle. Of course there are personal benefits as well – you save money by not buying or by buying used and you save money by not paying sales taxes for a new item. It works great and I didn’t spend an extra cent making it. It has been in constant use for at least 40 years!

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Avoid Toxic Skincare Products In Minutes Flat

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Whether it’s because “green” is in or because summer is coming to an end, lately I have been asked by almost everyone I know about the safety of the skincare products they have been using. Did you know that tens of thousands of chemicals are used in these products and that most of them are not tested for safety? Then, it’s time to get educated about the products you purchase and use every day on your body. What kind of products do you use?

Make Your Own Beauty Products

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Sick of spending a small fortune on beauty products when you’re not even sure what’s in them half the time? You can make some quick and easy beauty treats using ingredients that you’ve already got at home. What Kind of Things Can I Use? Here are just a few of the everyday food items that work well in beauty treatments, and their main benefits. Plain yogurt : This can be used as a quick and easy face mask for all skin types.

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How To Recover From A Home Fire

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Really, all you have left, if you are lucky enough not to be home, are the clothes on your back and the things you had with you when you left to run that errand, go on that visit or go to work. Don’t Re-Enter Your Home Until Cleared By The Fire Department. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned.

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15 Ways to Reduce Energy Costs

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If you know exactly how much energy you’re using, you can take appropriate measures to cut back. Switch off appliances when they’re not in use. Turn off lights and electric appliances when you’re not using them, and this includes leaving them on standby. Running two partial loads will use up more energy than one big load so you’re much better off waiting when possible. Don’t use hot wash settings.

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Is ‘Going Green’ Killing Our Economy?

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Many of my cousins, aunts and uncles worked for these paper mills. Related posts: 12 Things You’re Using That May Be Killing You and the Planet. Guest Post Author Bio: Corey is the author and creator of 20′s Finances. His personal finance blog offers great ways to save money as well as tips to plan for the future. With the movement of environmental concern, the world is in flux.

Put Your Budget on a Diet: Saving Money by Living Medium

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Megamarts like Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Aldi’s, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and even franchised grocery stores carry the same quality of goods that you’re used to buying, but they don’t carry the overhead costs that come with the big names. Here’s something you should try: grab a box of something you typically buy name brand, grab a box of the same item in the store brand, compare the ingredients…they’re the same, aren’t they? Used Doesn’t Mean Abused.

Reviewing The World’s Landfills – A Future Fictional Business Plan Excerpt

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none of them were working to contain the growing mountains of waste. In the early 21 st century, increasing world population, growing use of non-decomposable plastics, the westernization of the Asian continent and several world economic crisis cycles all contributed to increasing numbers of landfill operations throughout the world – mostly containing petroleum based plastic products. We will use our custom landfill location process to find landfills to review.

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5 Companies that Deliver Anything in an Hour – Honest Review

Coupons Do Work

Read the reviews of the 5 best companies to use that we love : . If you’re using all of these features and Now’s same-day delivery. Task Rabbit: TaskRabbit is a service, you can use it as a delivery service, but it isn’t really one. How it works: You pay someone by the hour to do just about anything you need, from a single grocery trip to going through your whole errands list. How to get anything delivered in an hour!!

How to Save Money at the Supermarket

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If you’re anything like most people, you’re probably feeling the pinch thanks to rising food prices. If you’re not organized, it’s much more likely that you’ll be tempted into buying things that you don’t really need. To help you plan your list, it’s useful to plan your meals in advance so that you know exactly what you need and won’t be wasting food. The other big temptations are the sweets and magazines by the tills, so keep away from these when you’re queuing.

How To Revive Stale Potato Chips & Avoid Waste!!

Saving Everyday

I’ll eat leftovers for days before I’ll throw them away and re-use everything I can. While I can’t guarantee this will work with every kind of chip, it’s worth a shot! If you followed this site for very long, than you know that it kills my soul to waste food. Chips rarely go stale in our house, so I was pretty bummed when I found that a whole bag of my favorite Trader Joe’s baked chips had gone stale.

Kindergarten to College – Back to School Money Tips

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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. If you believe in using allowances as part of personal finance training, letting your child take on more and more financial responsibility with an increasing allowance can help them be prepared to make good budgeting and spending decisions when they are on their own.

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? 2 – Re-seal Your Windows & Doors.

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

For the Mommas

We need to understand that what we put into the body has a direct effect on our physical selves, mood, temperament and work life. 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. If you love reading, then here are some FREE Books from Amazon Kindle! The books include The House, The Aging Boomers And More.

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Snoopy and Belle In Fashion and Giveaway!

Nicoles Nickels

For this exhibition, we’re using high-end vinyl dolls that are 9 inches tall, and we engaged contemporary designers to reimagine Snoopy and Belle. It’s so great to see high end fashion designers being thrilled to work with one of my childhood favorites, Snoopy! Snoopy has always been known for his unique sense of style (think Joe Cool, the World War I Flying Ace, and the Easter Beagle), but even Snoopy can learn a thing or two from his fashionista sister, Belle!

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How To Revive Stale Potato Chips & Avoid Waste!!

Saving Everyday

I’ll eat leftovers for days before I’ll throw them away and re-use everything I can. While I can’t guarantee this will work with every kind of chip, it’s worth a shot! If you followed this site for very long, than you know that it kills my soul to waste food.

Dyson Upright Vacuum Only $192 + FREE Shipping

Saving Cents With Sense

They’re restored to a fully functional condition. In short, they are everything a Dyson machine should be- they work properly and don’t lose suction. Refurbishing these machines, rather than disposing of them, means that the parts and materials are re-used instead of wasted. If you have been wanting to get a Dyson Vacuum, now is the time! There is a HOT Deal on a Factory Reconditioned Dyson DC27 Total Clean Upright Vacuum for only $191.99 (reg.

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? 2 – Re-seal Your Windows & Doors.

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Tips for Conserving Water with WaterSavers and Giveaway

Nicoles Nickels

WaterSavers is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly car washes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment. How to Be Green and Clean Your Driving Machine – Keeping your car clean with regular washing is an important part of responsible maintenance, but washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons of water in as little as five minutes. It’s easy to do a few simple things to save water!