“Gardening is increasingly becoming something you buy, rather than something you do,” writes Alys Fowler, author of the forthcoming The Thrifty Gardener: How to Create a Stylish Garden for Next to Nothing. “Yet there is nothing more satisfying than being able to say, ‘I made that.’”
In an article in The Guardian newspaper about her love of “scrap craft”—making useful things out of discarded items—in gardening, she offers a bevy of great ideas. Not only does the DIY ethic give a garden a certain funky style, it can also save you a pretty penny. Continue reading
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Before you realize it, cleaning supplies can eat up a surprisingly large chunk of your budget. All those specialized soaps, spritzes, and scrubs really add up. And that’s not taking into account the expense involved in cleaning such things as car upholstery or fine art.
How can you cut the costs of cleaning? The blogosphere is awash in tips, all of them vying to make your home cleaner for cheaper. Here are a handful of good ones to get you started. Continue reading
Buying groceries as a single person isn’t as easy as it might seem. One significant problem is that suppliers often package grocery items in amounts suitable for families of three or more people, which can lead to food waste.
Planning your shopping trips ahead of time, as well as learning safe food storage techniques, can make grocery shopping for one less stressful and expensive.
Here are some tips for solo grocery shopping: Continue reading
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Summer birthday parties for kids are all about vibrant colors, staying cool and having fun, fun, fun! All of that can be accomplished on a budget. You may even be able to skip the expensive party supply store.
Follow the links below for directions on DIY birthday projects you can handle! You’ll find ideas for chilly treats, creative centerpieces and endearing party favors that won’t cost much at all. Continue reading
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For those who have a garden, it can get expensive trying to pull out the hose and water everything a few times a week. To help save money and be a bit more environmentally friendly, a lot of people have resorted to making their own rain barrel.
This barrel will be able to catch rain for you to store it later, and then provide a way for you to be able to water your garden with the rain, thus leaving your hose, and your water bill, intact. A rain barrel is pretty simple to make, you can have one completely set up in just an hour or two. Continue reading