DIY http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13/all en-US Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas_baked_goods_77270193.jpg" alt="Making delicious holiday gifts now" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have had no time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-to-make-deluxe-gifts-for-under-15">get my craft on</a> and no money to spend on thrift store gifts, because I am hellbent on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-why-i-need-to-find-31k-this-year">making an extra $31,000</a> by the end of the year.</p> <p>However, my insane work schedule and budget have not stopped me from completing my holiday DIY gift list early. It's not even October, I have made 100% of my gifts from scratch, and I barely had to leave my house.</p> <p>What's my holiday gift hack? Make ahead edible gifts.</p> <h2>1. Surplus Fruit Jam</h2> <p>I have a gigantic mission fig tree in my backyard. Even after I invited all of my fig-crazed neighbors over to pick as many figs as they could eat, I was still left with 50 pounds of fresh figs that I turned into 130 eight-ounce jars of fig jam. Total cost: $100 for jars and a 10-pound sack of cane sugar. (I traded figs for lemons and oranges with neighbors in order to keep my ingredient cost to a minimum).</p> <p>Figs might seem like an exotic and rare fruit, but in southern California, there are feral fig trees that pop up in vacant lots. They are everywhere. Also, figs are like zucchinis, you only need one plant to supply an entire neighborhood.</p> <h2>2. Marmalade</h2> <p>I never liked marmalade until I figured out <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/jam-session-master-lemon-marmalade-recipe/">my own recipe</a> for lemon marmalade. The basic recipe is made with just three ingredients: lemons, cane sugar, and water.</p> <h2>3. Preserved Lemons</h2> <p><a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016212-preserved-lemons">Salt preserved lemons</a> are one of my secret weapons in the kitchen. I use preserved lemons to perk up everything from traditional North African <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/105044/lamb-tagine/">tagines</a> to store-bought salad dressing. They are delicious as a garnish for fish or poultry. My favorite way to eat them is as a flavoring for thick, Greek-style yogurt that I then use as a savory topping for flat bread.</p> <h2>4. Limoncello</h2> <p>Limoncello, or Limoncino as it's know in Florence, is the classic Italian after-dinner drink made from grain alcohol, sugar, and lemon peel. Although most American recipes call for vodka, every Italian mixologist I know uses a high-proof spirit like Everclear as the base. For people who love kitchen science, I prefer to use the <a href="http://gizmodo.com/how-to-make-the-best-limoncello-youve-ever-had-1533528095">vapor method</a> of infusion because I think it results in a smoother tasting drink.</p> <h2>5. Citrus Salts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/citrus-salt-recipe.html">Citrus salts</a> are elegant food gifts that are super simple to make. All you need is citrus zest and flaky sea salt. Packed into small glass jars, citrus salts are great stocking stuffers, but they would also make beautiful wedding favors.</p> <h2>6. Canned Peaches</h2> <p>Eating a summer peach that was picked and canned at peak ripeness in the dead of winter is such a pleasure. Anyone who puts up food knows that preserving surplus food is a great way to save money and enjoy out-of-season flavors. Now is your last chance until next year to capture summer in a jar.</p> <h2>7. Blackberry Syrup</h2> <p>I grew up in Oregon, so I know that it is totally possible to eat too many blackberries. Since Marionberries grow everywhere, wild, my family never spent a dime to enjoy this summer fruit. As an adult, I now spend $8 per pound for a substandard blackberry experience.</p> <p>For the love of all that is good and beautiful, if you have access to free, feral berry bushes, don't take that for granted. Stretch the last harvest of the season by making <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/blackberry-syrup-108407">blackberry syrup</a> instead of blackberry jam. It's amazing on everything from pancakes to ice cream.</p> <h2>8. Pickled Okra</h2> <p>Okra gets a bad rap. It's slimy. It's like eating a tiny luffa. But even haters will enjoy spicy, garlicky <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/pickled_dill_okra.html">pickled okra</a>, especially if it's served in a bloody mary as an edible stir stick.</p> <h2>9. Ketchup</h2> <p>Ever wonder why there are so many varieties of mustard and so few varieties of ketchup? Answer: Ketchup is a pain in the butt to make. Five years ago, I lost eight hours of my life making homemade ketchup from the sad, leftover tomatoes in my garden. It took that long for the tomato puree to cook down. <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Ketchup">This recipe</a> makes ketchup that is so delicious, that my friends are still begging me to make it again to this day. To avoid my lengthy ketchup odyssey, use paste tomatoes that have more meat and less juice. (If you don't grow your own San Marzano tomatoes, buy the canned version when they go on sale.)</p> <p>Unlike store-bought ketchup that has a shelf life of &hellip; forever, homemade ketchup needs to be refrigerated and has a life span of just a few weeks. If you want to make ketchup in advance, be sure to follow <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_03/tomato_ketchup.html">these instructions</a> on how to can it properly.</p> <h2>10. Mustard</h2> <p>Mustard is a handmade food that requires advance preparation. Mustard needs time to marinate and mellow out, as freshly made mustard is very bitter. I use <a href="http://honest-food.net/2015/05/08/how-to-make-mustard-2/">this versatile recipe</a> as a jumping-off point because I can make it with a mortar and pestle and live out my wizard fantasies, and because it has a shelf life of 12 months in the refrigerator.</p> <h2>11. Fermented Tabasco-Style Hot Sauce</h2> <p>The secret ingredient of Tabasco sauce is time. It's aged in oak barrels for over three years! My food snob friends are suitably impressed by the <a href="http://honest-food.net/2014/08/21/fermented-hot-sauce-recipe/">artisanal version</a>, even though I can never wait longer than 100 days for my hot sauce to ferment.</p> <h2>12. Cranberry Sauce</h2> <p>True story: I learned how to can because I wanted to be able to eat my homemade cranberry sauce year-round. As it turns out, I am not the only person who craves that sweet/tart flavor in the offseason. <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/canning/homemade-cranberry-sauce-zbcz1511.aspx">Cranberry sauce</a> and peanut butter sandwiches are so yummy.</p> <h2>13. Cured Olives</h2> <p>When I was a starving student, I made <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/marinated-olives-rosemary-and-orange-peel">marinated olives</a> as the fancy holiday gift I gave everyone. Because olives are expensive and I was poor, I brined my own olives that I had foraged for free from my local park. Because I live in Los Angeles &mdash; where it's ridiculously hot until the end of November &mdash; I have subsequently switched to <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/curing/how-to-cure-olives-zmaz76zhar.aspx?pageid=1#PageContent1">salt curing olives</a> because I'm lazy.</p> <h2>14. Dried Persimmons</h2> <p>I was never a fan of persimmons until I tasted the dried persimmons sold by Korean and Japanese fruit vendors at my local farmers market. Luckily, I didn't have to look far to find a recipe to make my own. My superstar, homesteading neighbors not only own an over-productive persimmon tree, they also wrote this <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2012/11/how-to-make-hoshigaki-dried-persimmons/">bang-up tutorial</a> on how to make Hoshigaki (dried persimmons). These fruits are gorgeous when dried, and look great on a holiday cheese plate.</p> <h2>15. Prickly Pear Jelly</h2> <p>Nopal, aka prickly pear cactus, grows like a weed all over my neighborhood, so it's a free produce for the taking. Prickly pear cactus fruit season runs from September through January, but the cactus pads can be harvested and eaten year around. Fair warning: unless you love getting repeatedly stabbed with cactus needles, I highly recommend that Nopal newbs take the time to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-yR3pYw9fM">learn how to prepare</a> the spiny fruits and pads before harvesting any part of the plant.</p> <p>I find most prickly pear jams to be revoltingly sweet, but my neighbors developed a <a href="http://www.rootsimple.com/2010/08/low-sugar-prickly-pear-jelly-recipe/">low-sugar prickly pear jelly</a> that highlights the subtle taste of the fruit.</p> <h2>16. Pickle Prickle</h2> <p>My favorite way to eat prickly pear cactus is to <a href="http://foodpreservation.about.com/od/Pickles/r/Pickled-Nopales.htm">pickle the cactus</a> pads. My Mexican neighbor makes a spicy nopalitos salad that is my all-time favorite taco topping, but if you can't handle the heat of Mexican recipes, you can substitute cactus pads for okra in pickled okra recipes.</p> <h2>17. Pine Cone Syrup</h2> <p>Yes, I have a foraging instructor. (Insert pretentious hipster joke here.) Pascal Baudar regularly publishes free recipes for the budget-minded on Facebook, which is where I found this recipe for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pascal.baudar/posts/10154236824069759">Pinyon pine cone syrup</a>. Made from a 50/50 mix of brown sugar and unripe pine cones, Pascal's sun-cooked syrup is based on an old French recipe. Pretty much every European country has their own version of pine syrup, so if Pinyon pine cones are not available in your area, <a href="http://sparxmind.com/maple-syrup-vs-pine-syrup/">check out the comments section</a> of this food blog for instructions on how to make Italian Mugolio, Romanian Sirop Muguri de pin, and Polish Syrop z Sosny.</p> <h2>18. Homemade Vanilla Extracts</h2> <p>Most flavored liqueurs are just infused spirits. If you can make flavored vinegar, you can make your own specialty cocktail supplies. One liter of bargain vodka can be turned into 20 fancy gifts.</p> <p>One of the easiest make-ahead gifts from the kitchen is <a href="http://www.myromanapartment.com/homemade-vanilla-extract-cheap-vodka/">vanilla extract</a>. We use vodka in our personal recipe for a pure vanilla taste, but you can use rum if you want a richer flavor. For home use, we decant our homemade extract into a huge bottle. For gift giving, we decant the extract into tiny bottles that we <a href="http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/12/homemade-diy-extracts.html">seal with wax</a> for extra glamour.</p> <h2>19. Bathtub(less) Gin</h2> <p>Celebrity mixologist and food blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler created a step-by-step tutorial on how to <a href="http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/2007/how-to-make-your-own-gin-without-a-still/">make your own gin without a still</a>. All the street cred without the risk of blindness!</p> <h2>20. Dried Blenheim Apricot Liqueur</h2> <p>This recipe is a twofer. Make an <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blenheim-apricot-liqueur">apricot flavored liqueur</a> by infusing brandy with dried fruit. The soused apricots can then be dipped in chocolate and turned into <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-dipped-apricots">boozy candy</a>.</p> <h2>21. Vermouth-Soaked Cocktail Olives</h2> <p>Fact: An excellent martini cannot be made with a mediocre olive. For those hard core gin drinkers who think a proper martini involves waving their bottle of gin in the general direction of France, <a href="http://imbibemagazine.com/homemade-cocktail-olives/">these olives</a> will provide all the vermouth required for the driest martini.</p> <h2>22. Offseason Maraschino Cherries</h2> <p>It's early autumn, and I want homemade maraschino cherries in time for Christmas in December, so I can be that girl who serves the totally from scratch Shirley Temple punch at her Chinese takeout Christmas dinner party. Shirley Temples are the perfect drink accompaniment for salty stir-fry! Source: I grew up in my grandparent's Chinese restaurant. So, to ensure I have maraschino cherries on my schedule, I am <a href="http://www.thisgirlwalksintoabar.com/2014/04/how-to-make-homemade-maraschino-cherries-from-frozen-cherries/">making my own cocktail accessories</a> out of frozen cherries.</p> <h2>23. Metheglin</h2> <p>Metheglin sounds like the name of Bilbo Baggins' lady friend, but it's actually flavored mead. Although there are 3,000 years of metheglin recipes available, I've been meaning to try <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/feb/15/how-to-make-metheglin">this recipe</a> because it is flavored with lemons and herbs that are already growing in my backyard (and I am lazy and cheap).</p> <h3>On Wrapping and Packing</h3> <p>Good labels and presentation can make the humblest recipe look incredibly elegant and costly. Pinterest and Etsy are full of gorgeous labels and gift tags to buy or recreate. When is a gift not a gift? When the box arrives and it's full of broken glass and spoiled food. Pack food gifts carefully or hire a professional shipper to help you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mountain-dew-christmas-tree">Mountain Dew Christmas Tree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-these-9-christmas-gifts-now-and-save">Buy These 9 Christmas Gifts Now and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Christmas Christmas gifts DIY DIY christmas gifts frugal living holiday saving money Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Max Wong 1802000 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_30762826_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="repurposing clothes that no longer fit" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A recent Marie Kondo-inspired purge of my closet revealed the awful truth that I hadn't wanted to admit to myself: I own a lot of clothes that do not fit me.</p> <p>These ill-fitting clothes found their way into my closet and dresser through a variety of paths. There are the wishful thinking clothes that I'm sure I'll be able to fit back into once I get down to my pre-pregnancy weight (even though the &quot;babies&quot; are currently five and two years old). There are the gifts I received that never quite fit, but I felt guilty disposing of. And then there are the &quot;insurance&quot; clothes that are too big but I hold onto just in case.</p> <p>It's time to get rid of these clothes that are doing nothing more than making my closet look like it's about to pop. Rather than trash or donate my old duds, though, I'm going to reuse them. Here are seven clever ways you can reuse old clothes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-clothes?ref=seealso">The High Cost of Cheap Clothes</a>)</p> <h2>1. The T-Shirt Quilt</h2> <p>If you have a vast collection of concert, vacation, or superhero T-shirts, making a T-shirt quilt can be a great way to keep the shirts you no longer wear but can't bear to part with.</p> <p>Creating the quilt top is simple. Determine the size you want each T-shirt square to be, and cut out a cardboard template in the correct size. Once you have a pile of T-shirt squares, lay them out to figure out what order you want them in, and start sewing them together. If you have access to a sewing machine and can sew a straight line, you will have no trouble putting together the quilt top. You can finish the edges as is (turn under the edges of the quilt and sew them to prevent fraying), or you can add batting and backing to make it a true &quot;quilt.&quot;</p> <p>If all of this sounds like too much DIY sewing to you, there are several inexpensive <a href="http://www.projectrepat.com">T-shirt quilt companies</a> that will take your ill-fitting shirts and make you a beautiful quilt for a reasonable price.</p> <h2>2. No-Sew Braided Rag Rug</h2> <p>Braided rugs used to be an old-fashioned way of adding decoration to a home without spending any money. They are still a fun way to repurpose old clothes into something new and beautiful.</p> <p>For this craft, you will need a variety of jersey cotton shirts or tanks and scissors. You'll cut the clothes into 1.5 inch-long strips along the width of the shirt, making sure to cut one end so you have a pile of strips rather than loops of fabric.</p> <p>Start with three strips, tie a knot, and begin braiding the strips together. Once you have braided about four inches, start coiling the braid into a circle, and loop the closest strand through the already-braided section. This is what will keep your braided rug together.</p> <p>You continue braiding (adding new strands using the no-sew method outlined <a href="http://www.thewonderforest.com/2015/01/how-to-make-no-sew-round-braided-rug.html?m=1">here</a>) until the rug is as big as you'd like it. You can finish your rug with iron-on fusible interfacing, polycrylic spray, or spray-on starch.</p> <h2>3. Make a T-Shirt Pillowcase or Pillow</h2> <p>Using a T-shirt as a pillowcase is an old trick I learned back when I was in college with a long-distance boyfriend, but it's still a great way to reuse an old T-shirt. You could do what I did as a lovesick young freshman and just throw your pillow in the tee as is &mdash; or you could actually cut off the sleeves and sew them and the collar closed in order to make a more traditional looking pillow case.</p> <p>You can also take the T-shirt pillow idea one step further and make a pillow from the old shirt. Cut off the sleeves, fill the tee with pillow stuffing and sew up the bottom, collar, and sleeves for an instant pillow.</p> <h2>4. Turn a Tank Top Into a Shopping Bag</h2> <p>Tank tops are already shopping-bag shaped &mdash; they just need to have the bottom sewn shut. It's a reusable shopping tote that looks far more stylish than any shopping bag you can buy.</p> <h2>5. Use Old Jeans to Patch Up Your Favorite Pairs</h2> <p>It is a truth universally acknowledged that your favorite pair of jeans will eventually wear out and holes will form. That's when you whip out the jeans that don't fit and cannibalize some denim as a patch for your favorite pair.</p> <p>Patching denim might be beyond the skill set of the average DIY crafter &mdash; as denim is thick and tough to work with. However, hiring a tailor to patch your favorites should not be expensive, and it will keep your jeans looking great.</p> <h2>6. Make Mittens Out of an Old Sweater</h2> <p>Old wool sweaters are the perfect material for creating a new pair of mittens. The simple method for making repurposed mittens is to widely trace your hands on the bottom of the sweater so that your wrists hang off the bottom edge of the original shirt. When you cut out the traced shapes, you will have four mitten shaped pieces which you'll sew together to make a pair.</p> <p>If you'd like your repurposed mittens to be a little heartier (with a little more range of thumb movement), <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5714457/turn-your-ugly-christmas-sweaters-into-warm-winter-mittens">this tutorial</a> will show you how to make fleece-lined, cuffed, and perfectly shaped mittens out of some old sweaters.</p> <h2>7. Cover a Corkboard With an Old Blouse</h2> <p>Fabric-covered corkboards are all the rage, but you don't need to buy one pre-made. With some cork squares, an old item of clothing with a fun pattern, and a hot-glue gun, you can <a href="http://sewmuchsunshine.blogspot.com/2011/10/ikea-hack-fabric-covered-cork-board.html">create one of your own</a> on the cheap.</p> <p>All you need to do is trace the cork square on your fabric, leaving about an inch of room all the way around. Once you've cut your fabric, you'll spread a strip of hot glue all along the edge of the cork and start pulling up the fabric and pushing it into the glue until it sets. Attach your beautiful new corkboard to your wall, and enjoy the envy of all your office mates.</p> <p><em>How do you salvage clothes that no longer fit? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-organize-a-messy-closet">14 Ways to Organize a Messy Closet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-this-one-thing-a-day-to-defeat-clutter-forever">Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Clutter Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Style closet clothes clothes that don't fit clutter de-clutter DIY organization recycling reuse reuse clothes upcycle Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:00:17 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1761378 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_clothes_couch_94291343.jpg" alt="Woman finding brilliant ways to turn her junk into cash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In every house, on every street, there is too much junk. We all have things we don't need. So rather than letting those unwanted items collect dust and cause clutter-induced anxiety, why not sell them for some extra cash?</p> <p>Here are 55 brilliant ways to turn your junk into cash.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_shoe_collection_000039290234.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay?ref=fbf">10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay</a> &mdash; Before you drop off bags of clothes and old toys at your local Goodwill, try selling them on eBay! You never know what people on the Internet are willing to pay a premium for, so give it a go and see what you get.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff?ref=fbf">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a> &mdash; If you've got clutter to sell, go beyond the classic Craigslist sale and sell your stuff on Facebook, specialty forums, and through several easy-to-use apps on your phone!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_holding_pinecone_69865273.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-totally-free-things-you-can-sell-on-ebay?ref=fbf">8 Totally Free Things You Can Sell on eBay</a> &mdash; Who knew you could sell things like pine cones, driftwood, and empty perfume bottles for actual cold-hard cash? You can! And here are five other things you might have around the house (that you definitely don't need) that you can sell on eBay.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff?ref=fbf">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a> &mdash; Clutter can lead to unnecessary stress, and who needs more of that in their lives? If you're sick of looking at unwanted jewelry, textbooks, car parts, and more, then you should really consider selling it on one of these sites!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/three_coffee_mugs_75581393.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures?ref=fbf">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a> &mdash; Surprisingly, you can make a good chunk of change from selling old coffee mugs and smartphones. So the next time you're short on cash, look in your kitchen cabinet and junk drawer for items to sell.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash?ref=fbf">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a> &mdash; I'm not entirely sure why anyone would pay for things like empty makeup containers, someone's unwanted magazines, or toilet paper rolls, but there's a market for them on eBay! So before you toss any of these things, try to unload them in exchange for cash, instead.</p> <p><em>What are some other ways to sell your old stuff? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt">10 Smart and Frugal Uses for Epsom Salt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-70-brilliant-ways-to-beat-the-heat-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 70 Brilliant Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-45-life-lessons-youd-give-to-your-younger-self">Flashback Friday: 45 Life Lessons You&#039;d Give to Your Younger Self</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-easy-ways-to-live-a-happier-life">Flashback Friday: 51 Easy Ways to Live a Happier Life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Extra Income DIY DIY hacks DIY items to sell etsy fbf flashback friday life hacks make money sell your stuff Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1742991 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Frugal New Twists on Classic Lemonade http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_83295939_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="frugal twists on a classic lemonade" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a photo of myself, at age seven, sitting behind a lemonade stand on our front lawn. I was selling a cup for a nickel. It seems like my parents should have told me to raise the price, but maybe my lemonade-making skills weren't that great, yet.</p> <p>Lemonade's popularity hasn't waned since my childhood. In fact, we're in the middle of a lemonade renaissance. Creative people have taken a delicious, refreshing drink, and made it better. Here are 12 frugal fix-ups for your favorite summer beverage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer?ref=seealso">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>Basic Lemonade</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nlsHB3c3fCw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Personally, I think the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlsHB3c3fCw">best lemonade</a> is made with a simple syrup. The syrup eliminates trying to dissolve sugar into your water, and you won't get a grainy texture, or sludge on the bottom of your pitcher.</p> <h2>1. Berry Delicious</h2> <p>Frozen berries &mdash; especially raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries &mdash; make great &quot;ice cubes&quot; and, when thawed, give a great flavor and an extra treat in a glass of lemonade. Watch for frozen berries to go on sale, as they are often cheaper than fresh.</p> <h2>2. Add a Puree</h2> <p>Don't waste that leftover fruit! Puree a cup of fruit with a tablespoon of water, strain out solids, and add to lemonade for a new taste sensation. Fruits that work particularly well are peaches, watermelon, nectarines, blackberries, and raspberries.</p> <h2>3. Half-and-Half</h2> <p>Substitute some limes for lemons in the recipe above for an even tangier lemonade. For grown-ups, add a shot of vodka or tequila and hit the porch swing.</p> <h2>4. Jam Time</h2> <p>You know that last spoonful of jam or jelly in the jar? Stir it into a glass of lemonade for a little extra pizzazz. You won't be wasting food, and you'll free up space in your fridge!</p> <h2>5. Herbaceous</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cu6Cda37Us4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Toss in a sprig of rosemary or thyme into your glass, or a few mint or basil leaves. Rather than spend money on herbs at the grocery store, start a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu6Cda37Us4">kitchen herb garden</a> and experiment with flavors.</p> <h2>6. Get a Brazilian</h2> <p>Err lemonade, that is. The goofy thing about this &quot;<a href="http://www.delish.com/cooking/videos/a42587/brazilian-lemonade/">lemonade</a>&quot; is that it is made with limes. Once you make this, you'll be hooked so watch for sweetened, condensed milk to go on sale. The best prices I have found for it are at big-box stores. Try it with graham crackers and it'll taste just like key lime pie.</p> <h2>7. Coconut-Lavender Lemonade</h2> <p>This is the <a href="http://www.confectionalism.com/home/coconut-lavender-lemonade-recipe/">prettiest lemonade ever</a>. And freeze any leftovers into ice cubes. Coconut water is pricey, so if you live where you can get your hands on fresh coconut, try <a href="http://theculturedcook.com/2012/08/diy-coconut-water/">making your own</a>.</p> <h2>8. Carrot Lemonade</h2> <p>Don't you love <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipe/drinks/carrot-lemonade/?socsrc=bhgtr081813carrotlemonade">carrot juice</a>? Plus, how about getting a little extra vitamins A and C added to your lemonade? This will keep for up to a week in your refrigerator. Buy carrots in bulk &mdash; not the baby carrots &mdash; to keep this drink on the cheap.</p> <h2>9. Sugar Substitute</h2> <p>I have recently started experimenting with agave nectar, and while I find it to be extremely sweet, it does work in a lemonade like this one. I'd advise starting with a quarter cup, and then taste. You can always add more. This <a href="http://macrobiotic.about.com/od/drinksandsmoothies/r/Agave-Lemonade-Recipes-And-Variations.htm">fancy lemonade</a> recipe is particularly nice because it also contains freshly grated ginger. It's a nice drink when you need to replace fluids or have an upset stomach.</p> <h2>10. Spa Treatment</h2> <p>I'm a little tired of cucumbers in water, but in lemonade? Yes, please! Now all I need's a pedicure while I sip one of these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/147904/cucumber-lemonade/?internalSource=staff%20pick&amp;referringId=2817&amp;referringContentType=recipe%20hub">cucumber lemonades</a>. Ahhhh.</p> <h2>11. Cran-Lemonade</h2> <p>Add cranberry juice to your lemonade for a pretty drink. I like mine with a ratio of ⅔ lemonade to ⅓ cranberry juice.</p> <h2>12. Green-ade</h2> <p>I dug out my tin of <a href="http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2014/07/matcha-lemonade/">matcha tea powder</a> for this one. Be careful, as it contains caffeine. On hot days, this is nice to sip at the office instead of your a.m. coffee.</p> <p><em>Any other yummy frugal lemonade twists? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-81-best-tips-for-saving-big-at-the-grocery-store">Flashback Friday: The 81 Best Tips for Saving Big at the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink DIY drinks frugal food lemonade summer summer drinks Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1741538 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/backyard_party_78624345.jpg" alt="Family creating a dream backyard on a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer has arrived, and your number one priority might be giving your backyard or other outdoor space a party-perfect makeover.&nbsp;We chatted with DIY and design experts Ben and Erin Napier, who are currently working with <a href="http://promo.bankofamerica.com/ccsearchlp6/">Bank of America</a> to provide brilliant tips on how to make a dreamy outdoor space on the cheap. Ben and Erin approach their projects with a realistic and relatable point of view, because they want you to succeed without having to sacrifice. All of their projects are attainable &mdash; even by the newbiest of newbies. And what's better than that?</p> <p>Here are some of their best pearls of outdoor DIY wisdom.</p> <h2>Start With Seating and Lighting</h2> <p>If you're planning on hosting a summer soiree, you need the right seating and the right ambience to make it memorable. Erin Napier told us that she and Ben prefer to entertain at night, since it gets so hot during the day where they live. She also suggested stringing party lights around the yard to create a magical setting. For additional seating and decor, &quot;pull things from inside the house into the backyard. Bring rugs and lamps and the dinner table outside, and it makes great décor. Just make sure to bring them back inside before it rains!&quot; Erin said.</p> <p>Unfortunately, since mosquitoes and summer typically go hand in hand, do what you can to keep those pests away. Erin suggests going with citronella plants over the typical candles and sprays.&quot; If you can find citronella plants, buy all they have! Put them in pots and they keep away mosquitoes and bugs. Plants do an awesome job keeping bugs away naturally, and they are just as good as candles. You just need to have them strategically placed around your yard,&quot; she said. You can find these at Home Depot, or any major garden center.</p> <p>Just be careful if you're a dog owner, as they can be <a href="https://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-mosquito-plants/">toxic to dogs</a>.</p> <h2>3 Yard Decor Choices Even the Pros Worry About</h2> <p>When it comes to DIYing, mistakes are part of the journey. But to avoid any missteps that can easily destroy your budget, Ben and Erin recommend being cautious in three areas: Lawn furniture, paint for your porch, and flowers.</p> <p>When asked what people typically overspend on, Ben told us, &quot;Lawn furniture that&rsquo;s not going to hold up and be durable. Be sure to look for metal that can be used year after year with a metal-bonding paint.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking of paint, don't waste your money on latex paint for your porch. Erin said, &quot;Painting a porch with latex paint is a bad idea. You'll need to redo it because it doesn't hide scratches. Only use old-ace enamel paint because will hold up for a few years.&quot;</p> <p>As for flowers, Erin is all about perennials. &quot;They bloom all year long, even in colder months, whereas annuals need to be replanted.&quot;</p> <p>When it comes to lawn care, Ben reminds us that timing is everything. &quot;It gets so hot in Mississippi, people water and mow their yards in brutal heat during the afternoon, which does more harm than good. Do the mowing and watering in the early morning, and cut your yard a little taller in order to create shade for the roots and allow for more water to be absorbed.&quot;</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WaYqp0rHhBA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>So in terms of staying on budget, Ben says you need to set a budget, choose priorities, and make a plan. Once you're ready to shop, you can earn cash back with the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bankamericard-cash-rewards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_campaign=napier" target="_blank">BankAmericard Cash Rewards credit card</a>. Or really, anytime you shop, this card should be in your wallet. Earn 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% at grocery stores and now at wholesale clubs, and 3% on gas up to the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter. Knowing what to buy for the backyard, you can get cash back on your DIY buys, which can help extend your budget.</p> <h2>Must-Have Tools</h2> <p>Not all tools are created equal, so make sure you have the right ones in your toolbox before you start redecorating. Ben's three must-haves are a drill, a hammer, and a pair of pliers. Erin added, &quot;And a caulk gun. That's worth spending money on. Tape measures are a must, too. We seem to have thousands of them.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>And in terms of splurging on the right tools, if you have a little wiggle room in your budget, and plan to do more DIY projects in the future, Ben recommends getting a skill saw, a miter saw, and a table saw.</p> <p>For more of Ben and Erin's home improvement tips, and some brilliant how-to videos, head over to <a href="http://promo.bankofamerica.com/ccsearchlp6/" target="_blank">Bank of America</a>. Also, be sure to check out their blog at <a href="https://erinandben.co/">https://erinandben.co/</a>. They update it every day with more fun and creative ideas.</p> <p><em>Do you have any additional outdoor DIY tips you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-beautiful-things-you-can-make-with-paint-sample-cards">25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-diy-home-improvements-for-20-or-less">10 Cool DIY Home Improvements for $20 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-amazing-diy-decorating-projects-that-are-easier-than-you-think">18 Amazing DIY Decorating Projects That Are Easier Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting DIY Home credit cards decor design DIY diy projects gardening home improvement interview lifestyle outdoor decor party tips Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1737243 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Frugal and Refreshing Popsicles to Make This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000065700299_Large.jpg" alt="refreshing diy popsicles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't need fancy plastic molds to make delicious popsicles &mdash; they can be made a variety of ways with a variety of tools. You can buy plastic equipment to make them on a regular basis, or just use popsicle sticks, Dixie cups (or any paper cups), and saran wrap. Keep in mind that popsicles take about four hours to set, so plan ahead if you want to use them for parties.</p> <p>To make your own popsicles, you can use juice, fresh fruit, pudding, yogurt, cream, and even alcohol. We've found some of the most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guacamole-wine-and-23-other-surprisingly-refreshing-popsicle-recipes">delicious popsicles</a> the Internet has to offer. Some are healthy and some, not so much, but all of them are absolutely divine.</p> <h2>1. Watermelon Pineapple</h2> <p>Watermelon mixed with pineapples makes for the quintessential summertime treat. This <a href="http://iwonderasiwander7.blogspot.com/2013/09/watermelon-pineapple-popsicles.html">easy popsicle recipe</a> only requires those two simple ingredients. Blend the watermelon until it becomes liquid, pour into your mold, add the pineapple, and freeze!</p> <h2>2. Orange Pink Lemonade</h2> <p>Shake up your lemonade stand with this <a href="http://thesimpleparent.com/easy-homemade-popsicles-orange-pink-lemonade/">delicious summertime treat</a>. The recipe requires an &quot;orange drink,&quot; like Kool Aid or orange juice, and pink lemonade. Pour the orange drink into your mold about a third of the way full, let it set for 30 minutes, and then add the popsicle stick. Let it freeze completely. Add in the pink lemonade, let it set for 30 minutes, and then add the orange drink to mix. Let it freeze completely and add just pink lemonade at the end to freeze. While this is a multistep process, it adds a little more transition time to the popsicle and gives it yummy layers!</p> <h2>3. Iced Coffee</h2> <p>Iced coffee popsicles are the perfect ones for me. Brew some strong coffee, grab some heavy cream and sugar (to taste), and you'll be on your way. Follow this <a href="http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/iced-coffee-popsicles/">iced coffee recipe</a> from <em>The View From Great Island</em> and create some tasty goodies for a midday pick-me-up or brunch.</p> <h2>4. Red, White, and Blue</h2> <p>To recreate those <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/kids/healthy-kids/homemade-popsicles#red-white-blue-pops">red, white, and blue popsicles</a> you grew up with, you'll need a little more patience, but not too many ingredients. Use strawberries, blueberries, cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar, and corn syrup to create a (somewhat) healthier take on the popsicles of your childhood.</p> <h2>5. Horchata</h2> <p>Horchata is my go-to drink at any Latin restaurant. Refreshing and a little spicy, it also <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/horchata-pops">makes a great popsicle</a>. Take four ingredients: rice milk, cinnamon, heavy cream, and sugar, combine and freeze. You can substitute the rice milk with almond milk, if you prefer.</p> <h2>6. Creamy Lime</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.architectureofamom.com/2014/05/creamy-lime-popsicles-two-ingredients.html#_a5y_p=1719932">two-ingredient recipe</a> only takes one cup of limeade and 4 oz. of whipped topping. Whisk the two ingredients together and freeze. It's simple and adds the right amount of sweet and sour to your day.</p> <h2>7. Banana and Nutella</h2> <p>I couldn't resist this one! It's so easy and anything <a href="http://thevietvegan.com/banana-nutella-fudgesicles/">Nutella is delicious</a>. Take six overripe bananas and puree. Add half a cup of Nutella and blend. Pour into popsicle molds and add sticks (if using paper cups). Freeze and enjoy.</p> <h2>8. Jello Pudding Pops</h2> <p>Seriously, these <a href="http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/jell-o-creamy-chocolate-pudding-pops-50306.aspx">creamy chocolate pudding pops</a> sound good, even if they aren't the healthiest. Grab a box of pudding, milk, and Cool Whip, and make these quick and easy popsicles everyone will love. Make the pudding and stir in Cool Whip, spoon into molds or paper cups, add a popsicle stick or spoon, and freeze.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to homemade popsicle recipes? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-and-refreshing-popsicles-to-make-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-new-twists-on-classic-lemonade">12 Frugal New Twists on Classic Lemonade</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink DIY homemade popsicles popsicles recipes summer summer desserts summer food summer treats Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1722969 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things You Can Do Yourself Instead of Paying a Pro http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-yourself-instead-of-paying-a-pro <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-yourself-instead-of-paying-a-pro" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_painting_wall_000089121429.jpg" alt="Couple doing things themselves instead of hiring a pro" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on things you can do yourself instead of hiring a pro, ways to save at Disney World, and common mistakes you make when washing your face.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/6-things-you-can-yourself-instead-paying-professional/">6 Things You Can Do Yourself Instead of Paying a Professional</a> &mdash; Painting your house can be time-consuming, but it isn't hard to do and it's pretty cheap, considering you can reuse most of the supplies. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Save-Disney-World-40807372#photo-40807372">19 Ways to Save Big at Walt Disney World</a> &mdash; Staying at a Disney-owned resort? Skip the rental car and use the shuttle Disney's Magical Express to get around. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/common-mistakes-make-washing-face/">Common Mistakes You Make When Washing Your Face</a> &mdash; Using a Clearsonic tool or wash cloth to clean your skin is fine, but make sure you don't use it too often or press too hard. [Life Upgrade]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0521/Five-affordable-ideas-for-a-once-in-a-lifetime-vacation">Five affordable ideas for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation</a> &mdash; Abercrombie &amp; Kent's Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Safari Package takes you to the Ngorongoro crater, home to about 25,000 large animals. This tour also includes other socially responsible excursions. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/05/24/summer-style-how-to-dress-for-an-outdoor-social-event/">Summer Style: How to Dress for an Outdoor Social Event</a> &mdash; Look sharp and stay cool at every outdoor event this summer with these style tips! [The Art of Manliness]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.financiallypoor.com/money-management/3-ways-to-get-over-your-financial-demons/">3 Ways To Get Over Your Financial Demons</a> &mdash; A great way to get your spending under control is to start carrying cash &mdash; and to use only cash to make purchases. [Financially Poor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysoldiers.com/4-effective-ways-to-impress-your-boss/">4 Effective Ways to Impress Your Boss</a> &mdash; Be willing to pivot your priorities around those of your boss and the organization. [Money Soldiers]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/17559/earn-extra-money-without-overtime.html">5 Ways to Earn Extra Money Without Taking Overtime</a> &mdash; Overtime isn't a reliable source of extra income. Earn more for the work you're already doing by asking for a raise. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.theorderexpert.com/creative-ways-save-time/">5 Creative Ways to Save Time</a> &mdash; Consolidate similar tasks and work on them in bulk during a single session. [The Order Expert]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-easy-ways-to-make-learning-fun-for-your-child">4 Easy Ways to Make Learning Fun for Your Child</a> &mdash; Do you have your toddler with you when you&rsquo;re folding laundry? Say the name and color of the items you're folding. It's an easy way for your child to learn colors and vocabulary. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-yourself-instead-of-paying-a-pro">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-cheap-and-attractive-ideas-for-bookshelves">18 Cheap and Attractive Ideas for Bookshelves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-old-furniture-shine-with-these-simple-refinishing-tricks">Make Old Furniture Shine With These Simple Refinishing Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-great-uses-for-a-bandana">20 Great Uses for a Bandana</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY best money tips DIY Tue, 31 May 2016 15:53:23 +0000 Amy Lu 1719033 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart and Frugal Uses for Epsom Salt http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000066532185_Large.jpg" alt="epsom salts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next time you're at the store, pick up a bag of epsom salt. These inexpensive crystals won't only ease your aches and pains in a warm bath &mdash; there's a host of other awesome things you can do with them! From feeding your lawn to cleaning pots and pans, here are 10 smart and frugal uses for epsom salt.</p> <h2>1. Clean Cast Iron</h2> <p>We had an old cast iron skillet in need of some love, so I searched around and found this&nbsp;<a href="http://storiesofkel.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-clean-cast-iron-skillet.html">simple method</a> to restore it using epsom salt. Rinse off any excess rust and then scrub with epsom salt followed by baking soda or table salt. Rinse again, dry, and coat the inside with a little olive oil. Heat pan on low for 30 minutes to let the oil soak in to finish.</p> <h2>2. Feed Your Lawn</h2> <p>The folks at Bob Vila's site explain that one good way to rescue your dying lawn is to feed it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/7-remedies-to-rescue-a-dying-lawn-48982/epsom-salt-in-garden">with epsom salt</a>. It sure beats using chemicals on price and safety. You can either fill your lawn spreader with the salt, or mix it with water and apply to your lawn with a garden sprayer. The idea is to get your soil to a neutral pH of seven.</p> <h2>3. Kill Nasty Weeds</h2> <p>While you're at it, stir together this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hometalk.com/1903802/natural-weed-control-that-works">effective weed killer</a> for those trouble spots in and around the grass. You'll need a gallon of white vinegar, two cups of epsom salt, and a quarter of a cup of blue Dawn soap. You can scale this recipe down if you like so it will fit into a convenient spray bottle. Kills weeds in just a few, sunny, hours.</p> <h2>4. Boost Your Magnesium</h2> <p>Whether you take a bath or soak your feet in epsom salt, you will add some vital magnesium to your body. It may help you relax and have better sleep, among other benefits. Take your routine a step beyond by mixing together your own<a href="http://gwens-nest.com/magnesium-oil-recipe/"> magnesium oil spray</a>. Heat one cup of distilled water to boiling, turn off heat, and then mix in a half cup of epsom salt until fully dissolved. Pour cooled mixture into a spritz bottle.</p> <p>Similar oils cost around&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004NHN9OA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004NHN9OA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TAVWNQGUM6RN7AKJ">$8 to $20</a>. This batch? Less than $1!</p> <h2>5. Scour With a DIY Scrub</h2> <p>Add some epsom salt to your cleaning routine for an effective scour scrub that's tough on stains but gentle on the environment. My mom showed me this&nbsp;<a href="http://mycleaningsolutions.com/remove-hard-water-stains-with-this-diy-epsom-salt-scrub/">hard water remover</a>, and I can't believe how effective it is. Combine one cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap. Use this scrub on shower doors, stubborn sinks, and even stained glass.</p> <h2>6. Decorate Your Space</h2> <p>Whether you're hosting a Frozen-themed birthday party or planning a winter wedding, these&nbsp;<a href="http://craftsbyamanda.com/epsom-salt-luminaries-some-winter/">epsom salt luminaries</a> would make a great decor item. Start by picking up some crystal epsom salt (think Dr. Teal's, not the Dollar Store) and glass jars. Pour epsom salt onto a paper plate, slip your hand inside a jar, paint where you want to stick the crystals with Mod Podge, and roll into the epsom salt. Let dry and then coat with some clear sealer a few times.</p> <p><strong>Note</strong>: You shouldn't make these far in advance &mdash; less than a week before your event &mdash; for the best results.</p> <h2>7. Entertain Your Kids</h2> <p>And if you're lost on what to do on a rainy day, try making this&nbsp;<a href="http://babbledabbledo.com/science-for-kids-crystal-garden/">overnight crystal garden</a> with your kids. Just measure out a 1:1 ratio of epsom salt to warm water in a glass jar. Add food coloring and stir this mixture well. Next, place the jar in the back of your fridge or freezer. Then wait overnight to discover your magic crystal garden.</p> <h2>8. Add Aroma to Laundry</h2> <p>Are you skeptical about all those scented chemicals you add to your wash cycle with store-bought detergent? Me, too. Add some aroma the natural way using&nbsp;<a href="http://canvasandtable.com/2015/08/06/diy-laundry-scent-booster/">epsom salt and essential oils</a>. You need just three ingredients for this project: Epsom salt, baking soda, and 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils. Mix everything together and store in an air-tight container. Add a few tablespoons to each load.</p> <h2>9. Make Great Gifts</h2> <p>Need a last-minute gift that's easy on the wallet? Mix together your own&nbsp;<a href="http://cutediyprojects.tumblr.com/post/122497968927/wokeupasaqueen-peppermint-bath-salts-supplies">DIY bath salts</a>. This stuff may even help you kick your own Lush habit. Combine three cups of epsom salt with two cups sea salt, one cup baking soda, and peppermint or other essential oil. You can also add food coloring as a fun option. Once everything is mixed, place it in a decorative, air-tight container for storage.</p> <h2>10. Ward Off Mosquitoes</h2> <p>Keep mosquitoes out of your lawn by spraying this unique&nbsp;<a href="http://frugalhomekeeping.blogspot.com/2015/07/get-rid-of-those.html">epsom salt solution</a> that's safe on grass, flowers, and more. Combine three cups of epsom salt with a large bottle of cheap blue mouthwash and 12 oz of inexpensive beer. The author of this recipe explains that he's used it for the last 15 years with success of keeping mosquitoes away for up to 80 days. I am looking forward to testing this one out for myself!</p> <p><em>What are some other clever uses for epsom salt? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-45-life-lessons-youd-give-to-your-younger-self">Flashback Friday: 45 Life Lessons You&#039;d Give to Your Younger Self</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smart-new-uses-for-hair-clips">15 Smart New Uses for Hair Clips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk">Have you ever seen such amazing junk?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Green Living clever uses DIY DIY hacks DIY health epsom salts frugal living home remedies life hacks Fri, 20 May 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1713534 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Smart Ways to Save on Maternity Clothes http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-maternity-clothes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-maternity-clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pregnant_woman_happy_000075421715.jpg" alt="Pregnant woman finding smart ways to save on maternity clothes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is so exciting to watch your baby bump continue to grow throughout pregnancy. However, the ever expanding size of your waist can make fitting into regular clothes harder. If you shop smart, you don't have to let the cost of new maternity clothes flatten your budget.</p> <h2>1. Thrift Stores, Yard Sales, and Consignment Sales</h2> <p>Shopping second-hand is a great place to start your maternity wardrobe search. In my experience, you will find maternity clothes in either excellent condition or in very worn condition. This is because a pregnant woman will usually only wear out her favorite pieces, while only wearing a certain dress or blouse a few times.</p> <p>The thrift store can have very outdated items (think Motherhood Maternity circa 1980s). However, I have personally scored great maternity pieces at yard sales and a semi-annual kids' consignment sale. Look for yard sale listings that advertise maternity clothing or baby items. Many women are grateful to sell their maternity clothes for very little or even give them to you because they are sick of wearing them. When shopping a consignment sale, wait for the half off days to score an even bigger discount. Also, shopping yard sales with a large, pregnant belly has gotten me a bigger discount, but your mileage may vary. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-pregnancy-expenses?ref=seealso">6 Ways to Save on Pregnancy Expenses</a>)</p> <h2>2. DIY Maternity Pieces</h2> <p>If you have even a hint of sewing skills, you can pull off a handmade belly band, maternity pants conversion, and nursing tops. These DIY maternity wear projects are easy:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.everyday-reading.com/2013/01/make-your-own-maternity-jeans-tutorial.html">Maternity jeans</a> (Use an old or thrifted pair of jeans and $2 worth of elastic)</li> <li><a href="http://www.sewinginnomansland.com/2011/12/17/617/">Jersey knit pencil skirt</a> (Uses about $8 worth of knit fabric)</li> <li><a href="http://seekatesew.com/belly-baby-ruffled-belly-band-tutorial/">Ruffled belly band</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Maternity-Shirt">Transforming a regular shirt into a maternity shirt</a></li> <li><a href="http://blogs.babycenter.com/tips_and_tricks/diy-the-uncrafty-moms-nursing-bra-conversion/">Nursing bra</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.babybellykelli.com/diy-nursing-tankcami-in-under-10-mins/">Nursing tank and belly band</a></li> </ul> <h2>3. Invest in Basics</h2> <p>Chances are you will want to spend most of your time in leggings, tanks, and flowy t-shirts. No need to pay a premium for these items at the maternity store. Instead, just buy inexpensive brands (i.e. Forever 21 and Ross) in a size or two up. Expect that you will not be able to wear them after you lose the baby weight, since your bump will stretch out your pieces, making them hang oddly.</p> <h2>4. Extend Your Clothes</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/1NGN6mn">bra extender</a> and <a href="http://amzn.to/1NGNbqj">belly band</a> (purchased or DIY) will allow you to fit into your clothes for a little bit longer without damaging your current wardrobe. A bra extender costs $3.50 to $7 on Amazon, and a belly band can cost $10 to $20. The bra extender is the best buy, since buying new bras, on top of buying nursing bras, is costly.</p> <h2>5. Share With a Friend</h2> <p>If you have friends that have recently had a baby or will have their baby months before you, then ask if you can borrow their maternity wear. You don't even have to be the same exact size, since maternity clothes sizing is quite forgivable.</p> <h2>6. Buy in a Lot</h2> <p>One thing I did to score a great deal on maternity clothes was to buy them in a lot. I was able to get a whole wardrobe for about $80. This lot included about 20 pieces, and at the end of my pregnancy, I even sold a few pieces on eBay, earning my money back. I ended up getting my maternity clothes for about $4 a piece, and even if I sold all of them for $1 a piece at a yard sale, I would have earned &frac14; of my investment back. This is not too bad considering maternity clothes can be hard to resell, especially for how much they can cost.</p> <h2>7. Shop Clearance</h2> <p>Don't forget to check out the clearance racks of your favorite maternity store, as well as other stores that do not specialize in maternity. Stores like Ross, Marshalls, Target, and Old Navy can have great deals on their maternity clothes. Look for a coupon or Target Cartwheel offer to save even more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-to-save-money-during-your-pregnancy?ref=seealso">5 Surprising Ways to Save Money During Your Pregnancy</a>)</p> <p>Remember that your maternity clothes will only be worn for a few months, so think wisely before spending several hundred dollars on fashionable maternity pieces.</p> <p><em>How did you save money on maternity clothes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-maternity-clothes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-more-ways-to-save-on-maternity-clothes">4 More Ways to Save on Maternity Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-pregnancy-expenses">6 Ways to Save on Pregnancy Expenses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-save-money-on-maternity-dresses">3 Ways to Save Money on Maternity Dresses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping baby DIY fashion maternity clothes pregnancy sewing thrift shops wardrobe Thu, 19 May 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1706852 at http://www.wisebread.com Should You Budget Like You Diet? http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-budget-like-you-diet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/should-you-budget-like-you-diet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_cupcakes_000055050698.jpg" alt="Woman budgeting the way she diets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Spend less&quot; is right up there with &quot;lose weight&quot; and &quot;eat better&quot; as one of the more popular New Year's resolutions of all time. We are almost halfway through 2016 and, whether your resolutions are going well or poorly, there's probably room for improvement.</p> <p>It's a great time to sit back and evaluate your resolutions. Are you achieving your goals? Do you feel half-hearted, at best, about the things you're pursuing? What can you do to improve over the rest of the year?</p> <p>If you wanted to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-school-tools-to-help-you-stay-on-budget" target="_blank">budget better and spend less</a>, you can take some hints from the people trying to lose weight. In some ways, these are very similar endeavors, and you can learn from the things we know about losing weight to gain some financial heft.</p> <h2>Think Simple</h2> <p>Michael Pollan is famous for saying that we should only eat food with <a href="http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/20090323/7-rules-for-eating">five or fewer ingredients</a>, all of which we recognize and can pronounce. This helps dieters to eliminate junk from their diets, and a similar simplicity can help you spend less.</p> <p>Think about paring down your life so that you only buy things you need, or taking certain extravagant categories out of your budget entirely. You might consider selling the five pairs of shoes that you never wear and replacing them with one that actually meets your needs. Or maybe you don't really need to go to happy hour every evening, after all. When you eliminate these things from your financial diet, you will spend less.</p> <h2>Prepare Yourself Ahead of Time</h2> <p>Some people gain weight simply because they never have healthy food around. They can combat this by meal planning and prepping &mdash; spending some time, once or twice a week, getting food ready for the next few days. This can include meals, snacks, even desserts. Similarly, if you sit down once a week to plan your spending, you can save money.</p> <p>Take 30 minutes every week to look ahead at what you'll need to spend money on. Maybe you need to buy lunch for your team at work this week, or you've got to have a new clothes dryer. Work out how you're going to find the money for those things. You can even do some research online, so you know about how much you'll spend. Even just having a ballpark figure in your mind can help you refrain from overspending when making the actual purchase.</p> <p>For larger items, take the time to research different options, etc. Decide what features you really need, want, and can afford, so you don't end up splurging last minute.</p> <h2>Consistency Is Key</h2> <p>One of the major principles of modern weight loss is consistency. You can't just eat well one or two days a week, but you need to make good food choices every day. Similarly, if you want to spend less money, you need to figure out how to consistently make good financial choices, too.</p> <p>Figure out what motivates you financially. Are you saving for a trip to the Caribbean? Do you want to buy a new car or a house or know that you can retire at 60? Keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind (and even writing them down where you can see them) will help you remember, every day, that every choice matters.</p> <h2>There Are No Villains Here</h2> <p>Dieters are learning that there's <a href="http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Is-the-there-is-no-such-thing-as-bad-foods-only-bad-diets-argument-helpful">no such thing as a bad food</a>. Sure, some foods have less nutritional value, but when you're craving something, it's better to have a little than to deprive yourself now and binge later. A similar principle can apply financially.</p> <p>If there's something you really want to buy, and you say no and think about it for a week or a month and you still want it, it's worth looking into ways to get it. If you need to save, start a special savings account. If you can fit it in your budget by taking other, non-essential things out, then make it work. Otherwise, wanting that thing can make you miserable.</p> <p>Along the same lines, there are no absolute rules for saving. There's nothing that says it's always wrong to spend money, and no saving formula that works for everyone. Instead of villainizing certain items and methods, realize that there is a time and place for everything, even in your budget.</p> <h2>Take Baby Steps</h2> <p>Dieters often find that taking baby steps &mdash; making small changes one at a time &mdash; is more effective for achieving their goals than overhauling their lives entirely. Budgeting and saving money can be like that, too.</p> <p>Instead of eliminating whole categories from your budget (&quot;I'm not going to eat out at all this month!&quot;), try making incremental changes (&quot;I'm only going to eat out twice, instead of four times, this week.&quot;). These kinds of changes will make you feel less like you are missing out, and you will still end up with more money in the bank than you would have otherwise.</p> <h2>Do It Yourself</h2> <p>People who cook their own food often end up weighing less than those who don't. In a similar vein, people who DIY it as much as possible often save money.</p> <p>Last week, my washing machine stopped working. I had several people send me names and numbers of repair folks. I'm sure they were well-intentioned, but I decided to try it myself, first. Sure, it took a couple of hours and some YouTube-ing, but I was able to do the necessary repairs on my own. I saved myself at least a couple hundred dollars because I didn't call the repair guy.</p> <p>There are a lot of things you can learn to do online in order to save yourself some cash. Sure, you have to balance the cost of your time and energy with what you'd spend, but it's often fiscally worthwhile, not to mention satisfying, to do simple repairs and food prep yourself.</p> <h2>Take a Financial Cheat Day Now and Then</h2> <p>Some weight loss experts consider it wise to plan a cheat day (or a cheat meal) into your diet so you don't feel so deprived and end up binging. Planning a <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/articles/2016-02-04/why-you-need-financial-cheat-days">financial cheat day</a> can function very much the same way.</p> <p>Note that a cheat doesn't have to be huge. Buy your coffee instead of making it one day a week, or take your family for authentic Mexican instead of Taco Bell. Plan your cheats around things you really want, things that are satisfying to you, and you'll be able to stick to a stricter budget the rest of the time and, ultimately, you'll spend less than if you tried to restrain yourself all the time.</p> <p><em>Do you budget like you eat? What does that look like for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-budget-like-you-diet">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-big-expenses-you-can-easily-get-rid-of">10 Big Expenses You Can Easily Get Rid Of</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-budgeting-skills-everyone-should-master">11 Budgeting Skills Everyone Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-split-food-expenses-with-a-significant-other">How to Split Food Expenses With a Significant Other</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Food and Drink Lifestyle cheat days cutting costs DIY expenses simplifying spending less Tue, 17 May 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1706850 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Things You Can Do With a Credit Card Besides Buy Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-can-do-with-a-credit-card-besides-buy-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-things-you-can-do-with-a-credit-card-besides-buy-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000085763913_Large.jpg" alt="clever ways to use a credit card besides spending" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Almost everyone has a credit or debit card. They're just small pieces of plastic that help us pay for things. Or are they? Aside from their obvious use &mdash; paying for stuff &mdash; credit cards can be incredibly handy in other ways, too. Here are 15 different uses for plastic that may have never even crossed your mind.</p> <h2>1. Open a Door</h2> <p>Okay, we've all seen it in movies and TV shows, but does it work? If you lock yourself out of the house, can you actually open the door with a credit card? Well, yes and no. If the door is on a deadbolt, you're out of luck. But if it's a simple spring latch, you simply push the card between the door and the doorjamb, and wiggle a little. It's a good hack if you ever lock yourself out and only have your wallet on you.</p> <h2>2. Make a Tongue Scraper</h2> <p>They say that bad breath is often caused by the bacteria on your tongue. You can do your best to get rid of it with a toothbrush, or buy an expensive tongue cleaning tool. But why not just grab an old credit card? Wash it thoroughly, then cut it into a shape that will fit nicely on the tongue, making sure not to leave any sharp edges. The flexible plastic is perfect for removing bacteria.</p> <h2>3. Apply Wall Filler and Putty</h2> <p>A good putty knife can set you back $10&ndash;$15. You can buy cheap plastic ones for a few bucks, or you can take out an old credit card and use that. It's a good size to handle, the plastic is flexible, and you don't even need to bother cleaning it when you're done.</p> <h2>4. Make Strong Collar Stays</h2> <p>Collar stays go missing quickly. They often fall out in the wash or at the dry cleaners. Or, you remove them yourself before washing, only to misplace them. Well, credit cards are the perfect thickness and size to make several collar stays, and they'll be stronger than the originals. Simply use an existing collar stay as a template to cut around, or buy yourself a <a href="http://amzn.to/1NTEiEB">collar stay punch</a>.</p> <h2>5. Scrape Your Icy Windshield</h2> <p>If you live in the kind of climate that is constantly changing (Colorado, for example&hellip;sunny one day, snowing the next), you may not always have an ice scraper close at hand. But, you'll almost certainly have a credit card. Grab one, and use it to scrape the ice from your windshield, windows, and even mirrors. It's small and flexible, and won't scratch the paint.</p> <h2>6. A Simple Bookmark</h2> <p>Don't dog-ear the pages of your book. Instead, take out an old credit card and use that. The straight edge is also handy for helping you keep your place. Of course, don't use anything other than an expired card, especially if it's a library book and you return it with your card tucked between the pages. You can also cut a V-shape in the card, and it will slip over a page and protrude from the book.</p> <h2>7. Create Luggage Tags</h2> <p>If you travel a lot, you know the importance of a sturdy luggage tag. But they can be expensive, and often go missing. Instead of forking out for replacements, create your own. You'll need an expired credit card, and a couple of business cards. Firmly glue the business cards to the front and back of the credit card, trim the excess, then wrap in some clear packing tape. Now, punch a hole in the top, and attach it to your case. It will last years.</p> <h2>8. Create a Smartphone Stand</h2> <p>In need of a quick phone stand? Take out a pair of scissors and an old credit card, and <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Credit-Card-iPhone-Stand-1/">with a few sly cuts</a>, you can get the job done. Needless to say, they're quick and easy to make, and cost nothing more than an old credit card.</p> <h2>9. Grate Hard Cheese</h2> <p>Yeah, right. Actually, that was my reaction, until a friend of mine did it. It won't work on soft or even medium density cheeses, but the hard Italian cheeses like Parmesan and Romano are perfect for this life hack. Using the side of the credit card with the raised numbers and letters, rub quickly against the cheese. It will come away in small pieces, just as if you were using a cheese grater.</p> <h2>10. Make Guitar Picks</h2> <p>If you play guitar, you will go through guitar picks like a new parent goes through baby wipes. They always seem to get lost, no matter how many you buy. Well, use old credit cards to make your own. You can use a guitar pick to trace the shape, or if you want, splash out on a <a href="http://amzn.to/1XWaT2n">pick punch</a>. They're cheap, and make life very easy.</p> <h2>11. Label Your Stuff</h2> <p>Your credit cards all have one thing in common &mdash; your name. So, instead of throwing out old cards, first cut out the section containing your name. Now, you can affix that to whatever you want, be it a tool, a pen, a phone, or anything else, using some double-sided tape. It will stay put until you peel it off. You could also use glue if you want a more permanent solution.</p> <h2>12. Apply a Screen Protector</h2> <p>If you've ever bought one of those clear plastic screen protectors (and please do if you haven't, they can save you a fortune), you'll notice that they often come with a small plastic applicator. In fact, it's very small, and often inconveniently fiddly. Don't bother using it. Instead, grab your credit card. The strong, flexible plastic removes all the bubbles way more quickly and easily than the standard applicator that comes with the kit.</p> <h2>13. Keep Your Earbuds Organized</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a_R2VLkkAoM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>How often does it happen to you? It's time to workout and you go to grab the ear buds from the drawer. You spend the next 10 minutes trying to detangle them. Well, a credit card can make this little problem disappear. All it requires is a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_R2VLkkAoM">little skillful cutting</a> and about seven minutes of your time.</p> <h2>14. Open Boxes</h2> <p>No need for a box cutter or sharp knife. Take an expired credit card and sharpen one edge slightly using sandpaper or a nail file. You can keep it handy in a wallet or purse and will always have a slim, handy box opener available. It slices easily through box tape, and isn't as dangerous as a knife.</p> <h2>15. Make a Battery Cover for a Remote</h2> <p>Anyone with kids will be familiar with missing remote control battery covers. Somehow, they pick at it, it falls off, and gets lost. Now, your batteries are held in by rubber bands or pieces of tape, and it does not look pretty. Instead, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Credit-Card-Battery-Cover/">use an old credit card</a> and fashion a perfect fit.</p> <p><em>What clever uses have you devised for your credit cards?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-can-do-with-a-credit-card-besides-buy-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-with-leftover-easter-goodies">10 Smart Things to Do With Leftover Easter Goodies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mountain-dew-christmas-tree">Mountain Dew Christmas Tree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-computers-ram-in-seconds-very-easy">Boost your computer&#039;s RAM in seconds. Very easy.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-reuse-clothes-that-no-longer-fit">7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks crafty DIY plastic recycling repurposing smart uses Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:30:23 +0000 Paul Michael 1699144 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Smart New Uses for Hair Clips http://www.wisebread.com/15-smart-new-uses-for-hair-clips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-smart-new-uses-for-hair-clips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009935714_Large.jpg" alt="what other uses are there for hair clips?" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many types of hair clips out there, including jaw clips, barrettes, snap clips, and banana clips. But aside from keeping your locks looking lovely, do they have other uses? As it turns out, yes, they have other uses. Here are 15 ways you can repurpose those hair clips to make life a little easier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-surprisingly-valuable-uses-for-a-penny?ref=seealso">15 Surprisingly Valuable Uses for a Penny</a>)</p> <h2>1. Keep Your Sunglasses Clipped to Your Visor</h2> <p>Many cars these days come with a sunglasses holder between the two visors. But, they're only good for one pair. By using a <a href="http://amzn.to/20Gt3GT">jaw clip</a>, you can attach your sunglasses to the visor and easily retrieve them. You can have several pairs up there, too. Just use a jaw clip for each pair of sunglasses.</p> <h2>2. Organize Your Cords and Wires</h2> <p>We all have a bunch of cords, wires, and cables hanging around at the home entertainment center or computer desk. You can use jaw clips or large <a href="http://amzn.to/1NrKtPV">barrettes</a> to keep them looking much more neat and tidy. Use several small clips along the length of the wires, or if you have them, a couple of the much bigger clips. As they come in a wide variety of colors, you can even use clips that coordinate with the color of the wires, including white, black, yellow, or blue.</p> <h2>3. Keep That Toothpaste Tube in Order</h2> <p>You may be one of those people, like me, who likes to squeeze from the bottom of the tube. As you get at least half way along, you can roll the used portion of the tube up and secure it with a hair clip. It's an easy way to stop the toothpaste from escaping back into the used section of the tube.</p> <h2>4. Prevent Tangled Necklaces</h2> <p>My niece has a lot of necklaces, and she told me about this neat little trick. <a href="http://amzn.to/23Abpd8">Banana clips</a> come in many varieties, but the ones with teeth spaced apart widely are great for hanging necklaces over. Hang one over each tooth, then close and fasten the banana clip, and place it in a drawer. No more tangles, knots, and other necklace annoyances.</p> <h2>5. A Handy Bookmark</h2> <p>When you're reading a book, and want to stop, don't create the dreaded dog-ear. Instead, grab a <a href="http://amzn.to/1YwG3gx">snap clip</a> and place it over the top of the page. It will mark your place without creating that large crease, and it's easy to slide on and off. Felt hair clips are also great for this, and come in a wide variety of cute styles.</p> <h2>6. Keep Dish Sponges Out of the Sink</h2> <p>You know how they can get soggy, and smelly, if left in the sink itself. It's gross. Take a piece of string, tie it to the jaw clip, and attach it somewhere close by &mdash; even over the faucet. Clip your sponge there when you're done with it, and it will drip-dry and stay fresh longer.</p> <h2>7. Turn a Hair Clip Into a Chip Clip</h2> <p>By far one of the most popular uses for hair clips in my household is for keeping large bags of chips closed. Hair clips are just as good as chip clips for this job, and when the chip bag is empty, you still have the hair clip available for its original use, should you need it.</p> <h2>8. Stop a Door From Closing</h2> <p>Do you have a door in your house that needs to be kept ajar a little? Perhaps the room containing the cat's litter box? Or maybe you don't want small fingers to get trapped in the door. You can buy finger-pinch guards, but large jaw clips with string springs can also do this job. Place it at the top of the door, out of reach of the kids. The jaw clip will hold itself in place, and will stop the door from being closed all the way. (You'll need to run a few tests first. If the jaw clip isn't strong enough, it will fly off on the first try.)</p> <h2>9. No Stapler? Use a Snap Clip</h2> <p>If you're looking to keep a bunch of papers together and don't have any binder clips or a stapler handy, a snap clip will do the job. It can comfortably hold around 10 sheets of paper together, and if you're handing in a school paper, it can be a fun way to jazz up the presentation.</p> <h2>10. Secure Your Towel</h2> <p>Ladies, if you're in the locker room at the gym and want a way to keep your towel from falling down, <a href="http://imgur.com/DkBqvSO">secure it with a small jaw clip, like this</a>. It's a quick, easy solution, and it works with a wide variety of jaw clips.</p> <h2>11. Create a Gift-Card Clip</h2> <p>Looking for a unique way to attach a gift card to a present? Use a brightly colored snap clip, and simply snap it onto the gift card and the ribbon. Guaranteed, no one else will secure his or her gift card in this way, and it can also be an added gift if it's particularly creative or interesting.</p> <h2>12. Create a Makeshift Clipboard</h2> <p>Don't have a clipboard handy, or one of those binder clips? Well, you can make a clipboard using a jaw clip and something like a thin, hardcover book, or even some sturdy cardboard. Lay the paper down, attach the jaw clip, and slide the pen inside. Simple.</p> <h2>13. Use a Snap Clip as a Screwdriver</h2> <p>If you're really in a pinch and need to unscrew something quickly, a snap clip can work. It will only be effective in a slot screw, and it will take longer than using a regular screwdriver, but it's definitely a MacGyver solution to a problem. They even make <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2706225/The-toolbox-hair-9-clip-contains-screwdriver-ruler-wrench-knife.html">snap clips with screwdriver heads</a> now!</p> <h2>14. Dress Up a Pair of Pumps or Flats</h2> <p>If you have a pair of plain shoes that could use a little flair, use hair clips. They can snap onto the front quite easily, and whether it's a sparkly hair clip, or one that features a button, it can create a new look that no one else will have.</p> <h2>15. Keep Socks Together</h2> <p>Socks. They have a habit of losing their partners, and you end up with a bunch of odd ones. Well, snap clips are a great way to stop this from happening. Simply place the snap over the top edges of the sock where the two pieces of fabric meet. This can even keep them together in the washing machine, if the snap clip is strong enough and water-resistant.</p> <p><em>Any other clever uses for hair clips? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smart-new-uses-for-hair-clips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-and-frugal-uses-for-epsom-salt">10 Smart and Frugal Uses for Epsom Salt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-55-brilliant-ways-to-turn-your-junk-into-cash">Flashback Friday: 55 Brilliant Ways to Turn Your Junk Into Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-reasons-besides-frugality-to-do-for-yourself">The many reasons--besides frugality--to do for yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-45-life-lessons-youd-give-to-your-younger-self">Flashback Friday: 45 Life Lessons You&#039;d Give to Your Younger Self</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks chip clip creative new uses DIY hair clips life hacks new uses new ways Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 1693267 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Simple Household Repairs Every Frugal Person Should Master http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-household-repairs-every-frugal-person-should-master <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-simple-household-repairs-every-frugal-person-should-master" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000057954298_Large.jpg" alt="doing easy and frugal home repairs themselves" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're a homeowner or a renter, sooner or later, something is going to break. And when that time comes, you'll have two options: fix it yourself, or get someone else to fix it. The latter usually costs money &mdash; unless you happen to know someone who'll help for free &mdash; and yet, so many of these repairs require minimal skill and effort to get the job done. Here are 10 of the easiest household repairs every frugal person should have under their belt.</p> <h2>1. Changing a Faucet Washer</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/15A0V7lj_Lo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Drip. Drip. Drip. It can be the annoying sound that wakes you up at night, or one that constantly bothers you in the kitchen. You have a leaky faucet. The most likely cause of that leak is a worn washer, and they are very easy to replace. No need to call a plumber, because all you need are a few basic tools and a new washer.</p> <p>Turn off the water supply, remove the faucet cap, unscrew the handle, and unscrew the nut. You'll reveal the valve stem, which you remove, and voila&hellip; the old washer is revealed. Replace it, and then do everything in reverse. Here's an instructional video that explains a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15A0V7lj_Lo">basic washer change</a> in just a few minutes. You'll save water, and a lot of money on a plumbing charge.</p> <h2>2. Replacing a Furnace Filter</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SGYrVgFSzV4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>It's amazing that some people still hire someone to come and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGYrVgFSzV4">replace the filter</a> on their furnace. This is literally a job that takes less than a minute to do, and anyone can do it. What you need to do is find the correct size of filter, which will be written somewhere on the furnace. When you have the dimensions, you can go to a hardware store for replacements or order online. Don't go for the cheapest type; you want one that traps not just dirt, but allergens and other air hazards. Remove the furnace door &mdash; this will almost always deactivate the furnace, but if not, turn it off at the switch. Slide out the dirty filter, and replace it with the new one, making sure to insert it with the arrows pointing in the direction of the airflow. Then, close up the furnace. It's that easy.</p> <h2>3. Unblocking a Drain</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YwANFKK__kk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>So, simple blocked drains on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwANFKK__kk">sinks are easy to unclog</a>. Get out the plunger, and go to work. It should clear in seconds. If it doesn't, don't run to the phone to call a plumber, because 99% of the time, you can do this yourself. There are various tools available for this, including snakes, liquid plumber, and even wire coathangers. In all instances, most of these clogs or blocks are caused by old hair, debris, grease, and food. So, you may want to invest in a pair of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BE02FH6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00BE02FH6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IBAELM4ETCRRSBVG">rubber gloves</a>. Here are a few videos showing some basic drain unblocking; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF2RAJUye58">clearing the trap</a>; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKZjQxabLjA">using a snake</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains?ref=seealso">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a>)</p> <h2>4. Painting a Room</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jFVYvSxLawg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Some home repair jobs can actually be a lot of fun, and this is one of them. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFVYvSxLawg">Painting a room</a>, especially a kid's room or playroom, can be creative and fulfilling. But whether it's a bedroom, living room, or kitchen, you'll need some basic tools and a few tips before you start. Get a variety of paintbrushes; you'll need some for small, fiddly areas, others for big areas like doors and walls. You will also need a paint roller and tray, or a paint pad. Plus, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010O5HZVW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B010O5HZVW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5EH4DIPGUM5KIWPB">dropcloths</a>, painter's tape (Frog is excellent), paint, a stepladder, and some clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Make sure to block off any areas you don't want paint to land on &mdash; including the ceiling lines, window trim, door frames, and baseboards. Paint around those areas first, then fill in with your roller or paint pad. You will usually need to do two coats, and maybe more if a light color is going over a dark one.</p> <h2>5. Changing the Locks</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/48SrVmlbZpQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Walk down the Locks and Doors aisle in any hardware store and you'll be greeted with a plethora of different options. You have so many choices here, and it takes very little time to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48SrVmlbZpQ">change out a door lock</a>. (However, installing a lock from scratch is a lot more involved). The hardest part of all this is making sure you get the right replacement lock to fit the one you're swapping out. Take a look at it first, remove it, take photos, write down model numbers, etc. Take that information to the hardware store, and they can guide you to the correct one. Then, with just a few screws, and you're good to go.</p> <h2>6. Sewing<strong> </strong></h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9XHRaym3qLQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Never let it be said that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XHRaym3qLQ">sewing</a> is a hobby. It's something we should all know how to do, because it can save us a lot of money on clothing and other repairs around the home. From torn curtains and sofa cushions, to holes in jeans and shirts, some basic sewing repair skills are essential. You don't need to be a master tailor, but having a grasp on the basics &mdash; such as sewing on a button, darning a sock, or patching jeans &mdash; will really help you out in the long run. You don't even need a sewing machine. Just a very simple <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V8BH8VE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00V8BH8VE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QJ57PPNDY43EBD2C">sewing kit</a> will do, for under $10.</p> <h2>7. Unclogging the Garbage Disposal</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qC8LN32ep_Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You flick the switch, and you hear one of two things: complete silence, or a faint buzz. Either way, it's not the growl of the motor and the blades that you were expecting. When this happens, your <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC8LN32ep_Q">garbage disposal is clogged</a>. You may be tempted to call a plumber, who will either fix it for you, or suggest an often unnecessary replacement. But this is a job you can do easily yourself.</p> <p>First, it may have stopped working due to a jam. Unplug it, and reach in there to see if something is stopping the blades. Fish it out, if that's the case. If not, you will still want to go underneath the disposal and turn the blades using the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0025ZA3EQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0025ZA3EQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CHUBCDBFY2TKT2G7">Allen wrench</a> that came with it. After turning it several times, you should feel the blades loosen. Hit the reset button on the base, plug it back in, and hit the main switch. Your disposal should now be working again.</p> <h2>8. Replacing Screen Door Mesh</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1vBS-UP37fI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>So many people I have talked to, including family members, have bought a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vBS-UP37fI">new screen door</a> when the mesh has ripped or worn out. This is a huge waste of money. If the screen door itself is in great condition, you only need to replace the mesh, and that's a job most people can do in less than 30 minutes. You'll need to buy replacement screen mesh and a screen door spline roller. The pair will cost between $20-$30 depending on the store you buy them at, and the type of screen mesh you opt for. The hardest part is actually removing the screen door from the track. Once that's done, you remove the old rubber cord and mesh, place the new one on the door, roll in the new rubber cord, and trim the excess. It's that simple.</p> <h2>9. Recaulking Sinks and Tubs</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nHwmqkoz1tE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Over time, the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHwmqkoz1tE">caulk surrounding bathtubs and sinks</a> will need to be replaced. Sometimes it gets discolored or moldy. Sometimes, it can actually begin to peel away, and start causing issues with leaks or water damage. In that case, you need to replace the caulk. And the good news is, it's really easy.</p> <p>All you need is a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CSR5PS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000CSR5PS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ATGFIZOB5GKODBHF">caulking gun</a> and caulk, which comes in a wide variety of colors and types. Talk to an expert in your hardware store about your needs. Clear out any of the old caulk, which can be done using a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002X201/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00002X201&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AC2E7BTPBV6EJWB6">Stanley knife</a> and a scraping tool. Make sure the area to be caulked is clean and dry. Then, apply a thin bead using the caulking gun, and with a wet finger, swipe away the excess to form a beautiful new seal.</p> <h2>10. Banishing Squeaks</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3iAseVZZKlY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Squeaky doors, windows, stairs, and floorboards are more an annoyance than anything else, but they don't have to be. They are usually a very simple fix. For squeaking doors and windows, some spray lube, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JCGU8U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000JCGU8U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NMR24HOGV5D3R6Y4">WD-40</a>, or white lithium grease will usually eliminate the problem. If none of those are available, even a little olive oil or Vaseline can work. You are simply looking for a way to reduce the friction. For <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iAseVZZKlY">floorboards</a>, it's a little more involved. Most of the time, it happens because the floorboard has raised up from the main floor joists or the subfloor. In that case, a shim can eliminate that gap, and thus, the squeak.</p> <p><em>What other home repair should every frugal person learn? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-household-repairs-every-frugal-person-should-master">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-frugal-and-easy-ways-to-update-an-old-home">19 Frugal (And Easy) Ways to Update an Old Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-common-household-leaks-you-can-fix-without-a-plumber">4 Common Household Leaks You Can Fix Without a Plumber</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-diy-projects-to-make-your-home-look-amazing-and-3-you-shouldnt-try">17 DIY Projects to Make Your Home Look Amazing (and 3 You Shouldn&#039;t Try)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-self-tanning-lotion-and-5-other-fabulous-diy-tips-from-the-web">Make Your Own Self-tanning Lotion and 5 Other Fabulous DIY Tips from the Web</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-reasons-besides-frugality-to-do-for-yourself">The many reasons--besides frugality--to do for yourself</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Home DIY diy repairs frugal Home repair household repairs Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Paul Michael 1678795 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000016525303_Large.jpg" alt="you can make this starbucks drink easily at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Does it seem like most articles on saving money say things like this?</p> <p><em>&quot;Cut out your daily Starbucks latte to effortlessly save $40 a week.&quot;</em></p> <p>While that advice is effective and accurate, it forgets one major thing. What about those of us who can't make it through the week without our favorite caffeinated beverage? Yes, cutting Starbucks from your budget cold-turkey will save you a noticeable amount of money, but these easy, DIY Starbucks drinks will keep your budget in check.</p> <h2>Iced Tea and Iced Tea Lemonade</h2> <p>Let's start with the easiest of the Starbucks drinks to duplicate at home &mdash; the teas and tea lemonades. Starbucks used to use the Tazo brand tea for its teas, but switched to Teavana. As an avid Starbucks tea drinker, I don't notice a huge difference, which means you can stick with Tazo's Zen, Passion, or Awake tea bags for your DIY brew.</p> <p>To get the right tea brew, pour 3-4 cups of boiling water over four tea bags. Green and black teas will steep about 3-5 minutes, and Passion tea and other fruity teas will steep a minute or two longer. Add three cups of cold water on top and store your pitcher of tea in the refrigerator.</p> <p>To make your tea or tea lemonade Starbucks-style, a shaker cup is key. The shaking method that baristas use isn't just to mix everything together, it actually aerates the tea and makes the drink taste better. I have been drinking Starbucks teas for almost a decade, and I can tell you that there is a noticeable difference in taste between a shaken and a non-shaken tea.</p> <p>A shaker cup like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MVMCUK8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00MVMCUK8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=75EWW5NGFKL5FK6X">Blender Bottle</a> works perfectly for shaking your teas. For sweetened teas, use six pumps of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E0HT2W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001E0HT2W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7FV4OJLM3QIYYU4B">sweetener</a> or save even more money an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/343759/simple-syrup">make your own</a> with sugar and water. Then fill the shaker with one-third tea, one-third water or lemonade, and add ice to the top. Shake and enjoy.</p> <h2>Iced Coffee</h2> <p>The secret to Starbucks iced coffee is that it's brewed very strong. It's important to start with a strong ground coffee, using your favorite brand. In my experience, the more affordable brands, like Folgers, don't brew strong or deep enough, but go with your preference.</p> <p>Once your coffee is brewed, allow to cool and store in the refrigerator. You can sweeten it with a homemade classic syrup or another DIY flavored syrup, such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/white-chocolate-mocha-syrup-recipe-376916">white mocha</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/vanilla-coffee-syrup">vanilla syrup</a>. Add half-and-half or milk, and then top off with ice. Yum!</p> <h2>Caramel Macchiato</h2> <p>It's no secret that Starbucks uses an espresso machine to pour their shots. If you have an espresso machine, then you will have an easy time being your own barista. However, for those of us working with just a coffee maker or coffee press, it is still possible to get <em>close </em>to the espresso taste. I recommend brewing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000A0BS5/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0000A0BS5&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YBKZOGZJ3IAPW463">Starbucks espresso ground coffee</a>, which are the same beans Starbucks baristas use in their machines. Brew your coffee stronger than usual.</p> <p>For a caramel macchiato, start by squirting 5-6 pumps of vanilla syrup in your cup. You can buy a bottle of vanilla syrup or make your own by boiling two cups of sugar with two cups of water, and adding a 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. For hot drinks, fill your cup with &frac34; cup of warmed milk.</p> <p>If you have a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SKFCSB6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SKFCSB6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DIV727RFLGA7BKFS">milk frother</a>, froth a little bit of milk to make a foam to go on top. Pour strong coffee on top of your foam and milk, then drizzle a caramel syrup in a hashtag pattern. You can use an inexpensive caramel sauce, like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045TLLRI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0045TLLRI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HBVYWUHRMUUHNC7B">Smucker's caramel sundae sauce</a>, or&nbsp;<a href="http://addapinch.com/cooking/caramel-sauce-recipe/">make your own</a> with heavy cream, butter, and brown sugar. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips?ref=seealso">Don't Tell Anyone: 11 Secret Starbucks Saving Tips</a>)</p> <h2>Caramel Frappuccino</h2> <p>Starbucks Frappuccinos are more like milkshakes than coffee, but man, are they tasty! To make the popular caramel frappuccino at home, brew strong coffee. Try brewing your coffee with two tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of water for stronger results.</p> <p>Then you will blend one cup of low-fat milk, one cup of coffee, and two cups of ice, just like this&nbsp;<a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/235850/starbucks-caramel-frappuccino-copycat-recipe/">copycat recipe</a> suggests. Instead of blending in caramel sauce or sugar, I recommend making simple syrup and add caramel extract to it. Then blend 5-6 tablespoons of that syrup into your frappuccino with a teaspoon o&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013JJZWG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0013JJZWG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IASG2KN7QZ5HFDZA">xantham gum</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005F9W9JQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005F9W9JQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JC2SGLJEARKL4WQO">glucomannan powder</a> for a frothier, thicker frappuccino. Finally, top your drink with whipped cream and caramel sauce.</p> <p>As long as you have strong coffee and the right flavored syrup, you can technically make any latte or frappuccino. Even though Starbucks has a large menu, as a former barista, I can tell you that majority of the drinks are the same, just with different syrups. For example, the only difference between a white mocha and a vanilla latte is the syrup used.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite Starbucks drink and have you tried a DIY version for it? Share with us in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink coffee DIY lattes restaurant copycats Starbucks Starbucks knock-offs Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1678432 at http://www.wisebread.com Pick Up One of These Frugal Hobbies This Weekend http://www.wisebread.com/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_hiking_map_000078571079.jpg" alt="Couple picking up frugal hobby this weekend" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've recently come to the realization that many of my non-essential expenditures are focused on preventing boredom. Whether that's trying out new restaurants, collecting vintage cameras, or buying crafting supplies, hobbies can get surprisingly expensive. Fortunately, there are many hobbies that allow you to occupy your leisure time without racking up huge bills at the end of the month. My goal is to replace my less frugal hobbies with some of these inexpensive alternatives and I encourage you to do the same.</p> <h2>1. Succulent Gardening</h2> <p>Succulents are the perfect plant for a beginner gardener with a black thumb, like me. The only really bad thing you can do is overwater them. And while gardening in general is quite frugal (as long as you start from seeds and don't go crazy at the local nursery), succulent gardening is even more so. You never need to actually <em>buy</em> a succulent. They propagate themselves easily from cuttings begged, borrowed, or stolen (just kidding, NOT stolen!) from friends and family. All you need are some pots with good drainage (look for them at thrift stores to keep costs down) and some soil.</p> <h2>2. Cook Your Way Through a Cuisine or Cookbook</h2> <p>Cooking your way through a cookbook or, alternatively, a cuisine, can be a way to get your creative juices flowing, while avoiding eating out. Instead of becoming a &quot;restaurant foodie,&quot; which can get expensive, become a &quot;home gourmet foodie.&quot;</p> <p>When I first got married, I decided to learn to cook all of the American classics, from chili con carne to classic pot roast. I gave myself a free course in cooking as well as saved us money we would have otherwise spent on restaurants. To keep this hobby frugal, and look for accessible, down-to-earth cookbooks or food blogs.</p> <h2>3. Become a Thrifter</h2> <p>Instead of trolling the aisles of Target and picking up various knick-knacks you don't need, why not start browsing the aisles of your local thrift store instead? The thrill of finding something unique and awesome for $2 is just incomparable. True, it might not be something you <em>need</em>, but if you're going to shop anyway, at least you're only paying a fraction of the price. And if you find some cool stuff, you can always sell it on eBay or Etsy.</p> <h2>4. Play Board Games</h2> <p>An evening with friends playing board games can be surprisingly lively and fun. Start with classics like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IL5XY9K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00IL5XY9K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Y2FJC6NZNYZBMYUW">Scrabble</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CV5PN2W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CV5PN2W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=37KK3JKMLQAZRLPI">Monopoly</a>, and graduate to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U26V4VQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00U26V4VQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2EZWYIDHRX6DJFNQ">Settlers of Catan</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JQY6K4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001JQY6K4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NSLUDKC35IBQAMZK">Dominion</a>. The game might set you back $20-$40, but it can give a group of people many hours of entertainment. Warning: This hobby can get expensive if you get obsessive, or greedy for all the games (And expansion packs! And special editions!), and is thus best suited for the casual hobbyist. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a>)</p> <h2>5. Make Origami</h2> <p><iframe width="430" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qzeaw7UXscw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Origami, the art of folding paper into creatures and shapes, is a wonderfully frugal hobby. All you need are some squares of paper, which you can cut from scrap paper, or you can buy a pack of colored origami paper for a very reasonable price. Check out YouTube videos and online tutorials to start learning.</p> <h2>6. Take Up Running</h2> <p>Running is one of the cheapest forms of exercise. You don't need a gym membership or any fancy gear except for a pair of running shoes. Get some friends together to make things more fun. Your health (and your wallet) will thank you.</p> <h2>7. Learn to Knit or Crochet</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00URN9DM6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00URN9DM6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BZ4YNRH7TWYEJ5OT">pack of yarn</a> from your local craft store will only set you back a few dollars and can occupy you productively for several hours. It's therapeutic to have something to show for your hard work, and maybe you can even save money on birthday presents by making knitted or crocheted headbands, hats, and other cute creations for your friends.</p> <h2>8. Explore the Outdoors</h2> <p>Check out the local outdoor hiking trails in your area. Exploring the outdoors can be a great way to get some exercise and entertainment at the same time. Look for local wildlife and learn to recognize local plants, using free resources from the Internet or borrowed books from the library, as well as local nature centers.</p> <h2>9. Try Geocaching</h2> <p>If you need more of a challenge, try <a href="https://www.geocaching.com/play">geocaching</a> &mdash; a kind of global scavenger hunt where you download GPS coordinates and enter them into a GPS device (an app on your smartphone, if you already have one). You then head out into the outdoors to find the cache, where you add your name to the cache's log once you find it (and sometimes find other treasures too).</p> <h2>10. Read a Book</h2> <p>Reading can be free if you have a library card. Many libraries also offer ebooks for free &mdash; you can download and keep it for two or three weeks and then &quot;return&quot; the ebook. If you don't like going to the library (or if it takes you several months to get through a book), many classic novels are available for free on Amazon.</p> <h2>11. Learn a New Language</h2> <p>Language skills will serve you well in the professional world, and it's also a fun pastime that can open the door to new friends and cultural opportunities. There are many free language resources on the Internet, such as Duolingo, LiveMocha, and more.</p> <h2>12. Upcycle</h2> <p>If you enjoy crafting but don't want to spend the money on craft supplies, upcycling might be for you. A simple search on Pinterest reveals a myriad of ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">turn your trash into treasure</a>, from melting down old candles to make new ones, to turning old t-shirts into rugs and tote bags, and sweaters into pillows and mug cozies.</p> <h2>13. Write</h2> <p>Get your thoughts out into a journal or blog. You can write about anything: your daily life, your cat's escapades, your personal poetry, or stories about your life. You could even turn this into a paying side gig &mdash; I started out writing descriptions of my travels and ended up writing for this blog!</p> <p><em>What hobbies do you like doing in your spare time that don't cost anything?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pick-up-one-of-these-frugal-hobbies-this-weekend">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-create-a-great-home-gym">6 Ways to Create a Great Home Gym For Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY Cooking DIY exercise frugal activities fun projects gardening Fri, 04 Dec 2015 12:00:03 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1618136 at http://www.wisebread.com