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Saving Money Saturday

The holiday season is almost here so there is no time like the present to start saving money for those Christmas presents, turkey dinners and holiday parties. Make this Saturday a thrifty day and instead of spending money at Starbucks, the movies or the local bookstore, try to save it instead. Want some ideas? Here are a few, including getting a head start on Christmas!

Start your Save Money Saturday with this healthy energetic and filling Banana-Almond Power Smoothie!

Cut 2 bananas into quarter size pieces
In a blender combine 3/4 vanilla soy milk, 1 Tbs. almond butter, 1 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, bananas and 3 ice cubes.
Mix until smooth then pour and enjoy!

Next, try shopping some garage sales but only buy items you will use later for Christmas presents! Think picture frames, baskets, trinkets, vases, unique jars, classic books, etc.

After bringing home your treasures, take an invigorating walk before eating lunch.

Make a simple lunch with left-o…

Home Made Christmas Gift Idea

This is a cute, easy and inexpensive gift idea!

Make Chalkboards!

If you have an old mirror laying around, turn it into a chalkboard quickly and cheaply. Just buy some chalkboard paint at your local hardware store...should be about $6.00 a can...and one can will do alot....and paint the surface of the mirror with it. Voila! Instant chalkboard!

Other ideas/surfaces for making chalkboards:

wood

picture frames (cut a piece of masonite board that fits inside the frame. Paint the board with chalkboard paint and let dry before putting it into the frame.)

Old Cabinet doors

stiff poster board

Home Made Halloween Costumes

Halloween is around the corner...so time to start cooking up some Halloween costumes you can make from home and save money while treating your little ghosts and goblins to a fun night!

This idea came from Kaboose.com-- I just changed a couple of things, but basically the costume idea is the same.

Home Made Spider Costume

Needed:
long sleeve black top/shirt
4 long black socks
newspaper, grocery bags, paper bags, or anything else you can use to stuff the socks with
a black knit cap
black yarn

Stuff each sock with paper or bags or filling of some sort.

Attach each sock to the side seams of the shirt (two socks on each side)
(I would suggest sewing the socks to securely attach them to the shirt, but duct tape can probably work as well.)

Next,  you will want to attach the black yarn in-between each sock and the cuffs of the shirt. This can be done in a couple of different ways. You can use the duct tape to attach a yarn piece at the cuff of the sleeve, and then tape the end of the yarn on t…

Make Money From Home

It has been a while since I have posted on ways to make extra money from home, but today I do have a new resource to share with you, called Fiverr.com.

Just like the name of the site, Fiverr is where tasks are listed at a price of Five dollars. There is no negotiating and no job posted at a price higher than $5.00. So you can list a task you will do, say write a review for someone's website, and list the price for this task at $5.00. If someone decides to purchase this task from you, they must first pay the $5 to Fiverr.com, who will in turn contact you via email that your task has been purchased. You will have a specified time limit to complete the task (the time limit is set by you when you post the task) and when it is complete, you are paid $4.00. Fiverr.com keeps $1.00 from each transaction as their fee and basic way of making money.

Browsing through the site, it is interesting to see the types of gigs people come up with to make money. From reading horoscopes, to emailing r…

Saturday Morning Iced Mocha Recipe

Make your own Iced Mocha drink at home and save money plus calories!

All you need for two icy mocha drinks:

1 cup low-fat chocolate milk
1 tsp. instant coffee granules
1 cup ice cubes
Fat -Free whipped topping

In a blender, add the milk, coffee granules and ice cubes. Blend on high until smooth and frothy. Pour into two glasses, add the low fat whipped topping, and Enjoy!

8 Ways to Reuse Jar Lids

Jar lids can be reused in many different ways. I know there are many uses other than the ones I have come up with, so if you have any to share, please feel free!!

1. As paint palettes for kids. Perfect for holding some paint, and for letting kids mix paints together,

2. As a cookie cutter. Nothing makes a perfectly round cookie like a jar lid! Make sure the lid id washed and dried, ten just push down and twist over rolled dough.

3. As a spoon rest on your stove!

4. Paint lids (or let the kids) and then glue a magnet on the back of the lid. Trace and cut a picture to fit inside, then glue it in. (This can make a cute handmade Christmas gift from kids to their grandparents, teachers, etc..)

5. Drill holes in jar lids, and then attach under cabinets. Use the jars for spices, tea bags, pasta, cereal, dried beans.....and scew the jars to the lids for a decorative storage idea!

6. Paint the lids. Then glue a large X or O made out of a fabric to the top part of the lids, and you have an inst…

Cheap Ways To Lose Some Weight

Do you want to shed a few pounds before the holiday season arrives, but cannot afford the gym or those pricey diet plans? Here are a few very cheap ways to help speed up your metabolism and burn some of that extra weight off.

1. It's true--drinking lots of water during the day will burn calories....about 35,000 a year if you drink eight 8-oz. glasses a day.

2. Lifting light weights for one hour a week will build your muscles enough to raise your metabolism by up to 12%. (try using full soup cans, books, or other items around your home if you do not have weights.)

3. Watch some funny TV. Laughing can temporarily increase your calorie burn by up to 20%, according to a Vanderbilt University study.

4. Drink Green Tea.  Try sipping green tea about 30 minutes before eating. Women who do this trick before every meal lose twice as much weight as those who did not in a recent study. Green Tea has plant compounds that boost levels of norepinephrine....which helps you burn fat.

5. Eat some …

Stretching Your Budget : Free Sites That Can Help You Save Money

Financially Fit has posted some great tips for saving money and stretching your budget -- they are not hard and can help save some money for Christmas presents!!

Grocery Shopping always takes a big chunk out of any budget. To help see exactly how much we are spending, and on what, there are free online budgeting sites that can track your purchases. Try using Mint.com or Buxfer.com--both free -- to start keeping track and finding ways to save.

And spend a little extra time finding coupons before heading to the grocery store. Check out coupon sites such as CouponMom.com, Coupons.com and CouponCabin.com

**An Extra Tip**ShoppingNanny.com will provide you with customized coupons just for you for $5.95 a month. And Shopping Nanny recently guaranteed that if you spend more than $90 a week at the grocery store, you'll save $40 a month -- or your next month's membership is free.

If you are not bringing your lunch to work yet, get motivated to brown bag it by visiting FeedthePig.com. …

Six Money-Saving Uses For Salt

Got salt? Then you have an inexpensive solution for some common household problems. Here are six household uses for salt:

1. Salt can help dissolve greasy build-up in sink drains and help get rid of odors. Just mix about a 1/2 cup of salt with 4 cups of hot water,and then slowly pour the solution down your drain.

2. Salt can help your fresh cut flowers last longer. Just sprinkle 1 tsp. of salt into the water in the vase before putting in the flowers (remember to cut the stems first.) The salt gets rid of bacteria and provides nutrients flowers need to stay fresher longer.

3. For spotted and stained glasses, soak the stemware overnight in a solution of salt (about 2tsp.) and a quart of vinegar. In the morning rinse the glasses and enjoy the sparkle.

4. Salt can make peeling hard-boiled eggs easier. Before putting eggs in the pot to boil, pour in 1 tsp. of salt. The shells should come off easier and without breaking.

5. Sea Salt makes an inexpensive exfoliating scrub. Rub some sea salt…

3 Money-Saving Tips Quick and Easy!

Just a few more little money-saving tidbits to share this week--

1. If you are out of "D" batteries, do not want to buy any, but need one .....try this trick: Put a "C" battery in the space, then add 3 to 5 quarters to mimic a "D" battery!


2. Help prevent costly drain clogs before they happen: Use cold water to rinse grease down the sink. Hot water only “melts” the grease until it reaches distant areas of your plumbing, where it solidifies, builds up, and eventually causes clogs. Cold water, however, solidifies the grease early on so it floats down the pipes harmlessly. (source: www.rd.com/Family- Handyman)

3. Impulse purchases get the best of you at the market or home improvent stores? According to Consumer Reports, if you use the self-checkout, impulse buys will drop by 17 to 32 percent.

10 Things Moms Want To Save Money On

As a mom, I find myself the person in charge of {trying} to save money. It is up to me to find ways to budget and scrimp wherever I can - without anyone else in the family noticing to much, of course!

So I started thinking of the 10 top things I really like to and need to save money on. The things that I find too expensive in general, yet have to buy anyway on a semi-regular basis. It was tougher than I thought to come up with this list, after all I want to save money on everything, but after much thought (and a few extra frown lines) I have complied my list of the top 10 things I like to save money on, or wish I could save money on:

1. Shoes for the kids. I find shoes to be an expensive purchase that I have to make too many times each year. Kids outgrow them ridiculously fast. And no matter how much I may spend on a pair of shoes, hoping that quality will match the pricier price tags, they never last long with my boys. So I put shoes down on my list. I would love to find some that a…