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10 More Ways to Save Money Using Lemons

Some time ago I wrote a post on some money-saving ideas using lemons. I thought I would share more tips that I have since come across. After all, finding little ways to save a little money each day can add up to a pretty nice savings before you know it.

1. Use lemons, save a lettuce! Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.

2. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish tarnished chrome  without buying expensive cleansers: simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

3. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to your dish-washing soap to dissolve grease on dishes and pans.

4. Clean tough food stains on wood and plastic cutting boards by squeezing lemon juice on the stains. Wait 20 minutes then rinse.

5. Use lemons to neutralize odors: Simply cut a lemon in half and place both halves, cut side …

Save Money With Waffle Pizzas!

This is a favorite kid's meal at my house, and it is so easy and inexpensive to make I love it too! You can make waffle pizzas with frozen waffles or homemade waffles, some tomato slices, cheese and olives.

Just cook the waffle as you would normally, then line a broiler rack with foil.

Next, arrange the waffles on the foil and add sliced tomato, some mozzarella cheese and black olives, sliced. Sprikle lightly with seasonings such as basil, oregano and pepper.

Cook the waffle pizzas under the broiler for about 3 minutes or until cheese has melted. Serve and enjoy the smiles you get!

Homemade Waffle Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, separated
1 1/4 cups milk
2 Tbs. melted butter

Preheat waffle iron.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt in bowl.
Make a well in center and add the egg yolk and milk
Mix ingredients, then stir in butter
Finally, whisk egg white in a separate bowl, then add to flour mixture

Pour into waffle iron and cook for about 3 min…

Homemade Christmas Gift: Chocolate Bath Salts!

Chocolate Bath Salts make a delicious smile-inducing and calorie-free gift for any occasion, especially as a charming homemade Christmas present! Re-use some clean dry glass jars, such as those from spaghetti sauce or jellies, decorate with pretty ribbons, and glue on some cute labels to create some pretty handmade gifts. Another cute idea is to re-use those glass bottles from the Starbucks Cappuccino drinks you can buy at the store--just be sure to wash thoroughly and dry completely.

Chocolate Bath Salts Recipe:
6 cups epsom Salt
2 Tbs. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine ingredients and spread on a cookie sheet lined with a paper towel. Let air-dry, then pour into a dry clean jar.

Use about 3 Tbs. to 4 Tbs. in a warm bath and indulge in the scenty chocolaty aroma!

5 Cheap Halloween Costumes You Can Make at Home

It is almost Halloween.....are you looking for some cheap costume ideas? If you are trying to save money and want to make a Halloween costume yourself this year, here are a few fun ideas to think about:

1. Skunk Costume: Wear black tights or pants, and a  black turtleneck or long sleeve shirt. Then sew or use safety pins to attach a white stripe made from extra material (an old white sheet or white pillowcases can work well ) down the back of the clothing.This way you can easily remove the stripe and use the clothing again.

2. Be a ghost, but add some fun touches to the sheet such as eyelashes, painted cheeks lipstick, hat, mustache, freckles, etc.

3. How about a tourist? Wear a colorful shirt, trousers (shorts if it happens to be warm where you are), have a camera, maps, straw hats, colorful bright dress and flat shoes, etc.

4."Dice" Halloween Costume: Get a cardboard box and paint it a solid black. Then add white dots. Make openings for the arms and head and you are done!

5 DIY Stain RemoversThat Can Save You Money

Got kids? Then you probably have stains! In our house, we have dealt with all kinds of munchkin-inspired stains, from markers on the wall to juice stains on t-shirts. And of course, the stubborn grass stains. I have a few DIY stain tips to share and would love to hear more --if anyone has some to share too?!

1. My budding Picasso, aka my 3 year old son, loves to practice his artistic skills on our walls. What I find works well to remove the marker stains is good old rubbing alcohol. Just dip a clean soft cloth in the rubbing alcohol, and gently buff away the marks.

2. For the spilled fruit juice, a simple trick is to boil some water while the stain is fresh. While the water heats up, gently blot away the the excess juice, then pour the boiling water (carefully!) through the stain to make it disappear.

3. Grass Stains have been my nemesis for a very long time. But of all things, a little meat tenderizer works well at removing those stubborn stains! Just sprinkle meat tenderizer on the…

Six Secrets To Saving Money and Time

Getting the best deals out there and saving money while doing so can depend on timing. From ending an auction on e-Bay to scheduling a doctor's appointment, timing things just right can help you save a little (or a lot) of cash and time! Here are six secret timing tips from the experts when it comes to getting good deals:

1. End your eBay auctions on Sunday nights between 6p.m. and 10p.m.

Why? These are the hours that eBay receives the most traffic, according to Dan Blacharski, author of eBay's Secrets Revealed. And because most people wait until the last hour or so to bid, this timing will be your best chance at getting the most action on your auction--and make the most money!

2. Buy you next new car on a Monday--at 6p.m.--if you can!

Why? Because Mondays happen to be the slowest days for car sales, according to Scott Gamm, founder of Car salesmen will be much more desperate agreeable to make deals by closing time. If you try showing up at this time when …