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Quick Tips To Save Time and Money

I have a few tips to start the week off--some you may have heard and tried before, but maybe you will come across one that you have yet to try!

1. Missing game pieces can ruin a board game. Try taping a small resealable plastic bag on the inside of the box lids to hold all the loose parts.

2. A D.I.Y natural cleaner for laminated wood floors: Mix 2 Tbs. baby shampoo with one gallon of water. Dip mop in and wring thoroughly until almost dry. Mop and then dry off the floor with a soft clean cloth.

3. Got little kitchen bugs? Try putting a couple of dried bay leaves in with bags of rice, oatmeal and cereal (the stuff those weird little bugs love to get into!) The slight odor of the leaves repels the bugs (do not ask me why, hehe) but will not affect the flavor of the food.

4. Use an old glove to clean dust off your houseplant leaves--this will quickly clean both sides of the leaves.

5. Lipstick stains can make you think about throwing away a shirt-- try this tip and save a shirt instead…

Recycle Those Old Pantyhose and Tights!

I came across this article today on how to reuse old pantyhose, so I thought I would stealborrow from it to share here on the blog! I personally love finding ways to re-use things that otherwise are headed to the overflowing trash bin, and I kind of figure you might too--so here goes:

Six Ways to Recycle Old Pantyhose:

1. Use old pantyhose for washing delicates. Cut the old pantyhose at about the thigh, or just use the entire thigh high stocking. Place your delicate washables in the stocking, tie off the open end, and launder as usual.

2. Use pantyhose with runs in them to scrub your bathroom, shower or sink. Spritz some cleaner on your sink, shower, or tub surface. Then, get a piece of your pantyhose and dampen it with either water or more cleaning solution. Next, scrub away the dirt and grime using the pantyhose cut-off much like you would use a regular washcloth. Want to make it even easier? Cut off the pantyhose at the calf and slip the piece over your hand for a cleaning mitt th…

How To Save Money With Leftovers and a Muffin Pan

If you have kids, a cupcake or muffin pan, almost empty cereal boxes, almost empty raisin boxes, almost empty cracker boxes, (you get the idea, right?) then you have the makings for a fun kid's meal!

Just fill the muffin cups with the forlorn cereal left in the box, that last bit of cheese cut into cubes, the last few stray carrots cut up, that couple of tablespoons of salad dressing remaining in the bottle (dip for the carrots), that last piece of fruit that is about to spoil (cut it up and put in cups), and so on. Serve your muffin pan kid's meal to your favorite kid for a fun lunch or dinner, and you will have a cleaned out refrigerator and some smiles!

Homemade Spicy Tortilla Soup for Super Bowl Sunday (Cheap and Delicious Recipe)

A big pot of this spicy vegetarian tortilla soup simmering on the stove is a wonderful thing! It always smells so good, tastes divine and best of all, is easy on the food budget! A delicious, easy and cheap recipe for Super Bowl Sunday-- double up on the recipe and freeze some for later!

(This easy on the budget Vegetarian Tortilla Soup comes from Bush's Beans and makes about 8 servings)

What You'll Need:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp cumin seed
1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 29 ounce cans vegetable broth
2 16 ounce cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, packed
1 cup shredded low-fat Monterey Jack cheese
6 corn tortillas
cooking spray
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
lime wedges
How To Make:
Add olive oil, onion, garlic, jalapeno and cumin seed to a large pot over medium heat, stir constantly for 5 minutes. Add corn, chicken broth, BUSH'S BEST Kidney Beans and cilantro. R…

How To Organize Your Frugal Life

Having grown up in a particularly frugal household, I had one of the best examples I could possibly hope for in my mom. She salvaged across the board, saved every last penny (literally), re-used everything, was the queen of fixing-upping and stealthily managed to find only the best deals, which meant not resting until this was accomplished. As a child, more often than not, all of this just irritated and annoyed me. I'd rather not re-use my sandwich baggie today, thank you. I'd really rather have the "official" KIX cereal, please, thank-you-very-much.

Almost Free Homemade Face Wash

If you already have a box of baking soda in your refrigerator or pantry, this homemade face wash is pretty much a freebie for you! And if you do not have any baking soda--you really should, it is so cheap and has so many uses!!

Homemade Face Wash Recipe and Directions: (Easy-Peasy!!)
Just mix one part baking soda and one part water to make a paste. Apply with a circular motion to forehead, cheeks and chin. Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry with soft clean towel.

The texture of the baking soda will slough off dead skin cells, leaving your face fresh and bright. Plus, it will help rid your face of excess oils and help get rid of blackheads. The sodium bicarbonate also helps neutralize your skin's PH, reducing excess oil that leads to those nasty pimples in the first place!

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New Way Of Paying Off Credit Cards?

We have always been told to pay off the credit card with the highest balance and interest rate first, and then proceeding to the next card, right? But paying off credit card debt has a new twist these days: paying the minimum due on all cards each month,  except the one with the lowest balance--that one you pay off as quickly as possible with higher payments.

Free Skiing For the Family on Winter Trails Day!

Mark your calendars for Jan. 8th! This is Winter Trails Day when ski resorts, Nordic Centers and parks across the U.S. offer free snowshoeing and cross country skiing! No equipment rental fees or trail fees will be charged. This year marks the 16th Annual Winter Trails Day-- a day that gets 11,000 kids and adults playing and exercising in the snow each year, experiencing the health and social benefits of  winter sports.

To find out what resorts and parks are offering this free snow sports day, go to WinterTrails.org.