Pinterest

I secretly dislike the lamp shades in my master bedroom. I know. This is a minor problem, but I think I may have found a solution. Pinterest. This site is CHALK-FULL of frugal yet creative ideas! Here are some other reasons I love this site:

1) There are inspirational ideas for EVERYTHING. Not only can I look up a pin on how to fix my drab lamp shades, I can learn how to organize the cans in my kitchen and make my own wall art.

2) There are so many DIY tutorial’s. (This is a frugal person’s dream!)

3) The site lead me to some other blogs I am in love with.

So, before you go buy a new lamp shade, light fixture, piece of art or etc…check out Pinterest. You may be able rig up something you like on your own and save a few benjamins while you are at it!

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*I was not paid to write about Pinterest.  I just tried their site and really like it!


Keep Your Kitchen Towels ON the Rack With this Tip

We recently moved into a home with no towel racks in the kitchen. I used the bar on the oven door, but the towels constantly slipped off. It was driving me crazy! So, I thought of a solution!  I clipped my towel into place with a clothes pin!  Ta-Da!  I’m so glad I thought of this, because I was thinking about buying a towel rack from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  This is way cheaper and I don’t have to drill any holes in the wall!


STEWing it Over

Recently, I was asked to post more recipes and research cloth diapers. After stewing it over, I decided to start with the easy assignment. What do recipes have to do with saving money?  A lot.  I really decreased our food bill by planning, making lists and preparing different types of foods.  I have found that stews/soups are easy to make and usually yield left-overs. The ingredients are reasonably priced, also.

Here is a link to one of my new favorite recipes, Slow-Cooker White Bean and Kielbasa Stew. (Hence, the title of  this post)  My husband rates it a 9/10. It’s healthy, easy to make and relatively inexpensive. Happy Cooking!

*I usually use turkey kielbasa. I also leave the spinach on the side since I’m not a big fan of leafy greens IN my soup. I’ve also added rice and chicken to make left-overs stretch further.  That’s the beauty of stew…it’s so versatile!


Target. The Money-Saver’s Nemesis

1) Organization tools that give even the messiest person hope for an orderly life.
2) Inexpensive but chic decor.
3) Makeup that promises to hide all flaws for a few dollars.
4) Tank-tops/shirts/dresses/swimsuits that only sneak a few benjamins from your wallet.

These are just a few reasons I rarely step foot in this store, anymore. I like it TOO much. Yesterday, I fell in love with a lamp, bedside table, a few pieces of wall art and a myriad of organizational bins. Pat me on the back. I was strong and did not buy a single item I did not need. However, I’m still imagining how much better my home would look if I had purchased them! Anyone else feel this way?


Organization and Contact Lenses…

I wear disposable contacts. Throwing them out after two weeks of wear is a must. Over the past few months I’ve found myself scratching my head and asking myself, “Did I open this package 1 or 2 weeks ago?”  I’ve thought about keeping a little calendar in my make-up bag, but I came up with a better solution. Here it is.

1) Find a DRY ERASE pen.

2) Write the date you open the contacts on the corner of your mirror.

3) Make a dash EVERY time you wear them (see picture below).

4) Throw contacts out when your two weeks are completed (or per your doctor’s recommendation).

5) Simply erase the marks on the mirror and start over!

Due to this system, I no longer wear my contacts too long or throw them away too soon. This saves my eyes and my money!

I also write surprise notes to my husband, reminders and lists on my mirror! Just make sure you are using a DRY ERASE pen.