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Plan Now to Use Yard Sales – Save Money on Needed Items

Yard sale season is not far off. Take the time to plan now, and you’ll save money. You’ll want to create a list, or a series of lists if doing so will help you to better organize. Either way, your list will help you keep track of what you need and what you’ve bought. Beside each thing on your list, leave enough space to keep … Continue reading Plan Now to Use Yard Sales – Save Money on Needed Items

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Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

I do a fair amount of shopping at thrift shops. As a matter-of-fact, most of what I bought for the baby shower I threw for my daughter and son-in-law came from thrift stores, and when Little Man is growing out of another size clothing, that is where I head with a list from my daughter. I buy as much of my own clothing as I … Continue reading Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

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September is Mold Awareness Month

(This is an article that was first published on Examiner.com, September 26, 2009. I hope none of you have this problem, but I thought I would post it just in case. ~ Shannon) Does your home have a mold problem? Single moms in the Bangor area should be aware that September is Mold Awareness Month, and that they should inspect their homes for mold. Here … Continue reading September is Mold Awareness Month

More Helpful Resources

While these are directed at single moms due to the channel where I share them, they would really be good for anyone. Each Mini eBook is a quick read with actionable steps, and will aid anyone in getting their home in order, keeping it that way, and decorating. Please pass these resources along to all your people. Keeping the Single Mom Home: The Bathroom, is … Continue reading More Helpful Resources

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A Helpful Resource for Single Moms

Some of you may already know that I have a channel on Examiner.com called Bangor Single Mom. Most of the articles there would be helpful to any single mother, no matter her location. So I would like to invite you to check that channel out now, and to subscribe to that channel for future updates. As for the resources, I recently finished a series of … Continue reading A Helpful Resource for Single Moms

Purchasing Better Quality Items

It often seems too expensive to purchase items that are quality made, so we purchase second rate items thinking we will save money. We mistakenly believe this is all we can afford to do. However, if we can pull it off, we should be purchasing better quality items instead. Why? Because we will save money over the long haul. For instance, a sofa made years … Continue reading Purchasing Better Quality Items

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Curbside Pick-Up

Here is a topic from one of Amy’s readers, which you can find on page 193 of the Complete Tightwad Gazette. We have picked up many great items using this system. Each spring, communities have this roadside pick-up thing that they do. This helps us to declutter our homes. One benefit to doing this early and setting things out on the road is that people … Continue reading Curbside Pick-Up

Homemade Drawstring Bags

These are easy to make, and can be made any size that you like. Materials: Fabric Yarn or thick string Needle and thread Measuring tape Scissors Fabric pen Measure fabric two twice the length you need, plus and extra inch or two, and mark. Measure fabric to width desired, plus 1/4 inch. Cut the fabric out. Sew the two sides together, like sides together. Sew the … Continue reading Homemade Drawstring Bags

Leach-Free Containers

There are leach-free alternatives to BPA products, both plastic and glass. These are durable, healthier choices for everyone, but cost can seem daunting. Do not think that way! Think about how much you are spending every month on plastic food baggies and other disposable items like these. Even if you reuse these items, they will still have to be replaced eventually, necessitating the use of … Continue reading Leach-Free Containers

Dear Frugal Diary, 11/09/2009

I have been decluttering and learning to simplify my life. This process is helping: Me to learn that I do not need so much. Me to learn the art of letting go. Others to see that I do not want them to give me so many things, unless they will be useful. Others in that I am giving of my ‘things’ that I no longer … Continue reading Dear Frugal Diary, 11/09/2009

How to Reuse Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Tubes

These tubes can also come from items such as wrapping paper, food wrap, etc. They can be reused for many things. I will share some ideas with you, and then you can share some with all of us in the comments. Feed electronics cords through them to clean up areas behind desks and entertainment centers. Store holiday lights in them. Cut them to size and … Continue reading How to Reuse Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Tubes

Frugal Lifestyles

On page 44 of The Tightwad Gazette, Amy discusses her frugal lifestyle. The article has great tips for fixing up a house that should have otherwise been burnt to the ground. The people the article focuses on did a lot of work to make the ramshackle building livable, and they did a great job. How did they do this? Mostly by scavenging. Getting what they … Continue reading Frugal Lifestyles

Multi-Use Stands

I purchased stands a couple of years ago that I am very happy with. Two are coffee table size($40.00 each), one is end table size($20.00), and one falls somewhere in between($30.00). As I mentioned before, I do not have a lot of space in my home. This makes organizing difficult. I have also mentioned that I have little money to spend on furniture. I am … Continue reading Multi-Use Stands

Multi-Use Seating

Multi-use seating can be an important aspect financially when you are living the low-income life. When you have the opportunity to purchase something brand new, it is important to get your money’s worth. I am in need of a sofa. I cannot afford a new one right now, so I am saving until I have a good down payment on one. I want one that … Continue reading Multi-Use Seating

They Call Me “The Frugal Zealot”

Well…not really. But that is what they called Amy Dacyzyn, author of The Tightwad Gazette books and newsletters. I have been called thrifty, and I fully admit to calling myself cheap. I love to see how much money I can refrain from paying out on things, and I have decided that there are relatively few things that I need to pay full price for. I … Continue reading They Call Me “The Frugal Zealot”

Free Air Conditioner

I got a call from my neighbor yesterday, asking if I would like a free air conditioner. Her mother was giving one away, and my neighbor already owns two. I haven’t purchased an air conditioner in all of these years for two reasons: 1) Not cost efficient to purchase then pay the higher electric bills. 2) Possible environmental concerns. Now, the past week (about) we … Continue reading Free Air Conditioner

Energy Savings

Saving electricity is not only about saving money, though that is a big part of the equation. It is also important to our future as a whole. To live a greener life, in some cases, will automatically bring money savings. Sometimes this money savings is very much needed. Right now, I am saving energy costs because I have no water to heat. This is because … Continue reading Energy Savings

Millions Left Behind as TV Goes Digital

BusinessWeek.com features the article Millions Left Behind as TV Goes Digital. Are you one of these millions? I have not attempted to set up my converter boxes yet. As a matter-of-fact, I may also have to buy new antennas for the televisions. Not sure yet. I suppose that I will attempt to hook them up this week or next. See what happens… I cannot afford … Continue reading Millions Left Behind as TV Goes Digital

Family Guide to Going Green 2009

The Family Guide to Going Green 2009 is a great resource for any household.  As low-income individuals and families, some greening efforts can go a long way in saving us money. What could be better than that? (Except for saving the planet, of course.)  I, personally, found the guide very useful. I am already doing some things in the guide, and my daughter and I … Continue reading Family Guide to Going Green 2009

Reuse Glass Jars

I have a collection of old canning jars, as well as an assortment of food jars with lids. I also have many plastic food storage containers. I have been rethinking many things over the past year, and the use of plastic is only one of those things. I am giving away the plastic food containers to use glass food jars instead. In particular, the canning … Continue reading Reuse Glass Jars

Homemade Shampoo Recipes

Mama Kalila visited the blog and commented not long ago and mentioned homemade shampoo. I asked if she had any recipes and she directed me to her “no poo” post on her blog. I have posted the link to the recipes in the sidebar, but you can visit her blog at http://www.mamakalila.blogspot.com/. I enjoyed my visit there very much. Shannon Continue reading Homemade Shampoo Recipes

Hello, My Name is Shannon and I Reuse Aluminum Foil

Okay, okay. I admit it. I reuse aluminum foil. I use it on my bake ware to prevent messes. I use it to cover food before putting it into the refrigerator sometimes. I suppose there are a few other uses for aluminum foil as well. I wipe mine off and reuse it as many times as I can. Is this insane? Who knows. Does anyone … Continue reading Hello, My Name is Shannon and I Reuse Aluminum Foil

How to Reuse those Plastic Bags and Baggies

Do you have a stockpile of plastic shopping bags? There are many things that you can do with these bags. Consider these options: They make great trash bags. You can reuse them at the store. Our grocery store gives us .05 for every bag that we reuse. You can take them to the grocery store (if yours participates) and put them in the recycling bin. … Continue reading How to Reuse those Plastic Bags and Baggies