Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

I love yard sales, thrift shops, clearance sales, flea markets. I always find gems when I visit, and save so much over the price of new-bought items. I am a frugalista, how about you? When buying from thrift shops and flea markets, you are reusing other people’s stuff. This means that it is not going into a landfill, and someone local is earning money. Both … Continue reading Is it Okay to Pick up Gifts at Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Etc.?

Repurposing Odds and Ends from a Scrapbook Hobby by Shannon L. Buck

(Previously published on Y! Contributor Network. Repurposing enables you to save money on crafting supplies.) Repurposing Odds and Ends from a Scrapbook Hobby Scrapbooking is a fun activity that generates a lot of scraps. These can be repurposed for other projects, by the scrapbooker or someone else. By repurposing these items, you are sending less waste to the landfill and saving money on future scrapbook … Continue reading Repurposing Odds and Ends from a Scrapbook Hobby by Shannon L. Buck

Make a Simple Scrapped Pencil Holder by Shannon L. Buck

(Using scraps from other projects and a recycled aluminum can will save you money on this project. Previously published on Y! Contributor Network.) Make a Simple Scrapped Pencil Holder A pencil holder will organize more than just pencil. You can also place markers, highlighters or pens in one. This project is simple to accomplish, and the finished product will aid you in organizing your office … Continue reading Make a Simple Scrapped Pencil Holder by Shannon L. Buck

How to Reuse 10 Common Household Items by Shannon L. Buck

(So many things can be reused, saving money. Previously published to Y! Contributor Network.) How to Reuse 10 Common Household Items As a society, we tend to throw out a lot of things that could be reused in one way or another. We send numerous items to landfills, where they take up precious space and sit for decades or generations. This practice is not environmentally … Continue reading How to Reuse 10 Common Household Items by Shannon L. Buck

10 Ideas for Reusing Canning Jars by Shannon L. Buck

(I love canning jars! Of all sizes. They come in handy for so many things. Look for them at yard sales for next to nothing. Plus they preserve food. Very frugal! Previously published on Y! Contributor Network.) 10 Ideas for Reusing Canning Jars Canning jars and rings can be reused many times to process food items, as long as you purchase new lids. The old … Continue reading 10 Ideas for Reusing Canning Jars by Shannon L. Buck

11 Uses for the Glass from Picture Frames by Shannon L. Buck

(Frugal is Fabulous! Look for ways to repurpose items you think are not needed. Previously published on Y! Contributor Network.) 11 Uses for the Glass from Picture Frames Picture frame glass is acquired in a variety of ways. Old frames may break, for instance, leaving the glass intact, or you may find some of these sections of glass at yard sales or junk shops. No … Continue reading 11 Uses for the Glass from Picture Frames by Shannon L. Buck

11 Ways to Reuse an Old Microwave Stand by Shannon L. Buck

(Previously published on Y! Contributor Network. Frugal ways to repurpose old microwave stands.) 11 Ways to Reuse an Old Microwave Stand Microwave stands come in different sizes. They usually have a cupboard, and may have an open space under the top surface. Some might also have a drawer. You may have installed an under-the-cupboard microwave, or decided that one of these appliances is no longer … Continue reading 11 Ways to Reuse an Old Microwave Stand by Shannon L. Buck

10 Uses for Old Sheets by Shannon L. Buck

(Previously published on Y! Contributor Network. Reusing items helps you to maintain a frugal lifestyle.) 10 Uses for Old Sheets When you purchase new sheets for your bed, you can use the old ones for other purposes around the house or to make gifts with. Repurposing sheets is eco-friendly, because doing so keeps them out of landfills. Cut the elastic away from the fitted sheet … Continue reading 10 Uses for Old Sheets by Shannon L. Buck

10 Ways to Reuse Small Plates and Saucers by Shannon L. Buck

(Originally published to Y! Contributor Network. Repurposing items is a frugal way to decorate.) 10 Ways to Reuse Small Plates and Saucers There has been so much waste going into landfills that more and more people are seeking out ways to reuse and recycle as many of the things they no longer need as is possible. Finding new uses for used items is more environmentally … Continue reading 10 Ways to Reuse Small Plates and Saucers by Shannon L. Buck

10 Ways to Reuse a Beach Pail by Shannon L. Buck

(Originally published on Y! Contributor Network. Save money by using these plastic pails as organizers. Pick them up on clearance.) 10 Ways to Reuse a Beach Pail Children often end up with a variety of beach pails. They may acquire them as part of their Easter gift, or as a gift for a spring or summer birthday party. Children do not need more than 1 … Continue reading 10 Ways to Reuse a Beach Pail by Shannon L. Buck

10 Ways to Reuse Old Pallets by Shannon L. Buck

(Originally published to Y! Contributor Network. Reusing old items is very frugal. These projects will help you to use pallets from other projects, or from shipments.) 10 Ways to Reuse Old Pallets Old wooden pallets, used when items are shipped to stores and other business, can be reused in many ways, meaning they do not have to end up in landfills or be left in … Continue reading 10 Ways to Reuse Old Pallets by Shannon L. Buck

Business Idea: Trash to Treasure

If you are living frugally out of necessity, you may be open to a business Idea. I have seen wonderful creations made from people’s cast-offs. Tables and benches that have been redone, candlesticks made from shortened bedposts and other items, and little girl dresses made from old pillow cases. There are a plethora of things that can can be made from “trash”, if someone wants … Continue reading Business Idea: Trash to Treasure

Keeping it Simple: Goals for the New Year!

Keeping it simple is a frugal way to live. And is easy to implement. For starters, your family should agree that for every possession brought into the home, another must go. For instance, if your daughter wants a new shirt, she will have to give up something in exchange. Live by this principle, and you are already cutting waste. To take it a step further, … Continue reading Keeping it Simple: Goals for the New Year!

One Way to Recycle

Periodically in our lives, we go through our belongings to get rid of items we no longer need. Often, people throw items away or send them to a charitable thrift shop. Saving items for your children is another option, and it allows you to recycle the items in an environmentally friendly manner. Store as many items as is possible in plastic totes or trunks, rather … Continue reading One Way to Recycle

New Article: Living Low-Income is Green

I recently contributed an article on my BlogHer.com blog that is titled Living Low-Income is Green. This article was featured under the Green category the same day I posted it. I wanted to share it with you. Another article that I posted there recently is called 10 Frugal Cooking Tips, which will also be of interest to you. It was chosen as an Editor’s Pick … Continue reading New Article: Living Low-Income is Green

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10 Steps for Celebrating Earth Day for the Low-Income Household

I like to think that most low-income families are already doing things that will allow them to tread more lightly upon our beautiful green Earth. I may be wrong. Well, some of us are at any rate 🙂 If you are one who is not doing so as of yet, you may want to start. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you … Continue reading 10 Steps for Celebrating Earth Day for the Low-Income Household

Living Frugally: Lessons from Mom

A guest article by Jocelyn Anne I think I had maybe one of the best examples for frugal living during my childhood, and that was my mom. She was definitely working within a low income, and frugal to her core, everything she did to save money, cut back, and make more with less all seemed innate. Now that I’m off on my own and trying … Continue reading Living Frugally: Lessons from Mom

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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

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

Designer Clothing and Teens

Do teens still think they ‘need’ designer clothing? Amy Dacyzyn touches upon this subject on page 93 of her book The Complete Tightwad Gazette. She says: “Give your child a clothing budget…Save designer labels…form a parent group against…” Here are my thoughts: I have a teenager and a 20-year-old. We have always been ‘poor’ and most of their clothes have been hand-me-downs. When I have purchased … Continue reading Designer Clothing and Teens

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

How to Reuse Bread Bags

Bread bags can be reused for a few things. I certainly wouldn’t throw them out before reusing them as many times as possible. Here are some ideas: Put them on childrens’ feet, over their socks and before putting on their shoes/boots on rainy days or to play outside in the winter. Dispose of cat litter in them. Use in the freezer to gather small items. … Continue reading How to Reuse Bread Bags

How to Reuse Glass Jars

Be they canning jars, or jars purchased that contain foods, they can be reused in numerous ways. This will help you to both save money and reduce trash that enters the landfills. Both good reasons to save the jars that you can reuse. Now, I am not giving pack-rats a reason to keep more stuff here. These items will need to be used. Do not … Continue reading How to Reuse Glass Jars

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

Three Ways to Save and Sharing

On page 42 of The Complete Tightwad Gazette, Amy discusses the three ways in which she saves money: Buying items cheaper, making those items last longer and using those items less. I would like to add to this list: Barter Accept kindness Bartering is self-explanatory. Accepting kindness is key. People like to feel as though they are helping. Why not let them? At some point, … Continue reading Three Ways to Save and Sharing

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