Home Decor Hack: How to Transform Any Vase into a Savings Bank

 Transform any vase or jar into a coin bank.


On my New Year’s Resolutions list, there are always some standards: Drink more water, eat out less, exercise more, and save money. I have gotten pretty good at most of these things (with the exception of eating out less – does ordering more takeout count?), but I could always stand to save more money. Holding onto loose change is my go-to method for putting a little bit of dough away every day, but there’s always the question of what to keep all those loose pennies in. Continue Reading

9 Ways to Save Money on DIY Projects

created at: 05/20/2011

Spring is the time for working on home improvement projects. If you’re thinking about stocking up on supplies for an upcoming improvement, or are finally feeling empowered to attack that to-do list, consider these ideas to save when DIYing.

1. Big Box Vs. Small Stores 
For the frugal consumer, shopping smart is always a logical first step. When you’re shopping at the big-box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes, there are always deals going down. Continue Reading

How to Be Thrifty: Living the Life of Leisure

created at: 06/18/2010

Because we’ve done such good work at being thrifty this week, we’re going to treat ourselves today and par-tay! Living the life of leisure might sound like an expensive proposition, but Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less tells us how to do just that. From travel, to gift giving, to weddings(!), the book’s ‘living the life of leisure’ chapter covers innumerable leisurely activities. Today we’ll thumbnail just a few. Again, all tips are provided by Be Thrifty. Continue Reading

How to Be Thrifty: Making a Case for the Brown-Bag Lunch

created at: 06/16/2010

So far in our Be Thrifty series, we’ve covered the ‘buy it’ test as well as the rewards of being a handy householder.  Today we start a discussion about the cost of food. Namely, lunch. 

Be Thrifty. How to Live Better With Less makes a compelling argument for those of us who have not yet made the decision to bring our lunches to work. You might think buying a sandwich and a drink doesn’t cost THAT much, and comparing it to a meal out with the family, it doesn’t. Continue Reading

How to Be Thrifty: Become a Handy Householder

created at: 06/15/2010

It has been said that ‘If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.’ Of course any respectable Curblier would argue that women should be handy too. Being so is imperative to living a thrifty lifestyle. Besides saving us oodles of cash on repair bills, we get those priceless rushes of self-sufficiency.    

However, even the handiest of handymen or women have their limitations. So before we cause both physical and financial damage tackling a DIY project, let’s peruse The Keys to the Handy Kingdom from Workman Publishing’s new title, Be Thrifty. Continue Reading

How to Be Thrifty: The ‘Should You Buy it Test’

Today we officially kick off Be Thrifty week! Besides giving away three copies of the new title, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less, the book’s publisher, Workman Publishing, is graciously allowing us to feature ORIGINAL content from the very fun and timely frugal-living handbook.    

This, our first of five installments, asks us to ask ourselves a simple question before we buy something: “Should You Buy It?” To help us answer, Be Thrifty suggests some follow-up questions to help us decide. Continue Reading

168 Ways to Stretch A Dollar

Lynnae at beingfrugal.net asked her readers ‘how they deal with high prices and what things they do to make their money stretch further.’ They came through in a big way! Lynnae categorized their tips, which include saving money…

  • on groceries (e.g. use thegrocerygame)
  • on cooking/eating (e.g. become a vegetarian)
  • on cars/gas (e.g. stay home)
  • on utilities (e.g. insulate your water pipes)
  • on medical needs (e.g. ask your doctor to prescribe a generic)
  • on clothing (e.g.
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