It’s the Best Time to Buy Furniture, and You’ll Love These Sales

It's the Best Time to Buy Furniture, and You'll Love these Sales
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I recently learned something new and couldn't wait to share…this time of year is the BEST time to buy furniture. While January can also be a good time to buy furniture, July is actually the ideal month to buy, and because 4th of July sales promote major savings, you'll get the best deals shopping for furniture this week. It's the middle of the year, and stores are making room for new inventory, which is great news for buyers! Continue Reading

14 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding

14 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding
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Getting married? Congratulations! Now onto the scary part… paying for the wedding. It’s expensive any way you look at it, but there are plenty of areas to cut back. Here are 14 sneaky ways to save money on your wedding.   

 1. DIY! Make as many things as possible… decorations, place cards, signage, favors, photo backdrops, etc. Also be sure to shop sales and use coupons when you’re buying supplies.

14 Sneaky Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding
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2. Consider alternative venue spaces. Continue Reading

From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

This July, we’re focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, I rounded up a bunch of cool repurposed projects, and this week, well, I’m doing it again (notice a trend?).

First up: DIY-Maven’s craft room arty abacus uses spools of thread in a creative way:

Art abacus using spools of thread

Have a spare wine barrel lying around? How about turning it into a delicious-smelling coffee table (or, better yet, a wine table, if that weren’t a little weird):

Old tires aren’t just for tire-swings – this artist went the more creative route and fashioned some pretty impressive sculptures out of them:

Tire sculpture

A bookshelf made of … books? Continue Reading

From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

This July, we’re focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, Chris rounded up eight cool repurposing projects, and this week, I’m bringing you six more!

First up: our tricked-out tricycle makeover:

A shabby secondhand trike gets a facelift

I bet you wouldn’t believe these pretty decorative trees are made out of …… junk mail!

Junk mail trees

Turn garbage bags into fabric!

Turn garbage bags into fabric

Yes, it’s possible to make your own garden sprinker using just a water bottle and discarded ball-point pens.

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From This to That: 8 Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

Everyone loves a good makeover. We love seeing shabby, worn furniture transformed, or an entire room refreshed and brought back to life. So, what’s better than a good makeover? One that sticks to the principles of creative reuse and recycling, limits waste, and doesn’t costs buckets of money.

This July, we’re focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. To kick it off, here’s a collection of not-so-awesome things becoming awesome-r other things:

This shabby door becomes a fully functioning (and safe) child’s bed. Continue Reading

Cost vs. Value: The Worth of Remodeling

When radio stations start playing Christmas music 24/7, I know it’s time for Remodeling Magazine to release its annual cost vs. value report. In it, they compare remodeling costs with resale values for the 25 most popular home improvement projects.

It Starts With a Survey

Remodeling Magazine surveyed 10,000 members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Of that, 2,188 responded and supplied the data to compile the report. The figures are based on cost of labor, materials, subcontractors and gross profit. Continue Reading