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Summer Saving – Door Snake May 19, 2013

Saving money on electricity is always a big thing at our house.  Everything we own is electric (no gas or propane). The last few days we have had to run the AC due to the humidity and the fact that my son has been sick and was having a hard time breathing.  We do all the normal things they tell you to do….keep the hose has warm as you can handle (for us that is about 75 during the day and 73 at night)…we turn it up to 78 or so when we are not home….the normal stuff.  We also still use the door snake. In the winter you use it to keep the cold air out…in the summer to keep the cold air in.

This past winter I made a door snake from an old towel and some rice.  I had an 16 lb bag of rice that I got for $8 just for projects like this (and heating pads….but that is another post!)

I measured the bottom of the door that I was going to use the snake on and then added 4 in. This would give me room to sew up the ends and have the snake be longer then the door. I made a tube by sewing three ends shut. I turned the tub right side out and with the help of my husband and a funnel filled it with rice. I then sewed up the other end.



Holidays on a dime – Giving December 10, 2012

We need to remember that this is the season of giving. There are lots of ways that you and your family can give without spending much money.

1. Clean house – You and your family will be getting gifts this time of year. Take some time a clean out the toys, books, clothes that you are not using anymore. Give them to a charity or a friend that you know will use them. My daughter does not use her Tag much any more and my 3 year old son loves it. My daughter is going to wrap it and give it to her brother for Christmas. My kids also like giving things to their day cares that way they still get to play with the toy but it is also being used by other kids. I have also donated things to are local Parents As Teachers and my kids classrooms. Teachers will like a bag of old books better then a candle or the 15th apple t-shirt.

2. Give of your time or talents –  There are many organizations that just need people to help hand things out or organized things. Think about being a bell ringer or working at the food bank. Do you love to act or sing? See if there is a group in the community that is doing any holiday performances that you could help with. Love to knit, sew, or croshay? See if there is a group that needs blankets, scarves, or hats to help keep others warm this winter.

3. Don’t for get the dollar store – No this is not being cheep. We have a Christmas Buddy from a local nursing home. We got a list of things that she liked. I took the older kids to the dollar store and for $10 we got her 10 things on her list. The candy and soap we got her where all name brand. The kids had fun picking things out for her and helped remind my kids that this is about giving to others.

4. Coupons – You know all the free stuff that you have gotten from couponing this is a good time to check you stock and see what you can clean out. I got extra deodorant (at the dollar store) for free that we do not need. I am going to pass it on to the food bank in town to give to those that need it. There are several other products I have done this with in the past. I will also be using some of the things I have for or Christmas Buddy. Think about other people that you have on your list that can benefit from your free items.


Quick and easy clothespin bag June 20, 2012

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Last summer my husband built me a lovely clothesline. I line dried almost all of the wash for months and then it got to cold.  I needed a clothesline bag bad. I looked online for ideas for one to make and did not find anything I liked.  I was going through my sons clothes one day and had an idea.  I used one of his old t-shirts and a child hanger to make a clothespin bag.


The shirt had been dyed by my husbands aunt as a party favor but it now did not fit. The project took like 5 min (it should have taken less time but I had to deal with my machine from the dark-ages). I simply turned the shirt inside-out and sewed shut the sleeves and and bottom.  I turned the shirt right-side-out and put the hanger in the head hole. DONE! That was it!! It works like a charm! This makes it simple to bring the pins in when I am not using them so they last longer. I hang it on the line and slide it down as I hang the wash, or take it down, so it is always just where I need it!

It ends up hanging on the door handle on the sliding door to the deck when not in use. Truth be told, I has scared me more then one time at night thinking it was a person on the deck.

Don’t have a 2T size shirt around the house or a child hanger? Check Goodwill or a thrift shop for the shirt. You can get them for a quarter or less most places. You can get the hangers at the dollar store for cheep too.

If you make one post a pick and let us see your handy work.


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