Simple Home and
Garden Tips You'll Love!
by Monica Resinger
~If you are in the middle of a
painting project and need to stop for the day, simply cover the tray, roller and
brushes with a plastic bag and put into the freezer rather than cleaning
everything. Bring the covered tray out about a half hour before you begin
painting the next day to allow it to 'defrost'.
~ Make an easy and cute bird bath; turn
over a heavy planter, then put the saucer on top as the water-holder.
These can be painted decoratively or to match the colors of your home.
~ Make a frugal wreath; visit your local
thrift store and you'll find a selection of used wreaths you can fix up by
adding a bow and silk flowers (silk flowers and other wreath decorations can
also be found at thrift stores!).
~ To add color to your houseplants, poke a
couple silk flower stems into the soil.
~ To remove odors from anything, use
straight vinegar. You can spray it on walls, furniture (test an
inconspicuous area first) or other items. Don't worry about the vinegar
odor because it dissipates along with the original odor.
~ One easy way to help improve your diet
and save money at the same time is to stop buying junk food! If it's not
there, you won't eat it!
~ If you'd like to save money and you eat
out a lot, rather than stopping altogether, consider cutting back the number of
times you eat out. For example, if you eat out twice a week, eat out only
once. This isn't very hard to do, you still get to go out, and you'll save
some money. Later on, you can cut back even more.
~ Sometimes you can save money by grinding
your own hamburger. If hamburger is expensive, check out the chuck roast
or steak prices; if they are a lot less (once the cheapest hamburger I could
find was $1.69/lb, then I found round steak for .99/lb), get it instead.
Then take it home, cut it into chunks that will fit in your food processor or
meat grinder and make your own! Another benefit of doing this is that you
know exactly what is in your ground beef!
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