The allure of an old home? Definitely the charm and character. Old homes were built to last, the materials are usually higher quality, and the handmade details just can't be found in new developer builds. My husband and I have more than ten years of professional and personal experience in renovating old homes. We are not experts, but we are professionals, and I would love to share a few things we have learned from renovating old homes.
It's hip, it's good for the environment, and even corporations like WalMart and Pepsi are getting into it...and, it can save you money. Inhabitots points out ten ways that living more eco-friendly can use less of the earth AND your resources.
1. PLANT A VEGETABLE GARDEN.
2. HOST A BLACKOUT!
3. HOST A TOY EXCHANGE.
4. MAKE YOUR OWN ART SUPPLIES.
5. CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
6. ORGANIZE A MAGAZINE COOP
7. USE CLOTH NAPKINS
Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.
With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.
- Facial Astringent
- Facial Scrub
So...apparently its not as simple as putting things you want to be crisp in the 'crisper'...no wonder my SoySnaps keep getting soggy.
Buying fresh produce is essential to not only a healthful, but tasty, lifestyle. But unlike their frozen, or (blech!) canned varieties, fresh fruits and vegetables can become spoiled if not used quickly enough. Divine Caroline offers this handy chart and other storage tips to protect your investment and the...
Organic foods and produce are healthier for consumers and the environment, but they can be expensive and acrue large transportation costs. Greenopolis has collected a list of those things that are worth buying organic, and those that its best just to try to buy locally when possible.
- Fruits: Peaches, Apples, Nectarines...
It's easy to justify junk food habits with a "it's way cheaper." Not anymore, potato chip monster. Web MD has assembled ten healthful foods available to you for under one US dollar. Lotsa fruit, lotsa grains, lotsa flavor.
3. Baby Carrots (in bags)
4. Canned Beans
5. Canned Tomatoes
6. Oranges (extra large navel oranges)
8. Lentils (dry)
9. Pearl Barley (dry)
10. Yogurt (plain, lowfat, or fat-free)
The Urban Vegan offers some excellent ideas to save money and prevent food waste. The tips are intended for vegans, so that means that they can apply to everyone...unless you manage to survive on nothing but meat.
1. Bake your own bread.
2. Freeze your assets.
3. Cook beans from scratch and freeze them in ziplock bags.
4. Consider the long-term financial implications of organic.
5. Make your own faux meats.
6. Pack your own lunch.
7. Don't buy...
It seems that this list would better titled, "Nine Things for a Billionaire to Buy For You, If You Happen to Be on a Billionaire's Christmas List"... Still, an interesting look at the excess of the holidays.
1. A ride around town: Bugatti Veyron $2 MM
2.Something for that empty wall: Modern Art $8 MM+
3. A bath toy: A Super Yacht up to $200 MM - $300 MM
4. Some beach gear: A Submarine $80 MM
5. A weekend getaway: A private island $10 MM - $100 MM
This makes Thanksgiving an ideal time to try out a few perfectly painless green tricks to help save...
Have a looksee at this article from Sunday's New York Times. (Yes, I did complete the crossword puzzle.)
Unfortunately, the article concludes, there's no magic involved. Spend less, and save more, and when you want to make a purchase, continually remind yourself, "I want a home."
First, read this post from my good friend, BadBadIvy.
A group sale is better then selling alone. More stuff draws more traffic.
Do not bad-mouth your items
Be willing to bargain, but be less flexible at the start.
This year, author J.D., fresh from a neighborhood garage sale weekend, offers 10...