Make an Upholstered Stool from Recycled Table Parts

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 05, 2010

created at: 07/03/2010

One of my all time favorite things to find at Goodwill or the Salvation Army is one of these two-tiered, laminate tables. The legs and dividers are solid wood, the base pieces are covered in an ugly laminate. To see how to turn one of these into an upholstered footstool, with parts to spare, check out the entire project on ApartmentTherapy. It so… Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Curbliers Speak!

By: Diy maven Jun 22, 2010

jacket image for Be Thrifty

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our Be Thrifty Contest! Your volume of Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less from Workman Publishing is on its way. As one of the requirements to enter, we asked Curbly readers to submit their own thrifty tips. We accumulated so many, we decided to highlight the best of the best. Here they are!

From Amy: Buy at stores with generous return policies, that way if you buy on impulse, you know you… Continue Reading

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Folding Tables Become Upholstered Folding Stools

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 21, 2010

View this gallery at The Indianapolis Star: Do it Yourself: Outdoor stools
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Turn an Upholstered Chair Into a Tree Swing

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 21, 2010


Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I'm assuming she's the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out.  Jeni (I'm assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the… Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Living the Life of Leisure

By: Diy maven Jun 18, 2010

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 BeThrifty. How to Live Better for Lesstells 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 BeContinue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Your Cigarettes or Your Retirement Account

By: Diy maven Jun 17, 2010

Lucky Strike Cigarette Giclee Print

Yesterday we discussed the cost of going out to lunch. Today we turn to the cost of smoking cigarettes. We all know smoking is expensive, but sometimes seeing the figures in black and white reinforces just how much money goes...dare I say it? I dare....up in smoke.

Again, we refer to the entertaining an elucidating, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Lessfor our facts and figures. 

In 2009, the average price of a pack of cigarettes cost $4.35. Assuming you smoke one pack a day, we'll multiply that by 30 days in the month for a total… Continue Reading

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

By: Diy maven Jun 16, 2010

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. However, if we break it down, we can see just how much that quick lunch is really… Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Become a Handy Householder

By: Diy maven Jun 15, 2010

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… Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: The 'Should You Buy it Test'

By: Diy maven Jun 14, 2010

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… Continue Reading

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Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Three Free Copies of "Be Thrifty!"

By: Chrisjob Jun 14, 2010

created at: 03/02/2010

"It all starts with a penny." With that, welcome to a special series of posts all about thriving while cutting back on food, health, finances, entertainment, education, travel, clothing, pets, and special occasions.

We'll be joined by the folks from Workman Publishing, who've just published "Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less," and who will not only offer special tips from the book to Curbly readers, but are gladly sharing a… Continue Reading

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How to live an Eco-Frugal Life

By: Diy maven Apr 22, 2010

Earth Day Sacramento 2009

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the event, the Coupon Sherpa has put together an online Eco-Frugal Life Guide (also available in PDF format) to remind us that living a green lifestyle will actually SAVE us money. And I'm not just talking green appliances that start saving you money in 10 years. Oh, no, no, no. The Sherpa's eco-frugal advice will start saving us cash NOW.… Continue Reading

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How to: Save Big Bucks in the Bathroom

By: Diy maven Apr 08, 2010

created at: 04/08/2010


The only thing you need to remember to save money in the bathroom is this: Don't use so much. According to the Green Cheapskate, Jeff Yeager, we over-use all over the place. In the shower, at the sink, everywhere. Here's some things to keep in mind when tending to our daily hygiene… Continue Reading

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Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 31, 2010

created at: 03/31/2010

Image: LumberJocks

If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the… Continue Reading

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Turn an Armoire Into a Custom Kitchen Pantry

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 05, 2010

created at: 03/05/2010

Do you cry out in the night for a kitchen pantry? It's not impossible, if you have a few square feet of floor space, you can easily convert an unwanted armoire into a smart, stylish pantry that either fits in your kitchen or stands right around the corner. Ebay and Craigslist are inundated with old TV and bedroom armoires, available for next to nothing. Here are few we found for sale and ideas for… Continue Reading

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Top 5 Ways to Save Money

By: Diy maven Feb 25, 2010


Apparently, this week is America Saves Week, and to celebrate Daily Green put together five no-fail money-saving tips. Here's they are in a nutshell:

  1. Go on a fiscal fast. (Think of this as… Continue Reading
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