5 Great Deals for Fall

By: Diy maven Aug 31, 2010

Budget Car Sales Inventory

Are you proud of the fact that you never pay full price for anything? Does getting a great deal make you a little giddy? If you've answered 'yes' to either of these questions, you might want to consider going shopping this fall for some of theContinue 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 duties:Continue Reading

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Coupons You'll Actually USE!

By: Diy maven Mar 09, 2010

created at: 03/09/2010



The thing about shopping at a co-op versus a traditional supermarket, is I rarely have coupons to surrender at the check out. Our Sunday supplement just doesn't have many--if any--products found in my co-op's aisles. However, our friends over at Yahoo Green have compiled a list (with links) to coupons of some very familiar names, and thanks to the popularity of organics, they'll be familiar to non-co-op members too. They includeContinue Reading

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Coupon Sherpa App now On-Line

By: Diy maven Sep 25, 2009

If you're not sporting an iPhone, you might not be familiar with Coupon Sherpa. Basically, it's an app that allows users of the iPhone and iPod Touch access to coupons which they can redeem via their handhelds at point of sales. The makers of Coupon Sherpa had such a great response to their app that they decided to expand their website so now even those of us who are iPhone-less can get in on the great deals.Continue Reading

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18 Ways a New (or Old) Homeowner Can Save Money

By: Diy maven Aug 11, 2009

created at: 2009-08-11


Wether you're new to home ownership or not, there are some things you can do to save bucks. The cost-saving suggestions come to us from The Simple Dollar, and they're so good, I'm going to quote them directly. 

  1. Check the insulation in your attic - and install more if needed.
  2. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
  3. Toss a water heater blanket over that hotContinue Reading
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Frugal Easter Basket--Weave Your Own

By: Diy maven Apr 08, 2009

Diane's recycled-from-boxes Easter baskets couldn't be a more perfect home for our Frugal Easter Eggs. Seriously, how ingenious is this? Packaging boxes woven into the cute, free and recyclable baskets?? Fabulous.Continue Reading

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Frugal Easter Eggs--Skip the Kit

By: Diy maven Apr 07, 2009

Skip the kit and make your own colorful Easter eggs with this super simple recipe from smallhomestead.com.Continue Reading

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How to spend stimulus cash.

By: Diy maven Feb 17, 2009

John Maynard Keynes calls it the 'thrift paradox', and it's quite the conundrum. Think of it like this: In hard times people save and stop spending, but to bolster the economy, we're actually should spend  some cash that might come our way via the next stimulus package. How do we do this without falling back into the abyss that is consumerism? Green Upgrader has some ideas on how to actually spend cash, save the economy which in turn mightContinue Reading

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Inexpensive Updates that Add Value

By: Diy maven Jan 28, 2009

created on: 01/28/09

BHG jumps on the budget train with these low-cost updates that could actually increase the value of your home. One suggestion--demonstrated above--is to add multi-functional elements, like exposed shelving that serves as storage as well as display.

They also suggest that opting for mid-range cabinetry in the kitchen is the way to go, saving your budget for better-quality appliances, which will steal the show.

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15 Alternative Uses for Credit Cards

By: Diy maven Jan 09, 2009

Has the economy prompted you to cancel a credit card or two even though you’re still getting those fake ones in the mail? Here’s 15 ways to make use of all of them that won’t cost you a thing. Actually, in some instances, they’ll even save you money.

  1. Open a spring latch lock. (Doesn’t work on a deadbolt, thankfully.)
  2. Ice scraper.
  3. Paint scraper.
  4. Aquarium glass scraper.
  5. Caulk edger, like one of these things.
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Curbly Recession Busters: 5 Gifts for a Buy-Nothing Christmas

By: Diy maven Dec 16, 2008

Still haven't gotten around to your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping yet? Don't. Instead, you might want to consider opting for a recession-busting, buy-nothing holiday. However, just because you don't buy anything doesn't mean you wouldn’t be giving your loved-ones gifts. For example...

  1. For Mom: Make housework coupons. (Here's a free printable that could work.)
  2. For Dad: Paint a picture of something meaningful.
  3. For YourContinue Reading
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Curbly Recession Busters: 12 Ways to go Eco-Festive this Christmas and Save Bucks!

By: Diy maven Dec 05, 2008

created on: 12/05/08

You might want to think of these eco-friendly decorating tips, as gifts to Mother Earth. With them we can all be as green as Christmas trees this holiday season and, in the long run, save some cash while we're at it.

  1. Celebrate with a small, potted living Christmas tree that you can plant after the holidays and enjoy for years to come.
  2. Instead of buying new ones, reuse or remake your old Christmas decorations.
  3. Swap your oldContinue Reading
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Curbly Recession Busters: Free Alternative Christmas Trees

By: Diy maven Nov 25, 2008

created on: 11/25/08
Christmas trees are the conifers of cut flowers: Beautiful but with short life spans. And, of course, they can be expensive. Just because you don’t have the bucks to spend on a tree this year doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the tradition of a Christmas tree.  Let’s think about this for a minute. What says ‘Christmas tree’ to us? First and foremost, the scent. Next might be their green-ness and conical shape. Of course they support ornaments–whichContinue Reading

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Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

By: Chrisjob Nov 22, 2008

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.

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DIY: Flaxseed and Lavender Eye Pillows

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 17, 2008

created on: 11/17/08

Who doesn't bend and stretch their way through yoga class for the promise of final relaxation and the eye pillow?  Its' sheer goodness should never be underestimated. This experience is so relaxing, everyone should have one of these next to their bed. It has never failed to soothe and calm my tension and fatigue. The fresh lavender scent and the weight of the pillow feel like a cool breeze in a dark room.  Ahhhhh.....

These are so easyContinue Reading

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DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 17, 2008

created on: 11/17/08

Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving.  Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree.  This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.

What you need:

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Curbly Recession Busters: 6 (Cheap) Bathroom Quick Fixes

By: Lilybee Nov 07, 2008

In this economic climate a remodel might be out of the question (even if fresh tiles a la ModHomeEc aren't) but here are 6 cheap things you can do to give your bathroom a little oomph.

Clean - We're talking REALLY clean, scrub-the-weird-space-behind-the-loo-clean, wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling clean. Because shiny is better. Diy Maven has great tips for cleaning on the cheap.

Fix - Don't let chips in your sink or bath stare at you in aContinue Reading

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Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 29, 2008

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  It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do someContinue Reading

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Curbly Recession Busters: Cleaning Your House on the Cheap!

By: Diy maven Oct 28, 2008

The wisenheimers among us might say the best way to save money on cleaning supplies is not to clean. That, however, is not an option. You can be broke and clean. (Just ask any depression-era housekeeper.) In an effort to embrace those wise and frugal practices, here’s 14 little ways to save big bucks on cleaning day.

  • First, the obvious: Make your own cleaning supplies. The internet is replete with websites featuring homemade–and veryContinue Reading
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Curbly Recession Busters: What your Grandparents knew.

By: Lilybee Oct 27, 2008

Leafing through a copy of The Home Front  - The Best of Good Housekeeping 1939-1945 is something of a revelation. The British magazine's wartime editions reminded me that our grandparents, especially those who lived in Europe during that time, knew a few things about privation, making do and surviving an unimaginably difficult time.

Advice like 'Don't forget your gas mask' and 'Save your coupons' inspire pride that ourContinue Reading

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