How to Become an Extreme Coupon-er

by DIY Maven

How to Become an Extreme Coupon-er

Have you heard about TLC's, "Extreme Couponing?" If not, here's a thumbnail: Savvy shoppers use coupons and loyalty cards to save hundreds of dollars on a single trip to the grocery store. Sounds like a great idea at first blush, but becoming an extreme couponer can unbelievably time consuming, and then there's the possibility of crossing the line to becoming an all-out hoarder. (When you reach that point, there's always "Hoarders".) But I digress. If you'd like to become an extreme coupon-er, check out these tips from consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. From getting started, to organization, to avoiding 'hoarderland', she has

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The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves!

by Capree K

The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves!

There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget.  But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap, cheap!  

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Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

The itch to switch things up is beginning to overwhelm me. The urge hits with the first fresh smell of Spring, the first crisp Fall day and the day after New Year's Day. With the back door open and a warm breeze blowing this morning,  I simply have to change the visual landscape of my living room. Today I'm looking at my trusty gray sofa. The fabric has worn

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10 Affordable Ways to Refresh Your Space

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

10 Affordable Ways to Refresh Your Space

Let me ask you this-How many interior design books are too many? A billion! Luckily, I have plenty of built-ins to hold my library of inspiration.  Soon to be released, Downtown Chic: Designing Your Home from Wreck to Ravishing, by Cortney and Robert Novogratz of Manhattan design firm Sixx Design is now TOPS on my list.            (I mean, look at this cover!) Mixing vintage with modern style to achieve their signature look "Vintage Nouveaux",  they are regaled for turning meager and modest into modern and marvelous.  To whet your appetite for an entire book of their expertise, here are 10 of their tips for updating your decor affordably without sacrificing style.

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How To: Make Recycled Inside Out Pillows

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08
 

My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure.  The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes.  Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.  

The only...

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Curbly Recession Busters: What your Grandparents knew.

by Lilybee

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 our little island and the...

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10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

by DIY Maven

10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.

  1. Consider buying kits. They give you just what you need without overbuying.
  2. Don’t buy patterns; get them free off the internet. Daphne suggests knitty.com, Sew Mama Sew, Purl Soho, Flickr (for embroidery patterns) and...

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"Lite Green" Ottoman Made From Repurposed Wooden Spool

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

                             

"Lite Green" Ottoman Made From Repurposed Wooden Spool

  Trying to furnish your new digs on a shoestring?  This fabulous ottoman/hassock can be made for next to nothing.  Go to a hardware store that sells electrical wire off of a wooden spool and ask for a discarded spool.  Next, go to a fabric store and buy a cool fabric remnant that will cover your ottoman. Hint:  Upholstery fabric is 54" wide.  If you have a twenty inch round (diameter) ottoman and you want it...

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