10 Grand in My Hand

Do you watch the DIY Network show “10 Grand in Your Hand”? It’s a great program for anyone who is considering a renovation and wants to learn how to save money on the project by doing things yourself. I love … Read More

Haggling How Tos

Today I’m spending the day with a reporter for a national news outlet (can’t reveal it quite yet) who will be shadowing me as I hit the stores to haggle. My goal? To get the best deal possible on cabinets, … Read More

5 Tips for Bartering Goods and Services

I’ve been looking at the photo header on the blog (the pinecones and candle) and feeling like it’s out of date. Well, not only is it out of date since I took it to illustrate a story on free Christmas … Read More

8 Simple Rules For Using Freecycle

One of the fun things about running a blog is keeping track of stats. That is, the statistics that show not only how many people read my blog daily but also what websites are linking to my blog–and leading readers … Read More

5 Tips for Buying Gift Cards

Black Friday is three weeks from today, though you’d never know it. Been to any stores lately? I’ll bet you that they’re fully decked out in Christmas and other holiday decorations. Heck, I ran to the supermarket on Election Day … Read More

Q&A: Recycling Prescription Bottles

In my house when you finish a bottle of ibuprofen or cough syrup, or a box of allergy medicine, everything goes in the recycling bin. We rinse out the bottles and flatten the boxes, and then put these containers out … Read More

Holiday Shopping on a Shoestring

Attention K-Mart Shoppers–well, and all other shoppers. It seems like it’s going to be a shoestring shopping season for the 2008 holidays. At least that’s what some experts are predicting, saying that the small increase in holiday spending in 2008 … Read More

Grocery Shopping on a Shoestring

One of the first things that I always do soon after we get back from vacation is to grocery shop. If you can plan things right before you leave, you can buy just enough food to get you through the … Read More