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Baby and Kids, DIY, Gift Ideas, Reuse

"Instant-Library" Thrift Store Gift Basket

I’ve posted before about how expensive brand new children’s books can be (especially hard-backs!), and how buying them at thrift stores and/or your local library is a great way to get fabulous books for cheap (HERE for example). Well, here’s a tip to take your used books to the next level! I went to a thrift…

DIY, Gift Ideas, Reuse

Saving Craving! Savings tip: DIY Christmas gifts

My parents are the most amazing, generous, loving parents in the world…and they are awful to buy gifts for! They never really need much and I feel so indebted to them, I feel like I can never buy them a nice enough gift. Now that I’m a mom myself I truly see the beauty in Do-it-yourself,…


Saving Craving! Savings tip: Save $$ when shipping packages

Christmas is coming up quick! Which most likely means you will have a package or two to send out. One quick and easy way to save money on packing materials and packages:When you need a protective “filler” to go into a package that you are sending, skip the brown paper, newspaper, or costly foam fillers!…

Food, Recipes, Reuse

How to re-use rice

I am a leftover-saving nut. But in my house leftover rice is often thrown away. Whether it’s homemade or from the Chinese restaurant we love so much, rice is typically only good same-day…or MAYBE one day later. I got this tip from a cookbook of mine: To make leftover rice just as good as day…

DIY, Reuse

Saving Craving! Savings tip: Re-use those old ties

Today’s tip is a fun one! Next time you think about giving away or throwing out an old tie, think again. My friend Lauralee found this SUPER cute and EASY BREEZY baby tie tutorial. She made two for her adorable little boys, and passed the tip along to me. Now, I don’t have a crafty bone in my…

Make Money, Reuse

Sell your stuff!

Got an old cell phone lying around that you just don’t need any more? Wedding dress? Clothes? Books? Many of us simply throw things out to clear space or get rid of things that we don’t need any more. Sometimes we’ll even donate these to The Salvation Army or Goodwill (which is great, we should…

Baby and Kids, Reuse

Children’s books for cheap!

I don’t know if you have noticed, but children’s books are E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E . In fact, they cost just as much as an adult hard-back book! It’s ridiculous. To save LOTS of money, don’t buy new…buy used. Go to any library and ask for used children’s books. Often times they have entire shelves for sale, or…