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Free Help for Lawn and Garden

The Cooperative Extension System has lots of free, good quality information available for lawns and gardens. The fastest way to find information is to look for the extension website for your state, i.e., Alabama State Extension and use the search feature to look up information. By way of example, I needed to know the best […]


Be Famous for Something Cheap

Don’t become famous for something expensive. Become famous for something cheap! A cheesecake can cost in the $10 range to make for a potluck or other get-together. Homemade rolls or a pasta salad can be made for a fraction of that price and are just as good. I became “famous” for hard rolls. I purchase […]


Spay and Neuter Pets

Spay or neuter your companion animals as soon as possible. Not only does it prevent pet overpopulation, but it greatly reduces many medical issues such as mammary tumors that can develop in unsterilized animals. If money is tight, check your local humane society for reduced-cost or free sterilization clinics in your area.


Cake Mix Cookies

This is a very fast and easy way to make cookies.  Simply  follow the cake mix directions and add 1/3 cup of pureed strawberries to the mixture before baking. I have used banana puree in a banana cake mix, too. After baking, I freeze them in an air-tight container.  Then I just take them out […]


DIY Starbucks Iced Coffee

Order a hot coffee and a cup of ice. Pour the coffee in the cup and you’ve got an iced coffee. While this tactic dilutes your drink, where I live it still saves nearly 55 cents when you purchase a grande (savings vary by state). Tom


Keep Yogurt Fresher Longer

Store yogurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese containers upside down in your refrigerator.  Less air gets in that way and they keep fresher longer. With the rising prices of food, this can help you conserve your food dollars. Note:  To prevent possible leaks, place the upside down container in a saucer or small dish before […]