Saving Money

April 23

4 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

Posted by on April 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

4 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

I must admit, one of the simple pleasures in life for me is to bury my face into a load of freshly dried laundry.  Folding and sorting the said laundry, on the other hand, does not qualify as one of the simple pleasures in life for me, unfortunately.  North Americans do a lot of laundry.  Growing up as a child, my mother did three loads of laundry per week.  I only do one now, but I do live alone so there’s much less laundry to wash.  Since laundry is a necessary part of our every day lives, makes sense, then, to look for ways to save money on something we do all the time.

Here are four easy ways to save money on laundry (that don’t involve spending $1000 on a new energy efficient washing machine) so that you can save your money for the things that matter more.

Turn Down the Temperature

One of the easiest ways to save money on laundry costs is to turn the dial to a cold water wash.  This is because simply heating the water costs up to 90% of the load of your laundry (source: Chatelaine).  Not everyone can use a cold water wash though, if your toddlers clothes are very soiled and they are not potty trained, of course you may want to sanitize it with hotter temperatures.

Use Less Detergent

Laundry detergent is expensive.  One way to offset this the cost of laundry detergent (and consequently go to the store less often to buy laundry detergent) is to use less of it.  According to Life Hacker, the laundry machines today are so efficient that they don’t need as much laundry detergent anymore.  In fact, try using half of what you would normally use to wash your clothes and see the savings multiply (and your clothes stay fresh and clean).  If you want to really use less detergent, try using none at all.  MSN Money says that if you have lightly soiled clothes, skip the detergent.  The washing machines nowadays clean by agitating the clothes mainly, so not using detergent will still get your clothes clean.

Make Your Own Detergent or Fabric Softener

If you would rather use detergent than none at all, or if you would rather know what goes into your detergent, why not make your own?  Mostly it involves using borax, which can be easily purchased at your local grocery store.  Check out this easy recipe to make easy liquid laundry detergent in 20 minutes from the David Suzuki Foundation’s Queen of Green.  You can add your own essential oils like lavender or orange oils to personalize the detergent.

To make your own fabric softener, it is even more easy than making your own detergent.  All you need is hair conditioner, baking soda, and water.  Check out these instructions from Life Hacker.

Air Dry

Last but not least, instead of using the dryer (which uses up a lot of electricity) hang your clothes to dry instead.  If you find it difficult to dry your clothes indoors and it is fall or winter, use your dryer but for only 15 minutes.  This allows the clothes to get fluffed up, reducing the need for you to iron and allowing it to dry.

If you want to continue using your dryer, make sure you clean the lint prior to every load.  This will help you save at least $34 a year (source: U.S. Department of Energy).  Also, make sure you check the air duct because lint might not have gotten caught in the lint trap.  Making sure the duct is clean and free of lint can save you a lot in energy bills, even if it may cost an increase when you call someone to come in and maintain it.

So although air drying takes away the warm cocoon freshly dried laundry, it saves considerable money and is great for the environment.  Hopefully these easy tips can help you save money next time you throw in a load of laundry.

Bargainmoosers, do you have other ways in which you and your family save money on laundry?

Photo credit: Joceylyn Durston

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April 22

How to Save Money on Your Southern California Vacation

Posted by on April 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How to Save Money on Your Southern California Vacation

Almost one year ago my husband and I flew down to California for 10 days to celebrate our honeymoon. We’d both always wanted to visit The Golden State, but since we had just spent a pretty penny on our wedding and were about to move provinces, we made sure that our vacation in California was both fun and frugal. If any of you are thinking about visiting California this spring or summer, here are a few ways we were able to save money without missing out on anything the West Coast had to offer.

Disneyland

Tickets to Disneyland aren’t cheap, but there are a few ways to save money here and there (just check out all of Clare’s useful tips here). What my husband and I did to shave a few dollars off the entrance fee was to forego the Park Hopper passes (which let you in to both Disneyland and California Adventure) and just buy Single Park passes instead. Not only did we save $35 each by doing this, we also realized that we couldn’t have enjoyed both parks to the fullest on the same day anyways.

As for accommodations, we avoided the pricey Disney hotels, and stayed at the Howard Johnson Anaheim instead. It was significantly cheaper and still walking distance from the park. We also tried to avoid eating or buying anything at the park too. Instead of buying bottled water there at an inflated price, we brought our own water bottles to fill up at their free water fountains. We also didn’t buy any food there, but opted to bring our own snacks like granola bars to keep us fueled up while waiting in line for all the rides.

Universal Studios

My husband and I were really excited to visit Universal Studios (we’re huge film buffs), but unfortunately we couldn’t find any way to get discounted tickets for entry. The one good thing that did come out of our visit (besides having a blast on all the rides!) was that that the park was giving away free tickets to be part of Jay Leno’s studio audience. Apparently they have promotions like this all the time, and we made sure to take advantage. We may not have saved any money while at Universal Studios, but just being at the park gave us something to do the following day for absolutely free.

Hollywood & Los Angeles

The most expensive part of visiting Los Angeles is actually staying in Los Angeles. Even though we searched for the best hotel deals online, it was hard to find a decent room for less than $170/night. Since that was the case, we made sure to save money in other ways. Instead of eating out everyday we bought groceries at food stores like Trader Joe’s and stored them in our room’s refrigerator. We also tried to do a number of free activities, such as visit Santa Monica Pier, check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and drive up to see the Hollywood sign.

Wine Country

We really wanted to explore California’s wine country on our honeymoon, but we knew we couldn’t afford to fly up to Sonoma or Napa Valley from Los Angeles. Instead, we decided to stay in Temecula for 3-nights, which is only an hour and a half drive away from downtown L.A. Not only was it a beautiful town full of wineries, it was incredibly affordable to stay there. We were able to get a lovely suite with a private porch overlooking the orchards at the South Coast Winery & Resort for only $165/night just by searching the hotel deal sites. Our wine tour was also very cheap at only $100/person for a full afternoon of wine tastings, pairings, and transportation through Rockin’ Wine Tours.

Bargainmoosers, have you visited California before? What tips & tricks did you use to save money?

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April 21

How To Save Money On Feminine Care Products

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How To Save Money On Feminine Care Products

What got me interested in this topic is an article my husband recently mentioned to me about a brilliant man in India, named Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a revolutionary machine for poor communities to manufacture their own sanitary napkins.  In some parts of the world girls stop going to school once they start their menstrual cycle, and according to the article referenced above, “Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene – it can also affect maternal mortality”.  That is very sad and eye-opening.  We are fortunate in the west to have a plethora of options available for purchasing feminine hygiene products.  Many of us assume that the money we spend each month on feminine hygiene products is a necessary evil, something which is difficult to save money on.  Fear not, bargainmoosers, I have some tips on how to save money on our necessary supplies.  The tips don’t involve using old scraps of material, these ideas are easy to implement, and some are even better for the environment.

The Diva Cup

I used a DivaCup for about a year when I was in university.  It is surprisingly easy to use and is extremely cost effective.  It costs $39.99 on Well.ca.  Additionally, Well.ca sells DivaWash, which I recommend to purchase along with the DivaCup to ensure cleanliness of the cup.  They have very particular restrictions around how to properly clean and care for the cup, so in order to get the most bang for your buck, take proper care of the cup.  In terms of cost savings, I find it easy to spend approximately $10 per month on feminine hygiene products.  $10 x 12 months equals a total cost of approximately $120 per year.  They recommend you replace the DivaCup once per year, and at a cost of $39.99, you will save approximately $80.00 per year by using the DivaCup.  Check out their website for their Q+A section, it is really informative.  I have a $10 gift certificate for Well.ca which I got through a WagJag I purchased a few years ago, and I think I will use it towards a DivaCup purchase.   There is a certain “ick” factor to using a DivaCup, but once you are familiar with how to use it, that quickly dissipates.

Luna Pads

Personally, I am not a huge pad wearer.   I have always been an athletic person, and have found that tampons are an easier option for my lifestyle.   With that being said, I know there are some women who swear by using pads for their cycle.  What are Luna Pads, you might ask?  They are a reuseable, washable pad system whereby you purchase pads and inserts which you wash and re-use.  To be honest, the idea of washing out my pad seems pretty icky to me.  It’s likely not something that I will invest in at any point in the future, although I could make use of the pantyliner kit.  Check out Luna Pad’s Q+A section to find out all about their products.  In terms of cost of Luna Pads vs. disposable pads, if we use a similar estimate to our tampon calculation where we assume we spend about $10 per month on pads, our total cost per year for pads is about $120.  The deluxe LunaPads starter kit costs about $130 and they say it will last for approximately 5 years.  This means that your annual cost using LunaPads is under $30 per year, or less than $2.50 per month.

 Use coupons and combine them with sales

Another relatively easy way to save money on feminine hygiene products is to look for sales and combine the sales with the utilization of coupons.  P+G  has coupons quarterly which are published as an insert, and there are almost always coupons for always and tampax products.  Usually it’s a coupon for $0.50 off per package.  I always wait until packages are on sale for $2.99 per box, and when I combine the sale with the coupon, I can purchase a box of tampax for about $2.50 per box.  Check out our coupon forum for more great coupons and deals.   Even if you don’t use a coupon, however, shopping for sales is the best way to get a great price on feminine hygiene products.

Shorten your period

Another, off the beaten path way to reduce the costs of your period is to attempt to shorten your period.  I have never tried to do so, but I am definitely interested in trying some of the natural methods outlined in this wiki on how to shorten your period.  I still have some red raspberry leaf tea from pregnancy that I will try during my next period.

Environmentally friendly options

Last but not least, many of the options we listed above are fantastic options to be more environmentally friendly.  According to sustainable personal finance, an estimated 12 billion feminine hygiene products are put in North American dumps each year.  We will soon be running out of space to store our disposable products.  It’s time to make a change.

As women we are blessed with our monthly visit from aunt flow.  I say this sarcastically, as getting our periods suck.  Try to save as much money as possible each month by using some of these methods.  Bargainmoosers, do you have any tips to save money on feminine hygiene products?

Photo credit: Bekah Spangler

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April 18

How To Be a Frugal Wedding Guest

Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How To Be a Frugal Wedding Guest

With Spring and Summer comes nuptials. May is actually the month that most people get married in, what with all the beautiful flowers and colours and baby animals. You might be invited to a wedding this season and are stressing about it because it just might not be in your budget. I have a wedding this Summer that I’m looking forward to because I absolutely adore weddings, but I’m more stressing about childcare since one half of our family will be at the wedding. Childcare could also be another budget woe for you when it comes to wedding. So, how can you attend a wedding and not break the bank? I’ll tell you how.

Gift

As soon as you are invited to a wedding, the first thing on your mind might be a gift. Weddings are expensive for everyone, and while I don’t think anyone ever should expect a gift (and certainly not these bridezillas), it is good etiquette to give the new couple a gift, even if you don’t believe the marriage will ever last. Many people like to give money, especially if the couple is young and is just starting their life and would like to buy a house or have a nice honeymoon. If you aren’t sure what to give, check out this handy dandy calculator.

Moneysense suggests that if you know you have a wedding in your future, begin budgeting ahead of time. If you don’t have or want to give money, there are gifts you can give that are inexpensive, but thoughtful. Is there a service you can provide for the bride and groom that would go farther than any expensive gift? For example, as a writer I could write something beautiful for the wedding. A person with a lovely voice could sing at the reception. A floral arranger could do the bouquets. These services don’t have to be for the wedding either. A person who is a fantastic cook could offer to cook the bride and groom one special meal a month for the first year. If the couple has kids, offers of babysitting go a long way.

Alternatively, guests could make something special like pottery, artwork or more. Check out this Pinterest page with lots of great ideas for DIY wedding gifts.

Attire

Going to a wedding usually (but not always) means dressing formally. I don’t know how many women I’ve heard complain that they don’t have anything to wear to an upcoming wedding. I know I don’t have anything for the wedding we have coming up, so I need to figure out what to do. First, check your closet and figure out if you really don’t have anything. Just because a dress is ten years old doesn’t mean it won’t do perfectly. Some classics never go out of style (as long as they still fit). If you’ve worn a dress one too many times, try dressing it up a little more with showpiece jewellery or a scarf or a great pair of shoes. If you really feel like there is nothing in your closet, ask a friend. Even if your friend is not your size, I bet they could have some gems in there saved from a bigger or smaller time in their life. This is exactly what I did two years ago for a friend’s wedding. If all these are a no-go, consider wearing some classic dress pants and a top and doing your hair in a beautiful up-do that will be the star of the show, not your clothing. Pinterest also has some great ideas for up-dos.

Lodging

If your wedding is out of town or far enough away that you don’t want to drive home, you’ll need lodging, which could be expensive. I’ve found that hotels on sites like Hotels.com or Orbitz paired with coupon codes are really the best deal. Many times as well, the bride and groom will reserve a block of rooms somewhere at a discounted rate. Talk to them or someone else involved in the wedding if this is an option.

Showers & Other Parties

A wedding doesn’t just stop at the day of the wedding, there are usually a number of parties beforehand and some after that guests will be invited to attend. The shower, the stag, the buck and doe are all huge money-dwindlers that will leave you crying. Although all of these could be fun, opt to attend only one instead of all to save money. You could use the tips above for shower gifts, which shouldn’t be a huge cost anyway. If you really want to attend the bachelor or bachelorette parties (and why not, they are my favourite part!), opt to eat or drink before you go so you don’t spend a lot of money out on the town. Instead of spending a bunch of money at the buck and doe, sell as many tickets as you can for the event, knowing you contributed that way instead.

If you get a wedding invite and you really can’t afford to go, don’t go. Send a gift when you have the money at some point in the future. If the bride and groom are truly your friends, they will understand.

Bargainmoosers, what are your tips for not spending a lot this wedding season?

Photo credit: 阿乃

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April 17

5 Cheap, Easy & Natural Ways To Dye Your Easter Eggs

Posted by on April 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Cheap, Easy & Natural Ways To Dye Your Easter Eggs

Dying Easter eggs just seems to be such a fun tradition that all kids are happy to do. As a Mom, I worry about the dyes we use in the process. I went to buy a kit yesterday that claimed to be all natural, but the all natural dyes did not look natural to me! I’ve read studies about how these dyes affect kids and decided it isn’t worth it. But, did you know you can dye eggs without an egg-dying kit and it is actually the cheaper way to do it!

5 Cheap, Easy & Natural Ways To Dye Your Easter Eggs

Food is the first thing I think of when I think of natural dye. Beets do incredible things to your hands, of course they’ll turn your eggs purple or pink. Better Homes & Gardens has a whole list of natural food ingredients you can use as dyes.

5 Cheap, Easy & Natural Ways To Dye Your Easter Eggs

Another good staining food is blueberries. Any mother knows this as she steps on one on her clean floors. I certainly do. Long Distance Baking did experiments on which foods work best when dying eggs.

5 Cheap, Easy & Natural Ways To Dye Your Easter Eggs

Besides food, the very creative mind at Squirrelly Minds came up with using tissue paper to dye and colour eggs. Genius!

5 Cheap, Easy & Natural Ways To Dye Your Easter Eggs

This idea from Rad Megan means you can dye your eggs and recycle your garbage at the same time. She used red onion skin to make these eggs a different colour.

5 Cheap, Easy & Natural Ways To Dye Your Easter Eggs

Recycle your old clothing this time using silk ties that you no longer want to dye your eggs. Find the instructions at Not Your Average Sock Monkey.

Bargainmoosers, do you have fun and frugal ways to colour eggs this Easter?

Banner Photo credit: Linda Giddens

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April 14

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Jars

Posted by on April 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Jars

Spring is the time of year when you start getting rid of junk and clutter from your house, but what should you do with all that junk and clutter when you’re ready to clear it out? Instead of just tossing it into the garbage bin, consider upcycling some of it into unique décor pieces for your home. Have a box of glass jars taking up space in your attic or garage? You may want to use one of these ideas to turn your old spaghetti jars into focal points for your kitchen or living room.

Baby food jar spice rack

A great solution to all of those baby food jars piling up in your house, by following Lauren Davison’s instructions you can make your very own magnetic spice rack! Considering these usually cost $2 per magnetic spice jar at the store, this is a great way to upcycle your empty jars and save you money.

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Jars

Mason jar lantern

Perfect to set the mood at a wedding or romantic dinner in with your loved one, these mason jar lanterns are easy to make as long as you have some time and a few empty jars on hand. Thanks to Heart Love Weddings’ for this great idea!

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Jars

Candle in a jar

Instead of shelling out $15 for a vintage style candle from Etsy, you can DIY your own (and even sell them yourself too!) with the help of Candy and Clothes’ candle in a jar recipe.

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Jars

Stained glass jar vase

A beautiful window treatment or table centrepiece, these stained glass jar vases are a great way to add a pop of colour and a hint of elegance for the low price of just a few dollars. Eclectically Vintage’s blog shows you how to hang them with wire around your window, and Six Sisters’ Stuff will show you how to stain them whatever colour you wish.

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Jars

Mason jar snow globe

It doesn’t have to be Christmastime to turn your old jars into snow globes. Swap fake snow for glitter and replace the miniature Christmas trees with tiny houses or landmarks from your hometown. Thanks to Miss Fancy Pants for the inspiration!

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Jars

Bargainmoosers, how else can you upcycle your old jars? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

(Image: Wesley Eller)

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April 12

Car Sharing Versus Owning a Car: Which one Saves More Money?

Posted by on April 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Car Sharing Versus Owning a Car: Which one Saves More Money?

If you live in a larger Canadian city, you will likely have noticed a large number of car sharing companies cropping up recently.  Some companies include Zipcar, Modo, and Car2go.  For example, in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary, you might see little white and blue smart cars parked everywhere.  Before I used a car sharing program, it seemed very complicated, like I was not part of an elite club of car sharers.  However, once I signed up, I experienced first-hand just how easy it is, and now when I need to go downtown, or I want to jog one way, or go to a place where parking is going to be iffy, I just hop in a Car2go instead of hopping in my car.  All I need to do is check out my app to see where there is a Car2go nearby and reserve it and then hop in.  It is very easy.  Cars are easy to drive, clean, and no fuss or no muss.  Though one time I found a wet bathing suit in the glove compartment, but that is beside the point I guess!

Car2go

Car2go is a car sharing company that originated in Ulm, Germany and has quickly gone viral in 23 other cities in Europe and North America.  Most cities have about 200-300 car2go cars in their fleet.

The cost?

For example, in Vancouver to rent a Car2go, it is $0.38 per minute, $13.99 per hour, and $72.99 per day plus tax.  This includes the gasoline, insurance, maintenance, and parking (except at meter parking of course, but you can park your Car2go at all permit parking spots and you can park for free at many parking garages – these will be highlighted in the Car2go GPS located in the car).  The start up cost is $35 for registration, but this can be easily waived by entering a coupon code at the time of sign up.  Bargainmoose has a great coupon code for Car2go that reduces your membership fee to $10 and gives you 30 free minutes of driving time.

  • Insurance- included
  • Gas- included in the per minute cost
  • Maintenance- included
  • Parking- free (provided you do not park at meter parking)
  • Assuming a 15 minute commute (minimal traffic) to work Monday to Friday = $12.88 per day (including tax) equals $258 per month

Owning a Car

On the other hand, if you have more than a few car trips per week or if you can only commute to work by car, it may make more sense to own a car.

Some of the regular costs of owning a car to factor in when comparing it to a car sharing program include:

  • Insurance- estimate $150-$200 per month
  • Gas- estimate $100-$400 per month (depending on how much one drives)
  • Maintenance- estimate $25 to $100 per month (only oil and filter a few times a year versus bigger things like maintaining brakes etc.)
  • Parking- $180 (average $9 per day at a parkade, Monday to Friday)

Average total cost per month: $455 to $880 per month.  In fact, the average car costs over $8700 on an annual basis to maintain, gas up, and provide insurance for in the United States (source: Time).

(This does not include costs of leasing the car or financing the car, assuming that you own the car outright already!)

Although there may seem to be significant cost savings with using a car sharing program, the convenience of owning a car obviously plays a huge factor.  Sometimes finding a Car2go car can be difficult and requires extra time to find one to reserve.  Moneysense magazine has a handy chart comparing the cost of car sharing programs versus owning a car, factoring in average car costs over an 8 year period.  The verdict was that if you used a car sharing program more than a few times per week, owning a car makes more sense.  Of course, owning a car makes more sense if you have multiple trips, like taking your children to and from daycare, or to and from soccer practice.  The car sharing programs are likely targeted towards drivers without children.

Granted, another benefit to car sharing is a sense of community, social responsibility, a sense of doing good for the environment and not adding to the carbon footprint, and “walking the walk” of a minimalistic lifestyle.

Bargainmoosers, have you ever used a car sharing program?

Photo credit: Billy Wilson

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April 11

How I Staged My House For Less Than $1000

Posted by on April 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How I Staged My House For Less Than $1000

I am in the process of selling my house I’ve heard research that says that staged houses sell for more money and quicker. I’m all for more money and less having to keep my house perfect, so I wanted to stage my house. My agent pays for a stager to come to my house and evaluate every room, give us a checklist and a to-do list, along with a quote for what she can do. While she was very helpful in giving us advice, we didn’t want to spend the money getting someone else to do the staging. As a frugal Mooser, I am all for saving money in the process of making money. I would, however, recommend getting an agent who will pay for the initial consultation, because you could learn a lot about what it is you need to do before you do it.

Get rid of your emotions

Selling your house can be very emotional. You have many memories – good and bad – there and you don’t want strangers trampling on them. In order to get the most money out of your house sale, you need to check your emotions at the front door. House selling is a business transaction and feelings have no place in business. This means that you’ll have to let go of items you might be emotionally attached to, like those pen markings that mark your child’s growth, or the wallpaper your late mother helped you choose.

Get yourself some boxes

At our last move, my husband spent a fortune on brand new boxes from U-Haul. This time we prepared early and have been collecting boxes from various spots for months. If you shop at a particular store often, get to know the manager and often they will even put boxes aside for you to pick up. I also saw that a friend is moving in down the street for me, so of course I gently asked if I could have their boxes when they are done. Don’t be shy at this stage!

Cost: $0

Declutter

The first step in any house staging is to de-clutter. My home is filled (filled I tell you!) with stuff, what with five of us living here, three of us being children and one of us (me) being a bit of a hoarder. I spent a good week of evenings packing stuff that we don’t need into boxes and arranging them thoughtfully in the storage areas in my basement and garage. I took all souvenirs, special items that weren’t decorative and even family pictures down. My bookshelves and my kid’s bookshelves were packed tightly with books. I packed away some of the books, leaving space on the shelves for decorative items or for you know, space. Dressers were cleared, shelves were thinned out and the kitchen countertops were left empty. The effect was one of “do you still live there?”. This was my intention, as you want potential buyers to see their stuff on the shelves in their minds, not only picture your child’s grade 4 sculpture looming largely on the bookcase. The same goes for family photos. Buyers can’t imagine themselves living in this house if your 16×24″ wedding photo hangs over your bed.

Cost: $0

Paint

Painting is probably the most important step in any house sale. Fresh paint does so much to a house – it covers dirt, brightens up the place and replaces what you think is a good colour scheme. While you could hire a painter, doing the work yourself is always the best deal. Send the kids to your parents or wait until they are in bed, and get painting. Look for coupons or sales ahead of time and store the paint until you are ready to use. Home Hardware has a very handy paint calculator so you can get just the right amount, saving you from making a second trip or from having a can you can’t bring back once it is mixed. The Dollar Store has cheap tools for painting, including rollers and paint trays. Use old sheets that you realized during your declutter don’t fit any beds in the house to cover all flooring and furniture. If you are like my husband and don’t cover the floors, we found a scrubbie pad from the Dollar Store works great to scrape paint off hardwood!

Painting a neutral colour is very important at this stage, because some people might hate blue so much, it makes them hate your house. At first I was not happy with the very neutral colour my husband chose for our paint job, but seeing the photos of our home I realized it really brightened up my otherwise somewhat dark home. Benjamin Moore has a great article on colours to paint your house for sale.

Cost: $150

Clean, clean, clean and then clean some more

Buyers want a clean home. I hadn’t really deep cleaned my home since I moved in, having gotten pregnant within months of closing with my third child, I was very busy as it was. So, it was quite the shock to me how much dirt was living on my carpets, my blinds, my cupboards, my doors and my trim. I am all about organic or natural products for cleaning so I picked up sponges from the dollar store, got a few club size tubs of vinegar, some spray bottles and ripped up some baby clothes that were stained for rags and got cleaning. It took me about a month of working each night and through the days when I could to get every inch of my home clean. But, truly, my house sparkles. I now notice any new fingerprint or drop of water on the tile. You should also consider cleaning inside of cupboards and drawers, as new buyers might peek in there and if it is a disaster, that could turn some people off.

We have an industrial carpet cleaner, but if you don’t have one, they are easy to rent at grocery stores. I just used borax and vinegar, rather than harmful chemicals and the water that came up through the carpets was the requisite brown to black colour! Check out my article on how to be a frugal organic cleaner and Heather’s on how to spring clean inexpensively.

Cost: $15

Get rid of extra and ugly furniture

While my kitchen table and chairs were functional, they didn’t look very appealing. My yellow fabric chairs were stained beyond repair. So, my very handy husband built us a brand new kitchen table with very simple instructions from Ana White, who has free instructions on so many DIY projects. Chairs are harder to build, so we bought a set from Ikea, as I found them the cheapest place for new chairs. They also had a buy three, get the fourth free deal on, which worked perfect for us. We tried to sell our old set on kijiji, but it didn’t go well, so we gave it away for free instead. The look of the kitchen changed immensely with the new table and chairs so it was definitely money well spent.

We had a total of four dressers in our bedroom, which to me just plain made sense since 3.5 of them were full of my clothes, but it made the room look smaller. I sadly took the clothes from two of the dressers and stored them in bins in my basement beside my children’s out of season or too small clothing. We sold the dressers for $100 on Kijiji and the room looks much more spacious.

Cost: $130 to build table/ $250 for chairs/ -$100 for sold dressers = total $280

Cover it up

If you can’t get rid of stuff that is otherwise ugly or stained or well-worn, cover it up. Our large sectional couch is ten years old and has been through two dogs and three babies and a woman who sets her full glass of wine right on the cushion while reading. We couldn’t really afford to pitch it and start new so we covered it up with strategically placed throws, both of which we already had, and brand new throw cushions that I got from Loblaws for $5 a piece. The couch looks new-ish again.

Our bedding didn’t have a bed skirt, and while the stager suggested buying all new bedding, bedding can be expensive. Instead, we covered the bottom mattress with a white sheet and while it doesn’t look fancy, it looks nicer and didn’t cost a cent.

We have gorgeous hardwood floors in our home, but with all our children and animals, they have dings and scratches. We bought two rugs on sale from The Brick to add some softness and cover the floors a little bit.

Cost $175

Add furniture

Above I asked you to take away furniture when it made the rooms look cluttered, but in some cases your dead space needs something. You can move furniture from other rooms and give it a new use, which is a free way of doing it, or you can buy furniture to fill the space. My office had both my desk and my children’s desk in it. It looked too cluttered, so we moved the kid’s desk to one of my son’s rooms where he had only a bed and a dresser, which filled that space for him. To my office, we purchased two club chairs from Ikea and added an ottoman that my husband made me last year. It looks beautiful and more of a place where someone would want to spend time.

Our living room is quite long and narrow and had some empty space, so again my ever-handy husband built a ladder shelf and we filled it with decorative items that look nice (although not too full).

Another free tip I learned from our stager was that beds against a wall made rooms look smaller, so strategically place your furniture so it makes the room look larger.

Cost: $275

Artwork

Now that all of your family photos are off the walls, are all the walls bare? Ours were mostly bare, although we placed up artwork that was more neutral, like paintings from our travels and photos I had taken that weren’t of people. We did find a large canvas at XS Cargo for only $25, which fit nicely over our couch, but then put it elsewhere and splurged on a piece I loved from Urban Barn. I won’t include that cost in here because it was an unnecessary splurge. My husband also built us a large-scale art piece to put on the stairway where the ceilings are tall. He simply built a wooden frame, bought a cheap fabric and staples it on. It looks like we spent hundreds on it!

You could also take photographs that you’ve taken over the years of scenery or striking images and frame them in cheap frames from Walmart or Ikea to save yourself money on artwork. I had two photos of ladders I had taken, which I framed in frames quite a bit larger than the photo for a larger piece.

Cost: $50

Bargainmoosers, what actions did you take to stage your house for sale? Let me know in the comments below!

Photo credit: Sean dreilinger

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April 10

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

Posted by on April 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

With party season in full spring, people are throwing showers, BBQs, weddings or just plain old parties and they need invitations. In this world of social media, you could just send a Facebook invitation or use Evite or some other service, but I know a lot of people who won’t respond to something so impersonal, my husband being one of them. The best and most traditional way to invite someone to your get-together is with a paper invitation right in the mail. These don’t have to cost a lot and they don’t have to take a lot of time either. Enjoy: seven frugal DIY invitations.

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

If you are a crafter or just happen to have spare scrap fabric lying around, printing your invites on scrap fabric is innovative and not to mention, pretty.

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

There are tons of free printables online in almost every theme. If you aren’t very creative and you want someone else to do the work for you, printables are definitely the easiest way to go and they only cost as much as the paper and ink. This Harry Potter themed invitation from Creekside Learning is a perfect example.

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

Gone are the days of spending hours pouring over a very thick book of invitations, finding the perfect one and paying through the nose for it. So many brides make their own invitations, and An Exercise in Frugality created her own invitations for her less than $5000 wedding. I think they look pretty good!

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

If you don’t mind paying a little bit of money, places like Vistaprint will print pre-designed, yet custom invitations for you at a very low cost.

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

Whether it is for a save the date, your wedding invitation, your new home or your baby’s first birthday, you could get a professional photographer or take a photo yourself, print them out at any photofinishing place as low as $0.08 each, then write your details on the back. That way your guests get a genuine photo to keep, but also the details for your party. Photo credit: Avangard Photography

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

This simple, yet unique invitation would take no time to make, yet makes such a big statement. Your cost would be minimal too.

7 Frugal DIY Invitations For Any Occasion

Now for the envelopes. I saw this amazing idea for paper bag envelopes and it tripped me out! Envelopes are majorly expensive and instead you can pick up brown paper bags very cheap and just tape them shut. They look a little rustic and you can dress them up however you like!

Bargainmoosers, do you have any ideas for frugal and fun invitations?

Banner photo credit: Oskar Ferm

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April 9

How To Spring Clean Inexpensively

Posted by on April 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How To Spring Clean Inexpensively

Now that we’re back from our trip (sniff sniff), I am thinking we need to do a good clean of our house.  I might sound like a slob when I say this, but we have never actually done a full spring clean of our house, and we have been here nearly 5 years.  Don’t get me wrong, we clean regularly, but we haven’t spent a lot of time doing any deep cleaning.  The type of cleaning that makes you feel like the world is a better place.  A cathartic type of cleaning.  I’m ready for this, and I want to do it.  But I don’t know where to start, and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on it.  What to do?

Spring cleaning checklist

Uh, maybe this is why I haven’t spring cleaned before.  Looking at this list from Imperfect Homemaking, I am overwhelmed.  Who does this much cleaning on a regular basis?  Although I doubt I will tackle even half of the list, I think I can get through part of it.  I like her tips on how to clean mini blinds.  Some of mine have never really been cleaned. If you’re looking for more great tips on all types of cleaning, check out this article from Canadian Living.

Also be sure to consider which cleaning products you use, as there are lots of natural options available.  Check out Eva’s article on how to be a frugal organic cleaner.  I have recently discovered the wonders of cleaning with baking soda, as my loving husband recently purchased a 6 pack from Costco by accident (I had requested he purchase baking powder instead).  If you prefer to purchase cleaning products, be sure to check out Greenworks cleaners.  They often go on sale, and if you combine a sale with coupons, you can often buy Greenworks cleaners for $1 per bottle.  A few years ago Greenworks had an amazing coupon available, buy 3, save $4.  When they went on sale one week at Shoppers Drug Mart for $1.99 per bottle, I picked up about 30 bottles at around $0.75 per bottle.  They have lasted over the past few years.

Spring home maintenance

Honestly, this is another area my family has not been proficient in.  I know the basics of what to do each spring like changing the filter on our furnace, getting our air conditioner inspected, etc.  But there are other home maintenance tasks which I’m just not sure are required – things like gutter cleaning and vent cleaning.  Are they worth the expense?  Bob Vila says it’s important to clean your gutters twice per year.  He suggests that if you want to do it yourself you’ll need a tall ladder, gloves, a face mask, and I would personally need a safety person under the ladder and lots of prayers.  As important as regular home maintenance is the treatment of issues before they escalate to larger problems.  This HGTV article outlines some important tips for preventative spring maintenance.  There are tips I hadn’t even thought of, like examining any wood trim to check for damage and to repair these before the spring rains come.  Doing a thorough once around your house to check for issues is a great (free!) idea, and is something I will definitely be doing this spring.

Spring clean your garden

I have coworkers and friends who spend money every single month on their garden and outdoor needs.  One friend hires gardeners each spring to ready her backyard gardens.  She hires a team of 3 people there for an entire day to ready her gardens.  She estimates that this costs her around $300.  She brings them back from time to time through the summer to weed her garden.  Being the frugal Bargainmooser that I am, I cringe at the prospect of paying money for gardening.  I know the more effort I put into gardening at the beginning of the season means the easier my gardening and weeding will be through the summer.  This summer I plan to make some changes to my gardens, as they are full English gardens which I do not love, but they came with our house.   This excellent article on gardening.com outlines some great spring gardening tips.  I will definitely employ the tips on dividing and transplanting, as my garden is overgrown with hostas.  Anyone want some free hostas?  Mulch is something we wrestle with each year, and we have never bitten the bullet to buy it.  We have a large number of square feet of gardens, and to cover it all in an appropriate amount of mulch would cost us about $500.  I am second guessing our decision this year, as each weekend last summer was full of weeding and getting my hands dirty.  So not fun for me.

Spring cleaning and maintenance is an essential part of home ownership.  I am planning on staying at this house until we retire, so we need to take very good care of it so that it lasts.  I am not a handy-woman, and my husband isn’t handy either, so we need to ensure that we set aside a budget each year for any repairs and preventative measures we need to take for our home maintenance.  Bargainmoosers, what are your top frugal spring cleaning tips?

Photo credit: Chiot’s Run

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April 8

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Posted by on April 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Spring is here, which means you can finally ditch your winter gear (in most parts of Canada anyway), put on your rain boots, and enjoy some family time outside. Instead of just going to the park, here are a few alternative ways you can make some lasting memories with your kids this spring for hardly any money at all.

Go on a real-world treasure hunt

Have you ever heard of geocaching? It’s essentially a real-world treasure hunt! All you need to do is grab your GPS or download a free geocaching app onto your phone, then start your hunt for geocaches (or treasures) hidden in specific locations. What’s really fun about this is when you find the geocache, you have to write about your discovery in the enclosed logbook, then leave something of equal or greater value behind for someone else to find.

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Visit the farmer’s market

What better way to teach your kids about supporting local vendors and eating healthy than visiting your local farmer’s market? Try going there with a recipe in mind and getting your kids to help you find all the ingredients you need so you can prepare it together at home later that night.

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Make an egg carton garden

Spring is the time to start your garden, even if it’s just in an egg carton. To get your kids familiar with the process of gardening and the importance of taking care of a growing and living thing, give each of your kids their very own egg carton to look after. Not only will this teach them about responsibility, but they’ll also get to experience seeing a seed transform into a living plant!. Thanks to Dainty Cate for this great idea and detailed instructions.

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Splash in some puddles

The mess afterwards may not be fun to clean up, but it’s a great way to create some memories and bond with your kids for absolutely free!

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Make homemade birdfeeders

Don’t you just love hearing the birds chirp when you sit down for breakfast with your family? Thanks to Little Love and Sparklin Becks, you and your family can attract birds to your house everyday with these cost effective homemade birdfeeders.

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Go for a family hike

Whether it’s on a local trail near your house, or a steep mountain in a national park, take advantage of spring’s moderate temperatures with a good ol’ family hike. It’s a great way to get some exercise, enjoy nature’s wonders, and bond with your loved ones at the same time.

Frugal Family Activities for Spring

Bargainmoosers, what frugal activities do you plan to do with your family this spring?

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April 7

How To Save Money on Child Care

Posted by on April 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM

How To Save Money on Child Care

Child care or day care is one of the reasons why having children is so expensive and a reason why (other than ridiculously high rents and high mortgages) couples both have to work nowadays to support a dual income.  With child care costing upwards to $800 to $1000 on a monthly basis, per child, it is no wonder that having more children, or even considering having children at all, is something that many couples now worry about.  In fact, the high cost of child care is one reason why many women decide to limit the number of children they would ideally like to have (source: Globe and Mail).

It is estimated that raising a child from infancy to the age of 18 will cost anywhere between $170,000 and $230,000, and it is actually the early years that cost the most due to the high cost of child care (source: Canadian Living).  Although it makes sense that child care is expensive (early childhood development is of utmost importance, especially during the years between age zero to three), it still stings to have to shell out almost half to three quarters of your income to have someone else take care of your child.

Here are some tips and ideas on how you might be able to save money on child care, reducing the stress on the family budget:

Share Child Care with a Friend

I have a friend with whom this strategy worked really well for.  She was able to work part-time the year after her maternity leave through sharing child care with a mom that she met from a baby and new mom group.  She would work while her friend took care of the two children and they would swap on the other days.  This cost them nothing for child care costs.  Considering that very young children often cost more for daycare and there aren’t many daycares that accept very young children, saving $10,000 to $12,000 during the first year after maternity leave really helped them tackle bigger financial goals they had as a family.

The following year, my friend returned to work full-time and had the time beforehand to check for daycare in a more accessible location at a lower rate.  She is now very happy with the low cost of her current daycare and happy she is back at work full-time.

Extended Family 

Although I wouldn’t call it taking advantage of your extended family like this Yahoo article suggests, having your mother or father or your mother-in-law or father-in-law take care of your children can be a win-win scenario for all involved.  In many cases, your parents or parents-in-law who are retired want to be involved in your life and want to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives.  This is a great opportunity for family to practice giving and receiving care.  Your parents or parents-in-law feel like they are appreciated and helpful, and you are able to repay them monetarily or through small gifts like a manicure, trips, or other ways to show you care.  The sense of community you can build with your new family and your family of origin can be amazing.

Don’t Forget about the Tax Credit

Childcare costs can be used as a deduction from income (not as a non-refundable tax credit).  However, mostly it has to be claimed as a deduction from the parent with the lower income.  The website Taxtips.ca has a great run through of how to use and utilize the child care tax credit for your income tax return.  The basic limit of child care costs for children under the age of six years old is $7000 as per the Canada Revenue Agency.

Explore Company Discounts

Forbes suggests that there may be corporations that have nearby childcare centres where they did the dirty work and negotiated discounted rates.  It might be worth it to check with the nearby childcare centres to see if any of them are affiliated with you or your spouse’s work.  Having child care close to work makes it much easier for your lifestyle, a win-win for your employer and your family.

Bargainmoosers, how did you save money on child care and day care?

Photo credit: Government Press Office

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April 5

4 Ways to Save Money at Disneyland

Posted by on April 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

4 Ways to Save Money at Disneyland

At work, a few of my colleagues are taking their children to Disneyland for the very first time.  Their children are undoubtedly very excited about the future trip and cannot contain themselves with excitement.  My colleagues on the other hand, are just as excited but not as excited about the possibility of baking in the hot sun while lining up for hours and definitely not as excited about the credit card bill that this Disneyland trip will create.

For a family, Disneyland can be very expensive.  At Disneyland, for children aged 3-9 it is $162 for a two day park pass and for children older than 10, it is $175 for a two day park pass.  This price doesn’t include the accommodation, the souvenirs (oh, the expensive souvenirs), the food (the expensive food), and the flight to Disneyland or rental car (or the gas if you are planning to drive down).

Even though it is very expensive, it is a very magical place and seeing the happiness in your children’s eyes is enough to make the expense worthwhile, so here are some ways in which you can save money at Disneyland, Disneyland on a budget.

Avoid High Season

The absolute worst times to go to Disneyland are obviously the high season: July, August, and December (Christmas time).  Avoid these times like the plague because airfare will cost more, the accommodation will cost more, and there will be more people in line ups, meaning less time enjoying what Disneyland has to offer.

Consider the last weekend of August or just the first week of September.  Not advocating for taking your children out of school of course, but usually the first day of school or second day of school there isn’t much content to cover anyway.  And your children probably won’t mind because they’ll get to tell their friends that they weren’t there during the first day of school because they were in Disneyland!

Managing to avoid weekends will be helpful for accommodation as well.  Do not stay at the Disneyland resort, that will be very expensive.  Check out websites such as Priceline, Hotels.com, Airbnb.com and Hotwire for places to stay near Disneyland.  If you are planning to stay at the Disneyland resort, make sure you head back to the hotel room for lunch in order to offset the cost of the meals at the park.

Another perk to avoiding high season is the ability to use Aeroplan points.  North American flights are cheap on Aeroplan compared to international flights, so if you can save money on your flight, that will save you a ton of money.

BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)

Eating at Disneyland is very expensive, let alone having a character themed meal (where the princesses eat with you and your children).  Bring your own snacks and food to Disneyland along with ice packs.  Put it in a locker if you don’t want to lug it around with you.  This will easily save you $10 per person per meal (with $10 per meal on the low end, this is assuming you avoid sit-down meals at the park).  For a family of four, two meals at $120 per day really adds up.  Also, make sure your motel/hotel/accommodation has continental breakfast and make sure you eat a hearty breakfast before you head out to Disneyland.

Buy Souvenirs Beforehand

If you think about it, your children want to be just like everyone else at Disneyland.  They want to look the part and they want to be wearing their favourite Disneyland paraphernalia gear while at the park.  Make a quick stop at a souvenir shop in Anaheim for souvenirs before you start your adventure at the magical kingdom and both your children and your wallet will be happy.  With T-shirts for babies and small toddlers costing $15 a piece at Disneyland, you can save a lot of money by buying it for half the price just like this writer for Yahoo did to save money at Disneyland.

Tickets Ahead of Time

Finally, buying tickets ahead of time will save you money.  About.com has a great page on the ticket prices for Disneyland and some coupon codes that you can use to save money.  Buying your tickets at Costco can save you money as well, but only about $5 off each ticket.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any other ways in which you save money at Disneyland?

Photo credit: Kelsey

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April 4

Hanging Out With Friends When There Is No Money In The Bank

Posted by on April 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Hanging Out With Friends When There Is No Money In The Bank

One of my favourite things to do is host a girl’s night. I love entertaining and hanging with friends. I would cook so many little appetizers, have some drinks and spend the day cooking and cleaning. My budget would always go out the window. I also have a friend who I would meet for a dinner date each month, which is cheaper than going out with my spouse because I only pay for my dinner and no babysitter, but can still add up. I wanted to find frugal ways to hang out with friends without spending any or very little money. There are ways we can do this.

Girl’s Night In

If you love having all the girls (and/or guys) over to your place and don’t want to stop doing this, there are ways you can do it more frugally. If you want a big shindig, check out my article on Entertaining Like A Rock Star. If you are looking for something more low-key, consider seeing if your friends will each take turn hosting. This way you aren’t all on the hook for each girl’s night and everyone can contribute to the festivities. There are so many more ideas for girl’s nights in like having a card or board game party, which would be free because each person could contribute a game to play or having a movie or TV show night. There is nothing like cuddling under a blanket with friends while you oohhh and ahhh about Channing Tatum’s rear end.

Dinner Party

If you still are keen on having it at your place, check out Jessica’s fantastic article on throwing a dinner party on a budget. I used to be part of a “supper club” where we took turns hosting and each guest would bring a dish based on the theme. I usually spent no more than $10 and enjoyed a fabulous many-course meal with friends. Style at Home has 10 great theme ideas for dinner parties.

Getting Out

If your house is a mess or you simply don’t want people over, but want to find ways to hang with friends, there are tons of ways you can do this without doing the usual restaurant or club evening. I really enjoy walking and I walking with friends is really a treat. You burn some calories, get out the requisite chatting and you get all that fresh air too. I’m thinking of scheduling a weekly walking night with one of my friends. If you have dogs, this is a perfect opportunity for them to get some social time too.

If walking is not your thing, there are lots of other sports that could fill the gap like skating, roller blading or biking. If you really just want to rest, why not take a picnic to the park? Sit on a park bench and just spend time with your friend(s). Just getting outside is so much better for you than sitting at home alone.

You could also check the schedule in your town or city and see what free events are on. Some museums have free nights, and there are always free lectures or book clubs, etc., that you could attend to give you something to do with your friend.

Helping Out

If you have a room to paint or grout to seal, consider having your friends over to help out. You’ll save money on labour, you might have a fun time doing it and you’ll get the job you need done finished. The only caveat to this is that you will have to help out your friends too, but that shouldn’t be a problem. You could even start by making a list of each renovation you and your friends need then schedule the days. The work will be done in no time and you’ll have spent quality time together, while saving a load of money!

Meal Making

If you have trouble during the week finding time to make dinner, especially healthy dinners, you could get all your friends together to make batch meals. You’ll have a blast cooking together, save money on groceries and get all your meals prepped for the week! If you don’t need to cook for yourself, you could consider getting you and your friends out to cook for a cause. Ronald McDonald house, for example, always needs groups to cook meals for the families staying there. This is an amazing way to give back to charity, while having fun with your friends. Each RMH has a different branch, but I see the B.C. one is looking for volunteers.

Bargainmoosers, what frugal or free things do you do with your friends?

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April 3

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

Posted by on April 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

Beauty can get expensive, what with buying BB cream, mascara, nail polish, getting facials, your hair done and more. If we can find ways to be beautiful and spend less money, why not do it? I also like to recycle, repurpose or reuse items that might be destined for the trash or that I have in my cupbards, and this article will give you seven new ways to get some beauty use out of what you have.

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

Instead of spending upwards of $100 or more on a spa facial, do one at home yourself. If you don’t like to steam up your bathroom because of mould issues, try this technique from Real Simple instead. Steam up your washcloths in your little-used rice cooker! In only five minutes you’ll have a steaming hot cloth, which is also great for applying before doing a close shave.

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

Coconut oil is probably my most favourite multi-purpose item. You can literally use it on anything! I use it on my kids and my dry skin, I use it to wash my face, I use it to cook with, to top my popcorn and I’ve heard you can use it to make sunscreen. Check out Thrifty Northwest Mom’s article on homemade coconut oil face wash.

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

If you are “blessed” with thin lips like me and crave a little more of what Angie Jolie has, don’t spend all your money on lip plumpers or cosmetic surgery. Simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to your lip gloss. You’ll smell nice too!

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

Love the look of French manicures but aren’t sure how to pull them off? Don’t spend $35 to get them done at the salon, when you can very easily use one of the cheapest items out there, of which you probably have a thousand stored in a drawer somewhere. Paper Raindrops suggests using an elastic band to paint the perfect French manicure!

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

Everyone is totally raving about dry shampoo. Dry shampoo lets you go a day or more without washing and without looking like you just walked off the set of Grease. The brand name dry shampoos can be pretty pricey, so why not make it yourself with this recipe from the Modcloth blog.

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

Colouring my hair is the biggest beauty expense I encounter and I actually have a very reasonable hairdresser who I love. If I decided my budget just didn’t want that expense anymore, I could take these tips from DIY n Crafts and use ingredients from my fridge to lighten my blonde hair.

7 Ways To Be Beautiful With What You Have

If you love smelling lovely, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on perfumes – you can make your own and quite naturally. This recipe from Imagination Soup is so easy, kids can do it.

Bargainmoosers, what are the ways you use to get beautiful without spending money?

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