search sponsored by

Find more about Weather in Hartsville, SC
              Click for weather forecast

weather sponsored by

Dollar Stretcher Tips content

on Friday, 18 August 2017. Posted in Dollar Stretcher

Lawn Tool Storage

Here's a really cheap way to keep rakes, shovels, and brooms organized. 
Just put three cement blocks on top of each other with the openings facing 
up. Now drop your tool handle down into the openings!

Storage Solution

My solution for storing excess stuff? It isn't to rent one of those storage 
lockers. It's to get rid of some stuff! It might just cost $80 a month, but 
that's nearly $1,000 a year! For that much, I can replace a lot of the 
stuff that I would be storing.

My Higher Interest Rates

Nobody likes paying high interest rates on credit card balances, but I've 
found a way to make a higher rate help me save money. Each month, I see how 
much interest I've been charged. Then I make sure I add that much to the 
minimum payment I make. It forces me to pay a higher interest rate, but it 
also helps me reduce the balance.

Back to School Buses

Every school bus driver will tell you that they find and turn in lunch 
boxes, backpacks, sneakers, and all kinds of stuff each week. Now is the 
time to make sure that you include your child's name in any item that you'd 
want returned. Do not include phone numbers. The school already has your 
number. Bad guys who might pick up the backpack don't.

New Carpet?

A friend who installs carpet gave me this advice when we bought new carpet 
for our living room. He said that I should have a few pieces bound and use 
them as runners in front of the door. He said that it would save the carpet 
under the runner. Also, the runner piece would be a good patch if I ever 
needed to do a repair somewhere in the room.

Before You Buy: Cleansers

Before you buy any household cleansers, you should read the labels. For 
instance, OxiClean(tm) does a good job of cleaning, but the main ingredient 
is dry bleach, which is super cheap. Why pay for the advertising? Most 
cleaners contain only a few chemicals that are readily available. I save a 
lot just by reading labels and buying the active ingredients.

Before You Buy: Appliances

My washer was on its last legs. We priced new ones at Lowe's and online and 
didn't like the prices we were seeing. Therefore, I started watching for 
used sales. I found a washer and dryer combination that was just one year 
old for half of what a new set would have cost. The couple was moving and 
didn't want to pay to move them. Next time I need any expensive thing, I'll 
check used before buying new.

Before You Buy: Clothes

Unless you're really well organized, you probably have a corner of your 
closet with clothes that you haven't worn in forever. I needed to make room 
for the new selections, so I cleared out some stuff from the back. I found 
that there were a few things that I hadn't worn in awhile but I still 
liked. I gave away the things that I wouldn't wear, but added my old 
favorites to my regular choices. I didn't need to spend nearly as much as I 
thought on new clothes!

In Case of Emergency

We all know to put our "in case of emergency" numbers in our phone, but 
that's not enough. My daughter-in-law gave me a little thumb drive that I 
have on my keychain. On the outside, it's marked "ICE." It has my vital 
information with all my current meds, allergies, and doctors listed. Also, 
I included my current insurance information and who to contact if something 
should happen. It's in a text file, so anyone can read it. It's also easy 
to update. I haven't had a need for it yet, but I'm glad it's there if I 
need it.

Doing It Backwards

Sometimes starting at the end is the best way to save money. At least 
that's what we do in our house. We already were saving by sticking to a 
shopping list when we went grocery shopping. Then we decided to try 
something new. We created an "unshopping list," which is a list of things 
that we would NOT buy! Initially it was things like the Big Gulp and a 
treat at Starbucks, but we've expanded the list. The money we save has been 
going towards our credit card balance. It's coming down! We can't wait to 
get it paid off!

Excess Tomatoes?

We're getting a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. I'm freezing all that I 
can get my hands on. I put them on a cookie sheet where they're not 
touching and freeze overnight. From there, they go into a freezer bag for 
storage. When I have some time, I'll run them under hot water for a minute 
and then pull off the skin. After doing this, I will be able to easily make 
some tomato sauce.

Freezer Organization

We keep our chest freezer organized with plastic storage containers. I have 
one for beef, one for pork, and one for veggies. The containers make it 
easy to find anything without a lot of searching. Before I had the 
containers, it was impossible to keep organized. Every time I looked for 
something, I'd end up with everything once again disorganized. It got so I 
didn't even want to use my freezer. Now it's easy to find what I need and 
put everything back in its place.

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.