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on Friday, 22 December 2017. Posted in Dollar Stretcher

Updating Blinds

Here's a cheap update for vertical blinds. You can either spray paint them 
or cover them with wallpaper. Spraying them is easier and works well on 
fabric covered blinds. Wallpaper takes more time but can be really 
dramatic. Since you're only buying a few yard of wallpaper, it's not 
expensive. Your only other cost is some spray adhesive.

Creative Foot Warmers

My feet were always cold, so I used one of those reflector things for a car 
window that was just lying around. I took the liner out of my boots, traced 
it onto the reflector, cut out the traced pieces, and then slipped it and 
the liner into my boots. I no longer have cold feet. I made them for my 
whole family. They often can be found at thrift stores.

Reduce Your Heating Bill

Here's a way to make your house feel warmer this winter. Buy a small warm 
air humidifier. You can find cheap ones for $35. It'll save at least that 
much in lower fuel bills. I move mine from room to room, but I'm thinking 
of buying more. Not only can I turn down the thermostat, but it also feels 
better when the air inside our house isn't so dry.

Truly Custom Framing

When we repainted our living room, the matting on our pictures clashed with 
the new color. I solved the problem by getting a pint of paint from the 
same paint chip two shades darker than the room. I disassembled the 
pictures and painted the existing mats. Now the pictures look like we had 
them matted specifically for our living room for the cost of a little paint!

A Less Expensive Christmas Tree

Here's an idea that many people can use. We love a Christmas tree, but it 
always dominated our family room. Last year, when we were tree shopping, we 
asked if they had any trees that were bare on one side. They had one that 
had lost some branches in shipment that they sold us for about half price. 
We put that side against the wall. Not only did we save some money, but our 
family room wasn't as crowded. I hope that we can find a one-sided tree 
this year!

Prepping for Retirement

My wife and I loved raising our family in our two-story home, but now that 
we're nearing retirement, we've decided to move. We are moving not so much 
to downsize (we'll still have plenty of space) but instead to have 
everything on one level. It's not important now, but we've read that many 
people end up waiting too long and make bad decisions about where they want 
to live. We figure that we'll take our time now, so we can choose to live 
how we want.

Pretty Gift Wrap

To me, the way a gift is presented is as important as the gift itself. 
Therefore, I like my gifts to be neatly wrapped. Fancy colored paper can 
get expensive, so I buy a lot of red and green tissue paper. To keep the 
gifts from looking boring, I use all kinds of ribbons to make festive bows. 
Using YouTube videos, I have learned how to make many different bows. My 
family has started saving my bows to use on their gifts for friends.

Be Prepared for Power Outages

A generator is a big blessing no matter what the climate. My friend keeps 
his in good working order by running it monthly for 20 to 30 minutes and by 
checking the gasoline and oil monthly. Whether your climate threatens you 
with ice and snow or warm weather storms, it's good to know you can depend 
on your generator when you devote a few minutes to its monthly upkeep.

Grocery Saving Secret

The secret to saving on groceries is to take the time to read labels. I 
used to rush through the grocery store. I figured less time meant less 
temptation to buy things not on my list. Now I read labels. I have learned 
a lot by comparing the ingredients on items that look similar. Some store 
brands have the exact same ingredients as the more expensive brand names. 
On some processed foods, once I read the label, I saw ingredients that 
caused me to stop buying them and go more natural. I saved money in the 
process. I was also surprised at how often the bigger package was more 
expensive on a per unit basis than the smaller package. I guess we're all 
supposed to think that family sized means least expensive. I may take 30 
minutes more to shop, but I'm feeding my family better and saving money as 

Teachers Gifts

I am a schoolteacher. I am also on a diet. I dread students bringing me 
goodies for Christmas. I think most teachers would say the same thing.

Some inexpensive items I would love to receive are number 2 pencils (my 
student are forever forgetting their pencils), binder clips (to hold stacks 
of papers together), notebook paper, and file folders. All kinds of 
inexpensive office supplies would be most welcome!

Our school stocks every classroom with electric pencil sharpeners and 
facial tissue, but if your child's doesn't, those would also be welcomed 
and used. I would also love a gift card to Walmart (school supplies), a 
teacher supply store, a bookstore, or an office supply store.

Often these items cost less than the prefabricated gift baskets, 
toiletries, "World's Best Teacher" trinkets, and coffee cups that people 
think we want.
Ms. B.

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