How to Save on Your Next Trip to Disney

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How to Save Money on Your Next Disney Trip 

It doesn’t matter if you’re heading to Disneyland or Disney World, it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg! But wait, it doesn’t have to. Use these tips to save big on your next Disney trip! We went to Disney World three years ago, and my kids are still asking to go back. They said it’s their favorite family vacation. [Read more...]

7 Yard Sale Tips (from a Pro)


Jamie Here!  With the weather turning beautiful, I’m getting Yard Sale fever!  As a looong time yard sale pro, here are some ways to save on yard sales and tips to get you the best buys!

Yard Sale shopping is a fun weekend pastime for a frugal bargain hunter!  You never know what you’ll find in a morning’s worth of Yard Sailing… sometimes you’ll come home empty-handed – but your inner optimist will pull you out of bed time and time again for another coffee-fueled expedition.

I’ve been yard-sailing regularly since I was 11, heading out on my bike out early Saturday mornings with my backpack and $2 weekly allowance.  I was forced to stretch that $2 to the max – and so I did – charming old folks out of their vintage clothes & jewelry (I have a vintage problem…) and talking tight-fisted children out of Barbie collections.

In my adult life, I’ve clothed myself and my family with yard sale finds, furnished parts of my home, and even stocked my Gift-Closet with yard sale treasures.  If you’re a little green to yard-sailing, or maybe just rusty, here are some tips I’ve learned to help you make the most of a Saturday morning!

Before You Begin: Chart Your Course

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Easter Clearance Items: What You Should Look For


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Easter Clearance Items … What to Look For!

Walmart and Target have marked down their Easter Clearance to 50% OFF – and it’s a great time to snag goodies for next year!

Wondering what Easter clearance items you should look for? Start by setting a little money aside so that next year you’ll be stocked up. Luckily, there are many ways to save by taking advantage of after Easter sales!

For example, if your child doesn’t already have a good basket you can reuse every year after Easter then it’s time to buy a durable one. If you’ve had your eyes on one of the baskets with a fancy monogrammed liner, now is the time to consider purchasing it. Speaking of baskets, this is also a great time to stock up on things like grass, Easter eggs, and basket fillers for next year! [Read more...]

How to Add Scent to Homemade Laundry Detergent

By now you may already know that making your own laundry detergent is SUPER cost-effective (Only pennies per load!), much less wasteful (no plastic jugs getting tossed every week), and rules out dyes and fragrances for those with sensitive skin.  (Check out our DIY Laundry Detergent tutorial if you haven’t yet!)

But what if you MISS the fragrance?


I can tell you from experience that what I missed most with my homemade laundry detergent (while it did the job just fine) was that fresh, sweet smell.  Luckily that’s an easy fix!!


How to add scent to homemade laundry detergent – 3 Options:


1. Add a little shake of fragrance booster to each load.  

Easy peasy – just toss in some Downy Unstopables, or Gain Fireworks, Bounce Bursts, Purex Crystals or whatever floats your boat at the time you’re washing.  Your clothes will smell yummy and you can still leave some loads unscented if you choose.

2. Add fragrance booster during the mixing process.

If you’re making the 5 Gallon Bucket recipe we posted here - then you’ll want to add about 1 Cup of Scent Beads during the heating process so they combine with the soap ingredient.  If you’re making a powder detergent like the one here – you can just stir it into the powder, soap flakes, etc…

3. Add Essential Oils during the mixing process.

Looking to go more natural?  Essential oils are another option for scenting your laundry detergent.  It’s recommended that you add 16 – 20 drops of oil to a box of baking soda and shake it around well – then proceed to add that baking soda to your DIY detergent recipe.  The Wellness Mama has a good dry recipe that uses essential oils as well!

What about you?

Do you have a method for adding scent to your DIY Laundry Detergent that you like?  Share it with us in the comments!

Check out more money-saving tips and DIY Hacks here!

How to Make a Rug out of Carpet Remnants

Jamie here! We just finished having carpet installed in our basement, which left us with a nice large piece of leftover carpet.  When you spend the money for quality carpet, it’s not likely you’ll be willing to let a nearly room-sized piece be tossed out without trying to come up with a use for it. (Am I right?)

Our installer gave us some tips on how to use the scraps – and I immediately started calling around town and researching how to make a rug out of carpet remnants.  What I found was a great frugal way to make a large area for very little money!

You can also purchase carpet remnants at flooring centers near you.  We found some nice pieces of discounted carpet remnants while in the process of searching for ours.


There are three ways to make a rug out of carpet remnants - Gluing, Stapling or Professional Binding.

Let’s look at each of these to see which is most cost-effective, with results you’ll be happy with.


1. Bind it yourself with a DIY Carpet Binding Tape

This product is a VERY good DIY solution to make rugs out of carpet remnant.  You basically flip the carpet over and hot glue a binding onto the the back.  The reviews on this carpet binding tape are all good, in fact, many reviewers post photos of their finished project that are nice and professional.  The video tutorial here is extremely helpful and full of tips. You’ll want to consider that the $54 pricetag gets you about 50 ft of binding – so that comes out to about $1 per linear foot.

Other than a little patience and a big space to spread out the carpet, you’ll need a decent hot glue gun with a high wattage + long, pointed tip if you plan to take on this project.  Also, have several glue sticks at the ready.

To decide how many feet of tape you need, add together all the sides of the remnant to be used.  Final cost = About $60.


2. Bind it yourself with a Carpet Edge Binding Stapler

This process involves stapling a binding tape to the edge and the gluing it to the bottom with hot glue.  It’s not as easy, and will set you back a good chunk for the stapler, staples and binding tape.  The first method is much easier and cost-effective, and looks better in my opinion.

Final Cost = Between $60 – $80


3. Professional Binding

A local flooring center or carpet warehouse will offer professional machine-serged binding – for a price.  I called around 6 places near me and found prices between $1 (Sweet!) and $2.75 (Yikes!) per lineal foot.  It really pays to be thorough, the Carpets of Dalton warehouse I called first was who I really thought would be cheapest – but they weren’t.

Since I just want a 4 x 6 living room rug, having it bound at $1/ft will only cost me $20. (Remember – just add each side together for lineal footage).  If you were doing a big 10 x 10′ rug, your cost would still only be $40. A 12 x 12′ rug would be just $48.  Guys – I have never in my life heard of a 12 x 12′ area rug for $48.

If you live in an area where you can find an inexpensive carpet binder, then this is DEFINITELY the way to go.  (There are some things that just aren’t cheaper to DIY!)

Check out more posts on How to Save Money – on everything from electric bills, to television, curtains and coupon tips!


Help Save Money with Coupons | 10 Best Tips for Beginners

If you’re looking for tips on how to help save money with coupons, you’re in the right place!  We’ve put together 10 of our best tips for anyone who wants to try couponing but doesn’t know where to start.  {Find more articles on how to save money.}

*Since we’re starting with the basics, you might also want to watch this brief video of Kasey explaining the basics of couponing.

1.  Get some coupons, pronto!

Coupons are EVERYWHERE.  You can print them out online from these main sites – as well as others:

The Sunday paper is the main source for coupons.  Each Sunday newspaper has a couple coupon inserts inside.  If you glance through these before you buy it, and like what you see ( are there several coupons for things you buy often?) go ahead and get 4 or 5 newspapers. (More on that later)

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