January used to be one of those months for biding your time, waiting for an exciting holiday or better weather. Holiday bills are coming in, the days are blustery in many parts of the country and spring looks a long way off. Of course, those conditions still exist, but a relatively new winter … [Read more...] about Free eagle-watching events and tours
If cabin fever has you tired of staring at the same walls, make some refreshing changes and redecorate. Using a lot of imagination and creativity and a little bit of cash, you can transform your home into a well-decorated refuge. Try these simple tricks for redecorating on a … [Read more...] about 5 easy, cheap home decorating ideas
Baby products are a $9.8 billion industry in the U.S., with hundreds of new products added to the lineup each year. With an ever increasing range of choices, and seemingly limitless options, shopping for a new baby can be daunting and expensive. Retailers and manufacturers are smart, though. They … [Read more...] about Six ways to save big on baby gear
You might not associate Walmart -- home of rollbacks and everyday low prices -- with high-tech, highly coveted smart phone technology. That's why both the tech and frugal living worlds are all abuzz over the new Walmart iPhone plan being offered. The two big draws are: You don't have to sign a … [Read more...] about Is iPhone deal at Walmart a bargain?
When it comes to stocking my cosmetics kit and my bathroom, my approach is always beauty on the cheap. That's not to say I don't splurge on certain beauty products or services -- such as having my hair professionally cut and colored -- because I've found that when it comes to hair, you get what you … [Read more...] about 6 ways to save money on beauty
Backyard chicken keeping is sweeping the nation, but is it really cheaper to keep your own chickens for eggs? Unfortunately, there’s no hard-boiled answer. Consider a few facts from an experienced keeper to help you decide. First, do you care what sort of eggs you eat? If you always buy the … [Read more...] about Does keeping chickens save money on eggs?
The holidays are over. The decorations have been packed away, and now the sheer reality of what you spent on all those good tidings is staring you in the face. Bills are beginning to show up in the mailbox. It isn’t pretty. Let’s look at four simple ways to bring down your debt: Round up the … [Read more...] about 4 simple ways to confront post-holiday bills
The buzz about coconut oil is big, and if you haven't jumped onboard, now is the time. This natural oil, once shunned by health professionals, is now gaining press as a healthy source of fat in your diet. Other possible benefits of coconut oil include boosting your metabolism, improving thyroid … [Read more...] about 5 ways to save using coconut oil as a beauty product
Do you know what your homeowner's insurance policy covers should you file a claim in 2013? Yes, it's not exciting, but with more insurers are inserting provisions to shift risk and costs to homeowners, a careful read is more important than ever, say the experts at the Consumer Federation of America … [Read more...] about 7 little-known homeowner insurance traps
My husband and I recently bought a home roughly twice the size of our old one. We enjoy the extra space, but several rooms in our home are completely devoid of furniture. Since I’m not impressed with the high prices and low quality of most “big-box” furniture stores, I’ve slowly been amassing … [Read more...] about How to get the best used furniture deals
Like Butterball's, your pet's nose is probably amazing. It's up to you, however, to ferret out the deals on treats, toys and other pet supplies. Most major pet store chains offer price matching and some accept competitors' coupons, as well as manufacturers' coupons, which can help you save money on … [Read more...] about Sniff out ways to save at pet stores
If you’re thinking about giving a camera as a gift or buying one for yourself to capture some great holiday photos, you don’t have to spend a bundle. It's possible to get a camera for under $200, even under $100, that will do the job for most people. We asked professional photographer Ed … [Read more...] about How to find a great $100 camera
We all know her and some of us hate her: the gal who can whip up a clever place tag, a holiday banner, a birthday card like magic. Pssst, she has a secret up her sleeve, and chances are she's always jonesing for more supplies to make that happen. Here are five craft tools you can wrap up to … [Read more...] about 5 perfect, affordable gifts for crafters
For simple, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, look no further than your camera. With your digital images and a few other materials, you can make affordable gifts for everyone on your list. Photo Calendar You'll find calendar templates at almost any photo lab or on websites like Snapfish and … [Read more...] about 5 best photo gifts for less than $20
If you're shopping for kids this holiday season, you're probably shopping for toys. Use these tips to save money on all the toys on your list. The Early Bird Doesn't Get the Best Deal Black Friday ads might make you think that scoring the best deals on toys means rising before dawn the day … [Read more...] about How to get the best deals on toys