Don't buy fancy
gift bags, buy only solid colored ones and decorate them with stickers,
ribbons, bows, stamps etc. How
many times do you get your old bags back from someone?
This way you aren't stuck with tons of bags for one holiday.
Go to your favorite vendors websites and print off their coupons. Many vendors have coupons right at their site available for you. USE THEM!
all of your wrapping paper cardboard tubes when you're done with
them. They're perfect for wrapping your holidays lights around so
that they store much easier!
place for find tons of coupons is coolsavings.com .
They have coupons from baby items to food.
can even call the1-800 #'s on the back of your household items
such as Pledge, Ajax, Dawn etc and they'll send you some coupons to try
all the coupons you receive and swap them with family and friends.
Or, did you know that military families can use expired coupons
up to 6 months after the expiration date?
your plants when you water them so they grow evenly.
This way just one side doesn't get all the sunlight.
Use alka-seltzer to polish your jewelry.
little peanut butter and a coffee filter can help take scratches off
fresh veggies (onions, red peppers, green peppers etc.) when
they're on sale, cut them up and freeze them in zip lock bags.
This way you'll always have some veggies to add to your meals.
dryer sheets in inconspicuous spots around your home.
This will give your home a fresh scent and no one will know where
it's coming from. (e.g.
in flower arrangements, in linen drawers, under couch cushion)
buy those fancy carpet sprays!
Half the time they discolor your carpeting.
Just sprinkle on a little big of baking soda, let it sit for
about 15 minutes, and then vacuum up the bad smells.
I've also used a bit of baby powder to give it more of a fresh scent.
of buying those prepackaged snacks, make your own!
A dozen homemade cookies is a lot cheaper that store bought.
clean your flower arrangements:
use a blow dryer on a low setting and take the plant outside to
blow them off. Then you
don't blow the dust around in your house.
your plants a little "drink" of beer once a month. Even
plants love beer!
Don't buy expensive heating pads, make your own. A little bit of field corn sewn into a piece of flannel is the best heating pad! Then you can heat them in the microwave for 2 minutes or leave them in the freezer. They're perfect!!
For all of your plastic cards (library cards, grocery cards, Blockbuster cards etc) - punch a hole through the top left corner of every card and string them on a key ring. This will keep all of your cards in the same place so that you will always know where they are.