Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
- Exercise at your home with free weights, your own exercise dvds or videos (or rented from the library) or do sit-ups, push-ups and jumping jacks (walking the neighborhood, jogging, gardening and dancing also burn calories!)
- Participate in your company’s 401K
- If you earn under $50 K a year, do your taxes online at the Freetaxusa.com web site
(you are able to file electronically for a small fee)
- Look for pennies and other spare change in the parking lot… :)
Be generous and others will respond accordingly, which usually equates to unexpected, useful and timely gifts!
What ideas do you have?! Share them with us!
Friday, February 11, 2011
- Listen to the radio (some wonderful radio shows are on public radio stations, generally on the lower parts of the dial)
- Have friends who play instruments (free entertainment for your parties!)
- Use the Internet at the public library
- Plan potluck events with your friends (generally cost less to make your favorite recipe and to share, than to buy pre-made dishes from restaurants or grocery stores)
- Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks, Barnes and Noble and McDonald’s
- Go to your public library for reading material
- Sign up at Groupon web site (deals on fun things to do at a discount)
- Request a free phone number from Google Voice
- Send special occasion greeting cards from web sites that offer free eCards
Have other ideas? Share them here, on my blog! :)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
- Compare home and auto insurance policies every couple years to make sure you are still getting good rates.
- Make friends with mechanics.
- Live within walking distance of a grocery store, restaurant, bar, movie theatre, billiards.
- Live within walking distance of a train or subway station.
- Run errands during the week when you are already out and about!
Got more ideas? Share them by commenting on this blog entry! :)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
|Photo by Laura Moody. |
Taken at Frying Pan Farm Park, Fairfax, VA.
Personal items / Food items
- Learn to comparison shop at grocery stores - Trader Joe’s generally has the best prices on my everyday items
- Eat less, but more frequently, of fruits, vegetables and nuts during the day and save the larger meal for the evening (if fruits and veggies are not in season and cost tons, keep an Amazing Grass product in your refrigerator to get those essential vegetables in your body)
- Learn to sew
- Join your local Freecycle.org community (ask and you shall receive!)
- Check out Craigslist.org (free and for sale sections have some great deals)
- Purchase what you need at local thrift stores or yard sales (insert your zip code at the Goodwill.org web site to find a thrift store near you and visit Craigslist.org for your city and locate any yard sale posts)
- Clip coupons and also search for them online before making a big purchase
- Shop at discount stores and always check clearance racks at mainstream stores
- Buy powdered soup to use at your whim when sautéing veggies, making casseroles or use it as a base for broth when making soup
- Make your own salad dressing with vinegar and oil and spices in your pantry (look for recipes on the web)
- Ask for tropical plant cuttings from friends and relatives…pothos plants and philodendrons are hearty and root in water if you make a cut just below a root nub…
Got any other ideas?! Comment on this blog :)
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
- Compare home and auto insurance policies every couple years to make sure you are still getting competitive/inexpensive rates
- Buy and insert an adjustable thermostat for your home
- Unplug lamps, nightlights and laptops when not in use
- Make friends with people who enjoy fixing up houses
- Learn to fix things by researching your projects first on the Internet, at the library
- Clean with vinegar and baking soda
- Plant a garden
- Go to sleep early and wake up early, keeping the house at a cool temperature with no electronics on!
This is the first part of a series. Come back again to see what I share next!
Got tips of your own? Post them here!