DIY: Fireplace Mantle

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 If you find yourself in a home that doesn’t have a mantle shelf over your fireplace, you may feel like you’re out of luck. However, building one yourself that you love may be the perfect (not to mention frugal) solution to the problem. The reason for building this mantle instead of buying an off-the-shelf one is that this mantle can be customized to an odd fireplace set up like this one. For that reason, the measurements of the materials should be customized for each installation. Also, this mantle was built with pine, but of course, a more expensive hard wood like oak or maple could be used as well. That will easily triple the cost, though. Don’t use poplar, unless you plan on painting it.

Hand this list over to your husband or try building one yourself.

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Cheap Beauty Products That Work

I am a cosmetic/beauty product junkie. I’ve tried just about everything on the market from top-of-the-line “name brands” to “clearance rack” drug store finds. What I’ve learned, thousands of products (and dollars) later, is that the biggest names and price tags aren’t necessarily the best products. The following is a list of tried and true products that simply work… and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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How To Clean Your Jewelry Naturally & Save Money

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Cleaning your silver jewelry can be time consuming and expensive. Top of the line jewelry cleaning solutions can cost over $20 a bottle, and are filled with unnecessary toxic chemicals. If you want to clean your silver with all natural ingredients found in your kitchen pantry and save money on expensive cleaners, look no further! The following is a simple and quick process that will have your silver shining once again and keep your wallet full.

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Family Photo Outfits for Under $200

 

It’s easy to fall into the matching outfit slump when dressing up for your family photos. We have all seen it, or maybe even done it. All white shirts, all khaki pants. All wearing shades of blue, no patterns. You don’t have to be scared to inject a bit of personality, color and pattern into your outfits and you do not have to match!

You also do not have to spend a ton of money to create a great family look! Going through your closets and pulling out some of your favorite outfits and laying them out together is a great way to start. If you find that you need to get some new things in order to coordinate better for a photo that pops, here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Real Ways To Save Money

When it comes to finding ways to save money, the real key is to get creative. Once you have taken the natural steps toward watching your spending such as creating a budget and cutting back on small luxury “treat” splurges, it’s time to take inventory of your true needs and priorities. As you start to live with “less”, you will be surprised at how much lighter you feel and how you do not feel deprived. As long as you are still meeting your needs, you can find creative ways to change your spending habits that have a big impact on long term savings.

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Couponing 101

Let’s face it, times are rough. Saving some extra money here or there is a great way to be able to provide for your family without much effort. Like many things, couponing can be taken to the extreme, and can save you a ton of money. This post, however, isn’t going to teach you the tricks of becoming an “Extreme Couponer,” but will show you some beginner steps to save some money while buying the same things you would, normally.

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Cleaning With Baking Soda

BAKING SODA (sodium bicarbonate) is normally found in the kitchen for baking, but can be even more useful around the house as a cleaning product! Baking soda’s gently abrasive quality, along with being non-toxic, is what makes it so great to clean with. It can replace your use of harsh chemicals or stinky abrasive powders that need to be rinsed cleanly away. Although it is not a disinfectant, it is safe and natural to use for scrubbing and for neutralizing odors. As a bonus, baking soda is inexpensive!

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Homemade Garbage Disposal Cleaner

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 In order to keep your garbage disposal working properly, you must do some maintenance on it every once in a while. Many times, people will buy products to drop into their disposal to both clean it and release a fresh aroma into the air. However, those can be pricey, and you are unsure what chemicals you are coming into contact with and also releasing into the environment. An easier (and natural) solution is out there!

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