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Ways to Save Money in Every Room of the House

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As the days get shorter and more time is spent indoors, it’s a great time to make sure your home is ready for winter. Even if you live in a temperate climate, it’s never a bad idea to go through the house and make sure everything is in place to create the best use of space, energy, and function. There are usually ways to save money in every room of the house. Kitchen The kitchen, in my opinion, is where monthly savings balances can be made or broken. Fortunately, there are tons of ways to lower spending on food and preparation. Take a pantry challenge Vow to skip the grocery for a week or at least avoid buying anything non-perishable. Challenge yourself and your family to come up with recipes to make use of what is already on hand. Cook enough food for leftovers On days when you cook, make enough to use for leftovers or lunches throughout the week. Avoid food waste Americans waste about 20 pounds of food per person in a month! Don’t contribute to that statistic. Eat food that is getting close to its expiration dates first. If you aren’t in the mood for what’s on ...

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Is a Yard Sale Worth the Hassle?

having a yard sale

My neighbor and I had a yard sale last weekend, and I took home $301. Yay! I also feel like it was a royal P.I.T.A. and right now, I never want to have another one. If we break down the time spent for my yard sale and compare it to other ways I could have gotten rid of stuff, maybe there is a formula to see if a yard sale is worth the hassle. How Much Time Does It Take To Have a Yard Sale? I think it depends on how much crap you have. I swear I don’t even buy that much anymore, but it seems every couple of years we are bursting at the seams. I blame the child. For this yard sale, I spent about 2 hours cleaning out all the closets and drawers. Another 2  hours pricing, and about 4 hours setting up, tearing down and hauling the leftovers away. The actual sale was from 7AM-1PM. That’s about 14 hours of my time or $21.50 per hour. Not bad. Are There Costs To Having a Yard Sale? I spent about $10 for an add in the yard sale section of the paper, plus some tape and ...

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