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Adopting a Shelter Cat or Kitten
I strongly recommend that anyone who is wanting to add a kitten or cat to their life, do so by adopting one from a shelter or rescue organization. I have done this often and have found the following tips helpful when bringing home a cat or kitten from a shelter.
Uses for Christmas Lights
Don't pack away the lights. When you pack away your Christmas decorations, leave out a strand of clear lights. You can use these to brighten a room on some of the dull, gray winter days ahead. There are numerous ways to include these lights in your home decor.
Stock Up On Candy Canes
Candy canes may be one of the least expensive holiday decorations and treats you can buy. Purchase a supply to incorporate into your holiday decorations. You can find various craft ideas that include candy canes.
A year and a half ago, I saw Doodle's picture on an animal shelter's "adoptable pets" site and immediately fell in love with her. As soon as the shelter worker brought her out, that love intensified and Doodle became a permanent member of our family.
Seven Mood Lifting Activities
Keep an uplifting photo of your child, grandchild, pet, or favorite vacation spot on your desk, near your work area, or in your purse or wallet.
The 24/7 Rule For Impulse Shopping
One instant budget breaker is impulse buying. Stores create displays that are so enticing it's hard to resist wandering over to them and buying something that is most definitely not on the shopping list. Spontaneous shopping is seldom a good choice.
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Shop at Home to Save Money
Although, I'm not a packrat, there are times when my pantry, closets and cabinets can get rather full. This is when I go on a home shopping spree.
Shop For Transitional Seasonal Items
The Christmas season seems to stretch many people's budget even tighter than it is already stretched. One way that I have reduced holiday expenses and the cost of future holiday decorating is by learning to be more crafty, more frugal, and more creative with decorating.
Stretching Your Retirement Dollars
Even if you have spent years living a frugal lifestyle in order to save for your retirement years, a change in income might make it necessary for you to pinch pennies a little tighter than you anticipated following retirement.
My Frugal Life: Financial Dieting
I have found that frugal living requires many of the same tactics and disciplines as dieting to lose weight or dieting to improve your health. I found it very helpful to pull ideas from standard dieting plans to assist me with my financial diet.
My Frugal Life: The Danger of Preparing a Budget
As odd as it may seem, just the act of writing down a budget can have an adverse or possibly even reverse affect on your attempt to save money. Have you ever decided to go on a diet and immediately began craving something sweet?
Developing a Frugal Lifestyle
I used to think that frugal living centered around clipping coupons and buying items on sale. I have come to realize that frugal living is a lifestyle that can be developed by adopting specific money-saving habits. Getting and staying organized can be the foundation upon which the many other frugal living habits such as simplifying, scheduling and budgeting, can be successfully implemented.
Ramen Noodles and Beans
Ham and Pasta Salad
Cream Cheese Delights
Morning Entertainment (Toad)
Identifying a Garden Plant
Spicy Pork and Beans
Pugchee (Chihuahua Mix)
Identifying a Flea Market Find
Re-purpose Foil Roasting Pans in the Garden
Store Empty Containers in Freezer
Tuffin (Domestic Short Hair Cat)
Impatiens After the Rain (NC)
Peaches (Tabby Cat)
Inexpensive Flavored Water
End Of Season Plant Bargains
Cheese Topped Tomatoes
Morning Glory Growing on Sunflower
Organizing a Storage Building
Sir Hucksley and His Hens
Hidden Organizational Space
Stock Up on Salad Dressing Mixes
Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Flower Baskets For the Birds
"Berry" Simple Storage For Pet Toys
Spirit Lifting Garden Bouquets as Gifts
Family Pizza Night
Save Money When Dining Out, But Don't Go Home Without Dessert
Tips For Giving a Dog a Pill
Crocus (North Carolina)
Budget Herb Butter
Comfort Your Pet When Another Pet Dies
Create a Living Privacy Wall
N.E.T. Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, and Cures
Use Your Dog Crate as a Shelf
Seven Creative Uses For Chip Clips
Buy and Store Larger Sized Food Packages
Homemade Dog Toy Ideas
Budget Friendly Bird Feeding Tips
My Frugal Life: Frugality Taught Me Flexibility
Inexpensive Cat Beds
Music to Soothe Your Pets
"Dump-Stir" Stew (Crockpot)
Three "R's" That Make You and Your Pet Happy
Budget Friendly Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs
Mahto (Shepherd/Chow Mix)
Scenery: Bodie Island Lighthouse (Outer Banks,...
Hanging Dog Leashes
Be Consistent With the New Puppy's Rules
Start Grooming Puppies Early
Finding Inexpensive Bird Cages
Writing Thank You Notes
Healthy Living on a Budget
Sick Day Care Packages
Caring for Your Aging Dog
Bringing a New Puppy (Dog) Into Your Home
How to Organize Helpful Tips
Add Lighting To Save Money
Make Adjustments Instead Of Resolutions
My Frugal Life: Reflections on a Frugal Year
Delicious Add-ins From Leftovers
Nearly Free Wall Art
Homemade Herb Butters
Garden: Chestnut Tree
Penny, Luna, and Myla (Dogs)
Ginger for the Holidays
Wine Racks for Limited Storage
Decorate With What Nature Provides
Crock Pot "Baked" Beans
Fake Baked Potatoes
Wildlife: Uncertain Baby Bird
Decorating With Books
Store and Go Cleaning Basket
Remove Pet Hair with Dry Sponge
Garden: Angel Trumpet at Night
Food Safety with Bulk Purchases
Wildlife: Seagulls (North Carolina)
Homemade Pet Toys
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