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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 12/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Humans may have evolved from pigs mating with chimps. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 2. Lists are perfect for the Web because they “tap into into our preferred way of receiving and organizing information at a subconscious level.” (Learn more at The New Yorker) 3. Phytophthora, a water mold that causes the roots of Christmas trees to rot, is a national problem. (NBC News) 4. Scientists can train locusts to recognize odors. (Learn more at …

Soda Can to Star? Yes! Fun and Frugal Holiday Decorations

Posted on 12/1/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsAs the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, I spend a lot of time in the evenings hunkered down next to the wood stove, reading or tinkering with various craft projects. Of course, I particularly love any craft that lets me recycle something that would otherwise end up in the trash. I call it “creative repurposing.” Here are three simple, fun holiday craft projects that make good use of would-be throw away items and let you deck the halls …

5 Tips for a Fabulous & Frugal Christmas Tree

Posted on 11/28/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’m always hit with a little wave of Charlie Brown anxiety when we head off to buy the family Christmas tree shortly after Thanksgiving. Like Charlie, somehow I just know that the trees we’ll find can never measure up to the vision of the perfect Christmas tree I have in my mind’s eye. But this year I’ve done my homework on tree shopping and getting the best bang for your “tree buck,” so I have hope anew. Here’s what I …