Get Cooking With a DIY Solar Oven

With plenty of sunny days still ahead – but with summer vacation nearing its sunset for kids and grandkids – here’s a fun, inexpensive and educational project to do with the young people in your life during the dog days of summer.  Build a simple solar oven (aka a “solar cooker”) from repurposed household items. It will not only amaze and amuse kids of all ages, but it really works. And it will save you money and keep the heat out …

Fix What’s Broken – For Less

“You can’t get anything repaired anymore.” That’s a common complaint many of my fellow cheapskates and I have when it comes to the disposable society in which we now live. Unlike back in our grandparent’s day, nowadays when your “what-do-you-call-it” breaks, you just go buy a new one, since nobody repairs “what-do-you-call-its” anymore. What a waste of resources - and money! See also: Should you repair or replace?  Well, a small but growing movement of so-called “fixer collectives” is hoping to …