Affordable Family Reunion Tips

Summertime is family reunion time!  Seeing the entire clan at a family reunion can be a lot of fun, but it can also get pretty pricey.  And you definitely don’t want anyone in the family to feel uncomfortable or not attend because of the cost.  Here are some tips for keeping it cheap, and keeping it fun. Make your reunion an “e-union:” The most efficient and cost effective way to put the word out for any event is via the …

Homemade Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Day/Month

You may have noticed that I love to celebrate special days and months throughout the year, having used this space before to call your attention to everything from National Adopt a Cat Month to National Tapioca Pudding Day. I guess it’s only fitting that ice cream – one of greatest inventions of all time – has not only a specific day set aside in its honor (the third Sunday in July), but an entire month - July – designated as National …

Cheap Ideas for Family Fun

When you’re a kid, it’s funny how quickly your summer vacation mood turns from “I’m free!” to “I’m bored.” With at least a few weeks remaining before the school bells ring once again – and parents everywhere cheer “We’re free!” – it’s little wonder that July is “Anti-Boredom Month.”  That’s right, the time of year when boredom is so prevalent that we need an official, month-long campaign to combat it. If you have kids or grandchildren to keep amused between …

Cheap Ways to Get Your Grill Fired Up

When I grill a package of reduced-for-quick-sale hamburgers, the last thing I want to taste (or pay for) is lighter fluid. That’s why I start my coals with a chimney starter and a wad of old paper. How much did this fancy lighting method cost?  Zippo. And I’m not referring to the brand of lighter either. Here’s how to make one from repurposed materials: Start by locating a large tin can. I used an old-fashioned coffee container, but a large …

5 Things That Will Cost More This Summer

There are plenty of good deals to keep an eye open for this summer, including some of the best prices of the year on everything from jewelry and computers, to ketchup and mustard. See also: Try our Summertime Savings Quiz! But be forewarned that some things will likely cost you more this summer, so adjust your household budgets accordingly. Here’s what to expect: Gasoline: Traditionally gas prices spike during the summer, in part because in certain areas the blend of gasoline …

Cheap Fun With Upcycling

This week’s episode of “The Cheap Life” is full of ideas on how to “upcycle” or reuse some items around your house like redecorating a brick with pottery or glass pieces or how to spruce up a table lamp. Think you have the craftiest upcycling project? Share it with us in the comments section below the YouTube video for a chance to win a $50 gift card!