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!  

Live Green and Save Money

A thought-provoking little story has been circulating on the Internet recently about an elderly woman who is chastised by a young cashier at the grocery store for not bringing her own reusable grocery bags. The cashier scolds the woman – and people of her generation – for not caring as much as younger people do about the environment and the impact their actions have on the Earth. See also: How to Save $10,000 a year. The woman apologizes, then politely …

Get Ready for the AARP Savings Challenge

Let the games – and the money saving – begin!  Next Monday, April 2, we’re kicking off a special springtime edition of Savings Challenge, a chance for you to share your penny pinching tips, learn some new ways to save money, and maybe even win some terrific prizes! Every week from April 2 through April 29, we’ll be hosting a week-long challenge, asking for your best tips and stories as they relate to a specific money-saving topic I’ll announce each Monday.  …

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

As 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 …