Save During National Eye Exam Month

“D, E, F, P, C, Z, L,” I said with smug confidence. “Well, if you say so. But you missed a couple on that last line. You should see an optometrist and get a checkup,” the examiner at the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles said. See also: More ways to save on health expenses I was shocked. Having had near perfect vision my whole life, when I went to get my driver’s license renewed in my mid-forties, I discovered that …

Conserve Water and Save Money

With more than half of the country now officially under moderate to extreme drought conditions, the Great Drought of 2012 is already the worst dry spell in the last 50 years, and there’s no end in sight. Conserving water is a moral imperative at a time like this. But even during non-drought conditions, conserving water can save you money on your water bill and help save one of the Earth’s most precious resources–fresh water. Here are some simple ways to …

Adopt a Cat: Save Money and a Life

June is National Adopt a Cat Month, sponsored by the American Humane Association (AHA), and on behalf of cat lovers everywhere I want to encourage you to consider adopting a cat from a shelter if you have a place for one in your home and in your heart, and can afford to do so. It’s estimated that every minute, four cats in animal shelters are euthanized in order to make room for a constant influx of new cats being put up for …

Cheap Space-Saving Tips for Your Garden

Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and – depending on what you grow – maybe even save on your grocery bill. But what if your green thumb is bigger than the space you have available to plant the garden of your dreams this summer? Consider these options for getting a maximum harvest from a minimum amount of space. Container Gardens: Whether it’s fancy store-bought flowerpots or simply repurposing cans and other containers you might otherwise …

Garage Sale Tips and Yard Sale Finds: Take Our Week 2 Challenge

Best time for Finds Out of all the seasons, Spring time is prime time for shopping at thrift stores, along with garage and yard sales.  With spring cleaning on everybody’s to-do list, this is the time of year when people sort through their unwanted items and either donate them to thrift stores or try to make a few extra bucks by selling them at a yard or garage sale. Fun Factor with Surprise Element Not only can you save a …

Take the “Don’t Throw That Away!” Challenge

Every day the average American generates about 4.5 pounds of garbage, a portion of which is – thankfully – recycled. But there are all kinds of things that we throw away that can instead be creatively reused for another purpose around the house. Like: lemon rinds to shine copper pots and pans; a boot without a mate becomes a flower vase; an old tire makes a great kiddie swing; and don’t even get me started about all of ways to …