Spring Cleaning: What Treasures Did You Find?

I’m one of those kind of people who actually enjoys spring cleaning. Sure, part of it is that it’s refreshing to change things up around the house, and start to be able to once again make use of outside spaces like decks and patios. But – being a notorious cheapskate – I’ll also admit that part of my enthusiasm for a rigorous round of spring cleaning is that it always seems to make me some money and save me even …

Bake Bread on the Cheap Using a Flowerpot

Springtime is gardening time, and here’s a clever garden-themed repurposing tip:  Bake cute, individual servings of fresh bread in clay flowerpots, like those pictured here. In the interest of full disclosure, this is really a faux repurposing project, since it’s advisable to start with new, unused clay flowerpots rather than risk reusing ones that have already contained plants and might be contaminated with garden chemicals or bacteria. Mind you, when my Mom first made bread like this for us 20 …

Old Clothes We Can’t Quit: It Still Fits!

For my book The Cheapskate Next Door, I surveyed hundreds of proud “cheapskates” about – among other things – the oldest piece of clothing they own and at least occasionally still wear.  The answer, on average, was one or more apparel items dating back roughly to the time when Jimmy Carter was President (1977-1981). That was far from the winning response though:  One of my fellow cheapskates from Pennsylvania took the prize, because he still owns and quite often wears …

Salmon Chowder Recipes, Tips and More for $2

Holy mackerel! Actually, in this case, Holy salmon!  Look at the size of this salmon carcass I bought at the seafood market for a mere $2.  And that’s $2 for the whole thing, not $2 per pound. The great thing is there’s still plenty of good meat – and good flavor – to be had from a fish carcass like this.  Whatever you do, don’t throw that away!  You can simmer it whole (or cut up… if you don’t have …

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 …

Easter Decoration Ideas: Turn Eggshells Into Candles

Here’s a nifty decorating and gift idea just in time for Easter.  It’s a daily double – or can even be a trifecta – of creative repurposing, since you can reuse not one, but two or even three items you normally throw away! Here’s how to make these adorable Easter eggshell candles: 1. Use a paring knife to carefully cut just the top off a raw egg, like shown.  (Of course you’ll want to use the egg yolk and white …