spring cleaning

From Cosmetics to Cans, When to Throw Stuff Out

Posted on 04/23/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthDo you have canned food that dates from the Reagan years? When was the last time you replaced your mascara? Or your contact lens case?  Are you storing leftovers in Tupperware that’s older than a kindergartner? Do you know where to take those old cans of paint in your garage? These are just some of the potential health hazards we detail in our slide show “9 Nasty Things to Throw Away Today.” Find out why old plastic containers (including Tupperware made before …

Spring Cleaning Cheapskate Style

Posted on 04/2/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsSeveral years ago I resigned myself to the fact that we live in the kind of house that’s better cleaned with an heavy duty wet/dry vac than a traditional vacuum cleaner like most folks use. If you live in a semirural, ultra-muddy area and heat your home primarily with woodstoves like we do, then you know what I mean. By late winter, much of our house looks more like a barn or sawmill. With the crocuses, daffodils, and forsythia in …

Coast-to-Coast Spring Cleaning

Posted on 03/25/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringMost people would consider driving 4,500 miles in 10 days a nightmare scenario — but for me — the last week and a half, going coast-to-coast, exploring the beautiful US of A, has been nothing short of fantastic. Maybe it’s the sound of my tires on the road or the constantly changing scenescapes across my the windshield that make it such an exhilarating experience — or maybe it’s the smell of mountain air or the jump in my stomach when …

‘Hall of Shame’: Unhealthy Cleaning Supplies (And Some Safer Ideas)

Posted on 05/3/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow about some spring cleaning of your spring cleaning supplies? The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy organization that publishes the annual “dirty dozen” list of foods highest in pesticide residue, is compiling information on the toxic chemicals in thousands of common household cleaners. The group’s aim is to help consumers judge the safety of various products, which can be difficult to do based on the vague (or missing) information on many product labels. So far the group’s Hall of Shame …

Spring Cleaning: What Treasures Did You Find?

Posted on 04/23/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsI’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 …

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

Posted on 04/16/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsFor 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 …