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Family going to the park.

Summer Activities for KidsThis is a page about summer activities for kids. It can be a big job keeping kids busy during the summer break from school.

 

Yard sale on the front lawn of a house.

Throwing a Neighborhood Garage SaleThis is a page about throwing a neighborhood garage sale. Organizing a neighborhood garage sale can be a fun and lucrative event. There are many things to coordinate to have a successful sale.

 

People playing on the beach at sunset.

Saving Money on Summer FunThis is a page to saving money on summer fun. Kids and adults alike need to amuse themselves during the long summer days. There are many local concerts, fairs and events, beaches, camping, vacations, and more.

 

A child blowing bubbles

Keeping Kids Entertained During Summer BreakThis is a page about keeping kids entertained during summer break. Summer is coming and the kids will be looking for things to keep them busy.

 

Photo of organic vegetables from a farmers market.

Shopping at a Farmers MarketThis page is about shopping at a farmer's market. Seasonal quality foods are available for fair prices at the local farmers market.

 

a typical medium sized cache with our signature zilla figurine included

Geocaching Tips and TricksThis page contains geocaching tips and tricks. Geocaching is a game that gets you out on an adventure and is fun for the whole family.

 

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Gardening Tips and Advice

Bell pepper seedlings in recycled containers.

Start Bell Pepper Plants EarlyTo ensure a good crop of bell peppers, it is important to remember that they require a long growing season. You can start the seed now (2/25)

 

Plants under a protective screen.

Protecting Garden PlantsYour garden plants may need protection from insects, too much sun, birds, wildlife, and more. Depending on the situation there are a variety of options discussed on this page.

 

bee on a flower

Attracting Bees to Your GardenThis is a page about attracting bees to your garden. Attracting bees to your garden is easy to do with the right plants and environment.

 

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finshed tp pots

Toilet Paper Tube Seedling PotsA great way to recycle toilet paper tubes is to use them as containers to start vegetable and flower seeds for garden plants. This is a page about toilet paper tube seedling pots.

 

Recycled Wheelbarrow Herb Garden - herbs growing in an old wheelbarrow

Recycled Wheelbarrow Herb GardenAn old wheelbarrow can be repurposed as an herb garden. Many herbs are perennials so you can harvest for years to come. If the barrow is intact you can move it about your yard to maximize sun exposure. Fresh herbs are very flavorful, so this creative recycled planter is something to consider.

 

A Dekay's brown snake.

DeKay's Snake PhotosThese common garden snakes are commonly known as DeKay's or brownsnake but the official name is Storeria dekayi. They can be found all along the Eastern side of the North American continent. They are harmless, eating slugs, snails and earthworms, and being eaten by larger snakes, birds and mammals.

 

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4th of July

Star Straw - star straw in a drink glass

Star StrawIf you're hosting a Fourth of July party, this would be a cute touch to add to your straws!

 

License Plates Decorating a Wall

Crafts Using License PlatesThis is a page about crafts using license plates. You may have seen old license plates nailed to the walls of sheds and barns, but there are many craft projects that can be made using license plates.

 

Fireworks

Saving Money on FireworksThis is a page about saving money on fireworks. Fireworks are a popular feature for celebrating certain holidays. They can be quite expensive to buy.

 

Dog with an American flag.

Keeping Pets Safe on the 4th of JulyThis page is about keeping pets safe on the 4th of July. Independence Day can be very stressful and confusing for your animal friends.

 

American Flag

Maintaining a FlagThis is a page about maintaining a flag. Many citizens fly the national flag for holidays and others display it year round. One responsibility of flying the flag is to keep it in good repair.

 

Historic Grant House Fort Vancouver WA

Fort Vancouver, WA Frugal Travel GuideThis page contains Fort Vancouver, WA frugal travel guide. This large national park near the mouth of the Columbia river has a wealth of historic and archeological displays.

 

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Acorn Elves

Acorn ElvesThese are acorns I gathered near Salem, Massachusetts this fall while on a trip there. They came from my husband's ancestor's property where they settled in 1634. I wanted to make some kind of keepsake out of them and found this idea. So Christmas decorations seemed like a fun idea. I also crafted with my 11-year-old granddaugheter and she had fun making them too.

 

Scrappy Quilt

Scrappy Christmas QuiltJust another fun technique for a quick quilt using Christmas fabric scraps. Just fabric, no batting or flannel!

 

Granny Square Quilt Block

Granny Square Quilt BlockThis block is a way to use up smaller size quilt scraps. You can make a potholder, a table runner, or a quilt using this fun design.

 

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Crochet Rose

Crochet RoseThese are simple, little crochet roses that you could use to decorate something. I made 25 of them to go on a quilt I made.

 

Tablet Holder

Tablet HolderThis project makes a handy addition to the kitchen if you are following a recipe from the internet while cooking or it can be used anytime you need to prop up the iPad while you are doing something.

 

Spin Me Around Quilt Block

Spin Me Around Quilt BlockScrap strip quilt block design

 

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Videos

A tray of peanut butter cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter CookiesThese easy peanut butter cookies are entirely gluten-free. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A stuffed red lobster with a black eye patch covering where an eye is missing.

Stuffed Animal Eye PatchIf you have a beloved stuffed animal that loses an eye, an eye patch might be the best solution. Learn how in this short video.

 

A tent pole elastic that has been repaired.

How to Fix a Tent PoleMany tent poles are attached with elastic, which can break with rough usage. Learn how to fix it in this short video.

 

A small jar of butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch PuddingCreamy butterscotch pudding is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

A toddler in a fluffy chicken costume for Halloween.

ThriftyFun Halloween Costume IdeasThriftyFun has been publishing homemade Halloween costumes for years. Here are some of our favorite creations for your viewing pleasure. Some have instructions on the site, some are just examples.

 

Teak furniture on a deck outdoors.

Refinishing Teak Outdoor FurnitureTeak is a common material for outdoor furniture because it is long lasting if cared for correctly. Learn how to do it in this short video.

 

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Uses for Old Bangle Bracelets

Uses for Old Bangle BraceletsI've used old bangle bracelets (plastic and the types that clip) for many uses. It seems these bracelets wind up being given away by many who don't seem to wear them anymore.

 

Industrial Lamp

Industrial LampWhile attending an arts festival, we saw a lamp like this and decided to make our own.

 

Bullet Holder Case

Bullet Holder CaseA good way to store bullets is an original idea from my husband, who enjoys going target shooting with his brother.

 

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Making a Gingerbread House, A gingerbread house and tree.

Making a Gingerbread HouseThis is a page about making a gingerbread house. A favorite past time at Christmas is making a gingerbread house. These adorable cookie houses are fun to decorate with icing and candy.

 

basket of clothing

Uses for Old ClothingThis page contains uses for old clothing. A scarecrow, material for a quilt, and rags are just a few of the ways old clothes can be useful.

 

Halloween Masks

Halloween MasksI made these for my daughter-in-law's special needs class from leftover scraps of felt. I looked online for ideas for decorating the masks and found a basic pattern.

 

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Questions

Value of Antique Secretary Desk?

Value of Antique Secretary Desk?Just wondering how old this might be and if it's worth anything worthy of an auction or just put it on Facebook marketplace. I can't find a maker mark anywhere but it's in pretty good shape. Looks to be made from different kinds of wood, has dove tails, and veneers.

 

Value of Porcelain Doll?

Value of Porcelain Doll?Can you tell me the value of my 23 inch Porcelain Doll named KIKU? I saw her on your site and didn't get the value. I believe she's from the 1980's. Any information will help.

 

Value of Imperial Cabinets?

Value of Imperial Cabinets?I would like to know the value in the history of this Imperial cabinet made in Grand Rapids.

 

Information on Motorola Stereo Console?

Information on Motorola Stereo Console?Value and information on my Motorola SK24B three channel stereophonic high-fidelity console. I don't know anything about this console. I know it does work.

 

Identifying a Leather Coffee Table?

Identifying a Leather Coffee Table?I came across this at an antique shop that closed. I don't know anything about this coffee table. Any help would be appreciated. I don't think it has any markings but I haven't looked too much.

 

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Finding Recipe for Brandy or Rum Balls?Looking for a recipe for brandy or rum balls with graham crackers and Karo syrup.

 

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How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood Furniture - small chest of drawers with bottle of oil soap, furniture pen, and rag on top

How to Fix Damaged Surfaces of Wood FurnitureWood furniture can get damaged in a number of ways. This is a page about how to fix damaged surfaces of wood furniture.

 

Someone itching their skin from bug bites.

Getting Rid of Tiny White Biting Bugs?If you have small white biting bugs in your home, it would be best to exterminate them as soon as possible. This is a page about getting rid of tiny white biting bugs.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

four dolls

Finding the Value of Ashton Drake DollsAshton Drake Galleries is known for their realistic porcelain dolls and baby dolls. This is a page about finding the value of Ashton Drake dolls.

 

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Removing 'White Out' From A Check?I got a check in the mail. My son wrote his name on the back. I then used White Out, which made it look worse. What do I do now? Can someone help me?

 

Rusty muffin pan.

Removing Rust from Baking PansHave your favorite baking pans started to develop rusty spots? This happens to older, well used pans. Rather than throw it away you may want to try cleaning it. This is a page about removing rust from baking pans.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

Christmas Cactus on Table

Give Coffee to a Christmas CactusThis is a page about giving coffee to a Christmas cactus. Coffee is a trusted secret that many people use to keep their Christmas cactus healthy and blooming each year. Just make sure its plain black coffee.

 

Blue Colored Granules

Homemade Simmering Granules?This is a page about homemade simmering granules. You can make your own simmering granules using the scents that you favor.

 

A paper clip used to keep track of the end of a tape roll.

Keeping Track of the End of TapeThis page contains tips for finding the end of tape. There are a few ways to keep track of where to start the tape.

 

Cathay Collection Porcelain Doll

Finding the Value of Cathay Collection Porcelain Dolls?This popular doll manufacturer makes many different styles and nationalities of porcelain dolls. This is a page about finding the value of Cathay Collection porcelain dolls.

 

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Getting Rid of a Black Snake in Duct Work?When I walked into our kitchen this morning, there was a 3-ft black snake on the floor. I tried to chase it out the door, but it slithered down the register into the duct work. Now it is in the ducts. I closed all the registers, but can't leave them closed forever.

 

Woman's hands with natural manicured nails.

Growing Out Healthy Nails After Years of...This is a page about growing out healthy nails after years of biting. While a challenge, it is very rewarding to be able to grow healthy nails after a history of biting them.

 

Dawn and baking soda for cleaning a smooth top stove.

Use Dawn and Baking Soda to Clean a Smooth Top RangeA simple mix of Dawn dish soap and some baking soda can make an effective cleaner for many surfaces, even your smooth glass top range. This is a page about use dawn and baking soda to clean a smooth top range.

 

Cleaning shiny counter top with a cloth

Restoring the Shine on a Formica CountertopOver time with normal usage and constant cleaning, your Formica countertops can look dull and worn. This is a page about restoring the shine on a Formica countertop.

 

Bowl of plain scrambled eggs.

Feeding a Puppy Cooked Eggs?Feeding your dog an occasional cooked egg is fine. They usually really like them. With a puppy, any new food might be given in small amounts so that they get used to it. This is a page about feeding a puppy cooked eggs.

 

A perfectly cooked beef roast on a cutting board.

How to Cook a Frozen RoastEven less expensive cuts of meat can come out moist and tender when cooked properly. You can save time by cooking the roast right out of the freezer.

 

Making a Puzzle Board

Making a Puzzle BoardThis is a page about making a puzzle board. A puzzle board with a raised edge provides the prefect surface to work on you puzzle and the edges help to prevent loss of pieces.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

Men's Crocheted Skull-Cap

How to Make a Men's Crocheted Skull-CapA tightly fitted hat is an easy pattern to crochet, and will keep a young man warm and stylish. This is a page about making a men's crocheted skull-cap.

 

meowing kitten

Kitten Trying to Nurse on PeopleThis is a page about kitten trying to nurse on people. Young kittens will sometimes attempt to suckle on anything and everything including people.

 

White toilet against blue tile floor and wall

Repairing a Toilet Scratched by a Plumber's SnakeThe use of a plumber's snake is common for removing clogs in a toilet. Unfortunately, the metal snake can leave unsightly marks in the bowl. This is a page about repairing a toilet scratched by a plumber's snake.

 

Man looking at a broken light on an Artificial Christmas Tree.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not WorkingYou plug the tree in but not all the lights are shining. This can be a frustrating situation, especially if the tree is only 2-3 years old. Often, a Christmas light tester is the easiest way to locate the problem area. This page is about pre-lit Christmas tree lights not working.

 

A woman holding a blue fly swatter.

Tiny Flying Insects in Your House?There is nothing more frustrating than having tiny flying insects in your house. Identifying what type of insect they are will help you get rid of them. This page contains tips for getting rid of tiny flying bugs in your house.

 

A grilled cheese sandwich made with American block cheese.

Buying Government Cheese?This is a page about buying "government" cheese. In years past the Federal government has given out cheese to low income individuals and families. Many people really liked this cheese and would like to buy it now.

 

Close up of an electric blanket cord.

Finding Replacement Cords and Controls for an...Maybe the dog didn't eat your homework, but perhaps he did take out the cord to your electric blanket. Finding a replacement cord or a control for an electric blanket can be difficult. This is a page about finding replacement cords and controls for an electric blanket.

 

Value of a Vintage CorningWare Covered Dish

Finding the Value of Vintage CorningWare?This page is about finding the value of vintage CorningWare. This tempered glass cookware has been common throughout the US for many years.

 

side table

Finding the Value of Vintage Mersman...This is a page about finding the value of vintage Mersman furniture. This Ohio based company produced millions of items of furniture during its existence.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

Turntable and controls for a vintage zenith console stereo system.

Value of a Vintage Zenith Console Stereo System?Spinning vinyl records in an old stereo cabinet can be great. Determining the worth of a working record player and radio in a wood cabinet may require some research. This is a page about value of a vintage zenith console stereo system.

 

A bed in a bedroom.

Electric Blanket Error Codes?This is a page about electric blanket error codes. An electric blanket is an easy way to stay warm during the winter months. If your blanket is not working, checking the error code can help you troubleshoot the problem.

 

Ice Maker Arm

Ice Maker Arm is StuckThis is a page about fixing am ice maker arm that is stuck. Automatic ice makers in your freezer are a great convenience. However, if they get stuck releasing ice cubes it can be difficult to fix.

 

The back pocket of blue jeans.

Softening Stiff Denim?This is a page about softening stiff denim. Denim clothing can often be quite stiff and uncomfortable to wear.

 

Man fixing Circuit Breaker

Not Getting Power But Circuit Breaker Was Not TrippedElectrical problems can be difficult to diagnose, especially when it isn't a simple case of resetting the breaker. This is a page to troubleshoot the issue of not getting power but the circuit breaker was not tripped.

 

Brown leather reclining sofa.

Slipcovers for Reclining CouchesFinding slipcovers for your reclining couch may be difficult. This is a page about slipcovers for reclining couches.

 

Crafts Using Old Jeans, Stack of jeans to use for crafts.

Crafts Using Old JeansWhether you are thinking of remaking them into other clothing items, decorations, rugs, or something completely different, there is a project just for you. This is a page about crafts using old jeans.

 

Interior of a refrigerator with a fish inside

Cleaning Fish Smell From a Refrigerator?This is a page about cleaning fish smell from a refrigerator. The smell of old or rotten fish in your refrigerator is not only unpleasant but also can be a challenge to remove.

 

Making a Candy Bouquet

How to Make a Candy BouquetA homemade candy bouquet makes a great gift for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. These tutorials show you how to make beautiful candy bouquets.

 

VIntage jewelry tree made by aunt.

Making a Costume Jewelry Christmas TreePerhaps you have seen one of these at a craft show, but it was too costly. You can make your own Christmas tree wall hanging, using your old costume jewelry or pieces from yard sales and thrifty stores. This is a page about making a costume jewelry Christmas tree.

 

table damaged by cleaner

Fixing Wood Furniture Damaged by Household...Using the wrong cleaner on your wood furniture may result in damage to the finish and the wood below. This is a page about fixing wood furniture damaged by household cleaners.

 

A woman holding a stack of folded laundry

How Much To Charge For Cleaning and Laundry?Some homeowners like to have their cleaning service provider also do some laundry. This task is usually quoted as an additional charge. This is a page about how much to charge for cleaning and laundry.

 

white vinegar

Is Vinegar Harmful to Septic Tanks?There are many household cleaners that are hard on septic tanks. In this page, discover if vinegar is harmful to septic tanks.

 

woman dying hair

Using Leftover Hair Dye?Once the color and activator are mixed they must be used quickly. If you don't need all of the product at one time, as you are touching up or have short hair, you may be able to retain some of each product for later use. This is a page about using leftover hair dye.

 

Close up of riding lawnmower cutting grass.

Riding Mower Won't Restart After Hitting Something?The impact of hitting or running over something with your riding mower may cause damage to the flywheel key, keeping you from restarting the mower. This part can be purchased and replaced to get your mower back up and running. This is a page about what to do when your riding mower won't restart after hitting something.

 

A certification plaque for True Grand Rapids Imperial Furniture.

Value of Antique Grand Rapids Imperial Furniture?The Imperial Furniture Company was founded in 1903. They initially made tables and later added a line of bookcases. Mahogany was the main wood used with some cherry pieces available. Imperial was the first factory to bring out Duncan Phyfe reproductions. This page contains information that may be helpful in determining the value of a piece of Imperial furniture.

 

The face of a grandfather clock.

Determining the Value of a Grandfather Clock?As with many vintage and antique pieces, the value of a grandfather clock depends on a number of factors, including age, rarity, appearance, mechanical soundness, etc. This page offers some good advice on how to find the value of a grandfather clock, as well as, a detailed list of attributes and demand that will need to be considered in determining its value.

 

A gold chain.

Removing Tangled Hair from JewelryThis is a page about removing tangled hair from jewelry. When your hair gets tangled up in your necklace or earrings, it can be difficult to remove.

 

Man Repairing a Broken Couch Frame

Repairing a Broken Couch Frame?This is a page about repairing a broken couch frame. Fixing a broken couch may seem daunting, especially when it is covered with upholstery.

 

How Can I Find Discontinued Wallpaper?

How Can I Find Discontinued...If you need extra to replace a damaged section or to cover another area, it can be difficult to find more of the same wallpaper. This is a page about finding discontinued wallpaper.

 

Moldy loaf of bread.

Preventing Mold on BreadIt isn't any fun to be making a sandwich and discover that your bread is moldy. There are a number of ways to prevent your bread from molding. This is a page about preventing mold on bread.

 

Lamb Chops on Plate

Recipes for Lamb ChopsThis page contains recipes for lamb chops. If you have shied away from trying lamb, you are missing a delicious alternative to beef and other red meats.

 

Bathroom toilet with the seat up.

Removing Urine Odors from a BathroomThis page is about removing urine odors from a bathroom. Although the lavatory looks clean, it doesn't always smell fresh.

 

A man repairing Christmas tree lights.

Christmas Lights Not WorkingThis page is about Christmas lights not working. Determining why you have strands of unlit lights can be challenging.

 

Making Fudge

Fixing Fudge That Didn't SetSometimes fudge just doesn't set. Short of using it for a syrup or spread, you may want to try to fix it and successfully get it to set. This is a page about fixing fudge that didn't set.

 

Finished Air Freshener

Mason Jar Air FreshenerAn inexpensive room deodorizer can easily be made in an attractive canning jar. This is a page about Mason jar air freshener.

 

Woman Getting a Perm With Curls in Hair

Remedies for Hair Damaged by PermIf you want curly or wavy hair, getting a perm is the best way to do it. However, getting a perm can leave your hair damaged if not done right. This is a page about remedies for hair damaged by perm.

 

Dark wood dining table with chairs.

Fixing a Wood Table With a Nail Polish Remover StainNail polish remove can stain your wooden furniture if it gets spilled. Because it may have attacked the finish, it can be difficult to remove the stain. This is a page about fixing a wood table with a nail polish remover stain.

 

House Fire

Finding Agencies to Help After a House FireA house or apartment fire is devastating. Coping with the aftermath can be easier if you have assistance. This is a page about finding agencies to help after a house fire.

 

Spooning coffee ground into a plants soil.

Plants That Like Coffee GroundsMany plants thrive in soil rich in nitrogen. As they decompose, coffee grounds release nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and other minerals. This is a page about plants that like coffee grounds.

 

Stack of Free Tires

Locating Free Tires?Save old tires from the landfill by putting them to a variety of uses around the home and yard. This is a page about locating free tires.

 

Plugged in air freshener

Can You Refill Plug-in Air Fresheners?This is a page about can you refill plug-in air fresheners?. You may be able to refill plug-in fresheners with your favorite scents.

 

Perm That is Too Curly

Fixing a Perm That is Too Curly?This page is about fixing a perm that is too curly. When your hair has taken more curl from a permanent than you want there may be ways to relax the curl.

 

exercise roller machine

Finding a Vintage Roller Exercise MachineThis is a page about finding a vintage roller exercise machine. Back in the day passive exercise/massage roller machines were all the rage.

 

Humidifier

Homemade Humidifier TreatmentsThis page contains homemade humidifier treatments. It's good to keep the water in your humidifier smelling fresh.

 

Close up of a roof being installed

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?Many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes that often are insufficient to meet the maintenance needs of their homes. This is a page about finding roof repair assistance for seniors.

 

A pair of eyeglasses on an open laptop.

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from Glasses?When the reflective coating on your eye glasses is damaged you may need to remove it. This is a page about removing anti-reflective coating from glasses.

 

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