Even a small patch can reduce your grocery costs significantly. It's also a delicious hobby.
It's also about saving money. For example, this Bankrate.com video notes that a packet of mixed lettuce seeds costing less than $4 will provide a month's worth of salads for your family.
Think your kids won't eat lettuce? Introduce them to "finger salads."
You don't have to break the bank for beautiful bouquets. Use these ideas to create a lovely ceremony and reception.
But a little imagination and creativity lets you cut costs without sacrificing effect.
Just in time for Earth Day, here are some money-saving moves that are also eco-friendly.
You don't have to do those things. Really.
At the risk of sounding like a Ziploc bag washer, let me point out that small changes can add up to big savings. Since they also have an environmental impact, why not tweak a few habits in honor of Earth Day? (It's April 22 this year.)
Instant gratification is a real budget wrecker. These strategies can help.
See it. Want it! Buy it.
Every day we're barraged with tantalizing ads, limited-time deals and one-click shopping opportunities. It's far too easy to buy -- and impulse spending can wreck your budget.
I'm not immune. Recently I saw a deal of 1,800 rhinestones for $2.84 including shipping. The deal was so ludicrous that it made me laugh.
It also made me buy. See how easy it can be?
A community-supported-agriculture subscription brings the fields to your table. Bonus: You'll be supporting a small farm.
Want the freshest produce possible without the bother of digging and delving? Sign up for a community-supported-agriculture program. It's like having a garden, except that you don't have to weed or pick slugs off the lettuce.
You'll be supporting a small farm, maybe even an organic one, with your subscription. In addition to all that good karma, you'll get a box each week that's filled with delicious things to eat, some of which you might even recognize. (More on that in a minute.)
A frugal person spends money in the smartest ways possible, while a cheapskate risks damage to health, possessions or reputation just to save a few dollars.
Cheapness is clinging to every cent. Frugality is spending money in the smartest possible ways.
Cheap behavior harms your qualify of life. Frugal behavior helps you build a better life.
Save 50% -- and improve quality -- with a simple frugal tactic.
Buying green coffee beans and roasting them at home is surprisingly simple, and unroasted beans are about half the price.
The savings, though considerable, aren't the only reason to do this.
Missed a payment? Got dinged with an overdraft fee? It happens. Get over it.
Besides, he couldn't find the check anywhere. So he must have paid the rent, right?
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