Tippy Tuesday

“Tip for Tuesday”

This is a rather interesting post. I think if I can I will start posting small, easy, time-saving, frugal tips on Tuesdays.

This one is kind of joke, though.

-To Save Money on Tissues-

First of all you need a nice brand new box of Kleenex or the equivalent.  A good place to buy reasonably priced tissues is at Aldi or Dollar Tree. Then you need a young child around the age of two or three. Have them take the box of tissues to your room and tell them to place it on your nightstand. You will discover sooner or later that the box of tissues has been conveniently torn apart to see what treasures may lurk with in. Because of your money-saving mindset you will not want to throw away the tissues because you just bought them. Place the pulled out, disoriented tissues in the drawer of your nightstand and use as needed. This happened to me recently and I do believe this is the longest lasting box of tissues I’ve ever had. And it sure saves pennies!:)

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How to Successfully Waste $1.25

I know how to successfully waste $1.25. Let me explain. The other day I went to the mall to go to Bath and Body Works. I figured while I was there I would stop in at Boscov’s because I needed some summer tablecloths. For a wedding gift, my parents had given us this beautiful handcrafted solid cherry table with matching chairs. I treasure this gift and with the arrival of children it began to receive marks and scratches so I’ve begun to use tablecloths at mealtime. Well, my tablecloths were beginning to look like they should be cut up for rags so I figured I’d check things out while I was there. Sure enough! Boscov’s had nice tablecloths for 50% off. I picked out two and then so  happened to walk by the “clearance”. Now when I see a “clearance” sign, I instinctively MUST stop and check it out. Here on clearance was some beautiful indoor/outdoor tablecloths for $8.74 originally $34.00. How delighted I was! I could save myself $1.25 per tablecloth. So I conscientiously put the other two back and I paid for two indoor/outdoor tablecloths I liked. I got home and was going to excitedly show my husband my “bargains”. I like telling him how much I saved. Much to my dismay, the one was made for an oblong umbrella table and the other one was oval! What I needed was just a normal tablecloth for an oblong table! I was disappointed! In my zealous desire to save money, I’d wasted $2.50! I think I’m discovering the need to CAREFULLY read the packages and that maybe it would be smarter to shell out $1.25 more for what I truly need.

So this post is to show how you can waste $1.25 too! Actually, I’m just kidding! Saving money is a important and necessary. Why? God has poured a bunch of wealth in the “room” of North America so that He could be glorified when we seek to help those in other “rooms” like Africa and their starving; like Asia and the innocent and exploited children, like North Korea and the persecuted Christians who are dying for the cause of Christ. Why do you save money? Are they selfish reasons? Are they God-reasons?

How do you; my readers, save money? Why do you save money? I’d love to hear tips from you!

Just 4 Fun~Floral Flip Flops

Summer is on its way! Simple flip-flops adorned with fabric flowers go with any outfit. Get fabric flowers at Dollar Tree or Michael’s or some other craft store. Cut the stem off the flower right below blossom. Attach with a dime size dollop of hot glue or Gorilla glue. For some flip-flops a single blossom such as a sunflower or daisy is enough. For other’s try a row of violets or small size blooms and attach along the straps. This is a very simple craft and can save you much money if you like pretty flip-flops as much as I do. I’d love to see your personal creations! Remember to supervise children especially if using a hot glue gun.

 

Photo courtesy of  www.marthastewart.com

Just 4 Fun~Mommy and Me Wooden Spoons

 

This is a fun easy craft for Mother’s Day. You could also do it Grandma and me wooden spoons.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 wooden spoons, one larger than the other
  • Yarn in your choice of colors
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • White craft glue
  • Pony beads
  • Wiggle eyes
  • 2 small pink pom-poms
  • Black marker
  • Pink and red crayons
  • Felt
  • Buttons or pom-poms to decorate clothes

How to make it:

  1. Take a long piece of yarn and fold it back and forth so that each length touches end to end until you have a small handful. Tie a piece of ribbon in the center. Don’t tie it too tight, just enough to gather it together. Tie into a bow, trim ribbon ends, and cut all the looped ends to create the hair.
  2. Pipe some glue around the top of the wooden spoon and press the yarn hair onto the “head.”
  3. Glue on wiggle eyes, a pom-pom for a nose, and use marker to draw on mouth. Use a pink crayon for cheeks and red for Mom’s lipstick.
  4. To make a necklace for Mom by stringing some pony beads onto a piece of ribbon. Tie around neck of spoon.
  5. To create the dress, fold the corner of a piece of felt down and place spoon (face down) onto the felt, the folded corner will be the dress’s neckline.
  6. Fold the felt over one side, then fold the other side over. Glue in place.
  7. Slide off the spoon and trim the bottom straight to create dress. Slip the spoon back into the felt dress and glue in place.
  8. Repeat these steps for the child’s spoon as well.
  9. Decorate the dresses with pom-poms, buttons, and ribbon.

Craft creation -By: Amanda Formaro-Difficulty: Easy-Age: 6 and up

For more information and fun ideas for mother’s day. Check out www.kaboose.com  click on Mother’s Day Crafts.