Friday, October 31, 2008
My son didn't have any hair until he was over 2 years old and I didn't trust my haircutting skills after he did have hair, so we have been getting his hair cut by a friend who does it at home and paying $15. Every 8 weeks this works out to be about $100 per year. I decided last night that I was going to give my son a much needed haircut. I knew he would be more forgiving than my husband! It turned out great! Here is what I have learned through research and now experience:
- Comb the hair really well - you have to get out all of the hair that is hiding!
- Using the clippers (I used a #2 attachment) I trimmed from the bottom to the invisible line right above the ears.
- Using a comb and GOOD scissors (this is critical) I trimmed the top of this hair. I put sections of hair between my fingers and trimmed it to the length of my fingers.
- Using the newly cut hair as a guide, I trimmed the top to the same length.
- Then I went around the sides and trimmed at an angle to avoid the "shelf" and make a smooth transition.
This is the end result.
I know the side is sticking out :), I didn't take a picture last night when it was fresh so this is pillow hair. I need to wet it down this morning, he hates it so it is an ordeal. Anyway, I am happy with the results and it saved me $15! I will be doing all of his haircuts from now on.
Now when my daughter gets some hair - I would like to learn the art of cutting girl's hair.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Participate in other blog's Mr. Linky post events. This is where another blog hosts a weekly event such as The Centsible Sawyer's Drugstore Divas where they post something then offer readers to post something similar IF they leave a link on their blog back to the original event post. This is a win-win for both the host and the blogger. I regularly participate in The Grocery Cart Challenge's Recipe Swap and Rocks in my Dryer's Works for me Wednesday.
Host a giveaway! Everyone loves FREE stuff and everyone loves winning stuff. Why not host a giveaway on your blog? Money Saving Mom has a weekly post called Giveaways Galore where you can post a giveaway. She has a lot of regular readers (myself included!) and they all love a giveaway (myself included!). There are other blogs out there that also host giveaway Mr. Linky's. One thing that has also been successful for me is to offer a 2nd entry in the giveaway if the person posts about my giveaway on their blog - this ensures traffic from their readers as well.
I'm sure there are many more things that you can do to increase the traffic on your blog, but these are the things that have really helped me since I started Saving Some Green at the end of July. The important thing is to do what works for you!
Look for some upcoming posts about how to earn some money while blogging and how to find time for blogging in your busy schedule!
- Take out the rugs and put in the dryer on a low heat/fluff setting
- Meanwhile, wipe down the counter, then faucets, then toilet tank, then toilet seat with a Lysol disposable wipe (I have a friend who uses baby wipes for a quick clean, haven't tried it, but she says it works great).
- Put some toilet cleaner in the bowl.
- Meanwhile, sweep, then windex the mirror and the faucets (there is NOTHING like shiny faucets in the bathroom, I love this!)
- Clean the toilet with a scrub brush.
- Take the rugs out of the dryer and replace.
- Light a candle.
Notice I do not mention the tub or shower during a quick clean, but about every other time I will spray with scrubbing bubbles and then quickly rinse with the shower attachment. Anyway, this whole process only takes about 5 minutes and leaves my bathroom feeling clean and smelling fresh and just makes me feel better - and it works for me!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Through Tuesday 10/28 if you purchase 10 7up, A&W, or Sunkist 2 liters for $10.00 you get $10.00 back by mail making these FREE! You must use your preferred card, all 2 liters must be purchased in a single transaction, and the rebate information will print at checkout!
Sorry to post this so late, but you still have a few days! Enjoy!
Friday, October 24, 2008
- It is okay to NOT stock up on every great deal that you find (especially if you already have the items in your stockpile).
- Use what you have - because I wasn't making a lot of shopping trips, I was constantly planning menus and making things with what I had on hand. For example, I found a container of pumpkin puree in my freezer from ???? I don't know how long ago. I decided to make a pumpkin cake and today (or this weekend) I plan on using the rest for pumpkin bread. I don't normally make stuff with pumpkin, but it is what I had.
- Make it stretch. I had two whole chickens in my freezer that had been sitting in there for quite a while. I decided to boil the chickens and debone them and use the meat in recipes. For the first one I made two pots of White Bean and Chicken Chili, a pan of chicken enchiladas, and a BBQ chicken pizza. Not to mention all the chicken broth I was able to make. I just boiled the second one and so far have made a broccoli, rice, and chicken casserole (I just threw a bunch of stuff in a casserole dish and baked it, but it turned out really good!). I still have a lot of meat left that I plan on using this next week.
- Take it easy! Because I wasn't making my usual many trips to Walgreen's and Albertson's (which I usually do in the evening when my hubby is home), I felt much more relaxed and felt like I was taking it easy!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
1 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. sugar
Mix together thoroughly the shortening, sugar, and eggs. Sift together and stir in flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt. Chill dough (I never do this). Roll into balls about the size of walnuts. (I use the Pampered Chef small scoop.)
Mix together the 2 tsp. cinnamon and 2 T. sugar roll balls in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
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Using this system I also always know when I have enough for a load and I never have to sort laundry. This saves me tons of time. We picked this baby up at ShopKo about 5 years ago and it is still going strong and...it works for me!
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Not only do they have some great printable coupons, recipes, and great ideas for brown bag lunches - they are giving away a $5,000 gift card for a year of free groceries! That's $416 per month, so I'm thinking more like 2 years!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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There is a coupon for Walgreen's that is good today and tomorrow - $5.00 off a purchase of $25.00 or more. This must be $25.00 AFTER coupons. When these come out, I like to use them for diapers or for the free after rebate stuff to turn it in to a moneymaker. I will not be using my coupon this time because I only have $15.86 left in my budget this month. There are some other blogs with some great scenarios to make some money with this coupon. Check them out!
One Frugal Mama plans to make $5.25!
Becky over at Nickels-n-Dimes plans to make $8.05!
Check out Thrifty and Chic Mom's scenario here.
Get your coupon here. Enjoy!