My "boredom buster" that brings me some "play" money. Check it out! :)


Reduce your liquid soap usage - FOR FREE

Here's a neat instructable (i love these how-to sites!). Add a bottle cap under the pumper to use less soap (kids tend to waste it!). Rubber washers and/or rubber bands have been used as well. Also, to stretch the soap you can buy the big jugs at Sam's or Walmart and fill the dispensers with 1/2 liquid soap & 1/2 water.... The dispensers can be used in the tub with a loofah too!

Cheap and effective sanitizer


How to save on electric bill

Want to know what home appliance is running up your electric bill?  This Kill-A-Watt device will show you exactly where your money is literally flying out the window.  Not a bad investment for just $19.99 (was $52.43!).  Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime Membership (which is a great deal in itself! I highly recommend it.).

How to lower your electric bill!

1. Simply turn off the electronics you aren't using.  If you have the tv on just for background noise - turn it off. That's a no brainer.  Turn ceiling fans off when you're not in that particular room - especially if noone will be in it all day. 
2. Wrap your hot water heater. Learn how, here. Buy one here.
3. Install a timer on your hot water heater. Amazon ranks this particular one as a good one.
4. Replace all light bulbs with energy saving ones.
5. Don't use the "energy saver" tab in your refrigerator. Keep the fridge temp between 36-40F, and the freezer should be 0-5F.
6. Wash clothes in cold water. Wash very early in the morning or in the evening.
7. Line dry your clothes. If you use a dryer, clean the lint filter after every use.
8. Fix leaky faucets (so you don't heat the water you're losing & also to keep the water bill from going up!)
9. Make use of fans during the hot summer months & raise your air condition thermostat.
10. During the cold months, lower your heater thermostat and layer your clothing.

Check out for more helpful tips.

Cheeseburger Rice Recipe

CHEESEBURGER RICE - one dish skillet meal that works well in the electric skillet to save on energy.

This recipe can be easily doubled for larger families or leftovers for lunch. Pasta could also be used instead of rice.

1 pound lean ground beef,chicken or turkey
1 3/4 cups water
2/3 cup tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 cups instant rice
2 Tbs, dry minced onion
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown beef in a large skillet; drain. Stir in water, ketchup and mustard, onion. Bring to a boil; stir in rice. Sprinkle with cheese and cover. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 4 servings.

How to cut the cable bill out of your life

Hulu is a website backed by NBC Universal and News Corp. According to, they have over 900 current primetime TV hits on the site. You can watch any of the shows for free. They still have commercials, but fewer than if you watched the shows on regular television. ...
It's a shame the cable companies won't let you pick and choose what channels you want. I know my hubby likes to "channel surf" but other than that and the kids watching just the cartoon channels, the rest really can be watched online for free & then all you're paying for is the internet. For instance, I watch a week's worth of Days of Our Lives on Youtube on the weekends on my laptop. (Yes, you can watch them on NBC but I find the buffering annoying.) As for the channel surfing, we've been talking about setting up a computer as a media center & Windows Media center picks up all the free tv streaming. Most flat panel tv's now have a way to connect computers to them. Hopefully we can cut out the cable bill soon!

Here's a handy FireFox add-on for YouTube!
v1.4- Supports YouTube's new layout! YouTube download in a single click.Download YouTube videos in FLV, 3GP and MP4 (both High Definition and iPod compatible High-Quality).The simplest YouTube Video Downloader for all YouTube Flash sites, period.

Kool Pops - 24 ct. - $1 @ Dollar Tree

What's Summer without some ice pops? Dollar Tree has boxes of 24 pops for $1. Usually we get the big box @ Dollar General for less than $3 (or when Wmart has them around that price) but these Kool Pops are bigger, if I remember correctly. Either way, it's a nice cool and CHEAP treat.

How to build a "Tornado Tomato Cage"


The "Tormato!" is a clever and attractive tomato trellis with a spiraling support that supports the weight of the fruiting plant. The main upright support doubles as a portal for delivering water/nutrients right into the root system.

10 Ways to Make Summer More Fun

Squeeze more fun into each summer day with these great ideas.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe

This tastes as though you're eating the world's best soft chocolate chip cookie atop a pastry base.
Mmmmmm! Thanks FamilyFun for making me drool this morning!

17 Healthy Foods For Under $1

17 Healthy Foods For Under $1

Submitted by: Ray / Tip Hero  03/22/2009 2:42 PM
One of the best ways to reduce your food bills is to cut back on packaged and processed foods and substitute in more fresh and healthier foods. Packaged and processed foods typically contain more sugar and sodium. They're also quite a bit more expensive. Here's a list of 17 healthy foods that can be had for less than a dollar per serving. I've included the prices from my local supermarket in Portland, Oregon. Actual prices can vary quite a bit based on geography and growing season.  Click here to find out what the 17 foods are.