Sep 202012
 

For those of you who hang seasonal wreaths on your doors, I thought this one was pretty cute- it’s faux bay leaf, made from recycled brown paper bags.  Carolyn, from Homework, gives step-by-step instructions on how to make your own recycled wreath.  She uses craft paints and watercolors to color the leaves, but I think a metallic spray paint would also look really cool- copper for autumn and silver, or even gold, for the winter.

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Sep 182012
 

If you are looking for ways to reduce your monthly spending, check out these four simple strategies.  A little disclaimer- I say, “simple” because they are very straightforward, but I don’t say, “easy” because any lifestyle change is going to be challenging to get used to.  Nonetheless, if you are a newbie at saving these are a good way to get your toes wet because you’ll see substantial money savings right away, without the complications of more advanced saving strategies

1) Plan Your Meals

O.K., here’s the first practical tip: meal planning is probably the single biggest way to save money on food because homemade dinners are pennies on the dollar compared to take-out.  Not to mention healthier, too, because you control the ingredients.  I didn’t used to meal-plan- I used to figure out what was for dinner at 5pm each evening, and if I couldn’t find anything to cook, we’d buy take-out.  Which meant we ate a lot of take-out, because inevitably I didn’t have all the right ingredients to make an appetizing dinner.  By planning our meals a week or month ahead I’m now able to plan what we need from the grocery store each week so that I always have the right food on hand.

2) Use Your Freezer

We used to lose quite a bit of money to wasted food.  Food would sit in the fridge or pantry until it went bad, at which point I would throw it out, feeling guilty that I hadn’t used it up. Then I realized that the freezer is a great resource for preventing food waste.  Check out this post for a list of 5 Common Leftover Foods to Freeze, which includes tips on how to use the food after you’ve frozen it.

3) Make Stuff

Do-It-Yourself projects can save you a lot of money, though I only recommend them if you actually enjoy the process of making things.   Every Thursday is Crafty Thursday here at The Daily Citron, where I feature a DIY project (sometimes a craft like a cute laundry sign, sometimes a homemade cleaning product, sometimes an easy printable thank you card).  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

4) Read Free Books

Books are such a fantastic resource for learning new things, not to mention just enjoyable in general.  But, buying books can get expensive- consider borrowing books from the library, or downloading free eBooks.  I feature free eBooks all the time- make sure to act on those offers quickly, as they generally expire quickly (if you subscribe to my RSS feed then you’ll get notified of free eBook offers right away).  Also, check out my posts on how to get free mp3 audio books and free DVD rentals.

Sep 062012
 

It takes only minutes to make homemade glass cleaner, and it’s a healthier and cheaper alternative than store bought cleaners.  Adrienne from WholeNewMom gives step-by-step instructions on how to make homemade glass cleaner with ingredients that I can almost guaranty you already have in your pantry (white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, cornstarch).

Don’t forget you can also make homemade shower cleaner out of just two ingredients!

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Aug 302012
 

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

Here’s an adorable back to school craft: creating a chalkboard surface in your child’s lunch box.  You can write a note to them, and pack a piece of chalk so that they can doodle on it.  Jen from Scissors & Spatulas gives step-by-step instructions on how to complete this easy project on hard-case lunch boxes and insulated lunch boxes.

Jul 262012
 

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.

All of us could use some pampering, and if a spa visit isn’t in the cards for you this weekend, how about bringing a bit of the spa to your home?  Abbey from TheCardsWeDrew gives a step-by-step tutorial on making homemade Brown Sugar Scrub.  I’ve never made a sugar scrub myself, but I’ve used plenty of them, and they’re expensive! Abbey’s scrub uses inexpensive ingredients you already have in your pantry, and is very simple to make.

Jun 282012
 

I’ve been looking for something festive to make for Independence Day and I compiled this list of the 5 best Fourth of July crafts I found.  Now, by “best” I don’t mean most-amazing-ever, I just mean simple, cheap, and fun.

Let’s start with simple.  Super simple.  Amanda’s Parties To Go created these fun, free printable stickers that you attach to Hershey’s kisses for a patriotic flair:

A more traditional craft would be these Fourth of July popsicle stick flags, which can be strung together to decorate a mantle.  Ginger at GingerSnapCrafts gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to make them:

In the categories of cheap and fun (but not quite as simple), check out this wreath by VanillaBeanGirls.  They created a step-by-step tutorial on how to make this festive Fourth of July wreath out of tissue paper:

If you’d like to eat your craft instead of just look at it, then make this festive Fourth of July fruit salad, by Rachel at FamilyEverAfter:

If you’re in the partying mood and looking for Fourth of July printable party favor labels, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, etc, then Amanda’s Parties To Go created a free printable pack that’s got you covered:

Crafty Thursdays are an ongoing feature of The Daily Citron.  I picked Thursday because it leaves just enough time for busy people to collect their supplies for doing the craft over the weekend.