30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas

It’s time to start thinking about Easter baskets and all the goodies you can fill them up with. Nothing is quite as exciting as watching children open their Easter baskets, but, what if you are on a limited budget this year? The good news is you can still fill those Easter baskets to the brim without going overboard on your budget. Look at 30 fun and frugal Easter basket filler ideas so you can fill those Easter baskets without breaking the bank! You will find lots of ideas perfect for making your Easter baskets sweet and special.

30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas
You will find that most of these items can be found at your local dollar store. In fact, some of these items actually cost less than a dollar. Choose a few items of interest and see how easy it can be to build a basket for $10 or less.

30 Fun and Frugal Easter Basket Filler Ideas:

1. Chapstick or lip gloss.
Chapstick is perfect for both boys and girls. Little ones will love their own lip gloss.

2. Sunglasses or sun visors
Now that spring is here, visors or sunglasses will no doubt get some use.

3. Candy, gum, sweets
You can’t have an Easter basket without some candy and edible treats, right?

4. Fruit snacks, nuts, dried fruit
For a healthier option, try fruit snacks, nuts, or even dried fruit for a snack.

5. Playing cards or trading cards
Kids love trading cards and playing cards, both of which can be found at your local dollar store.

6. Toothbrush, kid’s toothpaste
Kids love getting new toothbrushes. Pair them with kid friendly toothpaste.

7. Bubble bath or kid’s shower gel
This will no doubt encourage some bath time fun.

8. Hair ribbons, hair ties, headbands, hair accessories, hair gel
Girls will love having a fresh selection of hair accessories. Choose from a wide variety at your local dollar store.

9. Kid’s gardening supplies like seeds, small pots and gloves
With spring’s arrival this will allow kids to get out and get active in the yard and garden.

10. Colorful socks
Find some fun spring or Easter themed socks to toss into the Easter baskets.

11. Miniature figurines
Dollar stores have all sorts of little character figurines which many kids love collecting.

12. Kid themed drinking cups
Find kid themed plates, cups, and dishes. Kids enjoy having their own dishes to snack on!

13. Snack sized snack foods like pretzels, chips
These are perfect for after school snacks and kids will love having their own supply.

14. Nail polish, nail files, nail art
This idea is perfect for the little fashionista.

15. Kid themed placemat
Dress up your dinner table with some kid’s themed placemats, also found at most dollar stores.

16. Easter Bunny ears
Grab some bunny ear headbands at your local dollar store for the perfect Easter treat.

17. Kid themed shower sponges/washcloths
Make bath time fun with kid themed sponges and washcloths also found at your local dollar store.

18. Puzzles
Puzzles are perfect for keeping kids busy on a rainy spring day.

19. Children’s books
Find some fun children’s books perfect for cuddling up with each night.

20. Coloring books and activity books
Keep kids busy with an assortment of coloring and activity books and crayons.

21. Crayons, markers, colored pencils
Let the little artist out of your child with an assortment of crayons and other coloring supplies.

22. Stickers, sticker pads, sticker books
Kids never get tired of stickers. Give them a fun spring selection to get creative with.

23. Journals, notebooks, scratch pads
These are perfect for kids to sketch their thoughts and doodles on.

24. Keychains
Kids love attaching these to backpacks!

25. Playdough, cookie cutters, dough roller
Encourage fine motor skills with an assortment of dough and accessories.

26. Craft kits, mini painting kits, craft paint, paint brushes
For the budding artist, craft supplies are always fun.

27. Jewelry making supplies like twine, beads
Let kids get creative with their own jewelry making supplies.

28. Sidewalk chalk
Sidewalk chalk is perfect for staying busy on a spring day!

29. Beach toys, beach buckets, sand castle tools
Summer is just around the corner and kids will no doubt love having beach toys on hand.

30. Silly string
Is anything more fun (and silly) than silly string?

As you can see, these Easter Basket options are fun and affordable. Head to your local dollar store and see these treats and more, perfect for filling up your Easter baskets this year!

I’d love to know, what do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets each year? Let me know in the comments below.

Little Things that Add Up to Big Energy Savings (Plus, a Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Recipe)

We’ve been in our new home for about 2 weeks now. I’ve had the chance to put our most used stuff away in their proper place and we’ve been enjoying getting into the swing of things! This includes being conscious of how we’re using our electricity in our bigger home.

Thanks to BC Hydro’s fantastic electricity tracking tools, we’re able to pick the best ways to save electricity. One thing I’ve noticed is that on laundry day (Monday), our energy usage does a big jump. Because of this, I’ve started using cold water with most of the washes.

We also have a programmable thermostat in our new home so I’ve programmed the temperature to be cooler at night while we’re sleeping. I’ve also been turning the heat down if we are going to be out all day.

All that to say, BC Hydro has a list of 21 little things that add up to big energy savings that I’ve been putting to use. Here are my favourites:

Turn off unnecessary lights

Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for an average of two hours per day could save you $12 over a year. Save $12

Use natural light

A single south-facing window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. Turning off one 60-watt bulb for four hours a day is a $9 saving over a year. Save $9

Take shorter showers

Hot water is expensive. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 over a year. Save $30

Turn water off when shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth

Reduce your hot water usage by 5% to save about $21. Save $21

Fix that leaky faucet

Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to $33 per year in energy costs. Learn how to fix that leak. Save $33

Unplug unused electronics

Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug unused electronics and small appliances to save $50 a year. Save $50

Manage your thermostat

If you have electric heat, lower your thermostat by two degrees to save 5% on your heating bill. Lowering it five degrees could save 10%. If you have a programmable thermostat, program it to lower the heat at night or when you’re at work all day. Save $72

Be strategic with window coverings

Promote airflow through your home and block the afternoon sun. You could save you up to $10 (2 fans) or $45 (1 window unit AC) during the summer. Save $45

Run full loads

Cut one load of wash per week, even if you’re already using cold water only, and you could save $30 a year on your laundry costs. Save $30

Wash laundry in cold

By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save up to $27 per year on your energy bill. Save $27

Hang dry your laundry

If you do eight loads of laundry a week and use your clothesline for 50% of those clothes, you could save $47 a year. I hang a lot of my husband’s clothes so they don’t shrink! Save $47

Be efficient with refrigeration

Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature. For your fridge this is between 2°C and 3°C and your freezer should be at -18°C. Save $25

Skip the heat-dry setting for the dishwasher

That heat-dry setting is expensive. De-select it and, based on one load of dishes a day, save up to $37 for the year. Save $37

Use the microwave, slow cooker or toaster oven

A microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in an oven. Use a microwave, slow cooker or Instant Pot instead of your oven 4 times a week and save $20/year. Save $20

Because I’m big on fuss-free meals, I’m putting my slow cooker to good use saving us electricity. I also told you I had a recipe for Slow Cooker Taco Chicken! It’s so easy and you can put it together in no time!

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp Taco seasoning (Adjust to your personal preference)
  • Salt + Pepper, if desired
Instructions
  1. Place chicken at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Pour Chicken broth on top of the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle Taco seasoning over everything.
  4. Cook on high for 3- 4 hours.
  5. Shred with a fork when cooked through.
Notes
You can also replace the chicken broth with crushed tomatoes.

I’ve got one final thing to tell you about. It’s exciting because it’s a contest and you could be the winner! Enter to win a smart energy prize at powersmart.ca! There are three prizes to be won:

  1. Grand Prize of a Maytag ENERGY STAR® Washer & Dryer pair.
  2. iRobot Roomba
  3. Nest package.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to know your tips for saving electricity? What do you find makes the biggest difference in your bill?

BC Hydro is also social. Check them out on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

Lower Your Electricity Bill with Smart Energy Management Tools

Lower your Electricity Bill with Smart Energy Management Tools

With our upcoming move to a bigger home, I’ve got energy consumption on my mind. Specifically, how can we keep our bill from doubling just as our square footage is doubling? As a budget conscious British Columbian it’s important to me to be mindful of our energy consumption especially since our goal is to save money and ultimately conserve energy to the benefit of our planet.

That’s why when I was setting up our change of address over at BC Hydro, I was excited to come across the tools and resources available at powersmart.ca. These tools make it easy to make smart energy choices by equipping consumers with the tips and tools necessary to help make choices that improve your wallet and life.

First things first, understanding how you use electricity can help you save. By tracking your energy consumption using BC Hydro’s online energy tracking tools and checking back regularly (once a month or so), you’ll gain a better understanding of how things such as seasonal changes, your everyday habits, vacations, and even family gatherings in your home affect your electricity use and your bill.

The available electricity tracking tools at BC Hydro allow you to:

  • See your electricity use right down to the hour.
  • Compare your electricity use to similar homes nearby, to last year’s electricity use, and to the average outside temperature.
  • Set up alerts and reminders.
  • Download your home’s electricity use data for offline analysis.
  • See your projected bill amount based on current patterns of use.

There’s even a $50 reward incentive if you, as a BC Hydro customer, join BC Hydro’s Team Power Smart and start  a Reduction Challenge and successfully reduce your energy consumption by 10% over 12 months! I’m game!

To start tracking, you’ll first need to create an online account. If you have one already, login and select view detailed consumption from your account to access the electricity tracking tools. Once you have logged in, you can view your detailed consumption. Be sure to check back monthly to see how you are doing.

If you’re a BC Hydro customer, I’d love to hear your thoughts on your energy consumption. After logging in, were you surprised to see how you were using electricity? I was actually surprise to see that even though the temperature outside is warming up, we’re still using a fair amount of electricity! What are some changes you could start making to reduce your bill?

Don’t forget to join Team Power Smart and start a reduction challenge for your $50 reward!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BC Hydro. Many thanks for reading and sharing!

25 New Uses for Old Things

One aspect of the frugal lifestyle is using things you already have on hand, even if they don’t work perfectly for the task. Rather than running to the store to buy something (and most likely spending a ton), you could try improvising using something you already own. It’s amazing how much stuff we already have to work with, once we’re able to train ourselves to stop running to the store for every thing we think we “need”.

In today’s post I hope to help spark creativity and give you new ideas for looking at the things you already own in a new way. With the ultimate goal, of course, making you rethink your normal spending habits.

Is there something you need right now, that you were planning to buy, that you could possibly create a solution for using something you already have?

I rounded up 25 amazing and creative ways to use old things in a new way. I am very inspired by these upcycling ideas, and I hope that you will be too!

  1. Single Earrings used as Push Pins – via Real Simple
  2. Upcycled Crib into an Art Table – via a Little Learning for Two
  3. Cheese Grater as an Earring Holder – via Simply Frugal
  4. Empty DVD Case into a Coloring Kit – via Stacy Vaughn
  5. Rake Wine Glass Holder – via Country Living
  6. Egg Cartons for Ornament Storage – via Apartment Therapy
  7. Empty Pop Boxes into Can Storage – via Then She Made
  8. Cookie Sheet Serving Tray – via Martha Stewart
  9. Cookie Sheet Magnetic Tray – via Fave Crafts
  10. Wooden Crate as decorative Shelving – via Curbly
  11. Upcycled Sweater Pillow – via Infarrantly Creative
  12. Old Drawers into a Book Shelf – via Country Living
  13. Old Door into a Coat Rack  – via Pinterest
  14. Old Nightstand into Kids Work Bench – via The Frugal Granny
  15. Whisk into a Tea Light Holder – via Minha Casa (use with caution!)
  16. Upcycled Books into Shelves – via Real Simple
  17. Altoids Tin into Pin Cushion – via Felt Magnet
  18. Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art – via Imperfectly Perfect
  19. Shutter Magazine Rack – via My Repurposed Life
  20. Rain Gutter Kids Bookshelves – via Sunshine on the Inside
  21. Plastic Spoon Chrysanthemum Mirror – via Addicted 2 Decorating
  22. Mason Jar Herb Garden – via Camille Styles
  23. Wine Cork Bathmat – via Crafty Nest
  24. Upcycled Spoon Ring – via Through the Front Door
  25. Upcycled Blue Jean Tote – via Denim Do Over

Have you ever upcycled or re-purposed anything?  What did you make?  Which of these 25 projects inspires you the most?

12 Tips to a No Waste Kitchen

Homes in general create a large amount of waste. However, I happen to think the kitchen is the biggest offender of all the rooms in the house. From rotten produce to packaging there’s almost an endless amount of waste coming from this one room! If you have been considering a zero waste kitchen there’s no better time than now and I’ve got some tips to help you get started.

Twelve tips to a no waste kitchen.

The first step to reducing kitchen waste is to reduce and reuse packaging. Be mindful when buying packaged items. Jars and containers can be reused for other reasons. Visit your local farmer’s market to buy fresh produce and bring a basket so you do not need to take plastic grocery bags. Not only are these foods better for you, they have a lower impact on the earth. I’ve also learned that Bulk Barn will be introducing a reusable container program at all Bulk Barn locations starting February 24!

Regrow produce from leftovers. Yes, it’s true! Several produce items can be regrown using the ends! From celery to pineapples to green onions and more, you are bound to find a favorite thing your family can regrow.

Put overripe fruit to use by making bread, muffins, and other fun treats. We are all familiar with treats like banana bread but you can do this with nearly any overripe fruit in your fridge.

A great way work towards a zero waste kitchen is to compost and boost your garden nutrients at the same time. Instead of throwing out what your family does not eat, use it to build up your garden and feed your family again. Banana peels and eggshells are great to toss right into your garden beds.

Invest in storage that makes food last longer. Produce can go bad fast but with the right storage, you can make it last longer than ever. Washing fruits in a bit of Apple Cider Vinegar will kill off mold spores that make them go bad faster. Storing carrots and celery in water can make them last weeks at a time.

Related: The large container in this set is great for storing produce!

Ditch the sponge for a washable dishcloth that lasts longer and cuts down on bacteria that can make your family sick.

Ditch the paper towels for a washable option like reusable towels or microfiber cloths. Reuse cans for draining things that cannot be washed down the drain, like bacon grease.

Make eggs last longer. When storing store bought eggs put them directly into a sealed container in the fridge. These eggs no longer have the protective coating the chicken leaves on the eggs so they can absorb odors, flavors, and bacteria from your fridge. If you have your own chickens don’t wash the eggs. Slightly dust off feathers and bedding that may be on them and store on the counter. Do not WASH until you go to use them.

Shop with reusable supplies like cloth grocery and produce bags. One trick you may enjoy is bringing laundry baskets or big storage containers when you go shopping. Have the cashiers toss everything into the baskets instead of bags. Move the basket to your car and from your car to your home. It cuts down on waste and makes getting everything in easier. You may want to separate refrigerated and pantry goods in these baskets to make putting everything away easy.

Don’t buy more than you need. So often we see a sale and buy more than our families can use before it goes bad. If you do not have a deep freezer, control the impulse to buy out that clearance meat. The same goes for buying produce, milk, eggs and even pantry goods that can go stale.

Go homemade.  To cut down on packaging waste for convenience items like cookies, granola bars, apple sauce cups or even frozen entrees, start making those items at home and storing in reusable containers or your baking ware.

I can’t write anything relating to food without mentioning the importance of menu planning. Menu planning is especially vital to reducing food waste and lowering your grocery bill. If you really struggle with menu planning, then try out $5 Meal Plan. It happens to be my favorite meal planning service. It’s just $5 a month (the first two weeks are free!), and you get menu plans sent straight to your email along with the exact shopping list you need in order to create the meals. Each meal costs around $2 per person or less. This service allows you to save time because you won’t have to meal plan anymore, and it will save you money as well! If you are interested in joining for free, click here.

Armed with these tips, you should be able to make little steps towards a no waste kitchen. Changing one thing at a time will enable you to keep more money in your pocket too!

I’d love to know how you reduce food and packaging waste in your home. Please share in the comments below!

Cheap Family Activities for Family Day

Since Family Day is today in BC and February 20 for the rest of Canada, I thought I’d share some ideas for cheap family fun!

  • Have a picnic inside
  • Have another family over for dinner – this is way cheaper then eating out!
  • Start your garden seeds inside – Use this as an opportunity to teach your children about patience, responsibility and how things grow!
  • Movie night – grab a movie off your shelf that you haven’t watched in a while and make some homemade microwave popcorn!
  • Have a theme night/day – Mexican, Italian, pirate…the list goes on. Plan dinners and activities around your theme!
  • Have a craft night – paint, sew (here are some simple felt sewing ideas), draw…etc!
  • Head to your local library – stock up on reading material or even sit in on story time!
  • Have a game night – pull out those board games and cards!
  • Unplug – Turn off the cell phone, TV, computer and just reconnect with your wonderful family!
  • Go bird watching – see how many different types of birds you can spot. Maybe bring along a bird book from the library.
  • Go ice skating – many ice rinks offer free skating on certain days
  • Build an indoor fort – camp out in it or have a picnic in it!
  • Check out this list on Grocery Alerts for free or cheap activities to do in BC for Family Day

I’m sure many of these ideas can be adapted to families or couples, summer or winter!

What other free or cheap activities can you suggest?

10 Things to Stop Buying Today

We all need to save money these days. It feels like the value of a dollar gets smaller by the day! These everyday items you can stop buying and easily replace with less expensive options and even help out the planet in the long run.

Ten things to stop buying today:

Paper towels

While there may be a time and a place to put paper towel to use, most of the time old towels or old shirts can work just as well. I actually like using old rags better than paper towel for cleaning glass. They don’t leave little bits of paper on the mirrors! They’re also easy to toss in with your dish rags and towels to wash on laundry day.

Disposable Disinfectant Wipes

When it comes to common products that make life easier but are wasteful, disposable disinfectant wipes come to mind. Sadly these also have quite a high cost. You can easily make your own by filling a small container with a disinfectant solution and tossing in rags. This is a great way to reuse old t-shirts! Because you are using old t-shirts, you can toss it guilt free if the mess is too hard to get out of the cloth.

Glass Cleaner

Another thing that can be a waste of money is glass cleaner. At $3 or so for a bottle of cleaner you are basically throwing your money away. You can save a large amount of money by filling a bottle with half water and half vinegar or rubbing alcohol. It works just as well for just a fraction of the price.

Dryer Sheets

You can save big bucks by making your own Dryer sheets. You can find my recipe to make your own homemade dryer sheets right here. To make things even easier, you could simply add some white vinegar to the liquid fabric softener part of your washing machine.

Diaper wipes

If you are a mom, you know how handy diaper wipes can be, even for older kids! The good news is, you can make your own easily and save money. If disposable is a must try cutting a paper towel roll in half for this. If not baby wash cloths from the dollar store are perfect for a washable version. Mix a few drops of baby wash or castile soap into about a cup of water, then pour over top of the cloths or paper towel that are in an airtight container.

Lotion

Lotion can be made for a fraction of the cost without all of the chemicals that are bad for you. All you need is 1 part shea butter and 1 part coconut oil. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to make it smell amazing!

Shaving cream

You can use nearly any oil, body butter, or even conditioner in place of shaving cream. This is a great one to stop buying for healthier skin too.

Foaming hand soap

Foaming hand soap can be made for next to nothing. Refilling your bottles saves you so much money! Simply fill your used foaming hand soap bottle with 1/2 water and 1/2 soap. Shake well.

Related: DIY Foaming Hand Soap

All purpose cleaner

It’s so easy to whip up a batch of homemade all purpose cleaner. Here’s my recipe that you might like to try. Or you could simply use some castile soap mixed with water.

Modge Podge

Every craft lover knows the wonders of Modge Podge. The good news is this expensive crafting staple can be made by mixing half school glue and half water together. Use the same as ready made for all of your crafting fun.

I’d love to know some items that you have stopped buying because you’ve found an alternative. Let me know in the comments!

How to Take Control of Your Finances

How to Take Control of Your Finances

Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Do you feel like you never have money? Are you terrified that unexpected expenses will come up? Here are some ideas for getting your finances under control and feeling more in charge of your money. You can do it!

#1. Evaluate Your Budget

If you don’t have a budget, make one! The best way to know where your money goes is to write it down and keep track. Always keep in mind that paying for your essentials (shelter, food, water, electric, etc.) should be first priority.

Related: The Budget Binder Kit

#2. Trim the Fat

Once you know where your money is going, look at each line item and ask yourself if it’s necessary. If it IS a necessity, is it possible to make the payment smaller? Do your research and call your providers, assess everything from your cable/satellite and cell phone, home, health and auto insurance. You can even look into refinancing your mortgage and call to ask for discounts or change your plan. Meal planning is a great way to start spending less on groceries. Changing cell phone providers can give you amazing savings. If you have student loans, check into student loan forgiveness programs or income based repayment programs.

#3. Have an Emergency Fund

If you don’t have a savings account, open one! It’s best to have at least $1,000 saved. If you are starting from scratch, start with a goal of $500 in savings. This will keep you from using credit cards and racking up more debt when emergencies pop up.

#4. Become Debt Free

Examine your debt (student loans, credit cards, car payment, mortgage, etc.). Commit to paying off your loans starting with the highest interest rate. When creating your budget, think about throwing any extra money you have at your loans. If you can buckle down for a few years, you’ll be surprised how much money can be freed up by paying off debt. Your mortgage should be the last debt you pay off.

#5. Stick To It

This is the hardest part! Try using cash for a while, if you need a visual of your money leaving your hands. Talk to a trusted (financially capable) friend and have them hold you accountable to your budget.

If you’ve tried all these steps and still feel like you’re not in control, you may need to look into ways to earn more money (ask for a raise, look into part-time work or freelancing, etc.) or talk to a professional financial planner. Make sure you look into investing in your future, too (don’t forget about retirement!). Talk to people who are financially responsible and ask for advice. Taking control of your finances can be tough, but extremely rewarding.

If you’ve paid off debt, how did you do it? What was the one thing that really helped you to get it paid off? Let me know in the comments!

25 Ways to Save Money While Moving

25 Ways to Save Money While Moving

It’s official. We’re moving in month’s time. I just can’t believe it. While a month still seems so far away (I’m just so gosh darn excited!), I’m sure it will zip by!

Anyways, as we’ve discovered, moving can be an expensive adventure especially if you are moving to a new province, town, or even another country. However, there are ways you can save while moving. Check out these 25 ways to save money while moving!

  1. Sell anything and everything. If you haven’t used or worn something in the last 6 months, sell it.
  2. Utilize Facebook. Facebook is a great way to post your items you are trying to sell quickly without hosting a garage sale. Do a search on Facebook for local Buy & Sell groups.
  3. Avoid hiring movers. It is much more cost effective to slowly get your items packed and loaded than it is to hire movers.
  4. Don’t buy boxes. Retailers that get products shipped in, throw out and get rid of their boxes all the time. Head out to local stores asking when their shipments come in and if you can have their broken-down boxes. We’ve gotten all our boxes from some friends who own an auto body shop.
  5. Borrow a truck. If you can, borrow a truck or trailer from someone. When you rent a truck, you not only pay for renting, but you pay mileage and gas.
  6. Move slowly. If you aren’t moving far from your old house, move your belongings slowly, if possible.
  7. Shop around for new services. When you move, you can either transfer your old internet services, or you can shop around for a better deal.
  8. Use old newspapers. Instead of buying moving supplies to keep your glassware safe, use old newspapers to cushion your fragile items.
  9. Shop around for insurance. Whether you are moving into an apartment or a new house, it is always wise to shop around for insurance on your things.
  10. Use coupons. When you need something like a carpet cleaning service, for example, look online or in your newspapers for coupons that will save you money.
  11. Ask for discounts. It never hurts to ask! While we weren’t moving, just replacing our broken dishwasher, we asked for a discount on the floor model dishwasher that we liked, and they gave us one! Look every which way to find a discount.
  12. Don’t use credit. You may end up paying much more in the long run, putting things on credit than you would if you pay in cash. Avoid those late fees!
  13. Start saving ahead of time. If you know you are moving, start a savings account just for moving expenses. Not only will you earn interest, but you won’t have to put any expenses on credit.
  14. Pump gas when it’s cheap. If you get gas to move, look to fill up on the days its cheapest.
  15. Fix up before you move. Before you move into your new home, do all the repairs that need to be done before moving in.
  16. Use a notary instead of a lawyer. For the legal aspect of moving, looking into using a notary instead of a lawyer. You may save yourself a bundle!
  17. Get furniture second hand. If you need new furniture, buy furniture at second-hand shops or online.
  18. Go to the dollar store. For last minute items, cleaning supplies, and snacks, head to the dollar store to save some money.
  19. Talk to your neighbors. Your new neighbors will be the best resource in helping you find whatever you need inexpensively.
  20. Shop for deals. The internet is full of ways for you to save money. Look for online deals before purchasing anything.
  21. Have a garage sale. If you are really short on cash, a garage sale can help you get that extra money you need.
  22. Talk to the real estate agent. Some real estate agents will have moving trucks you can borrow.
  23. Don’t forget to check Craigslist. Craigslist has some really great deals on moving supplies.
  24. Borrow a dolly from a friend. Instead of renting or buying a dolly, you can borrow one to help move big items.
  25. Keep everything organized. Keeping everything organized and marked helps prevent things from getting broken or lost, costing you more money to replace it.

What other ways have you found to save money when you move? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

The Best Things to Buy in February

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

February is pretty dreary, cold, snowy and miserable, so not ideal for bargain shopping. However, there are some bargains to be had during the shortest month of the year!

Here are the Best Things to Buy in February:

Electronics

Electronics such as digital cameras, TV’s and Home Theaters are great items to pick up in February. TV’s and home theaters because the pre-Superbowl sales are worth checking out. (Especially if you missed out on the Black Friday or Boxing Day deals) Cameras, because stores are trying to clear out the old models before the new models come in.

Winter Clothing

The farther you get into winter, the cheaper winter clothing gets. Including outerwear, boots and sweaters. If you can wait until the end of the season you can find some nice discounts.

Furniture

New furniture designs come out in the spring, so stores are clearing out old styles to make room. February is a great time to search showrooms for “as is” floor models in good condition offered at deep discounts.

Valentine’s Day items

While Valentine’s day items will be on sale at the beginning of February, the best time to find a great deal is after Valentine’s day. You’ll find prices on Valentine themed candy, chocolates, decorations, toys and more drastically slashed.

Tax Software

The dreaded tax season is commencing.  If you do your own taxes, look for sales on tax software such as Quicken and TurboTax.

Because retailers follow a yearly sale cycle, you can count on finding the same general products on sale at the same time each year.