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How to make spreadable butter

Stores charge more for their spreadable butter than regular butter, and you actually get less butter for the increased cost. Make your own and save.  Turn one cup of butter into two cups of spreadable butter!

Home Made Spreadable Butter Recipe:

  • 2 sticks of butter,  soften to room temperature.
  • Using an electric mixer, mix 1/2 cup water, room temperature into the butter.
  • Slowly mix in 1/2 cup of canola oil (or use 1/4 cup canola and 1/4 cup olive oil).
  • Store butter mix into a plastic container with a lid and refrigerate.

That’s it!  Now you know how to make spreadable butter easily!

This butter is spreadable right from the refrigerator.  Use for a spread or on veggies & pasta. Because of the added water, it is not recommended to heat or cook with the spreadable butter.


Easily Remove Pet Hair From Anything ~ Tip

10:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman


 Easily Remove Pet Hair~

To easily remove pet hair,  simply dampen rubber gloves with water and rub over the surface containing the pet hair. The pet hair tends to ball up and can easily be removed.


How to have a successful garage sale

9:25 am

by Jennifer Freeman

How to have a successful garage sale


Summer is here and with summer comes yard sale season.  Selling your items and making $300, $400 or more is worth the little bit of effort.  And after the sale, take all the remaining items to a donation location and write off the value of the donation on your taxes.   To have a successful garage sale,  you need people buying what you are selling!  Pretty simple, right?  I am sharing ways for you to learn how to have a successful garage sale and get the most out of your items and time!   Readers: If you have any other tips, please share will us in the comment section below!  Let’s learn from each other.

Here are a some garage sale tips I have learned over the years:

1) Try to make it a multi-family sale. Get more helpers & more incentive for buyers to stop by.

2) Baby & children’s clothes sell well (adult not so much).  Hang clothing. It will sell quicker.  And if it’s dirty, wash it.

3) Have the sale on Friday & Saturday.

4) Advertise the yard sale 1 hour later than you really plan. When the early birds come knocking,you will be prepared.   However, I would start early, around 7AM.

5) Use free services to advertise. Why spend extra money? See links below.

6) Begin advertising on free sites days before the sale. List a few of the great or unusual things you have for sale. Don’t list too much, just peak their curiosity.  Stand out from the other sales.

7) Direct people to the sale using bright colored signs and colored arrows. Use one color; one color will direct a person easier. It’s easy to print a large arrow on 8½ x11 paper. Keep signs simple; remember people cannot read a sign well when driving!

8.) Put signs out the evening before the sale. It’s way too much to do the morning of the sale.

9) Be prepared! The day before the sale, sort your items. Place like items together and clearly mark the price (or know the price). Keep in mind some people will not ask about pricing if it isn’t marked. Hagglers will always haggle.

10) Get plenty of change and in all denominations. No sense in lowering a price because you do not have correct change.

11) If you are willing to negotiate, ask buyers to make you an offer! How bad do you want to get rid of it? Sentimental value will not increase the actual price someone will pay.

12) Consider having some water, sodas, lemonade, baked goods or candy for sale. It gives the kids something to sell.

13) Have a plan for your items after the sale concluded. Pre-schedule a non-profit to come by on Monday morning to pick up your remaining items.

14) Have fun! Play some music, enjoy meeting new people and above all make some money getting rid of things you really do not want or need.

15) Remember to remove your signs after the sale.


FREE Places To Advertise Your Garage Sale:

At Garage Sale – search by zip code, city or state. 57,000 sales listed

Tag Sell It – Lists estate & yard sales, consignment stores & flea markets

Garage Sale map – similar to MapQuest but shows garage sale locations.

Remember Craigslist, for online free ad posting.


12 Things to only buy USED!

7:35 am

by Jennifer Freeman

new or used sign
12 Things to only buy USED!

Sometimes finding a deal on a new item isn’t as good as finding a deal on a “formally owned” a.k.a. pre-loved, secondhand, recycled, used-not-abused, previously loved or whatever you want to call it!   Here is a list of some of the items that are well worth looking for on a resale basis.   Let someone else take the depreciation and you get the benefit!

12 Things to only buy used!

  • Cars or motorcycles
  • Baby and Maternity Clothes
  • Books and Textbooks
  • Video Games and DVDs
  • Furniture
  • Home Decorations
  • Sports and Fitness Equipment
  • Tools
  • Musical Instruments
  • Formalwear
  • Cellphones
  • Large Kids Toys (ie: playsets, bounce houses, wagons)

Check out resale apps like Letgo, Facebook groups.  These items can be found in clothing resale shops, consignment sales, Craigslist, freecycle.org or a good old fashioned garage sale! Resale cellphones can be found on Groupon and Apple.

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What’s Best To Buy In April?

11:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in April?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items?  Wonder what’s on clearance by month?   Be CAREFUL  on purchases in April!  Retailers know that it is Tax Refund time and they are pretty limited on what discounts and deals they will offer this month.

I have compiled a list of  “when is it best to buy” certain items.  This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.  One of my big strategies is to buy when the best price presents itself and my What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.


So, What is best to buy in April?  

The seasonal items for APRIL look like this:

Right now be snatching up the after Easter Clearance items.  Use the pastels for weddings, baby showers etc.  Think ahead to your special occasions coming up!  Re-Stock any items you will need for next Easter now! Grass, plastic eggs, bunny themed trinket toys, etc.

Look for Vinegar, food dyes, ham, eggs, & some baking supplies: sugar, spices, baking mixes, & chocolate chips.

Get coupons for these items also!  Watch for coupons to match to clearance items:  And search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

Earth Day is on April 22,  watch for organic foods & Energy Saver products.

Final days to file taxes or request an extension to file is coming — Tax Day is April 18!

Remember:::: Be CAREFUL in April!  Retailers know that it is Tax Refund time and they are pretty limited on offering discounts and deals this month.

Used cars are a big focus this month, so if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the newer, higher priced models now is the time to enjoy even great savings as used car lots clear their inventory for the warmer weather buying season ahead. For the same reason, also look for huge sales on auto parts and accessories.

This is also the time when warm-weather clothes start to go on-sale.

Graduation season is coming up as well, so keep your sights set on sales of laptops, digital cameras, cookware sets and dorm room kitchen essentials.

April is also the time for great deals on vacuum cleaners as inventory clearances make way for brand new models coming out in June.

Clearance: after Easter sales are the time to stock up on decorating, baskets, etc for the next year. Also food coloring & sprinkles. Easter candy can be bought also to use for baking (Hershey’s kisses, etc). Final clearance on winter clothing and shoes — get the 90% off sales!

Seasonal Produce: artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, grapefruit, avocados, mushrooms, onions, peas, & rhubarb.

See all the What To Buy Monthly Seasonal  Deals and Sales


Print coupons now and watch for sales~Click Images Below!




Get a “coupon only” email address

10:45 am

by Jennifer Freeman

SIMPLIFY by creating  a new email address specifically for your couponing and savings adventures.   This way  you won’t miss any offers you signed up for, or over load your personal email account.  When you have a moment to coupon, your couponing deal emails will be in one place.