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How to Save Money on Gift Wrapping

I don’t enjoy wrapping gifts. My corners are rarely crisp and clean, the tape and ribbons have minds of their own, and there is always a hunt for the right sized box. But I really detest the results of that wrapping event. The paper, ribbons, bags, and boxes end up in a tangled mess in the garbage can. Here are a few ways to make that gift-wrapping budget-friendly – and maybe more fun: Recycle and Upcycle Well of course you are collecting that gift wrap, patiently smoothing out its creases…

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Gift Guide for DIYers

With Eleven House in process and my current house loaded with boxes that I pulled from the storage unit (saving me $60 per month, but making me a little crazy with the mess), I have pushed the holiday celebrations to the side. I just sent off two big boxes of family decorations to my two sons. I want to travel lighter, and I would rather gift these items now. But time marches on, and we’re already into December! Here are a few ideas for gifts for that DIYer in your life:…

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Don’t Go Sour on Saving – National Pickle Day

Pucker up! It’s National Pickle Day! That little fruit (yep, it is officially a fruit) that sits quietly in the jar in your refrigerator is a legend. Cleopatra allegedly crunched them. Amerigo Vespucci peddled them. Elvis fried them. A Dutchman named William Beukelz gets the credit for the name “pickle,” although it seems he pickled fish and not cucumbers. But who are we to question? Shakespeare did it for us, writing in The Tempest, ” How camest thou in this pickle?” According to Pickle Packers Intl. Inc., Americans are crazy about pickles,…

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