How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem

How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem

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  Budget and Savings Shopping

How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem


Today’s post is very short but I’m extremely excited about it.  I’m only 5’3″ and finding jeans that aren’t too long are really hard for me to find.  I came across a video that shows how to hem jeans and still keep the original hem, making them look like you bought them the right length.

The best part for all my frugal fans is that we can buy great looking jeans at thrift stores and then shorten them once we get them home.  You will need a sewing machine for this trick.  If you don’t have one just go over to someone’s house that has one.  Hemming one pair of jeans only takes about 10 minutes.

Enjoy watching the video below and let me know what you think in the comment section below.  🙂

10 Surprising Food and Kitchen Hacks

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  Budget and Savings Food Kitchen

10 Surprising Food and Kitchen Hacks

10 surprising kitchen hacks

Frugal families and almost all women are always on the hunt for money and time-saving hacks, especially in the kitchen!  Below is a list of ten hacks I use in my home and I think you will love them as well once you give them a try.  If you have any questions or more ideas on these 10 surprising food and kitchen hacks, feel free to comment below!  🙂

  1.  Chop bell peppers, onions, chillis, etc up and place in ice cube trays.  Add a little water and freeze.  Once the cubes are frozen just pop them out and store in freezer bag.  When you need a tablespoon or two just reach in the freeze and get what you need to season your foods.  I love this one!
  2. Save calories on money by not loading your popcorn up with melted butter.  Simply cook popcorn and then spray with butter-flavored non-stick spray and then add a tiny bit more salt.  This is the best popcorn I’ve ever had and my husband loves the butter flavor so much!
  3. Save on plates and napkins by using coffee filters to hold the kid’s hotdogs, hamburgers, tacos, and more.  Filters are cheap and really do the job.
  4. Brown gravy on a dime!  This is one of my favorite things to cook and the taste is to die for!  I buy brown powdered bouillion (not cubes) and place a couple of tablespoons of it into water and stir.  How much you use depends on how much brown gravy you want to make.  The key to this awesome brown gravy is how you cook it.  Melt margarine or real butter in your pan and then put in your flour to make a roux.  Again, how much depends on the amount of gravy you are making.  If you’ve made a white sauce or white gravy before you’ll know what to do.  Once the roux is ready you add the bouillon water you mixed into it and stir until the gravy is thick.
  5. Black coffee or brown tea will color your hair for a quick on-the-go color in a pinch.  You simply make the coffee or tea and pour over your hair.  Have a bowl in the sink for the coffee or tea to fall into as you pour so you can pour it again.  The more you pour the mixture over your hair the darker the color will be until it reaches it’s maxed color.
  6. Keep Lettuce fresh for up to a month by taking the core in the bottom out and then wrapping the lettuce in foil.  This is a great hack that I love.  My lettuce used to ruin before I could use it all.  Not anymore!
  7. Tired of the ice in your drinks melting and watering down your refreshments? A simple hack is to make some ice cubes out of the tea, lemonade, or other liquid you want to drink.  When they melt you don’t have a watered down drink, but more of your favorite beverage.
  8. Pancakes in a muffin tin.  If you have a big family and don’t like cooking one to 3 pancakes at a time you might try cooking the pancake batter in a muffin tin.  You will have smaller around pancakes but can cut them in half if too thick.  Or, put in less batter if you want them thinner.  These small sized pancakes will be loved by children and make your life much easier since you simply pop them in the oven.
  9. Don’t own a vacuum sealer?  No problem!  If you are storing items in freezer bags you simply take a drinking straw and place at the corner of the bag.  Seal the bag all the way up to the straw.  Suck the air out and quickly remove the straw and finish sealing the bag.  This method works quite well.
  10. A cookie sheet is for more than baking cookies.  When I buy pork chops or chicken, I place individual pieces of meat on a cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the freezer.  Once the meat is frozen all the way through you place the pieces in containers or gallon freezer bags.  This makes it very easy to take out one, two, or more pieces as needed without them sticking together.

I hope these ten hacks are exciting to you as they are to me.  They all work beautifully and make life so much easier.






Easy Budget Chinese Food

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Chinese Food

This recipe is one I put together and my husband loves it!  It takes very little time to prepare and there is always plenty left over for him to take in his lunch the next day.  The original recipe calls for one portion of rice, however, if you want to stretch it to feed six people you just double the rice.

What You’ll Need

4-5 boneless chicken thighs

1( or 2) packages of Knorr Teriyaki Rice

1 package of frozen stir-fry Asian vegetables

Soy Sauce

Garlic, Salt, and Pepper to season Chicken

Instructions for cooking

Cut the chicken into small strips that are easy to eat and stir-fry.  I season with the garlic, salt, and pepper and then let the meat marinate in a little soy sauce before cooking.  Cook the chicken in a large skillet with a small amount of oil until done.  Remove Chicken and let rest in a bowl while stir-frying frozen vegetables in the same skillet.  Add a little more oil if needed.

While you are stir-frying the veggies you can cook the rice in the microwave.  I have a glass microwavable dish I use.  You mix the rice with water and butter according to package directions and cook in microwave for 12 minutes (uncovered).

Your veggies and rice will get done at the same time so just add the meat and veggies to the rice mixture and add more soy sauce to taste.

This dish makes a lot of food, especially if you use two packages of the teriyaki rice.  You can also serve with egg rolls if you wish.  Enjoy!

P.S.  This recipe cost less than $10 to make!

Let me know if you have any great Chinese dishes you want to share!




15 Reasons to Be Frugal

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15 Reasons to Be Frugal


To be frugal is something a lot of people don’t understand and they totally have the wrong conception.  It’s a smarter way to live and actually have more, not less in many cases.  It’s making smarter choices and learning the difference between wants and needs.  For many people, it means retiring sooner, or great vacations every year.  Find what your main reasons are to be frugal and see what a huge difference it will make in your life!

  1. Puts You In Control – It’s time to take back your finances and make them work for you, not against you.
  2. Teaches Children Amazing Skills – Children watch, learn, and do as they see their parents do.  It’s a lifelong skill for them.
  3. Encourages Creativity – You will learn how to use workarounds to get what you need and get it for less.
  4. Change Your Finances Drastically – You won’t believe where all the extra money comes from till you try it!
  5. Sleep Better – I sleep so much better knowing I’ve got the finances under control.
  6. Lowers Stress and Increases Inner Peace – Knowing you are on a budget and where the money is going is such a stress reliever.
  7. Helps Identify True Priorities – You learn quickly what’s really important and adjust your life to those priorities.
  8. Reduces Clutter – You buy less and so being more selective leaves much less clutter around the house.
  9. Frugality Increases Confidence – The better you get at being frugal the more you realize you can do it and much more!
  10. Builds Community Relationships – You will share with neighbors in your community and sometimes share expenses and travel.
  11. No Need to Keep Up With the Jones’s – You will be eating and living better on a budget.
  12. Learn That Stuff Weighs You Down – You will find yourself going more minimal and loving it.
  13. You Will Inspire Others – Your lifestyle will inspire others to live frugally as well.
  14. You Will Have Money For Emergencies – Once on a budget, you can put aside a small sum each much as an emergency fund.
  15. Keeps Your Mind Sharp – Shopping is a whole different experience as your mind will become sharp to bargains and sales.

10 Ways to Keep Foods Fresh Longer

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  Budget and Savings Food General Uncategorized

Keep Foods Fresh Longer

Keep Foods Fresh

There is nothing worse than going to the frig to make a salad and your 3-day old lettuce has already wilted or at least turned brown on the edges.  Or you go to some of those carrots you’ve intended to use and they are as limp as a noodle!  Let’s not even get started about waste in the freezer.  It’s time to keep foods fresh!

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of throwing away money so I looked for some ways to preserve some of that food a little longer.  The results were astounding and I can’t wait to share how to keep foods fresh with you.  Let’s get started.

Tip One – Wrap banana stems in plastic wrap and they will stay fresh at least four days longer.  Be sure to separate the bananas as well so they won’t be touching.

Tip Two – Keep mushrooms in a paper bag in the frig.  The paper absorbs any moisture and keeps them fresh longer.

Tip Three – Wrap cheese in a vinegar-soaked paper towel to help keep from molding and getting old.

Tip Four – Wrap lettuce in foil and it will stay crisp four weeks longer.  You can also wrap celery for the same results.  Lettuce will also last a month or longer stored in a glass jar.  Break it up with your fingers, not a knife.  Cutting with a knife will turn lettuce brown.  If you have a ceramic knife you can use that.

Tip Five – Place sliced bread on the cake where you have already sliced it and the cake will stay moist.

Tip Six – Turn your containers of sour cream and cottage cheese upside down in the refrigerator.  The bacteria growth is inhibited because it forms a vacuum seal.

Tip Seven – Store tomatoes with stems up on a paper towel.  Do not refrigerate.

Tip Eight – Cut the tops of carrots off before putting in the refrigerator.  They will stay fresh and crisp longer.

Tip Nine – Keeping milk in a glass container with a lid will keep it colder and fresh longer.

Tip Ten – Homemade bread should be stored by wrapping it in a kitchen towel and then placed in a paper sack.  The bread can breathe but the bag keeps moisture out.

I hope these tips help you keep foods fresh longer. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips to share with other readers.

How To Make the Right Decision

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  General positive thinking think positive Uncategorized Work From Home

Making the Right Decision

Through life, there are many choices to make and sometimes it’s very hard to know which way to proceed.  I honestly believe that even if we make the wrong decision that God can make something good come from it, however, it’s best to make the right decision from the start.  So how do we do that?  Well, there is a process that I follow that helps me during these time.

I sit down with pen and paper to make a list of pros and cons of each decision I’m trying to make.  Some people may prefer to do this on a computer but I seem to have a better thought process when I use the old-fashioned pen and paper method.  Sometimes I’m trying to decide between going one way or another and these decisions take a lot more time for me.  I must write down the pros and cons of each direction the decision would take me and how it would benefit me or possibly harm me, my family, or finances in some way.

Once I have the list of pros and cons it is much easier to see which choice is the right decision.  The problem with this type of reasoning is our emotions also get involved.  I can see in black and white on paper what is right but many times my heart and emotions want to do something else.  Should we let our emotions come into play?  For the most part, the answer is no, however, if there is a moral issue, or issue we just can’t live with, then we need to re-evaluate everything and start over.  When this happens it’s usually because we haven’t been as honest as we should be on our pros and cons list.

What About Asking Friends and Family?

This is really kind of a gray area for making decisions.  People have ideas and opinions, but let’s face it, they are not living your life and don’t really know what you are dealing with.  Some decisions you can solicit advice on but some you should not.  Here is an example.  Let’s say Susy Q wants to start her own home business selling on eBay.  We know people make money on eBay and we already know a lot of people fail, but here is the problem.  Most of her family will tell her it won’t work and she should get a “real” job.  They basically know she has never made a success of her life so far so why should now be any different.

This kind of negativity is bull and you should stay away from it.  Only you know if you have the dream and passion to stick with a project and see it through.  There are thousands of people on eBay that started from nothing and many are making over six figures a year! So you or Suzy Q should not be afraid to take a chance on any business if that is your right decision.  Don’t let anyone change a right decision you would have made with their input.  Stick to your pros and cons list and make the decision.  Once you make the decision you need to stick to it.

Keep On Keeping On!

Once you get going in the direction you have chosen there may be obstacles along the way.  That is to be expected.  When you feel down just remember that without making any decision the results would be a lot worse.  Keep the right mindset and make adjustments to your plan as you go along.  In the end, you will see you made the right decision!

Work When You Want as a Temp Worker

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  Budget and Savings Encouragement General

Temp Worker

Want To Work and Stay at Home?

Do you want to work so you can have money, but hate going to work all the time?  If so, being a temp may be for you.  It really does give you the best of both worlds.  You get out away from the kids for a while, yet still, have enough time at home to get all the chores done and spend time with your family.

When my children were small I worked for several temp agencies.  Most of my work came from Kelly Services.  It was a simple of matter of taking some test that showed I could spell, file, and type.  They have all kinds of office jobs available, such as answering phones, filing, typing, and much much more.  The jobs are usually fairly simple because they don’t want to go into a lot of training for a temporary worker.  You will also find that working temp jobs is great on-the-job training for other assignments they come up later.  Let’s get on to how it works.

Don’t Just Sign Up – Be Pro-Active

Once you sign up with the agencies you will check in daily to see if they have any assignments.  By calling them instead of waiting for them to call you, shows you are eager and reader to work.  Always be pro-active!  If they have an assignment that fits your skills they will tell you the length of the assignment, where it is, the hours, and the pay.  At this point, you have the option to accept or reject the assignment.  This is great because if it doesn’t sound fun, or you don’t want to work those days, you simply turn it down! It’s important to try and take the first few assignments they offer you so they won’t think you are being too particular!

These assignments can be from 1/2 day to months on end, so be sure and not take a long assignment if you aren’t wanting to work full-time.  I worked as a temp for 13 years when my children were young and in school.  It was a great way for me to work a lot during the school year and save enough to be able to take the entire summer off with them. It’s also a great way to be offered full-time work if that’s your goal.

I would take assignments up to six weeks max and then I would take a couple of weeks off.  It was great.  Payday came each week when working and I would take a percentage of my check, put in an envelope, and place under a clock radio by my bed.  On those weeks I wasn’t working I would still take out some money and pay myself on Fridays.  It was wonderful!  I got to make money, have an adult conversation, learn new skills, and still stay at home when I chose.

My husband loved me working as a temp because we never had conflicts with our work when setting up a vacation time.  We went by his schedule and I just did not line up any work at that time.

You can find temporary employment agencies in your are just by doing a search on Google and making a few phone calls.  If you want to work some and stay home you may want to give temping a try.  Remember we are all still working on being frugal, so pack your lunch instead of eating out!  It worked great for me and I hope it will for you as well!






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