A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Eat Vegan on $4 a Day by Ellen Jaffe Jones

I've been reading quite a lot lately about plant based diets being a healthier choice and although I'm not sure I'm ready to give up fish and chicken (I rarely eat red meat) I think it might be a good idea to introduce some plant based meals into my daily diet.

Some people believe that eating fast food is an economical way to save money with cheap burgers and fries, but if you shop wisely, nutritious food will save you money and be more healthful. Ellen Jaffe Jones explains how to do just that in her book with breakdowns on how much a meal costs and delicious recipes (lots of soups and salads). Processed food and fast food is often more expensive than eating fruits and vegetables in season.

Note: I found Eat Vegan on $4 a day at my local library.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Best Prices on Amazon

Hop on over to Camel Camel Camel to search for the best prices on Amazon. You can sign up with them and receive alerts when the price drops on an item you are tracking.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Doll House Renovation

 The summer can be a difficult time to keep children occupied, but someone gave me an old doll house along with some furniture. (My friends know I like to re-purpose things so pass them on rather than throwing them out.)

We all had fun decorating it and the kids now have something to occupy them when it's too hot outside.

I didn't purchase anything for the "renovation" instead found items I already had: paint, wrapping paper for the walls, lace for curtains, paint and material for bed and furniture, I printed a fire picture and pasted it to the back of the fireplace. There was a box of odds and ends and I took door handles from doors and glued them to the front door after painting. I made blankets and throws from left over yarn.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Free Exhibits at Local Museums

Fort Worth has a wonderful cultural area and many museums have discounted entry fees. Check with your local museums to find out if they offer discounted or free tickets for certain days.

Modern Museum  - Free on Sundays, half price on Wednesdays (children under 12 free) and free parking
Kimbell Art Museum - Visit to the permanent collection free. Half price tickets on Tuesdays and Fridays (check site for specific times) Parking is limited but you can park across the street at the Modern Museum.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art - Free admission but paid parking
National Cowgirl Museum - Discount for seniors and children (no free parking)
Texas Civil War Museum - (children 6 and under free) free parking
White Settlement Historical Museum - I believe the entry is free but donations are welcome. It is run by the White Settlement Historical Society. They often have free events such as re-enactments and musical evenings.
Lake Worth Foster House Museum - I believe this is free but donations accepted

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Spring Bulbs

The fall is a good time to plant spring bulbs (check on your region/zone for best planting times). You can also "force" bulbs to bloom earlier which would make great Christmas presents. Consider using a bulb vase and preparing bulbs that will flower around Christmas (takes 16 weeks) or select other glass vases and add rocks. You want to make sure that only the roots are in the water otherwise the bulb will rot.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Best Online Deals

I came across a great site today which shows the best current deals/prices.

Hop on over to DealNews.com