A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

San Antonio, Texas - Travel on a Budget


Vacations don't have to be too costly if you look for free entertainment. We recently spent a few days in San Antonio, Texas. We're planning trips that aren't too far away this year.
Note: If combining with air fare look at Hotels.com or some of the other discount sites.

Hotels:
Staying outside the city is probably cheaper but we opted for a hotel within walking distance of the River Walk and the Alamo. La Quinta was a good choice  and with a hearty breakfast included was good value for money (parking is an additional $25 per night).

Entertainment:
It's free to walk around the Alamo and with free audio, but arrive early because there is usually quite a line to view the church.

Riverwalk:
The Riverwalk is entertaining with plenty of music in the evening. The riverboat barge tour costs  around $12 with discounts for seniors and children under 5. This narrated tour is worth a splurge but if you prefer, just walk along the banks of the river.

San Antonio Missions:
The missions are free to visit and local guides give an interesting historical account of the missions.

Parks:
There are several parks worth visiting for a stroll.

The Tower of the Americas:
You have to pay for parking and tickets to the observation deck are $14 for adults, but if you just want to enjoy the view going up to the top, take the elevators to the restaurant or lobby (these elevators are separate from the observation deck elevators and you probably won't have to wait in line), then take the elevator down again. Restaurant prices were around $16 for meals at lunch time which you can eat on the revolving platform or eat in the lobby (less wait time) where the Alamo area and parts of the Riverwalk are in view.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Marie Kondo Tidying UP

Marie Kondo seems to be everywhere these days and people are frantically folding clothes, Goodwill and other charity shops are happily receiving the surplus of everyone's wardrobes.
While time consuming, I do find a drawer of folded clothes the KonMari way does give you an overview of what you have, rather than rummaging through the whole drawer. She recommends removing everything that doesn't "Spark joy."
Note: Marie Kondo speaks very little English so most of the videos and Netflix episodes are in Japanese with a translator.






Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hand Sanitizer Removes Paint

Projects at our local preschool often leave paint on the tables. This can be difficult to remove, but hand sanitizer seems to do the trick. Just squirt some on and leave for a few minutes, then scrape the paint off.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Reducing Kitchen Waste

Lauren Singer offers tips to reduce the amount of the kitchen produce that is discarded (as a last resort she recommends composting). On her Trash if for Tossers site she has multiple ideas to use up the last of the fridge leftovers. Cook everything together and add rice or an egg is her go to idea.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Check Engine Light

If you're fed up with the check engine light coming on only to find out there is no problem when you take it in to be checked, it's because it's set for reminding you every so many days/miles and doesn't necessarily indicate a problem. To turn it off there is a simple way that you may find in your manual or look on You Tube.

Note: If there isn't a reset button I've seen on You Tube that you can also disconnect the negative connection on the car battery for a few minutes to reset.

 As a last resort put black electrical tape over the offending and annoying light!!!!

The video below is for a Hyundai Santa Fe.




Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Household Hacker

Household Hacker has great money and time saving suggestions. Check them out on You Tube