Thursday, September 23, 2010

Make Your Own

Here's a book to look for: P.S. I Made This... by Erica Domesek provides tips for creating your own fabulous fashions, like ribbon-wrapped bracelets and bedazzled high heels.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Back to School Savings???

I went shopping with my kids today for back-to-school supplies and was a bit disappointed at the stock at my local Staples.

First, let me assure you that we've re-used as much as possible from previous years.  My son's school encourages families to hold on to folders, composition notebooks, and everything else possible over the summer and send it back again in the fall.  So we relabeled folders, tore pages out of composition notebooks so that they would be ready for the new school year, and collected other items like pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors and so forth.

But there were a few items on the list that we had to purchase and this is where my disappointment comes in.  It appears that Staples takes advantage of the back-to-school fervor by stocking up on multiples, while single-pack items disappear from the shelves.  For example, my son needed a glue stick - but there were no single glue sticks to be found - they only came in packs of three or more - so we needed to pay for more than we really needed.  It isn't the end of the world, of course, he'll end up sharing with classmates who didn't bring any glue sticks at all, but still...

The glue sticks were relatively inexpensive, but Staples pulled a similar trick with the clipboard that my son was required to buy - I had to purchase a set of three of these, too.  I sent in only one - I'll save the other for future years or other uses - but Staples' low, low prices are hardly helpful if I'm forced to buy more than I need.  Shame on them!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Top Tightwad Tips for Home Decorating

I love looking at decorating magazines with their luscious photos of beautiful rooms.  But reading the likes of Architecture Digest can easily convince you that only the wealthy can live in well-designed, attractive homes.  Not so!  Here are some books (all available on Amazon for $1 or so) that provide tips and tricks for updating your home with a minimal budget:

  • Leslie Linsley's High-Style, Low-Cost Decorating Ideas by Leslie Linsley
  • More Splash Than Cash: Decorating Ideas by Donna Babylon
  • Decorating Hints & Tips by Julian Cassell and Peter Parham
And if you want to save even more money, learn how to make easy home repairs by reading Mrs. Fixit by Terri McGraw.