Note to Solar Panel Companies: Are You All Hypocrites?

There’s a big push for installing residential solar roof panels in my town, so naturally, we get call after call from companies looking to get our business. We even received a letter from the town telling us that they’ve identified our house as a good candidate for solar panels!! So let me rant a bit.  Continue reading “Note to Solar Panel Companies: Are You All Hypocrites?”

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DIY: Rejuvenate Dining Room Chairs for a Few Bucks

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Old on the left, new on the right.

Embarrassing. Cringe-worthy.

Recovering the cushions on well-used dining room chairs is a must…and relatively easy if it’s simply covering up the old cushions with new cloth. Continue reading “DIY: Rejuvenate Dining Room Chairs for a Few Bucks”

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How to Slowly Cut the Cable Cord (Step-by-Step) and Save Hundreds of Dollars

If you want to cut the cable cord, join the club. We’ve had cable since the mid-1990s when we moved into our house. I can’t really remember how much it used to cost, but somewhere around 2011, my husband, Steve, decided we needed to do something about cable.  Continue reading “How to Slowly Cut the Cable Cord (Step-by-Step) and Save Hundreds of Dollars”

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Quick, Inexpensive Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances–An Odd Trick, But It Works

If you’ve ever tried to clean the gunk off your stainless steel appliances, you know how frustrating and expensive it can be. I’m not sure how I found out about this trick to clean stainless steel fridge fronts, but it works. I didn’t want to buy expensive stainless steel cleaner at the store, so I went with this method.  Continue reading “Quick, Inexpensive Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances–An Odd Trick, But It Works”

How to Save Money at Home Depot Now That The Store’s Coupon Policies Have Changed

A friend told me that you could use Harbor Freight coupons (those 20% off of any one item deals found in coupon inserts) at Home Depot. I never knew that, so I told my husband who was excited. After all these years and treks to HD and all that money spent without a coupon!  Continue reading “How to Save Money at Home Depot Now That The Store’s Coupon Policies Have Changed”

5 Tips to Lower Your Landline Phone Bill

I thought it would be easy to reduce my phone bill. Ha! A few lessons learned about cutting through the phone company’s red tape.

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Buying a digital answering machine for $15 means we can eliminate the $10 a month charge for “unified messaging” on our phone bill! At least now we’ll be able to see when we have messages.

Yes, I still have POTS (plain old telephone service) that works well even when the electricity goes out. I’m sure readers have other solutions that work for them, and they will want to know why we don’t have U-verse, Vonage, etc., etc.  We have an AT&T landline and high-speed Internet access, and that’s what I want to stick with…but for a lower cost. I have a VoIP MagicJack line and separate phone, bought years ago, that I use for business for a few bucks a year and the quality has only gotten better over time, thank goodness. And as anyone who follows TFF knows, I am deliriously happy with our cheap Tracfone cell phone service (read about it here). It’s what works for our family and keeps our bills low.  Continue reading “5 Tips to Lower Your Landline Phone Bill”