The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #17–Take Advantage of Spray Paint for Dated Items

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #17–Take Advantage of Spray Paint for Dated Items

spray painted mirror
We freshened up an old mirror frame by spray painting it black to match our console table. The original frame (over two decades old), was drab natural oak. But, since I wasn’t willing to part with over $200 for the black glass mosaic mirror I really wanted, updating this mirror with inexpensive left-over spray paint was the best option for now (but it’s been over a year since we’ve had this mirror up over our console table).

Even for non-DIYers, spray paint is the way to go to update interior and exterior home items such as frames, outdoor furniture, indoor light fixtures (who knew?) Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #17–Take Advantage of Spray Paint for Dated Items”

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The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #16–Pay Off (Not Down) Your Smallest Debt First Regardless of the Interest Rate

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #16–Pay Off (Not Down) Your Smallest Debt First Regardless of the Interest Rate

Wipe our Debt
I can’t tell you how great it feels to get rid of a large debt. It’s a freeing feeling like no other–thank you Dave Ramsey! The way to do it? Pay off (don’t pay down, pay OFF) the smallest debt first regardless of the interest rate. Attack and conquer one small debt, then go on to the next when that one is dead and buried. You’ll get to the bill with the large interest rate soon enough. (Photo credit: Images_of_Money)

This is really a page from Dave Ramsey’s book, but it’s so worth mentioning again…and again…and again. Pay off–not down–your SMALLEST debt FIRST. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #16–Pay Off (Not Down) Your Smallest Debt First Regardless of the Interest Rate”

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible

Meatballs
I’m sticking to making my own meatballs after the failed dinner we had the other night with chef-prepared meatballs on sale at a high-end market. It would have been a huge waste of money had I bought more than just the one package.(Photo credit: 1JLS)

The other day I thought I was buying a great deal at Whole Foods Market. I had a coupon for $2 off of chef-prepared meatballs. I found them on sale, and I figured out that with the coupon, they would end up being about $2.66 a pound for decent quality, possibly grass-fed beef. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible”

sacrificial sock and sock to be darned

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 14: Learn to Darn Socks (Seriously)

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 14: Learn to Darn Socks (Seriously)

Socks are expensive. Especially soccer and other sports socks. That’s why I decided to get serious about learning to darn a sock the semi-correct way. I’m not about to go out and spend $7 every time there’s a hole in my son’s soccer socks. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 14: Learn to Darn Socks (Seriously)”

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen

soup is finished
Soup is a great item to make during those lean times. Use tomato sauce as your base and just find anything else you have in your freezer, mix together, and you have a unique, homemade dinner.

This is a basic lesson I learned years and years ago from The Tightwad Gazette. It was one of author Amy Dacyczyn’s basic tenets in her life. Instead of getting anxious when your bank account is lean, get creative. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen”

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson #12: Understanding Food Expiration Date Lingo–Part 2

English: Original Dark Peanut Chews by Just Bo...
I didn’t buy this–I found this photo on WordPress for blog usage, but it shows candy that went bad. You can see the the chocolate candy is spotty, even though it was still considered within its expiration date on the package. Yuck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson #12: Understanding Food Expiration Date Lingo–Part 2

It’s one thing to read the expiration date on your food labels (see Lesson #11), it’s another thing to understand what all the lingo means. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson #12: Understanding Food Expiration Date Lingo–Part 2”