How to Save on Winter Electric Bills

Just because winter hits, doesn’t mean that our electric bills have to go sky high.  The tips that follow will show you how to save on winter electric bills.  Our electric bill hovers around $75-100 in the winter, and our house is medium-sized (9 rooms) and one level.  We have friends who live in the same area, though, who have electric bills as high as $500 or $600!  We live in Kentucky, which often experiences temperatures around 0.  Last winter was a doozy, though, with 2-3 feet of snow and temperatures -0 F that lasted weeks.  It was so bad that it was disaster status. The Red Cross brought communities water, and shelters were opened.

How to Save on Winter Electric Bills

Follow these simple rules to make small adjustments and to identify and fix problem areas in your home that can add up to big savings while keeping you warm and cozy.  Of course, there are other tricks we use to keep electric bills low, but I’ll talk about that in another post. Continue reading →

Saving Seeds: Step-by-Step Instructions

Saving Seeds: Step-by-Step Instructions

I grew up next door to my granny, and we shared what I consider to be a pretty big yard.  Granny had a huge garden behind her house (another house stands there now with its own yard, so that tells you how big it was), and Dad kept one just as big back on the hillside behind our house.  They shared a compost pile.  Although I grew up around gardens, I found them to be a nuisance.  I literally remember thinking that I didn’t understand why anyone would work so hard when they could just go to the store and buy whatever they need.  Boy, was I crazy!  Now I understand why they put so much work into harvesting their own food.

Saving Seeds: Step-by-Step Instructions

Why Grow Your Own Food:

  • It tastes better – plain and simple! What you buy in the store may have been picked before it reached its ripest and was shipped for days.  It isn’t nearly as flavorful!
  • It’s better for you. You control the pesticides and chemicals you use (or don’t use).
  • It helps you become more self-sufficient. Most of us depend on other people for our basic necessities.  This is one more way to break away from that.  I want to provide for myself.
  • It saves you money. Yes, it does take some time and effort, but it really pays off, especially if you grow a lot and preserve food for the rest of the year.

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Gift for Christmas When You Can’t Afford it

Today’s post is targeted to those of you who are willing to do something a little different for the holidays this year – give Christmas Coupons!  This is perfect for those of you who need to figure out how to actually gift for Christmas when you can’t afford it.  This idea is good for those of you who:

  • are struggling financially to buy any Christmas gifts
  • are struggling financially to buy more than one gift for the kids
  • need fresh ideas for stocking stuffers
  • want to get back to the basics and give the gift of quality time

Read on to download a free printable that will allow you to actually gift for Christmas when you can’t afford it!  There are two versions available: for adult and for kids!  There are three sheets available for each version.

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