10 Grocery Savings Tips From Store Managers Never pay full price again Besides couponing, there are so many different ways to save money on your grocery bill -- if only you knew the ins and outs of your favorite store's policies and promotions. And how do you find that out? "Just ask your store manager, who will happily tell you how to save the most at their store," says Annette Economides, who co-authored "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family." One out of three Americans (34 percent) said he or she isn't likely to settle for paying retail prices, according to RetailMeNot.com's third annual coupon behavior survey. These survey respondents said they'll go to a different store or wait for markdowns rather than pay full price. "Nobody's advocating that you drive all over town to take advantage of every coupon, ad or reward program," says Ellie Kay, family financial expert. Grocery store managers, who preferred to be anonymous, offered tips and tricks on how to score the best values in their stores. Do the math
Gardening Tips - 7 Habits of Successful Gardeners Originally published January 2009 Or is it the Seven Pillars of Horticultural Wisdom? As everyone's resolutions remind us, we love attaching a number to advice, a number smaller than the one I regard as most realistic: The Twenty Three Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty-Two Things It's Important to Remember Before Getting Out of Bed. So be warned: I haven't really honed it down to only seven; these are just the first seven essentials that came to mind when I decided to do this. Make CompostUse CompostPlant Crops in Wide BedsMulchFeed the Soil, Not the PlantsShare SomethingBe There Photo: The compost bins at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, N.Y. 1. Short version: Mother Nature never throws anything away. Longer version: Composting is the rare silk purse from sow's ear, something for nothing, win-win. It's easy to fall into thinking that compost's last name is bin, and that careful layering and turning are part of the deal. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. If you've got a garden, you're rich. Got seeds? 7.
The Lazy Lady’s Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive. Slide the bottom inside the can, holding it up from inside. Flip the can over.
Building a Two-Can Bioreactor Purpose Two-can bioreactors are designed to be used as small-scall indoor composting units for families, and for composting as an educational tool in the classroom. Materials 32-gallon plastic garbage can 20-gallon plastic garbage can drill brick spigot (optional) duct tape (optional) insulation (optional) Construction Using a drill, make 15 to 20 holes (0.5" to 1" diameter) through the bottom of the 20-gallon can. Note: A system of 10-gallon plastic garbage cans that can fit inside 20-gallon cans can be substituted if space is a problem. The composting process in the cans will take from three to five weeks. Credits
How To: Haunted House Silhouettes By Jeffery Rudell With some jobs, when you’re burned out it’s best to take a break, to get away from the office and focus on something else. With creativity, however, I’ve found the opposite helps: for me the only cure for burnout is more challenges rather than fewer. One such challenge came my way a few years ago, when I had an opportunity to decorate an entire house for Halloween. The homeowner had a strict $100 budget and insisted that nothing be attached to the house in a manner that would damage the exterior shingles. The place was newly purchased, and the homeowner had yet to install any window treatments beyond inexpensive paper “contractor blinds” on all of the windows. The challenge was at first daunting, not least because I was doing the project pro-bono, the materials budget was tiny, and the restrictions seemed stifling. Materials 100-yard roll of inexpensive black paper My roll was 36″ x 3600″ and cost $74.White chalk pencil ScissorsPDFs of silhouette images: Directions
Save by Shopping for Drugstore Finds Online -- Savings Experiment Experts explore the conveniences and savings of shopping for personal goods online. We all shop at local drugstores for health and beauty needs, but with gas prices on the rise, online drugstores are a great way to get all of your personal items without leaving the comfort of your home. As an added bonus, shopping online can actually save you money versus shopping at a brick and mortar store. Online drugstores offer many of the same brands and products that are available to you at your local retailer. With sites like Drugstore.com and Soap.com, you can stock up on hygiene and beauty products, and score free shipping after reaching a certain dollar amount in your shopping cart. On top of that, sites often offer instant coupons, while also honoring manufacturer coupons, which means you can easily double up on your savings. So, the next time you need to replenish your toiletries, think twice about driving to the store.
Care and Cultivation of Permanent Garden Beds - Organic Gardening One of the basic tenets of organic gardening is to put as much effort into improving soil fertility as you put into growing your crops. When you use permanent garden beds and pathways, you can concentrate on building soil in deeply worked beds that will improve over a period of years, all the while growing robust, disease-resistant vegetables. Permanent vegetable beds also make more efficient use of water and fertilizer, and soil compaction is limited to pathways where repeated footsteps can naturally inhibit the growth of weeds. In the 2008 article Gardening for Keeps, I addressed the practical aspects of designing a garden using permanent beds, pathways and green access corridors (which also produce nutrient-rich grass clippings). Limiting Soil Compaction With Dedicated Beds One of the big advantages of working in permanent garden beds is that you can limit some forms of soil compaction. Surface compaction caused by driving rain also can be troublesome, especially for clay soils.
My Tiny Plot The $1 garden by Jonathan Nunan Issue #122 The dollar garden is simple in concept: buy as many seeds as you can for one dollar and harvest as much food as possible from the plants you grow. You see, sometime last year my mother, Susan, read something somewhere that claimed a tomato cost some incredible amount to grow on your own. Mom—whose plan to build a house out of firewood worked out just fine—made it her mission to grow as much as she could on as small a budget possible. Mom currently resides on a nice piece of central Pennsylvania acreage which allows her to plant large amounts of just about anything; she remembers all too well, however, the days when she lived in town ("when I got my water from the city and my eggs from the grocery store"). To make her results easily duplicated by anyone with a small to moderate amount of yard space, she limited our growing area to a six by ten foot plot. Starting the seeds We lucked out when it came to seeds. Preparing the soil Soil preparation began well before warm weather hit. Harvesting
How to Fix a Scratched CD (with pictures) Steps Method 1 of 8: Disc Cleaning Method a Scratched CD Step 1.360p.mp4 00:00 00:15 00:15 spaceplay / pauseescstopffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari)←→seek . seek to previous 12…6 seek to 10%, 20%, …60% 1Clean the disc. Even if the disc is not actually scratched or scuffed, dust, oil and other surface contaminants prevent it from playing properly. Method 2 of 8: Scratch Identification Method Method 3 of 8: Foil Scratch Repair Method Method 4 of 8: Do data recovery 1Engage in data recovery. 2For Windows, Nero does this, while Linux has the Ddrescue tool. This can often fix damaged CDs, and is especially effective with audio CDs (where accuracy is not as important). Tips
Start a Quick and Easy Food Garden If your yard has at least a 20-by-28-foot space that gets full or almost full sun, you can grow enough vegetables to have fresh food all season with surprisingly little effort. Go ahead and dig beds if you’re lucky enough to have naturally fertile, well-drained soil, but don’t let soil flaws stop you from starting a food garden. Instead, use this quick and simple bag gardening technique. This method is almost too easy to believe, but it absolutely works! Gardening in bags of topsoil lets you get a garden going today, and offers these additional benefits: In the course of a season, the topsoil bags will smother the grass underneath them, so you won’t have to dig up and remove the grass sod. What Can I Grow? Whether you dig right in or start with bags, you can’t go wrong with the following selection of 25 easy-to-grow crops. Early Spring 1. 2. Mid-Spring 1. 2. 3. 4. Late Spring 2. Use a row cover to protect your squash from insect pests. Mid-Summer 1. Late Summer 1. 2. Late Fall Plant garlic.