Category Archives: Thrifty

How to Make an iPad Stand for Free

How to make an iPad stand - for free

How to make an iPad stand - for free


15 Everyday Items to Recycle for Cash



Recycling is good, but getting a bit of cash makes it even better. From the usual cans and bottles to computers, cell phones and printer cartridges there’s money lying around your house for items you’re not using.

Here’s a list of items you can turn in for cash along with places to recycle your electronic gadgets from

The Art of Repurposing


Re-purposing items can create something special while saving both money and space in the landfill. Suitcases become end tables, light fixtures out of canisters – let your imagination run wild with your drill and hot glue gun.

This piece on the Simply Stated blog has a few photos to start you thinking about new uses for old items in a fabulous way. Link

Tool Lending Library

Photo: Flickr

Photo: Flickr

How often do you need a tile cutter, a ladder or hedge clippers? If your answer is ‘not very often’ then you could use a tool lending library, and so could a lot of your neighbors.

This is a community project that the Phinney Neighborhood Association in North Seattle has operated for years. Low cost rentals for tools by the week ($10/wk. for a tile cutter) means I don’t have to buy one (and store it and maintain it) and the money stays in the neighborhood rather than in the pocket of a big box store.

I think every neighborhood needs a tool lending library. I’m filing this under community projects.

Slow Cooker Magic

I’ll just put it right out there – I don’t cook very often. Once in a while the mood moves me, but usually not so much. The slow cooker I got at a neighborhood yard sale is my new best friend. Soup, stew stroganoff, chili, BBQ and even bread can be cooked in a slow cooker. It’s like magic!

Almost every thrift store has slow cookers regularly, but even buying new they’re a great deal. You can load them up with ingredients in the morning, turn it on, and by dinner time you’ve got a great home-cooked meal saving both money and time. is one of many sites that have hundreds of slow cooker recipes. Yum! Link

Your Money or Your Life



This book changed how I looked at money forever. The recently revised 3rd edition is a step-by-step guide on how to simplify your life and get on the road to financial independence.

Vikki Robin and Joe Dominguez created a proven guide to help you thoroughly examine your relationship to money, how you earn it and how you spend it. Then it helps you get on track to where you want to go.

If you’re ready for the shift to simplify your life, this is the place to start.


The Telluride Free Box

Telluride_Free_BoxVisiting friends in Telluride, Colorado this week, I have to go by one of my favorite places in town – the Free Box. You never know what you’ll find – shoes, clothing, sports gear, even a flat screen TV from someone moving out of town and swooped up immediately.

It’s a great way to recycle what you no longer use, or to find something useful. I think every town and neighborhood needs their own version of a Free Box.