Twelve hobbies and crafts that will lighten your family budget

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Need a hobby? Need to revisit an old craft or skill? The following tips are ways crafts or hobbies can save you and your family money.

  1. Paint for a new look. Jennifer gets tired of furniture easily, but instead of rushing out to buy new, she reaches for a paint can. A fresh color, and the world looks bright and shiny again. But old wooden chairs at garage sales, give them a quick coat of new color, and change the way your dining room looks. You’ll spend far less than if you headed for the mall furniture store.
  2. Decorate with blooming plants. Instead of treating yourself to cut flowers on your dinner table (unless you can cut them for free in your own garden) buy a flowering indoor plant. It is less expensive to buy one pretty plant than a series of bouquets. Continue reading
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Garden: the easiest way your family can save money, eat healthier, help the environment

basket of fresh garden vegetables like carrots, lettuce, cabbage in a basket sitting in a garden

(photo compliments of wayetlighting.wordpress.com)

If you have a yard, start a garden. The financial benefits of gardening are extensive, the health benefits are obvious, and the environmental benefits are substantial. You don’t need a huge garden, and your family can help out and bond through the care of it.

Here’s a list of ways to maximize the benefits of gardening in your life:

  1. Make your own fertilizer. Get in the habit of composting your vegetable and garden scraps. You will do something nice for the planet, put less into the waste stream, and get free fertilizer for your garden in the process! You can find information on building your own compost bin at www.bluegrassgardens.com.
  2. Plant a money garden. With an eye towards increased interest in vegetable gardening, the Burpee Seed Company has developed a “Money Garden” seed packet. Six different kinds of vegetables are included for $10. The company says the plants will produce $650 dollars worth of produce. Continue reading

Weekend activity, weight loss and exercise: Ice Skating

With the admittedly cheesy title of “free-your-bum Fridays,” this post will kick off a new category: ideas for getting off your butt or away from a screen on the weekends (or whenever).

This week: Ice skating.

Find a rink.

MarylandIceSkating.com has a  list.

I used their list to map Maryland’s ice skating arenas and rinks. Click on a blue placemark to see the admission costs, deals, public session times, addresses, phone numbers, and Websites of the ice skating rinks in Maryland:

This Google Map of Maryland's Public Ice Skating Rinks and Arenas serves as a guide to this weekend activity challenge. It was created in April 2012.

Not from Maryland? A simple Google map search for “ice skating rink or arena near ______ (city, state)” will connect you with local rinks.

Prepare for your ice skating outing

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