The $190 Ice Cube Maker

20 12 2010

Here at the office we are constantly refilling the ice-cube trays (what can I say, we really love iced coffee!). 

Considering I am willing and able to fill the trays, I began to ponder prices of refrigerators with built-in ice machines. 

So I question myself: 

Is the $190 difference worth it? (Source: Home Depot Top Freezer Refrigerators)

Sometimes we take for granted our own abilities and the very little time it takes to complete a certain task.  When we underestimate our capabilities we can end up spending money on items that we can do without (or keep do until it is time to replace the specific item).

We want to hear from you. . .drop us a comment.  Have you made a large purchase in an attempt to keep things around the house running more efficiently?  Have you regretted that purchase?





Frugal and Free X-Mas Tree Trimmings

3 12 2010

As commercials and advertisements bombard our mailbox and television with the upcoming holiday sales, we wondered about ways to save.  The holiday season can be costly — if you allow it to be.  Most importantly, holiday purchases aren’t just limited to gifts.  Often times we leave out the costs of greeting cards, stamps, wrapping paper, the Christmas tree, holiday decor and tree trimmings.  Those alone can average $50.  Including these items is important when setting a holiday budget.

When it came time to decorate our tree we wondered if it were possible to decorate a tree without having to spend a dime!

Voila:  Here is our pinecone-Christmas-tree!

This was such an easy and fun activity.  First we searched for pine cones.  A quick rinse under warm water removed any dirt and dubree.  Second we strung fishing line around each pine cone to form a loop.  Finally, we  hung them on the tree branches.

The tree was $20 and we had green lights on hand. 








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