Tag Archives: fall

Cold hands, cold feet, cold ears

12 Nov

There is one things that I feel most college students must have especially for the winter months – GLOVES!

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In between Fall and Winter – Snow and Leaves

It is very nice to have a good warm coat, scarves are stylish and boots are cute and exciting but the best thing in the winter to have is gloves.  They are so cheap and they keep your hands so warm.  I always feel that if your hands are cold then that just makes you feel more and more cold, the colder that your hands get.

Each year I lose my gloves and so I always have to get more.  The best place to get the cheapest knit gloves is Target which is awesome because they sell these gloves for $1 for a pair or sometimes when they have a sale you can buy a 3 or 4 pack for $1.  This is awesome because there are so many opportunities to get more gloves for less.

This morning I was very glad to have some gloves that I could wear because although it is fall and was about 60 degrees last night at like 8:30PM but when I woke up this morning there was snow on the ground.  I am going to be glad to have those gloves when I have to finish raking leaves this week.

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Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

Electric Saving tips

21 Oct

For the past two months it has been unseasonably warm here in the heart of Kentucky, which is great thing for people like me, trying to save money on their electric bill.

Since the beginning of September the weather has been perfect.  We turned our air off on the first day of September and have only turned it back on for one night the past two months and we are on the third floor of our three story building!

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Here is what you can do to help cut down on your electric bill:

  • If the weather is nice enough open up the windows and keep them open until the days get too cold, if the nights are too cold then just shut most of the windows and leave a bathroom or a kitchen window open.
  • Instead of being connected all the time unplug appliances that are not in use, such as the coffee maker, the toaster, blender, quesadilla maker, margarita maker, computers, cell phone chargers, hair straighteners.  Whatever it is, if it has a plug and can be unplugged, unplug it while it’s not in use.
  • This is also a water saving tip, but take shorter showers or take showers in colder water.  Brush your teeth with cold water, wash your face with cold water (this will also help you wake up in the morning).  Still wash your hands with warm soap and water though to kill all the germs.
  • Make sure that all the light bulbs in your place are working, if there is a bulb that is out replace it right away.  Even though the bulb is not working it is still using energy each and every time that you have the light plugged in or turned on.
  • If you like to sleep with the lights or the TV on, set them so that they are on a timer and can go off automatically during the night once you are asleep.  Instead of using the overhead light invest in a night light or a night light and air freshener combo so that you get more for your money.
  • Do not run the dishwasher until it is completely full and nothing else can safely fit into it.  This is something that I struggle to convince my roommate to do.  She usually loads it to what I would consider 3/4 of the way full and then she runs it 😦
  • Make sure that the filter in your unit is functional and clean, if not this can slow down the efficiency of your unit and raise your bill!
  • Last but not least, charge all your appliances at work, such as your computer, tablet or phone, or at the library while you are there studying…but don’t steal the toilet paper!

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Flowers

20 Oct

As summer begins to turn into fall there are many things that I love, the falling leave the beautiful, warm October sunshine, but there is nothing that I like better than fall flowers.  The colors are just wonderful!

I am not ashamed to admit it but I buy flowers for myself ALL the time! And no it is not because I am lonely, I love flowers and they make a nice addition to brighten up our small apartment.  However, you may be wondering…how does this frugal chick have money to be spending on flowers – for herself no less?!

This is how I do it.  The Kroger right downs the street from me has a small floral desk in the front of the store, but since this Kroger is probably 90% college students they usually are not spending to much money on flowers, this means that there is usually beautiful cut flowers that are not sold and are beginning to turn less than perfect.  When this happens they go on clearance! YAY!!
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I can buy a dozen roses for $4 or some lovely other cut flowers for less than $2 and they really do brighten up a room.  I have told my roomie about this trick as well and yesterday she bought some wonder fall roses for our living room.  When thinking about budgeting I skip out on the third pack of cheese and this is what I get instead.  Definitely worth the small sacrifice.

Just cut the dead or browning leaves off of the stems, put the flowers into some water and enjoy a few days of fresh flowers and you don’t even have to blow your budget!

What do you do around the house to make it more lively and fun?  Let me know in the comments below!

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