These are excellent sites and fit with my local living philosophy. Neighbors helping neighbors is what made America strong!
NeighborGoods is a new platform that allows you to do just that, allowing you to borrow and lend from and to your neighbors rather than buying new stuff.
Zipcar, a 24/7, on-demand carsharing service that gives its members flexible access to thousands of cars across the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
Have your significant other cut sides and back of neck. Then use this inexpensive tool to do the rest!
- Drop cloth for painting
- Tarp to cover firewood pile
- Protect your car's interior or trunk from bags of compost, top soil, muddy boots, etc.
- Family size poncho at an outdoor event
- Mini-greenhouse or cold frame for the garden. Build a frame with plastic pipe or scrap wood, and drape the curtain over it. Use stakes to secure it to the ground.
- Think vertical – just keep a step stool handy
- Hang stuff – use pegboard or hammer nails between floor joists (in the basement) and hand stuff that has a handle/hole
- Think square – square containers can be stacked and don’t waste volume like circular containers do
- Be creative – use the space under a couch, under a bed, or under the stairs for your non-perishables – use a storage trunk as a coffee table
- Keep track to avoid duplication through labels, writing on boxes, and arranging items logically
- Buy foldable furniture like futons, card tables, folding chairs
- I have found that I double my freezer space simply by taking the frozen contents out of the boxes that they are purchased in
- When saving things for future use, save only the small, useful parts like screws, nuts, bolts, springs, and washers
- Buy things that have multiple uses – a bike can be both transportation and exercise
- Clean house every spring and have a yard sale – if something doesn’t sell, call the Salvation Army
Mead is honey wine. It is the oldest fermented beverage. If you buy mead at the liquor store, expect to pay at least 56 cents per ounce. I made it for 50 cents per glass! Here is the recipe I used.
It started bubbling this morning! That means the sugars are being eaten and turned into alcohol and carbon dioxide.
Cell phone service in the Arkansas River Valley is spotty. Adding phone service to DSL Internet is expensive. So we are back using the GO version at a cheapo price.
Often we use too much of some cleanser - thinking that's how much we need. Examples include dish soap, shampoo, shaving cream (you get the picture).
Try using half as much, if that works, try halving it again. Ultimately you'll find just the right amount to do the job but not be wasteful!
I'm going to save you from $30,000 to $100,000 on this one.
The Internet is full of free learning tools - from online videos, to wikibooks, to PDF documents.