I just finished designing the new frugal business cards using Inkscape software. The soft ware is free but takes some time to learn. For easier learning I searched YouTube for “Inkscape Tutorial”! YouTube is fast becoming a do-it-your-self training resource! Another low cost way is to go to fiverr.com and hire it done. For a print shop, the edges must have some bleed spacing also. Can you see me hard at work? Dyg
Too many get broke off easily as the point is not strong. To fix this, instead use a short length of re-bar to drive into the ground and slide the tubular stem over it. This not only resists breakage but will serve to spin and let hoses slide right by without dragging the hose into the flower bed or garden. When not needing the lighting, you can just slide a plastic length of pipe over it, to spin over the re-bar! Dyg
I used a cardboard the thickness of cereal boxes to make a stencil for cutting clear plastic in to a rectangle shape slightly larger than that of keyboard and made numerous pre-cut clear plastic protectors to last through out the year. Be sure not to cover any ventilation openings. By using a small square of transparent scotch tape on each of the 4 corners, this keeps it in place. Each time I clean and replace the protector, I use rubbing alcohol placed onto the cleaning linen before wiping it down. The alcohol cleans food, oils, and tape adhesive off very nicely. Do not apply alcohol directly to the laptop. Dyg
Spring and summer seasons open up outdoor activities on hunting for antler sheds, wild mushrooms, and wild berries! This may even go well with camping or RV-ing. If you do not collect these for yourself, this activity can bring in some cash by selling them. Dyg
Some Companies back their products with warranties that can be turned into a big savings if you are knowledgeable! Here is a stainless steel BBQ with a lifetime warranty that was bought used at a garage sale for $40 because internal parts were corroded too much. After contacting the manufacturer, for $27 more for shipping and cleaning kit, the rest of the replacement parts were sent for free. Total cost was $67 for this one with side burner, broiler, and rotisserie.
By making the trash take up less space many folks find savings because the sanitation pick up prices are often based on size of container. Also, if you find aluminum recycling time consuming, the trash compactor can be used for aluminum cans to crush cans faster with less work, saving you time and space. Trash compactors can be found used for bargain prices as I have seen them offered from free to about 20 US dollars. Dyg
Check your local dry cleaners for items such as comforters, sleeping bags, and clothes that were abandoned. The dry cleaners will often let you pay the dry cleaning bill for the items.
If you are short on funds for a high tech security system, using a baby monitor can be a cheap alternative. I put the sending unit on the porch under the roof cover and the receiver just inside the front door. By adjusting the volume up I can even amplify sounds outside for easy listening. So this way I hear cars drive up, people walking by, and even wild animals nearby. My best buy for a baby monitor is garage sales for about 5 US dollars. Many newer baby monitors also have a video feed too, which I consider excellent for those without a peek hole in their door. With many having a dc input voltage, they can easily be rigged for off grid or RV applications also.
Many may know but for those that do not I am adding this for good measure. As I have lived abroad, I learn how effective it is to test eggs by placing them in a bowl of water deeper than the eggs. If the egg floats at all, it is bad. If the egg sits on the bottom it is good.