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May 18

Does Sun Bleaching Really Work? We Tried It

Nothing compares to the smell of fresh laundry that’s been hanging outside to dry. Not only is it a fresh and efficient way to do laundry, it’s also oft-touted as a way to brighten whites without having to use special detergents or harsh chemicals. All you need is plenty of time and sunshine.

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May 18

What Size Air Conditioner Do You Really Need?

I’m a huge baby about temperature, and fans sometimes just don’t cut it. So in the midst of a recent heatwave I decided I was going to bite the bullet and get an air conditioner. But when I started researching online, I found myself confused by the various units’ cooling and efficiency numbers, with prices seemingly directly correlated with each. I didn’t really know what any of them meant. Given the size of my apartment, how big of an air conditioner did I need?

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Apr 18

8 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Living Room

We’ve turned the clocks forward, the days are longer (and hopefully warmer where you are), and time finally feels like it is in our favor. It’s time to shake off the cozy winter decor, and let your home project a new, lighter mood. Change the tone with a little living room refresh, starting with these eight easy, budget ideas.

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Apr 18

6 Super-Quick Ways to Curb Your Spending & Save More Money

Bad spending habits — we all (well, I’d like to think we all) have them. But whether it’s an Amazon addiction, that mid-afternoon coffee habit, or your tendency to swing by Target when you need a little pick-me-up (guilty), there are better ways to spend your time and your money – especially if you’re trying to save more or meet your budget. And because baby steps are always a good way to get started, here are six super simple, super quick ways to curb your spending and change those habits for good.

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Apr 18

8 Ways to Cover an Old Tile Backsplash You Hate

An ugly backsplash can really bring down the look of your kitchen — and there are some kitchens out there with some really ugly backsplashes. But the good news is that, even if you’re renting or on a tight budget, there are still plenty of ways to save an awful backsplash without remodeling or re-tiling. Here are eight creative, budget-friendly (and even renter-friendly!) ways to cover up a backsplash you hate.

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Apr 18

10 Unexpected (& Cheap!) Things You Haven't Thought to Frame as Art

Creating gallery walls or clustering posters together always packs a punch, but what if you’re tired of doing the same-old, same-old? Lucky for you, there are so many fun and unexpected things that you can frame that fall outside of vacation pictures and colorful prints. From vintage stamps to your grandmother’s secret apple pie recipe, read ahead to see what you can stick behind a frame.

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Mar 18

Challenge Accepted: A $15, 15-Minute Easter Basket from the Drugstore

Easter catch you off guard this year? Don’t panic. You can still pull together a beautiful basket, on a budget, on your way home from work tonight. Have $15 and an extra 15 minutes? Head to your local drugstore and you’ve got this.

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Mar 18

Heading to an Estate Sale This Weekend? Keep an Eye Out for These Cleaning and Organizational Products

If your reaction to the title of this post was “eww“, that’s valid, I hear you, secondhand items aren’t for the faint of heart. But there are those among us who were born thrifty and live the 3 R’s of recycling to the fullest. We like saving money, staying out of big box stores, and know that estate sales are more than just great places to find unique vintage home decor.

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Mar 18

A Fail-Proof Formula for an $8,000 Kitchen Remodel

Say you want a new look in your kitchen. And you have a budget of $8,000. This may seem like a lot of money (and Trulia tells us it’s what the average person wants to spend), but in the world of kitchen remodels it’s definitely on the low end of the scale. (Intrepid remodelers Claire and Jeffrey, who shared their kitchen renovation with us, finished the whole thing for just $8,720, but that involved a lot of budget choices and a whole lot of DIYing.) But it is possible to transform your kitchen, even at this relatively low price point. Here’s one fail-proof formula.

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Mar 18

8 Cheap Ways to Revive Your Bedroom in a Weekend

Spring is just around the corner and there’s no better time to breathe some fresh life into your boudoir. Here are a few fun, simple and inexpensive DIYs that will get your space through to summer.

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