Free Stuff To Do During A Heat Wave To Keep Cool : The Saturday Weekend Review #182

DON’T LET THE EXTREME HEAT WARNINGS GET YOU DOWN THIS SUMMER   Spending time together this summer with your friends and family outdoors especially during a heat wave will include water, water and more water. Whether you are splashing in it or drinking it water seems to be the highlight of the summer all across Canada. The Weather Network (TWN) has forecast dangerous heat warnings for most of Southwestern Ontario as of Monday with the humidex values reaching near 40. Yes, that’s Hot, Hot, Hot. It’s critical that we stay cool in these types of heat waves and to drink plenty of water. If you live in the GTA and have had a sneaking suspicion that this year’s meteorological summer has been hotter than last years, you’d be absolutely right. -TWN What is a heat wave? According to The Weather Network a heat wave is; No official criteria Generally 3+ days over 32 degrees Celsius is accepted Dew point and humidity not taken into account. With many cities applying a water ban for homeowners it’s easy to see that grass is looking lifeless and plants are screaming for rain. I’m sure many of you will agree with me but one […]

Is a Housewarming Party another excuse to get free stuff? : The Saturday Weekend Review #138

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD   I thought getting invited to a housewarming party was an excuse to get together with friends and drink the night away, but you may think differently. What really is a housewarming party all about? A housewarming party traditionally is a way for new homeowners to invite family and friends around after they’ve moved in to tour the new home and party. A housewarming party gift is a must for this type of event although some hosts may say not to bother especially if they already have a full-house of furnishings. If you want the rest of your new neighbours to know that you are moving in with a bang have a housewarming party in your back-yard and show them who the King is, ha. I’m only having a laugh but it happens and we’ve experienced that first-hand 2 weekends ago when our new neighbours moved in. That night we heard loud music, laughter, dogs barking and car doors opening and closing all-night long. I think they shook up the neighbourhood because we don’t normally hear anything. Our street is made up of seniors, older married couples and the odd younger couple with kids. Just recently […]

How I keep my kids entertained for free

Fun Doesn’t Have to Cost a Dime   While I don’t mind paying for an experience with the kids the cost of entertainment can easily escalate taking more money out of your wallet and budget than you may actually be able to afford. How many times have you gone somewhere and after snacks, amusement rides and souvenirs you have spent a lot more money than you anticipated beforehand? No matter the season or the time of year having fun with your kids doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are many things that you can do free of charge to keep your little kids occupied. These explorations will teach children life lessons or help them to expand their creative imagination while having some fun at the same time. While you may not always have a souvenir the memories made and the bonding time between parents and kids will last longer than any souvenir you could buy. While playing soccer, baseball and other sports with your kids is definitely time well spent explore your creative side and see what other ideas you can come up with.   Get Outdoors and Explore   There is so much to […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #27: Garage sailing without money in your pocket

Who said you have to bring money with you when you go to a garage sale. Garage sailing without money in your pocket is just as much fun if not more fun then spending money. Why? Well, you aren’t spending any money, that’s why. I had no intentions of bringing any money with us when we got up this morning to scour our area for ‘stuff’ that people wanted to get rid of for cheap. We didn’t go too far away from where we live but planned our route the day before. Since my wife had her friend come along I was simply the driver, as usual. The garage sale, yard sale, lawn sale whatever you fancy calling it has been a Saturday pastime for us but we don’t go that often these days. The reason is that we don’t need anything. I think if we had kids the need would be much greater because garage sales are littered with items for kids. You simply can’t beat the prices for clothes and toys for kids and the best part is your negotiating power, that is if you use it. This weekend we challenged ourselves to see if we could spend nothing, […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #22: Our Neighbours And The Fence Plus Free Stuff

This Saturday weekend review is going to be filled with what I’ve been up to this past week. First off, lets talk about Free Stuff. I don’t know if you remember a while back, maybe a few weeks now where I was complaining about our fence post needing repair. We were convinced the neighbour would hear nothing of it since they didn’t want to participate in preserving the fence a few years back for a mere $50 per neighbour. So, I thought I would just get the post for however much it costs and get it done on my own. I figure if the bloody fence is going to fall over I don’t want it happening on my vegetable garden this summer so it’s something I have to get done. Our Neighbours and The Fence In yesterday’s blog post I talked about how the May 2-4 holiday brought almost everyone outside to clean up their yards mainly because there was nowhere to go. The day was very relaxed and people were having a good time. The most intriguing thing happened though and that was the neighbour coming to talk to me. In my head I thought it was a miracle […]

How To Price Garage Sale Items

Pricing for a garage sale can be hit or miss these days so it’s always important as a buyer to keep your eyes open to score a great deal. Now that the sun is out in full force It’s that time of year again where garage sale signs are popping up all over the neighbourhoods. I urge you to keep in mind the garage sale health Canada warning of what you can and can’t sell to the public at a garage sale when pricing your garage sale items. A garage sale might even be on your agenda of “things to do” if you want to get organized and downsize items from inside your own home. I always say, “Out with the old and in with the New” but there’s not much in with the new in our house. If it hasn’t been used in 6 months to a year we may sell it or  give it away for free. Pricing is one of the toughest tasks when it comes to having a garage sale, especially if you are looking to make a decent profit. We have also been to garage sales and talked to sellers who get items for free using […]

Junk To Funk: Some Woman Down The Road Left Me With Hardwood

Turning junk to funk isn’t a side hustle of mine just yet but I do enjoy putting a little elbow grease into something that practically lands in my lap for free. Although I enjoy saving money in our budget picking up junk and taking it from poo to new it is something I will do as long as it doesn’t cost me a fortune in money and time. You can’t just pick up any old crap, sometimes it’s thrown out for a reason.  Free Stuff So as long as I keep finding these freebies, I’ll keep blogging about them especially if it’s saving us money, better yet, making us money. In the past I’ve talked about finding beer cans that my neighbours don’t seem to want to return for the cash. Sure it’s only cents but all us frugal minded and personal finance people know that a few cents can add up to a barrel of money over time.  I found a particularly crusty looking Lawnmower once, but after replacing a couple of parts it only cost me a few bucks and some time to clean it up and it looked brand, spanking, new again. It sure was worth it considering […]

Dumpster Diving~The Top 5 Rules For Finding The Good Free Stuff!

Photo Credit: thephotoholic/freedigitalphotos.net Guest Post: Karen Dumpster Diving You know there are a lot of negative connotations with dumpster diving and I know I definitely always had issues with this myself. As I’ve gotten older and as the US economy has gotten tougher I have learned to be more resourceful of course not only that but my husband has pleasantly surprised me over time with some amazing dumpster finds. This is a regular feature on my blog Lil’ Suburban Homestead’s site that we share our latest dumpster diving finds and it has become popular.  I mean, Who Doesn’t Like Free? It’s Pickin Time! I will admit we even had our own family members in somewhat disbelief of the great finds we have found until they have been out with us when it has happened. I am not going to claim to be the dumpster diving diva although I do know how to dive. While I love to join in on dumpster diving adventures I am often not as mobile because of my job.  I work for the school system in Coastal North Carolina so I’m trapped in a building all day long. It’s my husband who finds the good dumpster diving […]

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