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16 Unusual Uses for Honey

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Raw honey

You put honey in your tea, but did you know there are so many other ways it can be useful? Just like there are many different uses for coconut oil and olive oil, honey is one of those items you have lying around the house that can be used in a variety of different ways. But make sure you’re using the real thing – raw honey – because many brands available in stores are ultra-processed and may even contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Here are 16 different ways you can use honey.

 

 

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Cheap name brand and health food finds at Big Lots!

Five Grocery Deals at Big Lots

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Cheap name brand and health food finds at Big Lots!

As a kid, it was a special trip when Grandma would take me shopping at Big Lots. My little eyes would wander the endless aisles of dolls, cookies, coffee mugs and radios. I didn’t visit Big Lots often because Grandma lived far away but when I did, I was allowed to choose one thing to bring home with me. The options were limitless (why didn’t came home with a new recliner, I’ll never know)! I would spend hours weighing my options, until Grandma would make her way towards the checkout. I would quickly throw my carefully selected item in her cart, bouncing up and down until it was in my hands again.

As I got older, Big Lots became a distant memory. It would be years until I stepped into a store, and when I did two years ago, it was an oddly comforting experience. While the items I mulled over had matured (shower curtain rings instead of jelly bracelets), the variety of options was the same. And being the savvy spender that I am, I was shocked at the name brand food items I found for dollars less than my local grocery store. Big Lots and its bargain shopping quickly jumped back to the top of my list of favorite places on the planet.

Five Grocery Deals at Big Lots

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Save cash by saying goodbye to traditional period products

How to save $600 on feminine products

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Save cash by saying goodbye to traditional period products

If you are a woman, or a husband/baby daddy of one, you cringe at how much you spend on feminine products. Between tampons, liners and pads, the costs add up. I estimated that I spend $125 a year on menstrual products. And then I discovered reusable menstrual cups and realized my days of staring at drugstore shelves of colorful boxes while frantically doing math equations on my fingers were over.

How to save $600 on feminine products

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Are You Throwing Away Food That Isn’t Really Expired?

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Expired food? via shutterstock

Every so often I catch my husband going through the refrigerator or pantry and throwing away items that have passed their expiration dates. Mayonnaise, relish, canned food. But have they really expired? Are you looking to minimize food waste and save money? Then stop throwing away perfectly good food.

How to tell if the food you’re throwing out is really expired.

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13 Frugal & Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts!

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Don’t worry…flowers aren’t on this Mother’s Day gift list! Via Shutterstock.

Mother’s Day is a time to show Mom just how much you care…which is why there’s so much pressure to pick the perfect gift! If you’re still on the lookout for a Mother’s Day gift you’ll want to check our gift list that includes products under $100, under $50, and even under $20!

Mother’s Day Gifts in Every Price Range

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Five best beauty products under $10

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Cheap beauty products, in cost not quality – via Shutterstock

It’s safe to say every beauty product in my bathroom is under $10 – with the exception of my flatiron and hair dryer. I am a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a lot to get quality products – hence why I won’t step foot in a Whole Foods. Brands are catching on to this type of consumer – demanding quality at a price that’s realistic – and creating some amazing products. So, I’m here to share with you my favorite products to smell, look and feel my best …ish. Because let’s be honest, no product is a complete miracle worker!

Five best beauty products under $10

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Vet check-up

Is Your Veterinarian Ripping You Off?

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Vet check-up

A couple of years ago, I adopted a senior cat from the pound. I took him to the veterinarian, who told me that he was in the early stages of kidney failure and would need frequent blood work and urinalyses done. I was devastated and felt myself starting to mourn.

I did not have pet insurance and found that the frequent vet visits were not only traumatizing my cat but my wallet as well. When the vet recently refused to renew my cat’s prescription without a panel of tests that would run me $538, I decided to call other vets for a quote.

What I found out about my veterinarian shocked me.

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Peeps-infused vodka

25 Crazy Uses for Easter Peeps

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Peeps-infused vodka

Love them or loathe them, Peeps are everywhere this time of year. Gritty to the taste, they are more than just “food.” They are perfect for crafts and decorating your table as well as your desserts. And best of all, they are cheap! (Or should I say, “cheep!”) Some of these suggestions are 100% legit, others are just for fun. Can you tell the difference? Does it matter?

25 Crazy Uses for Marshmallow Peeps

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hair-color

5 tricks to make hair color last longer

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Save money by stretching visits to the salon – via Shutterstock

Maintaining hair color is expensive and time-consuming. That is why, with the exception of a three-month mistake of box red in college, I have not dyed my hair. Salon color treatments can range anywhere from $100-$350 and no I am not kidding. So, when I started to see some grays and pulled the trigger, I knew I had to make my dollars stretch as far as possible. So I found ways to make my highlights last longer – sometimes as long as three extra weeks!

5 tricks to make hair color last longer

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Gluten-free peanut butter cookies

My 11 Favorite Gluten Free Recipes

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Gluten-free peanut butter cookies

When I first started cooking for my son’s doctor-recommended gluten free diet, it was a challenge. There was no nearby Whole Foods – or any health food store – and I bought most of my ingredients online. I had a pantry full of sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xantham gum, guar gum, garfava bean flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, potato flour…and other ingredients that completely baffled my friends who bake with typical ingredients.

And it wasn’t cheap! Many of the flours were  bitter to the taste and much of my hard work wound up in the trash. When the raccoons picked through our garbage, even they didn’t want it. Gluten free recipes have come a long way since then. Many are simpler to make, have less ingredients and less costly ingredients. And more importantly, they taste good.

Here are my 11 favorite easy gluten free recipes.

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DariFree Milk Alternative

6 Ways to Go Dairy Free on a Budget

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DariFree Milk Alternative

Looking for a dairy alternative? There’s soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, oat milk, potato milk, flax milk… and many other substitutes for cow’s milk. I’ll be honest, I love dairy. And so do my kids. But one of my kids can’t have dairy, so I’ve made it my mission to find milk alternatives that pass the kid taste-test and don’t cost a fortune.

6 tips for finding dairy alternatives on a budget

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Losing Sleep Over Toddlers And Daylight Savings

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Clocks move forward tonight. Via Shutterstock

Warning: I wrote this post after only four hours of sleep.

I got four hours of sleep last night, thanks to my three-year-old daughter who mysteriously woke up at 11:15 p.m. screaming. She didn’t quit, except to inhale, until after 2 a.m. That’s when my husband dragged her out of our bed – we thought sleeping with us would calm her – it didn’t. And plopped her down in her own bed. Then slept badly in her bed, while I conked out. For the record, I let him sleep in extra this morning.

Tonight we’ll lose another hour thanks to Daylight Savings

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25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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A little bottle of tea tree oil can go a long way – via Shutterstock

I am a huge fan of natural cleaning products to save money and be eco-friendly. I am also trying to replace all of my health and beauty products with natural remedies, like essential oils. I love tea tree oil, because I can use it in several ways! Tea tree oil for cleaning, tea tree oil for warts, tea tree oil toothpaste! This essential oil is so diverse and effective, you will wonder how you lived without it before.

 25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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How Much Money Can You Save With CVS generics?

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Whenever possible, I opt for the generic or store brand over the national brand to save money. There are a few brand-name items I pay extra for, but in most cases, it’s what’s inside the bottle that counts.

As long as the ingredients are the same, why pay more just for the brand name? I decided to take it a step further and crunch the numbers to see just how much I’m saving.

JUMP TO WHICH DRUGSTORE HAS THE BEST LOYALTY PROGRAM

How much money can you save buying generics?

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