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  1. 10 Homemade Gift Ideas

    November 22, 2010 by Jill

    If you’re looking to get your family something special this year without spending a huge chunk of money, consider making them delicious food gifts. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • Martha Stewart’s website has a ton of great ideas on homemade food gifts. A few of my favorite selections are the caramel-almond popcorn and the brandied pears.
    • Just about everyone loves fudge an a cute tin filled with this great German chocolate fudge recipe will surely bring some smiles.
    • Canning is always a good call. You can make some unique jams your family can’t find in stores, like this guava jam recipe. Pumpkin butter is also a great gift. And so is lemon curd.
    • Pickling is also a good call, particularly if it involves foods directly from your garden. This pickled tomato recipe sounds great and doesn’t require processing in a canner.
    • While most Americans are wary of munching down citrus peels, a bit of these candied citrus peels will quickly change their mind, particularly if it is also filled with these beautiful candied orange slices.
    • For something beautiful and incredibly simple, try combining honey, dried fruit and nuts in a clear jar.
    • Food mixes allow you to give the recipient something they can make themselves without much effort. As a bonus, it’s easy to make these look fun and festive.
    • For those crafty enough, homemade stuffed animals are great gifts for kids and women alike.
    • Homemade perfume is a unique gift that won’t soon be forgotten.
    • A homemade fleece blanket can be customized to match the living room it was made to adorn or the personality of the gift recipient.

    Remember, you can always give a variety of these gifts as well and just put them together in a nice gift basket.

  2. Great California Getaways For Kids

    August 4, 2010 by Jill

    California offers an amazingly diverse array of activities for the young and old alike, which is why it is such a great place to travel with kids. No matter what your children are into, there’s sure to be some part of the Golden State that is certain to suit their interests.


    From the laid-back beaches of San Diego to the lively shores of Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, kids always find something fun to do along the coastline of California. Many of the beaches in major cities, including San Diego, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, even offer boardwalk amusements so those who aren’t big on sunbathing and swimming can partake in rides and carnival games.

    Theme Parks

    For those thrill-seeking children out there, the state also has a wonderful array of theme parks. Rollercoaster lovers are happiest at Six Flags in Ventura County, while youngsters are better suited to Disneyland. For those enthralled with the magic of movie making, Universal Studios Hollywood is a great choice. Many families find that Orange County is a best bet for everyone as Disneyland and California Adventure offer a number of rides for those who like to keep things simple while Knott’s Berry Farm can satisfy the thrill-seekers in the group.

    Nature Parks

    California has some of the greatest biological diversity of any state in the nation. As a result, there are hundreds of state and federal parks protecting our most stunning natural resources. For those who really like to rough it, Death Valley is a rewarding challenge, but most adventurers prefer to visit more forested areas, such as Yosemite or the Red Woods National Park.

    Lively Cities

    When it comes to big city attractions, California offers two of the most culturally rich cities on the West Coast, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Between art venues, music halls and movie studios, there’s always something entertaining in these two massive metropolitans.

    Ghost Towns

    For those who find themselves fascinated with the history of the Old West, California is also home to hundreds of ghost towns that are scattered throughout the state’s perimeters. These windows into history can give kids a chance to actually visualize and touch a critical part of American history. In Southern California, the best locations are San Bernadino, Inyo and Mono counties, which are largely concentrated on the eastern side of the state. In Northern California, you may consider visiting Shasta or Humboldt counties, which are closest to the north of the state.

  3. 5 Strangely Attractive Man Made Disasters For Vacations

    June 27, 2008 by ruetheday

    Good Magazine has created a list of man-made disasters that are great stops for your vacations. As they are disasters, the trips are pretty cheap. While they sound gross, many of them are absolutely stunning.

    I plan to visit the Salton Sea in the next year. The tourisism dried up and hotels and restaurants just sit there falling apart in disaray. It’s like a strange ghost town from the 1960′s.

    Have you ever been to these places?

  4. Tour Your Own City And Reel In the Savings

    June 20, 2008 by ruetheday

    Get Rich Slowly suggests visiting your own town as a way to save money on travel expenses and lodging. It’s a great idea that can be a lot of fun. Be sure you do stuff you don’t ordinarily do though, or else it may seem like a normal weekend.

    Personally, I’ve been thinking about going camping in the forest. San Diego’s pretty nice for this sort of thing because our county has so many different things to offer.

    What’s worth visiting in your own city?

  5. Entertain Your Kids For Under $1 A Day

    June 16, 2008 by ruetheday

    Life Hacker has some great ideas on how to keep the tykes happy for cheap. They neglected to mention one of my childhood favorites, letting the kids play drums on your pots and pans. Also, I loved playing with the dogs and dressing my poor kitty as a baby and pushing her in the stroller.

    Also good are crafts like macaroni art, popsicle stick buildings, scavenger hunts, flower pressings, making collages, chalk drawings and playing dress up.

    What were your favorite childhood activities that cost practically nothing?

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  6. Travel: A Free, Must-See Place in San Francisco

    June 15, 2008 by Jill

    In the never ending quest of giving you a Cheapskate’s Handbook for a multitude of cities (you may have noticed it’s started with San Diego and San Francisco), allow me to introduce you to one of the most beautiful places to visit in all of San Francisco and one of the best free things to do in the city as well. The spot is also not known by many locals -let alone tourists, so it is relatively uncrowded, not to mention you’ll look really cool knowing about it. Plan to spend at least half a day here, as there is plenty to see and do.
    The Best Place in SF below

  7. How to Have Some Free Fun

    June 6, 2008 by Jill

    Thanks Today Show

  8. Go To Disney World For Free -Kinda

    June 5, 2008 by Jill

    View Disneyland via Google Maps, now you can see the park in 3D on the popular map site. More info here or just go to the site here.

  9. $39 Flights On Jet Blue, Get Em Before They Add More Fees

    June 4, 2008 by Jill

    Jet Blue has a sale for flights as low as $39 each way right now, just use promo code SEPJET and see how much you can save.

    With all the airlines going crazy with bankruptcy and fees, you should travel now because soon we may not be able to travel via air for under $500 per trip.

  10. Free Fun In NYC This Weekend

    June 4, 2008 by Jill

    New York is not known for being an affordable city to live in. But this weekend, you can play all kinds of fun games at the Come Out and Play Festival. Good fun for free, there’s an idea a cheapskate can live with.