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  1. Dirt Cheap, Quality Easter Egg Dye

    April 17, 2011 by Jill

    Looking to save some money on Easter egg dye this year? Skip the commercial kits and buy a four pack of food coloring instead. Just add 10 drops of food coloring in a small bowl or mug, then add a few tablespoons  vinegar and a cup of water. If things seem a little too light, add in a few extra drops of food coloring. You’ll need to make more to dye the eggs whole, but I like to have them only go about half way over the eggs so I can give them stripes. You can change the intensity of the color by leaving them in the dye for longer or shorter amounts of time.

  2. Warning: Gardening May Cost More Than It’s Worth

    June 4, 2008 by Jill

    I personally was born with a black thumb of death. The second I try to grow a healthy plant, it falls over and dies. Still, I have found that growing herbs is a great way to save money and have more delicious meals. Even those of you like me that cannot grow plants for the life of them can usually handle herbs. They don’t need to fruit, they can miss watering on a regular basis, and the just don’t care about you like other plants seem to. I also seem to be doing ok with squash, but we have yet to see if they actually grow into veggies or if I just have weird looking leafy things in my dirt for the rest of the summer.

    That being said, it’s debatable on whether growing a garden these days can actually save you money. Even my precious squash are only 69 cents a pound at Henry’s right now. Herbs are the only thing that seem to be very expensive to buy fresh and cheap to grow. For the price of one box of fresh herbs, you can buy a small herb plant at Rite Aid right now, and grow your own, and have them when you need them. I have parsley, thyme, dill, basil and mint. They all love me. Dill likes less water and mint likes more…there’s the secret to growing herbs.
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