Feeling lonely is no fun. Thankfully there's a holiday designated to rid the world of loneliness. July 11 is Cheer Up the Lonely Day and it's an opportunity to make someone happy. Avoiding loneliness doesn't have to cost you anything and using one of these free resources may help you experience the priceless feeling of joy.
There are few things more relaxing than spending a summer afternoon with a good book on a swaying hammock or a warm beach. But what can make the experience even better is getting that page-turner for free. Goodreads, a free website for book lovers, offers several ways to score free books for summer reading.
Want to fill your fridge with organic produce, but think it's too pricey for your food budget? Community Supported Agriculture, a subscription service for fruits and vegetables, is a great way to access a wide variety of locally grown fresh fruits and veggies at a set price. There are nearly two million farms in the US and roughly four in five are family owned. Many of those farms are getting their crops into the hands of consumers through Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.
About nine percent of all the milk produced by US dairy farmers is used to make ice cream, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. Since July is typically the hottest month of the year it's a great time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. Keep cool with these ideas for low-cost DIY frozen treats.
Where does the time go? Apparently some of it is wasted on searching for lost stuff. According to a report by the Daily Mail we squander ten minutes every day looking for lost stuff. And before I forget, here are some affordable ways to improve your memory just in time for I Forgot Day, celebrated annually on July 2.
Car crashes, firework burns, boating accidents-- the July 4th holiday is a magnet for mishaps. Avoid these expensive unexpected holiday catastrophes by taking some easy precautions so you have the freedom to celebrate Independence Day.
Summer is the season for yard sales. People all over the country haul their clutter out to the curb and sell it for pennies on the dollar. It's a great way to score bargains, but have you ever thought of flipping items for profit? Here are the best items to keep your eye out for at area yard sales.
That caffeine fix is about to cost you a little bit more. Starbucks announced price increases to many of its coffee, tea, latte and espresso drinks according to CNN. It boils down to paying about 10 cents more for a tall brewed coffee. Find that jump in price tough to swallow? Consider these low cost Starbucks alternatives.
Summer is such a great time for creating lasting memories with friends and family. But how often do you leave those great photos hiding on your phone or digital camera? Capture vacation memories without overspending by taking advantage of these summer photo deals.
By the time you pay for admission, locker rental and a five dollar snow cone, a family trip to the water park is enough to wash out your stash of spending money. Instead, invest in a few DIY projects and you can turn your backyard into a water park in time for the July 4th holiday.
Hoping to take to the skies this summer? Airline travel is almost always pricey, no matter where your destination. But these tips will help you find the most affordable airlines tickets for your 2013 summer travel.
Did you know that more than one-fifth of America's total energy consumption comes from residential use? From a popcorn machine to a water heater, using those appliances adds extra heat to your home and increases energy costs. These eight appliances are especially good at heating up your home during the summer months.
As wonderful as summer is, the sun, sand and water can do some damage on your body. Protect yourself with this affordable collection of summer beauty products, all under $10.
He's one of America's most famous doctors. Dr. Oz helps millions of people get healthy by handing out advice on a daily basis through his TV show. But even Dr. Oz knows you don't have to spend big bucks to enjoy a healthy life. Here are some of his top money-saving health tips.
Planning to hit the beach, enjoy the amusement park or just skip town for a while this summer? Don't forget to factor boarding expenses for your pooch into your vacation budget. Pet care costs can vary significantly depending on where you live, but there are always ways to save money on boarding your four-legged family members.
You may think of YouTube as a great way to share your family videos with the world or to laugh away an hour looking at funny cat videos. But have you ever thought of YouTube as an opportunity to earn extra spending money? YouTube recently launched a new revenue sharing program, making it possible for your viral video to equal quick cash. According to reports last year video advertising generated $3.4 billion and is on tap to reach over $5 billion in 2013. Check out these ways to get a piece of the action with YouTube.
Along with filling your suitcase with the appropriate vacation gear, you may also want to take time to fill up your Smartphone with apps that will help make your summer road trip rock. Your Smartphone can steer you through speed traps, guide you to healthy food options and keep everyone entertained during your upcoming adventure.
Make dad a manly meal this Father's Day. That means meat with a side of meat and for dessert, more meat! But of course all that meat can get expensive which is why we compiled these easy Father's Day dishes to impress dad on a dime.
The sewing machine isn't a modern invention. In fact the first one was patented in 1790. So it's no wonder that this household appliance has its own day. Sewing Machine Day falls on June 13 and in honor of the holiday here is a list of simple DIY summer projects that will save you money.
Father's Day is around the corner and if you forgot to budget for dad's gift don't worry. These Father's Day gifts have all the feel of luxury without the designer price tag. But dad may begin to wonder where your sudden influx of cash came from.
School's out for summer! But for parents that means trying to fill the next three months with educational and fun activities that won't put a crimp in the budget. Thankfully there are lots of options that will keep kids entertained and informed.
As if you needed another reason to love Friday, June 7 is National Doughnut Day. If you want to celebrate by eating doughnuts all day long you can pretty much do that for free thanks to these companies who are inviting customers in for treats on the house. Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, these deals are pretty sweet.
If you feel like working on more than your tan this summer, check out these cheap, and in some cases free, online classes for adults. You can spend the next three months working out your brain, learning a new skill or taking an interest to the next level. And you'll actually have a cool response when someone asks you how you spent your summer.
June is National Safety Month, an annual observance dedicated to educating people about preventable injuries and deaths. Your odds of being struck by lightning are one in 126,158 according to the National Safety Council, while one in 108 will die in an auto accident. We can't promise that your Smartphone will keep you completely out of danger, however these apps may help keep you a little safer.
School may be out for three months but learning can still be in session thanks to a wide variety of free reading programs. According to research, summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being the most impacted. Stop summer brain drain and get your youngsters excited about books with these free 2013 summer reading programs for kids.
People often say there are never coupons for the products they actually want to buy. But coupons aren't the only way to save money. Even though these five products rarely go on sale, you still don't have to pay top dollar.
Business is booming for farmers markets. As of August 2012 there were 7,864 farmers markets listed in the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 9.6 percent increase from 2011. Not only can you get incredibly fresh and healthy food at your local farmers market, you can do it on a budget with these money-saving secrets for stocking up on summer produce.
It's time once again to start thinking about hurricanes. Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 26 through June 1 and June 1 marks the official start to another hurricane season. For many people this means keeping an eye on the Weather Channel, but for bargain hunters, this can signal the start of travel discounts.
We all dread it when bills show up in the mailbox, and we may start hoping that wedding invitations don't arrive either. Wedding spending is on the rise for guests. According to Today.com, spending is up $200 for wedding guests this year compared to last, reaching $539. While weddings are happy occasions they can cause an upset in your finances if you don't budget properly for the big day.
Roughly one-third of Americans are planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, according to TripAdvisor. That means two out of three are staying close to home. If you've got a few bucks and some time you can quickly and affordably prepare your outdoor space for the holiday weekend.
iPads are popular gifts this year and Best Buy has them in stock and ready to go out the door. Surprise those lucky recipients this year and get a little something in return, because Best Buy is giving away free $50 gift cards with select iPad 2 models with Wi-Fi. Simply add the eligible iPad to your cart to automatically get the card. Act soon, this offers ending is unknown.
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