DIY: 32 Cheap and Easy Backyard Ideas That Are Borderline Genius

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DIY: 32 Cheap and Easy Backyard Ideas That Are Borderline Genius

I consider myself a crafty person, so I am always on the look out for my next fun DIY creation.  I stumbled upon this webpage that gives you 32 Cheap and Easy Backyard DIY’s, and it is full of some awesome “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.  Seriously, these ideas are really cool.  Here are just a few that are listed:

  • Replace lightbulbs in an old chandelier with cheap solar lights and hang from your tree
  • Turn an old chair into a swing
  • Make a giant outdoor waterbed for the kids
  • Glow necklaces and bracelets for a night time ring toss
  • Reuse wine bottles by making them into mosquito repelling tiki torches
  • Coat planters with glow-in-the-dark paint for instant night lighting
  • Make a football target- toss practice
  • Drill holes into your fence posts and fill with marbles

To see more, visit 32 Cheap and Easy Backyard Ideas That Are Borderline Genius

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Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars Recipe

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Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars Recipe

These are the perfect pick me up for those hot summer days! No baking involved. Head over to Mrs. Happy Homemaker where you can see the complete directions!

Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars Recipe

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Easy Smores Trail Mix Recipe!

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Easy Smores Trail Mix Recipe!

Need a fast recipe for your kids when they’re wanting something sweet? Add some fast ingredients and make Smores Trail Mix! Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup Teddy Grahams
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
  • 1 bag Hershey’s Milk Chocolate drops, 8 oz.

For additional directions on how to put this recipe together, click here!

MORE DIY!

Thanks, The Sensible Mom!

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How To Set Up A Garage Sale Money Maker!

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How To Set Up A Garage Sale Money Maker!

I was driving home yesterday when I saw it. My heart quickened. The sign advertising our upcoming neighborhood garage sale was in place. Wahoo. I love a good garage sale – ask my hubby! (He and I have totally polar ideas about garage sales. He says, “just put it out there”;  where I say, “Preparation makes all the difference”.)

Why do I love garage sales you may ask. Well, there are many reasons but the main one is because I can  get rid of clutter and get paid for it. It also gives you some extra spending cash.

I have been doing garage sales since I was a little girl. My Mom and Dad had wonderful garage sales and I was allowed to be in charge of the money box. I learned a lot of vital lessons from My Mom about garage sales. Here are the basics:

1. Prepare – A good garage sale takes preparation. Make an area in your garage that will serve as your workstation. I usually put up a couple of folding tables. On one table, have some cleaning supplies like a bucket of soapy water, windex and dry towels. Clean items always sell faster and for more money. The other table will be your marking station. Once the items are clean, mark your price.

2. Pricing – When you are pricing your items, think of the lowest price you will take for the item and then price it a little higher (ie, if you want $2 for an item, mark it around $2.50-$3). People will usually offer you a lower price at garage sales – it’s expected. Negotiate when possible. Remember, you don’t have to sell the item for a lower price that is lower than your threshold.

3. Set Up Early –  I used to live on a very busy road and would start setting up around 7:30am for a sale that started at 8am. Once that first table was out, forget it, the people would show up and start rummaging through boxes. Game on.

4. Have Change – Make sure you have plenty of change available for your customers. This includes change for at least a $20 bill, perhaps more. Usually your first customers will have the largest bills and being able to make change will get you the sale.

5. Appearance – Have plenty of tables to put your merchandise on. I have found that people buy more items when they are placed on tables as oppose to the ground. Also, set up any item that may be boxed. For example, set up any playpens, umbrellas, tents, canopies or strollers. Have extension cords plugged in and available for your customers to try out any electronics. If you have higher ticket items like a TV or Radio, have them plugged in already and working. Have all paperwork (instructions, warranties…) along with the product. This will ensure a quicker sale.

Also, put out your “eye-catching” items down by the road. These would be larger items in great shape to attract attention. Bicycles, golf clubs and the like are great for this. Remember, most people aren’t going to stop if they don’t see anything that interests them.

Hang any clothing item up on hangers. This has proven to be a challenge at times but it is well worth it. In the past, I have hung clothes from the lip of the garage door, on a pole between 2 ladders, anything to show off the clothes. People will buy clothes if they are presented well.

6. Change – Move items around as there becomes space on the tables. Change out your “eye-catcher” item frequently. This makes the sale still seem fresh instead of picked over. Combine items and remove tables when necessary. As the day goes on, mark your prices down. Remember, the goal is to get rid of the stuff!

7. Advertise – Advertising is a key to a good garage sale. Your location will greatly determine how much advertising you will need. For instance, when I lived on the busy road, I put out 2 signs – that’s it. I didn’t need anything else. Now, however, I live on a road near the back of a neighborhood – hard to find. I choose to do 2 garage sales a year when our neighborhood does them. This saves me from putting an ad in our local paper. If your neighborhood doesn’t do a community sale, putting an ad in the paper is well worth it.

8. Keep a Watchful Eye – At our last garage sale, I had a ring for sale for $40. It wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was gold and had some diamond chips. Mike warned me to keep it on my finger or someone may take it. Well, I am naive. He, however, kept a watchful eye and confronted a lady who put it in her purse with no intention of buying it. He saved us $40, because someone did buy it about an hour later! Thanks, hon.

9. Go the Extra Mile –  Have bags available for your customers purchases. At out last sale, our kids took turns selling soda and water for their own enterprise. If it is cooler weather, we will have  coffee brewing as well.

I put extra work into our garage sales because I really want to get rid of all the”stuff” and I want to make the most money I can. Do you have any Garage Sale secrets to share? Let us know. A successful Garage Sale now can jsut about pay for all of your upcoming Christmas shopping.

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Broccoli Salad- Delicious and Gluten Free!

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Broccoli Salad- Delicious and Gluten Free!

BBQ season always brings its fair share of salads- from potato salad, to pasta salad, to good ole coleslaw, they become a staple with our grilled masterpieces.
This Broccoli Salad recipe is so good, it just may become a showstopper at your next outdoor fiesta!

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 lb. of bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • 3 tbsp of granulated sugar

Broccoli Salad Recipe

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Banana-Cinnamon Muffins

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Banana-Cinnamon Muffins

If you love banana bread but do not have the time it takes to make an entire loaf, these muffins are an excellent substitute.  Perfect with your morning coffee or a mid day snack, they are easy to make and even the kids will love them!

Ingredients:

Muffins

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

For the full recipe, click here Banana-Cinnamon Muffins

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Queso Blanco Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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Queso Blanco Spinach & Artichoke Dip

I have really been on a Spinach & Artichoke Dip kick lately! Funny thing is, I don’t really like either one by themselves…lol!

This recipe is easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of ingredients either (which I love).

There are only 5 ingredients and your family will be raving about it!

Check out KraftRecipes for the complete directions!

 

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