I recently saw an idea on Pinterest to make a stand from legos to help hold a number of playing cards. A search came up with a number of other ideas using items you may already have on hand.
If you are available Saturday morning, September 27, you may want to consider volunteering for a few hours with Hands4Serving.
Most of the openings are from 9 am to noon. The Celebration with lunch and music will be held at Dakota Medical Foundation at 4141 28th Ave S, Fargo from noon to 2:00.
The entry for each location includes where to meet, what is planned to complete at that location, and minimum age of participants. Some allow participants as young as 4 years old. This may be a great opportunity to include your children in volunteering.
The following is from their website:
On Saturday, September 27th, volunteers will gather in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Casselton and Arthur, ND for a morning of service to make our communities more beautiful and better places to live. There will be many projects to choose from, something for everyone! Box lunches will be provided for all volunteers – stay for the Celebration from 12:00-2:00pm! REGISTER TODAY and share your Hands4Serving!
Heirlooms is having a sale of 25% off furniture Friday and Saturday, Sept 19 & 20.
The store is located at 3120 25th St S, Fargo, next to Village Inn and is open Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.
They also have donated art, household items, magazines and womens clothing. Proceeds from the store go towards the Hospice of the Red River Valley.
If you are looking for a different way to make omelets, try your waffle iron.
You can add any ingredients you have on hand. Instead of the mushrooms, I added onions and peppers.
Below are some other ways to use your waffle iron besides for waffles.
If you don’t have a waffle iron, check out your local thrift stores. Thrift stores are a great place to look for small appliances. Many times, people buy these appliances and gadgets or get them as gifts and donate them if they don’t end up using the items.
If you have t-shirts or other knit shirts that are too small or stained use them to make an infinity scarf.
I had a number of t-shirts I bought at a bag sale at one of our thrift stores. They were brand new but XS and S. I finally had the idea to try making scarves from them. I laid the t-shirt out on a table and cut across below the sleeves. Then just wear around your neck like an infinity scarf, you can fold under the raw edge and the hemmed edge, or you can sew the raw edge. I folded over the raw edge and ironed it so it held in place better.
Pictured above is the final product. I saw a post on Pinterest about using an X or XL shirt so you have wide enough to wrap the scarf around your neck to have it doubled up. With the single loop like this it is light weight and not as bulky as some scarves can be.
Below is a photo of the 7 scarves I made within about 10 minutes or less.
If you find yourself or others in need, there are several resources to turn to for assistance. One I learned of recently in the Fargo area is the Caring Closet at First United Methodist Church. Below is more information on the program which provides clothing and other items for children.
Hours: First, Third and Fifth Tuesdays from 11-1:30
First United Methodist
906 1st Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
Walk in; Telephone church if needed to set up an emergency appointment.
First United Methodist Church has a new loving and giving ministry. It provides clothes at no cost for children. We will touch lives of children in the FM area by providing clothing, shoes, toiletries, and necessities to those in need. We are nondenominational. No explanation is required as to “why” there is a need. Privacy will be respected.
We work closely with other helping agencies in town to better serve all of our clients’ needs .
We will serve anyone and everyone in need…for those experiencing financial crisis, marital crisis, emergencies, health crises, etc.
How can you become involved?
Help sort and hang clothing. Work at the Caring Closet an hour a week. Can you spread the word to others, help collect items, pick up donations?? If you can, then there is an opportunity for you to help in this ministry.
Church office (701) 232-4416
Are your closets jam packed and impossible to find anything? I came upon this post about trying to have a Capsule Wardrobe. Essentially it is a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear.
I saw a recent post on Facebook that at the end of August, someone found a tote of summer clothes that didn’t get unpacked. A professional organizer friend suggested to donate the entire box since she had not missed the items.
There are many suggestions online on how to clean out items you may not need anymore. One is to hang all of the hangers backwards on the rod. After you wear an item, hang it on the right way. After a certain amount of time, such as six months or a year, consider getting rid of the items you have not worn. There may be special occasion items that you will not wear in that year that you can keep, but also check those items to make sure they fit or are still in style.
Another is the 40 hanger rule, which means you try to have only 40 hangers of clothing in your closet.
Some people use the one in, one out rule. When you purchase a new item or are considering purchasing something, then you need to get rid of an item you already have.
I swap out my closet twice a year, spring/summer and fall/winter. I have 40 or fewer hangers of clothing in my closet for each of these seasons.
I purchase a majority of my clothing second hand. This way, I figure I can afford to add different items more frequently and for less money. Recently, I purchased a jacket for $6 at a thrift store that still had the original $130 price tag on it.
If you find a few favorite, classic pieces you can make different outfits by mixing the pieces and adding colorful accessories.
There are various resources online with ideas of mixing and matching pieces. I saw one on Pinterest that showed how to make 100 outfits out of 10 pieces of clothing.
An important part of succeeding financially is being aware of how much money you have coming in and going out each month. To determine this you should develop a budget. As Dave Ramsey says “with a budget you tell your money what to do instead of your money telling you what to do”.
There are various software, apps and printable budget forms available. It is important to find one that works for you. If it doesn’t work for you and feels like a chore you are likely not to continue with it.
I came upon free printables for pages to make a budget binder from ThirtyHandmadedays.com. It includes a weekly ledger to record all of your expenses and deposits, a monthly ledger, savings information, outstanding debt information, a Month at a glance page, a Year at a glance page and more.
It appears to be a good resource to keep track of your income and expenses.
Keeping track of your spending and working on your budget may seem like a hassle but it is important to make time to determine how you are going to spend your money.
The Easter Seals Goodwill thrift store opened in Fargo a few weeks ago and had the Grand Opening this weekend. It is located at 4325 13th Ave S, Fargo (the strip mall in front of Burlington Coat Factory).
It is has a nice and open atmosphere. Instead of each item being marked, there are signs for the prices of each type of item. There are also sales with a certain color tag being 1/2 price and another color $1. One of the shirts I purchased today had a $25 Dress Barn price tag and I paid a dollar for it. I ended up getting 2 blouses, a sweatshirt, a pair of dress pants and two witches hats for $17.
When shopping at thrift stores, you may not always be able to find items you are looking for. But at other times you may be able to and save quite a bit of money. Part of the fun of shopping at thrift stores is finding unexpected items for lower prices.
Frozen foods may be convenient and inexpensive but it may be less expensive and healthier to make your own. It doesn’t take much longer to make a batch and freeze them for future use than to cook frozen ones.
Here is a recipe for cheesy chicken taquitos. I recently made a batch using this recipe. They were easy to prepare and I had all of the ingredients on hand. I used black beans, corn, salsa and shredded cheese.
I baked as recommended in the recipe then stored in freezer bags and froze. They can then be warmed up in the microwave when you want to eat them.
Below is nutritional information for a brand of frozen taquitos.
Chicken and Cheese Taquitos
Serving Size 2 tacos (85 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*
Calories from Fat 108
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 300mg 12%
Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Vitamin A 4% · Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 4% · Iron 15%
*Based on a 2000 calorie diet
They may be easy to prepare and inexpensive but you also need to consider what processed foods such as this as a regular part of your diet is doing to your family’s health.