There are several stores that are running sales for Memorial Day. Clothes Mentor in Fargo is having their first ever Dress Dash. On Monday, May 26 if you buy 1 dress at regular price you can purchase a second dress of equal or less value for a penny.

The store is located at 2551 45th St SW, Fargo and is open from 10 am to 8 pm.

I have only heard about the Fargo store, so you may want to check with your local stores to see if they are running a sale.

Now that the weather is getting nice you may be looking for new salads to try. We recently had a family gathering and I thought I would share a few of the salads we had.

My mom has been making this Shoestring Salad for several years but it was knew to some of the others. You can use canned chicken instead of the tuna.

Another one was just to cook any kind of pasta you want and cool, add vegetables such as cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots and mix with both ranch and Italian bottled dressings.

A third salad uses a can of pineapple chunks and peaches. Drain the juice from both cans and mix with a large box of instant vanilla pudding. Combine the canned fruit with any other fruit you wish such as strawberries, grapes, bananas and apples. Pour the pudding mixture over the fruit.

These salads are all easy to make and can be doubled or larger to accommodate the size of your group.

Recently,I had diced tomatoes and rice leftover in the fridge and was thinking of some way to use them up. First I was going to use them with some corn tortillas I also had to make tacos.

In the end I made Homemade tortilla chips and a salad. I warmed the tomatoes and rice and added a little taco seasoning. You could also add salsa, beans or meat.

The recipe for the chips calls for kosher salt, I used garlic salt. You could use almost any seasoning you want. By baking them and making them yourself, you can control the ingredients in them. You could also use a mixture of sugar and cinnamon for a sweet chip to use with fruit and fruit dips.

If your home needs an update pull out the paint instead of replacing items. Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update your home.
Adding a new color to a focus wall is an easy way to add a pop of color to any room.

You can buy paint in a variety of colors and textures. I recently purchased three cans of spray paint for less than $10. I updated a plastic flower pot, 2 flower pots, a tray and ottoman and had paint leftover.
Besides coming a variety of colors you can also find spray paint that looks like metals such as brass, copper, bronze and stone textures. There are also kits available to refinish cabinets and countertops for a fraction of replacing.

Over the past ten years I have painted many things in my house including the kitchen cabinets and brick fireplace.

Thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets are great places to find items to refurbish if you don’t have any or want different items. You may be able to find items for a fraction of the retail price and paint to match your décor.

By decorating with colorful items and neutral colored furniture, it is easier and less expensive to change the accent colors instead of needing to purchase new furniture.

One way to save money on home improvement projects is to do it
yourself. With newer products and instructions online, it is easier
than ever to do many projects around your home on your own. Along with
saving money, you will have the satisfaction of know you did the
project on your own.

I painted my brick fireplace a few months ago and have been looking for
a way to update the wall space around it. I recently found some
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t-x-4-ft-gloss-white-glue-up-ceiling-tile-reviews/reviews.htm>tiles
at one of our local home improvement stores. The link above is similar
to what I found. I purchased the tiles at a Menards store which has
stores in about href=http://www.menards.com/main/footer/about-menards/about-us/c-3582.htm
>15 states mainly in the Midwest United States.

The tiles I purchased looked like metal and were 2 feet by 4 feet for
about $20 to $26 each. There were also panels for the same price that
were 2 feet by 2 feet. They were very lightweight and easy to cut with
a scissors. In the href=http://www.ehow.com/how_6922222_install-menards-ceiling-tiles.html>i
nstructions it says to use rubber adhesive or contact cement. I
used spray adhesive and it worked great.

I also used another pattern of the tiles to update the front of my wet
bar, which was carpeted by the previous owners. It only took me 10
years to get rid of the carpet.

For less than $150 and less than an hour of time I updated a wall and
the front of my wet bar. This is much less expensive and less labor
intensive than similar applications.

If you have ingredients on hand, many times you can make your own “Hamburger Helper” meals as quick and easy as from the box.

I recently made this Cheeseburger Rice. You could also add bacon and other items to change it up some.

Once you have made them a few times you can easily add ingredients to pasta or rice to make quick meals,

Along with saving money, you also know what ingredients are in the meal and control the ingredients to match your families tastes and dietary restrictions.

Below are some links to other DIY ideas.

Hamburger Helper seasoning and variations

Make your own Hamburger Halper.

If you find recipes you like, you could make up packets of the dry ingredients to have on hand and just mix with the hamburger and other ingredients when you are cooking the meal.

I was looking for a recipe to use some blueberries I had in the freezer and came upon tis recipe for Blueberry coffee cake. I left out the almond extract and substituted walnuts for almonds, Also, for the buttermilk, I added a tablespoon of lemon juice to regular milk. I have used this for years in baking recipes that call for buttermilk. Some people say you can either add lemon juice or white vinegar to milk to substitute for buttermilk.

It was easy to make and tasted great.

An inexpensive way to add color to your home is with flowers. Although
fresh flowers add color and scent, they can also be expensive to keep
replacing. I recently purchased some artificial flowers at a craft
store when they had a lot of them 50% off.

During one of our winter storms I had wrapped some old cans with craft
twine and was trying to decide what to do with them. I finally decided
to purchase some spring flowers and use as décor in my family room and
on my desk at work. I had the twine on hand so I made three cans of
flowers for less than $10.

For the larger flowers I cut them a little longer and bent the end to fit into the can. This gave it more stability sitting in the can. The one with a few flowers I wadded up a plastic bag to partially fill the can and added the flowers.

I had also purchased some flowers that were on sale to use for a
Memorial Day arrangement for one of my uncles gravesite. A few days
after I purchased the flowers, I found a bouquet at a thrift store that
had many of the flowers I had originally had in mind to use but had not
found at the craft store. The bouquet at the thrift store was $3.50
and I only used about half of it for the arrangement. Many craft
stores have href=http://www.joann.com/panacea-products-cemetery-vase-green/8187494.html>cemetery vases that you can use for arrangements and the vase
sticks in the ground. I found some that have the foam insert so you
only need to add the flowers. The vases without the insert were $2.50
and the ones with the foam insert were $7.00. I had a 50% off coupon
so I got the vase with the insert for $3.50. I used red cellophane and
some ribbon I had on hand to cover the vase. So for about $6 I made an
arrangement to put on the grave for Memorial Day.

Look around your home and see what kind of items you can upcycle to
update the décor in your home. Cans, jars and bottles can be painted
to be used as decorating items.

This morning I put the ingredients for this tomato soup in the crockpot. I used a smaller can of tomatoes and reduced the stock and other ingredients so I wouldn’t have so much leftover. The only seasoning I added was some garlic powder and dried basil.

I was planning on making a grilled cheese sandwich to go with the soup. After I got home, I came upon a recipe for Grilled Apple Cheese Sandwiches. I used Fuji apples instead of Granny Smith since that was what I had on hand. It was a great addition to a grilled cheese sandwich.

I recently read Smart Money Smart Kids the latest book written by Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze.

It seems like a good resource on how to teach kids about money and finances. Each topic and chapter includes entries from both Dave and Rachel on each topic. There are ideas for certain age groups on each topic such as under six years old, 6 to 13 years old and older kids.

Dave Ramsey became a millionaire in the 1980s in real estate and lost it all. Rachel was born about the time they were filing bankruptcy so she tells stories of how it felt growing up as they were rebuilding their financial life.

A big part of teaching kids about finances is for parents to understand and follow the steps also. They mention the phrase “more is caught than taught” several times in the book. Along with actually teaching your kids about money they will also see how you handle your own finances.

If you are stressed about bills all the time and living paycheck to paycheck, they will likely grow up to be the same way.

Topics covered in the book are Work: It’s Not a four-letter word, Spending, Saving, Giving, Budgeting, Debt: It is a four-letter word, Saving for college and Contentment.

One of the most important chapters I felt was the one on contentment. Many people get into debt because they are always looking for the newest and best items. It seems like as soon as you buy something, they come out with a newer model and you feel like you need to upgrade. Also, your friends may have nicer homes, cars, clothes and other items but you don’t know what kind of debt they may be in.

It was a quick read and full of helpful information.