Ideas to save your pocket
WINDSHIELD REPAIR. Call your insurance agent to report a small crack in your car windshield. Many insurance companies will fix cracks or for free (provided they’re smaller than the size of a quarter) in order to prevent larger claims in the future. Some companies will even send a repair person to your home to make it convenient for you.
CORD CORRAL. To corral a group of cords under your desk or behind a TV, buy a plastic shower rod cover. Cut it to your desired length. Then spread it open and enclose the cords. You can even match it to your carpet color to make the cords less visible.
COUPONS FOR KIDS. Turn grocery shopping into a game for kids. Pick out which coupons you plan to use and give them to the kids. Let them try to match the items on the coupons to the items on the shelf. At checkout, let their reward be the money that you saved from using the coupons.
FRESH SCENT. Scented candle stubs from used candles will keep your car smelling fresh. Put the wax pieces in a can or a small container and leave them in your car. On a warm day, the wax will melt and fill the car with a nice fragrance.
FIRE STATION FUN. Throw an affordable children’s birthday party at your local fire station. Some stations allow their facilities, including the kitchen, to be used for parties for only a small donation to a local charity. Parties are supervised by firefighters and may include a tour and a chance to sit in a firetruck.
MAGAZINE CO-OP. Get your neighbors or a group of friends together and share magazine subscriptions. Set up a workable rotation so everyone gets to read their favorite.
REUSE MOUSE PADS. If you have more mouse pads than you know what to do with, use them for other things around the house. They are great furniture protectors for indoor clay flowerpots. Just cut the pad to fit the size of the pot.