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 We all know it saves money to stay at home for rest and relaxation instead of hitting the road. How about some low cost ideas for sprucing up the backyard, making it a more inviting place to be? We've included some links and inspiration here that are easy on the pocketbook. A little investment of time and muscle can make a big difference.
 
I've seen a beautiful fire ring built from free bricks found on Craigslist, (here are some simple instructions from eHow.com) and a cozy corner patio crafted from free landscaping rock. I've also seen plant cuttings and divisions free on Craigslist, and selling for next-to-nothing at yard sales. How about making some twig furniture?

If you do have a little money to spend, this is the time to find deep discounts on outdoor furniture and yard and garden accessories . . . but they're going fast!
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Important  We have an exciting giveaway at our Econobusters blog this week . . . and though it has nothing to do with beautifying your backyard, it can save you lots of money. Leave a comment today to be entered in our drawing for a free Couponizer. I LOVE mine!


On The Blog Last Week
Here is what happened on my blog last week.
 
  • A reader needs some help figuring out why her homemade dishwasher soap is leaving a nasty film behind. If you have an answer for her, leave a comment.
  • You can use garage sale finds to boost your income if you spruce it up. Check out my Weekend Wonder and how much money I intend on making from this frugal find.
  • Do you love popcorn? I do. I shared my secrets for the best tasting way to cook that wonderful fluffy white stuff!
  • I am learning about a better way to organize my coupons. It is what works for me, and if you enter, it can work for you too!
  • If it happens to be raining one day and you need something constructive for your kids to do, find out what a reader does with her children in this post.
  • I have found a new and exciting way to cook while traveling or on vacation. You can read all about it in this post.
  • As always, be sure and catch the freebies that I post each week!
  • A reader wrote in and shared her recipe for Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Mix. I can't wait to make this for my kids!
Featured Website
 
Meet Me at The Corner

Last week on the blog, I mentioned Meet Me At The Corner. I love this website! It is a free educational video site. My kids and I have been digging into all the great videos on here. Each week they add new ones. My son is learning how to juggle so he was really excited to see they have a video on there for newbie jugglers! Be sure and go by and check it out.
Recipe of the Week
 

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Home Made Lawn Fertilizer
 
Ingredients:
One can of soda (any kind except diet soda will work)
One can of beer (any kind except light beer)
1/2 cup of household ammonia
1/2 cup of liquid dishwashing soap
(do not use antibacterial soap because it will kill important microbes)
1/2 cup of mouthwash
 
Directions:
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a 10-gallon hose-end sprayer, and apply it to the lawn while you water.
The soda and beer act as food for the lawn. The ammonia promotes growth and helps make the grass green. The liquid dishwashing soap is a wetting agent and helps the water reach the roots, and the mouthwash actually kills bugs and grubs in the lawn.

Be very careful to use the exact amount listed for each ingredient. The ammonia could kill the grass if too much is used. This fertilizer should only be used once every three to four weeks in high heat, and even less frequently when the temperatures are not hot. It is also important to only use dishwashing soap, dishwashing detergent could be harmful. If you have pets at home, they should also be kept off the lawn for 24 to 36 hours after treatment.
 
There you have it. I thought a recipe for the actual yard would be a neat twist this time around!
 
And don't forget about my recipe E-Book,Molly Makes $5 Dinners and $3 Desserts!
Weekly Tutorial


This week, I have two tutorials to share with you from the same person. They were both adorable, and I could not choose just one. They will surely be a hit in sprucing up your yard!

 Cupcake Planter

Cupcake Planter

Picture courtesy of WhiMSy Love

Nikki over at WhiMSy Love is letting me share with you her Cupcake Planter tutorial. You can pick up these flower pots really cheap at yard sales and sometimes on the sides of the road. 
 
Painted Rocks

Painted Rocks

Photo courtesy of WhiMSy Love

You can find big rocks all around, especially at the beach or lake. What better way to decorate your yard than with some adorable painted rocks? This would be a great craft to let the kids get in on!
 
Be sure to let Nikki know how much you appreciate her sharing these tutorials with us!
Idea Center
Here are some great ideas to add some frugal decor to your yard. This will not only make it beautiful, but it will also make it a haven for your family!
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
July--Frugal Fashion Edition

You're on a tight budget, and the kids are growing out of their clothes. What options do you have? Are you a bit challenged in the sewing department, or do you wonder if sewing is really worthwhile?

This issue is loaded with ideas, tips, recipes, checklists, and more to help you look fashionable without busting your budget at the seams!

The Frugal Fashionista also stopped by to offer her expertise on frugal fashion. If you need help in this department, then Molly's Money-Saving Digest--Frugal Fashion Edition-- is exactly what you need!
We Want To Hear From You!
 We have some great topics in the works for Molly's Money-Saving Digests, and would love to include your stories and ideas. August's Digest has just gone to layout.  You're in for a treat with this special issue on frugal organization. September's featured topic is decorating, and October will be our Great Depression issue. Show us your stuff! We'd love to showcase your decorating talent and organizing ingenuity, and give you a free Digest, but we need to hear from you soon! We're always looking for "goal-getter" stories, examples of up-cycled or re-purposed objects, and frugal decorating ideas. Send me your story--Remember, if we include your contribution in a Digest, you'll receive that issue FREE.

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Until next week!

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Idea Center
Molly's Money-Saving Digest March 2009--Make Money From Home

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Molly's Money-Saving Digest June 2009--Frugal Family Vacations

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Coupon Dad
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My newest E-Book is now available! Click the photo for more details.

Molly's Dinner Book
Molly's Money-Saving Digest February 2009--Gardening Basics and Natural Cleaners


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Meet Me at The Corner


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Living On a Dime

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Molly's Money-Saving Digest January 2009--Let's Get Organized for Fiscal Fitness

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Molly's Money-Saving Digest April 2009--Making a Frugal Fresh Start

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Molly Freebie
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Homemaker's Mentor
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Molly's Money-Saving Digest May 2009--Learning for Life-Your Child's Education

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