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This is quite a thought provoking post. When operating over time with limited financial resources I would like to make two suggestions: all efforts should be made to maintain a good diet, including if possible developing low/no diet salt habits which is in itself quite healthy but also helps you by discouraging the taste for junk-fast food which becomes experienced as eating a mouthful of salt. Also if you have large heating bills in the winter, please put plastic sheeting on your windows from inside to create an air insulation layer. You will likely save $100's a month which can be put to much better use.

Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/28/14 12:05 PM

Sigh, lots of people are accustomed to letting others do the cleaning, if it even gets done. The benefits of having roommates remains, so consider doing extra work (at least it is done your way) as part of the bargain. In that regard it helps to have a place where maintainance cleaning is easier, no wall to wall carpet, just dry mop; main traffic is not through the kitchen; bathroom fixtures easy to disinfect. I tend not to want to train people, so I just let it go and clean when they are not around. If they rarely leave, that to me is a bigger problem.

Equal Cleaning For All: Tips For Splitting Chores With Roommates Renters Solutions
7/28/14 06:42 AM

Yet, I still crack myself up with my set of radiant orchid plastic storage bins and a dollar store basket supporting a yellow bag of salt melt for use on the front porch steps in winter. How trendy is that!

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/24/14 12:13 PM

Just a tip: be vigilant about taking an adult one a day vitamin in the summer which includes vitamin B-1 which they say repels mosquitoes and I've found out that it works pretty well, when I have forgotten to take other measures during a quick trip outside to water, etc. I'm sorry though, this morning I watched an adult blue heron fish the pond across the street.

Life In The Country: The Stories The Pictures Don't Tell
7/17/14 12:08 PM

Delivery: I deliver the raw shelled egg into the water from a smallish measuring cup after I have created a swirling vortex in the middle of the saute pan with a spatula. @MickeyRoss it does take some practice and failures but maybe controlling the heat better using a clad bottomed pan will help your egg set in the water better.

How To Easily Poach an Egg Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/11/14 11:56 AM

Well, I suggest simply being color agnostic and paint it every year with the Pantone color of the year.

Dark Stain or Colorful Paint for IKEA Norden Table? Good Questions
7/1/14 10:49 AM

My suggestion is to keep a small bottle of concentrated cranberry or black cherry juice in the refrigerator. If you are careful about pouring cleanly and not messing with the cap it does store well and I've kept it for months or more. Add seltzer from a can plus/minus vodka or such, etc. to a tall drink glass and some concentrate for your sparkling once in a while drinks.

The Best (& Most Fun) Way to Make Your Guests Ignore Your Messy House Comment of the Day
6/24/14 10:22 AM

I recruited my bamboo (wood) skewers as long reach candle lighters. You can flame an end using a short match and then take care of a bank of candles.

Go Beyond Kabobs with More Uses for Your Wooden (and Metal) Skewers! Tips from The Kitchn
6/19/14 03:43 PM

I have, at times, topped a base of choice (wastebasket, box, etc.) with a large serving tray. The upturned edged help keep my eye glasses from accidentally falling off.

5 Small Nightstands for Under $5
6/13/14 10:57 AM

I once moved from a place that I lived in for 9 years and was shocked at how much stuff had accumulated, so don't be. Time spent organizing seasonal clothes for different climates within the vantage point of your current house organization pays off. I am a big fan of minimizing books because most are easy to replace if you want them again. I always keep a special space for things I use when I go on overnight travel by plane or train from a currently established residence. Check out dollar stores to see what daily use household items you can now toss and then expect to reacquire brand new after the move. If you keep duplicates of things (coffee pots, dishes for example) you can put those in long term storage as well, but if they are years old and past warranty consider tossing because if they promptly break at your new place, they become a big waste of time.

Smart Tips for People Who Move Frequently
6/11/14 02:11 PM

Caviar in Russia

If You Could Travel Anywhere to Eat Just One Thing, What (and Where) Would It Be? Food Adventures
6/5/14 01:34 PM

I would go crazy painting the window grills and frames with bold color detail in a symmetric pattern. That's all.

Add Character to Home Exterior with Red Door and What Else? Good Questions
6/3/14 10:29 AM

This is the kind of plumbing that would never bother me personally because I brush my teeth in the shower both at home and at the gym. But as others on AT noted, it looks really funny and I don't know how someone could shave their face there every day. The first thing I would decide is how much longer I really intend to stay in the apartment and then ask the landlord for help in renovating for the sake of guests and family visitors in addition to the integrity of the apartment. Are there any other issues that you would bring to the landlord as well in the capacity of a long term tenant?

Options for Tiny Sink/Enormous Faucet Combo? Good Questions
5/30/14 10:39 AM

When I moved to a small place with a pantry, built in, like a closet, (but not a walk-in, and without any adjacent living room) I did feel prompted to start a food storage collection from on sales purchases and I am seeing a big difference now in my food budget. Does anyone else think pantry storage really impacts a food budget, and if so, how much space is effective?

How I Maximized Storage Space for Kitchen Tools in Our Small Apartment Kitchen Organization
5/23/14 11:48 AM

The front page of a vintage piece of sheet music in a frame that fit found at the dollar store.

Frugal Living: 15 Free (or Nearly Free) DIY Ways to Fill & Refresh Your Framed Art
5/18/14 10:57 AM

Due to circumstances, not planning, I had to move during December (winter) and located not only a good deal but a real prize of an apartment which I hope to keep for many years.

Be a Negotiation Ninja: 5 Ways to Save on Rent (Without Getting a Roommate)
5/13/14 10:42 AM

My suggestions are themes: the salmon/brown is Southwestern to me and the beigy/olive is sandy beach.

Color Ideas to Work with 1960s Bathroom Tile? Good Questions
5/9/14 10:02 AM

My suggestion is to draw a diagonal line from the top right to bottom left of door, looking at it, and paint everything the top side of the triangle white and everything on the bottom side same as the wall color. It adds a little visual interest and also makes you think of the old-timey doors that were split on the horizontal.

How To Paint Front Door When It's in Your Living Room? Good Questions
5/5/14 10:25 AM

The worse thing you can do is not address this immediately with the entire building. Get bids for the exterminator services and make sure there is no food in the vacant unit. I had damage to my car from mice picked up at a friend's house. Several years later there were enormous and very expensive problems dealt within the house when they finally got an exterminator but it didn't have to go on nearly so long.

Help! Mice in the Ceiling of Our Condo Good Questions
4/29/14 01:00 PM

Even though there are plenty of windows, the low ceilings at my place (second floor of old, old farmhouse) result in rooms that are especially dark. The low ceilings are however good in regulating room temperature and keep the rooms warmer in winter. I am very curious about cross venting and other types of air flow regulation taking place in smaller homes built before mechanical air conditioning and wonder if this is largely a lost and unrecognized feature in housing construction these days.

My Small Home: Small Space Solutions from Regina's 1930s Cottage
4/23/14 12:50 PM