Cool and Creative Uses for Chalkboard Paint

March 27, 2015 12:03 pm

Instead of hanging a large chalkboard in a common area of your home, why not transform an existing item using chalkboard paint? Whether you want to display a grocery list or simply write a greeting for your guests, these tips will show you some unexpected — and useful — ways to use chalkboard paint around the home.

Chalkboard Wine Glasses []
The next time you have your friends over for wine and cheese, customize their wine glasses with this creative tutorial. Simply paint the bases of an affordable set of wine glasses with basic craft store chalkboard paint, then allow each guest to write his or her name using a piece of chalk. That way, you can easily keep track of which glass belongs to each guest!

All Occasion Chalkboard Banner []
Decorate for any occasion without purchasing new decorations with this reusable chalkboard banner. Cut large triangular shapes out of chalk cloth vinyl, string it on a decorative ribbon, and then write a seasonal message or greeting to put on display.

Framed Magnetic Chalkboard Spice Rack []
If you love to cook, this chalkboard spice rack is a great kitchen project. By painting the inside of a frame with chalkboard paint and attaching small spice jars using magnets and sheet metal, you can label your spices, keep them organized, and switch them up whenever one runs out.

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Find Everything You Need at Bethesda Central Farm Market

March 24, 2015 1:07 pm

Every Sunday morning, Bethesda-area farmers and residents gather at the Bethesda Central Farm Market to buy and sell the region's best vegetables, flowers, baked goods, artisanal cheeses, and much more.

Start by grabbing a cup of fresh-brewed cup of coffee to sip as you spend time browsing the many stalls. Pick up some scallops or crabs at one of the fishmongers' stalls, or try some bacon that came straight from a local butcher shop. Peruse the many tables of just-harvested farm produce and head home with tomatoes, fresh herbs, apples, or whatever else strikes your fancy. There are a number of prepared-food vendors at the market, too, selling everything from lobster rolls to French crepes. If you find that you've worked up an appetite doing your grocery shopping, it's easy to sit down for a quick lunch before heading home.

Bethesda Central Farm Market
7600 Arlington Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 775-6402

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Stretch Your Paycheck with These Frugal Spending Tips

March 20, 2015 12:02 pm

You work hard and save as much as you can, and of course you deserve to indulge every now and then. Here are a few thrifty tips to help you avoid overspending on necessities and, in turn, maximize your savings for things that are more worthwhile.

  1. Map out your meals. It can become a bad habit to order takeout or grab lunch instead of brown bagging it. Map out your entire household’s meals at the beginning of each week, allowing for the occasional lunch out or dinner in, in order to maximize your grocery trips and make a restaurant visit all the more worthwhile.
  2. Stay aware of your utilities. Utilities like your cell phone or electricity are essential, but that doesn’t mean that you should pay for them blindly. Instead of using an automatic withdrawal system for each month’s bill, analyze how much you’re spending on each utility and barter with the service for a better deal if you feel that you’re being billed unfairly.
  3. Buy off-brand or discounted. Sure, things like your favorite yogurt or those new designer shoes require a bit of brand loyalty, but there are a number of areas in your home or pantry where you can be thrifty without much notice. Opt for store brand groceries where you can, use generic household cleaners, and buy clothing when discounted.

Beware These 9 Common Overspending Triggers [Daily Worth]
Our House: Common Overspending Traps to Avoid [Well Heeled Blog]
Overspending On Sale Items – How To Avoid The Traps [Miss January]

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