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Posted by CENTURY 21 Classic Gold on 10/18/2019

The wide variety you can find at the bargain dollar stores may be a treasure hunt or a total waste of your money. When it comes to choosing those items that are worth a quick trip to the store; experience is a good teacher. You could also ask your friends who shop at dollar stores what they have found to be of value. Pinterest and blogs often have dollar store ideas that will save you time and money also. 

Crafters Control Yourselves

To have a list when you arrive at the store can help cut down on the possible sticker shock when you check out and realize you put more than you intended in your cart. If you are making a craft project have the complete list of materials needed with the items you want to purchase from the dollar store highlighted in some way. This way if you run across something that isn’t highlighted, but the store happens to carry, you can grab it and save yourself an extra trip later. Items like glue sticks, poster board, markers, glitter, foam wreaths, silk flowers, and ribbon can all be great buys at the dollar store. 

Gift Baskets Galore

When you have those occasions that require a gift and a card the dollar store is a definite win-win place to shop. The teacher appreciation basket that you want to put together, but not spend the whole nest egg on, can be made with fun items from several departments within the store. For example, a small organizer bin filled with travel size facial tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and pain reliever. You could add some tea bags of assorted flavors, mixed nuts, and a chocolate treat. Put this is in a large cello bag found and tie it up with a ribbon and as a final touch a thank you/appreciation card on the front. 

Frugal First Aid Kit

Putting together a first aid kit for your home or that care package for the young adult moving out on their own can be done within a short time frame. The dollar store carries first aid items in smaller packaging so you can put everything in a small container. Grab a bowl that has a snap-tight lid or a zipper pouch like a pencil box or bag. Fill the box or bag with band-aids, allergy relief, antacids, nail clippers, vinyl gloves, paper tape, and gauze. You may even find some items not mentioned that are useful additions to a life preparedness kit. 

Go check out one of your local dollar stores this week and see what you can find of value.




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Categories: how to   Family   bargain shopping  


Posted by CENTURY 21 Classic Gold on 10/11/2019

The side hustle chores, you know the ones that you do while you are doing something else. For example, you are vacuuming and picking the kids room at the same time. While the gas pump is filling your tank, you are cleaning out the car. Multi-tasking is a necessity with the way our lives run these days. You don’t just watch television, but along with your nightly news, you fold a load of laundry or pack lunches for the next day. Look at how you organize your day and realize that you probably do much more then you think. So how can you maximize your time and efforts with side hustle chores? 

Partners in Time

There are many kinds of chores that you do together without thinking about it. But let us look at some ways that maybe you haven’t thought of before. Cleaning the shower while you wait for your conditioner to do its job is a great side hustle chore. Waiting for your tea kettle or the pasta water to boil is enough time to steam clean your microwave. Put a load of dirty towels into the washing machine and use one of the towels to wipe down the dryer and washer. Any part of your daily routine that causes you to pause for even a moment or two can be an opportunity to pick away at something else. Resulting in getting more accomplished throughout your day.

Away from Home

Running errands and going to appointments throughout your day provides small bits of waiting time that you can again engage your side hustle. Although you will need to be aware of your surroundings and do not participate in anything that is of a personal nature or sensitive information that would put you at risk such as identify theft. That being said, you can while waiting in a doctor's office schedule any number of online items. Tasks such as ordering take out to pick up later, or an oil change appointment. Maybe setting up coffee with a friend via text or reminding your teen to be home on time with a Snap. All these side chores can pick away at your never-ending to-do list and perhaps gain you some downtime at the end of your day to relax.

So next time you find yourself waiting for any length of time find a small task to complete while you wait.




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Categories: chores   Family   save time  


Posted by CENTURY 21 Classic Gold on 5/3/2019

A bustling household can wreak havoc on the peace of mind of a natural introvert. Finding a getaway place inside your home to rest and rejuvenate so that you can return to your busy family life refreshed might seem impossible in your home. But carving out a quiet place might be easier than you think.

Make your bath a private retreat

A shared family bathroom might not seem very spa-like, but a few inexpensive additions can get you some private time in a restful atmosphere. If you have an en-suite, it’s even better.

  • You’ll need to prepare in advance, so spend a day cleaning your bathroom and clearing out the cabinets. Remove anything old or unused. Consolidate what remains into items used every day versus items used once-in-awhile. Move the less used items into cabinets or a hall closet to free up counter and tub space.
  • Use inexpensive caddies to hold everyday items. Divide these by family member if possible so that after each person starts or ends their day, all products return to the caddy for storage under the sink.
  • Set a basket beside the tub to hold hair products and body wash. Keeping these items out of the bathtub makes getting into spa-mode easier.
  • Create a basket with your favorite relaxation candles, bath bomb, bath pillow, hair wrap, and fluffy robe. When you need your private time, announce to the family that the bathroom is off limits. Grab a glass of wine, then set out your candle, fill the tub and slip away.

Reading Nook

Sometimes you need personal space to hide in plain sight. Create a reading nook for yourself in whatever alcove you can find. This nook might be an awkward corner of the living room or family room—you know, that place no one likes to sit because it doesn't have a clear view of the TV. Move a chair into that space and deliberately turn it away from the television. Add a side table and lamp. You've got your space, and you can ignore the rest of the world while you lose yourself in a book.

Unused dining room

Modern families often don't find time to use the formal dining room. This designated area often falls prey to renovations and open concept floor plans. If your home still has one, however, and even if you still use it, you can turn it into your private oasis. 

  • Extend the chandelier on a longer chain so that you can “move” the center of the room. Push the table toward one side and even consider using a bench along the back. This setup will give you more space to carve out your private space.
  • Place a chaise near a window or add a cushion to a deep windowsill to create a seating area just for you.

Since your family only uses the area occasionally, you’ll have it to yourself most of the time.

If your home truly doesn't lend itself to carving out that quiet place, talk to your real estate professional about your special needs and start scoping out a better layout.




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