You do not just stop hunting because the times are lean. What you need are some insights on how to hunt smart. Hunting can turn out to be very expensive and fruitless if you do not plan properly. Many people spend large sums of money on buying hunting gear that they do not need and hi-tech equipment, which they cannot use.
The time you choose to go out on a hunting expedition may have a strong impact on the amount of money that you will spend. Different hunters may have their hidden secrets about the best time to venture in the hunting fields but each one of them knows that it is possible to spend less and gain much when you go out to hunt at particular times of the day and during certain months.
Here are some open secrets about hunting on a budget:
Share the Costs with Fellow Hunters.
You might be surprised by how your overall hunting budget becomes lightweight when you choose to share it with other hunters. Every dollar that you plan to spend can be halved if you learn to split it in the middle with your hunting peers. Begin by sharing your hunting plans on the social media and inviting friends who may wish to accompany you.
Instead of using two cars to go to the hunting fields, you can decide to use one with your friends so that the cost of fuel is divided and reduced. There are times when hunting takes the form of camping, which means that you have to incur some costs on tents and other equipment. Each one of you will spend just a fraction of the cost instead of one person shouldering the entire burden.
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A beautiful yard is the welcome mat to your home. It creates a beautiful look that completes your home and gives it great curb appeal. However, creating that beautiful yard and beautiful landscaping takes a long time and a lot of money — whether you do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
Fortunately, there are many ways to save money without sacrificing the quality of your yard and the curb appeal of your home. Here are a few tips:
Hire a Neighborhood Kid
Simply mowing your lawn regularly will make a huge impact on the look and health of your yard, but hiring someone to do it can be expensive. You can hire a neighborhood kid who will be more than happy to mow your lawn to make some extra cash, and you’ll end up spending far less than you would for a professional. Your yard will look just as good!
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Although the housing market finally appears to have stabilized, and prices are even starting to rebound, you might have decided that sticking with your current home for the foreseeable future offers the soundest financial plan for your family. But you likely still want to do what you can to increase the value of your property in the meantime, not to mention make your home more functional and beautiful while you’re still living there. You just might not want to spend an arm and a leg doing it, especially when it comes to “extra” space like your backyard. Let’s be honest: you probably feel okay about dropping a few thousand dollars on a kitchen or bathroom because you stand to see an excellent return on investment down the line. But the same cannot be said for backyard renovation. However, with a little planning and some elbow grease you can still turn your backyard into the functional living space and relaxing retreat you’re looking for.
Here are a few tips that could help you to cut costs when it comes to your backyard makeover.
There are two important things you need to resign yourself to right off the bat if designing on a dime is your goal. The first is that you’re going to have to be patient if you want a stellar yard on a strict budget; and second, you need to put time into the planning process to ensure that you don’t have to make costly changes mid-stream. So a good place to start is by downloading a program that will allow you to design and redesign your outdoor room to perfection before you ever spend a cent on your makeover, and SmartDraw is a free option that is ideal for the average homeowner. It may not have all the bells and whistles that some paid programs feature (what with libraries full of plants and materials), but it will help you to create a basic layout that includes zones for planting, paving, and so on.
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Springtime is here. As the weather is warming up, the days are starting to get longer and we all start to see the beginning signs of plants and flowers in bloom, we totally understand why you might find yourself having the urge to get out and do a bit of gardening.
Due to the fact that sometimes the cost of equipment and tools can be a little expensive, we wanted to be able to provide you with some frugal gardening tips for spring. That way, while your garden may end up looking like a million bucks, you won’t have to spend that much money for those kinds of high-end results.
Know where to get your plants. There is sometimes a misconception that in order to start a garden, you need to buy new seed and plants when that isn’t necessarily the case. There are local nurseries and botanical gardens that will sell you their plants that appear to be a bit more withered and worn for a discounted price. You can also speak to them about giving you plants that are considered to be out of season. Also, if you are planting a fruit and vegetable garden, remember that many of the foods that you already have in your refrigerator have seeds in them. Preserve some of those rather than purchasing new packets.
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Spring has sprung and it’s time to start thinking about gardening again. Gardening is a great way to supply your family with fresh veggies and herbs and it can save you some money on your grocery bill. Gardening is also a kind of therapy, a chance to get outside and commune with nature. A little dose of fresh air and exercise is good for the soul.
If you don’t have a yard of your own in order to plant a garden, why not take advantage of a community garden? If you don’t know if there’s one in your local area, perform a simple Google search and see what comes up. You will likely be surprised how many opportunities there are close to home. And if you don’t find any information, perhaps you can partner with your neighbors and start one.
A good friend of mine first introduced me to the idea of joining a community garden. She lives in a condo but she enjoys gardening and didn’t want to be left out just because she didn’t have her own backyard. She became part of her local community garden and found it to be a positive experience.
Community gardens are a great way to connect with your local community and they make gardening accessible to those living in condos and apartments. I have never been part of one myself because we have a postage stamp sized yard and I have converted all but one of my flowerbeds into gardens, but if I were to live in an apartment again, I would definitely consider joining one.
Have you ever been part of a community garden?
Last year our garden was full of cat poop. There’s really not a nice way to describe it. We don’t have a cat of our own, but many of our neighbors do and their cats seemed to think that our garden was a giant kitty litter. We decided this had to stop so we did our best to find solutions by talking to other people about it and by searching online for ideas.
Some of the suggestions seemed to make sense, while others were way out there. One example was to drop by your local zoo and ask for some tiger feces. The idea was to spread tiger feces all through your garden. Apparently domestic cats are afraid of larger cats feces. Who would have thought? Needless to say I didn’t try that route.
Instead, my husband and I decided to go to our local dollar store and pick up a couple of packages of 100 wooden kebab sticks. We stuck them into the ground pointy side up throughout our garden and we haven’t seen any cat poop in our soil since!
So, rather than spending a bunch of money to solve our cat problem, we spent about $2 and we can reuse the sticks every year. The only down side is that if you’re not careful, you can put a few wholes in your hands when weeding your garden or when you are picking vegetables. To be honest, I think I’ve hurt myself more by being careless than any cat has ever been hurt by our clever idea.
If you’ve ever had any trouble with cats in your garden, try this out. I laughed one day when I looked over to see our neighbors trying out our trick. It looks like it’s working for them, too!
My husband and I love camping during the summer and we’ve even tried our hand at winter camping. I must admit I enjoy camping in the summer a lot more. It’s a lot more comfortable, except for the insects. Camping is fun, but it can also become expensive if you’re not careful. Some simple things we do to save money when we camp include bringing our own food rather than purchasing our food at overpriced campgrounds or eating at campground restaurants.
We camp in a tent rather than staying in a cabin. Our campsite fees are cheap because we don’t require electricity. Some people prefer to camp out “in the sticks” where they don’t have to even pay any campsite fees. We would probably do that too if we were more familiar with the areas we camped in. The downside is there’s no fire pit and no bathrooms!
We never make reservations as it costs more when you do, and so far we’ve only regretted that decision once. There is almost always a space available so making reservations isn’t really necessary unless you plan to camp on a Stat holiday.
For entertainment, we fish for a while and go on some of the hiking trails. We also spend a lot of time just lounging on chairs and eating Spitz. We fish off the shore and my husband is usually successful at catching at least a few fish for our dinner. I am definitely not a skilled fisher, but my husband seems to always do well. You definitely don’t need to own a boat or have your own private dock to catch fish.
To make it special, we often bring our favorite foods to enjoy in the outdoors and we often eat a lot! Hopefully we burn some of the calories on our fishing and hiking adventures!
It’s just nice to get out of the city for a while and except for the cost of gas to get to our destination, there isn’t a lot of expense involved when it comes to camping in a tent. If you and your family need a getaway, camping might be just the thing for you.