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25 Ways to Make Your Older Mobile Home More Energy Efficient

If you are living in an older manufactured home, you know first-hand that the energy bills can go through the roof. For a small house, single wide or double wide mobile homes can be crazy expensive to heat and cool. From our experience, here are 25 ways to make your old mobile home more energy efficient. (And most of these ways are inexpensive to implement!)

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20 Best Rain Plan Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

Congratulations! You’ve picked the perfect weekend for your garage sale to be rained out. So.Frustrating, right? But don’t be so quick to close up shop. I’m going to give you 20 best rain plan tips for a successful garage sale so all your hard work and planning isn’t wasted.

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Where to Buy Authentic Materials for Old House Renovation (On a Budget)

Whether you are renovating an old farmhouse or adding character to a new home, sometimes you just need old pieces of trim, doors, flooring, cabinets and so much more that’s hard to replicate at the big box stores. We are restoring our 1900 farmhouse to its former glory, and I’ll share where to buy authentic materials for old house renovation. Bonus: we are doing this on a budget, so many of these sources often are less than new prices!

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75 Kids’ Gifts to Make Helping Fun (Renovation and Homestead)

Christmas, birthdays or Easter is coming and your kids’ toys lie piled in the middle of the room, hardly played with. (Ever notice how kid toys seem to cause anxiety, but you buy more thinking they will somehow bring peace and joy this time?)  What if you purchased them gifts they would actually love and use every day? Here are 75 kids gifts to make helping fun (renovation and homestead based).

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Pros and Cons of Painting Kitchen Laminate Countertops

You’ve been living with dated or damaged laminate kitchen countertops, but beautiful countertop replacements are just not in the budget right now. After painting the original counters in our 1979 mobile home and living with them for almost two years, here are my pros and cons of painting kitchen laminate countertops. (Psssst, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Read more to find out why and painting tips.)

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Our Vintage Bungalow

Howdy! I’m Tammy, and I’ve lived most of my life stretching a low decorating budget through garage sales and DIY renovation.

I am going to give you quick and easy tips on the beauty of reusing older items instead of spending tons of money on new. I’ll show you how I add vintage style that makes a your house feel like a cozy home (even with young kids, a practical husband and a big dog in tow). 

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