Saving Money Outdoors

Money Saving Tips for the Great Outdoors

Money Saving Tips for the Great Outdoors


Money Saving Tips for the Great Outdoors

Spring is here and it is time to get outdoors! It’s that time of year to get the outside cleaned up and barbecue ready.


For resin furniture – Mix dish washing detergent, ammonia, and warm water in a bucket and sponge onto resin furniture. Gently rinse off. For set-in stains, use a mix bleach and water (never mix bleach and ammonia, wait until the ammonia mixture is rinsed off). Restore the shine by applying a light coat of car wax.

Prevent fading on plastic furniture and toys – After washing and drying in the sun, apply a light coat of car wax, which will also repel dirt and grime.


Barbecuing on the go – Have you ever used those charcoal grills at the local park? Make things a little easier next time. Save two or three of the cardboard egg cartons, line them with charcoal briquettes, set them in the grill, and light the cartons on fire. No lighter fluid required and you can take them in their own little carrying case instead of lugging the bag with you.

Another fume-free option for setting your fire – Set a dry pine cone in the bottom of the barbecue, build a little charcoal pyramid around it, and light the pine cone on fire.

Easy DIY Grill cover – Fold a vinyl tablecloth in half and sew up the sites to make a quick, cheap cover for your outdoor grill.

Bugs and Other Pests:

Cheap DIY bug-deterrent – Puree one lemon (rind and all) and add to 1 gallon of water. Pour into a watering can and ‘water’ within a foot of your foundation to prevent ants, spiders, and other creepy crawlers from entering your home.

Aphid removal – Add 2 drops of liquid dish soap to a quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray plants where aphid damage is evident periodically to keep them away.

Hummingbird Feeder pests – Applying Vaseline to the spouts of your hummingbird feeder will keep bees from bothering with it. They don’t like getting stuck but the hummingbirds won’t mind at all.

Gnats a problem? – Crush bay leaves in your hands and rub over your skin to repel gnats, flies, and mosquitoes.

Flies on the patio – Keep your patio fly free with planters filled with sweet basil or mint (or both). Mosquitoes? Plant basil and pansies around the patio as a natural deterrent.

Flies and maggots in trash cans – Spray outdoor trash cans out and allow them to fully dry. Sprinkle dry soap or borax to keep flies away.


Read More:

DIY Hanging Herb Garden

Raised Bed Gardening

Grilling and Barbecuing

10 Cheap, Effective, and Versatile Cleaners

Main Dishes and More

Main Dishes and More

Start saving time and money in your kitchen with these easy family-friendly recipes, packed with flavor.

Easy Recipes

Dinner Ideas

Chicken Recipes

Crock Pot Recipes

Soup, Salads and Sides

Soup, Salads and Sides These great soups and side dishes go with everything from elegant holiday meals to a weeknight pot roast.

Soup Recipes

Side Dishes

Salad Recipes







Names for Boys

Baby Boy Names

Choose the perfect name for your bundle of boy with help from our lists of thousands of boys names.

Boys Names

Names for Girls

Baby Girl Names

Find a beautiful name for your new daughter with easy to use lists of names and name meanings for girls.

Girls Names



Quotes for Life

Quotes About Life

The right quote at the right time can make you feel like there is a kindred spirit in this world that thinks like you do.

Some quotes have no other purpose than to make you laugh...something we could all use more of. Get inspired or reassured, visit the quotes pages often.

Quotes to Live By


These are the big lists for reference, all things vocabulary, reading and writing. 

List of Verbs

List of Pronouns

List of Prepositions

List of Nouns

List of Adverbs

List Of Adjectives



Bread Pudding Recipe

Bread Pudding

Cinnamon and vanilla infuse this custard-like dessert that starts with simple ingredients, but tastes like pure luxury.

Warm Spiced Bread Pudding Recipe

Easy Dinner Ideas

Easy Dinner Recipes

Try a variety of 30 minute meals, they're complete homemade dinners from kitchen to table in a half hour.

Quick and Easy 30 Minute Meals




Popular Recipes

Easy Dinner Recipes

Quick and Easy 30 Minute Meals

Dinner Ideas

Easy Recipes

Best Chili Recipe

Chicken Recipes

Puppy Chow Recipe

Bread Pudding Recipe

Meatloaf Recipe

Easy Dinner Recipes Week One