13 Items You Should Never Buy Used

used couchThere are some things you should always buy used secondhand. For instance, college textbooks, used cars, and baby clothes can easily be bought from a previous owner. And, you’ll save a bundle when you do.

But imagine you’re out shopping at a garage sale or pawn shop. Are there any items you shouldn’t buy used, things that might end up costing you more than you’d pay if you just bought it new?

As a matter of fact, there are. Let’s take a look at some of these items.

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5 Dandelion Greens Recipes for Salad & More

dandelionsIn the first part of this series, I talked about some of the incredible cost and health benefits of eating dandelions as well as how to harvest various components of this common weed including dandelion leaves, greens, flowers, and roots.

In this next post, I want to cover how to cook dandelions, and go over some of my favorite recipes. Most of these recipes are virtually free when it comes to expenses, especially given the fact that dandelions grow wild in many of our backyards, and for those of us who don’t have dandelions growing, they are inexpensive to harvest.

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Health Benefits of Eating Dandelions – How to Harvest Leaves, Greens, Flowers & Roots

dandelion fieldEvery spring our yards are filled with the bright, sunny appearance of dandelions. Well, at least I think they’re bright and sunny. Many people view the common dandelion as a weed, and wage a small war to eradicate the plant from their lawns.

Personally, I welcome the appearance of spring dandelions for one reason: I love to eat them.

I know, it sounds strange. Why on earth would someone want to eat dandelions?

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6-Step Guide to Renting Out a Room in Your House – Should You Do It?

extra roomAnother month has come and gone and you’ve just barely been able to squeak on your mortgage payment. You breathe a sigh of relief, but already you’re dreading next month, when the financial anxiety hits again.

If this sounds like your life, you’re not alone. Thanks to the recession, many people are just barely getting by right now. Month after month they frantically find ways to pay their mortgage and put food on the table. It’s a stressful and dispiriting situation to be in.

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Xeriscape Landscaping Ideas & Sustainable Gardening Tips to Conserve Water

xeriscaping yardDid you know that according to NASA’s investigation of satellite images, the U.S. grows enough residential grass to equal the state of New York? That’s 53,000 square miles…of grass.

The water all this grass requires to stay alive is astronomical. One-third of all residential water use is dumped on the lawn, where it picks up any pesticides and fertilizers you’ve laid down and then trickles down into your local watershed.

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How to Sell on Etsy – Set Up a Shop Selling Jewelry, Crafts, Baby Items, Art & More

handmade jewelryIf you’re an artist, jeweler, soap maker, knitter, baker, or you simply have a house full of vintage items, then you might be in a perfect position to start your own business on Etsy.

If you’ve never heard of Etsy, you’re in for a treat. Etsy is a lovely online marketplace designed exclusively for people selling handmade and vintage items. The site allows people from all over the world to sell their homemade goods, and anyone, from stay at home moms to well-respected gallery artists, can create an account to sell their work.

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11 Ways to Reduce and Save Money on Utility Bills

utility bills moneyIt is common for many families to stare dejectedly at $200, $300, $400, and sometimes even $500 in utility bills every month. That can be an especially hard pill to swallow when times are tight – especially with gas prices rising.

This issue hits close to home for me as well. My dad lives in Lousiana, and his monthly bill is an astonishing $430 per month. And, that’s living in the Sunny South!

So what can you do to reduce your utility bill without being forced to move? Well, according to Energy Star, half of all the energy we use in our homes goes toward heating and cooling. A significant amount goes towards water as well.

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What is Witch Hazel – 10 Amazing Uses & Benefits

witch hazelIf you’ve never heard of witch hazel, you’re in for a treat. Why? Because this natural astringent is not only awesome for your skin, but it has plenty of other amazing uses as well.

First of all, let’s take a closer look at witch hazel itself.

Witch hazel, also known as winterbloom or spotted alder, is actually a flowering shrub common in North America. The leaves, bark, and twigs of witch hazel are high in tannins. Tannins are found in any natural astringent because of their ability to tighten, dry and harden tissues. The witch hazel water you can buy for $2 at any any drugstore is actually a steam distillation of the bark, leaves, and twigs of the shrub itself.

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7 Common Items That Should Never Be Flushed – Prevent Clogged Toilet

toilet plunger cloggedThere’s a pretty popular TV commercial that’s been on lately for a well-known toilet maker. In the commercial, a guy sees a very pretty female plumber going into his neighbor’s house to fix a problem. Obsessed with the fact that he want this girl over to fix his pipes, he starts flushing everything he can down his toilet to clog it up.

Diapers, toys, and even entire plants are flushed down the toilet. Miraculously, the thing never clogs. If you’re interested, the video is embedded at the end of this article.

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How to Naturally Wash Your Car and Clean the Interior & Upholstery

car wash waterNow that winter is (hopefully) almost over, chances are that your car is looking a bit worse for wear. If yours is anything like mine, there are salt stains on the hood and doors, the windows are grimy, the inside is crusty with salt and sand from winter boots, and there might be quite a bit of trash and clutter scattered around.

I haven’t cleaned my car all winter because it’s simply been too cold here in the Midwest. But now? The sun is out, and the air is just warm enough to haul out the vacuum without risking hypothermia.

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