9 Ways to Clean, Repair, and Restore Your Old Outdoor Gas Grill

gas grill upgradeEvery time I go to the Home Depot in the summer, I stare longingly at the shiny, manly grills lined up out front like soldiers waiting for orders. They’re so new, and have so many knobs and buttons! They can smoke, grill, or keep baked beans warm!

Like most Americans, I had an old grill on my back porch. It was a little rusted and had years of wear on the rack, but it could still turn out a decent hamburger. So instead of buying a new grill, I saved money by restoring and upgrading my old grill to its former glory – and added a few bells and whistles along the way.

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16 Ways to Save Money on Cheap DIY Wedding Invitations on a Budget

wedding invitationsWhen I got married, my crafty aunt handmade my wedding invitations as a wedding gift. Though they were exquisite and I got multiple compliments on them, I didn’t realize quite what a gift it was until I learned that the average amount that a couple spends on wedding invitations is $650 – and lots spend upwards of $2,000 or $3,000.

Who knew that paper cost so much? But it’s not just the paper – there are envelopes, second envelopes, response cards, response card envelopes, tissue paper, and postage, for starters. Money also goes into the design of the invitations as well as the actual printing of the message.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

This article is part of the Money Crashers Natural Medicine Cabinet Series, outlining 20 of the top natural home remedies and treatment.

green tea cupsIt’s hard for me not to get excited about tea. Strange sentence, I know, but I drink tea constantly. Green tea, white tea, herbal tea…I have an entire cabinet in my kitchen devoted to tea and tea-making supplies.

And I’m not alone. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water. Billions of people around the world drink tea on a daily basis. And aside from its wonderful variety in taste, tea offers us countless health benefits that we’re only just now starting to understand.

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How to Effectively Use a Facebook Page for Business Marketing

facebook clickIt seems like everyone from the age of 21 to 35 is a social media marketing expert these days. I swear that every other person’s Twitter bio says they’re some sort of Internet marketing or social media marketing guru/expert/enthusiast, or whatever.

Just as young entrepreneurs have been attracted to this trend, small business owners have been drawn to social media as a new way to market their business and get people in the door. Unfortunately, very few small businesses have actually had success with it, causing many to abandon their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and location-based social media deals.

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What to Do If Your Bank Fails – 4-Step Checklist

bank failure underwaterWhat do you mean my bank can fail? Yes, even the well-trained managers at your seemingly secure bank can make poor business decisions. Plenty of people thought it was impossible, but banks do make mistakes – like the numerous bad loans that eventually crushed major financial institutions in the past few years.

If you weren’t around for the savings and loan crisis and the scandals of the 1980s and 1990s, the recent vulnerability of banks might have been an unwelcome surprise. If your bank is in trouble, don’t panic. As with any extreme situation, overreacting just makes things worse. Stay calm, get your wits about you, and think about these smart next steps. You’ll stay on track, even if your bank is falling apart.

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Financial & Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother and Baby – Tips & Advice

breastfeedingDuring my son’s recent one year check up, the pediatrician talked to us about many things, such as what to introduce into his diet, what skills we should be working on, and up-coming potential vaccines. None of these came as a surprise to me since the information is commonly available in nearly any baby book.

However, as we were nearing the end of the appointment, the pediatrician told me to make sure I continue to breastfeed approximately four times a day until my child is two years old. Uh, wait a second…isn’t breastfeeding supposed to be stopped once a child is out of infancy?

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5 Common Problems & Issues of Looking for a Roommate – How to Protect Yourself

roommate argumentWhen money gets tight, taking on a roommate becomes a temptation. Roommates can help pay your rent or mortgage, utility bills, and maybe even your food costs.

But watch out: While many roommate arrangements typically start off with a cordial handshake, once a roommate moves into your home, the arrangement takes on legal significance under state and local landlord and tenant laws. This can make getting rid of a troublesome roommate difficult.

Here are a few of the common dangers of taking in a boarder, and ways to avoid or minimize problems.

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10-Step Plan for How to Start a Mobile Food Truck Business

kogi food truck businessThe idea of “food trucks” used to conjure images of ugly gray trucks that sold unhealthy greasy food and doled out empty calories. Boy, have times changed. Now, popular chefs, successful restaurateurs, and quirky foodies are all getting in on the act.

What were once known as “roach coaches” have become some of the most sought-out food eateries in major cities. If you’re looking to start your own small business – and you don’t want to go the traditional office or storefront route – then you might consider starting a food cart or food truck.

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