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Posted by Sean Perkins on 5/23/2018

There are more cleaning supplies on the market than ever before. If you walk down the cleaning section of Target you'll find an array of brooms, scrubbers, and solutions that are all variations on the same simple ideas. Furthermore, these products have begun capitalizing on single-use components like a sweeper with throwaway pads or disposable dusters. All of these expenses add up and before you know it you're spending up to $70 each month just on cleaning supplies. Fortunately, many frugal consumers have noticed this trend and have come up with creative ways to save money on cleaning.†In this article, we'll cover some frugal cleaning products and solutions that will save you a ton of money at the checkout line.

Sweeping, dusting, and mopping

Let's face it, the Swiffer is a great invention. It mops, sweeps, and dusts without the mess of a bucket of water. Plus it's lightweight and versatile making it useful for many surfaces around the home. The down side? Having to buy all of those expensive replacement pads. If you're like me, you feel a twinge of guilt whenever you throw out at item that seems wasteful. For me, cleaning supplies are the epitome of wastefulness. So, instead of using the throwaway pads you could do a a few things. First, you could buy a reusable pad online. Some are designed to fit various sweepers. Alternatively, there are some cloths that you can buy at your local dollar store that will fit onto your sweeper just fine. Once one gets dirty, put the next one on and sink wash them all when you're done. The other option is to knit or crochet your own sweeper cover. There are lots of patterns online that will help you get started, plus a hand-made cloth adds more meaning to the mundane work of sweeping the house. For those spots you don't dust with your†sweeper-duster (like a TV, or the tops of picture frames), you could always dust with your used†dryer sheets that you'd otherwise just toss in the trash. Keep them in a bag in your cabinet so you remember to use them.

Go paperless

Paper towels and napkins are always expensive and seldom on sale. Plus, all that paper usage does a number on the environment. Instead of reaching for a paper towel at dinner, keep a stack of microfiber cloths, handkerchiefs, or hand towels. When this isn't possible, like in the case of a big cookout, use choose-a-size paper towels to get more usage out of a roll. And speaking of choosing a size, the next time you buy sponges or "magic erasers," cut them in half to double the length of time you can use them.

Cleaning solutions

Making your own cleaning solutions has many benefits. First, you get to save money because the supplies tend to be cheap, household items. Second, you get to avoid all of the harsh chemicals that are often added to commercial cleaners, helping your health and the environment. Third, you can make them in bulk and not have to worry about them running out. Recipes for homemade cleaning solutions and air fresheners are abundant online. In general, however, they rely on a few simple ingredients: water, vinegar, baking soda, and some type of citrus like lemons, limes, or oranges.





Posted by Sean Perkins on 5/16/2018

If youíre looking to increase the value of your home before you sell, there are certain things that you can do to attract buyers and get a high return on your investment in your home. Thereís only so much time and money that you have to invest in your home. You will be purchasing a new place most likely and will need some capital for that. Read on for some tips on how to cheaply and efficiently make some quick improvements to your home. 


Stage Your Home 


You donít have to create a significant expense to make changes to your home. If thereís one thing you should know about selling your home, you should make an appearance. Clear out the clutter in your home. Then, take some time to stage it. No one who is touring your home should see your personal papers, childrenís toys, and celebrity shrines. Think minimalistic when it comes to the things that need to be in your home when itís put on the market. Having a clean house can make all the difference in selling your home.


First Impressions Are Everything


A mess never makes a good first impression. If things appear in disarray around the property, itís going to deter interest in the home. Make sure the yard looks presentable. Add some plants to the outside of the house. A simple clean up can make a big difference in the property. 


The Kitchen And The Bathroom Are Points Of Interest


People pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms of a home. One reason for this is that these rooms are particularly expensive to renovate. At the very least make sure that these rooms are clean. If you have the time and funds to replace tiles, or replace the sink, definitely complete these projects. 


Donít Try To Take On Projects Yourself


Itís important to recognize what you can and canít do. Hiring a professional to complete your projects can make a big difference. If you donít have a grasp on home renovation procedures, an improvement can turn into a nightmare. It could end up costing you more money and time in the long run. 


Hire A Real Estate Agent


Hire a real estate agent to help you sell your home. Real estate agents understand how to price and market a home for an optimal sale. Fees for sellerís agents are very reasonable and worth it if you want a good price for your home.  


As you can see, there are many simple ways you can get more value out of your home when you head to sell it.            





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Posted by Sean Perkins on 5/11/2018

Fantastic location! Excellent condo alternative, this 3 bedroom single family home is located close distance to downtown Newburyport, waterfront and Rail trail. Spacious living room that opens to oversized kitchen and 1/4 bathroom. Three generous bedrooms with full bathroom make up the 2nd floor. Notable amenities include spacious rooms w/ high ceilings, plenty of storage in the basement as well as private backyard, property could use updating but is well worth the investment. Enjoy all the benefits that Newburyport has to offer!

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Posted by Sean Perkins on 5/11/2018

Desirable 4 bedroom 3 full bathroom colonial that's loaded with updates throughout! Gorgeous kitchen w/ granite counters, cherry cabinets that opens to dining area and spacious living room w/ FP. Master suite with updated bathroom, 3 guest bedrooms and oversized game room that's perfect for entertaining. Semi finished lower level that features a guest suite, home office and full bathroom. Notable updates include newer driveway, exterior painting, central air, hw floors, updated bathrooms and much more. Large 2 car garage, spacious deck and plenty of storage in the lower level/attic. Private corner lot w/ tons of privacy and much more! Pride of ownership shows, a must see!

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Posted by Sean Perkins on 5/10/2018

Fantastic location! Excellent condo alternative, this 3 bedroom single family home is located close distance to downtown Newburyport, waterfront and Rail trail. Spacious living room that opens to oversized kitchen and 1/4 bathroom. Three generous bedrooms with full bathroom make up the 2nd floor. Notable amenities include spacious rooms w/ high ceilings, plenty of storage in the basement as well as private backyard, property could use updating but is well worth the investment. Enjoy all the benefits that Newburyport has to offer!

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