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August 2016

Reclaiming furniture

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

If you have a friend that's giving some items away, or you find something at a garage sale that's 'iffy', or you see something you like at a thrift store, take it!

20160812_182358 (2)Today's project. Reclaimed furniture. This used to be a glass top coffee table. The glass top shattered, and rather than shell out the bucks for tempered glass, I gave the metal frame a fresh coat of hammered black paint, put on a wood top and stained it. Total cost, $24.

A little imagination and a few bucks can turn something functional, into something that also looks really good!


Buy your cleaning supplies at Dollar Tree

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

If you're not a fan of Dollar Tree, then I must ask, "Why not?"

Have you shopped there?  Have you given it a shot?

Dollar Tree 001Full Disclosure:  I had never stepped foot inside one of their stores until after my divorce, a few years back.  I only did so, upon recommendation from some work friends and the need to supply my apartment in 'starting out' again from scratch.

Today, I was in need of re-supplying my cleaning supplies and a few personal hygiene items.  Check out the list, look how cheap it is!   You would pay perhaps four times the amount for the name brand stuff at THE local big-name grocery store.

I got all the basics for cleaning and then some, for only $16.13!  Try doing that at Dillon's, HyVee, or even Walmart!   You just flat out, can't. 

"But Mike," you say, "Are those products as good as the name brand stuff?"

For the most part, yes, yes it all is.  To be fair, some of the products aren't as strong or seem to be watered down compared to some of the name brand counter-parts, but for the price, it's still well worth it.  The Dollar Tree offerings of laundry soap for example are every bit as good as something like Tide.  The hand soap, I can't tell a difference from name brands.  Mouthwash, same thing.  The Pine Sol copycat is watered down, but it works, and no, it doesn't take four times the amount to clean in comparison to how much you would pay for the real deal.   The foil, a bit thin, but I can double up in wrapping if need be and still will not be paying out what I would for the name brand.  Palmolive dish soap, that's a name brand you can get for $1 at Dollar Tree, how much did you pay for it at THE 'Name Brand' grocery store?  Too much!  And why pay too much for something as basic as a scrub sponge?  Get two sponges for the price of one at Dollar Tree.

Just remember that when it comes to the name brand stuff, in most cases you are being marketed, don't buy into their hype.  And don't take my word for it, do your own homework.  Test some products out that you purchased from Dollar Tree.  I think you'll be pleased with what you buy there.

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