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Party on St. Patrick’s Without Blowing Your Pot of Gold

photo: “Rainbow Over Knocknara” Ireland

You know spring is right around the corner when St. Patrick’s Day arrives. Green is springing up everywhere, and that alone is enough reason to celebrate! Here are seven videos with tips on meals, recipes, decorations, games, and crafts to bring some festive green and great luck to any St. Patrick’s Day party… with these budget-friendly ideas, you won’t need to tap into your pot of gold to enjoy a great time!

St. Patrick’s Corned Beef & Cabbage – Irish Chef Bobby Flay shows how to cook an affordable enhanced version of corned beef & cabbage, a perfect recipe for an impressive traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast.

St. Patricks Day Dinner, Under $35 - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Chef Gerard Reidy’s classic recipes with a twist from Ireland’s Delphi Mountain Resort: mussels, a traditional lamb and vegetable stew, soda bread, and  banana bread dessert.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas - Leanne Mumm Pardo and Christopher Hughes, founders of One Hour Parties, share St. Patrick’s Day party ideas that are perfect quick, casual and affordable fun for any budget. Included: green beer, rainbow cupcakes, Leprechaun bottle covers, rainbow crunch mix, kids puppet activity and more.

Marble Green Fingernails for St. Patrick’s Day - When will it be a better time to wear green marble nail polish than on St. Patrick’s Day? What a budget friendly holiday idea! Here’s an easy tutorial on how to do it!  (cup is filled with filtered water).

Make a Bowler Hat from Newspaper - Crafting expert, Ginny Larson shows how to make a DIY St. Patrick’s Day bowler hat from newspaper – easy!

Kids Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day - Crafty Creations, the Abilene PublicLibrary librarian duo, Tremain Jackson and Alyssa Crow, show two DIY craft projects, a potato shamrock stamp & a tissue paper rainbow. They also suggest two children’s books relating to St. Patrick’s Day.

The History of St. Patrick’s Day - Is St. Patrick’s Day just about green, shamrocks, leprechauns, gold and beer? What is the origin of St. Patrick’s Day? And who was St. Patrick? Find the answer here & impress with your St. Patrick’s knowledge!

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Seasonal Crafts From the Kitchen & Yard

Setting a festive mood or bringing excitement into your home to enjoy some seasonal cheer doesn’t require a big wallet or bank account.

Sometimes the mementos everyone appreciates the most are the ones that came right from home, handmade from the little things found right in your backyard or kitchen. Here are some fun, eco-friendly and budget-friendly do-it-yourself craft projects that use and re-use simple materials you may already have on hand so you can bring the outdoors in to appreciate all season long.

How to Make Shrunken-Head Apples - Perfect for Halloween! A festive and seasonal DIY decor idea, that’s fun and easy to create: shrunken heads from apples. Float them in a bowl of punch, mount on sticks or make a garland and display by the front door. The video instructions say to leave them in the sun for several days to dry, but you can also leave them in a 225 – 250-degree oven for 6 – 8 hours or till dried.

How to Make a Corn Husk Doll - Candace from NaturallyEducational.com shows how to make DIY dolls from corn husks in this clip. A charming activity for kids to do. Decorate a wreath with them or string together and drape across a holiday dinner table top or spruce up a doorway.

Squash & Gourd Luminaries, DIY - Candace Give the Season a warm glow with these unique DIY luminaries from nature. How-to in this video from the Holiday Crafts show in the DIY Network hosted by Michele Beschen.

Wax Leaves for Decoration, DIY - Amanda Warford presents a crafty idea to bring the outdoors in.  This clip shows how a simple dipping in wax will preserve leaves to enjoy all winter long. Use them to create mobiles, collages, garlands or wreaths.

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Father’s Day: Fantastic and Wallet-Friendly

We know you care, and your Dad will too!

You can show Dad you have real heart for him, and also hold onto your real savings at the same time with these videos loaded with easy budget-friendly or even free do-it-yourself gifts, gift baskets, recipes, entertaining and activity ideas Dad will love!

Father’s Day the Home Shopping Way – Every father deserves the best, and what better way than with Home Shopping? What dad wouldn’t appreciate a little comedy with his socks and BBQ?  Catch this Karen Alloy comedy.

Meetballs 3-course, feed 4, under $35 - Chef Bill Poirier from Boston’s restaurant, Sonsie, whips up a 3-course-meal for 4 people, for under $35 budget. Spinach salad, turkey meatballs, & chocolate ricotta!

Summer Grilling , Serve 8 for $10 Each – Cook up a 3-course meal for 8 people and for under $10 each with recipes from David Joachim and Andrew Schloss, Authors of  Mastering The Grill.

Cupcake Father’s Day Gifts - Everyone loves cupcakes and the author of   Hey There, Cupcake! shows how to decorate dessert for a special Father’s Day.

DIY Coin and Key Keeper - Give Dad a hand for pocket change & car keys with this one-of-a-kind do-it-yourself tray that any child can make!  Easy DIY from Crayola Creative Workshop.

DYI Photo Frame from a CD Case - An easy DYI gift project from Crayola Creative Workshop: turn an old CD case into a bright and bold picture frame that can hold a special message.

Origami Necktie and Shirt Card - So Easy to do! A DYI origami necktie and shirt card that’s sure to bring a smile to every dad.

Men’s Spa at Home - Men like to indulge too. Check out these at home men’s grooming products and gifts to pamper the man in your life from Lenny LaCour.

For more gift ideas, that are sure to please, check out these blog posts:

These previous posts mention  great resources for nice discounts and even free fun local activities you may want to make part of your Father’s Day plan :

Father’s Day FACT:  Did you know:

Scholars claim the tradition of Father’s Day can be traced in the ruins of Babylon where a young boy called Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. Elmesu wished his father good health and a long life. The idea of a Father’s Day celebration in the U.S.A. originated in 1909 in Spokane, Washington, when Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd was listening to Mother’s Day sermon.  Sonora pondered if there is a day to honor mother then why not for father and she began a rigorous campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in the U.S.  It wasn’t until  1972 that a permanent national observance of Father’s Day  was established by President Richard Nixon. More Father’s Day facts

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20 Big Time (& Budget) Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day… and we’re on it, with videos full of ideas to say you care, and ways to celebrate in warm, cozy, and ultra romantic style, without over-spending or draining your bank account… so go ahead, indulge:

Rich Romantic Times for Less - Relationship expert, Sean Stephenson gives inspiring ideas for a hot date, no matter what your budget, that are sure to “wow” your honey.

Valentine, Impress Your Honey for Little Money - Amy Lewis, DebtFreeAmerica.com

Valentine Gifts for Men Under $50 - David Greg from BehindTheBuy.com shows great ideas for the guys

Valentives DIY Projects, KMBC’s Dion Lim gives easy projects for a big statement but a little price!

Valentine’s Day Card DIY – An easy, fun craft both kids and adults will love doing. Create a woven heart-shapped “packet” to hold a sweet something for your sweetie.

Valentines Pop-Up Card DIY - Create a whimsical heart-to-heart pop-up card – quick and easy.

Valentines Kids Party on Budget - Games, snacks, decorations and crafts from Kit Bennett of AmazingMoms.com

Valentines DIY Kids Projects - Dion Lim, of Dion’s Daily Deals.com, with ideas that kids can create

Street Food Smart! - Treat Your Valentine to an ultra- affordable Gourmet Dinner! Tips from sltv Exclusives Video Contributor, Daniel Delaney, of Vendr.tv

Valentines Dinner: 3-Course Under $35 - Husband and Wife chefs, Lachlan & Allison Patterson (Lachlan was also a contestant on Top Chef Masters & 2008 Best Chef Shouthwest from the James Beard Foundation)

Valentine Bubbly! – Champagne & Sparkling Wines – Epicurious.com tips  to save you money on the bubbly

Valentines DIY Spa Day - Use items right from your kitchen! – Katie Lee on CBS’ The Early Show

Valentine Romantic Look - Professional make-up artist, Michelle Phan, shows romantic make-up how-to steps

Red Carpet Inspired Looks Golden Globes - Looking for a Valentine knock-out dress? Get Red Carpet Looks for way less with these GoldenGlobe ’09 inspired fashion-find deals from Nextpert.com trending reporter, Kathleen De Monchy

Red Carpet Inspired Looks Oscars - Want a Valentine knock-out dress? Get Red Carpet Looks for way less with these Oscar ’08 inspired fashion-find deals from Kathleen De Monchy

Valentine’s Gift Giving Stages – Stephen Lenz, AOL Shopping consultant,  has tips for any stage of your relationship

Limo’s – How to Get the Best Deal – For that Xtra Special Valentines Night from SeattleTravel.com

Budget-Friendly Rings - Tips on what to watch & watch out for from Summer Krecke, Deputy Editor, WeddingChannel.com

Wedding Rings - What to Consider When Buying a wedding rings, from Tacori.com diamonds.

Frugal Destination Weddings – (what Valentine wouldn’t love that?) Antonia van der Meer, editor-in-chief of Modern Bride Magazine

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Vintage Vinyl Records: Tips to Reuse, Repurpose and Resell

The Grammy Awards always gets us thinking about our favorite tunes and the memories that are sparked by music. Music is a powerful force. And as an art form it changes with the advent of new technologies, just as the vehicles by which we listen to music also changes with new technologies. In just a few short decades the way music is delivered has gone from requiring a huge apparatus like the victrola to wireless devices that are barely visible if at all. Some people still prefer to listen to music from vinyl record albums; some people love actively collecting both new and vintage vinyl albums, while still others have collections that they don’t know what to do with. Many people are creative and see the crafty potential hidden within those records and they enjoy a little DIY time creating unique items to enhance their homes and give as fun gifts. No matter where you fall in those categories, we have helpful info. about how to get the most out of your vinyl records.

How to Sell Your Old Records - It’s not always easy to find the true value of your vinyl records. You would need to know this before reselling or seeking insurance protection for your collection. Here are tips on how to assess the value and on reselling

Does Insurance Protect Your Record Collection? - If you have an in depth vinyl record and/or CD collection, you won’t want to miss these pointers on how to make sure your collection is covered by insurance and protected from mishaps.

Make a Bowl From a Vinyl Record - How to repurpose your old vinyl records by making a cool bowl. This creative DIY craft project is SUPER easy, quick and makes a unique, impressive gift idea!

Make Bracelets from Vinyl Records - Crafter extraordinaire Jennifer Perkins shows how to make bracelets from vinyl records? Easy DIY how-to instructions for making a cool, fashion-forward cuffs. This also is a great gift idea!

Make a Clock from Vinyl Records - How to make a clock from vinyl records? This easy DIY project makes a fun gift, adds creative and personal flavor to any room… it’s simple to do, inexpensive, and fun to make!  Marie suggests getting a used clock, but you can also find clock mechanisms at your local crafts store. You could also glue clock numbers that you cut out from decorative paper onto the record if you like.

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Top Ten Money Saving Videos of 2012 on SpendLessTV

 

The Top Ten Videos of 2012 on SpendLessTV.com

As we welcome the start of a new year, we reflect on the one just completed and realize how incredibly grateful we are to be able to feature helpful material from insightful money-savers, creative crafters, entrepreneurs and personal finance advisors from all over the world who are committed to helping you achieve your personal finance, money management and creative success.

With appreciation and thanks we acknowledge all of the creators of the amazing video content featured on the SpendLessTV.com site, but in particular, as the new year begins, we recognize the video contributors who made SpendLessTV.com’s  Top Ten List of Most Viewed Videos for 2012: Ramit SethiGarrett B. Gunderson,  Daniel Delaney, Julia Scott,  Rick Bayless, Brad Stroh, Suzanne RielleMarie Forleo, the Saturday Night Live team of  Steve Martin, Amy Poehler and Chris Parnell, and independent crafter Corinne Bradd.

Here is the SpendLessTV.com List of  The Top Ten Videos of 2012:

10. Busting Money Myths: Willpower - Ranking in the Top Ten List for the second year this video busts the money myth that growing wealth is all about needing more willpower. This is one of three videos in an Original series created for SpendLessTV from Ramit Sethi, personal finance blogger and author of  I Will Teach You To Be Rich.  Ramit is known for his straight forward, unconventional approach to helping people succeed with personal finance, money saving and business growth and entrepreneurship.

9. Your Credit Score: Stay on Top - This is Garrett B. Gunderson’s third appearance in the annual SpendLessTV.com Top Ten List, but the first for this particular video. Garrett created this video as an Original for SpendLessTV. He discloses a wealth of information about how your credit score influences everything from your insurance rates to your mortgage rates, car loans and more – and what you can do about it. Don’t miss the invaluable insight from the author of the New York Times bestseller, Killing Sacred Cows.

8. Street Food Smart - This Original video created for SpendLessTV.com from Vendor.tv creator, restaurateur and food culinary cart curbbside cuisine expert, Daniel Delaney  makes it’s second appearance in the yearly SpentLessTV Top Ten List. Daniel sheds light on the age-old question: to taste or not to taste? Catch Daniel’s wisdom on how to get the most quality and enjoyment for your vendor buck.

7. Coupon Stacking Explained - We all know how using coupons can save money, but in this clip Julia Scott, CEO of BargainBabe.com, shows exactly how easy it is to save big every time and  how one simple couponing tip can add up to considerable savings at the cash register.

6. Guacamole - Frontera Grill founder and TV personality, Chef Rick Bayless, gives his famous recipe for a slightly unconventional guacamole. We’re not surprised this rates in the top-viewed; it’s a free recipe for an inexpensive, yet rich and indulgent dish which is, of course, THE perfect food for just about any occasion and an easy side dish that enhances any meal!

5. 5 Simple Ways to Save Money - Saving money is always a good idea, but often we end up over-complicating the  how, when, where, and what regarding what really works. In this video the CEO of bills.com, Brad Stroh, takes the guess work out of the equation by providing 5 basic never-fail ways to grow your savings every day.

4. How to Spend Less on Kids Clothing -”Buy Right and Sell Right” is the secret many parents are using to dress kids in high style, quality clothing for less-than or equal-to superstore offerings. Suzanne Rielle, co-founder of the resale site, LoobaLee.com, explains how it works and why and how purchasing quality clothing can actually be a real money-saver.

3Maintain a Mindset of Abundance - Best-selling author, speaker and one of the most diversely successful entrepreneurs and business development coaches today, Marie Forleo, shares 3 easy things you can do to feel abundant, attract success, avoid money stress and feel great about your potential in this Original video created especially for SpendLessTV.com which deservedly has ranked in the yearly Top Ten for the past three years.

2. Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford! - Making the Top Ten List for the third year running, is this classic comedy sketch from Saturday Night Live which features Steve Martin and Amy Poehler, who play a couple needing personal finance budgeting help, which they find with Chris Parnell’s unique approach to debt & money-management. Timeless advice presented in a way that always brings a smile.

1.  DIY Paper Photo Wallet - Everything you need to know to create a paper crafted tri-fold wallet to display your favorite pictures, recipes, notes, clippings – you name it – in style. Crafter Corinne Bradd shows how to create a brag book using only paper & a few simple creases. This project requires no glue, no scissors, and no tape. It makes a fantastic craft project for the kids, is a great greeting card alternative and makes a super thank-you or hostess gift.  No wonder it topped the SpendLessTV.com List as the Number One Top-Viewed Video of 2012!

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9 DIY Gift Ideas – Home Accessories from Recycled Items

Spruce up your space, (or create a great gift) with a little do-it-yourself. Here are easy-to-do eco-friendly projects that will turn those tired household objects you’re thinking of tossing out into beautiful and useful home accessories. They make great gift ideas, too!

Make a Vase from Magazine Pages - Recycle your old magazines by creating a vase, bowl or vessel using nothing more than glue and pages from a magazine. This video gives an easy DIY tutorial.

Home Decor Recycle DIY - Easily repurpose thrift store purchases or items from around your home… sometimes all you need is a little spray paint! Decorator Susan Phillips shows DIY home decor transformation ideas in this clip.

Repurpose Home Decor Items – This video from designer Soshana Gosselin gives easy ways to freshen up your home decor by repurposing, recycling and re-inventing items you already have.

DIY Cans to Votive Holders – This segment shows a simple DIY craft recycling project to transform an empty aluminum can into a votive holder. All you need is an empty can and scissors!

A Basket from Magazine Paper - Recycle your old magazines with this easy DIY craft project to create a cool and stylish multi-use basket out of nothing more than magazine pages and glue! Easy how-to directions in this clip.

Chinese Takeout Lantern DIY - Crafter Shiho Masuda transforms Chinese takeout containers into mini tabletop lanterns. Beautiful video shows DIY recycling craft directions to brighten your dining or coffee table.

Make a Book Safe – Take an old book and recycle it into a secret place to store precious or favorite items. A clever gift idea, or double a gift’s goodness by using this as an eco-friendly gift box! Video shows how you can do it.

Make a Vase from A Plastic Soda Bottle – Eco-friendly DIY: Create a vase from a plastic soda bottle. Simple DIY in this clip provides instructions. All you need is a bottle, scissors and rocks. Consider displaying several together in various sizes and colors. Add flowers and it’s complete! Makes nice gift!

Soda Can Lantern DIY - This clip shows how to make a recycled DIY lantern/candle holder out of a soda can. Extremely simple to do. (Be careful of sharp edges when pulling out the strips).

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6 Fabulous Fashion Accessories – DIY Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Love

Turn your clutter into fabulous! These easy do-it-yourself craft projects use items you may already have or can easily collect or find and transforms them into attractive fashionable accessories. These make unique, eco-friendly and virtually free gift ideas, too!

Turn a Book into a Handbag - Curbly.com shows how to create a DIY custom, colorful purse by recycling a vintage hard-covered book cover and fabric. This takes a little sewing savvy, but the results are cool.

Make Your Own Beads from Paper - Easy recycling DIY from Threadbanger.com shows how to create beads for necklaces, bracelets, and more using old magazines, newspapers, or wrapping paper.

Necklace from Magazine Pages - Makeup artist, crafter and vlogger from VenusOcean.blogspot.com shows how to create a necklace from old magazines. A fun super simple family-friendly project  that costs almost nothing to make!

DIY Necklace from Pantyhose – Inspired by the book, P.S. I Made This by Erica Domesek, Earth911.com’s Jennifer Berry shows how to create a fashionable elegant or campy necklace with this easy DIY project using recycled  hosiery, scissors & found items from around your house.

Use Plastic Bags to Make Cool Things – Etsy Labs Technician Anda Lewis shows us how to fuse plastic shopping bags together to create a material you can sew together and use as you would a sturdy water-resistant fabric. Make a reusable shopping bag, messenger bag, cosmetic bag, guitar straps, belts… you name it!

DIY Bracelets and More from Pop Tabs - A creative bracelet is just one of many items you can make out of soda pop tabs! A creative eco-friendly and versatile project that you can use to make belts, earrings, we’ve even seen purses and tote-bags out of pop tabs as well! A fun gift idea great for guys or gals!

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Father’s Day Fabulous (and frugal)

U.S. Father’s Day falls in June, on the third Sunday of the month.

Create a fantastic Father’s Day! Here are tips on affordable & eco-friendly gifts, preparing a top notch meal,  DIY crafts for gifts that both kids and adults can create, and pointers on how to be a fantastic host for Father’s Day. We give you everything you need to create a fabulous day for Dad while keeping your budget balanced and your wallet full!

Grilled Sausage 3-Course Under $35 - Budget friendly gourmet 3-Course meal under $35  - Father and son chefs, Joe Isidori, Executive Chef of NYC’s Harbor Restaurant, and Arthur Isidori, Saucier Chef at Admiral’s Cove in Juniper, Florida, together show their recipes for Tomato Salad,  Tomato Basil Pasta,  Sweet & Spicy Grilled Sausage… UMMM!

Top 5 Eco Gifts for Father’s Day - Save money, the earth, and bring a smile to Dad with these 5 top budget and eco friendly pics for Father’s Day gifts from EcoBold.com founder, Steffany Boldrini.

Gifts for Dad that Kids Can Create - Emily Hover from PioneerPartyandGift.com gives 7 easy, fun & budget friendly DIY ideas that kids can create for Father’s Day gifts for Dad.

Make a Paper Wallet in Under 2-Minutes - How To Make a paper wallet – Easy DIY using only paper that anyone can do and Dad will love. Great for business cards or photos, too!

6 Steps to Hosting a Great Father’s Day - Sometimes just a little undivided attention is all that Dad needs to make his Father’s Day celebration truly special. Here are 6 tips to being the perfect host of a perfect day for Dad.

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DIY Holiday Crafts for Kids

Create some holiday fun for kids during the holiday season. They’ll feel great about their creative ideas when they make unique gifts for friends and family or teachers. These are easy, inexpensive projects for decorations, ornaments or gifts that just about any age child (or adult) can easily do.  And, they make great activities to keep kids busy during your holiday events.

Of course, keep in mind that anything with a particular theme, ie: Christmas, can be adapted to reflect any other holiday affiliation, symbols and colors.

Kids Christmas Craft Idea – Our friends at SanDiegoBargainMama.com found this creative easy DYI  Christmas holiday craft idea that kids can do & use as a tree ornament, house or door decoration, or gift card, from ActivityVillage.co.uk

Kids DIY Xmas Tree Ornaments - DIY Christmas Tree ornaments! LooLeDo.com sows how to use inexpensive paints, sharpies, twistie ties or pipe cleaners, paper cups & egg cartons! Easy fun project kids will love creating, and a fun activity to enhance a holiday party.

Holiday Crafts for Kids – Founder of MuffinTinMom.com and a member of the SanDiegoBargainMama.com team, creative crafter, Michelle Sybert, shares easy projects families & kids can do and use for holiday gifts.

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