Declutter and Make Money The Easy Way On Gumtree

If you are looking to make some extra money and finding it hard sifting through all of the opportunities online, you’ve come to the right place. This moneymaking opportunity is so easy you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it first. Most importantly, it is legitimate very easy and closer to home than you think Don’t be a hoarder. Turn your unwanted items into cash on Gumtree. Declutter and make money easily on Gumtree Maintain income with minimal labour Decluttering is very therapeutic and very rewarding. In fact, 88% of Australians don’t actually need to look very far to source items to sell. Research indicates that each of us has at least 23 items that we can sell. Imagine that! With hardly any effort you can make good money today. Potential to scale Selling your clutter may start off small however it has the potential to become big business (if you want it to). Many people have established successful large-scale operations online. When you discover what makes you money, the possibility to grow it to a life-changing amount of money truly is a reality. What can you turn into cash? Take a look around your room, around your home. Can you see any books that you no longer read? Do you have a wardrobe full of shoes, clothes and accessories that either no longer fit, or are just not your style anymore? How about electronics such as old DVDs and computer games. You’ll be surprised at the amount of items you can gather when you put your mind to it. Selling on Gumtree for a profit Selling your unwanted... read more

Homemade Vs Commercial Cleaning Products – Which Are Better?

When it comes to choosing cleaning products for a home or office environment, the decision can be rather difficult because of the large range of both commercial and natural or home made varieties available.  All promise to lift stains and tackle grime on a variety of surfaces, however which are best?  Let’s have a look at the features of each and help take the guesswork out of reaching for a miracle solution. Homemade cleaning products Natural or homemade cleaning products are very often a product of choice for those who seek not only a cost effective solution, but also one that will minimise chemical use and ensure safety for pets and animals in the home.  There are many recipes available online which advocates swear by as the only product you’ll ever need. Typically, they use common household ingredients including baking soda, vinegar and citric acid, however as with all product, it is wise to test a small area first because some natural alternatives work perfectly on certain surfaces, while others may cause more damage.  When mixing ingredients at home, research is imperative to ensure accurate ratios are used otherwise the mix may prove to be unsafe after all. Commercial cleaning products Store-bought commercial cleaning products are manufactured to strict guidelines and whilst they can contain harmful ingredients, they are included in minimal amounts that allow them to be sold to consumers.  The biggest benefit of buying commercially is that there are clear instructions provided on how, when and where to use the solution.  This takes away any potential confusion and ensures that the right product is purchased for its... read more

Easy Natural Homemade Playdough Recipe – Cook and No Cook

I do not know of one child that has not enjoyed playing with playdough (play-doh) at one point in their life. Playdough is versatile, generates creative play, can be pulled, squashed, rolled, cut and even tampered with but still used over and over again. It can be colored red, pink, green, yellow, blue or any color of the rainbow. Not only is it cheap and easy to make, but when stored in an air-tight container it can last for several weeks – if not longer. This is a tried and tested, fool-proof recipe with some fun creative ideas for your children to try when you next make a colorful batch. If you prefer not to ‘cook’ your playdough or want to avoid store-bought food dye there are some alternative suggestions also provided. Most of all, have fun. How to make playdough and home made food dye This recipe requires an element of stovetop cooking and uses salt, as per traditional methods. Cook Time Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 5 min Ready in: 10 min Yields: Makes One Large Ball or Multiple Small Ones Ingredients 2 Cups Plain Flour, Use Wheat Flour if allergies exist 1 Cup Salt, Regular Table Salt 4 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar 2 Cups Water A Few Drops Food Coloring, (Optional) Tip Your saucepan will clean up very easily if you let it soak with hot water immediately. Non Cook Playdough Method If you prefer to make this without the use of the stove top, follow the same method, mix all ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon and stir until combined and then knead. Method Place... read more

Turf Maintenance Plan – How To Keep Your Grass In Tip Top Condition

Australians love their backyards. Whether it is for a kick of the footy, a summer barbeque with friends or a night out under the stars, nothing tops it off like a luscious green lawn.   When you are equipped with the knowledge on how to maintain your turf with ease, you’ll be well on the way to having a garden envied by your neighbours. Don’t let weeds develop Whether you grew your lawn from seeds, purchased turf from a local garden supplier or adopted a patch of turf when you moved into your home, your garden will unfortunately not be immune from the humble weed. They seem to sprout out of nowhere and can spread overnight. The trick is to ensure you tackle them as soon as they appear. There are a number of products available on the market including sprays, however make sure you purchase an appropriate weed killer depending on the turf you have and one that will address the specific weed that have sprouted. The longer you leave it, the more it will take over and no one likes a foot full of prickly weeds. Don’t overlook the fertiliser Fertilising your lawn regularly will ensure that it has the best chance of surviving Australia’s harsh weather conditions. When your turf has the perfect amount of essential nutrients, it has a better chance of dealing with the heat of summer, long periods of drought and even unfortunate disease. Fertilising your lawn is the best way to give it a boost of essential nutrients. Choose from organic or non-organic fertiliers and keep it up at least twice a year.... read more

How To Find Misspelt Items With No Bids On eBay

Misspelled eBay Items Did you know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of absolute bargains to be found on eBay? Ok you are probably thinking “Sure there are. So what’s new?”. But did you know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of designer brand bargains to be had? All because of a slip of the finger on the keyboard. All because of misspelled words on auction listings. Yep, that’s right. A typo, even one little letter, will result in a designer brand (or any item for that matter) not showing up in regular searches and therefore not being bid on. Misspelled items on eBay. The secret you have been looking for. So what does this mean for you? Well it means that if you are in the hunt for Ralph Lauren clothes, Louis Vuitton Handbags, Billabong Surf Gear, Calvin Klein Jeans, Seed for Babies, Egg Maternity, Pumpkin Patch, GAP or anything else with a whopping high price tag read on for the ultimate secret to grabbing a bargain. So how does this work? It is so easy you will kick yourself that you never knew this before. I am not associated with, nor linked to any search engine program or website therefore cannot vouch for any in particular, however a random search for a phrase such as ‘misspelled ebay items ‘ will give you a plethora of options. Go on, give it a go. Select any one of the many options, choose the eBay platform, or country you want to choose from and type in your search. Remember to type in the brand name with the correct spelling. The tool does the hard part for you, finding all of... read more

Don’t Spend Your Tax Return, Invest It!

When a tax refund is on the cards, the notion of tax return investment is probably the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. Whether there will be a refund of $500 or $2,500, the temptation is usually to spend it or clear an outstanding bill.  Choosing to use this money in a different way could actually determine your future financial position. It’s rather simple. Don’t spend a tax refund.  Invest it. Future investment Australians dream of having a little nest egg set aside for a rainy day, for a future property purchase or even for the essential retirement fund. The key to making dreams come true is to start.  It does not matter how much money makes up the first deposit. It’s never too early to plan for the future. Use a tax refund to accomplish goals Let’s take a look at how a tax refund can be wisely invested. An emergency fund Putting an unexpected sum of money from a tax refund aside for an emergency is definitely a wise move.  Everyone should have a shush fund for those moments that can and do crop up every now and then.  The money must be easily accessible and also invested wisely so that a $500 deposit does not become $50 because of bank fees and poor investment choices.   A financial planner can help with the decision making process however as a rule of thumb, opt for a bank account with a high interest rate that may be an online service only.  Be wary of fine print that could lock it away for a period of time though. Helping long term... read more

3 Tips To Designing Your Home with Second Hand Furniture

Second hand furniture has character, is built to last and is far more inexpensive compared to its modern cousin. The benefits to its interior design uses don’t end there. If you are seeking a unique look with classical pieces and don’t necessarily have the budget that stretches too far, don’t look further than pre-loved furniture to grace your home. 1. The best used furniture to use When hunting for that perfect piece, bookshelves, benches, cabinets and even dressers are some of the best to opt for. You’ll also find that occasional chairs make great inclusions to a home. For sanitary reasons avoid mattresses and any other bedding item, and from a safety perspective, don’t look twice at baby cots or items that may have been recalled overtime. It’s just not worth the risk unless you know for sure. 2. One focal piece per room Your whole house does not need to be furnished with second hand furniture from garage sales, opportunity shops or free online classifieds sites such as Gumtree. The key to design success is to be diligent and take your time to select a focal piece for each room. When you stumble across that one piece you love, work your existing accessories around it. By choosing large items in neutral tones, you can more easily re-decorate overtime with pops of turquoise or tangerine as your tastes change. Introduce colour easily with cushions, throws and artwork. 3. Be prepared to touch up Some of the most incredibly carved timber tables or love seats can be found if you know where to look. Your bargain price may mean your... read more

4 Reasons to Buy Second Hand Clothing

Buying a new piece of clothing is an experience most people love (especially us girls.) But it’s often an expensive venture and it’s not uncommon to end up with an item that is only worn once or twice, or falls apart after just a few washes. Second hand shopping may not sound as glossily romantic as buying straight from the fashion rack, but it’s got more going for it than you may think. 1. Quality If you buy new, cheap clothing, it may disintegrate or fade after just a few washes or wears. Second hand clothing, on the other hand, has already been tested. Pre-loved clothing has been worn, washed and dried repeatedly – and if it’s still sitting on the rack attracting your eye, chances are it’s stood the test of time and will continue doing so for awhile. Even if a button is missing or a zip broken, these things can easily be fixed if you have a few spare minutes. 2. Retro and Vintage Why spend hundreds of dollars on a new look that’s just come back around from the 70s? Second hand stores stock plenty of original items – often kept in storage for years and finally donated by people who doubt they’ll ever wear their poodle skirts or bellbottoms again. Some stores are devoted entirely to vintage and retro items – at a fraction of the cost you’ll be paying for new replicas. Occasionally you can pick up an item that is quite valuable and you may even be able to resell. 3. Low Prices Many second hand and pre-loved clothing stores offer a... read more

Handy and Affordable Kitchen Hand Beaters, Mini Whisks and Whips

When you spend time in the kitchen, it is always handy to have a set of tools which have multiple uses and make life so much easier.  Here are a selection of handy and affordable kitchen utensils well worthwhile investing in. A kitchen whisk A whisk is a kitchen utensil used to mix all different types of mixtures including sauces, batters, and even coconut milk and cream. Usually they have a metal handle and have several looped wires attached to the end, although there are several types of whisks available.  The more wire loops that a whisk has, the more air can be pushed into a mixture. The whisk basically works by creating a vacuum which then pushes air into the mixture, making it fluffier and lighter.  For a long time, the whisk was only known in European kitchens. However in the 1960s, it was introduced into the US and a wide range of countries, cultures and kitchens. Balloon Whisk This type of whisk has the largest area contained inside the metal wires. It’s used to push large amounts of air into a mixture. It’s the most commonly known and used type of whisk. Beverage Whisk This type of whisk is used for mixing drinks, such as cocktails. It’s also known as a mini whisk or a drink whisk. It’s also an excellent tool for baristas as it can quickly and thoroughly blends in powders and sauces, plus it’s long handle allows easy use with taller cups. Dough Whisk This type of whisk is especially designed to mix heavy doughs. In cases where you need to mix dry & wet ingredients, the... read more

What To Do With Excess Fresh Herbs

Have you ever had left over fresh or dry herbs?  These tips will give you ideas on what to do with left over herbs.  Save money with ease! We all know how wonderful it is to have our own little herb garden.  It’s fantastic for kids too and introduces us all to a range of tastes and smells that we may not otherwise get to enjoy. If your green thumb is working overtime and you are enjoying a thriving fresh herb garden, you’re going to want to not only use, but keep your herbs for as long as possible without having them spoil.  And when fresh herbs are out of season, the best news is that you can still enjoy them. Luckily I found this fantastic tip from Fleurieu Gifts which gives you the ins and outs on what to do when you have too many herbs.  Enjoy! Do you have any more tips to share?  How do you store your excess fresh herbs?  ... read more