The Best Ways to Save Money This Summer

Are you looking for a DIY project this summer that has actual benefits for you? Well I got a list of some fun simple ways you can get into a summer long project and benefit from it in the process.

Green Houses

Now at first this might sound like an expensive project but if you keep it small and simple it will become more manageable to take care for. The only items that must buy is the plastic everything else is probably something you already have or can find. Depending on how you chose to build and to what scale, it should not take as long as you might think and you don’t need to be a natural “bob the builder” either.

The Tunnel Is one of the easiest methods for creating a greenhouse. All you need is some bendable pipe, glue, plastic and a few hours of hard work. Take the pipes and cut them to a desirable length then glue the together with a center piece then security each side into the ground. Then make sure you get a tight fit on the plastic and you are done.

Mini Greenhouse If you are more into the wood look you can probably get it done with some left over nails, staples, and a saw to cut. The smaller you make the structure the easier it will be to make it to not go big if you are not ready for the work. There are several tutorials online and if you are feeling creative just sample from different designs until you find your fit. This will make your friends feel like you are eco-friendly and will be a great way to start a garden.

Growing Plants

Sadly the art of growing plants has been view as something you do when you become elderly because you have nothing else to do. However, growing your own plants can be fun and rewarding. If you’re someone like me who needs encouragement these are a few good ways to start so you can see your progress.

Green Onions will literal grow over night and there is no need to start from scratch. All you need to do is save the ends of the onion the next time you use some in a recipe and put them in a container of water. By the time you wake up the next day you will already see you progress as they grown ¼ of an inch each night.

Tomatoes are another plant that you can start with leftovers and see the progress pretty quick. The tomatoes will spout in no time leaving you with plenty for the next pasta meal.

Always remember to start of any plant from the seed in a small container no bigger than a plastic cup so that you can watch the progress and it makes it easier to sort things out until they are big enough to recognize which is which.

Coupons

If you are not taking advantage of coupons you should start now. Now I’m not staying that you need to go to the extreme with it to save every penny but instead to look at it as an adventure. Trying out coupons might make you try some types of food or service that you never even knew about.

Restaurants are always looking to bring in new customers by bringing in deals to catch your attention. If you are someone who is not comfortable bring coupons to a place then checking out what days they have deals is a way to pay less but not look like a cheapskate. Instead it will look trendy and is probably one of the best ways to get a deal without putting in the effort so take advantage of that happy hour deal.

Massages & Relaxation services is something most people view as too expensive for their budget but if you are willing to take the time and look you might get it for less than you think. Sites like Groupon can make it cheaper and adds more people to the fun.

Local City Events

When is the last time you actual check out your area to see what type of events are hosted in your area? During the summer there are usually several event being hosted by your city that you are missing out on.

Farmers Markets are a great way to support your local farmers and find so fresh food for your home.

City Party your local neighborhood could be hosting the best music festival and you have just been missing. The best part about this is that going will probably be free like more outdoor activities.

This a list of some fun ways to entertain yourself this summer and explore new things. You shouldn’t let all that good sun go to waste.

Why Are Church Offerings So Important ?

Have you ever wonder what happens when you give your money to the church? After being born and raised in the church for 21 years I began to wonder what is it that actually happens when I gave my money almost every Sunday. Of course their are the basic expenses for the up keeping of the church but what happens after that? From my experiences the answer to that is not a good one.

Conventions

Almost every 4 months if not more my family had to go to a convention.  These conventions would be hosted in high priced hotels and would take 3 hours to get to the location. Then once we finally get their we had to do our fees for coming which ranged from 25 to 55 dollars a person. Then every night we had 2 to 3 offerings so that they may reach their goals. What happens to all the money that is collected from the combined churches in the districts. For starters all main member of the districts board fees are covered by the funds of the event. Then the fees for renting out the hotel need to be covered. But then what is next?

I have watch many fundraiser just for having the funds for going to these event but what was the purpose? We would host car washes and bake cookies just so that we could learn about Jesus in a hotel ? Would Jesus approve of us putting money towards events that had nothing to do with him in this name. Jesus was born in a barn so I find it hard to believe that any of his sermons would encourage spending your money at a hotel to hear his messages.

Your Home Church

People always assume that the churches uses its money to help others in need but is that actually the case. Churches do not have to pay taxes on any money given to them. So with that extra boost they should be able to fund all sort of programs in their communities. I believe church finances should be public for everyone to see. Many saints give their money because they believe that this is giving the lord what he deserves. Their offerings were meant with good intentions even though they do not actually get to see were their money is going. I do not believe that these documents should be a private concern if everyone is add to the pile then all of the saints should have a right to know. This would be a great way to know if the church you’re going to is actually helping the community or is their main concern building that churches name. I challenge you to go and see what it is your church does with its money.

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