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DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

December 21, 2016

The holidays are almost here, and the season of giving is upon us! While giving gifts to friends and family is one of the best parts of the season, you don’t need to spend major cash when doing it.  While you’re crafting for the holiday season, consider making some of your gifts this year too. Whether you’re a broke college student, a family on a budget, or you’re just looking to save some money, here are some great do-it-yourself gift ideas to mull over.

Mason Jar Cookie Mixes

Mason jar cookie mixes

A simple and delicious DIY project is an adorable cookie mix in a mason jar. This is especially effective if you’re giving a large number of presents, as you can buy ingredients like flour, chocolate chips, and sugar in bulk to save on costs. Stock up on some cheap and cute mason jars, and don’t forget to top it off with a ribbon and a homemade holiday card!

Hand Sewn Coin Purse

Hand-sewn coin purse

Gather up some cute fabric scraps to make little coin purses for your friends. Not only are they handy and useful, but every one you make will be different. Take a look at these fun and unique tutorials to spark some DIY creativity! Whatever your skill level, there’s a coin purse you can make.

Handmade Bottle Toppers

Make your own bottle toppers

A set of handmade bottle toppers make another delightful DIY gift. Whether you use plastic toys with spray paint, cabinet nobs, or trophy tops, your bottle toppers are sure to be both cute and functional.

Time to start knitting or crocheting

Time to start knitting or crocheting

Another great holiday gift is a handmade scarf! It’s the easiest item to knit or crochet, and you can choose the yarn that best applies to each recipient. If your knitting skills are more advanced, consider making a hat, mittens, or even a sweater. Need a place to start? Find your knitting inspiration!

Cross-stitch Wall Art

Cross-stitch wall art

While cross-stitch is often considered an old-fashioned activity, there are some delightfully fun and creative ways to use it. Take a quote your friend loves and put it into a cross-stitch text generator. Then, just follow the directions and embroider away! You’ll be able to give them a singular piece of art!

Craft some coasters

Create adorable, one of a kind coasters with tiles, modge podge, and colored paper. Head to your local hardware store and check their prices on tile, or visit a home goods donation center and see if there are any tiles available for cheap. Using modge podge, you can attach colored paper and photos to the tile. Create your own design, or leave it simple and elegant. Either way, you’ll be giving a unique DIY gift.

Candle making

Another craft that’s perceived as old-fashioned is candle making. This cheap and easy gift is back in style though, especially when made in an unusual candle holder. From teacups to tins and jars, you can make a candle out of almost anything! 

You’re sure to wow your friends and family with these DIY gifts, all while saving a little cash. Get crafting, and share your results with us on Facebook.

 

5 Christmas Crafts to Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

December 23, 2015

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Welcome to winter break! It’s time to get in the holiday spirit and relax during your reprieve from school. If you’ve already perused our list of ways to make the most of your visit home for the holidays, check out these crafting projects to get you feeling even more festive. Crafting is a great way to spend time with your family and decorate for the holidays, without breaking the bank. Continue reading

5 DIY Halloween Costumes for Cheap!

October 21, 2015

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Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your costume ready! The internet is full of great costume ideas, but finding the right one can be tricky.

Buying costumes online gets expensive, and making one at home can get time-consuming. Here at Cash4Books, we always have ideas for saving you money, but this time we found a way to save you money AND time with these 5 DIY Halloween costumes. Continue reading

7 Homemade Cleaning Recipes | Non-toxic and Cheap

May 4, 2012

Non Toxic Homemade Cleaning Recipes

 

Are you looking for safe and cheap homemade cleaning recipes? Cleaning your home with natural, non-toxic cleaners helps keeps your ecological footprint low, saves you money, and creates a safer home for children and pets. Consider how much money you can save by utilizing eco-friendly substances already on hand (which you can also purchase in bulk!), rather than purchasing a specialized cleaning product for each part of your home.

#1 – White distilled vinegar

  • Use undiluted or diluted vinegar to disinfect and deodorize kitchen and bathroom surfaces, floors, sinks and tubs.
  • Use on carpet stains to effectively blot out color or burn marks.
  • Add a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle to act as a fabric softener and to remove soap residues.
  • Clean windows with diluted vinegar (then dry and buff with crumpled newspaper).
  • Soak dishcloths and dishtowels in equal parts vinegar and water overnight to remove stains and prolong fiber life.
  • Avoid using undiluted vinegar on marble, as the acid can corrode it!

#2 – Baking soda

  • Sprinkle over carpets to deodorize, leave for an hour and then vacuum.
  • Sprinkle inside garbage cans before putting in a bag—swill with water after removing a full bag.
  • Add a tablespoon to cut flower water to prolong life—change water every few days.
  • Substitute half of your laundry powder soap with baking soda—this will use fewer chemicals, make your detergent powder last longer, as well as make the detergent more effective.
  • Place a saucer of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors, change regularly—pour the old baking soda down the kitchen drain and follow with a kettle of boiling water to clean and deodorize drains.
  • Combine with water and soak in teacups and teapots to remove tea stains.

#3 – Lemons

  • Swirl lemon juice around to deodorize glass water bottles and jars.
  • Use juice to disinfect and clean wooden cutting boards (wooden boards are more ecologically sound than plastic ones).
  • Make lemon-scented dusting cloths by wrapping peeled lemon rind up in a clean, dry rag and then placing in a closed glass jar until use.

#4 – Eggshells

  • Crush and combine with baking soda and water to make a fantastic abrasive cleaner for hard-to-reach places such as glass decanters and long bottles.
  • Eggshells are also a great fertilizer for plants because of their mineral content; they are easy to crush up and sprinkle in pots of household plants or in gardens.

#5 – Mild, natural bar soaps

  • Use a bar of Castille or ivory soap as a stain stick to treat stains before putting into the laundry.
  • Use as a gentle and eco-friendly hand soap in the kitchen & bathroom.
  • Any natural bar soap works wonders for skin—try Burt’s Bees brand, or handmade soaps from a market.

#6 – Epsom salts

  • Use mixed with a little water as an abrasive scrub in the home.
  • Also does wonders in the garden as a commercial fertilizer substitute—Epsom salts are high in magnesium and give natural nutrients to flowers and edibles without adding petroleum to the soil.
  • They are also proven to promote a greater yield in both flowers and edible fruits and vegetables than commercial fertilizers.

#7 – Beeswax

  • Purchase natural beeswax polish to use as a polish/wax for wooden furniture and tabletops. Furniture polish sprays create a shiny, impenetrable glaze over wood, whereas beeswax feeds the grain of the wood with a deeper, richer luster.
  • Another alternative is a drop of olive oil.

Bonus household cleaning tips:

  • Soft cotton cloths
    • Keep old white cotton shirts, dresses and towels to clean with.
    • Cotton is a reusable and natural fiber, and is a far superior alternative to paper towels.
  • Newspaper
    • As mentioned, a great way to reuse old newspaper is to buff glass windows with it after spraying with vinegar water.
    • Newspaper absorbs oils or remaining residues and leaves windows free of streaks, with a nice sparkle.
  • Essential oils
    • Adding a small drop of essential oil to homemade cleaners or after deodorizing surfaces offers a pleasant lingering scent.
    • Nice and comparatively cheap scents are lavender, citrus or clove.

Additional resources and references:

  • A Guide to Green Housekeepingby Christina Strutt
  • Non-Toxic Housecleaningby Amy Kolb Noyes
  • Green Housekeepingby Ellen Sandbeck
  • Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Ofby Vicki Lansky
  • Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of by Vicki Lansky

How to sell books in bulk on Cash4Books.net

March 13, 2012

Sell Books in Bulk With The Cash4Books Advanced Bulk ISBN Entry

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Cash4Books.net is always looking for ways to make selling books easier and our latest creation is one of our best innovations so far. We have created an advanced bulk ISBN entry tool that caters to those who wish to sell books in bulk. The process is simple, fast and by far the most efficient way to start earning cash for your used books.

Features

      Here are some superb reasons to use this new tool:
  • Check up to 5,000 ISBNs at one time.
  • Allows you to include the quantity you have of each title.
  • Accepts lists pasted directly from Excel spreadsheets.
  • Easily select/deselect books you want to sell after receiving your price quotes.

 


How It Works

Here’s a handy step-by-step guide on how to sell books in bulk using the Cash4Books.net Advanced Bulk ISBN Entry:

> First check just a few ISBN’s

We tend to buy mostly college textbooks, so before using our bulk tool, we encourage you to test out the system by getting an instant price quote with just five ISBN’s on the Cash4Books.net homepage. Just follow the instructions on the homepage.

> Navigate to the bulk page

On the Cash4Books.net homepage there is a link in the footer of the page called “Advanced Bulk ISBN Input” that will take you to the tool.

> Enter your ISBNs

Simply paste in a list of up to 5,000 ISBNs, each separated by a new line, from a spreadsheet or csv-style text document.

  • You can use the 10 or 13 digit version of an ISBN.
  • If you want to check a certain quantity for an ISBN, simply add a comma or Tab after the ISBN followed by the quantity.
  • The entry tool will automatically clean any extra dashes and spaces in your ISBNs so you don’t have to spend extra time with formatting.

> Price your books

Hit the ‘Calculate Prices’ button below the entry box and watch your items get priced right in front of your eyes.

  • If you see a mistake in your ISBN list you can press the ‘Stop’ button at any time to halt the pricing process.

> Sell your books

After your list has been processed you will see all of the items we are offering money for listed out for you.

  • Any items for which we couldn’t accept your full quantity will be highlighted in yellow for easy spotting.
  • There is also an ‘Add To Cart’ option next to every ISBN allowing you to have maximum control over the books you wish to sell.
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Don’t have a list of all your books’ ISBNs?

Good news, we’ve gone mobile! Now you can use one of our Cash4Books mobile apps to quickly scan large numbers of books. Visit our Android app page or iTunes app page to learn more. You can now sell your books on the go!