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The Seasonal Project: A CashNetUSA.com Man Exclusive

So there I was, all alone, in my new wool jammies with a great idea that just wouldn’t work. I wanted to send the Frugal Faithful on a monthly poetry slam complete with frugal sonnets, haikus and dope rhymes. Unfortunately, nothing rhymes with January except February! But fear not, I scratched the whimsy and went straight for clear, concise, relatable matters of fiscal responsibility that I’ll be doling out in four awesome jam-packed reports full of the stuff you’ve come to love.

Resolutions

Implement a Spending Freeze

Implement a Spending Freeze

There’s a new year ahead of you — that means a new budget! Start saving more by implementing a spending freeze. Pick an area where you know you can cut back and don’t spend any extra money on them for a month. You’ll be surprised to see how much you can save. Start with one of these categories:

  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Home goods
Get in Shape

Get in Shape

If you’re thinking about joining a gym, do it now, when monthly prices and memberships are at their lowest.

If a gym isn’t your forte, purchase some fitness equipment, which is also on sale in the winter months, for a workout session at home.

* You can track your fitness goals with one of these FREE fitness apps

Get Your Docs in a Row

Get Your Docs in a Row

You’re an adult. And as an adult, you should have these documents. So get, fill and file.

  • Resume — You never know when your career path will shift.
  • Credit Report — You should know what your future lenders would know. You can obtain a free report through any number of credit service providers.
  • A Will — This is a legal document that dictates what happens to your estate once you pass away. You’ll never use it, but someone will, and you never know when that will be.
  • A Durable Power of Attorney — If you’re unfit to make legal and financial decisions for yourself, this document gives someone of your choosing the power to do so on your behalf.

Here Comes the Taxman

Monday April, 17 is the last day to file your taxes. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be preventing a house call from the I.R.S.1

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Your Drink of the Season Is… Mexican Spiced Hot Cocoa

This recipe is quick and easy, and will get those frugal juices flowing. You’ll Need:

Mexican Spiced Hot Cocoa
  1. Prepare you cocoa mix according to the package.
  2. Add 2 pinches of both cinnamon and ground chipotle pepper.
  3. Top your cup off with a generous amount of whipped cream and enjoy!

Phone Haaaack!

Need to charge your phone fast?

Switch your phone's setting to

“airplane mode”

while charging and watch that power grow!

CNU Man Phone Haaaack!

Three Ways to Get Away!

1 Family

Washington D.C. in the early spring is a great place to get away with the whole family. Hotel prices are at their lowest, but so are the temperatures, so wear an extra cape! The cherry blossoms bloom in March, so that’s cool, but once you get there, check out these FREE attractions for the whole family! Scroll through to discover your options!

Three Ways to Get Away!

2 Couples

Let’s be honest, if your real life looked like a movie, you and your date would definitely be the stars of a road trip music montage scene. January 16 and February 20 are free entrance days to any of the 124 National Parks that usually charge a fee. So pack a lunch, create a playlist and hit the road for a scene stealing adventure. But before you go, make sure your car is armed with this...

air plane
Mountain background
Kayak

Three Ways to Get Away!

3 Solo

Even Superheros want to be pampered. You don’t have to leave the house to get away, sometimes you just need a good facial scrub to reset your body and mind. Light a few candles, put on a heavy mix of jazz and late 70s arena rock, shut off the phone and melt away with these DIY spa treatments.

CNU Man bath
Bath Salts

Bath Salts

  • 4lbs Epsom salt
  • 20 drops of natural oils, dried herbs (lavender, chamomile, rose),
  • 4 drops food coloring
Tropical Face Mask

Tropical Face Mask

  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ground oats
Pancake Body Scrub

Pancake Body Scrub

  • 2 parts Brown sugar
  • ½ part almond oil
  • ½ part maple syrup

What’s in Season, by Season

You can save a ton on fruits and veggies if you buy what’s in season; you can save even more if you cook your meals around them. Keep scrolling to find out what’s good to buy and cook with this winter.

Turnips

Turnips

Grapefruits

Grapefruit
Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Bananas

Bananas

Lemons

Lemons
Squash

Squash

Leeks

Leeks

Pears

Pears
Potatoes

Potatoes

Oranges

Orange
Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Now check out this easy, one-pot recipe using a few of the ingredients above

Pea, Potato and Onion Frittata

Cheese
Salt and Peppers
Eggs
Pease
Oil
Onions
Boiled Potatoes
Pan
  1. Preheat your broiler to a high.
  2. Boil potatoes until fork tender. Chop into chunks, then set aside.
  3. Slice the onion and place in a non-stick frying pan along with the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cook the onion gently until it is translucent and brown.
  4. Add in the peas and continue to sauté until they are warmed through, then add the chunked potato.
  5. Slowly stir in whisked eggs until everything is well mixed. Once the eggs on the bottom are set, add the cheese and place in broiler for a minute or two until the cheese is melted and eggs on top are set.
  6. Slice into wedges to share and enjoy!

Valentine's Day:

Nothing says “I love you” more than going out of the way to make sure someone's cold, wet drink doesn’t mess with the luster of your coffee and end tables. Give the gift of flexible freedom for social hydration with some homemade wooden coasters!

Valentine's Day

You’ll Need:

  • Wood log (if you still have a tree up in your living room, this is a great source)
  • Miter saw
  • Sand paper
  • Polyurethane clear gloss
  • Craft paint in at least two colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Optional: Heart stencil

Directions:

  1. Use the miter saw to slice the wood into pieces approximately 1 cm. thick.
  2. Sand the top and bottom of the wood slice to avoid splinters.
  3. Coat the sanded wood slice with the polyurethane and allow it to dry.
  4. Use the paint and brushes to freehand a heart onto the coaster, or use a stencil as your guide. Allow the paint to dry before next step.
  5. Personalize your heart or design by putting your loved one’s initials in the second paint color.
  6. Once your design is dry, apply the last coat of polyurethane to seal it.

About 

Jim Noonan was a shoe salesman, park ranger, landscaper, fitness instructor, student, waiter, actor and comedian before using his degree in Education to become a part-time writer. One day he hopes to have acquired enough interesting experiences to warrant a 2500 character bio.

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