How to Repell Insects, Bugs and Rodents – Naturally!

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When the weather starts to change, it means that everyone is coming out of “hibernation.”  This includes not only humans, but also rodents, insects and bugs!  Unfortunately, these pests can create havoc during your picnic.  They might even try to find a way into your home!  YUCK!

I don’t know about you, but I hate all of the chemicals normally used to help get rid of them.  Below you’ll find some safer, homemade options you can try to use this year.  Not only will you save money, these will be a healthier option for you and your family.

 

Getting Rid of Spiders.

 

Most of them are harmless, but they still give me the creeps!  Here are some options you can use to get rid of spiders:

  • Place chestnuts around the perimeter of your home.  Spiders do not like this nut.
  • Plant mint and/or lavender near your windows.  Spiders do not like the scent, and therefore, will not make a web in these locations.
  • Spiders do not like citrus. Make a spray and spray along baseboards, doors, and windows to create a barrier.  Create your own with:
    5 Drops of Essential Oil — citrus, peppermint, cinnamon or lavender work well
    5 Drops of dish washing liquid
    1 quart of waterMix and put into spray bottle

 

Getting Rid of Ants.

 

It seems when you find one in your home, you will soon see an entire army invading.  The key is to prevent them from entering your home altogether.  Here are some ideas:

  • Draw lines around entry points with chalk.  Ants are repelled by the calcium carbonate.  You can even pour powdered chalk around gardens, foundations and more.
  • Sprinkle talcum powder around your house.  You can also try cream of tarter or borax.
  • Plant mint around your home.  This too works to keep other pests out of your home (including spiders as noted above).
  • Sprinkle flour in the back shelves, floors and corners of your pantry.  Ants will not cross over the flour to reach your food.
  • Spray your door thresholds and around the windows with lemon juice.  You can also spread lemon  or orange peels or around your entrance and in the garden.  (Bonus of this treatment is that it also can keep roaches away).
  • Sprinkle salt across your door frame.  They will not cross the barrier.

If they have already invaded, you can try these tips:

  • Place masking tape, sticky side up, near the locations where you see the ants.  These work as a free sticky trap.  They will walk on and then will become stuck to the tape, which you can then discard.
  • Put cayenne pepper around the areas where the ants are invading.  They are searching for sugar and this will stop them in their tracks.
  • Spray areas with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar where you see the ants.  You can use this along your entry way, baseboards and other areas in your home.  Of course, you will have to smell the vinegar yourself for a little while, but at least you will git rid of the ants!

 

Getting Rid of Wasps.

 

These are not only annoying, they can actually sting and cause harm to both you and your family.  Worse yet, if you or someone you know is allergic, the sting could actually be deadly.

Removing Nests

  • Put on protective gear (so you do not end up being stung yourself).
  • Do the following at night – when the wasps are less active.
  • Pour boiling water on the nest.  Doing so can kill thousands at a time.  Just dump and run as fast as you can.  It may take a few attempts to get rid of all of them.
  • You can also fill a bucket with soap water and pour it on the nest as well.  Just as with boiling water – dump and run.  This too may require more than one application.

Traps

  • Take a 2 liter bottle and cut off the top, just below the shoulder of the bottle.  Fill 1/2 way with water and then invert the lid into the bottle. Tape to secure it.   Add a few drops of soap and vinegar to attract the wasps (and keep out honey bees).  They will come in and then can not get back out.  Here is a photo of how this looks:Wasp Trap | www.pennypinchinmom.com
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Prevention.

  • Remove food.  Wasps are attracted to trash  - especially protein foods.  Make sure pet food, scraps and trash are properly disposed of and/or covered to prevent attraction.In the late summer/fall, the attraction turns sweet, so soda pop, fruits, jellies, etc will be more attracting to them.
  • Do not swat them.  When you squash a wasp, they release a pheromone which alerts nearby wasps.
  • Walk away.  If you see a wasp, just walk away calmly.
  • Avoid floral prints and bright colors.  Wasps are attracted to these.

 

Getting Rid of Mice.

 

While mice are not a bug, they certainly are a pest and can impose a serious health risk to your family.  Try these tips in your home:

  •  Use peppermint oil as a natural deterrent.  You can place a few drops on cotton balls and place those in the areas where they will enter you house.  You can also try to grow peppermint plants around your home as well.
  • Check your house for entrance points.  Mice can squeeze through the smallest of openings. Make sure that all windows and doors are tightly caulked and fill any larger holes with steel wool.
  • Keep your home clean and trash away.  Mice love the smell of trash.  Keeping this away from your home will keep them away.

Once they are in your home, if you need to get rid of them, you might try these options:

  • Use sticky traps.  Peanut butter or bacon grease work better as they can’t grab and run, they have to stop to eat.
  • Use humane traps.  Just make sure that you release them far from your home, so that they can’t find way back.

What have you used to get rid of unwanted pests in your home?  We’d love for you to share.  Please leave us a comment below.

100 Eraser Cleaners (Like Magic Erasers) Just $0.10 Each Shipped

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This is a great deal on Eraser Cleaners.  They are not the name brand ones, but they work the same way.

You can order 100 of them for $9.99 shipped – which makes them just $0.10 each!  Even if you don’t need this many, you could find a friend and split an order!

  • This magic sponge removes stain or dirt with water. This is a strong multi-functional cleaner. This sponge can be cut into any size for a suitable shape.
  • Size : 6cm*10cm*2cm
  • Made of eco materials comprised of ultrafine fibers and particles, the content of this cutting-edge product is as fine as 1/10 000 of hair.

Visit Amazon to learn more!

** Prices and availability subject to change. Make sure you confirm the price prior to purchase. If the price noted above differs from what you see on line, it simply means that this deal has expired since the time it was posted.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Using Coupons – 5 Simple Tips

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If you are new to coupons, you may feel overwhelmed reading all of the articles and information available.  It can be a lot to take in if you’ve never used coupons before.  I’ve got five simple tips which any new couponer can follow to get started on the path to learning how to save money!

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO USING COUPONS

1.  Getting Started Understanding Coupons.  Before you can redeem coupons, you need to understand some basic principles regarding them.  Understand the general rules and guidelines when it comes to using coupons.

2.  Understanding Coupon Language.  The wording on the coupon tells you how you can use them (and possible restrictions).

3.  How to Read a Coupon. There is a lot of information on a coupon which can be overwhelming.  Here’s a breakdown of the various parts of the coupon, so you can read and use them!

4.  Abbreviations Used on Coupons and Websites.  Many website use abbreviations to simplify how they relate deals to readers.  Learn what the abbreviations are and what they mean.

5.  Finding Coupons.  It can be overwhelming to know where to look for coupons.  Learn the resources available to help you find your coupons.

Once you have mastered HOW to use coupons, you can put those savings to work by saving at your favorite drug stores.  Some of the best deals can be found here, helping you save on your household items (often times getting items for free)!

Shop at CVS

Shop at Walgreens

There is a lot to learn when it comes to using coupons, so you might check out all of these tips and articles.  If you have questions, ask by sending us an email (tracie@pennypinchinmom.com) or even leave a comment on Facebook!

BOGO Krispy Kreme Donuts on Hero Appreciation Day (April 28th)

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Make sure you plan to visit Krispy Kreme Donuts on April 28th, when they celebrate Hero Appreciation Day!

When you purchase one dozen, you can get one free — for your favorite hero.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of heroes, those which come to mind include  teachers, firefighters, police offers, nurses — and other Moms!!

No coupon is required – but it might be good to check with your local store to make sure they are participating!

10 Lace Flower Headbands – $6.15 Shipped!

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Hurry on over to Amazon and grab these adorable Lace Flower Headbands while they are selling for just $6.15 shipped!

*Prices and availability subject to change. Make sure you confirm the price prior to purchase. If the price noted above differs from what you see online, it simply means that this deal has expired since the time it was posted.*

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Chiffon Cut-Out Scarves Just $7.95 Shipped (Reg $19.95)

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I’ve got an EXCLUSIVE fashion deal from Cents of Style!! You can get a Chiffon Cut-Out Infinity Scarf that is regularly priced at $19.95 for JUST $7.95.  Shipping is also free!! Just make sure when you checkout, you use the code:PENNYPINCHIN, and watch the price drop!! You won’t find this deal anywhere else!! One of these (or more) would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts!!

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Head on over and grab your Chiffon Cut-Out Infinity Scarf for $7.95 shipped!

Valid through Friday, 4/25/14.

Runner’s World Magazine Just $5.99 Per Year

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Runners World Magazine Deal | www.pennypinchinmom.com I know we’ve got a lot of runners who follow this site!  Today only, you can grab a subscription to Runner’s World for only $5.99 per year!  Just enter the coupon code pennypinch at checkout to get it at this low price.

This offer is good through 11:59 pm EST on April 23, 2014.

Additional $10 on $50+ Trade-In at Gazelle

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What do you do with your old cell phone or other electronics when you purchase a new one?  You can’t just throw it away into the trash (that is not safe).   Many times, the store won’t even take the phone for you.  So, you do what many do and leave it on a shelf, collecting dust.  Why not turn that phone into CASH?

Gazelle is a great site you can go to and actually sell your gadget and get cash!!  Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Visit Gazelle.com and find your gadet.
  2. Answer a few simple questions.
  3. Ship it to Gazelle (for free).
  4. They send you a check, PayPal deposit or an Amazon Gift card once it is received!

That’s it!  That is all you need to do to get cash back on your old devices!!

The best part is that now through April 30th, when your device gets you $50, you will get a $10 bonus!  Find those old devices and send them in!!  Cash beats dust any day of the week!!!  Head to Gazelle and get paid!

Vanguard Binoculars Just $199.99 Shipped (Compare to $429.99)

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If someone you know has binoculars on their wish list, make sure you check out today’s Amazon Gold Box deal!  You can order Vanguard Endeavor ED Binoculars for $199.99.  These have a suggested retail price of more than $400, and sell for more than $300 at most other retailers!

Product Specs:

  • ED glass, Bak4 phase-coated prisms and fully multi coated lenses; waterproof and fogproof
  • 42 mm objective lenses with enhanced edge-to-edge view quality
  • 3 stage twist out eyecups with long eye relief
  • Position locking diopter ring
  • Open bridge design with soft rubber armor and a large focus adjustment wheel

Head HERE to learn more about this deal and place your order!

**Prices and availability subject to change. Make sure you confirm the price prior to purchase as this price was valid only on November 3, 2013. If the price noted above differs from what you see on line, it simply means that this deal has expired since the time it was posted.

Personalized Luggage Tags Just $4.99 Shipped!

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Shutterfly is offering new customers another great freebie!  You can get a personalized luggage tag for just the cost of shipping — $4.99!  Use the code FREETAG at checkout and you’ll see the price drop to $0!!!

Head to Shutterfly to create your account and get your freebie!

FREETAG Offer expires 04/23/14 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 1 free small luggage tag through shutterfly.com. Valid only for new Shutterfly customers (those who have never purchased from Shutterfly). Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Must select one of the two offers. Not valid on prepaid plans, gift certificates, videograms, mailing services, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up, purchases made on the Shutterfly iPhone, iPad and Android apps or Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.