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Fathers Day Gift Idea,Jerry Can, Toolbox, jerry Can Storage, Utility, Trail, Container, 4x4, Truck AccessoryFather’s Day is coming up very soon! These Jerry Can Toolbox and Storage trail containers would make an excellent gift idea for him!Trail Can Utility Storage Box
Rampage 86622 Trail Can Storage Box
As low as $59.28 with $10 off coupon and free shipping

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  • Can is made of heavy 14 gauge steel; powder coated for extra durability
  • Includes a locking latch disguised as a fuel cap
  • Fits on a normal 5 gallon jerry can mount
  • Over 900 cubic inches of interior storage space
  • Exterior dimensions: 18 inches high x 16 inches long x 6 inches wide

Utility Trail Can Tool Box 4x4 Truck AccessoryRampage 86619 Trail Can Utility Tool Box
As low as $83.99 and free shipping options

  • Locking Lid to Secure Contents
  • Lift out Tool and Tote Tray plus two Removable Drawers
  • Screw Driver Storage Slots
  • Non-Slip Soft liners included
  • Trail can Dimensions 18 X 13 x 6

Jerry gas can Utility Trail holderSmittybilt 2798 Jerry Gas Can Holder

As low as $29.99 and free shipping options

 

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Commercial grade reusable Nut Milk Bag and free Nut Milk Recipes and Video

Make your own Nut MilkPro Quality Nut Milk Bag – Big 12″X12″ Commercial Grade – Reusable Almond Milk Bag & All Purpose Strainer – Fine Mesh Nylon Cheesecloth & Cold Brew Coffee Filter – Free Recipes & Videos

Right now it is 64% off – get it for as low as $8.99 and free shipping options

Commercial grade

Reusable

Almond Nut Milk Bag

How to Make Your Own Almond Milk recipes

Almond Filter

  • The #1 TOP SELLING BIG 12X12 NUT MILK BAG! Smartly Designed in Response to Customer Requests for a Bigger Better Quality Bag Than the Small Egg-Shaped Ones, With a Wider Opening and Rounded Corners to Eliminate Waste and Messy Pouring. Ellie’s Best 12
  • PREFERRED BY CHEFS & NATURAL FOOD LOVERS FOR ITS SUPER STRONG CONSTRUCTION AND PULP FREE PERFORMANCE! It’s Easier to Squeeze for Faster Results & You’ll NEVER Have to Filter Your Almond Milks or Cold Brew Coffee Twice. Fast Drying and Mold Free With Nylon Drawstring. Makes Small 8oz or Big 4 Quart Recipes Easily. The Perfect Shape for Pouring Without Spilling. Clean and Sanitary SQUEEZE AS HARD AS YOU WANT IT’S RESTAURANT TESTED!! – ELLIE’S BEST IS THE LONGEST LASTING STRONGEST & MOST VERSATILE NUTBAG & NYLON FOOD STRAINER AVAILABLE – Fine Italian Nylon Mesh – Food Grade Certified – BPA Free – Triple Nylon Seams – Easily Holds Up to Daily Use! IT WORKS BETTER THAN CHEESECLOTH & OUTLASTS CHEESE CLOTH – You Can Squeeze it With Both Hands Unlike the Smaller Bags – The Best Almond Milk Maker – Vitamix Blender Juicer – Cold Brew Coffee Maker – You Get Professional Quality & the Best Designed Bag of Them All – Guaranteed or Your Money Back – Start Making the Most Nutritious, Creamy & Silky Smooth, Nut Milks & Juices! Only Available on Amazon!
  • YOUR PRO QUALITY BAG COMES WITH A VALUABLE BONUS – A FREE RECIPE E-BOOK & HOW TO VIDEOS – OUR FAVORITE RECIPES INCLUDE UNIQUE AND YUMMY CHOCOLATE, STRAWBERRY & BANANA DRINKS! Also important info to get you started making perfect Nut Milks & Coffee Drinks – So go to the web address on the package label to get your free e-book and videos. We 100% Guarantee You Will Love It! ORDER YOUR NUT MILK BAG NOW! And maybe an extra one for blender juicing or to surprise a friend! WE LOVE USING THIS BAG & YOU WILL TOO!

 

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1Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter Normally about $20 – right now get it for as low as $14.99 and free shipping

  • Chimney starter system lights charcoal quickly and evenly
  • Made from aluminized steel with a stay-cool thermoplastic handle
  • Holds enough briquettes for a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill
  • Cone bottom ensures a fast start; eliminates need for lighter fluid
  • Measures 7-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 12 inches

Weber grill saleWeber 10020 Smokey Joe Silver Charcoal Grill, Black 25% off – As low as $29.99 and free shipping

  • The Weber Smokey Joe charcoal grill is an ideal portable grill for cookouts, tailgate parties, and car camping
  • The glass reinforced nylon handle allows you to easily remove the lid as needed
  • The cooking grate measures 14-1/2-inch diameter and is triple nickel-plated
  • The porcelain enameled coating prevents rust and fading
  • 10-year limited warranty

weber bbq grill saleWeber 741001 Silver One-Touch 22-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black As low as $99.00 and free shipping

  • Kettle grill with 363 square inches of total cooking space
  • 22-1/2-inch-diameter plated-steel cooking grate; rust-resistant vents
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with glass-reinforced nylon handles
  • Aluminum ash catcher; aluminized-steel One-Touch cleaning system
  • Measures 22-1/2 inches long by 25 inches wide by 38-1/2 inches high; 10-year limited warranty

grill on saleChar-Broil 26,500 BTU 2-Burner Gas Grill, 280 Square Inch Normally around $130 – Right now get this on sale for as low as $101.99 PRICE DROP $84.99 and Free Shipping

  • 26,500 BTU Main Burner
  • 280 Square Inch wire primary cooking area
  • Durable porcelain steel lid and firebox
  • Piezo push button ignition
  • Full from panel and 6-Inch wheels

stainless grillDyna-Glo Smart Space Living 30,000 BTU-2-Burner Propane Gas Grill As low as $289.99 PRICE DROP $259.99 and free shipping

  • 30,000 total btus with an easy push button electronic ignition, 350 square-inch of primary cooking space and 547 square inch of total cooking space
  • 2 enameled cast-iron cooking grates, 2 stainless steel p-shaped burners, and 2 steel enameled heat tents
  • A double-wall stainless steel lid assembly, cast aluminum end caps for stability, a large easy lifting handle, temperature gauge with a décor ring
  • Cabinet assembly, an open slot for the propane (LP) tank to sit easily into its place, 2 locking and non-locking heavy duty wheel casters
  • Warranty: 1 year limited. assembly dimensions: length 45.8-inch by depth 23-inch by height 45.43-inch weight 81.4 lbs. csa certified

 

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basecamp usb charging camp stove with LED lightBaseCamp
The BioLite BaseCamp is a complete off-grid cooking and energy solution for groups, powered by wood. Using only fallen branches or small pieces of firewood, you can make wood-fired meals and charge your devices all at the same time. It’s a smart alternative to fossil-fueled stoves, creating an elevated cooking fire that burns smarter than any campfire you’re used to.

  • Powerpack with Onboard Battery: 5 Watt @ 5V USB output to charge your devices. Integrated 2200mAh Lithium ion battey stores energy to use later, even without a fire.
  • Smart LED Dashboard: Monitor your power generation and battery level.
  • Flexible USB passthrough Light: Light your meal and keep device charging at the same time.
  • Grill-to-Boil Lever: Transform flame from dissipated heat for grilling to direct heat for boiling, at the flip of a switch.
  • Large Group Cooking: 138 square inch grill surface easily fits 8 burgers

 

camp stove that charges batteriesBioLite Wood Burning Campstove

The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove combines the benefits of a lightweight backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets. The Campstove is the perfect solution for both the backcountry campsite and also Emergency Preparedness Kits.

  • Powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones
  • For 20 min. of charging with a strong fire gives you about 60 min. of talk time on most smartphones.
  • During a full burn, the CampStove can boil 1 liter of water in as little as 4 min. 30 sec.
  • CampStove weighs about 2 lbs. and is about the same size as a 1-liter Nalgene water bottle
  • An internal starter battery helps kick-start the fire before the stove begins generating its own power

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Perfect inexpensive Folding Pocket Stove for Camping, Bushcraft, Hiking, and Wilderness Survival

inexpensive folding pocket stoveEsbit Ultralight Folding Pocket Stove with Six 14g Solid Fuel Tablets
As low as $9.99 and free shipping options PLUS get 6 free fuel cubes too!

  • Constructed from durable, galvanized steel
  • Includes 6 odorless solid fuel tablets – each 14g
  • Foldable with two grades for cooking
  • Dimensions closed 3.9 x 3 x 0.9 inches (9.8 x 7.7 x 2.3 cm)
  • Weight incl. tablets approx 6.3 oz. / 180g

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Before and After Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel

A few years ago we purchased a home built back in the early 1970’s. It had really not been remodeled that much since then. There were still only one light fixture, usually off in the corner, per each room. Many light switches still controlled floor electrical outlets, just as it was back in the 70’s were they used floor lamps then ceiling lights.  The home we had just moved into had also been vacant for over 2 years.

It is amazing how much a home can deteriorate when not being used. The old iron pipes had corroded and the all needed replaced. The ac system and the furnace were on the way out and couldn’t keep the home even close to the same temperature. The electrical system needed revamping and circuits split and more new circuits added to handle increase in lighting. The bathrooms needed upgraded from the peach and baby blue toilets and sinks.

The kitchen had a terracotta color tile and under the fridge there was an orange colored paisley carpet that was basically rotted through. Not only that but in a large home it had a small and narrow galley kitchen that you could touch the counters on either side with only barely reaching your arms out. And our home kept with the traditional style home of having a kitchen table area and a more formal dining room area. As a younger couple we were not interested at all in keeping a formal dining room. And we looked for ways to expand our kitchen. We both wanted an open floor plan for a kitchen and one big enough not to be crowded in the kitchen when we had family and guest over.

We began our remodel of our home almost immediately after moving into our home. The kids helped my husband tear down the walls to the formal dining room. In the “before” picture you can see both walls that we tore down, on both sides of the door that you see to the right of the photo. Where the wall is on the far right side where you begin to see the dark cabinets on the edge of the photo is the same wall that in the “after” would of been along the edge of the granite that you see closest to you where the small sink is in the foreground. So essentially we expanded our kitchen over 5 feet wider and then behind the granite island you see in the foreground there we built two desk with granite counters and matching cabinets that go another 4 feet further into the old formal dining room. Both the desk area and the granite countertop island added a total of 10 feet or so width to the kitchen. Also by taking out the wall of where you see the photo on the wall to open up into a living room with couches really freed up lots of visual space to really make the room huge.

Even though now it may look great the main part of the remodeling post here is that we paid it off in segments. We lived for 3 years with sheet rock walls in the kitchen with wires hanging out capped and taped off out of the walls for the soon to be cabinet lighting. And we had plywood for countertops, and had only wood cabinet boxes under them with no doors. We built our kitchen in stages. Doing it in stages enabled us to build it the way we dreamed we would want it. If we had tried to pay for it all at once there would of been no way we could of even afforded to build it the way it is now. It would of been way to expensive to do it all at once.

Everything that we did we also did by hand. We put in the new tile floors with heating elements to warm it. After tearing out the old terracotta tiles and carpet under it and of coarse the rotten subfloor too. Paying off each job we did as we went allowed us the fun little extras like heated floors. And by saving tons of money by doing the work ourselves can save you sometimes more then half the cost of the job if you were to have someone else do it for you. Sometimes taking a week or two and watching online videos and reading how-to’s can save you thousands which enables you to spend a little more on fun additions to the remodel.

Just because you like to save money and live thrifty, doesn’t mean you have to buy poor quality and cheap materials. Living thrifty means that you find ways to save money and do things the smart way. Doing the tile floors yourself saves you lots of money, more then half because of how labor intensive it actually is. By saving thousands on tile floors gives you enough to spend a few hundred on heated floors that not only help heat your home more efficiently in the winter by radiating heat thus saving you money, but also feels great to the bare feet. That is being thrifty. If you would want to you could even keep all of it and just do the floors with no heat and save that for another job in the remodel. But I have to tell, heated tile floors make the hard cold idea we all think of tile floors actually feel warm and cozy to the point you would rather stand on the heated tile then even a padded mat.

We recently finished remodeling our bathrooms as well. We ripped out all of the sheet rock, tile, tubs, sinks, toilets and everything else down to wood studs in each bathroom. Just like the kitchen we added heated elements for about $200 per bathroom which is the best money we have spent in both rooms! The heated floor is so nice to walk on in cold winter months when you wake to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Doing all of the work in the bathroom after watching sheet rock videos and watching how to texture videos on YouTube helped us to save enough money doing it our self that we were able to afford jacuzzi tub and granite countertops, tile surround showers and all new fixtures and sinks and toilets as well. Sure we could of avoided the tile shower surrounds and just installed pre-made plastic tub and shower inserts, but tile with glass accents add to selling value later if we were to sell the home.

Just because you save your money and do the work your self does not mean you can not save your money and buy upgrades to your home remodel. Take time to learn how to do it, and try sample areas to test how things work. Not only do you save money, and install upgrades to your remodel with fun accessories but you also get a high sense of accomplishment in knowing you did it your self.

Not long ago we shared a post on DIY Concrete Stained Flooring . And a more in depth look into our kitchen remodel too.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring

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