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Spring Break on a Budget After the long winter months, it seems like spring can't get here soon enough. But if you think that being on a budget will put a damper on your travel plans, not to worry. Get out of your apartment and away from the books for spring break by following these easy tips to let loose on the cheap.

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[caption id="attachment_66530" align="aligncenter" width="607"]A Crock-Pot is a great way to make easy meals -- just toss the ingredients in, turn it on, and let it sit for a few hours. A Crock-Pot is a great way to make easy meals -- just toss the ingredients in, turn it on, and let it sit for a few hours.[/caption] Everyone in your family is super busy, including you! Preparing meals doesn't have to be another expensive, time-sapping chore. You can save time and money in your apartment with just a few simple meal prep shortcuts. A Crock-Pot is a busy cook's best friend Most people only use their crock pots for an occasional roast or an annual dish for some special occasion, but crock pots can be a terrific time-saver in the kitchen. Throw in a chicken or roast and some veggies the night before or before you leave for work, and when you get home you'll have a piping hot meal ready to serve. It's not just for roasts and soups either. Crock pots are great for cooking chili and even spaghetti sauce.

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[caption id="attachment_64228" align="aligncenter" width="607"]A bottle of wine makes a great housewarming gift, especially if you put a personalized label on it. A bottle of wine makes a great housewarming gift, especially if you put a personalized label on it.[/caption] When a friend or relative moves into a new place, it can be hard to come up with a nice housewarming gift for them. Below are a few ideas for creative, decorative housewarming gifts to help your loved ones feel right at home in their new apartment. Go green Plants always make nice, thoughtful gifts and can add a bit of life and color to a new place. If the recipient doesn't have a green thumb, opt for something relatively easy to take care of, or an indoor plant such as a fern, cactus or bonsai tree.

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[caption id="attachment_63636" align="aligncenter" width="880"]The Shoreland Apartments in Chicago, IL The Shoreland Apartments in Chicago, IL[/caption] We all need a place where we can create a side business or work on a hobby, especially if that side job or hobby is rather complex. But with a little hard work and ingenuity, you can easily turn a bedroom in your apartment into a studio for your music, art or anything else. Here's how.

With the holidays coming up, it's the perfect time to give back to your community at these places in Lafayette.

With the holiday season coming up, it's time to start thinking about giving back to others. Volunteering is a great way to have a positive affect on your local community and do something good for others. But what if you've…

By following a few simple steps, removing old wallpaper can be done without too much fuss.

[caption id="attachment_34587" align="alignleft" width="300"] By following a few simple steps, removing old wallpaper can be done without too much fuss.[/caption]

Redecorating an older home or apartment can be a difficult task, especially if the previous owner covered every square inch with wallpaper.

Removing all that old, ugly wallpaper is no easy task, but the tips below should help you get it done with a minimum of fuss and bother.

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kid playing-De Visu-original Getting your children involved in a hobby is a great way to teach them valuable skills, learn something educational and just plain keep them out of trouble. But many hobbies can get expensive. Below are a few great hobbies for kids that won't break the bank.

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