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A good lawn is a point of pride, isn’t it? But maintaining your yard in the summer can end up costing you a lot in water bills alone. In fact, Americans spend roughly $40 billion on lawn care each year. Since we’re all about saving you money, we’ve got some tips to help you save on your summer lawn care.

  • Cut back on the water you use for keeping your lawn hydrated. How? Watch the forecast and plan on mowing your lawn when there is rain coming. If not, hold off for a bit. If you let the grass get a little taller, it will provide shade for the ground below it, thereby preserving the water within it.
  • On the same token, use a higher blade setting on your lawn mower.
  • Install a rain barrel water catchment system. Why let all of the water coming from your gutters go to waste? Have it fill up a few rain barrels and then use the water to water your lawn on other days.
  • If you have a problem with weeds, look into your soil’s pH. A neutral pH is 7.0. Grass grows best with a pH of around 6.5. If your pH is high, you’ll start to see dandelions. If your pH is higher than 6.5, get yourself some gardener’s sulfur. If it’s below 6.5, you’ll want to treat the soil with lime. You’ll also want to read up on sulfur and lime grass treatments before treating your soil with either of them. These solutions, however, can be less expensive than fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Cut back on your actual lawn size by planting a tree or two. This is a great long-term investment because once the tree grows larger it can provide shade to cool both you and your home (and that’ll help cut back on the summer electric bills!).

Lawn care varies depending on which part of the country you live in. If you’ve got a great tip for caring for your lawn in the summer, share them with us, we’d love to hear how you save.

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Mmmm… fudge. I bet you didn’t know there was an entire day to honor penuche fudge! Or maybe you’re a huge fudge fan and you’re already all over this. Either way, here’s a recipe to help you celebrate the day and as always, CouponCactus.com can help you save on the things you need to get it done. (Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Stiavetti)

This perfect penuche fudge recipe is buttery, creamy, and sweet. Walnuts and brown sugar add a little nutty crunch to the rich caramel flavor. Delicious. Yield: 1 8×8-inch pan of penuche

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups brown sugar
  • 2½ cups white sugar
  • 1¼ cup whole milk or half and half
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup toasted, finely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment, leaving 2-inches overhang on two opposing sides. Make sure to fold the paper into the corners of the pan.
  2. In a heavy saucepan over medium-low flame, heat brown sugar, white sugar, milk, butter, and salt to 236°F while stirring constantly. This should take 20-25 minutes.
  3. Pour penuche into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium for 2-4 minutes, or until fudge is thick and smooth. Lower speed to low, add vanilla extract and chopped nuts.
  4. Using a spatula greased with butter, spread penuche fudge into lined pan, smoothing out the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting. If refrigerated, penuche will keep in a sealed container for up to a week. For maximum freshness, don’t cut until ready to serve.

Be sure to send us pictures of your fudge! Better yet, send us some fudge!

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Taking Sun Precautions Now Can Save You Later

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Sure, it’s nice in the summer to have a healthy glow. However, it’s important to take safety precautions when you’re out in the sun. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. So, when you take care of your skin, you’re not only protecting yourself from [...]

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Money-Saving Tips for Summer Travel

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Lesser Know Facts About the Fourth of July

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America’s birthday is coming! But actually sooner than we think. The original Independence Day was proposed for July 2. It was passed two days later than that though, so we celebrate on the fourth. What else might you not have known about the 4th of July? U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe [...]

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Money-Saving Tips for the 4th of July

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Save Money and Get Fit This Summer

June 17, 2014

While we think you’re perfect just the way you are, if you’re on a mission to get fit for the summer, Coupon Cactus can help you save money and earn cash back as you flex your spending muscle. Remember, as you begin to set goals for yourself, make sure they’re realistic. That’ll help keep you [...]

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5 Tips to Save Money on Your Electric Bill This Summer

June 10, 2014

Hooray for warm weather! Boo to bigger electric bills. But don’t worry; there are definitely steps you can take each summer to help bring down the cost of staying cool. And, if you’re a Coupon Cactus member, you can even earn some cash back. What’s cooler than that? Let’s get started. I decided that this [...]

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How You Earn Cash Back with Coupon Cactus

June 3, 2014

We’ve told you that you’ll earn cash back when you shop at Coupon Cactus, but you may be wondering just how that works—so we’re going to tell you! At CouponCactus.com, we’ve partnered with thousands of retailers to help you save money through coupons (many of which are exclusive to Coupon Cactus members), and to earn [...]

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Memorial Day: Honoring Our Troops

May 26, 2014

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Nathan Hale Memorial Day is a day to honor all of those who have given their lives to defend our country. Today, we can also honor those who are currently serving in the armed forces. At of the end of 2013, [...]

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