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9 Budget Picnic Essentials

9 Budget Picnic Essentials
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Looking for the perfect date idea but don’t have a lot to spend? Searching for a way to spend more time with your family without dining at costly restaurants? A picnic is one of the best ways to enjoy a meal with loved ones without spending a fortune. Even better, you can enjoy that meal in a scenic park, beach, or other area that inspires outdoor play and adventure.

Planning a picnic doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. Pack these nine budget picnic essentials to create the perfect (romantic or fun) picnic environment without breaking your budget.

1. A Large Picnic Blanket

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    Your picnic blanket doesn’t have to be something that impresses fellow park-goers. It can easily be something you already have at home, such as an old blanket, a tapestry, or a sheet you no longer use. If you can’t find a blanket or sheet at home that will work, purchase one at a local thrift store and wash it before use.

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    2. A Cooler (or a Do-It-Yourself Cooler)

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      A picnic basket isn’t the most practical way of getting your picnic food and drinks to your destination. Instead of spending big bucks on a cute picnic basket, use a cooler that you already have at home. If you don’t have a cooler, you can make a temporary one by lining a large tote or plastic bin with a trash bag and placing ice packs inside.

      3. Affordable (Not Wasteful) Tableware

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        Disposable plastic tableware is an expense you don’t need to incur when planning a picnic. Disposable cutlery (and cups, plates, etc.) also create unnecessary waste. Instead, bring along reusable plastic plates, cups, and traditional cutlery from your home. Investing in a durable, reusable set of plastic tableware, which will cost about $20, can also save you from multiple purchases of disposable items if you plan to picnic often. Don’t forget to bring one sharp knife for cutting.

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        4. A Natural Bug Repellant

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          Pesky mosquitoes, ants, and other bugs can easily destroy a pleasant picnic. Most commercial bug sprays are expensive, unpleasant to smell (and touch), and can be harmful when used around foods. Items you already have around the house, like fresh-squeezed lemon and garlic cloves, can keep bugs at bay naturally. Try sprinkling cornstarch or baby powder around the perimeter of your picnic blanket to keep ants away too.

          The one-time purchase of a reusable citronella candle will also provide a pleasant picnic atmosphere while shielding you from tiny, flying pests.

          5. Affordable, Easy-to-Transport Foods

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            Aside from the company, the food is the most important part of your picnic, and it can be the most stressful part of planning. Keep in mind that meats are difficult to transport, and they are often the most costly part of the meal. Opt for cheaper alternatives, like eggs, tuna, and fresh bread, to create a delicious and affordable main course. Don’t forget to shop for in-season items, and you’ll probably be able to find fresh, budget-friendly fruits and vegetables to serve with homemade dips.

            6. Cheap (But Good) Wine

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              For many, especially romantics, wine is an essential picnic item. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a bottle that tastes good. Grocery stores are loaded with tasty wines that hover between $8 and $10. Trader Joe’s offers its famous “Two Buck Chuck,” Charles Shaw variety of wines, which can be purchased for $1.99 to $3.39. The grocery store has sold more than 600 million bottles of the stuff, so it must taste good.

              7. Reusable Water Bottles

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                By now, we all know that purchasing bottled water can be expensive and harmful to the environment. Pack one reusable water bottle, filled with a favorite drink, for each member of your picnic party. Using different colored bottles for each person can help distinguish drinks and avoid arguments among little ones.

                8. Homemade First-Aid Kit

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                  A first-aid kit is an essential part of every picnic, especially if you’ll be taking kids. That doesn’t mean you have to go purchase a costly first-aid kit from a camping supply store. The American Red Cross website offers a list of items that should be included in every first-aid kit, so you can use the items you have at home to create your own.

                  9. A Lantern or Candles

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                    The shorter days of the winter season mean you may want some light if you want to extend an evening picnic past dark. Bring candles from home to illuminate your picnic area or purchase a single camping lantern that you can use for all nighttime outdoor adventures. If you have the proper picnic supplies on hand, you’re more likely to picnic more often.

                    Featured photo credit: Michell Zappa via flickr.com

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                    Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                    Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                    By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                    Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                    83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                      84 write random letter

                        85 use a rubberband

                          86 dorm smell bad

                            87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                              89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                90 take a picture of the name card

                                  91 iron inside out

                                    92 old newspaper

                                      93 tumble try shoes

                                        keep a card like this

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                                            94 soap bar

                                              95 make a hole

                                                96 drop the battery

                                                  97 use a coozie

                                                    98 when taking a picture

                                                      use a clean dust pan

                                                        try a pants hanger

                                                          use your cellphone light

                                                            use a spring from an old pen

                                                              quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                user binder clips

                                                                  wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                    put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                      clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                        use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                          doritos are great for kindling

                                                                            use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                              use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                  use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                    almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                      sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                        unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                          cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                            remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                              turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                  how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                    tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                      place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                        ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                          use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                            take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                              how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                  How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                    user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                      good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                        turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                          50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                            the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                              add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                  hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                    stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                      the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                        how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                          the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                            use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                              to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                  a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                    rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                      use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                          51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                            52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                              rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                  use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                      59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                        60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                          hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                            Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                              hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                  if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                    keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                        drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                          use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                            use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                              do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                  dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                    put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                      75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                            78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                              79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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