15 Super Fun (and FREE) Things To Do In Kansas City

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Kansas City, Missouri is known for being one of the most affordable metros in the country. With its rich culture of jazz music, barbecue, and a sports-loving hometown spirit, KC is swimming in Midwestern charm.

Whether you live in the Kansas City area, or are visiting, rest assured that there are a number of things to do in Kansas City that won’t break the bank. In fact, there’s lots of great things to do that are completely free!

Here is a list of 15 fun and FREE things things to do in Kansas City:

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The most renowned art museum in Kansas City, MO also happens to have free admission for all ages each and every day!

At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art you will find artistic works from all over the world including European, Japanese, Egyptian, African, Native American, and Chinese cultures, among others. ¬†The gallery’s collection includes paintings by artists like Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe. Step outside and you’ll discover that even the lawn is a sight is to behold!

At the Donald H. Hall Sculpture Park, you’ll find the famous Shuttlecocks that have become an icon of Kansas City. The museum’s Bloch Building, which houses their modern art, was named by Time Magazine as one of the best architectural marvels in the world.

The Rose Garden at Loose Park

It’s a bit of a magical experience to come to The Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden in the beautiful Loose Park. Stepping into this area is a bit like stepping onto the grounds of the Queen of Heart’s castle from Alice in Wonderland. But don’t worry- I assure you, no one is going to chop off your head!

During the spring, you’ll find dozens of archways with rosebushes of all varieties surrounding a beautiful fountain that makes for a nice place to sit and collect your thoughts. Just be careful when you walk through the garden in June as you might find yourself accidentally crashing an outdoor wedding!

If roses aren’t your thing, then trek across the park to find a historic marker for The Battle of Westport from the Civil War. A must for history buffs!

First Fridays

Every first Friday of the month, the Crossroads Arts District comes alive with a vast array of art exhibits, live musicians, food trucks, and other forms of live entertainment. The festivities start around 5PM and the monthly event draws thousands of people from all across the Kansas City metro.

During the warmer months most of event occurs outdoors, so dress accordingly and expect to do some walking. It’s a great way to socialize, enjoy looking at some artwork, and maybe have a beer or two- although that last part (usually) isn’t free ūüôā

Tour the Boulevard Brewery

Kansas Citians are quite proud of a number of things in their home town- they love their sports teams, they love their streetcar (more on that later), and they love their home-brewed beer!

The Boulevard Wheat might as well be the official drink of Kansas City, as it is the standard local beer in most KC-area bars. To see the magic behind the brewery, they offer free 60-minute tours every day from 10AM-4PM. You even get to sample free beer!

Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis from their Welcome Desk and can be reserved at 10AM each day. Just make sure to snatch them up fast, because the tours fill up quickly.

Tour The Roasterie 

If beer isn’t quite your thing, you can always tour the KC-based coffee company The Roasterie to witness the process of the caffeinated magic being made. All ages are welcome to attend.

Tour participants are encouraged to register for a tour on their website before attending but walk-ins are welcome based on availability. One of the best parts is that you get to sample their coffees while touring!

In addition to The Roasterie tours, they offer coffee tastings twice a month at Corrigan Station Cafe.

Hallmark Visitors Center

Certain companies can become central to the cultural and economic climate of a city. Much in the way that Coca-Cola is a touchstone of Atlanta, GA, Hallmark Cards plays a pivotal role in the identity of Kansas City.

To learn about the history of Hallmark Cards, the Hallmark Visitors Center (located at their headquarters) offers free admission to guests. You’ll get a chance to see exhibits about their artists, make a souvenir bow with a bow-making machine, and even hear presentations from artists and writers of the beloved greeting cards.

Crown Center

Not only is Hallmark Cards headquartered in Kansas City, they even operate their own shopping center adjacent to their HQ. Crown Center has a number of stores inside that are fun to check out, including a Crayola store and cafe and the upscale Halls department store.

At Christmas time, Crown Center comes alive with holiday cheer with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, a lighting display, and of course, visits from Santa Claus.

Union Hill Cemetery

It may seem a bit macabre for some, but this historic cemetery has beautifully crafted tombstones and architecture dating back hundreds of years that are fascinating to see. During the day, you’ll find many different people walking through the cemetery, taking in the sights of our city’s history.

For those interested in the history of Kansas City, you can find the gravestones of many of the leading men and women who shaped the city into what it is today.

Cave Spring Park

This quirky and underrated park is a real gem of Kansas City. Also known as the William M. Klein Park, this was the childhood stomping ground for President Harry S. Truman, whose grandfather once owned the Cave Spring area.

At Cave Spring you’ll find a series of twisting trails throughout the woods complete with signs with labels like “Tim’s Trail” and “Corky’s Nature Walk.” There’s picnic shelters, a lake, a cave and an interesting relic of abandoned chimneys scattered throughout the forest.

After a resort was closed on the Cave Spring grounds in the 1940’s, looters came and burned down the buildings, leaving nothing but the chimneys. Today the chimneys make an interesting, if not somewhat eerie photo-op.

Ride the Streetcar

To people from outside of Kansas City, the idea of listing public transit as a “fun thing to do” might seem somewhat insane, but hear us out!

Kansas City’s Streetcar runs along a short, but notable, route that connects many of the city’s biggest attractions including The City Market, Union Station, The Power and Light District, and Crown Center with hopes for an expansion soon underway.

Anyone can ride the streetcar for free, and millions have since it first launched in 2016, surpassing the city’s expectations for ridership. The Streetcar offers a reliable, modern, and free way of getting around downtown Kansas City.

Money Museum

Short on cash? Well the Money Museum in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Building has you covered because their admission is free! You can see exhibits of rare coins, learn about detecting counterfeit money, and see what a wall of $40 million of bills looks like!

There’s fun activities for kids such as stations to design your own money.

Throughout the year, you’ll find special events like free guided tours and “Fed First Fridays” where they offer tours of their collections of artwork from local Kansas City artists.

Union Station

This historic train station houses many different traveling exhibits and has multiple free events for the public throughout the year.

Every Memorial Day weekend, Union Station houses the Celebration at the Station, a free outdoor event featuring music from the Kansas City Symphony as well as a fireworks display.

Recently, Union Station was the home for the Kansas City leg of American Ninja Warrior, an event that allowed free admission for those wanting to watch the filming.

The City Market

Every Saturday and Sunday, the City Market provides a farmer’s market that is much more than your run-of-the-mill parking lot veggie sale. They have one of the largest outdoors farmer’s markets in the country that’s been in operation since 1857.

At the City Market you’ll find live music, local vendors, and a vibrant restaurant scene in the bustling River Market district.

During the weekdays and evenings, you can still check out the various indoor shops and restaurants in the River Market area, or head north to take a walk at the Berkley Riverfront Park to get a beautiful view of the Missouri River.

Check out the Fountains on the Plaza

Kansas City, MO is known by the locals as the “City of Fountains” for its collection of various outdoor fountains scattered throughout the city. The largest collection of fountains can be found at the historic Country Club Plaza.

Built by J.C. Nichols, the Country Club Plaza was the country’s first outdoor shopping mall and remains an active upscale shopping center in Midtown Kansas City. The aptly named J.C. Nichols Fountain is a symbol of Kansas City and was recently renovated.

Catch Some Free Live Jazz Music

Several venues in the Kansas City area offer free jazz performances. Jazz is one of Kansas City’s signature cultural influences and hearing jazz music performed live is a must for anyone looking to get the full Kansas City experience.

The legendary 18th and Vine District is home to The Blue Room, which offers jazz performances on Monday and Thursday nights without any cover charge.

Elsewhere in Kansas City, The Green Lady Lounge offers free jazz performances in their basement seven days a week, and Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen has free performances on the weekends. Even if the performances are free, please make sure to support local businesses by ordering food and drinks.

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Video Gaming on a Budget: How to Save Money on Video Games

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Video gaming isn’t the cheapest past time. You pay hundreds of dollars for a gaming console (or thousands if you want to buy a powerful gaming PC) and AT LEAST $50-$60 for every new game you get.

If you are a thrifty video gamer you don’t have to worry, though, because there are some really great ways to save money as a gamer on a budget. Here are my tips for being a thrifty gamer!

Buy Used or Vintage Games

The greatest video game franchises from The Legend of Zelda to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to Super Mario and Final Fantasy have decades of great video games to play. You need to look no further than a garage sale or a used video game store to find one of thousands of great games you can find at prices that are much cheaper than games that just came out recently.

In the tech world it can be very easy to fall prey to the traps of consumerism that tell you that YOU MUST have the latest and greatest gadget or else it’s completely pointless and obsolete. This is an area that can take some self-control as you learn to resist the lull of a consumer-driven society. Remember that just because something is new that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better. There are many people that rush out to buy gaming consoles or video games the first week they come out only to discover that their purchase was a dud.


Consider a Subscription Service

The entertainment world is going through massive disruption now as people shift towards using streaming services as their primary means of consuming media. It’s not just services like Netflix or Hulu that are streaming, it’s also video game companies, too. Playstation Now has a service that gives you access to hundreds of games for $20/month. You don’t even need a video game console- you can use a Sony Blu-Ray player with a Playstation controller.

Even thought Playstation Now only has last-generation games it offers a really good value if you are someone that is used to spending money each month on video games. It’s kind of a waste to dish out $60 on a video game if you only play through it once and then give it up. This gives you the opportunity to just pay $20 and get access to HUNDREDS of games. There are more subscription services for video games like PS Now on the horizon so be on the lookout for things to come.

Download Less Expensive Indie Games

The games from the major publishers definitely get the most attention, but there are some really awesome games available to download from indie publishers too. These games may not be as expensive but it’s amazing to see the creative gameplay that the inventive minds behind the likes of Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac, Braid, and World of Goo have come up with.

There are many awesome games, with hours of gameplay from indie developers to check out for less than $20 such as those from Green Man Gaming.

Purchase a Humble Software Bundle

Humble is an awesome service which offers software bundles in a pick-your-price model where you get to choose exactly how much of your money goes to Humble and how much goes to a charity of your choice. Every month you can get software for as little as $1.

They also offer a monthly subscription service for $12/month where you get a curated bundle of games (worth over $100) each month. 5% of your monthly subscription fee will go to charity as well. Check it out here

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Sites Like Airbnb: Make Extra Money By Renting Out Your Humble Abode

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Much like Uber, Airbnb has become a shining star of the app economy over the past several years. People have even been able to make full-time incomes just from listing properties on Airbnb.

If you are looking to rent out your home, apartment, or other living space, though, you should consider the various options that are out there. It turns out that there are many different apps and sites like Airbnb to choose from.

Here I’ve compiled a list of sites like Airbnb to help you with your search.

You can also scroll to the bottom of the page for a video overview

HomeAway and VRBO

While Airbnb offers a great flexibility in the amount of living spaces you can rent out, including private rooms in your home or apartment, HomeAway and its subsidiary VRBO focus on vacation homes exclusively.

If you travel a lot or are away from your home for extended periods of time, this could be a good option for you.

Homeaway and VRBO also have a different payment structure than Airbnb for the people listing their properties. Rather than giving a chunk of the rental fee away each time someone rents your property, HomeAway and VRBO allow you to pay a flat, yearly subscription fee for your listing instead.

List on HomeAway here

List on VRBO here

Wimdu

Based in Germany, Wimdu is one of world’s largest competitors to Airbnb with listings including over 350,000 properties.

Much like Airbnb, they allow you to rent out apartments and spare rooms in addition to entire houses, allowing for a great range of options. According to their website, Wimdu listers earn an average of over $1000 a month- not too shabby!

List on Wimdu here

TripAdvisor Rentals and FlipKey

Famous for their hotel bookings, TripAdvsior also lets you post lodging listings of your own.

Their website claims you can list everything from “private rooms to castles, houseboats to villas” so no matter the type of property you’re looking to rent out, it sounds like TripAdvisor has your covered.

It’s free to list your property, but TripAdvisor (as well as its subsidiary FlipKey) will keep 3% of your guest’s payment.

List on TripAdvisor here

misterb&b

This was created to be a gay-friendly alternative to Airbnb, ensuring that LGBT travelers can know that their hosts are supportive.

Whether you are traveling alone or with a partner, misterb&b provides a space for queer people to travel safely without fear of judgment.

It is free to list on misterb&b and the company will keep 5% of the rental fee. You can rent out your house, apartment, spare room, or couch and hosts are eligible for insurance coverage up to $500,000.

List on misterb&b here

Rent Like a Champion

As featured on Shark Tank, Rent Like a Champion is a company that lets you rent homes near sporting events such as college football games, golf tournaments, and racing events.

Renters can list there home for free, and the company charges a 15% commission fee.

List on Rent Like a Champion here

Spothero

Perhaps instead of listing a home or apartment, you are interested in leasing a parking space? If you live in a city that is crowded enough that parking becomes a hot commodity, then Spothero could be a great way to earn some extra money with minimal effort.

Spothero lets you rent out a parking space to commuters in your area. You get to set your own rates and set the availability as well.

Then if you ever need to use the parking space yourself, just pause your availability temporarily and resume when you are ready to start earning money again!

List on Spothere here

Outdoorsy

While an RV is a bit like a home away from home, many house rental sites don’t include RVs in their directories. If you are looking to rent out an RV, though, don’t fret! Ourdoorsy has you covered. They rent out campers and recreational vehicles through their website.

When you rent out your RV with them, they provide rental insurance which covers both liability and com insurance.

They are one of the largest RV rental businesses on the net, plus they provide insurance for the renter AND the RV owner.

List on Outdoorsy here

Or Just Do Airbnb

Airbnb remains one of the largest and most well known places to rent out your home, apartment, room, or couch with over 3 million listings worldwide. They allow you to set your own price and will even send out a photographer to take pictures of your property (for a fee).

While safety precautions have to be take with ANY service where you are allowing strangers into your personal, private space, Airbnb and services like it remain a good way to pick up some extra money for your unused spaces.

List on Airbnb here

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Ebates Review: Get Paid to Shop Online!

Follow this link to try it for free!

Ebates is a website that will give you cash back every time you follow one of their links from their website before making an online purchase. The cash back will accumulate in your balance and you get a “big fat check” sent to you every quarter for everything you’ve earned. There’s no fee to sign up, all you need to do is register, click and you’re good to go!

This is a great way to make some extra money for online purchases that you ALREADY planned on making. I’ve tried it myself and can confirm it’s totally legit and it works! If you have the chance to make a little extra money every time you shop online, why not give it a whirl?

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6 Rich and Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Thrifty

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You may think of penny-pinchers as people that are that scrapping by out of necessity, but it turns out there are many famous and wealthy people that despite their extravagant earnings, choose to live modestly.

Here are six of those people.

Jennifer Lawrence

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What’s not to love about everyone’s favorite¬†Hunger Games¬†star? Her down-to-earth demeanor has made her one of Hollywood’s most likable celebrities, but it turns out this extends to her money-spending habits as well. She likes to hunt for bargains with coupons, drives a modest car, and once ordered a $1.99 Happy Meal as a pre-Oscars snack. As she said in a Fabulous¬†(U.K.)¬†magazine interview, “I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it. My family is not the kind of family that would ever let me turn into an a**hole or anything like that, so I am fortunate to have them.‚ÄĚ

Hillary Swank

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She may be an Academy Award winning-actress,¬†but Ms. Swank is also an avid coupon-clipper. As she said in a 2010 interview with Regis and Kelly, “When you open up the paper and you see those coupons it’s like dollar bills staring you in the face!” When asked if she ever feels embarrassed to use coupons she said she was not, adding, “Why not? It’s how I grew up. It’s in my bones.”

Warren Buffet

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This legendary investor¬†is reportedly worth more than 76 billion dollars, according to Forbes magazine. That hasn’t stopped him from staying frugal, however. He lives in the same Omaha, Nebraska home that he’s lived in¬†since 1958¬†that he originally purchased for $31,500. He also doesn’t keep a cell phone on him or a computer at his desk, enjoys cheap fast food meals, and once had a license plate that said “THRIFTY.” A great thing about Mr. Buffet is that his frugality seemingly isn’t motivated by greed as he has pledged to give more than 99% of his wealth to charity.

Mark Zuckerberg 

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The founder and CEO of Facebook is infamous for wearing the exact same thing to work every day– a simple T-shirt, hoodie, and jeans. According to him, always wearing the same outfit helps simplify his life by helping to minimize basic daily decisions. Rather than going for an expensive Tesla or Ferrari, as of 2014, he was driving a manual-transmission, four-door hatchback Volkswagon car that cost less than $31,000.

Jay Leno

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It might be hard to believe, but the entire time Jay Leno hosted “The Tonight Show,” he never spent a penny of his salary from NBC, instead putting it ENTIRELY in savings. For his expenditures, he relied on his earnings from stand-up comedy shows (which he continued to do on the weekends in addition to his hosting duties). As he told Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “You know, when I was a kid I always had two jobs. And I would bank one and I’d spend the other. Then when I got ‘The Tonight Show’ I just continued that.”

Kristen Bell

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Frozen was one of the most successful films of all time, and Ms. Bell most certainly earned a pretty penny as a leading voice actress in the beloved Disney movie. Despite that, she still is an avid coupon queen. As she told Conan O’Brien, “I almost exclusively shop with coupons. The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon. And you know it’s the best one! Because it’s like 20 percent off, and if you buy a duvet or an air conditioner, you could be saving upwards of $80!” Amen, sister.

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10 Free Things to do in While Traveling in Chicago

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Chicago is an awesome city with a distinct culture, tasty hometown food, and friendly people who manage to bring a Midwestern hospitality to a busy metropolis. From their famous comedy clubs like Second City, to the legendary sports teams like the Chicago Cubs, all the way to the big city glam of the shops on Michigan Avenue you’ll find something that anyone can enjoy in the Windy City.

Like any travel destination, though, it can be easy to get sucked in to expensive and sometimes unnecessary purchases and attractions. To help you travel in a thrifty way, I’ve assembled this list of things to do for FREE while traveling in Chicago.

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Millennium Park

Yup, this would be the park the infamous “bean” (technically called Cloud Gate) that has become an icon of Chicago in just a little over a decade. That’s not the only free thing to do here, though. Throughout the year, particularly in the warmer months, there are events and music festivals housed under the¬†Jay Pritzker Pavilon from the country’s only free outdoor classical music series of its size¬†¬†to the Chicago Blues Festival,¬†Chicago Gospel Music Festival,¬†Jazz Festival,¬†World Music Festival, and the Chicago Air and Water Show¬†that are all completely FREE! If it’s the winter time, don’t fret! They also offer a free ice skating rink.

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Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, which just so happens to be in walking distance of Millennium Park, can be something of a best kept secret for travelers to Chicago. It’s a large, historic municipal building that is not only beautiful to look at but filled with a number of arts and cultural events that are completely FREE. If you like art exhibits, there are a number of exhibits from many renowned artists at the Center, in addition to free film screenings, kid’s events, and music performances. You can ¬†also catch a free daily tour of the building (great if you are an architecture buff) and check out the world’s largest Tiffany-stained glass dome that is quite the sight to see!

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Lincoln Park Zoo

A trip to the zoo can be a great outing for families (or a group of scrappy 20-somethings!), but what can make it even better is if its free. The Lincoln Park Zoo happens to be free 365 days a year for each and every visitor. There are exhibits that are open in both the warmer months and colder seasons. During the holiday season, make sure to check out ZooLights- a fun Christmas light display.

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Navy Pier

Navy Pier is a famous shopping and entertainment district with beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Now this one comes with a bit of a disclaimer- technically it is free to walk around it but this heavily visited attraction has all of the typical markings of a tourist trap. The parking is expensive, the food and souvenirs are pricey, and if you aren’t careful you can end up spending quite a bit of money on things like boats tours and riding the ferris wheel (which costs $12 a person). I’d recommend taking public transit to Navy Pier rather than parking directly near it and maybe even packing a sack lunch to save money on food. If you walk far enough down the pier you can also normally find some cheaper priced boat tours. Plus twice a week during the summers they do a free fireworks show.

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Get a Free Guided Tour

There are a number of tours in Chicago that charge money but there are still PLENTY of options if you want a free tour run by volunteers. Tours by Foot offers walking tours of Chicago for a range of themes from a movie and television filming location tour (if you want to see places where famous movies were shot) to a ghost tour of allegedly haunted places in Chicago if you want to get your ghostbusting on. In addition you can get an individual tour from Chicago Guide, but make sure to reserve a spot at least 10 business day in advance.

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Free Museums

There a number of free museums in Chicago ranging from the Smart Museum of Art¬†at the University of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography¬†at Columbia College Chicago, and the Hyde Park Art Center. There’s also the Money Museum, which happens to also be free (go figure!). Plus you can take a free tour of a brewery.

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Check out the Beach!

A great thing about a lakeside city is that there are a number of beaches to visit¬†for free. If it’s the summer, go ahead and pack a swim suit so you can soak up the sun! And if it’s the winter, seeing a snowy beach with a frozen lake makes for a very surreal Instagram-worthy photo-op.

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Watch a Free Improv Show

There are a number of improv theaters to see in Chicago, but most cost money (side note- at Second City you can tickets that have a view “partially obstructed” by a pole at a discount FYI). There is one improv troupe that offers shows completely free of charge, though. The aptly named “Free for All” show is every Sunday at 7:30PM at The Playground Theater.

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Watch Some Free Theater Shows

The Free Street Theater was one of the first racially integrated theater companies in Chicago when it was founded in the 1960’s and aims to create theatrical productions that highlight a diverse range of experiences. True to their name, they offer free shows!

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Take a Stroll Through the Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden offers free admission and is open year-round (yes, including winter). Whether you are looking for a pleasant stroll or a tram tour, this can be a great place to check out if you’re looking to unwind and enjoy the scenery in this 385-acre destination. There’s also the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park or ¬†for something indoors, there’s the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

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Do-it-Yourself Thrifty Mouthwash

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Buying toiletries can be expensive! I know when I first was living on my own it was always a rather annoying and often unaccounted for expense. There are many things, however, that you can make at home using simple ingredients. Follow these instructions to make one such thing- your very own homemade, natural mouthwash!

You’ll Need

A small container (I used a recycle glass milk jar)

1 cup of distilled or filtered water

4 tsps. of baking soda

4 drops tea tree essential oil

4 drops peppermint essential oil

Funnel (optional, but recommended)

To Make it

Pour the water into the container then add the baking soda. Finally add the essentials oils, cover and shake, and you’re good to go. Use it like any regular mouthwash to clean your mouth.

Additional Notes

Baking soda has antibacterial properties and is a great item to have at home for a variety of frugal needs- from cooking to cleaning to personal grooming. The essential oils can be a little pricey, so you may need to shop around. They can typically be found at stores that sell organic and natural foods.

The oils add a minty flavor to the mouthwash and have additional antibacterial properties. It isn’t recommended that you make any more than one batch at a time because the oils can settle and change flavor over time. To save even more money, skip the oils all together and just use baking soda and water! This form of mouthwash isn’t medicated like the store-bought variety, so if your dentist has recommended other types of wash for specific dental needs, follow their directions.

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