Canning: Recipe for Peach Salsa

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Visit Your Local Orchard for Great Savings! For the last three summers, Cathy and I have jumped into the world of canning. We started off small, just doing applesauce and sliced peaches. Last year we experimented with peach salsa. It was fabulous! We have also canned pickles, peach jam, blueberry jam, apple butter, apple pie filling and apple jelly in the past. It is so delightful to have these goodies in the middle of winter! Last weekend, I went to purchase the peaches for our peach ...

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Birthday Party: How to be Stress-free

My son's 3rd birthday is approaching. This article is a good reminder of what birthdays are all about; the celebration of your child. You do not have to spend a ton of money to make a party fun and full of memories!        Your Family Today: Activities Stress-free Birthday Bashes By Elizabeth Hurchalla for Your Family Today Magicians are expensive. So are clowns, moon bounces, and 25 goody bags stuffed with candy and toys. Is it really worth it? Pulling off a stellar birthday party doesn't ...

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Expired coupons? Do something GOOD with them

Coupons for Overseas Troops In honor of our troops, we have started a community service project that will support our overseas troops. It turns out that overseas military families can use expired manufactures coupons for up to six months after the expiration date at the commissaries. So, instead of throwing away those unwanted and expired coupons, we are sending them overseas! I know how much these families can use your expired coupons the guy in the picture is my husband and we were in the ...

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Fashion Friday: The Wedding Edition

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The hunt for the dress I am beginning to think it is cheaper to be the bride than attend a wedding. I mean in the next couple of months we have 4 weddings and HOPEFULLY no Funerals. I am super excited to watch my friends and family tie the knot. I know that being married is a wonderful thing however; finding a dress to go to a wedding is a NIGHTMARE. I mean without knowing what the bride is wearing how do you know what to wear? Do you wear a short dress? How about a long one? Do you match your ...

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Community News

Dear Friends, Madame Deals believes a strong sense of community enables everyone. We would like to give those of you who live in our area a chance to announce events that you are having on our site. We will do so every Friday. The events have to be family friendly. To submit your event, place Friday in the subject line and email it to Please include the date and time of your event and a picture if you have one. Examples: Donate books, dvds, cds to the library they would be appreciated by ...

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Ask a Teacher: How do I save all the memories

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How do I preserve my child's work? I know that your child will come home with a lot of papers. I know this because I used to make up the assignments. I am now on the other end of the process and trying to figure out the best way to honor my son's progress. I came up with a system that works for us. I thought I would share. On Friday when Matthew brings home his work we are going to place it in a sheet protector in a binder. I will try to gather a variety of subjects to showcase his academic ...

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Learning the Coupon Language

This cheat sheet is brought to you by our pal GINA! For all my newbie frugal friends, I thought I would share some of the terminology you will commonly see and what the abbreviations or terms mean. It can get quite confusing and I myself am still learning. This list is by no means all inclusive and I would love to hear form you if you have something to add. Here is an alphabetical list of some of the terminology you will run into out there in the world of frugal living. BOGO, B1G1F: "Buy 1, Get ...

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CVS paid ME $5.71!!! Saved $103.21

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I did 2 transactions to minimize my out of pocket cash. Here is what I bought first I had a spend $49 get $7 off coupon so this equaled more than that. Sunscreen $9 each for $27 total. Used the aveeno coupon for $10 off of 3 positively ageless products (see our rock bottom deals to print this out). I also had a spend $15 on sunscreen get $3 off final cost $14.00 (got $10 back in ECB) So $4.00 out of pocket Glade products buy 2 for $10. I did this deal twice once with the Lasting Impressions ...

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Time Saver: Using the Dot System to Organize Clothes

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I want to carry on with uses for a Sharpie pen. Last week, I told you how to mark expiration dates on your stockpile items. Heather taught us how permanent markers can help keep AC adapters and power cords organized and how to determine how quickly laundry soap is used. This week, I would like to focus on clothes organization. My sister-in-law Cathy has come up with a clever way of keeping her three boys clothes organized and separated. They use the dot system. Boy number one has one dot on his ...

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Ideas That Spark: Storing up for Winter

Ideas That Spark: Smart Living Storing up for Winter From the Editors of Ideas That Spark Does this sound like you? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average family of four is spending about $100 a month more at the grocery store than it did a year ago. Do the math: That’s an additional $1,200 a year for the same amount of peanut butter and toilet paper. Fortunately, “the grocery budget is a place where most families can find some extra dollars that can be used ...

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