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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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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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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Fashion Friday The $100 Challenge ends See how I did

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Fashion FRIDAY.... Week 4 of the Fashion Challenge. Can you dress a child for $100.00? UMMM.. YES! Spent $18.08 on Two new dresses, 1 tank top, and 6 pairs of sock. I bought these at the rugged warehouse. You have to look closely at all items but there are tons of deals. Gap sweat shirt and long sleeve shirt Cherokee brand new shorts and new to her skirt. These were found at Goodwill for just $8.24. The items I bought in previous weeks $27.61 1 long sleeve gap T-shirt 1 children's place ...

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What’s for Dinner with Rachel RAY: Turkey Corn Chili

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At Food Lion this week, frozen Turkeys are on SALE for .69¢ a pound. Here is what I suggest, buy a 13 LB turkey for $8.97 then cook it and make the following meals. This is what I would do to make it into 3 or 4 meals. 1) Traditional Turkey with all the fixings you know stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes you will use about 3lbs of turkey make extra sides for the sandwiches 2) Turkey Chili Rachel Ray Style 3lbs if you double 3) Then I would make after ...

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Stockpile Organization

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Stockpile Organization   Due to my recent shopping adventures to Harris Teeter, my pantry was in need of  stockpile organization. One of the secrets to saving money, is to stockpile. This means to buy extra items your family uses regularly when the items are at their rock bottom price. We all know that Harris Teeter triples or Kmart super doubles allows for a plethora of stockpiling opportunities! I would like to share some tips to make stockpiling easier and more ...

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Coupon Tips & Tricks

Coupons are like money; at least that is how I feel. I look for coupons everywhere I go. Internet printable coupons are increasingly popular. Madame Deals posts links to printable coupons as often as possible. Sometimes, you will get an error message when you go to print the coupon. Have you ever seen the message "install coupon printer" when you have already installed it? It is frustrating when you need or want a certain coupon but then can't print it. I happened to come across a way to fix ...

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