Favorite Posts at Madame Deals for 2009

Madame Deals was created in April 2009 and we are so thankful for all of you that have stuck with us as we figure out the blogging world! We are also grateful for all of our new readers. Madame Deals has come a long way since April and we are looking forward to changes and growth in 2010. In case you missed some of our posts, below you will find a list of our favorite posts in 2009! Learning the Grocery Store Cycle: There is a six week cycle to grocery store sales. Stockpile Organization: Get ...

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Amee's New Years Resolution

So they say if you do not announce it, you will not do it. I am going to look at the bright side of everything. I will embrace the unexpected and live up to the challenges that it may bring. I hope you all stay safe and may 2010 be a year filled with love, health, and happiness! Here are my smart goals: SO I Realized I should have money savings goals since that is what we teach around here. We intend to buy a new to us car. We have the money to pay cash for the car already. We may take out a ...

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Renae's Personal Goals For 2010

It's that time of year again; yes the goal setting and New Year's Resolution time. Many times people make New Year's Resolutions only to be broken a short time down the road. I decided to set goals for 2010. If you are looking to set goals this year, Make sure they are SMART goals. SMART Goals: S: Make your goals Specific. M: It is important to make your goals Measurable. Otherwise, you will never know if you have achieved your goal! A: Your goals should be Attainable. Although setting high ...

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Ask a Teacher: Holiday money, now what?

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This year we decided to focus on how to make DOLLARS out of CHANGE. The easiest way, in my opinion, is to start talking to your children about the value of money and teach them to save. My children received a lot of money for the holiday because I implement the one gift per child per person rule. If someone would like to spend more, then they give my children checks, savings bonds, or gift cards to be used later. This is our formula for success: 1) Cash the checks and get cash (I even get cash ...

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Thanks!

We wanted to thank all of the people who helped us collect 20lbs of coupons to send to the troops. We appreciate your effort to help our troops. We are proud to call the Fluvanna Library, Mail Boxes Express, and the Child Connection center our partners in our do good mission. If you would like to learn more about this program click here. Make Dollars out of Change by starting your own coupon swap boxes like we have housed at the Fluvanna Library. Then donate your unused or expired coupons to the ...

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Rachel Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday?: Fajita Nachos

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! So I know Renae is going to cook from her pantry this January . I am afraid I can't do that at the moment, since we would be eating holiday candy and cereal! I did look for something that Renae and those of ...

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Tuesday Tips: Make a list and stick to it when car shopping

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Make a list of important items when making a big purchase. I am proud that I have taken this advice. We are car shopping; which to me is worst than a dental visit...car shopping is more costly and painful! We buy “new” to us cars; which makes the search even more fun. We made a list of some features that we couldn’t live without in a car. I need a third row folding seat for carpooling and my husband needs leather. I want a car that is not an ugly color, that hasn’t been in an accident and had ...

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January Eat From the Pantry Challenge

Starting in January, Money Saving Mom and Life as Mom will be starting an Eat From the Pantry Challenge. They each have different goals but the overall theme is eating from your stockpile for the month of January. They both plan to shop for produce and dairy products. Everything else will come from their pantry, freezer or refrigerator. Now I am going to jump in on this challenge! I am nervous about it but excited at the same time. Madame Deals is going to be starting a series in January called ...

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Year Round Christmas Shopping & Organization

I had the honor of writing a guest post for Save at Home Mommy today regarding year round Christmas shopping and gift stockpiling. Can you believe I have already started my Christmas shopping for next year? Yes, I have most of the stocking stuffers done for a fraction of the retail price! I also have stocked up on several packaging items. One of the things I wrote about was stocking up on gift baskets, cookie tins and packaging material for my baked goodies. These items can be expensive if ...

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