Caring With Coupons & Giving Back to the Community

Madame Deals believes in a strong community and we do our best to give back. It is not always easy to give in these tough economic times. One great thing about couponing is that we are able to give back to the community without spending a lot of money. It is amazing how many free items I have collected by using coupons, store promotions, rewards programs and rebates. Since January, Madame Deals has been participating in the Penny Experiment. We have donated close to $200 worth of food for about ...

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Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Thai Style Crock Pot Curry

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, Rachael 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! Mom, what is for dinner? I think I am tired of that phrase it ranks up there with MOMMMMMMMMMMM! I know I have hit my rut. I have so much to do lately that making dinner seems like a chore. When this happens ...

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Chutzpah: Managing Relationships

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Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. Chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or ...

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Safety Tips for Shopping Online

Shopping online has become so convenient and a great way to find great deals. Unfortunately the virtual world can be detrimental to your banking account. Earlier this year, I made a purchase online. Months down the road, my card had unauthorized charges on it. Thankfully my bank was on top of it! Not Made of Money has six tips to share with us to make shopping online safe. Six Ways to Make Internet Shopping Safe Stories abound warning consumers about the perils of shopping on the internet. ...

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Ask a Football fan: What is the Tebow factor?

The Tim Tebow Factor- What is the Tebow factor? The name Tim Tebow will forever be part of University of Florida history. It isn’t only because he is a great football player but most importantly a superior role model. He inspired those around him to live up to their potential. I bet you are wondering why football is appearing on a site about frugality? The answer is simple this young man had the power to empower a nation. He alone empowered a team. How? He simply did it by doing his best. His ...

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Chicken & Rice Soup Recipe & Unique Add-ins

This is a wonderful and creative recipe! I would have never thought of adding sweet potatoes to soup! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Soup season is almost over. I love a good, steamy bowl of soup or stew during the fall and winter months. But, I rarely make soups in the summer. It’s just too hot outside! However, these cool spring evenings or rainy spring days still call for a light and healthy soup. With all the pollen in the air, a ...

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Fashion Friday: More than Make up

Using Coupons to make a difference! Make-up for cheap or free can help your bottom line and those around you. I have to say being beautiful has nothing to do with your outward appearance. What we do to make an impact on our world using our talents is what set us apart. I consider myself a super shopper. I use my super shopping powers to help others. I hope that you are able to use your amazing talents to enable others to do more with less. It isn’t what you save, it is what you spend. I believe ...

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Make a Difference With Members Project

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With the tough economical times, many of us struggle to make financial contributions to charities. Amee and I like to find ways to contribute and make a difference without spending a lot of money. American Express and TakePart have joined together to make a difference through the Members Project. Members Project allows you to take small steps towards making a difference. The easiest way to get involved is to vote for your favorite charity. There are five categories of charities. Every three ...

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Making Earth & Budget Friendly Changes

In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to write about ideas on how to make changes to benefit the environment. I admit that I am not the best at being "green". My family and I are working on it though! As I started thinking about protecting the planet, there are several changes that we can make that are also budget friendly. Start a garden: I know I have recommended starting a garden several times. Having fresh vegetables without the use of pesticides is just wonderful! Deal Seeking Mom has a great ...

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Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Carbonara

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, Rachael 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! This week we went to the Farmer's Market. I banked on the fact that I would find all these wonderful veggies to make dinner with. I was disappointed. We did find Asparagus so I had to find a way to cook it ...

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