Tips for Curbing Impulse Buying

Ahhh, impulse buying. Yes, I am guilty! I get a thrill from a deal and sometimes find it hard to pass up a sale. Just because something is a good deal, doesn't mean you need to buy it! I have to remind myself of this constantly. Below you will find some good tips to help curb impulse spending, since money does not grow on trees! How To Curb Your Impulse Spending by: Mrs. Not Made of Money Impulse spending can cause havoc to any well-developed budget. No matter how carefully you plan your ...

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Preserving Fresh Strawberries & Cherries

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This weekend we picked strawberries and cherries at  local orchards. I always pick enough fresh fruit to preserve some for the off season months. Some of the fruit will be frozen and some will be canned. Of course we eat a good amount of fresh fruit too! To make your fresh fruit last longer, do not wash it until you are ready to eat it. For cherries, pick them with the stem on to make them last longer. Always pick ripe yet firm berries and cherries. If you don't own a cherry pitter, try ...

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Ask a Wife of a Veteran

Why is this holiday important? What does it mean? I think we often take for granted the freedom we experience everyday. This site wouldn't exist in some parts of the world. I wouldn't have the opportunities I have if I didn't live in America. My family has benefited from the military and we are very grateful for what we have experienced and learned. My husband served in the Navy and it was during his service time that afforded him the opportunity to obtain a Bachelors degree and a Masters ...

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Grilled T-bone Steaks With Sweet & Savory Sauce

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Get the grill out! This recipe looks really good with fresh vegetables and a grilled steak. This recipe will be a hit all summer as we will soon have zucchini and carrots fresh from our garden. Thanks to Beef It's Whats for Dinner for this recipe. Check out their site for more Summer of Sizzle recipes and tips on grilling. Total Recipe Time: 45 to 50 minutes 2 beef T-bone steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 16 ounces each) 1/2 pound small carrots with tops, trimmed 2 tablespoons water 2 medium ...

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SafetyTat Review

Losing a child in public place is a fear that most parents have. We have several trips planned this summer and my husband and I will be on high alert with our two active boys. Our youngest is a quite boy he tends to roam. We definitely don't want him roaming at the airport! But if something unfortunate happens, how will we find him? I had the opportunity to review the SafetyTat which will be perfect for our summer adventures. The SafetyTat is a tattoo that displays emergency contact information ...

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Fashion Friday: Dressing my Husband in Designer Duds for less than a Latte

I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can't see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato's closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast! I think the ...

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Time to Stockpile Condiments

Memorial Day is just around the corner which means that grilling season will be in full force! So what does that mean for couponers? It is time to stockpile condiments! Condiments that will be free or very inexpensive: -- Barbecue Sauce -- Mustard -- Salad Dressing -- Ketchup -- Relish -- Marinades -- Mayonnaise Condiments will continue to go on sale throughout the summer months. Plus coupons for condiments are prevalent this time of year. The goal should be to stockpile enough for the winter ...

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Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday

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! Well Rachael and I are on a trial separation. It is a fact that I do love her but my life is suddenly out of control. I just had a baby boy. He is wonderful but since he was premature he is still in the ...

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Chutzpah- Car Shopping, the Necessary Evil

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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, chutzpahoften connotes courage or ...

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Meet Our New Additions: Chickens!

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As if I wasn't busy enough with a husband, two boys, two dogs, a cat, working full time and working on Madame Deals- I decided we should add chickens to the mix! I grew up having chickens and I have been wanting my children to grow up with that experience. My husband was finally on board with the idea and we brought home our chicks a couple of weeks ago. We ended up getting  three Barred Rocks and three Americaunas. They are about 7 weeks old now. It will be awhile until we have eggs but my ...

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