Nielsen National Consumer Panel Open Applications

Nielsen National Consumer Panel is taking applications again for the Home Scanner Program. If you are accepted, you will be sent a scanner to scan the barcodes of products your buy. For your efforts you will earn points that you can redeem for valuable prizes. I applied again and was not accepted. Have any of you been accepted yet? ...

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Slow Cooker Meal: Honey-Lemon Chicken with Potatoes

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! Help! I do not have time to cook tonight. I have a meeting at 4:00pm. The funny things is I said this time was okay before I thought about cooking dinner and what my kids act like when they do not eat by ...

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Chutzpah: It cost what?

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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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Getting Stuck in the Payment Plan Rut

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So many times people get sucked into buying items because the payment plan is so enticing. I am guilty of this myself! Below are a few tips on staying out of the payment plan rut. Ditch the "Make Payments" Mentality By: Mrs. Not Made of Money One of the hardest parts of learning to being fiscally responsible is breaking free from the payment mentality. Becoming mired down in monthly payments creates a cycle seems almost impossible to break free from. Because you always have a payment to make, ...

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What's Hiding in Your Reusable Grocery Bags?

I was sitting down at breakfast with my step-dad when he asked "Do you use reusable grocery bags?" I replied, "Yes, when I remember." My step-dad went on to read the article in the LA Times "What's in Your Shopping Bag? Bacteria." out loud. The article points out that most people (including myself!) do not wash reusable grocery bags. Now think about this for a minute. Raw meat is loaded into these bags. Yes, they are packaged but we all know packages leak. And do you designate one bag for ...

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Ask a Mom: Is it worth it to go back to work?

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Ask A Mom- is it worth it to go back into the work force? I debated whether I should return to the work force and I decided for my mental stability it is the best option. I really enjoy working. I am also doing it for the benefit of our family. The job market is very unstable currently and my husband’s company just “let go” some workers. They were asked to leave that day. We are unsure who is next so we need to have a plan in place.  I found a job working part-time earning enough to cover our ...

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Crunchy Cabbage Salad Recipe

This recipe is an upscale Chinese Chicken Salad with toasted pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds along with the traditional ramen noodle. Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Ramen noodles get a bad rap. Many of us enjoyed them while in college since they were cheap, filling food. But, now that we’re all grown up, we are far too sophisticated to eat lowly ramen noodles. I beg to differ. Ramen noodles can be eaten raw or cooked and the ...

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Fashion Friday: Bottoms Up But Not Out

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! Well, it ...

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Saving Money While Eating Out on Vacation

Travel season is in full swing. A big expense while traveling is food. Although eating out is enjoyable, it can put a strain on the vacation budget. There are ways to save on meals while traveling though. Pack snacks: With two young boys snacks and drinks are essential. Sometimes it may be a long wait for a meal. Having snacks handy will reduce the whining and save you money. My kids can't wait long to eat and if I don't have something with me, I will have to buy a snack. I pack several ...

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Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: German Cheddar and Beer Fondue

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, Daddy gets to go out with clients so tonight it is me and the three kids. The biggest problem we currently have is Margeaux leaves the table with her dinner in her hands. She does this because she wants ...

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