Save Money Watering Your Lawn

Save Money Watering Your Lawn

Save Money Watering Your Lawn Is it really possible to save money watering your lawn?  It depends on what part of the country you live in.  In our area, the summers are hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms.  In other areas, the weather is hot and dry necessitating lawns be regularly watered to maintain any semblance of green. One of our biggest issues with watering our lawn is that water is very expensive in our area.  My parents live in a large city and their water/sewer … [Read more...]

Social Media Debate: Is It Still Okay to Call Someone Ma’am?


Social Media Debate If you have a social media account such as Facebook or Twitter, you have probably found yourself involved in at least a debate or two about an issue that appeared on your feed. Sometimes these issues revolve around national, local, or community politics. Others may be centered on questions posed about child rearing. Still others may involve your favorite sports team or a celebrity scandal. Social Media Debate: Is It Still Okay to Call Someone Ma'am? This past week, a … [Read more...]

Maya Angelou Famous Quotes


Maya Angelou Famous Quotes Do you believe things happen for a reason? Well, over the years, I have come to believe they do. As I was contemplating what to write for today’s Thought Provoking Thursday post, I remembered seeing headlines and brief posts about a writer and poet who passed away yesterday. It dawned on me that this woman’s contributions could be the basis of my post. Before leaving work today, my office manager showed me a list of quotes she was bringing to a small group study … [Read more...]

Frugal Ways to Save Money: Home Appliances Sale

Frugal Ways to Save Money

Frugal Ways to Save Money: Home Appliances Sale Frugal Ways to Save Money: Home Appliances Sale Spring is a time of new beginnings.  For many, it's also the time when a large income tax refund comes in.  Some may use those extra funds to pay off debt, to plan for a much needed and deserved vacation, or to put toward savings.  This year we plan to use those funds to replace our dishwasher and stove.  After over ten years, both of these appliances have outlived their usefulness.  The … [Read more...]

Get Kids to Save Money: Jobs Kids Can Do

Get Kids to Save Money

Get Kids to Save Money Once children are old enough to understand the concept of money, they are old enough to learn ways to make money. There are always jobs kids can do, particularly jobs around the house. In our family, each child is assigned age-appropriate chores to complete each week.  They are not provided an allowance for doing these chores.  Here are some ideas for toddler chores and school age kid chores. If our kids would like to earn some money, we keep a list of … [Read more...]

Get Kids to Save Money

Get Kids to Save Money

Get Kids to Save Money Saving money is the one thing we all agree on in our family.  Something we can do every day is to teach kids to save money.  No matter what we are purchasing, whether groceries, gas, clothes, toys, or services, there is always a discussion of how to save money on that purchase.  Our children know what the standard response from us is any time they ask if we can buy something:  “How much does cost, is it on sale, and is there a coupon for it?”  Many people might think … [Read more...]

NeatConnect®: The Help We Needed This Tax Season

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NeatConnect® The Help We Needed This Tax Season If you are like many people, you may not yet have completed your taxes.  For years, it was my husband who was in charge of gathering, sorting, and compiling data from all the papers we randomly placed in the “tax envelope” each year.  Now that he’s on the road the better part of the year, this task has fallen on my shoulders.  Our tax envelope contains any piece of paper we think we might need for our accountant to prepare our taxes.  Last … [Read more...]

Save Money using a Realtor

Save Money using a Realtor

Save Money using a Realtor Do you Save Money using a Realtor? Are you planning to put your home on the market this year?  If so, the thought of saving money using a realtor, or possibly not using a realtor, has probably crossed your mind.  Having worked in the real estate industry for over fifteen years, I can tell you that listing your home “FOR SALE BY OWNER” or FSBO is most likely not in your best interest. Yes, if you use a realtor to sell your home, you will have to pay a … [Read more...]

Letting Go of Negativity


Letting Go of Negativity How much negativity surrounds you?  If you are like me, you may find yourself surrounded by negativity at work, home, and in your personal relationships.  Simply put, negativity is a mood buster.  It affects the way we look at and react to situations.  Ultimately, it eats at us. How do we deal with the negativity in our lives?  Do you allow yourself to be drawn into the drama or do you walk away?  I work at a small long term acute care hospital which is part of a … [Read more...]

Parent’s Choice™ Infant Formula: An Affordable Option

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This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s an exciting time in my life right now.  In July, I became a first-time grandmother and since then my daughter has relied on my advice on issues from Baby B’s sleeping habits, the reasons behind her cries, breastfeeding, and what kind of formula should she use. If you’re a parent, you know how much formula costs.  Name brand formulas such as Similac® and Enfamil®† can cost as much as $25 a can. All is not lost and you … [Read more...]