Letting Go of Negativity

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Super Bowl Party Ideas

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Super Bowl Party Ideas Mixing It Up This Year Super Bowl XLVIII is only a week away and I’ll admit my plan for preparing well in advance has gone by the wayside.  This year we’ll be hosting a party with a dozen friends and their children.  In order to simplify things, we’ve asked everyone to bring their favorite beverage and a staple snack such as chips and dip. For our Super Bowl Party Ideas this year, we’ll be preparing the heartier food.  I plan to shop on Tuesday and Thursday in order ...

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Save on Home Repairs

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Save on Home Repairs As a tenant paying rent to a landlord, I never really thought about how much it costs to maintain a home.  You pay the rent, the electric, water, gas, and trash bills but if something goes wrong, you call the landlord.  Hopefully, the landlord cares about the property and sends a repairman out to fix the problem. On the other hand, as a homeowner, you not only have to pay the mortgage and utilities, you have to budget and pay for various things which can go wrong.  ...

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Save Money Groceries

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Tips Tuesday - Save Money Groceries Save Money Groceries I am the first one to admit to regularly falling off the “budget bandwagon.” It generally happens when there is too much going on in our lives. It’s days when I feel I just can’t be bothered with checking to see if there is a coupon for an item, when I forget to bring my coupons to the store, or when I become too distracted by everything around me to even care. Here’s an example, you go to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of ...

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Day After Christmas Sales

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Saving Saturday: Frugal Ways to Save Money  Day After Christmas Sales Now that Christmas is over, my thoughts begin to wander to the day after Christmas sales.  You know, the day when the stores deep discount just about everything they didn't sell before Christmas.  The best thing about day after Christmas sales is they generally last until the inventory is gone rather than just one day like Black Friday.  That’s a good thing because I won’t be able to make it to the stores the day after ...

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Put One Foot in Front of the Other

I'll admit it ... these days I need a little motivation to do some of the most basic things.  Working two full-time jobs is starting to take its toll.  My house is not filthy but it is far from clean.  The pantry, which used to be fully stocked, is running a little bare.  Fortunately, my husband continues to do the laundry and ironing, make the bed, and transport Missy to where she needs to go. It is time to regroup and make a plan.  Here are the first few things I need to do:  make a basic ...

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$5 Dinners – Baked Lime Tilapia

Here's the second dish I prepared from Erin Chase’s $5 Dinner MOM Cookbook.  We chose the Baked Lime Tilapia this week since we purchased 4 lbs. of individually, quick frozen tilapia filets at Walmart this weekend for just $12!  That's $3 a pound.  We already had the rest of the ingredients:  lime juice, olive oil, dill weed, salt and pepper. The yellow rice was leftover from a previous meal and frozen peas are a staple in the freezer. ...

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Keeping Track of Charitable Donations

In case you're new here, we have a "tax time rerun" for you today.  One of the things we focus on at Madame Deals is being charitable. Using coupons and bargain shopping has helped us become more charitable and one of the easiest ways to be charitable is through our use of coupons. April 15th is right around the corner and that means tax time.  Are you looking for more deductions? Here’s something you might have overlooked.  Most people are aware you can take a tax deduction for charitable ...

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