Backpacks for kids

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I would love to invite you to participate in a movement that I created with the help of Gutzy Gear and a team of 80 bloggers. The idea is simple stuff backpacks for children who can't afford them. The reason is if children are given the tool and the confidence they will succeed. We all have the power to help make an impact. We are each being give $25 to see how much stuff we can buy. The bloggers are so excited they have been asking for donations, shopping the sales, and using every coupon they … [Read more...]

Benefit for the Fluvanna Housing Authority – Saturday, June 16th

Spa Day

We're always looking for ways to help those in our community.  For our local readers, we thought you'd like to know about an innovative fundraiser for the Louisa/Fluvanna Housing Authority. On Saturday, June 16th from 9am - 2pm, there will be a Spa & Boutique Event at the Family Life Center of Effort Church.  This is an innovative fundraiser to benefit the Louisa/Fluvanna Housing Authority.  The Louisa/Fluvanna Housing Authority is an organization which helps local families with repairs … [Read more...]

Autism Event: Saturday April 21st


Please join my family for a morning run! Would you like to help families living with Autism? Autism is now more common than childhood cancers, Down Syndrome and childhood diabetes combined! Established in 1996, the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to helping people overcome the challenges of autism through innovative, evidence-based programs in education, outreach and adult services. Please support this worthwhile cause by joining us for a fun morning … [Read more...]

Local Fire & Rescue "Thinks Outside the Box"

Kenny George, a volunteer with the Fluvanna County Rescue Squad, was thinking outside the box when he wrote a letter to theChive blog, in the hope of raising some much needed money for this all-volunteer rescue squad.  He wrote: I'm a loyal Chiver contacting you for help. We are one of the last all-volunteer rescue squads in the state of Virginia. We run Thanksgiving and Christmas, give up time with our families, and we're are running out of options. I wonder if there is someone in this country … [Read more...]

The Bizarre Bazaar in Richmond 12/2 to 12/5

The Bizarre Bazaar is happening in Richmond, Va on starting December 2, 2010. This is an event that I always enjoy going to! There are four buildings at the Richmond Raceway Complex full of crafts and unique gifts. It is a fun girls day out idea! The hours are 10am to 7 pm on Thursday through Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 each and there is a $0.50 printable coupon available to drop the price to $6.50! … [Read more...]

Frugal Living Community on the BlogFrog

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I hope you are getting comfortable with the BlogFrog! I am currently a Community Leader over at the Daily Break. In addition, I was asked to be a Community Leader over at the Frugal Living Community. I am so excited about this opportunity as I will get to lead the community with other wonderful frugal and deal bloggers! In case you are not familiar with the BlogFrog, it is a space that hosts thousands of online communities. In fact Madame Deals has it's own community which I have big plans for … [Read more...]

Local Benefit: The Goodie Bag Gives Back to Liberia 3/13

If you live in our local area, the Goodie Bag will be holding a benefit tomorrow March 13th. The Goodie Bag is a consignment store located near Lake Monticello. They will be donating 20% of the proceeds from tomorrow's sales to Liberia. Every fall containers are put together full of rice, school supplies, vacation bible school items and other requested items. These containers are sent to help the people of Liberia and provided by volunteers from Fluvanna county. Kim Drake who is a Mary Kay … [Read more...]

Pampered in Pink: Free Skincare Class

Kim will be holding a free Mary Kay skincare facial class at Pampered in Pink this Saturday November 21st from 10 until 11:30 am. Pampered in Pink is located at Haden Place on Route 53 in Palmyra beside Mulch Monkey. Join Kim in her casual setting for relaxtion and pampering! She will provide muffins and juice. Also, Kim is having a drawing for a fabulous prize! Stop by to enter anytime before 2pm. Make sure to mention to Kim that you read this invitation on Madame Deals! She will be giving … [Read more...]

Caring through Coupons

I know everyone feels the pinch in our present economy. What if you could make a difference for a couple of pennies? It is possible if you coupon. I have a huge bag of health and beauty products and dry goods ready to pass on. I paid the tax on the items. I love to contribute to society by helping those in need. The main draw to  of our site is how you can do more with less. I mean I am spending less than I did before and I have more to give to others. I have more to save for my family and I … [Read more...]

What Happened to Thrift?

The University of Virginia is offering free lectures on home football game days. The series is called "More Than the Score". There are only two lectures remaining for the season. The next topic is Whatever Happened to Thrift? Why Americans Don't Save and What to do About itand the speaker is Ronald Wilcox, Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business. Mr. Wilcox will enlighten the audience on the need for the reinvention of thrift. He will talk about easy solutions to "spend … [Read more...]