Ask a Lawyer: How do you address over eaters and under spenders?

I have a friend from high school who has a very funny blog- solving dilemmas with a legal edge. I thought I would share some of her sage advice. I would also encourage you to help her achieve her dream of winning a show on TV of her own via Oprah. Miranda is just like us! She is a working mom who is trying to get it all done while maintaining her sense of humor. Click Here to HELP Dining Disaster Dear Counselor, I have an issue with the dining etiquette with one of my friends. The last two ...

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Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas As wedding season rolls around, you may find yourself scrambling for an affordable wedding gift. I have been to several weddings in my life, and I always make sure to bring some type of gift, no matter where I am money wise. There are plenty of thoughtful gifts that won't break the bank. We wanted to put a list together of some ideas for you to find the perfect gift for the new Mr. and Mrs. that you can afford, and they will love!  Below you will find some ...

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Safety Tips for Shopping Online

Shopping online has become so convenient and a great way to find great deals. Unfortunately the virtual world can be detrimental to your banking account. Earlier this year, I made a purchase online. Months down the road, my card had unauthorized charges on it. Thankfully my bank was on top of it! Not Made of Money has six tips to share with us to make shopping online safe. Six Ways to Make Internet Shopping Safe Stories abound warning consumers about the perils of shopping on the internet. ...

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Healthy & Affordable Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

I don't know about you, but my mornings are pretty rushed. We don't have a minute to spare if we want to be on our way on time. Making healthy breakfast items ahead of time will save you time and money. If you have quick and easy breakfast items prepared, you will be less likely to run through a fast food establishment. Here are a few ideas: Make waffles or pancakes ahead of time and freeze. The Sneaky Chef has several pancake recipes for integrating healthy ingredients into the mix. Pop one ...

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Building Creative Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Beds are a perfect solution for poor soil, lack of space , or minimal areas of sunlight. Also easy to care for.

It's time to get your garden ready! Or at least the soil and the early and more hardy plants. I love having a garden and I cannot wait until we have fresh fruit and vegetables. Our strawberries are already blooming and the blackberry bush has buds. The peach tree is also looking hopeful this year! We have been debating to do a traditional in the ground garden or to go back to raised garden beds this year. We went back to raised garden beds this year since last years crop was a bust (for ...

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Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

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Corned Beef Cuts   My mother-in-law was visiting this weekend and I decided to make our St. Patrick's day feast a bit early. She is Irish and I thought it would be fun to have the traditional Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage while she was here. While shopping for the corned beef it became apparent that I had not done my research. There are two cuts of corned beef;  point and flat cut. The point cut is cheaper. Not knowing what to get, I purchased both! We needed two ...

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Spring Break Budget Saving Tips

This week on Money Saving Monday, the theme is saving money during Spring Break. 1). Instead of taking an expensive vacation to a faraway land, plan a staycation! Become a tourist in your local area. There are bound to be places you have not taken time to explore right in your own backyard. 2). Visit your local library. The library is full of free resources. Many libraries have story time or toddler time. Some even offer movies and video games to checkout. My library rents video games for $2 ...

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Starting a Vegetable Garden

This week on Making Dollars Out of Change, I want to talk about making a vegetable garden. With all of the snow on the ground here in Central Virginia, I know it is hard to imagine a garden! However, it is time to start planning for spring. Planting a vegetable garden is one way to save money on produce. There will be an initial setup and planting fee. Having homegrown and organic produce is well worth it though! In the end, you will save money by relying on your garden for your summer produce; ...

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Homemade Cleaning Products

 This post is from our partners at Studio One Networks. Ideas That Spark: Home Style Be a Clean Freak … for Less From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Sarah Mahoney It took a bout of unemployment to jolt Joyce Wilden of Melbourne, Fla., out of the cleaning products aisle. “We were out of window cleaner and looking for every possible way to save money,” she says. So she went online, searched for a recipe for a homemade version and has never looked back. “I discovered it works exactly ...

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Saving Money on Date Night

  The theme for this week on Inexpensively Money Saving Monday is Date Night. February is big month for date nights! It is important to implement a date night on a regular basis though. Date night is something my husband and I have struggled with in the last couple of years due to our young boys. Here are a few tips to help you save money on date night. First, find a friend or two that is willing to participate in the babysitting co-op. Set up a schedule that works for all of you. It may be as ...

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