Chutzpah: What's your gripe?

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We went to our Blissdom conference and the overall message was be yourself. I am sure most of you know this site is owned by two women. We are very different in a lot of ways and similar in others. One difference is I am Jewish. Yes, my husband is Catholic and my son goes to a Baptist school. I believe that everyone's religion has value and there is something to learn from everyone. So on to my new column idea- Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can't ...

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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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Ask A Teacher- How do I focus on myself

Life is often strange when your life is an open book. When you have a website and you are out in the world of Facebook people contact you to become friends. I separate my personal facebook account from our professional fan page because that is what I have chosen to do. I was contacted this week by "a friend of a friend "etc. He was trying to promote his company. I told him if he has something to offer our readers I wouldl consider sharing it with you. I find other people interesting and since I ...

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Replacing Disposable Bags With Alternate Storage Containers

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Making Dollars Out of Change is all about giving you ideas on how to save money by changing little things. Small changes can lead to big savings over time. Topics covered to date: Cloth Napkins, Stretching Your Meat Budget and Cook Once Eat Twice. Today I would like to cover food storage containers. I have started placing leftovers in reusable plastic or glass storage containers. Although plastic zipper bags are sometimes more convenient, they can be expensive. Now don't get me wrong, I still ...

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Tuesday Tip: Get a Good Haircut

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A good haircut is defined as one that you can replicate at home. It has to be easy, fast, and stylish. This is my new haircut. I did my hair in the morning and this is it after having the kids home all day, 3 meals made, eaten, and cleaned up after, 1  downstairs vacuum, 4 loads of laundry, shopping trip for food, working for 3 hours on my computer, 2 baths, and 2 bedtime stories. I know this will not save you money but it will make you feel great. I actually did save a bundle. Based on what a ...

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Repurposing Plastic Bags & Snow

Heather wrote this e-mail after  we received a foot of snow last week. She has some great tips in repurposing items when in a pinch! If necessity is the mother of inventions, then what are you using or repurposing to get you through? I have used an old baby bottle dryer for drying my hats and mittens. I have also scooped snow and put it in a large pot then boiled it on my stove to put some humidity back in my house (*given the current water rates, I might as well recycle what is on the ground ...

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Ask A Teacher- How can I help get my child ready for a test?

The answer is simple, preparation. The first thing you need to determine is how your child learns. Do they learn by looking, touching, or listening? Do they require multiple types of learning? Do they need information repeated over and over again or do they pick it up right away? I will give you some hints to help with spelling. The methodologies can be applied to different subject. Think about how to make learning new material more interactive. My son asked me where we get rice from? I ...

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Cook Once, Eat Twice to Save Time & Money

This week for Making Dollars out of Change, I want to focus on cooking ahead and using your leftovers. In the last few months I have been cooking more meals ahead of time, dabbled in freezer cooking and made the most of our leftovers. I hope to integrate more freezer cooking in the next few months. It is a huge time saver to have meals prepared in the freezer. I have been inspired by Connie to make "leftover makeovers". What that means is to take your leftovers and turn them into something ...

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Tuesday Tip: Organize your Car Repair Receipts

This weekend, much to my surprise, my car wouldn't start. Great! Now what? My husband was traveling. So I skyped him to find out how to jump my car. We have one of those jump boxes, $43.00 at Walmart. Great to have in case you need a power source or need to jump your car. We got the car started but then I had to put the kids to bed instead of driving it around. Big mistake! It wouldn't start again the next morning. I jumped it again and off to Sears I went. I knew I bought my battery from Sears. ...

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