How to Start a Vegetable Garden

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As spring nears, it is time to start planning your vegetable garden. If you have never planted one before, there are several ways to go about it. A garden can be as simple as containers on your deck or you can intricately plan it on graph paper. As I have mentioned before, I have had a garden for three years. I have a lot to learn though! I am enjoying reading Rene at Budget Saving Mom's gardening series. Rene has been writing about how to build raised beds, when and how to plant certain ...

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Share Deals With a Shopping Buddy

Do you ever purchase large quantities of produce and it goes to waste before you can use it? Or what about those buy two get three free shrimp or chicken deals that Harris Teeter is famous for? Although these large item promotions can net you huge savings, sometimes the items are not stored easily. Enter the shopping buddy! Find a friend to split great deals with! Amee and a good friend split their Sam's Club produce purchases. Sam's Club has great prices on produce but it can be hard to use ...

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Chutzpah: What's your gripe some crazy person has my cell number

So on to my new column idea- Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often ...

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Make the Most of Your Grocery Store Budget

I am thrilled to announce that I was asked to write a guest post for Ideas That Spark! You may have noticed the guest posts from Studio One Networks that run on Madame Deals every week or so. I will be working along with Ideas That Spark and Studio One Networks in the near future too.          Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Make the Most of Your Grocery Store Budget By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Spending a little time to learn to shop effectively and use meal planning strategies ...

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House Keeping: Ask A Teacher

I get a lot of comments on my columns and I thought I would do some follow -up. That is the point of this site. It is to inspire, help, and encourage. Yes, I know I sometimes make you angry but sometimes anger is thought provoking. It isn't my intention to make anyone upset, but I also believe that I can't possibly please everyone all the time and I need to be true to myself. We all have different opinions and different ways that we approach things. We value you and your feedback. Do you have ...

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Keeping Track of Charitable Donations

Today for Making Dollars Out of Change we have a guest post from Mary! One of the things we like to focus on at Madame Deals is being charitable. Using coupons and bargain shopping has helped Amee and I become more charitable. Mary is an expert bargain shopper and she is charitable by caring through 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 ...

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Chutzpah: What's your Gripe?

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So on to my new column idea- Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often ...

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Grocery Items to Stockpile for Easy Meals

  Ideas That Spark: Kitchen Flair Stock the Perfect Pantry From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Susan Korones Gifford In these long winter weeks, you’re most likely avoiding your usual round of grocery store, gourmet shop and health food market. That’s why it’s essential to stock some staples in your pantry, freezer and fridge that’ll let you pull together a full, belly-warming meal -- without setting a booted foot into the wintry mix. You probably keep such basics as eggs, pasta and ...

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Ask A Married Friend: How did you find the perfect guy?

I want to say that there is not a perfect person out there. We all have our flaws. What you have to find is someone who makes you happy. I decided to write about this topic because a lot of my successful friends have not found their life partner. I have been married for almost ten years and although I am not an expert by any means on relationships, I feel that I am very good at surrounding myself with people who add value to my life. I look for people who enable me and have my best interests at ...

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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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