Ask a Working Mom- How do you manage the madness

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The answers I always have are make a schedule, get a support staff, and let go of perfection.  I never realized how much work it takes to work when you have kids. I also never realized how hard it is for me to work inside the house full-time as the stay at home mom only. I honestly couldn’t do it so I had to find a better balance. I have a huge amount of respect for moms. We truly are amazing.  I currently work part-time from my house which I often think is more difficult then leaving the house ...

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National Consumer Panel Accepting Applications

The National Consumer Panel is currently accepting applications for their Nielsen Home Scan panel. If you are accepted, you will receive a scanner to scan the bar-codes of products you buy. So what's in it for you? You will earn rewards points that are redeemable for name brand products. I have not been accepted myself. But I do know that my friend Mary participates.  It sounds like an easy way to earn Christmas gifts! Fill out the application HERE. ...

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Is the Cost of a Warehouse Club Membership Recouped?

I do enjoy going to Sam's Club and walking the isles. The samples are yummy and they keep the kids entertained! Plus, you can't beat the price for a quick lunch. However, I have made the decision to break-up with Sam's Club. Yep, we are officially done! Now, I know that many of you enjoy shopping at warehouse clubs. For me and my family, I do not save enough money shopping there to justify the $40 membership. However, warehouse clubs may be right for you and your family. It all depends on how ...

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Shopper's Voice Research Center Surveys

Join Shopper's Voice Consumer Research Center and receive coupons and free samples. Shopper's Voice is one survey company that I do belong to and participate. I know that there are many survey and research companies out there. I found that Shopper's Voice is very easy. The surveys are sent via mail or email. Once you complete the survey, you will receive coupons and samples in the mail. It does take several weeks for the freebies to arrive. I usually only do the surveys that are mailed to me. ...

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Chutzpah: Have it when it comes to your health

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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 connotes courage or ...

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Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

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As wedding season rolls around, you may find yourself scrambling for an affordable gift. My favorite wedding gift that I have given was a handmade quilt. My best friend from high school announced her engagement when I was right out of college. I knew I wanted to get her something special that she would cherish. My mom suggested a quilt. I worked on that quilt for months (it was my first and only one!). The quilt didn't take a lot of money to make, just hard work and love! Below you will find ...

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Happy Mother’s Day

I am stuck in the hospital so the normal gift selection has not happened. I wanted to thank my Mom and my Mother-in- Law for dropping everything to take care of my babies through this trying time. I really appreciate the love you have provided to myself and my family! I know each day I continue to learn from your examples and I appreciate you both! Happy Mother's day to all the Mommies! This is a poem I found for my Mom. It is written by: Nicholas Gordon You are my mother and my ...

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Saving Money on Printer Ink

Printing coupons uses quite a bit of ink and paper. Free or cheap paper seems easy to come by. I am well stocked on free paper thanks to Office Max. Printer ink is another story! I have an HP printer and the ink cartridges are expensive brand new. I have tried to have them refilled at Walgreens, but they cannot refill my particular cartridge. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try ordering remanufactured ink cartridges online. There are several companies that offer this service. I compared ...

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Chutzpah: Necessary to be a mom

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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 connotes courage or ...

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Tips For Hosting a Low Budget Cookout

Tips For Hosting a Low Budget Cookout

Tips For Hosting a Low Budget Cookout It's time to get that grill fired up! I cookout often during the spring and summer. It is much easier to clean up plus it keeps the house cooler by not using the oven. During the summer we host several parties. I do like to entertain but it can be a strain on the budget. Mrs. Not Made of Money brings us some tips today on how to save money while hosting a cookout. ...

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