Making Dollars Out of Change

With the New Year fast approaching, I find myself reflecting on changes our family has made over the last few years.  Facing a substantial reduction in income, I fell back into my single motherhood habits of couponing and bargain hunting.  Along the way, I discovered a new world of coupon blogs and now find myself a part of one of those blogs. Life has truly become a matter of "making dollars out of change." Here are a few of the changes I've made: shopping with a plan organizing my … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Joy

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy! Joy… As I sit down to write this, my heart is full of joy. I just finished putting away all of the … [Read more...]

Ask A Blogger: How do you capture screenshots

I stumbled upon the awesome screenshot tool JING. The best part is it is free and easy to use. I love Jing so much because it downloaded easy on my Mac and my windows based computer. I made a little movie to demonstrate how easy Jing is. I made a video on how to use our printable grocery list. I only captured a small portion of our screen. … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: Printer

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 … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner

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I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children's teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy! Life Lessons…. As a preschool teacher to approximately 20 three year olds every school year, I … [Read more...]

Motivation Monday

Welcome, We all need a little motivation especially on Monday. I wanted this space in cyberspace to represent more than the next deal. I mean the next deal is great but we all require a cheerleader in life. Madame Deals was started to help, motivate, and inspire the spender in all of us to do more with what we have. It is important to find balance in your life  because your bank account byline doesn't define who you are. You define who you are. … [Read more...]

Making Dollars Out of Change … It Never Hurts to Ask!

With the impending snow storm, it became imperative I make an impromptu trip to the mall last night to buy a new winter coat (with a hood) for my daughter. She knew the coat she wanted was at Sears so we headed out to the mall. We lucked out and found the perfect coat! Then came the fun part ... paying for it. The tag read $109.50 which was WAY out of my price range. However, it was hanging on a rack showing a sale price of $50. When we got to the register, I asked the salesclerk if … [Read more...]

Meet the Husband: Cross Promotion

Okay so Madame Deals is going to expand our point of view. I thought I would introduce you to my other half. Name: Mathew Occupation: Sales, Navy Reserves Greatest accomplishment: besides marrying me being a dad Past time: steam cleaning, running, reading to the kids, laundry (by necessity), and being the best husband ever (yup, I wrote the bio) Upselling no… Cross selling yes. My wife just recently wrote a post about being hassled at the fast-food drive thru with the “do you want fries … [Read more...]

Chutzpah- You want fries with that?

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 … [Read more...]

Making Dollars Out of Change: Do You Volunteer?

Do you regularly volunteer?  If so, be sure to keep track of your mileage.  If you itemize your deductions (most homeowners itemize), make a point to check with your tax preparer to determine if the miles driven in connection with your volunteer work are tax deductible. It's not to soon to start thinking about potential tax deductions. Now it’s your turn! If you are a blogger, write a post about your idea for making dollars out of change. It can be on any topic as long as it has to do with … [Read more...]