Saving on Holiday Travel

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Are you traveling this Holiday season? Hopefully you already have your travel reservations! If not, start researching now. Bing released a travel forecast this week and overall domestic airfare costs are down 7% from last years Holiday travel. Now to take advantage of that savings, you will need to be flexible with your travel dates. It looks like a Wednesday to Sunday trip will be your best bet if flying. If you are looking for future flights, Bing has travel prediction ability! Just search ...

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Year End Financial Wrap Up Checklist

It is hard to believe that it is time for year end reviews. Taking time to look over your plans in information will allow you to evaluate what worked and what needs improvement. My husband and I met with our agent last week and we did make some changes to several policies, including retirement. Now taxes, that is something I am way behind in as far as organization goes! What a year it’s been! It’s not over yet but with all of this talk about the holidays, it sure seems like the end of the year ...

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Weekly Cinema Movie Ticket Update

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It looks like Weekly Cinema is going out of business. I have written about deals for Weekly Cinema several times in the last few months. If you still have unused credits, you will need to contact Weekly Cinema or the deal of the day site you purchased the voucher from (if you bought it from Groupon, contact them HERE.) Here is note from Weekly Cinema: We will be issuing refunds to our monthly subscribers based on the number of tickets in their account which have not been used and also the ...

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What is a Good Price for a Turkey?

So, I had a reader ask a question yesterday and I honestly don't know the answer. What is the best price for a Turkey? I am never in charge of buying the Turkey for Thanksgiving- I am the side dish person! I know that Turkey prices vary depending on whether it is a fresh or frozen. Please leave a comment and tell us what a good price per pound is for the turkey you buy! Thank you! P.S. For more tips on saving money on Thanksgiving, head on over to the Frugal Living Community at the ...

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Getting Your Spices & Herbs In Order

It is the time of year that many of us do a lot of baking and cooking. Before you start the process, make sure your spices and herbs are in order. I know that I have some bottles that have been in the back of my cabinet forever! The truth is spices and herbs don't really spoil, they just loose potency. For the most flavor, you will want to use spices and herbs that still have strength. One of the easiest ways to tell if you herbs and spices are still worth using is the smell. If you open the ...

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Black Friday Safety Shopping Tips

Shopping on Black Friday has become synonymous with two things: great deals and craziness. Not only can you find some of the better deals on home electronics and toys on Black Friday, but injury and even the occasional fatality has been known to happen as well. So what’s the best way to get those good deals while staying safe at the same time? Be Prepared As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Do your homework and study up on which stores have the sales and coupons that ...

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Pumpkin Carving: Mess Free & Preserve for Years

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Pumpkin carving is a messy job. It's fun, but messy. The carved pumpkin never seems to last very long either. It either starts to turn green and hairy or it is eaten by critters. Jenny came up with a wonderful idea! Carve faux pumpkins! Buy a faux pumpkin and have your kids draw their design with an orange sharpie. Take a knife or pumpkin carving tool and carve out the design as usual. Use a battery operated tea light to light your pumpkin! The best part, you can have your child sign the ...

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4 Tips to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

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Tips to Avoid Overspending During the Holidays The countdown to Christmas begins! As I have already mentioned, I shop year round to get the best deals on gifts. Plus, I make several homemade gifts which you can read about in our Holiday From the Heart Posts from last year. Below you find a few more tips to avoid overspending this holiday season. ...

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Packaging Meat for the Freezer

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We are a meat eating family. Both my husband and I grew up on a meat and potatoes diet. I try not to cook with red meat more than once or twice a week; although we do really enjoy it! To save the most money on meat I buy when the prices are low and freeze it in dinner size portions. In fact I have not bought chicken, steak or pork for over a month now. We have been relying on our nice freezer stockpile. Since I do not have a Vacuum Sealer (the FoodSaver is on my want list!), I use Glad Press ...

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Cooking in Season & Fall Stockpile Items

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Fall is finally here, yeah! With the change of season you may have noticed that the grocery sales ad has changed a bit too. The loss leaders, the items that are deeply discounted to draw you in, have changed with the season along with the produce and meat sales. The easiest way to save some money at the grocery store is to change your menu to coincide with the seasonal changes. For Fall and Winter this means more hardy and warm meals such as soups, roasts and chili. There are certain items ...

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