Dressing on a Budget by Hosting a Swap

This article is nothing new to our regular readers. We write about hosting swaps often. I wrote this article for Ideas That Spark and I wanted to share it with all of our new readers! Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Dressing Your Children on a Budget By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Paying full price for children’s clothes is a strain on any budget. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your kids dressed nicely while staying in your budget. An easy way to get new clothes is to participate ...

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Effective Yard Sale Advertising

Last week we talked about Pricing Items for a Successful Yard Sale. Continuing with the Yard Sale topic, this week I want to discuss advertising. The location of your yard sale is one of the first things to consider. If you live in a rural area, hold your yard sale at a friend or families members house in a more populated area. Another option is to participate in a block or community yard sale. In our area there is community yard sale a few times a year. If you are a local, check out Lake ...

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Coupon Workshop April 8th

We have a new date for a Coupon Workshop! Date/Time: Thursday April 8th at 7pm Location: The Goodie Bag- Rte. 53 at Lake Monticello Price: $40- includes two hour class and MD Coupon Solution Learn how to cut your grocery bill by at least 50%. The coupon workshop is  a two hour class. You will receive a MD Coupon Solution which is our coupon organization system to meet all of your couponing needs! We truly feel that without a system, you will not be successful. Being organized is one key to ...

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The Cleaning Cheat Sheet: Tips for Simple Cleaning

Ideas That Spark: Home Style The Cleaning Cheat Sheet From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Nancy Kalish Feel like you never stop cleaning? A 2008 University of Michigan survey found that American women scrub their houses an astonishing average of 17 hours a week, and (no surprise) their spouses spend a lot less time with a sponge. The good news: “Such drudgery is totally unnecessary,” says Jeff Bredenberg, author of How to Cheat at Cleaning: Time-Slashing Techniques to Cut Corners and ...

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Pricing Items for a Successful Yard Sale

My favorite time of year is coming around- yard sale season! My favorite pastime with my mom was waking up early and hitting the sales first thing Saturday morning. I have now started that tradition with my boys.When I was in elementary school, my mom was single. To make ends meet, we would often hold yard sales at our home or at the swap meet. She would gather unwanted items from friends and then resell them. As an adult, I have held more yard sales than I can count. Some to raise money for my ...

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25 Ways to Use Coffee Filters Instead of Paper Towels

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Ways to Use Coffee Filters   Thank you to Mary for forwarding this e-mail to us! This information came from an e-mail chain letter. You know, the one's you usually delete because it is a forward? Well, this one actually had very useful information! I have mentioned previously how we have gone to cloth napkins and mostly cloth towels. On occasion I use paper towels for really yucky stuff. I am glad to know I have a cheaper option! 25 Ways to Use Coffee Filters Instead of Paper ...

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What do you do when you're the stay at home mom and you can't work?

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What are you worth? I would like to thank the entire 8th floor at the University of Virginia Hospital for their help this week. I spent my week in the hospital hoping my water hadn’t broken. It did not thank goodness since I am only 26 weeks a long. I am not a person who does well sitting still; especially when I really want to be with my children.  I had the best nurses and doctors and it made it a good experience. Although, I hope not to visit again until June. It got me thinking what am I ...

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Are Generic Brands Cheaper Than Name Brand Items?

Generic and store brand products are on the rise. It is not uncommon to find a store brand product sitting right next to a brand name item. The term "generic" reminds me of being a teenager and not having the name brand jeans or eating the popular name brand snacks. My mom is frugal and had to be while raising seven kids. At one time, buying generic items meant reduced quality and taste. That is not so true any more. Sometimes you will find that a national name brand produces the store brands ...

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Coupon Database Tutorial

I added the coupon database to the site a few days ago. The coupon database was created and is maintained by Deal Seeking Mom. It is a wonderful resource for me and for all of you! The coupon database can be used to search for available coupons or find out where a coupon came from. Coupons are listed from newspaper inserts, magazines, home mailers and internet printables. While the database is updated on a routine basis, remember that printable coupons can change very quickly. On occasion you ...

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Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

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Corned Beef Cuts My mother-in-law was visiting this weekend and I decided to make our St. Patrick's day feast a bit early. She is Irish and I thought it would be fun to have the traditional Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage while she was here. While shopping for the corned beef it became apparent that I had not done my research. There are two cuts of corned beef;  point and flat cut. The point cut is cheaper. Not knowing what to get, I purchased both! We needed two anyways with ...

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