Tuesday Tip

Just ask? Do you know how many things I have gotten for free or money off by asking? My husband used to be embarrassed by my questions. He is now a question asker as well. I mean you do not know unless you ask. Here are some question starters: Can you do better on (price, quantity, quality, etc) Is it possible to have both for _____ name a price that is lower than the price for both Can I have a discount because Can we trade for... ASK, ASK, ASK do not be shy you will never know the ...

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How to Solve Catalina Printing Problems

One of our readers, Adrienne, had an issue with the Old El Paso catalina deal at Harris Teeter this week. When she bought the qualifying items, the catalina for the money off her next order did not print. Adrienne sent us this e-mail identifying the steps she took to get her catalina! Just wanted to let you know how it went.  I called 1-888-8coupon to get the Catalina customer service, and pressed #3 for the consumer option.  I explained my problem about how the catalina for the products didn't ...

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Tuesday's Tip: Stop paying for Information

Program your cell phone with the number 1-888-free-411. This also works with a land line. You have to listen to a quick commercial but you will get FREE phone numbers. They will even text the number you asked for to your phone for free. Additional information added from one of our readers: Thanks Amber Google will do you one better – 1-800-goog-411 is just like regular 411 but automated and you don’t have to listen to any commercials. They give away the service because they are fine-tuning ...

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Tuesday Tips: Salvage an iPod, Cleaning Frugally & Moist Cookies

Last week, we were talking about some of the preparations I did for the change of season and looking forward to the holidays. That got me thinking about a quick tip I use not only when I am baking, but when I am working with raw meat as well. It seems to me, that folks like to call me on the telephone when my hands are all messed up with something on them. So, to solve that problem, if I know I will be putting my hands in a project (food/baking/ etc) I slip my cordless phone into a sandwich bag ...

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Fall preparations – Are you ready?

Fall preparations - Are you ready?

Fall preparations - Are you ready? With Labor Day behind us and the kiddos back in school, I am getting in the swing of things and my mind is looking toward fall. I am sure that we all have certain things that we do at specific times of the year, but I usually give my house a good cleaning about twice a year - in the spring and in the fall. This includes everything from cleaning windows and window sashes to cleaning and purging toys, old clothes, and other unwanted or unused products in my ...

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Coupons in Unexpectd Places

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Are you on the hunt for coupons? Do you look anywhere and everywhere? Last week I found some great coupons in unexpected places. I was at Harris Teeter and they had a big truck in front of the store and they were grilling steak for samples. The steak was very good and a nice sample size. I asked the gentleman if he had any coupons. What do you know, he handed me a pamphlet with a $4 and $5 off Harris Teeter steak purchase! Wow, coupons for steak, that never seems to happen! If you see people ...

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Cutting Back on Consuming

I couple of weeks back I bought the Aveeno cleansing pads at CVS when the Aveeno products were on extra care bucks. I do love Aveeno products and I really like the convenience of the cleansing pads. When I am tired and lazy just before bed, the cleansing pads are super easy to use. After using them once though, I realized that I didn't use half of the cleanser on the pad. This got me thinking, we are taught to consume. I got out a pair of scissors and cut the pads in half. There is plenty of ...

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Canning: Recipe for Peach Salsa

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Visit Your Local Orchard for Great Savings! For the last three summers, Cathy and I have jumped into the world of canning. We started off small, just doing applesauce and sliced peaches. Last year we experimented with peach salsa. It was fabulous! We have also canned pickles, peach jam, blueberry jam, apple butter, apple pie filling and apple jelly in the past. It is so delightful to have these goodies in the middle of winter! Last weekend, I went to purchase the peaches for our peach ...

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Birthday Party: How to be Stress-free

My son's 3rd birthday is approaching. This article is a good reminder of what birthdays are all about; the celebration of your child. You do not have to spend a ton of money to make a party fun and full of memories!        Your Family Today: Activities Stress-free Birthday Bashes By Elizabeth Hurchalla for Your Family Today Magicians are expensive. So are clowns, moon bounces, and 25 goody bags stuffed with candy and toys. Is it really worth it? Pulling off a stellar birthday party doesn't ...

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Time Saver: Using the Dot System to Organize Clothes

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I want to carry on with uses for a Sharpie pen. Last week, I told you how to mark expiration dates on your stockpile items. Heather taught us how permanent markers can help keep AC adapters and power cords organized and how to determine how quickly laundry soap is used. This week, I would like to focus on clothes organization. My sister-in-law Cathy has come up with a clever way of keeping her three boys clothes organized and separated. They use the dot system. Boy number one has one dot on his ...

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