How to Start a Vegetable Garden

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As spring nears, it is time to start planning your vegetable garden. If you have never planted one before, there are several ways to go about it. A garden can be as simple as containers on your deck or you can intricately plan it on graph paper. As I have mentioned before, I have had a garden for three years. I have a lot to learn though! I am enjoying reading Rene at Budget Saving Mom's gardening series. Rene has been writing about how to build raised beds, when and how to plant certain ...

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Share Deals With a Shopping Buddy

Do you ever purchase large quantities of produce and it goes to waste before you can use it? Or what about those buy two get three free shrimp or chicken deals that Harris Teeter is famous for? Although these large item promotions can net you huge savings, sometimes the items are not stored easily. Enter the shopping buddy! Find a friend to split great deals with! Amee and a good friend split their Sam's Club produce purchases. Sam's Club has great prices on produce but it can be hard to use ...

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Make the Most of Your Grocery Store Budget

I am thrilled to announce that I was asked to write a guest post for Ideas That Spark! You may have noticed the guest posts from Studio One Networks that run on Madame Deals every week or so. I will be working along with Ideas That Spark and Studio One Networks in the near future too.          Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Make the Most of Your Grocery Store Budget By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Spending a little time to learn to shop effectively and use meal planning strategies ...

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Grocery Items to Stockpile for Easy Meals

  Ideas That Spark: Kitchen Flair Stock the Perfect Pantry From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Susan Korones Gifford In these long winter weeks, you’re most likely avoiding your usual round of grocery store, gourmet shop and health food market. That’s why it’s essential to stock some staples in your pantry, freezer and fridge that’ll let you pull together a full, belly-warming meal -- without setting a booted foot into the wintry mix. You probably keep such basics as eggs, pasta and ...

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Homemade Cleaning Products

 This post is from our partners at Studio One Networks. Ideas That Spark: Home Style Be a Clean Freak … for Less From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Sarah Mahoney It took a bout of unemployment to jolt Joyce Wilden of Melbourne, Fla., out of the cleaning products aisle. “We were out of window cleaner and looking for every possible way to save money,” she says. So she went online, searched for a recipe for a homemade version and has never looked back. “I discovered it works exactly ...

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Tips for Eco-friendly Driving

Life & Beauty Weekly: Happy You Eco-friendly Driving Tricks Anyone Can Do By Elizabeth Brownfield for Life & Beauty Weekly In an eco-perfect world, we’d all drive zippy little electric cars. Or better yet, we’d take public transportation and walk everywhere. But with work, running a household, carpooling and your social life, living without your car isn’t realistic for even the greenest women among us. Still, that doesn’t stop the pang of guilt you may feel whenever you hear experts ...

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Buying Organic Food on a Budget

Life & Beauty Weekly: Healthy You Buying Organic Food on a Budget By Dominique Andrews for Life & Beauty Weekly You do a lot to keep your family healthy, including making smart choices about the food you buy. And chances are, you’d buy everything organic if you could. But for most moms, a totally organic kitchen isn’t realistic, considering the items can cost upward of 50 percent more than their conventional counterparts. “We all need to prioritize our purchasing based on what’s ...

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Family Activities to Warm up Your Winter

  Are your children climbing the walls?This bitter cold weather has left little opportunity for children to play outside and get the wiggles out! Below you will find ideas to keep the children entertained and bring some warmth back into their minds! This post is brought to you by our partners Studio One Networks. Your Family Today: Activities 7 Ways to Warm up Your Winter By the editors of Your Family Today for Your Family Today When it’s cold and gray outside, doesn’t it seem like your whole ...

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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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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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