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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Ideas That Spark: Storing up for Winter

Ideas That Spark: Smart Living Storing up for Winter From the Editors of Ideas That Spark Does this sound like you? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average family of four is spending about $100 a month more at the grocery store than it did a year ago. Do the math: That’s an additional $1,200 a year for the same amount of peanut butter and toilet paper. Fortunately, “the grocery budget is a place where most families can find some extra dollars that can be used … [Read more...]

Ideas That Spark: Smart Living

Madame Deals is pleased to announce the new partnership with Ideas That Spark. We will be posting informative articles from their editors from time to time. Ideas That Spark: Discover 6 Ways to Save: Reinventing Yourself From the Editors of Ideas That Spark In a tough economy, the tendency is to hunker down at your job -- if you still have one -- and hold on for dear life. But the truth is, now might be the right time to branch out and learn something new that will boost your … [Read more...]

Stockpile Organization

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Stockpile Organization   Due to my recent shopping adventures to Harris Teeter, my pantry was in need of  stockpile organization. One of the secrets to saving money, is to stockpile. This means to buy extra items your family uses regularly when the items are at their rock bottom price. We all know that Harris Teeter triples or Kmart super doubles allows for a plethora of stockpiling opportunities! I would like to share some tips to make stockpiling easier and more … [Read more...]

Auctions…Hey Bidder, Bidder

While on vacation, I attended a live auction and had a blast! I had never been before but my sister-in-law Cathy showed me the ropes. The auction we attended was in upstate New York, Brzostek's Auction, which is unfortunate since I live in Virginia. Why was it unfortunate? Well, I could have refurnished my house with quality, high end furniture for a fraction of the retail price! I could not believe the ending price on some the furniture items. I really would have liked the oak dining room table … [Read more...]

Gift Stockpile

I have learned to shop for gifts in advance thanks to my sister-in-law, Cathy. When there is a family birthday or holiday, Cathy is always prepared way in advance. I used to scramble at the last minute searching for the perfect gift. I would often wonder, how does Cathy do it? How does she find the time to be so prepared? Also, Cathy is very generous with her gifts. How can she afford to give so much? I then started shopping with Cathy. She is a bargain shopper like me. However, she is great … [Read more...]

Library: A Great Resource for the Whole Family

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We talk a lot about our families and saving money. We also talk about educating ourselves and our children. The best place to do both of those things is the library. The library is the best place to save money. How? Well they have books, movies, video games, free internet, and community activities. How do I save money? Well, I use the library. I read books very quickly and I was spending hundreds of dollars on books. I now go online and reserve my books and I the library calls me when they are … [Read more...]