Making Earth & Budget Friendly Changes

In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to write about ideas on how to make changes to benefit the environment. I admit that I am not the best at being "green". My family and I are working on it though! As I started thinking about protecting the planet, there are several changes that we can make that are also budget friendly. Start a garden: I know I have recommended starting a garden several times. Having fresh vegetables without the use of pesticides is just wonderful! Deal Seeking Mom has a great ...

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Healthy & Affordable Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

I don't know about you, but my mornings are pretty rushed. We don't have a minute to spare if we want to be on our way on time. Making healthy breakfast items ahead of time will save you time and money. If you have quick and easy breakfast items prepared, you will be less likely to run through a fast food establishment. Here are a few ideas: Make waffles or pancakes ahead of time and freeze. The Sneaky Chef has several pancake recipes for integrating healthy ingredients into the mix. Pop one ...

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Setting Up & Running a Successful Yard Sale

This is the third and final post in the Yard Sale series. If you missed the beginning, read up on Pricing Items for a Successful Yard Sale and Effective Yard Sale Advertising. To hold a successful yard sale, you need to plan and be prepared. Yes, you are going to have to put some leg work in! Start pricing and organizing well before the sale day. If you have a garage, the night before the sale start setting things up on tables. It is much easier for shoppers to see your items if they are ...

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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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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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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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Start a Price Book to Track Rock Bottom Deals

One of the learning curves to couponing is knowing when to buy. Sometimes sales being advertised are not really sales at all. Just because an item is listed in an ad circular, does not mean it is on sale. Knowing the rock bottom prices of items you buy the most, is the key to reducing your grocery store budget. Even if you do not use coupons on food items, knowing your prices will save you money. Tracking prices takes a bit of effort, but it will be worth it! Sales run in 6-12 week cycles. That ...

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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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Keeping Track of Charitable Donations

Today for Making Dollars Out of Change we have a guest post from Mary! One of the things we like to focus on at Madame Deals is being charitable. Using coupons and bargain shopping has helped Amee and I become more charitable. Mary is an expert bargain shopper and she is charitable by caring through coupons. April 15th is right around the corner and that means tax time.  Are you looking for more deductions?  Here’s something you might have overlooked.  Most people are aware you can take a tax ...

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Starting a Vegetable Garden

This week on Making Dollars Out of Change, I want to talk about making a vegetable garden. With all of the snow on the ground here in Central Virginia, I know it is hard to imagine a garden! However, it is time to start planning for spring. Planting a vegetable garden is one way to save money on produce. There will be an initial setup and planting fee. Having homegrown and organic produce is well worth it though! In the end, you will save money by relying on your garden for your summer produce; ...

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