What to Stockpile During the Holidays

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In order to maintain an adequate grocery stockpile, you need to know when you will find the best prices on certain grocery items.  At the beginning of the summer, prices on condiments are at their lowest.  The time between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is best to assess your need for mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and salad dressings.  Most of these items have a shelf life of around six months.  When these items go on sale and you can buy them for less than $1, plan to stock up for the next ...

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Budget Travel: Family Vacation Travel on a Budget

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Family Vacation Travel Tips Traveling is something we do for fun, but it can also be good for your sanity. When you are young and have a lot of expendable income, it’s easy to fit into your life, but as you get older and your family grows, travel expenses multiply. While you make more than you did (hopefully), you also have bills and obligations that might make budgets tight. You have some extra money, but you don’t feel like it’s enough to go anywhere. Maybe you take weekend trips, go ...

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State Farm Coupon Workshop-March 5th

We have a new date for a Coupon Workshop!  THIS is only open to State Farm Employees. However, if you would like us to come to your place of employment, worship, school, or home, email us at:  madamedeals@gmail.com.  We would love to help you Make Dollar$ Out Of Change. Date/Time:  Saturday, March 5th - 9am-11am Location:  State Farm Insurance, State Farm Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA Price: $40- includes two hour class and MD Coupon Solution Learn how to cut your grocery bill by at least ...

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Struggling to Make Ends Meet?

This post brought to you by Fannie Mae. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with making their mortgage payments?  Are they concerned about being able to stay in their home?  Are they facing foreclosure?  If so, do they know where to get answers to their questions? In this economy, many are struggling and ultimately may find themselves facing foreclosure.  They don't know where to turn for the most basic of answers.  Facing financial hardship is difficult enough ...

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Meet the Husband: Cross Promotion

Okay so Madame Deals is going to expand our point of view. I thought I would introduce you to my other half. Name: Mathew Occupation: Sales, Navy Reserves Greatest accomplishment: besides marrying me being a dad Past time: steam cleaning, running, reading to the kids, laundry (by necessity), and being the best husband ever (yup, I wrote the bio) Upselling no… Cross selling yes. My wife just recently wrote a post about being hassled at the fast-food drive thru with the “do you want fries ...

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Saving on Holiday Travel

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Are you traveling this Holiday season? Hopefully you already have your travel reservations! If not, start researching now. Bing released a travel forecast this week and overall domestic airfare costs are down 7% from last years Holiday travel. Now to take advantage of that savings, you will need to be flexible with your travel dates. It looks like a Wednesday to Sunday trip will be your best bet if flying. If you are looking for future flights, Bing has travel prediction ability! Just search ...

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Year End Financial Wrap Up Checklist

It is hard to believe that it is time for year end reviews. Taking time to look over your plans in information will allow you to evaluate what worked and what needs improvement. My husband and I met with our agent last week and we did make some changes to several policies, including retirement. Now taxes, that is something I am way behind in as far as organization goes! What a year it’s been! It’s not over yet but with all of this talk about the holidays, it sure seems like the end of the year ...

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Weekly Cinema Movie Ticket Update

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It looks like Weekly Cinema is going out of business. I have written about deals for Weekly Cinema several times in the last few months. If you still have unused credits, you will need to contact Weekly Cinema or the deal of the day site you purchased the voucher from (if you bought it from Groupon, contact them HERE.) Here is note from Weekly Cinema: We will be issuing refunds to our monthly subscribers based on the number of tickets in their account which have not been used and also the ...

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What is a Good Price for a Turkey?

So, I had a reader ask a question yesterday and I honestly don't know the answer. What is the best price for a Turkey? I am never in charge of buying the Turkey for Thanksgiving- I am the side dish person! I know that Turkey prices vary depending on whether it is a fresh or frozen. Please leave a comment and tell us what a good price per pound is for the turkey you buy! Thank you! P.S. For more tips on saving money on Thanksgiving, head on over to the Frugal Living Community at the ...

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Getting Your Spices & Herbs In Order

It is the time of year that many of us do a lot of baking and cooking. Before you start the process, make sure your spices and herbs are in order. I know that I have some bottles that have been in the back of my cabinet forever! The truth is spices and herbs don't really spoil, they just loose potency. For the most flavor, you will want to use spices and herbs that still have strength. One of the easiest ways to tell if you herbs and spices are still worth using is the smell. If you open the ...

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