Are You Lost in a Sea Of Bookmarks?

As I surf the internet, I tend to bookmark anything and everything which interests me. After years of doing this, I have over 1,000 bookmarks, all in a jumbled list which I have never found the time to organize.  This week I am going to organize my bookmarks.  This is possible because I discovered clipix. Clipix.com is a new and useful tool which will help me organize my life online. We all see so many things online each day but who has the time to really check these things out. With clipix, ...

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Customer Service is Your Friend

None of us really wants to contact a store's customer service department when we have a problem. It takes time and energy we really don't have these days.  However, there are times when a call to customer service is unavoidable. Over the past two weeks, I have contacted customer service at Food Lion twice because catalina coupons (those checkout coupons the cashier hands you with your receipt) which were supposed to print with my order did not. It wasn't a computer glitch. They didn't print ...

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Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Bending the Rules

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  I have a very simple request this week ... Please use coupons responsibly.  If everyone decided to follow the rules and not look for ways to bend them, couponing would be so much easier.  Just this week, I read an article about an extreme couponer who paid "just $36 for $800 worth of P&G products."  The way she did it was by bending the rules.  Read the article and let us know if you agree. Let us know how your extremely normal coupon ...

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Couponing for the Extremely Normal: When a Deal Doesn't Work

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  Even though you carefully plan your deals, they may not always work out.  Never fear ... here a few tips for ensuring you receive the savings you planned for. 1.  Know what you should be saving before you get to the register. 2.  Watch the register as the cashier rings up items and coupons.  The store computer is not always right.  There are times when sale items don't ring up properly.  Have the sale flyer with you so you can show the cashier ...

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Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Crockpot Essentials

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  It's that time of year when the weather is cold and our family wants nothing more than a hot bowl of something for dinner.  Our crockpot gets a workout from November through March.  Using the crockpot requires me to think about those staples which generally end up in the crockpot.  Among these are canned tomatoes, beans (a wide variety including black and kidney), onions, carrots, celery, taco seasoning mix, dry onion soup mix, broth (cans and ...

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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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Internet Dating is it worth it?

Okay I normal write about cheap dates with my husband. I decided this week to write about cheap dates for my single friends. I can honestly say a lot of my girlfriends have met their mates on Match.com. I know you are thinking it is crazy to pay to meet people. They actually have a free 7 day trial. I  think it is one of the best things to invest in. I feel fortunate that I met my husband when I did. I also know that I did a lot of interviewing before offering him the job. If you are serious ...

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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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Black Friday Safety Shopping Tips

Shopping on Black Friday has become synonymous with two things: great deals and craziness. Not only can you find some of the better deals on home electronics and toys on Black Friday, but injury and even the occasional fatality has been known to happen as well. So what’s the best way to get those good deals while staying safe at the same time? Be Prepared As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Do your homework and study up on which stores have the sales and coupons that ...

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