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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Pumpkin Carving: Mess Free & Preserve for Years

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Pumpkin carving is a messy job. It's fun, but messy. The carved pumpkin never seems to last very long either. It either starts to turn green and hairy or it is eaten by critters. Jenny came up with a wonderful idea! Carve faux pumpkins! Buy a faux pumpkin and have your kids draw their design with an orange sharpie. Take a knife or pumpkin carving tool and carve out the design as usual. Use a battery operated tea light to light your pumpkin! The best part, you can have your child sign the ...

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4 Tips to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

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Tips to Avoid Overspending During the Holidays The countdown to Christmas begins! As I have already mentioned, I shop year round to get the best deals on gifts. Plus, I make several homemade gifts which you can read about in our Holiday From the Heart Posts from last year. Below you find a few more tips to avoid overspending this holiday season. ...

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Packaging Meat for the Freezer

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We are a meat eating family. Both my husband and I grew up on a meat and potatoes diet. I try not to cook with red meat more than once or twice a week; although we do really enjoy it! To save the most money on meat I buy when the prices are low and freeze it in dinner size portions. In fact I have not bought chicken, steak or pork for over a month now. We have been relying on our nice freezer stockpile. Since I do not have a Vacuum Sealer (the FoodSaver is on my want list!), I use Glad Press ...

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Cooking in Season & Fall Stockpile Items

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Fall is finally here, yeah! With the change of season you may have noticed that the grocery sales ad has changed a bit too. The loss leaders, the items that are deeply discounted to draw you in, have changed with the season along with the produce and meat sales. The easiest way to save some money at the grocery store is to change your menu to coincide with the seasonal changes. For Fall and Winter this means more hardy and warm meals such as soups, roasts and chili. There are certain items ...

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Saving Money on Winter Clothing for Children

Cooler temperatures are on the horizon. That means that it is a time for a change of wardrobe. I am lucky to get a ton of used clothes from friends and family. Plus, I like to participate in clothing swaps every now and then to renew our wardrobe. Today, we have a guest post from Mrs. Not Made of Money on how she saves money on winter clothing. Tips for Saving on Children’s Winter Clothing In my own family trying to keep clothes for steadily growing children is a constant battle. We’ve been ...

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New Daily Break Community Provided by LivingSocial & BlogFrog

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I am so excited to announce that I am a community leader for the new Daily Break Community over at BlogFrog! The Daily Break Community is sponsored by LivingSocial, a daily deal site focusing on local businesses throughout the United States.  Head on over to LivingSocial and find a participating city near you (Richmond, VA is on there!). If you purchase the daily deal you can share it with friends and family members. If three of your referrals also purchase the deal than the your deal is ...

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Tips For Saving Money at the Grocery Store

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How to Save Money at the Grocery Store This Fall I am so excited that Fall is here. We can even feel a small break to the Summer heat here in Florida, although I don't know what's up with those pesky lovebugs. They are in abundance right now and usually this time of year they are not readily found. Anyway, I love seeing the pumpkins and gourds in the grocery stores and I know it won't be too long before the holidays will be upon us. I'm trying to keep tabs on my grocery bill thought i would ...

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Saving Money When Eating Out

We don't eat out at a sit down restaurant often, but when we do most of the time we pick Ruby Tuesday's. They have a wonderful salad bar to keep the kids happy while the food arrives! Plus they seem to have coupons out often. Here are some tips for eating our on a budget. 6 Tips to Save Money When Eating Out by Mrs. Not Made of Money Dining out is like a gift we like to give ourselves and our families after a long week of working hard. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift if you go to the ...

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Finding Deals Ahead of Time on A Full Cup

So you might be curious about how I find some of the deals I post. No, I do not shop at all of the stores or buy all of those products! Many times I refer to a forum called A Full Cup. It is FREE to join and provides a wealth of information. There are so many deals out there that I have a hard time keeping up with them all. In f act it is impossible to post everything. If you are looking for deals at a specific store that I have not posted about, head on over to A Full Cup Forums and see what ...

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