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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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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Tips for Saving on Auto Insurance

I have been with the same insurance company since I was 16. I receive multiple discounts since we have several policies and I have been a long term customer. Even if you have been with the same company for awhile, it is always good to go over your policies. I know we will need to make changes soon since my husbands truck is nearing the end of its life! Stay on the Road With The Cheapest Auto Insurance by: Mrs. Not Made of Money Finding the best deal on car insurance can be challenging. ...

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Madame Deals Good Buy Price List

Over the last few weeks I have been posting my Good Buy Prices for items I typically shop for. Knowing what a good price is very helpful in the saving game. Even if you do not use coupons, knowing what a good price is will save you a ton of money! Remember just because something says sale, does not actually mean that it is a good price. I have compiled a list of my Good Buy Prices into a PDF file. Feel free to print it and keep it with you while you shop. You will need to make price adjustments ...

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10 Tips for Packing Frugal Lunches

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I am now working outside of the home four days a week. It is very tempting to eat lunch out with the other office staff. Unfortunately, eating out really puts a damper on my budget. Below are some tips for packing frugal lunches! 10 Best Frugal Work Lunches to Pack Bringing packed lunches to work can save some serious cash. If you are looking for ideas on what frugal work lunches to pack, then here are a few recommendations. Make a Soup Soups are easy to make. There are many available ...

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What is a Good Price for Produce?

What is a Good Price for Produce?

What is a Good Price for Produce? The best way to save money at the grocery store is to be knowledgable in what a good price is. If you know what a good price is, you will know when to stock-up. Remember that just because the sign says sale, does not not mean that it is a good price. If you are just joining us, I have posted the good buy prices for Meat, Dairy and Beverage items and pantry items. When I get all of the prices gathered, I will make a master list for you all! Here are some ...

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How to Organize Finances

How to Organize Finances Photo S. Gustafsson My weakness in saving money is keeping track of finances. I am not very good at the accounting! I am happy to report that I did set up online bill pay this week! It was easy to do and I think it will help me stay organized. Below are some tips on personal finance organization. 10 Essential Tips on How to Organize Finances By: Mrs. Not Made of Money Keeping finances in order is a difficult task for many people. However, it does not have to be so ...

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Ask A Swim Instructor: What do you need to know to keep your kids safe

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The sun is out and my little one is on the run. She is usually on the run straight towards water. I have thought about taking her to swim lessons but I am strapped for time. My husband also taught people how to swim when he was in the Navy; so he wants to do it. I keep seeing articles on children drowning and most times drowning occurs while the parent is right there. My husband actually rescued a three year old when she was in the pool with her babysitter. She was very lucky that my husband ...

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