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 … [Read more...]

How do you save money?

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The first question people ask me is how did you get started? How do you keep it all straight. The easiest response is I follow our site. I mean that is my secret. This secret has saved me on average $100 a week. That's right I bought what we needed and didn't spend $100 extra on the items. My budget is $100.00 a week. I spend every penny and I enjoy it! I enjoy it because I used to spend atleast $200 on the same items! Here is exactly what I do: I click on the store in my area whose list I … [Read more...]

Ask A Woman, Wife, Mom, Teacher, Coupon user: What is your Blueberry Factor?

The Blueberry Factor: This is an article about taking care of yourself so you can take care of those you love. The greatest pleasure in my life is giving back to those I love. I do need to "recharge" in order to make this happen. This weekend I am enjoying the fruits of my labor. I think what everyone needs to understand is that we all have a “blueberry factor.” What is a “blueberry factor?” It is what we all work for. In my family the blueberry has become the one item we buy every week no … [Read more...]

Building Creative Raised Garden Beds

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It's time to get your garden ready! Or at least the soil and the early and more hardy plants. I love having a garden and I cannot wait until we have fresh fruit and vegetables. Our strawberries are already blooming and the blackberry bush has buds. The peach tree is also looking hopeful this year! We went back to raised beds this year since last years crop was a bust (for many reasons but the soil was part of it). Since our garden area is quite large, building raised beds can be costly. My … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Free & Reduced Price Cultural Events

Target wants to promote family involvement in art and cultural events. They are sponsoring events around the country at different museums, organizations and cultural events. Some of the events are free and others are offered at a reduced rate. If you live near a large city, you will find more events to attend. For our local area, Target is sponsoring a family night at the Children's Museum of Richmond. On April 16th from 5-7:30 pm, families can get in for $1 each! … [Read more...]

Stockpiling Diapers & Baby Products

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Over the last week and a half I have bought 10 packages of diapers and 6 tubs of wipes. By looking at the mountain of diapers, you might think that I was a mom to twins or triplets! Nope, just a mom who knows when to stockpile diapers. The wipes ended up being $0.99 a tub at Kroger last week. That is the lowest price I have ever paid for Pampers wipes. Since I had the coupons, I decided to stockup. For the diapers, I shopped at CVS and Rite Aid. Both stores had promotions for Huggies and CVS … [Read more...]

Dressing on a Budget by Hosting a Swap

This article is nothing new to our regular readers. We write about hosting swaps often. I wrote this article for Ideas That Spark and I wanted to share it with all of our new readers! Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Dressing Your Children on a Budget By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Paying full price for children’s clothes is a strain on any budget. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your kids dressed nicely while staying in your budget. An easy way to get new clothes is to participate … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Coupon Workshop April 8th

We have a new date for a Coupon Workshop! Date/Time: Thursday April 8th at 7pm Location: The Goodie Bag- Rte. 53 at Lake Monticello Price: $40- includes two hour class and MD Coupon Solution Learn how to cut your grocery bill by at least 50%. The coupon workshop is  a two hour class. You will receive a MD Coupon Solution which is our coupon organization system to meet all of your couponing needs! We truly feel that without a system, you will not be successful. Being organized is one key to … [Read more...]