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 … [Read more...]

Ask someone who believes in the ripple

Have you ever thrown a rock in a body of water and watched the ripples that follow? Do you wonder how can I be that small rock in the big pond? This month we are setting out to do just that. If you ever wonder if a small action you take makes a difference in the lives of others it does. Renae and I were grocery shopping on Friday night. I know, big surprise. I ran into a former student. I haven't taught in several years so I was surprised that he even recognized me; in fact that was two … [Read more...]

Tips for Saving Money on Birthday Gifts

I talk about shopping year round for gifts frequently. I do this for all occasions. It really helps our budget when I can find items on sale and space out the money out of pocket. Today Mrs. Not Made of Money is guest posting on budget saving tips for Birthday gifts. Birthdays are special occasions. Everybody likes to receive gifts to celebrate the day of their birth. But if you have a big family, purchasing birthday gifts could prove an expensive labor of love. However, there are ways you … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: I’m coming in

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Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. Chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Ask a Blackberry Addict: How do you turn it off

I would love to say I could give up all of my jobs for a day. I can't, but I did take today off from this site and my online job. I instead spent the day with my children after grocery shopping and cooking 3 dinners for the week. I wasn't sure I would be able to turn off my Blackberry and ignore calls from employees- but I did. I was so good I didn't even turn on my computer or Blackberry until 7:00 PM. I learned that it is possible and necessary to let it all go. The world isn't going to end. … [Read more...]

Documenting Assets for Insurance Purposes

This post comes at a perfect time! I am meeting with our insurance agent today to go over our policy. I recommend that you meet with your agent every once in a while to make sure that everything is covered. I know some things have changed around our household and I need to make sure that we have the coverage we need. How To Document Your Assets For Insurance Purposes by Mrs. Not Made of Money Everyone tells you that you must have homeowners insurance or renter's insurance to protect your … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: Facebook

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. Chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or … [Read more...]

Ask Coupon Shoppers? What are the lowest prices for baby food items

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I feel like a new mom. I'm not this is our third however, this is the first "baby" that I have been an avid coupon shopper with. The goal of coupon shopping is to user your coupons when you can get the most impact. We have the diaper deal round up every week to help determine when to use your coupons and stockpile. I need to know when to use my baby food coupons. What are the best prices you have seen for jar food and cereals?  I am also looking for formula prices. I recently found out that the … [Read more...]