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. … [Read more...]

Packaging Meat for the Freezer

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 … [Read more...]

Coupons for Seasonal Products

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It is that time of year where you will see Holiday and baking displays in stores. Make sure you look at these displays because most of the time there will be coupons around. Look for booklets and for tearpad coupons. Many times the booklets with recipes in them have coupons too. Recent coupons I have found are (from Giant & Kroger): $1/2 Progresso Soup, exp. 1/31/11 Simply Delicious Holiday Booklet: $1/3 Nestle Toll House Morsels, exp. 3/31/11 $1/2 Glad Products, exp. … [Read more...]

Waiting on a Tip

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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...]

Ask A Traveler: Where is your kid’s shirt?

We started this site  because Renae and I wanted to share our best moments and some questionable times. I will not say bad because I believe everyday is a learning experience. I learned to triple check everything and to ask my husband not to clean out the car before a trip because I have "in case of emergency" everything in there. I now have a clothing emergency and my backup plan is in my garage . The grand vacation plan ends in one naked kid so far. We have headed out of town for the night. I … [Read more...]

Cooking in Season & Fall Stockpile Items

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 that … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: I can hear

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...]

Gearing Up for the Holidays: Hot Toys

I am a year round shopper when it comes to Christmas gifts. I am happy to report that I have several people on my list already done! Last year I made a vital mistake when it came to shopping for my nephews. They are older than my boys and into pre-teen type toys. They really wanted the Mindflex last year. I wanted to be the "cool aunt" and get it for them. It was in my budget for them if I made it a shared gift. Problem- by the time I started looking for the Mind Flex they were out of stock … [Read more...]