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January 28, 2014

Frugal Ways To Save Money: Camera Bags

   Frugal Ways To Save Money

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I decided that I was going to share with you Frugal Ways To Save Money.  I think using your brain is the best way to figure out ways to save money. I recently bought a camera and a new lens. The camera was very expensive as was the lens. I realized I didn’t have anywhere safe to keep these item. I started to investigate camera bags. I was shocked to see they started at $100 and the cute ones that I liked were around $300. Truth be told I had spent all my money on the equipment and $300 is almost as much as the lens I am saving for.

I began to think about what a camera bag is. It is a bag with a compartment that keeps lens and the camera body safe. I did what everyone would do and I went to amazon and I searched. Camera bag inside. Then on page two I saw Camera Bag insert. Yes, that is what it is called. I came across a couple of choices. Then I went up stairs in my closet and I pulled out my bag and purse collection. I tried to decide which bag would be most useful as a camera bag. Then I found a purse I had that I could fit a camera in. I found a brief case and two tote bags. I measure out what the inserts would be to try to get an idea of which one would fit.

Then I put the camera and the lens in each box and visualized the additional padding. I decided I had a good chance at making three bags I had on hand into camera bags for the cost of the insert.

Clik Elite CE510RE Capsule Small (Red)


Here are some more pictures of what I put in my Clik Elite case. Then you can see I used two of my purses. The camera I have is the Canon 6d

You can check out my 50 other  Frugal Ways To Save Money

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January 28, 2014

How to Clean Dishwasher with Vinegar

How to Clean Dishwasher with Vinegar


I will admit I hate washing the dishes. I throw everything in the dishwasher. That is a super solution until you start to notice that your dishwasher isn’t as effective as it once was. I decided to Clean the dishwasher with Vinegar.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Unconditional Love Lessons from Sweetie

Karla’s Korner


Unconditional Love…Lessons from Sweetie

Have you ever met someone so full of grace and selfless love that in spite of their own hardships or physical discomforts they think of others first? Someone who lives life based on faith and love of their Creator not for recognition but because it’s in their soul? It’s a rare and beautiful gift to know someone like this; my friend Sweetie (Carole) is that person; a gift to so many.Continue reading

January 26, 2014

Save on Home Repairs

Save on Home Repairs

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 Wow! I never realized how expensive owning a home is. You have to pay the mortgage, insurance,  utilities and then maintenance. Then they awesome things come up that you didn’t anticipate called ” home repairs”. I decided I would give you some tips to make those “home repairs” less frightening by offering tips on how to save on home repairs.

Save on Home Repairs

The first thing you need to do is determine the condition of your house. We are sharing a printable created by Genius Interior Designs to do just that. It is really important to determine your true needs prior to starting or calling someone for a repair. It is also important to assess your homes current condition. This will enable you to make decisions and budget based on what your current needs are and what your future needs will be. We all know nothing last forever so evaluating your home will help you to save on home repairs. This list should be used as if you were looking at your house with a new set of eyes it should guide you to see things that you wouldn’t normally see because you live in your house and we often fail to notice areas of concern since we are used to just living with them.

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 Print your own Save on Home Repair Check list #1 <——

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Print this Save on Home Repair Check List #2 <——-

How repairs will add up so having a fund set aside to handle these repairs is instrumental to your financial success. We suggest saving $5 dollars a day by not spending it in our $5 savings plan. In the meantime look at what you have in your home. Then decide what you can do to prevent further disrepair and make those changes. Then you should determine what you need to do next consulting the home repair checklist. If you want to save on home repairs you need to have a plan.

Save on Home Repairs

January 26, 2014

Game Day Party Ideas

Game Day Party Ideas

Mixing It Up This Year

Super Bowl XLVIII is only a week away and I’ll admit my plan for preparing well in advance has gone by the wayside.  This year we’ll be hosting a party with a dozen friends and their children.  In order to simplify things, we’ve asked everyone to bring their favorite beverage and a staple snack such as chips and dip.

For our Super Bowl Party Ideas this year, we’ll be preparing the heartier food.  I plan to shop on Tuesday and Thursday in order to take advantage of last week’s and this coming week’s sale cycles.  Despite the fact I’ve failed to plan, I don’t plan to fail at saving.

The first thing I plan to do is go back through Madame Deals’ past  Game day posts.  Since we’ve been posting for a number of years, there is plenty to choose from.  I’ll start with Game day Preparation on a Budget.  After all, savings is always my goal.  The Pesto Bread featured in this post has become a favorite with our family and friends.

To start rounding out the Game DaySuper Bowl Party Ideas menu, we’ll add Hot Chicken Wings and Teriyaki Chicken Wings which are guaranteed to please both the adults and kids.  I’ve contemplated making Pulled Pork Barbeque in the crockpot since I already have the majority of the ingredients in my stockpile.  This recipe can be stretched by using mini slider buns instead of full-size hamburger rolls.  Quick tip:  Check your stockpile before deciding what to serve for any get-together.  If you already have ingredients, that’s extra money you won’t be spending to serve something to your guests.

Game Day Party Ideas

Last, but definitely not least, we’ll try three new dishes this year:  Super Cheesy Dip in a Bread Bowl, Cream Cheese Fruit Dip served with fresh apples and pineapple, and Fresh Lemon Hummus served with a variety of veggies.  By serving these with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, our guests (and their kids) will have the opportunity skip the dip and load up on something reasonably healthy.

Also check out our Game Day Party Finger Food Recipes

party finger food recipes

Tell us about your menu for the Game Day Party Ideas! Will you be serving favorite standbys or trying new recipes?

January 23, 2014

Donate Car for Tax Credit

Donate Car for Tax Credit

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You probably heard it more than a dozen times from tv or radio commercials or read it from newspapers or magazines ads, Donate Car for Tax Credit but is it really that easy? Yes it’s true that you can get tax credit, but the big question is how much tax deduction can you get? Some people tend to get smaller than what they expected. Donating your car to charity can benefit you with a significant amount of tax savings if you will do proper planning and you’ll have all the proper documentations.

How to Donate Car for Tax Credit

1. Make sure that you’re donating to a reputable charity, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization.

2. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), your deduction depends on how the charity uses your donation. If they sell your car (truck, boat, RV, or other vehicle), then your deduction will be the sales price. If they use it in other ways then you can use the car’s fair market value.

3. What is the car’s fair market value? The IRS suggests that you use a reputable used-car price guide such as the recent copy of the Kelley Blue Book to calculate your car’s fair market value. The private party prices are based on a vehicle’s make, model and overall condition.

4. Take note that there’s also a donate a car for tax credit rule, all taxpayer has a $500 threshold on vehicular gift. So even if the charity sells your car sells for $500 or less, still you can deduct $500 or your car’s fair market value, whichever is less.

5. Make sure that you keep a thorough list of paper trail. Most charities will report the sales price of your car to you on a form or a receipt, so make sure to have those documents.

6. Make sure to report the amount of your deduction. File all the forms necessary. If your deduction is greater than $5,000, you may also need a written appraisal as documentation.

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