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Things that can make you say hmmm

Monday, September 27, 2010
posted by Jill

There are a few interesting reads I came across that I just could not help but share. I think they all stroke a chord in some way, shape, or form. Maybe they would do the same to you.

One had to do with something that is always at the back of my mind. The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler, MD at Confessions of an Overworked Mom. I was having flash backs to my childhood when I was told to clean my plate.

Broke as a Spoke had two book suggestions that I might pick up regarding bargain shopping. We always think we have all the answers, but sometimes it is refreshing to see more than one way to save money. Try hundreds!

Even though I am not 22, retirement at 65 does sound good! All Financial Matters discusses how you better get a move on! For some we have more time on our hands to adjust, while others not so much. A little grim, but also a great reality check.

Money Ning brings up the topic of shipping. A good one no matter what time of year, but especially useful as we approach the holiday season. Great tips and advice to help you save here!

I hope you enjoy and give some thought to these quick reads, I know I did.

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Fall Spirit on a Budget

Sunday, September 26, 2010
posted by Jill

Whenever I walk around stores, I always see these great Fall pieces that would look great in my home. I then look at the price and say to myself, I don’t NEED it that bad. Well, here we are again, it is that time of year to get ready for fall. This could mean anything from fall decorating to enjoying the Fall Spirit.

Mummy Deals will help put you in the Fall Spirit by showing us how to cook a pumpkin from scratch. There is nothing like the smell and look of pumpkins in the Fall. In addition, the pictures and instructions are right there along the way.

Centsible Savings shows us the way to get the store bought look for less and best of all, you have all the bragging rights. The step by step approach, makes even me, feel like this project is completely doable. Plus, there are additional projects to tackle if you want to add more to your home!

Finally, Boogieboard Cottage gives us a few ideas to help decorate on a budget and enjoy our own craftsmanship. If you cannot do all of them, at least out the table runner. It looks like it something the kids could even get involved with. Another idea too, is when the kids learn how to make a turkey with their hands, you have a great decorating idea for Thanksgiving!

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Organize, Prepare & Enjoy

Thursday, September 16, 2010
posted by Jill

Fall is here, even though the weather may still feel like summer hasn’t left. It is the time to organize and get yourself prepared for everything associated with the end of the year.

To start, if you have little ones, you’re probably spending more time in the car driving them to school and extra curricular activities than you did in the summer. This being the case, My Frugal Front Portch points out that now is the time to get your child’s seat checked out because it is Annual National Seat Check Saturday/Child Passenger Safety Week. Why not take advantage and know everything is in the right shape.

Another thing to think about is what would happen if there were an emergency and you were forced to leave your home? Would you be ready? Some great pieces of advice from Being Frugal would definitely want to make me get organized so I can get everyone together and go.

At the end of the year are all the holidays. Time for family and fun! Do you ever feel like you stress over cleaning, gifts and organizing your home? Of course it is all in the name of the holidays, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry? If you can follow Mom’s the Word words of wisdom, you might feel less over whelmed and more prepared, ready and have your arms open to this holiday season.

In the end, the goal is to enjoy life, not the stress that comes with it. With a little bit of planning, preparedness and organization, you will be ready for anything!

What do you do to help organize your life?

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Cost per Ounce – Grocery Shopping

Friday, September 10, 2010
posted by Jill

When is the last time you went to the grocery store/market/super market and looked at the cost or price per ounce? Or maybe one should ask themselves, have I ever looked at the cost or price per ounce? They actually have that listed? Let’s say this, that even if it is not listed you can definitely figure it out. Well, unless you’re a math genius, you will also want to have a calculator available. Luckily, most cell phones have these, but first you will have to stop texting for 5 seconds in order to find it in your tools menu. Take the price of your item and divide by the number of ounces. Knowing your cost per ounce will not only help you find the better deal, it will help you save money.

So the next time you see two different sized creamers, for example, and you’re not sure which one to buy, calculate the cost per ounce, which ever is lower is the best deal. Keep in mind that when it comes to meat, you would want to look at the weight of an item.

Did this help you save?

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Quick tidbits to help with the electricity bill.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
posted by Jill

You get the same bills each month, yet your electric bill never seems to get lower. Here are a few ways to save on your electric bill. First, lets look at what comprises this bill. It is not the same for everyone. For us, our AC, washer and then everything else that uses electricity is on our bill. The winter months usually cost less than the summer. Some of the things we do during the winter are, keeping the lights turned off, especially when not in the room, open the blinds or shades instead. Natural light is free…the government hasn’t started charging us yet…. Switch to energy efficient bulbs and appliances. Our computers are used all the time, but when not in use for a certain time period, it will automatically hibernate. Check the setting on your computer to make this adjustment. During the summer months, we set the AC between 80 and 85. Seems hot at first, but you do adjust and it results in a lower AC cost. We also keep the shades closed to keep in cooler. I hope these little tidbits helps!

Of course I am not an expert, so if you have additional tips please let us know.

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Our Coupon Database is up! Time to start Saving.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
posted by Jill

As we previously mentioned in one our posts, our coupon database was going to be available in July. Well, here we are and the database is up! If you click on the coupon database link, you will notice three columns. Before we explain how to use these three columns, just know that to redeem a coupon click the offer. And now the explanation of our three columns.

The “Store” column lists our top 20 stores, of course there are about a thousand stores on the site, but you will notice these as you use the site. If you click on a top 20 store, you will see all the offers for that store. Click on the offer to redeem the coupon. To return to the main screen, just click the coupon database link again, otherwise, click on to your next store or category.

The middle column, “Coupons”, lists the top offers for the past couple of days from all of our stores, not just the top 20. Click the offer to redeem the coupon, click the store name to see all the available coupons and you can always return to the main screen by clicking on the coupon database link.

The final column, “Categories”, separates our coupons by category. If you click on a specific category, the top offers will appear. As usual, click the offer to redeem the coupon or click on your next desired category or store.

So, a quick recap, 3 columns: top 20 stores, top coupon offers and all of our categories. Click the offer to redeem the coupon and finally the last step, is for you to start saving.

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It’s Official!

Friday, June 25, 2010
posted by Jill

Yeah, the site is up and running. We want to help you familiarize yourself with our site. We have several different areas on our blog. Of course our posts are front and center, but if you are interested in some of our coupons you would want to click on our coupon database link. This feature will be available next month. Otherwise, our blogroll, search, categories and tweets are to your right. We hope this helps. We encourage you to explore the site and let us know if there is anything we can improve. Enjoy the frugal ideas and future coupons, they are here for you!

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