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Gas And Food Savings

Two items that affect everyoneís monthly budget are groceries and gas. The bad news is that both of these items continue to rise on a monthly basis. The good news is that there are ways to save money on both groceries and gas. Saving money is not a difficult thing but it does require some time and effort.

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One of the first ways to save money on your gas bill is to use a gas company that provides a discount to members. There are retail outlets that will provide you a yearly membership for a modest fee of $50 or less. These retail outlets may offer up to a $.10 per gallon discount on gasoline from your regular gas retail outlets. This $.10 saving per gallon for gas will offset the $50 membership payment many times over.

Also, if the retail outlet provides discounted prices for members on food items such as meat, dairy, produce, and staples, this will be a double savings. You will also be able to save money by using coupons. Many people do not use coupons because they think they are insignificant when it comes to saving money. However, smart shoppers know that they can save hundreds of dollars each year simply by using coupons.

Here is a good video about couponing;

Many retail outlets offer coupons when you enter the store. They provide a coupon display rack that you can choose from before you start shopping. This alone can save you a handsome percentage off your weekly grocery bill. You will also be able to find coupons in local newspapers, magazines, and even online. If you go online and search for a particular food product you may find a coupon that you can print from your computer. There are even online coupon companies that will provide you with hundreds of coupons for thousands of items.

Another good way to save money on both food and gas is to not waste it. When you are driving your vehicle never stop for a long period time with the motor running. This is a complete waste of fuel. It is the same with food products. Before you start your weekly grocery shopping make a list of what you already have in your cupboards so that you do not purchase the same product. This will be especially true for products that have a limited shelf life.

A recent study showed that the average consumer wastes 40 percent of the food that they buy because they forget that they already have the product at home. The product at home expires and then the consumer has to throw it into the garbage. The study also suggested that most people purchase more than what they actually need.

Therefore, with just a few simple adjustments in your lifestyle you will be able to save a lot of money on both your grocery and gas purchases. You can use this extra money to treat your family to a yearly vacation in an exotic location. Or perhaps you can purchase that new wardrobe that you have been waiting for.

This entry was posted on October 21, 2015, in Family, Home.

Five Vegetables To Plant Now For A Fall Harvest

There are a lot of plants that germinate easily in the summer heat. Some are even more successful at taking root during the summer then in the spring. Plants require a few conditions to make them prosper. Heat, water, and nutritious soil are among a few of them.

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There’s no universal rule when it comes to how much heat a plant needs. Each species has it’s own expectations. Knowing which plants to get into the ground during a hot summer can give you an amazing harvest this fall. It’s important to keep in mind that through most of the plant’s life, the weather will be quite hot.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are an excellent choice for a fall crop. They actually work better this time of year. Spring tomatoes are difficult to germinate. Tomato seeds require soil temperatures above eighty degrees. If you’re going to grow tomatoes, it’s important to be patient. They do not grow in the same way that those winter root vegetables do. First they must obtain their height and foliage, then they will start to produce fruit.

Squash

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Squash can withstand summer temperatures. A lot of growers are reluctant to plant winter squash in the summer because they believe the heat will kill them. The plant is not called winter squash for this reason. Winter squash plants actually won’t grow during the winter months. They are known as winter squash because their shell has the capacity to protect the flesh inside it for months after harvest. Allowing people to enjoy squash that came from a fall harvest all winter.

Watermelons

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Watermelons require a lot of heat from a very young age. Making them the perfect thing to germinate in the hottest part of the summer. They can withstand cooler temperatures as well, as long as they’re above fifty degrees. Making them hardy enough to withstand the weather if it starts to cool off a little. Watermelons are a good idea as a fall crop if you live in zone eight or higher. As they require a long growing season. If you’re in the northern part of the country, try personal sized watermelons.

Peppers

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Peppers are another plant that withstand October temperatures, but won’t make it through November. If you plant them now you should have plenty of time to collect a fall harvest. Some pepper plants only take sixty days to reach maturity. Keep the climate of your area in mind when deciding if you’ll have enough time for a harvest.

Pumpkins

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Pumpkins should be planted in June, or July if you want them for Halloween. They are sturdy plants that won’t rot quickly, especially when frozen. This makes them perfect for keeping until you can put them into a pie. Thanksgiving is always more special when the stuff on the table came from your own garden.

Maintenance Is Everything

The quality of your garden depends on the amount of attention you’re willing to give it. We all want a large harvest. The only gardeners who are successful spend their leisure time pulling weeds. Get out there and take care of your babies!

This entry was posted on September 21, 2015, in DIY, Home.

Being A New Mom And Loving It

You got all excited and scared when you discovered you were soon a mom to be. The months seemed endless with weeks of going to the bathroom more often than usual, some sleepless nights with backaches that made you sleep on your side, and those untimely snacks at odd hours of the night. Talk about going through hell!

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Having a baby is hard. Nevertheless, all these is just the beginning. You nights of going without sleep will still taunt you even after you smiling bundle of joy is born. You will feel like pulling the hair off your head yet will have smiles and a glow when you talk about your baby. Yes, you will be tired and sleep deprived but it will be all worth it, and you still can look radiant while nursing your baby.

Here is the secret to being a new mom and loving every minute of it.

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Relish the Moment

Just look at your baby when he or she is asleep, see the innocence of that little angle will make your heart mellow. Pat yourself on the back and say you brought him or her into this world. Relish that moment and what you behold in front of you; it is a miracle, and you do not want to miss the miracle of that moment.

 Take it One day at a Time

You should relish every day that goes by, from the time you welcomed your baby into this world and held him or her in your hands. The first day will give you a rush of joy and tear will run down your cheeks when you remember what you went through just to be a mother. Yes, the days may seem tough but already went through a tough period; likewise, you get through the tough days of nursing. Soon your little angle will be doing to preschool and soccer practice.

Stay healthy

If you focus on staying healthy, you will be doing it for both you and your baby. Feeling healthy will help you stay with high spirits. Good nutrition and exercising will help to elevate your mood. Take a walk when your bundle of joy is napping, do some stretches and you soon be in your former shape and fitness levels.

Schedule your Life

Taking care of a newborn is a full-time job; one that demands your attention. As such, you need to schedule your life. Avoid rushing to get back to your professional working life. Do not take up any new project even in your home. Just focus on being a new mom and enjoy the time you have nurturing and nursing your little angle, it is a miracle of the moment that will soon be a memory.

Watch this video to see how I organize my life using my Filofax.;) I am a fan of Carlie and I have learned how to schedule important things/events using my planner by watching her videos.

Remember to Do “YOU”

As mentioned, being a new mother is a full-time job with no coffee breaks or weekends off. Nevertheless, you still need to remember to do something that makes your feel happy, taking your mind off the stress of nursing. Let your intentions of being an excellent caregiver be for both your new baby and you. You can ask daddy to have an hour of taking care of the baby every day, and you can have a nice long relaxing soak in the tub reading all by yourself or do anything that you love. In my case, I like sewing,cooking and gardening so my craft room is my escape.;)

This entry was posted on June 20, 2015, in Family, Home.

How You Can Create A Home Management Notebook

Some people are simply more organized than others. That said, a home management notebook is definitely a sign of an organized person that gets things done.

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Your family relies upon you to get many things done and if you were out of town, in the hospital or unavailable for any reason, many things would be left undone. Creating a home management notebook is an ideal way to make sure that anyone in the family can come into the situation and do things the right way.

Your Notebook

To begin with, you’ll need to have a binder, notebook or something that you can put everything in. This should be easy to locate, easy to open and close and have plenty of room in it for you to jot down vital information.

What To Include

Every family is different, however, most families will have the following information in their notebook.

  • Meal Plans
  • Children’s School Information
  • Children’s Sports Coach Information
  • Homework Plans
  • Carpool Contacts
  • Doctors Information (phone number, after hours number etc.)
  • Pharmacy Number
  • Church Contacts
  • Bill Paying Information
  • Calendar (this should be large enough to jot down your daily schedule)

Of course, the above category list will vary according to how many children are in the family and which activities your family has going on. Customize your notebook to accommodate this. Be sure to include menu’s and directions to the favorite pizza parlor or the favorite delivery places.

Extras

Some families put some handy little extra’s in their notebook. This could be a special note from a teacher or friend that cheers one up if they’re down, it could be a poem or directions to making a favorite dish etc.

Pockets

Many people like to have pocket dividers in their notebooks in order to keep receipts in for each month. This works great and can really help a person to stay on budget.

Be Creative

Your home management notebook is a reflection on your life, not the neighbors. Design and create it accordingly. If you enjoy specific colors, use them, if you prefer a specific season, focus on that. Create your notebook around your lifestyle and your family. Add in little touches that make you feel good. This could be in the form of memo’s or pretty pages etc. It’s all up to you.

Where To Find Notebooks

There are many commercial management notebooks available both online and off. You can also create your own from scratch. It’s recommended that you first look at a few to get an ideal of how they work, what others put in them and so on before you go off on your own to design one. You’ll be able to get an idea of formating and design and then create your own sensational notebook.

Now that you have an idea of how to create your home management notebook, you’re ready to go out and make your own version. Every notebook is different and what works well for one family may not work well for another. There is no right or wrong way to go about this.

This entry was posted on May 3, 2015, in Home.

You Too Can Have A Happy And Organized Home

Having a home that is happy and organized is much more than putting clutter away and having everything in its place where it is easy to find. The way in which a home is set up can say a lot about a person, their family and also the way that they feel about themselves.

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While there is always a little bit of room in life to have clutter and there will always be messes that can wait until the next day, the right level of organization can go a long way to making your home one that is well put together and happy for everyone under your roof.

How many times have you spent precious moments in the morning looking for something that should have been left in a certain spot? Have there been times that you ended up simply buying a big package of batteries just because you didn’t feel like digging through all of your junk drawers just to find the batteries that you already have?

The chances are also pretty good that you have items in your closet that you could be wearing to finish off a certain look or ensemble, yet you just do not feel like digging through the clutter to find it, so you go out and buy more clothing.

These smaller things start to add up and they add to your cluttered life. The more clutter you end up having in your life, the more difficult it can be to go through the day to day tasks. When you have children, this clutter is multiplied until you start to feel as though you are drowning and you just need a break.

This is when you want to look for ways that you can organize your home and make it so that your life is happy and free of the mess. Getting organized can really be a game changer for your family as long as you all work towards it as a common goal.

Luckily, there are all sorts of ways that you can bring happiness and organization to your home. If your children are old enough, you can all sit down together as a family and brainstorm about the different ways that you can start to get the mess in order.

If not, there are different websites online that you can use or if you have a smartphone there are even apps today that are just perfect for parents on the go. Lifehacker wrote a nice article about this topic. These apps will set you up with calendars for organizing, reminders and so much more.

The great thing about organizing your home is that you can come up with your own formulation that works for your household and go from there. Whether it is better organization in the kitchen,your craft room or laundry room or you need to come up with a way to sort all of the shoes, jackets and backpacks in your entryway, you will find that a home that is better organized will be one that is happy and functional.

This entry was posted on April 26, 2015, in Home.

Frugal Spring Decorating Ideals: Making Your Home Look Great This Spring

Spring is a time when a lot of people put a new found focus into decorating their homes. Now that it’s nice outside, people want to clear out their homes, get rid of unwanted items, and make their property a more pleasant place to visit.

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There are all kinds of ways to make a home look better, but a lot of those ideas cost a great deal of money. Thankfully, there are ways to make a home look its best even if you’re on a tight budget.

Try employing these tips if you don’t have a lot to spend;

Buy  Storage Containers

One of the best ways to make your home look more attractive is to add more storage.

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When you have a place for everything in your home, you’ll be able to reduce clutter and easily keep everything organized.

However, one of the downsides to storage containers is that they often need to be hidden away. Thankfully, there’s a simple alternative to this. If you buy fabric storage containers, you can store items in containers that you’ll want to display. These containers can be purchased very cheaply, and can add a lot of style to your home.

Update Fixtures

When people think about redecorating their home, they often think about big decorating projects.

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They want to re-model their kitchen or re-do their bathroom. However, this can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Thankfully, there’s a much cheaper way to give these rooms a new look. You can add fixtures to your cabinets or update your old fixtures. This can give a room a far more modern appearance, and it won’t cost much money at all.

Mirrors

One of the biggest headaches a lot of people have regarding their home is that they don’t have enough space. Rooms feel crapped, cluttered, and overstuffed.

springdecoration2In addition to clearing out a room as much as you can, you can create the illusion of a bigger room by hanging mirrors in the wall. The reflection on the wall will make people feel as though they’re in a bigger space. In addition, the mirrors will add a lot of visual interest.

Re-Arrange Your Furniture

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Moving around your furniture won’t cost you a thing, but it can dramatically change the way your room looks. Try to create an arrangement that works with the way people use your rooms.

For example, if you regularly have people over for social gatherings, you could push your living room furniture together in a way that invites conversation. If you like to read in your living room, you could push your chair next to a bookcase and create a reading nook. There are all kinds of options, and you should feel free to experiment with them.

As you can see, there are all kinds of frugal spring decorating ideas to take advantage of. My favorite place to get some inspiration is Pinterest. Don’t settle for a home you’re not happy with. Even if you’re on a budget, you can make your home look great.

This entry was posted on April 14, 2015, in Home.