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52 Weeks Savings Plan: April discounts are here!

When I lived in Phoenix, I could never understand the fascination with spring. Phoenix has pretty much just one season, sunny! So, when I moved to Texas, it was amazing to see red-breasted robins show up at our house every spring and watch the forest and greenbelts around me come alive with pale green leaves. Now I can’t wait for spring to arrive. As a bargain hunter, spring is here and with it comes lots of fun and activity in …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these March sales!

March brings with it the promise of spring and some special March sales that can help you both prepare and save money. Two holidays that will generate some special savings are St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and Palm Sunday, on March 25. We have Easter in April this year, but retail stores will still be pushing Easter related discounts. Remember that Daylight Savings is March 11th. March food bargains You may still be able to find some Valentine’s candy …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these February bargains

If you’ve been following the 52 Week Savings Plan, you should have a whopping $10 set aside. Don’t worry, that little bundle of money will continue to grow! Each month I’ll be sharing tips for making the most of the money you have to enable that nest egg to grow and grow and grow. If you don’t yet have my handbook, you can pick it up here for just $5. It contains extra tips and strategies for succeeding with this …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these January bargains

It’s a New Year and time for all sorts of resolutions. Some people resolve to eat healthier, lose weight, and exercise more. These are all great goals, but one that many of us forget has to do with finances. Imagine having extra cash set aside for emergencies — the unexpected trip to the doctor, replacing a set of tires, or replacing a worn-out kitchen appliance. Prepping isn’t just about having flashlights, extra food, and stored water on hand. Financial preparedness …

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Could This Work-From-Home Job Really Be This Fun?

My life has experienced some big changes lately. What was once a chaotic home filled with 5 children, is now me, my husband and our 14-year-old daughter. I no longer find smelly gym socks in the couch cushions or try to break up fights about who used the last of the blue nail polish. It is nice. With the move to Georgia last year, I wanted to do something new. I home-school our youngest, and I wanted something I could …

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The Top 10: Best Ways to Improve Urban Security

Being prepared isn’t just about EMP’s or super volcanoes. It’s also about being ready for common bad things that happen every day, such as home break-ins. And as you expand your prepping supplies and food storage, you’ll want to improve your security situation to protect those things. When we took a few minutes to evaluate our current home and property, we noticed a few areas that could be improved: Curtains on basement windows Like many people in our area, we …

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Many Streams Make a Mighty Fine Income

Money has a way of slipping through my fingers. I’ve been known to turn up my nose at buying an expensive piece of furniture and then, over a period of a few months, end up spending the same amount of money eating out! Money can be as slippery as an eel in a swiftly moving river. More and more I’ve come to realize that the secret to surviving an economic collapse or a personal financial crisis is twofold.  First, decrease …

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Confessions Of a Former Food Waster

  I was once a young wife and mother to a toddler. Hard at work learning to be a good wife and mommy. I got to stay at home which meant I made meals 3x a day for my family. I was a house wife. I had a food budget and yet I found myself calling my husband once or twice a week to pick up meals. When I went to my Mommy & Baby group I found that several …

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7 Clever Ways to Earn Money If You Have a Green Thumb

I’ve checked and double checked, but neither of my thumbs are green. I wish they were because there’s money to be made with those green thumbs. Over the years I’ve read gardening books, joined a permaculture club, and slaved over a Square Foot Garden, managing to grow a few things here and there, but by no means are my thumbs green. If I had to supplement our family income with what I could grow, we’d soon be starving. However, if you …

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21 Things to Look For Every Time You Go To a Yard Sale or Thrift Store

Sterling silver flatware Even if you can only afford to buy a spoon or a fork at a time, sterling silver is known to have antimicrobial properties. Some people believe that simply using silver flatware as everyday eating utensils can ward off harmful microbes.  Typically, a single piece of silver, such as a spoon, will run about $50.  Buy from reputable sellers, such as established estate sale agents and thrift stores. Survival related reference books Peruse Amazon lists such as …

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