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Small Tips for Holiday Travel

  If you are getting ready to travel this holiday season, you’ve probably researched flights, hotels, and rental cars. It’s so easy to get caught up in the big things that you may forget to do some of the little things that can add up and save lots of money. If you are getting ready to hit the road, consider these small tips before you leave. Turn Down the Thermostat-Don’t forget to turn your thermostat down when you leave for a trip. You don’t want to turn the heat off in case it gets cold enought for your pipes to freeze, but you don’t need to heat the house for your furniture and clothes when you’re gone. We usually turn ours down in the fifties. It doesn’t usually get that cold in our house because we have a good amount of passive solar heat, but even if it did, things wouldn’t freeze. Bring Snacks- I especially like to bring snacks for the airport. Since you are a captive audience, they can charge whatever they want.  This also works well for road trips. Convenience stores can be almost as expensive as airports unless you are getting the 2/$1 chili dogs that have most ...

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Being Thankful

As we come toward the end of the year, no matter which holidays you might be celebrating, we all should take a few minutes to slow down and be thankful for the meaningful things in our lives. I personally have a long list of things to give thanks for.  At the top of my list is my family and my health. I am especially grateful that I don’t wake up everyday hungry and wondering how to survive the day. I am thankful that I can create a list of things I am thankful for that doesn’t have to be terribly serious. Here area few things I came up with.   Some of my Pearl Jam vinyl and fan club stuff   Home Grown Tomatoes Chiropractors Snow Plows Google Page Rank Update Garbage Collection Service Heated Seats in My Car Spinning Class Pearl Jam Our Public Library Our Awesome Neighbors Taxes (I wouldn’t owe them if I had no income. Hard sell though) My New Blogger Friends Credit Card Rewards Cheesecake KindergartenTeachers Flannel Sheets Dansko Shoes My Veterinarian That Yertle, our 1999 Honda Civic, starts every morning And Giveaways! I am co-hosting a giveaway with several other amazing bloggers for a grand prize of $100 in Paypal cash or an ...

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Can Once a Month Cooking Help Your Grocery Budget?

If you have read this blog with any sort of regularity, you know that I am trying extremely hard to curtail our grocery spending. I’ve made attempts before, but like tons of busy families, we shopped too much and often restocked the things we eat most rather than coming up with ways to use up existing food supplies. I finally found a way to make myself stay away from the store: By playing the Grocery Game at Canadian Budget Binder. I know I sound like a broken record, but by posting everything you buy, you become much more aware of what you are spending money on. I have noticed that we spend way too much on snacks and convenience foods. I’m convinced Mr. CBB could whip up a yummy, frugal recipe out of a turnip and saltine crackers, so it’s a hard act to follow. Recently I’ve discovered the idea of having a cooking marathon one day a month from Mandy at  Money Master Mom and Catherine at Plunged in Debt. The idea is to cook like a fiend for one day so that you can take a cooking vacation for a few weeks. Also by having ready made meals in ...

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Obesity in America: What It Costs Us

Two generations ago my grandparents woke up before dawn and had a breakfast that might have consisted of bacon, country ham, eggs, plus bisuits and gravy made with lard. Then they went out to raise livestock and grow crops, stopping only for an equally sizeable lunch and dinner consisting of whatever they had butchered and grown that week. They ate heavy and worked hard. Farming takes lots of calories. Fast forward 60 years to the office worker stocking up on donuts, king size candy bars, and energy drinks at the convenience store on his way to work. These have to hold him over until he can hit the dollar value menu for lunch. He’s so tired after work, he will just pick up a pizza. Wow, you can get an extra one for only $5 more, plus double meat, sign him up! He really wanted to stop at the gym, but American Idol is on tonight, and he has to answer comments on the new blog he just started. Is it surprising that his pants were a bit too tight this morning? Obesity in America is a huge problem, and it’s getting worse. Some recent statistics from the Center for Disease ...

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #13-Veteran’s Edition

Happy Saturday everyone. We got our first taste of winter last night, and it’s supposed to be colder tomorrow. It’s time, but I will miss the warm fall weather we’ve been having. This weekend, I’m very happy the election is over, and I’m incredibly grateful to all the men and women who serve or have served in our armed forces to make sure we continue to have the right to vote and express our opinions. Please take a moment to remember and thank them this upcoming Veteran’s Day. I was fortunate enough to blog swap with the lovely Pauline from Reach Financial Independence. Her guest post for his week was about Having a Cheap European Holiday and she shared my post about Caring for Your Eyes On Holiday: 5 Tips From  a Pro at Reach Financial Independence. (Pauline added the part about the pro!) Aso this week: Check out this giveaway Michelle at Making Sense of Cents is hosting with a bunch of other bloggers. You could win an iPad Mini! Funny search terms this week included: Can you incorporate many rentals and take out out a sep plan on the income-Holy crap, I have no idea, but that’s a lot of words. hate school ...

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