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Leftover Turkey Recipe

If you were celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday or fighting the crowd for black Friday today, I don’t know if you can handle a dose of personal finance, so I’ll share a recipe for what to do with leftover turkey.  I know you have all wanted to make extra use out of a turkey carcass. This recipe swears you will be begging others for their carcasses as well. If that doesn’t get you committed, you might be able to rack up on this recipe. Leftover Turkey Soup Ingredients: 1 Leftover cooked turkey carcass (I bet you could also use chicken to vary your poultry) 3 Medium onions, chopped 2 Large carrots, diced 2 Celery ribs, diced 1 Cup butter 1 Cup all purpose flour 2 Cups half and half cream 1 Cup uncooked long grain rice 2 Teaspoons salt 1 Teaspoon chicken bouillon granules 3/4 Teaspoon pepper Directions: 1)Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for one hour. Remove carcass. Cool. 2)Set aside three quarts of broth. Remove turkey from bones in bite sized pieces. Set aside. 3)Saute onions, carrots, and celery in butter until tender. Reduce heat. Stir in flour until blended. ...

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Charitable Giving: Your Time Is As Valuable As Money

Donating your time to charity

I think I first paid attention to the power of charitable giving when I was in junior high school. My mom’s best friend was battling cancer, and they got involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event. When you put a bunch of Southern women on a project, you can bet you will see results. Our tiny little town with a population of 3,000 raised over $100,000 for cancer research. Although, there is still no universal cure for cancer, seeing those numbers and the pride those ladies took in raising that money really took hold. Since then, I have been involved with some charities that deserve as much attention as a Best Buy ad the day after Thanksgiving.  The best thing about my favorite charity experiences is that my time was as valuable as my money. If you are trying to get out of debt, save money, or just keep you head above water, you certainly can give of yourself without spending a penny. Big Brothers/Big Sisters My first real charity work without family involvement began with Big Brothers/Big Sisters when I was in college. I certainly had no excess money to donate. My time was about all I had other than my ...

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How Do You Prepare A Budget With Irregular Income?

Today I’m terribly excited to be doing  a blog swap with John from Frugal Rules. Don’t miss my post about being an advocate for your own health care over at his site, AND you still have time to enter the giveaway for $100. Call me a nerd, but I love to budget! Budgeting can be an easy exercise when you know what your income is going to be from month to month. But, alas, not all people know what their paycheck will look like each time. This can be a common situation given the number of people in sales careers who depend heavily on commissions to make up the majority of their take-home pay. You could also be like me and be self-employed and have fluctuations in your monthly income. Either of these situations can make living by a budget difficult, but not impossible. So, please don’t allow the situation of irregular income be an excuse for you not to live with a budget. I’ve been able to live with a budget and not know what my monthly income will be for several years and with a few tips you can too. Know What Your Expenses Are The most vital thing to ...

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #14-Happy Thanksgiving

We are trying to get ready to make the 6 hour drive to see my husband’s family for Thanksgiving. It looks like the weather will be nice for our travels. I guess the good thing about traveling is that you’re off the hook for cooking. I am really looking forward to a little break. There is tons to say today, so I’ll get right to it. I have had so many breakthroughs since I started blogging. It’s kind of like I was close, but couldn’t really make that last step. I am proud to say that Jake from I Heart Budgets has been generous enough to put our numbers into a Flippin’ Sweet budget. I can cross that off my list. I’ll probably do a whole post about it, but for those of you are nosy curious about our income/expenses, it’s all in black and white for the world to see. Terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. There seem to be a truckload of giveaways right now, including the one I’m co-hosting for $100. Mandy is giving away the coolest handmade necklace with a great background story. Also, you can still Enter Jason’s or Michelle’s giveaways for a mini iPad! Not ...

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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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