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I just returned to the workforce after being a stay at home mom for 12 years.  We have 5 now grown daughters.

We farm-cows, horses, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits....and garden. I can and freeze what we grow.  I sew, cook and bake, from scratch, buy in bulk and on sale.  I trade, barter, recycle, reuse, don't throw it out till its wore out. 

I am a firefighter/EMT part time and work for NASCAR on the fire and rescue team

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Curtain Rod For Hanging Christmas Stockings - several Christmas stockings hanging on a curtain rod beneath the fireplace mantel

Curtain Rod For Hanging Christmas StockingsI use a curtain rod to hang the Christmas stockings from the fireplace mantel. It will handle more weight then the stocking holders do and its easy to slide the stockings to the side when we light a fire.


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Phone Service Wherever You Have Wi-FiIf you have internet service anywhere, then you also have phone service. Find the telephone receiver icon on the Gmail email home page. Hit that icon, then dial the number.


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Create a Work Club for Household ChoresI am in the process of starting a "work club" in my location. I belonged to one where I used to live and miss it greatly.


Successful Vacation Tips

Successful Vacation TipsDon't "advertise" your trip before or during on Facebook, Twitter or other social media. This includes posting photos while on your trip. Wait until you return home to announce you just returned and post of your adventures. Many home burglaries are the result of people who watch for people to announce their schedules online.


An LED lightbulb on a bed of leaves.

Save Electricity with LED BulbsDid you know that by using LED light bulbs instead of regular light bulbs, you can lower your lighting bill by 75%? Also lighting is about 12% of your electric bill (the rest is AC, heat, and appliances).


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Don't Take Free Items Beyond What You NeedPlease don't take free items just because you are too cheap. As a result, items that had been free we now have to pay for. Here are just a few examples.


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Funeral Savings And Other TidbitsSadly, our family has experienced several funerals this past year. The first one caught us off guard. We found out a bit too late that we had over paid, big time. I am going to share with you some things we learned, in hopes that it will prevent others from over paying.


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Spending Money to Save MoneyMy husband spent extra when he bought my new vacuum cleaner to get a bagless. It is now well over a year old, and I have probably saved at least $30 on not having to buy bags. That was the price I spent buying the HEPA filter bags from my old vacuum.


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Selling Items on CraigslistMany people are now selling on Craigslist and on Facebook swap sites. I can't get over how many of the photo ads show the item for sale covered in dust and in a filthy setting.


Budgeting to Feed a Crowd

Budgeting to Feed a CrowdA friend of mine had heard we are having our family dinner for Thanksgiving at my house and made the comment that she could never afford to feed so many people. I told her it was easy on the budget, if you plan ahead.


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Help Your Cell Phone Return HomeMy young teens share a phone, so when they have events that my husband and I are not always at, they can call us if need be. Needless to say, it gets left or lost at times, each kid thinks another has it.


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Rope Lights Show the WayMy husband and I just got a new bed and it is slightly bigger, just enough for me to run into it during my middle of the night bathroom trip. A night light in the bedroom keeps my husband awake. So, my solution was to get a string of the LED rope lights in a soft white color.


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Never Too Late to Continue Your EducationI spent a good part of my life working a job I did not enjoy. I did enjoy it when I was hired, but the duty I did was phased out to contractors. By that time, I had 20 years in and needed 30 to retire, so I did another 10 years and stuck it out.


My Frugal Life: Shopping WiselyOnce again today, I scored at the thrift store. Last week, I did very well at Aldi. My family is considered "upper middle class" and yes, we shop at such stores.


Hints for Holiday Visitors

Preparing for Holiday VisitorsWith the onset of the holiday season, many of us find we may have some occasional unexpected company. There are several items that we can keep on hand, and things to do to make such visits more pleasant.


Family Recipes for a Great Gift

Family Recipes for a Great GiftI like to gather favorite family recipes and type them up in Word on my computer. I then print them off and place in clear plastic page protector sheets and put them into a 3 ring binder.


Refrigerator Care and Cleaning Tips

Refrigerator Care and Cleaning TipsNext time you scrub out your refrigerator, scrub it with baking soda added to your water. It gives it a clean fresh smell. Then, remove the lid of the baking soda box and place it in the back to absorb odors.


A man with a cold.

Avoiding the Cold and FluConsider the amount of money spent in buying over the counter relief products, money spent at the doctors office, fuel spent going to the doctor and pharmacy, and any loss wages due to being sick in bed, and you will see that the cold or flu can take a bite out of your budget.


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