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Hello Labor Day (or is it Goodbye Summer?)

This weekend is the unofficial end of summer in the form of Labor Day and hopefully a day off for many of us. I’m still laughing at myself for saying, “What happened to school starting after Labor Day? Back in my day…” Times have changed, and so have many traditions. Labor Day itself has changed a lot since it was first conceived.   A Little

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Back to School Already?

Back to School Already? Is it just me or did summer just start? Here we are, already thinking about sending the kids back to school. What happened to school starting the day after Labor Day? I can’t change it, so let’s start talking about how to get ready for it.   Be a Smart Shopper There is probably a list of supplies you have to

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Use a Travel Checklist to Save Time & Money

 I have been thinking a lot about traveling lately, possibly because I haven’t done much of it this year. One of my favorite lifestyle bloggers recently had her luggage lost halfway through a trip and she had to buy a few emergency replacement items in a tourist destination. It had to be expensive to do and she admitted she’d broken her cardinal rule of having

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Celebrating the 4th of July

Did you know that we actually celebrate the wrong date for our independence? The Continental Congress voted to separate from the British Empire on July 2nd, but the Declaration of Independence itself was signed two days later. I think that means we should celebrate both dates, don’t you agree?   Be Traditional From the very beginning, Americans have celebrated with picnics, fireworks, carnivals, and political

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7 Ways to Treat Yourself Even When Your Budget Says No

It’s summertime and the living is easy, or so they say. If you have been looking at your budget lately and wishing you could do something nice that is free or cheap, I have a few ideas. It is far easier to stick to a budget if you don’t feel like you are being deprived.   Cook Something Are you craving a fancy meal out?

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Summer Shopping Tips by Month

Are you ready for summer yet? I’m ready, but I’ve noticed that some of my stuff isn’t. This means I probably have some shopping in my future. To maximize my budget, I have done some research on the best times to buy various items.   The Retail Cycle I worked in retail for many years and was amazed at how consistent the cycle of sales

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Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day Activities Memorial Day weekend is a week away, and I’m sure lots of you already have activities planned. For those who don’t, or who need more to do, I have ideas to share. Why Do We Have a Memorial Day? Memorial Day is designated to remember our fallen military members. I often find that people get it confused with Veteran’s Day when we

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Summer Vacation Trips & Tips

It’s my favorite time of year! Spring is in full swing and that means summer is right around the corner. Like everyone else, I am dying to take a vacation this year, so I have been researching how to get the most vacation on my limited budget.   What Kind of Trip do You Want to Take? The way I see it, there are only

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4th of July Budget Barbecue Tips

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, then the Fourth of July must be the first official party weekend. And summer means barbecue season, so here are some budget tips to enjoy the holiday weekend.   Grilling, Am I Right? Outdoor summer fun starts with a meal cooked outside, so you’re going to need a grill. They are on sale now so that

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How to Heat-Proof Your Lawn & Garden

Summer is heating up, and spending time working in the yard is the last thing you probably want to do right now. It is possible to put a little work into your landscape now to keep it looking fresh all summer without a lot of money.   Pick the Right Plants The most important thing is to choose the right plants for your yard. Not

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