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7 Frugal Ways to Keep the Kids Happy During the Holidays

The kids are out of school for the holidays. How do you keep them busy, without breaking the budget? Here are some ways to make the vacation special: Make Ooblek Ooblek is a cornstarch and water mixture. It is “non-newtonian,” meaning the stuff acts like a fluid when it is poured, but is acts like a solid when touched. Weird, huh? But kids love the stuff. It can be picked up, but then it oozes from their hands. It is easily washed off, a big plus for parents. Why the…

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Waste Not – Consumers Accept Discarded Ingredients in Retail Food.

One standard dinner menu in our house is “Clean Out the Fridge Night.” That means that any leftovers or discarded ingredients – that spoonful of mashed potatoes, a serving of soup, one leftover hamburger – is pulled out and either magically turned into a new and improved food or eaten out of the container in which it was found. Everything is fair game to become part of the meal. Waste not, want not. Food Toss But across the country, a large percentage of the food we produce is never eaten.…

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Say No To Budget Bullies

School yard bullies intimidate you, embarrass you, or force you to act in a way you wouldn’t choose. But when you first begin your journey to financial freedom, you might find yourself being the target of a budget bully. The dialogue might sound like this: “Let’s go out for lunch.” “No thanks, I’ll pass. I’m on a budget, so I can save for a house.” “Really? You know, you need 20% down to buy a house. That’s a lot of money. It’s going to take you a long time to…

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Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

Mom used to make a big pot of ham and beans in the winter. Dad loved it, and so did my sister. But I just couldn’t bring myself to eat more than the obligatory spoonful that answered Mom’s “just try a little” request. Blech. But can black beans help my budget? Last year, Cash Crone had a food budget challenge – to use up, make do, and save on groceries. I budgeted for one and one half people last year, as Bill Spaid and I lived in separate households. But…

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How to Save Money on Holiday Gift Wrapping

I don’t enjoy wrapping gifts. My corners are rarely crisp and clean, the tape and ribbons have minds of their own, and there is always a hunt for the right sized box. But I really detest the results of that wrapping event. The paper, ribbons, bags, and boxes end up in a tangled mess in the garbage can. Here are a few ways to make that gift-wrapping budget-friendly – and maybe more fun: Recycle and Upcycle Well of course you are collecting that gift wrap, patiently smoothing out its creases…

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