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You can have fun this fall without spending a dime – hunt for leaf goblins!

Woooooo – Fall is Here! This morning I went hunting for goblins. It is a tradition for my sons and I. We look for elusive little faces in the fallen leaves, search for eyes and profiles and comical looks among the scattered bits of color. Yes, those perfect, colorful leaves of red, yellow, and orange are the dreams of some. But most often we bag the best goblins among the crisp brown leaves that few acknowledge. For subscribers who may not receive the post pictures in the mailing, click on to…

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Have a great holiday season – and still stay on budget

Holidays can sabotage a budget. When I was a young single mother with two small sons, I came home after work one evening a few days before Christmas to find that someone had broken into my home. The burglars lifted a patio door off its track and entered the house, taking anything of value. It didn’t amount to much, since I lived in a rental and barely made enough to keep food on the table some weeks. But the burglars took the microwave, earrings, a roll of postage stamps, the thawing…

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Don’t Go Sour on Saving – National Pickle Day

Pucker up! It’s National Pickle Day! That little fruit (yep, it is officially a fruit) that sits quietly in the jar in your refrigerator is a legend. Cleopatra allegedly crunched them. Amerigo Vespucci peddled them. Elvis fried them. A Dutchman named William Beukelz gets the credit for the name “pickle,” although it seems he pickled fish and not cucumbers. But who are we to question? Shakespeare did it for us, writing in The Tempest, ” How camest thou in this pickle?” According to Pickle Packers Intl. Inc., Americans are crazy about pickles,…

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Halloween spending – are you treating yourself or tricking your budget?

  It’s Halloween! Or is it? If you look in the stores, you’ll find a variety of holiday themed products – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and on, and on, and on. Marketing trends don’t allow us to focus on the present holiday. We are asked to forget about today’s joys and only want for something else. A friend calls this part of the year “Hallothanksmas,” because the holidays all seem to drift together into one ugly ball of spending chaos. It is important to remember the “now” of our lives;…

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