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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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Eating Well For Less - and Other Kitchen Charms 

The Death and Life of My Sourdough Starter

Sourdough bread was not a part of my childhood. My mother was a wonderful baker who created fluffy baking powder biscuits and delicious cookies every day – the house smelled like a pastry shop when we came home from school. But she rarely made bread. In the 60s, Wonder Bread was the star of the bread world. My mother was frugal yet trendy, and our school lunches started with white bread sandwiches cut into triangles and wrapped in crisp waxed paper. As an adult, I held my own in the kitchen, but never really…

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Eating Well For Less - and Other Kitchen Charms Groceries and Shopping 

Orangegate: the seductive world of oranges in cheap plastic clothing.

The grocery chain, Whole Foods, caused a rumbling today when one (or more) of its stores chose to offer peeled whole oranges in a plastic container. It seems petty – but nothing is petty in social media. The idea of naked oranges in see-through packaging made the public gasp in shock. Non-profits came out of the proverbial woodwork to denounce the practice. Twitter followers retweeted their concerns, and Facebook groups went wild. I have to admit, my first reaction to the picture of naked oranges in boxes made me wonder…

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No dishwasher? Handwash the right way.

I just finished washing a few dishes by hand, and started thinking about the long-standing argument over which is the thriftiest way to clean dishes. Is it hand washing or dishwasher? The Simple Dollar takes a look at the numbers, and says that the real cost is in the use of hot water.  But there are lots of variables. Do you wash and rinse in hot water? I do. Is your dishwasher an energy-saving model? Do you use the light wash or the heavy-duty wash cycle? The CS Monitor  and the Huffington…

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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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