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what’s new in my bookstore?

January 14th, 2011 · special events

Here is my new bookstore mailing list schedule for 2011. On Tuesdays you will get news with an encouraging word and news of that weeks sales, each sale will last for 1 week. On Friday you will get one announcing that weeks freebie, yes I plan to have a freebie every week. But first let me tell you about my 2 newest books!

Creatively Simple- How to Make Homemade Tamales
Creatively Simple How to Make Homemade Tamales!
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How to Make Homemade Easy Mocha Cheesecake

How to Make Homemade Easy Mocha Cheesecake

This week it will be Creatively Simple how to Make Jalapeño Poppers. This are great!! Now you can learn to make them ever bit as good as the ones at your favorite restaurant. And you can make them mild if you like, free Friday.

Creatively Simple – How to Make Homemade Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño poppers are a wonderful treat and a great snack. We make them often as an appetizer. You can easily use other peppers such as banana peppers if you want something not as hot.

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pre planning for Holidays

November 10th, 2010 · get it in order, groceries

Now is the time to plan your Thanksgiving meal. If you need to purchase supplies it is better to have it planned out to take advantage of sales. Things like butter and eggs, and turkeys and potatoes and most other items needed will be on sale at  below normal prices for the next couple weeks.

It always pays to plan ahead 🙂

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reminder, first Sat of the month

October 2nd, 2010 · saving money

Just reminding everyone that the first Sunday of the month is half price day at Goodwill!

Great time to get those winter coats and coveralls, or maybe some neat antiques. Or 99 cent jeans.Or a lawn mower 🙂 .

More than once I have found great finds for lots less. Bread machines and blenders are cheap on these days too but be sure to plug it in first, they have places to do that.

Have fun.

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take advantage of the weather

September 30th, 2010 · creativity, saving money, utilities

Have you ever seen someone drive who was not paying for the gas? Their foot is constantly either on the gas or the brake. They never take advantage of the coasting ability.

Too many of us are just like that this time of year when it comes to the temperature. We turn the heat on at night and the AC on during the day. Especially when the weather is pretty nice it is better to coast a little.

We close the windows when the sun goes down and then we open them during the day as soon as the outside temp gets the same as the inside temp.

We made need to put on long sleeves in the evening or mornings but overall it is pretty nice. The fresh air is better for us and we probably save a couple hundred dollars a year by doing this.

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time or money?

September 29th, 2010 · creativity

Which is more valuable to you?

Take it into account when planning your spending. Some things like hanging clothes on the line and making bread from scratch can be great money savers but only if you have the time. In my opinion time is worth much more than money. But there are still times when I will go the more convenient more expensive route to have the time to so something important. It all matters what matters most to you.

Living our life with no regrets takes careful planning  🙂 .

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saving money on heating

September 29th, 2010 · 101 ways, Budget Wise, fuel, get it in order

So how do you heat  your house? Gas, electric or wood?

Have you figured how much per usage it costs you? Have you figured how much each of the various options would be? You can save an amazing amount of money simply by learning how to compare. We use wood heat. In the long run other ways may be easier but for us we have plenty of woods and the ability to cut it. Now is it economical? Not if you figure in the time to work it but it puts us in control of how much we spend so in the long run yes. I do not like having an open ended utility bill. If you end up having the heat on more you have to pay it at the end of the month and it often can be a big surprise. If we choose to use more heat we know we just work a little harder. Utility bills can easily put you in debt if you aren’t careful. Be the lender and not the borrower. There is peace there.

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making your own

September 28th, 2010 · creativity

I am currently finishing up an ebook an making gravy for my bookstore. Did you know I have a bookstore? Well I do, and I have all kinds of great ebooks that will save you money. You know the old saying, You can buy a man a meal or you can teach him how to fish. Or something like that. Anyway my ebooks will not teach you how to fish but they will teach you all kinds of ways to make your own. And that will save you tons of money.

It has been my experience that for the cost of one “out to eat” meal you could probably make 3 at home. If you know how. Knowledge in things you can do to serve your family is a worthwhile investment. Learning to to cook and sew can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

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who uses coupons???

September 27th, 2010 · creativity

I would love to hear how you use them in a way that really works. I have read blog upon blog about how someone got 12 boxes of cereal for only $20 instead of $40 but what I want to know is what are you going to do with that 12 boxes of cereal?

I tend to think of just about everything in terms of price per pound. When you do that cereal especially is very expensive. And so are a lot of other things that coupons are used for.

So let me know, how do YOU use coupons?

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Sunday Paper

September 23rd, 2010 · get it in order, groceries

I have been so busy lately that I haven’t opened the Sunday paper until Wednesdays. It is remnding me how important planning is. I find myself grabbing things when they are not on sale. Big no no!

Planing can save us so much money if we will pay attention. I don’t get the Sunday paper so much for the coupons as much as the ads. I find many times I can get a better deal than the on using the coupon. But when bananas are 39 cents a pound I stock up on bananas!

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almost fall, well maybe

September 15th, 2010 · get it in order

Around here we do a lot of things when going from one season to the next. As we approach fall we take inventory of the freezers. We will soon change out the seasonal clothing. We take inventory of fall and winter clothing. And we start thinking of firewood.

What changes will you make for the next season and are you already preparing?

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