10 Ways to Save on Your Next Trip to Hawaii

Last year, my then six-old daughter celebrated her 12th visit to Hawaii. However, to her, the Aloha State is more than just a top tourist destination, it’s also home to grandma, grandpa, and a huge network of aunts, uncles and cousins. I kid that she would have been marking trip number 20 if it weren’t so dang expensive to fly from Wisconsin to Hilo. Fortunately, once we land in the “Land of Aloha” we score free room and board. Bottom line: traveling to Hawaii is not cheap. However, there are ways you can save on your next vacation there provided … Continue reading

Saving Money At The Grocery Store

I am forever pinching pennies as a single Mom, sometimes I feel sorry for those poor little pennies! In our house it seems like the only thing we really have any control over is what we spend on food. I’m not good at clipping coupons, wait, I’m good at clipping them, just not remembering to use them. I used to be really organized when it came to couponing, not so much anymore, but I do have lots of hints on how to make it easier for those of us who are not professional couponers. 1. Look for coupon websites in … Continue reading

How to Use Coupons

You don’t have to practice Extreme Couponing in order to be frugal and save money with grocery coupons. But you do need to know the basics of using coupons to get the best deals, otherwise you may wind up spending more and saving less. Finding Coupons Before you can use coupons, you’ll need to find them first. There are several ways to obtain coupons. Start with the following two sources to get the best selection. The first most common source is the Sunday paper, where you will find Sunday insert coupons that you can clip. Get a subscription to your … Continue reading

Simple Things Work

Eucalyptus oil is one of those commodities no home should be without. Eucalyptus oil for me brings back memories of childhood. When I was a child, my mother put it on the pillow at night whenever I had a cold. She also put it on handkerchiefs. It’s something I did with our children when they were young too. All these years later I still use a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil on the pillow to help me breathe, when I have a cold or flu. It seems to clear the nose like nothing else does. The other way to … Continue reading

Choosing a Great Wedding Photographer Part 3

You’re getting closer to knowing all the little things that are important in choosing a great wedding photographer. There are just a few more things I think are important, that I wanted to share. When you’re looking at a photographer’s portfolio, notice what they do in correcting and finishing their photos. Do they have a tendency to make everything softer, change the hue, or do something that you don’t necessarily want in your photos? In looking at my photographer’s work, I noticed that she took great photos in certain places—such as places with strong architectural backgrounds and simple surroundings. This … Continue reading

Looking for Freebies and Deals

Pregnancy presents a unique opportunity to collect quite a few freebies. There are tons of companies out there that want your future business, and they are ready to hand over the goods to get it. Often the mail that results from signing up for these offers is the kind you want: samples, coupons and special offers. Your doctor’s office and hospital will likely give you items like free diaper bags, changing pads, planners and totes that are provided by formula companies. Even if you don’t plan on using formula, these “gifts” still come in handy. If you do plan on … Continue reading

The Move to Technology

Technology is a good thing. Airplanes fly, e-mail doesn’t require a stamp, and finding information doesn’t require a trip to the library (or even the bookshelf) because of the internet and the computer. In education the move to technology has also brought many improvements and benefits to older ways of doing things (I would not have completed a masters thesis if not for the modern word processor as a typewriter would have driven me mad). There are downsides to technology though. Oftentimes digital presentation software will replace the skill of speaking (both for teacher lectures and student presentations). When I … Continue reading

Sears Coupons

We had a major snowstorm here with more than a foot of snow coming in from late Friday night and all through Saturday. It took a while of shoveling and snow blowing for two days before being able to get the car on the road for church. We decided to do a little bit of shopping in the afternoon. We didn’t do too much, because we knew the roads would ice up once the temperature dropped back down in the evening. So, with that in mind, we basically hit two stores: Sears and Toys R Us. One thing that I … Continue reading

Confessions of a Foodie Mom: ‘Tis the Season

No doubt about it, December is Foodie Season! This is the season where there are so many good foods around to try, including some that are often only served this time of year. For a Foodie who loves trying new foods and is also emotionally attached to serving ALL of the old ones, it’s going to be a challenging month for weight loss. It doesn’t help that the season is so busy. I’m juggling gift lists, ingredient lists, cookie exchange servings, contributions to various potlucks, and more. The last thing I want to do is list what I’m eating, or … Continue reading

More Ways to Cut Your Grocery Food Bill

In my previous post, listed four top ways to cut your grocery food bill. But did you know that there are even more ways to do this. Practice all of the strategies, and you will really slash your bill. here are some more ways to save money on groceries. 5. Practice meal planning. I have to admit that I am not the greatest meal planner in the world, but I do make some meal planning concession. By planning out your meals, you can take advantage of groceries that cost less for that particular week. I’ll give you a recent example. … Continue reading