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Dec 22nd


(Style on a Dime) Finding treasures at the Pawn shop

(Style on a Dime) Finding treasures at the Pawn shopIn an effort to expose our three children to various types of experiences while helping them to discover their God-given gifts and abilities, my husband and I encourage their participation in various extracurricular activities (just not all at the same time).  The general rule of thumb for this extracurricular fun is that the child must complete the activity season or at least stick with it until the end of the school year (or until mama says otherwise).

(Style on a Dime) The road to financial freedom

(Style on a Dime) The road to financial freedomA few days ago, while changing my bedding, I discovered a book underneath my bed on the topic of financial freedom.  The author was Dave Ramsey and my mind immediately went back to a time, about eight years earlier, when my husband and I began taking steps toward financial soundness.  While living in Huntsville, AL we learned of this man who hosted a call-in radio show about money management .

(Style on a Dime) Do your homework now-Save big later!

(Style on a Dime) Do your homework now-Save big later!I can already hear you complaining: “Don’t ruin our last few days of summer vacation by talking about the h-word!”  I’m sorry, but we must to talk homework for a minute.  You know my focus is always to share with my readers how to save, save, save.  Well saving money is not the primary focus today, but trust me, we’ll get to that.

(Style on a Dime) School’s in session soon, get ready

(Style on a Dime) School’s in session soon, get readyMy daughter Alanna came rushing down the stairs and greeted me with a wide smile, “Mom, I am so excited!  I want to show you what I did to my room!”  Being well acquainted with my daughter’s ways, I knew she had made some improvements of which she was proud.   She continued, “I have organized my closet, taken out everything that doesn’t fit, and now I have a big bag of stuff that that is ready to be donated to Goodwill.”

(Style on a Dime) Getting your money's worth… every time

Being a frequent (bargain) shopper, there is one thing that I feel quite strongly about- good customer service.  While I understand that all of my bargain hot-spots won’t yield the same level of  service (think Macy’s vs. Goodwill),  when I am patronizing a reputable establishment, I expect to be treated in a befitting manner.  That’s why I was so outdone after an overnight stay at the Doubletree in downtown Minneapolis.

(Style on a Dime) Shoppers gone wild

Did I ever tell you about my Aunt Lydia (not her real name)? She’s my favorite aunt and we spent a lot of time together when I was growing up. We developed a special bond and having no children of her own, I held (and still hold) an extra special place in her heart. In general, my aunt is very kind-she’s the one all the nieces and nephews (as well as friends) count on for very generous and thoughtful gifts for birthdays, graduations, and weddings.

(Style on a Dime) Stretch paychecks by using proper care to extend life of clothing and gear

(Style on a Dime) Stretch paychecks by using proper care to extend life of clothing and gearLike nearly all Americans, you have probably been feeling the squeeze of the economic slowdown. Although some experts say that recovery is on the way, if you are like most, you might be asking, “Are we there yet?” As a result, you are still on the lookout for new ways to make your paycheck last longer. Here is another cost-cutting idea that you may have not yet considered. By using a few simple tips and a little extra attention, you can prolong the life of your family’s wardrobe and keep more cash in your wallet. Let’s get started!
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