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There are so many different ways to save money these days, and just five minutes can save you a bundle off your grocery bill. If there’s only ONE THING you do before you head to the supermarket, it should be checking your list and searching to see if there are coupons available for the items you plan on purchasing!!! Just this one little step can save you 30%, 40%, 50% OR MORE on your grocery bill!! Now that Tim and I are empty nesters, I don’t purchase nearly the amount of groceries I used to, but I ALWAYS check for coupons on those products I know I am going to buy, and it pays off. I ALWAYS save at least 50%-70% using coupons. I ALWAYS print the high value coupons right away, before they disappear, and save them for an upcoming deal. With two puppies of my own, two foster moms and six foster puppies, you can only imagine how excited I was to see Purina – Dog Food 4lb Bag $0.99 at Target with Coupon!! I was glad I printed that coupon when I saw it, because it sure hit it’s limit and disappeared quick!! [Read more…]
Do you love finding deals? Would you even think of buying something without a coupon or coupon code? Do you wish you had a place to share amazing deals you come across and earn a little extra something at the same time? Check out Dealspotr!! Dealspotr is an awesome community that allows you to do just that!! It’s a newsfeed for deals!! Follow stores and people that appeal to you. The next time you’re looking for a great deal check Dealspotr first, where you can earn rewards for contributing!! If you find an amazing deal add it and earn points that can be redeemed for FREE gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon!! For every 10,000 points you earn, you get a $10 Amazon card. You can redeem them right away or stockpile them for the holidays or another special occasion!! You don’t have to be a blogger to get paid to spot deals ~ ANYONE can create a Dealspotr account and earn free rewards!! [Read more…]
We can’t prepare for every aspect of the future. You never know what will come next to shake things up for your family. Regardless of whatever troubles, however, there is one element you can prepare well in advance. Your finances. They’re not the answer to everything. However, when they are the answer, you’ll smack yourself for not having them prepared. We’re going to take a look at how to avoid that future.
Helping the kids
When we think of the future and finances, the kids are always the first things that come to mind. We want to make sure that we provide for them. That we help them. One way we can do that is by lessening the load that student debt brings. Saving for further education early can be a huge help to your kids. Even if they don’t go to college, they can use it to secure a business loan.
Earning money while you sleep is a top ambition for many people these days. There are thousands of fully and semi-automated business ideas you could select. It all comes down to your skills and areas of experience. With that in mind, you should take a look at some of the suggestions below. I’ve selected the most popular ways of achieving your sleep-earning goals. Of course, you don’t have to opt for anything mentioned here. I’m just trying to show you the possibilities and opportunities out there today. It’s up to you if you choose to put this advice into practice.
Launch a blog or website
It’s possible to earn a passive income online by starting a new blog or website. The concept doesn’t matter too much – you just need to attract a lot of views. So, maybe you’d like to consider something similar to the site you’re using now? Lots of people like to read news and tips, and they often bookmark interesting pages. Alternatively, you could write about any subject for which you have expertise. You then have to open a Google Adsense account and add some advertising banners. With a bit of luck, you’ll receive many views while you’re asleep, and you’ll make a fortune.
Write a book or create a product
If you have a product to sell, it’s much easier to create profit 24/7. These days, it’s possible for anyone to self-publish a book using services like Createspace. Lightning Source also provides useful services in that industry. You can then arrange for it to display within Amazon product listings. Indeed, you could push the publication towards any major booksellers in the world. Hopefully, you will build an audience, and people will continue to buy items in the future. Time zone differences should mean you make money while you’re in bed.
Make careful investments
I often find that investments are the best way to earn without working too hard. However, you need to make sure you’re making the right decisions. For that reason, it’s vital that you employ legal help or a broker. There is always an element of risk involved when you try to navigate the stock market. Even so, thousands of people make a healthy profit every year. So, it’s more than possible to increase your earnings when you’re tucked under the covers. You just need to find the right team to assist with the process until you gain some confidence. Always read reviews before selecting a broker because some are better than others.
You should now have a couple of positive earning ideas. It’s sensible to research each of them further before selecting the most appropriate. Of course, it all comes down to how much time and money you have at your disposal. Building a website or blog is the cheapest and easiest method we’ve mentioned today. However, you can always create a higher income from investments. So, the final decisions are down to you. Just make sure you seek advice and read as much as possible. The last thing you want is to spend your money and end up in a worse situation.
Yes, being busy at home isn’t an excuse not to pursue advanced education. You are busy – but
so are other people around you. So is your husband. So is your mother-in- law. So is your
neighbor’s sister’s friend. All of us make daily choices, and we try our best to make the time for
what’s really important to us.
The concept might sound a bit, well, nuts, but if you ever wanted it, you should know that it’s
not as far-fetched as it seems. Courses available online for us mothers include (among others)
diploma of counselling, finance, business, education, and other foundational skills. So really, the
only hindrance you’ll have is within your own mind. [Read more…]
Tim eats quick bread every single morning before he leaves for work at 5:30, and I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit so he doesn’t end up eating the same thing every single day. He absolutely loves my Cinnamon Sugar Bubble Bread and doesn’t seem to mind eating it every day, but after 27 years of marriage I try to spice things up every now and then!!
Tim loves spice cake and orange cake, so when I found a recipe for Allspice Orange Nut Bread on food.com, I had to try it!! [Read more…]
I thought my girls grew fast….the puppies aren’t any different!! I can’t believe how fast their first two weeks went!! During their first two weeks of life, there really isn’t much care required from me. Their mother’s maternal instincts kicked in, and Polly and Fergie are both wonderful moms. They’re very attentive to the babies needs, and are constantly feeding, cleaning and snuggling with them. I try to keep the moms happy, give them extra calcium on a daily basis, monitor everyone and everything, and take a bunch of pictures!!
Around 10 days of age the babies eyes started opening as well as their little ears. I notice their ears are standing up a bit more now. They’re still in their whelping boxes to keep them safe, but I notice they’re a lot more active, move around a lot, and make lots of noises ~ some of which are starting to resemble little barks!
Fergie had 1 boy and 2 girls on Easter. Their names are Fritz (boy), Farrah and Fallon!!
Polly had 3 girls two days after Easter. Their names are Penelope, Petunia and Primrose!!
I’m super excited for them to get better at walking and start playing a little. They’re starting to look more and more like little puppies with each passing day!!
Chloe and Zoey are still very curious yet cautious around both litters, and really want the new babies to play with them.
All in all, the first two weeks haven’t required much puppy care on my part. I’ve mostly just shown them a ton of love and taken a ton of pictures. I can’t wait to see what next week brings!!
One of my favorite things at Starbuck’s, is also one of their most popular menu items ~ their Lemon Loaf. The only thing I don’t like about it is the price!! Tim loves quick bread in the morning, and I tried a few different recipes then I stumbled upon this recipe by letthebakingbeginblog. It is PERFECT!! Needless to say, I won’t be searching for copycat Lemon Loaf recipes anymore!!
The loaf is super moist and delicious, and both the aroma and taste of the bread is light and refreshing. It has more than a hint of lemon, but it’s not overpowering or bitter. It’s easy to make ~ it took me less than 10 minutes to whip it up. Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!!
- 1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
- 5.1 ounce instant or cook and serve Lemon pudding mix (or vanilla pudding + 2 tsp lemon emulsion)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 5 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
- 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. lemon extract or lemon emulsion
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two loaf pans with foil and spray with non stick spray, or butter & flour the pans.
- 2. Combine all of the WET ingredients and whisk until well combined.
- 3. Place all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add approximately 1 cup of the wet ingredients and beat with a mixer on low speed for about 15 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on low speed for another 15-20 seconds. DO NOT OVER BEAT OR YOUR CAKE WILL DEFLATE.
- 4. Divide batter evenly between two loaf pans.
- 5. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown in color or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- 6. Remove from oven and let rest in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- 1. Beat butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon extract/emulsion until smooth and supple.
- 2. Spread evenly on top of both cakes.
- 3. Allow the glaze to harden before slicing.
- It's even better the day AFTER you make it!!