Posts Tagged ‘ Home Goes Strong ’

Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

May 4, 2012
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Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Saturday is May 5th or Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday that celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in 1862. It has evolved into a huge food-related holiday here in the United States. Even if you don’t have a drop of Mexican blood in your family, it’s fun to use the 5th of May as a reason to indulge in the food of our neighbor to the south. Recently, I’ve written some stories for Home Goes Strong that highlight various Cinco de Mayo recipes, and I’ve included links below–in case you’re looking for inspiration on how to spice up your...

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Crock-Pot Round Up

October 5, 2011
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Crock-Pot Round Up

Each October  Stephanie O’Dea over at A Year of Slow Cooking declares it to be “Crocktober.” I figured in the spirit of Crocktober that I would revisit some of my earlier posts on how I’ve used my Crock-Pot or slow cooker to cook for my family on a budget. My slow cooker was especially important when I was cooking without a kitchen during our home renovation. (Here is a link to a Home Goes Strong story I wrote on newfangled Crock-Pot products.) Here are some of my favorite Crock-Pot recipes–many of which I still have in heavy rotation! French...

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Hurricane Preparedness and Your Smartphone

August 26, 2011
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Earlier this week I posted about home and safety preparations for those in Hurricane Irene’s path–or any hurricane for that matter. What I didn’t cover was how you should plan to use your mobile phones to help you get through the storm. I got this idea after financial services provider USAA sent me a tip sheet on making sure mobile phones and smartphones are ready for the storm–and how they can be an aide during it. Getting the Most from Your Mobile Device Before, During and After a Storm Extreme weather can disrupt communication channels, making mobile devices essential...

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Frugal Pet Ownership

July 11, 2011
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Frugal Pet Ownership

Over on my paid blogging gig at Home Goes Strong, I wrote about ways to save money on pet care. I figured it was a topic that most of Suddenly Frugal’s readers would enjoy, especially if they have pets. This article was based on a recent Consumer Reports survey about pet ownership and how those surveyed save money on everything from dog food to vet visits. Here are some of the things I learned: Don’t buy fancy pet food. Just like premium gas there is no tangible proof that premium pet food is any better for your dog, cat,...

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Top 10 Garden Pests

May 23, 2011
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Top 10 Garden Pests

For Mother’s Day my husband and kids got me a strawberry planter so that I could have a container garden for growing strawberries at home. As you can see from the picture here, I’ve got two red strawberries growing. I’d better get out to my front step (where I’ve placed the container, because it’s the sunniest spot in my yard–you know, when the sun is actually shining), and pick those delicious-looking berries before the squirrels get to them. Turns out that squirrels in search of hydration will often snatch berries from the vine, not because they like strawberries but...

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Organizing Your Home Office

February 15, 2011
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I’ve been writing a lot lately about getting home office clutter under control. Maybe it’s still part of my thinking about New Year’s Resolutions or the fact that so many of my friends have been posting on Facebook about getting their own home offices back into fighting shape. For Home Goes Strong, my paid blog, I provided tips on neatening your home office. In another Home Goes Strong post, I espoused on the importance of owning a shredder. (If you’ve ever wondered about creative ways to reuse shredded paper, check out this long-ago blog post on just that topic.)...

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10 Best Buys for February

February 9, 2011
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Think you can get a great deal on flowers in February? Think again. Roses are the most expensive flower in February–especially with Valentine’s Day coming up. However, you can often find great deals on chocolate in February, even with Valentine’s Day on the horizon. Go figure. Over on Home Goes Strong, the NBC Universal website that I blog for daily, I did a slideshow last week on the best buys in February. I figured the Suddenly Frugal readers would appreciate knowing what is and isn’t a great deal this month. So here’s a quick recap of the 10 things...

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Best Buys in December

December 1, 2010
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Best Buys in December

Check out my recent Home Goes Strong story on best buys in December. This story may provide some helpful tips if you’ve still got some holiday shopping to do–or you’re in the market for something nice for yourself. Also, Bargain Babe did a nice little review of my new book Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In. You might also enjoy (Note: Some offers may have expired)Busch Gardens Christmas Deal

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