Learn to coupon like the pros!

‘Extreme Couponing’ might not be for everyone, but couponing sure helps me to keep a healthy bank account. I use to think that couponing was for little old ladies until I saw ‘Extreme Couponing’ on TLC. I was amazed at how much stuff people were getting for next to nothing! I wanted in.

The only problem that I faced at the time was that I didn’t know where to start. It was intimidating to say the least. Had I known all the little “secrets” when I started out it, would have been a much easier process.  Lucky for you, you get to benefit from some of the tricks of the trade I’ve leaned over the past months.

Tip #1 Some people say, “Get money,” I say, “Get coupons.”

You can’t coupon shop if you don’t have coupons. These things are like money, but much easier to get. Matter of fact, you get many of them absolutely free. Some people even throw them away! Coupons are truly a case of ‘what is someone else trash is another person’s treasure’.

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Little Miss Strawberry Shortcake

Childhood Memories May Be Tied to Your Purpose!

exps2407_c2013c51bWhen I was growing up, I would read huge books, write novels, and make up characters, and act them out. In the fourth grade, I was tested and determined to have a 12th grade reading level. I was placed in gifted classes, and went to Montessori school at one point. I would create board games from scratch, put together detailed ‘school plans’ and stay up for hours into the night, making fake school lessons. I even would spend time replicating each page dozens of times, because I had no copier.

It pleased me to see people take something I had put together and learn something. I spent lots of time alone and to me it made no sense.  I loved to tell long stories and hear long stories. People would get aggravated with my endless questions “and then what happened? And how did you look while you said that to her? What was her response?” I loved to paint mental pictures. I spent a lot of time alone in isolation, but it gave me time to develop my imagination.

I constantly read books and among my favorite was Helen Keller, and usually other stories of people who had difficult upbringing and overcame the odds. I loved Strawberry Shortcake. I owned everything from her clothing to every toy that came out to the point where my Grandmother called me ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ sometimes, Pippi Longstocking, and Annie.  These were all examples to me of independent children who lived on their own and were happy and thrived.

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5 Fundamental tips to starting an online business

The number of emails and phone calls I get from people for starting an online business is seriously overwhelming.

However unfortunately the more and more I listen and give advice the more I notice a trend in the failings of the fundamentals and basics. These failings are not just online trading but the fundamentals and basics of business in general.

Now I have been online since 1997, I saw the birth of Google when the search giant hit the scene and was an early adopter of Facebook, digg, delicious and masses of web 2.0 sites; hey I even have twitter names like @opportunity among my collection.

I have been able to gather a wealth of education and experience of content and marketing online, had my fair share of successes and definitely enough failings to make an average individuals head spin.

5 fundamental Practices to make a note of:

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5 Strategies To Make Best Use Of Your Time


date_time_preferencesI never seem to get enough of time. If I had thirty hours in a day, I still feel I won’t be able to get enough time. This was one of the major reasons my financial planning and budgetingslipped. End result was an overdraft I was going to clear ’someday’.

Something will always come up and you will end up wanting extra time. The problem is time is fixed and there is no way to ‘manage’ it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

The real art is to manage your use of the time available to you. Every choice you make affects how much time you have to achieve your success goals. The real question is ‘How do you maximize your use of your time?’ Consider the following strategies for managing yourself:

Each day make a schedule of five actions you must finish the next day. Completely review the list. You will see portions of your day are busier than others. Now re-distribute your actions evenly through the day.


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50 Reasons Why I Haven’t Been “Able” to Lose Weight:

mom-44I have no motivation. “Who am I trying to impress?”
There are Corn Nuts in the house.
I love food. Simple.
There’s at least 35 fast food joints within a 1 mile radius.
I don’t eat during the day because I can’t remember.
After not eating all day (body in starvation mode) I gorge myself in the evening. Body. Stores. The. Fat
It’s too hard, wah wah wah!
I don’t like sweating.
My kids never eat all their food, so I have to eat what they leave. “Waste not, want not!”
There are Toaster Strudels in the house.
Exercise makes me tired. Wah wah WAH!

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How To Lower Your Monthly Bills

Living frugally was not an easy thing for me to do at first, but now I think it is the best decision that I have every made. I am always trying to think of new ways to save money. So this time I decided to see if I could get my monthly bills lowered such as cable, cell phone, alarm system, and energy bill.

So, I started with my cell phone company to see if there was anyway that I could get my rate lowered or get some extra bonus minutes. This took several hours and repeat phone calls, but in the end it worked out in my favor. I told the customer service representative that I could no longer afford to pay over $65.00 a month for my service (mind you that my contract is set to expire next month) and in order to continue with the service I needed a discount because the prepaid plans are so much cheaper with the same features. After haggling back and forth and threatening to cancel my service she finally gave me a 20% discount with extra minutes.

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Trash TV pushes the raunchiness envelope

Have you noticed how TV’s standards for nudity and general raunchiness are being relaxed in the worst sorts of ways? For instance, ads for the “Girls Gone Wild” videos show sexually explicit acts with computer-graphic “modesty” squares over the crucial spots—the promise being that your purchased copy will have the same scenes but without those annoying squares.

The commercials themselves are still fairly titillating, as the tiny modesty graphics provide about as much coverage as the trampiest of bikinis.

On the other hand, prime-time shows, even ones like “Desperate Housewives”—one of the most lecherous, dirty-old-man-friendly TV shows ever—cannot even show patched-over nude parts, let alone actual nudity (imagine the ratings if they could). Meanwhile, trash like GGW ads are pushing the outside of the envelope.

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Do you sample other’s foods? and other pointless questions

1. Do you watch what you eat or do you eat what you want? 

A combination of both of these things, I have an extremely sensitive stomach, so there’s a lot I try to avoid. Keeping that in mind, I pretty much eat what I want within certain parameters, and I do try to watch how much of it I eat. So, both.

2. Do you sample other’s foods?

3. What are your personal staples (i.e. food you keep around all the time)?
Can this include staple drinks, too? Red wine, pellegrino sparkling water, drunken goat cheese & crackers, special K with red berries, salads with grilled chicken, crystal light decaf ice tea, dunkin donuts ice coffee, and bananas.

4. What foods do you eat that you know you should not?
Anything dairy (see above, cheese), anything involving cheese! I love it, it kills my stomach, but I eat it anyway.

5. What foods do you absolutely hate!
Peas, steak, ham, pretty much any kind of red meat. I think that’s it. I’m not a picky eater, but there are a handful of foods I just absolutely detest.

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Counterbalancing Chronic Stress

I have been having a rough week. My minor ankle injury has not only contributed to my already steady stream of small stress sources, but it’s taken away from my chronic stress relieving habit – physical activity.

Everyone I know falls victim to at least some degree of chronic stress. Most people don’t wake up in the morning as joyful as my puppies, bouncing around like ping pong balls, licking everything in sight, only worried about whether or not it’s time to go for their daily woods walk. Instead, we wake up and immediately start tending to our internal chore chart… pee, coffee, email, mentally preparing ourselves for our barrage of tasks at hand (I try to get my GED via online GED lessons), and physically readying ourselves for another work day via hygiene and clothing.

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WTSHTF Garden Club Review

Do you have a green thumb?  I assuredly DO NOT.  I mean I killed a cactus, a CACTUS.  How is that even possible?  My husband just shook his head as he took it out of my office to be disposed of.  Lucky for me I found a new site that gives hope to my poor black thumb.

The site is actually a book in the making; SHTF Garden by Aaron Turpen. Sections of the book are available as they are written.  SHTF Garden is fairly new with new book sections being added on a regular basis.  A monthly subscription is only $2.95 but there is also a free membership option available that allows limited access to reports and special offers.

The premise of the book is the idea of survival gardening.  It doesn’t talk about how or why you might find yourself in a survival situation.  The book is not politically or religiously slanted in any way.  The author notes “a self-sufficient garden is an inflation-proof way to keep yourself well fed no matter the economy.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Another great way to save money and feed your family food that you know is healthy because you’ve grown it.

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