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My Menu This Week

by Laura August 17, 2011 Simple Steps

Each week (in a perfect world) I sit down and plan a few meals I will be cooking over the next seven days.  Remember I live alone so one dish may last me three or four meals. 

Each week I base my choice of meals off of what I already have in my kitchen.  This way [...]

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September Coupon Class Dates Available

by Laura August 15, 2011 Simple Steps

Are you interested in hosting a coupon class in your home, church, community center  or back yard gazebo?  I would love to come and teach one for you!

The classes takes between two and two and a half hours and cover the following topics:

Sources for Coupons
Coupon Organization
Coupon Policies
Shopping Preparation
Drug Store Deals
Local [...]

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Beef Recall Nationwide: Publix, Winn Dixie, Walmart, Sam’s Club & more

by Laura August 14, 2011 Simple Steps

I don’t generally put recalls on my site but this one is pretty wide spread.

National Beef Packing Co. of Dodge City Kansas has recalled thousands of pounds of ground chuck & ground beef due to possible E-Coli contamination.

Here are the links with the info:



Winn Dixie

Thanks igobogo!

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Coupon Class Open To The Public in Norfolk, VA

by Laura August 13, 2011 Simple Steps

If you  have wanted to take a coupon class but didn’t want to host I have one that will be open to the public!

On September 12th at 7 p.m.  Norfolk Apostolic Church is opening their doors to anyone who would like to participate in the class!  It should take between two and two [...]

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Kids Frugal Fun Sun Baked S’mores

by Laura August 10, 2011 Simple Steps

Each week Momondealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.

August 10th is National S’mores Day and since I LOVE s’mores I thought this would be a cute activity-and a yummy one!

Shoe Box
Plastic Wrap
Tin Foil
1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
Graham Crackers
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (save $1/2 with

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We Mourn With Those Who Mourn

by Laura August 6, 2011 Simple Steps

Regardless of how you feel about the current activities of the US Military I know that Americans support our troops and recognize the sacrifices they and their families make.

Today one of the middle schoolers I work with at my church got the news no young girl wants- her dad isn’t coming home from Afghanistan.  Her mother [...]

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 8/5

by Laura August 5, 2011 Simple Steps

Charlotte at My Active Child has put together a great list of the frugal activities in Hampton Roads.  Here are the highlights:

All Weekend- (Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 7 am-6pm) Portsmouth Celebrates US Coast Guard! at Portsmouth, VA

All Weekend-(Friday 3-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm) Hampton Cup Regatta at Mercury Blvd. Bridge [...]

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Kids Frugal Fun 8/2

by Laura August 2, 2011 Simple Steps

Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational. August 3rd is National Watermelon Day so this week’s craft is centered around this delicious snack. For the remainder of August, I will also be concentrating on kindergarten skills in the educational activities section at the bottom. Enjoy!

Watermelon Tambourine

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Tax Advice- Claiming Items Bought With Coupons

by Laura July 30, 2011 Simple Steps

Sharon at Mom on Dealz has a column every week called “Ask An Accountant.”  I usually don’t post them but this week’s was VERY relevant to my readers.  One question I get asked in coupon classes is open taking a tax write off for donations bought with coupons.  Sharon addresses this issue in [...]

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

by Laura July 29, 2011 Simple Steps

Each week Charlotte at My Active Child puts together a list of the best weekend activities in Hampton Roads. 

Here are the highlights:


10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239

11am- Storytelling In the Park- Merrillee Pallansch- NEW LOCATION: West Hampton [...]

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