Thursday, September 30, 2010

God-honoring Films for Families

One family's desire to glorify the Lord is being expressed through the creation of God-honoring, family-encouraging videos.

Their first video is, Your Backyard, with a "hands-on" look at God's Creation.  This educational and well done DVD is an excellent tool to show off the wonders of God's Creation to children and adults.

View the film clip/trailer here and be sure to read more about this family's journey to provide good films for families.

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8 Ways to Be Frugal With Your Food

Learning to be frugal with your food, is a good practice not only during hard economic times, but also through times of prosperity. Being economical at all times will help you not only save money, but to help keep your budgets in good standing all year long.

Grow Your own Food

Learning to grow your own food is not always an easy task. But for those who do it right, it can play a big part in lowering food costs. If you are a beginner, start by picking crops which are known for being easy to grow. Examples would be tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and zucchini to name a few. When choosing your vegetables, always figure out where you plan on growing your vegetables before you purchase them. Then make sure there is adequate sunlight and proper water drainage for those plants. Some plants, such as herbs usually require full sun. This means at least 6 to 8 hours of full direct sunlight per day. Always follow the guidelines for when to start planting your vegetables either from seed or from seedlings. Some plants such as basil are very susceptible to cold weather, where a quick morning frost can hurt its chances for survival.

Clip Coupons and Sales

Through the use of coupons and store sales, a person can save quite a bundle on their shopping bill. A great idea is to set a schedule for looking through coupons and sale announcements in your local paper. Since many coupons can be valid anywhere from 3 months to a year, clip out anything you might need in the future. Taking advantage of store sales are always helpful. These are promotions a particular store is running on particular items. Sometimes these are meats, boxes of pasta, or vegetables. If your budget allows, make the most of these sales by stocking up on these items. Remember, you will need to make sure you have adequate storage area - especially for items that need to be frozen.

Organize your Kitchen Pantry Regularly

Organizing is often overlooked as an easy way to practice frugality. Each week take inventory of items which are on your pantry shelves. You might be surprised at what you have laying around which you had forgotten about. Using what you already have on hand to create a new recipe helps avoid ... Read the entire article.

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Frugal Benefits of Owning Trees

Trees can add value to your home, help cool your home and neighborhood, break the cold winds to lower your heating costs, and provide food for wildlife.


The following are some statistics on just how important trees are in a community setting.
“The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” —U.S. Department of Agriculture
 
“Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home.” —American Public Power Association
 
“If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research
 
“A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.” —Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers
 
“In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%.” —Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests
 
“Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.” —Management Information Services/ICMA
 
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cash In Those Dusty Gift Cards

If you have a gift card for a store you never visit, sell it on a site such as Swapagift.com or PlasticJungle.com. This way, you can get cash for that unused $100 Dave and Buster’s card that you won in a charity raffle. These sites will buy your unwanted cards for 60 to 90 percent of the remaining balance, as long as it’s worth at least $25.
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Shop For A Burial Plot

Here’s one way to trim burial costs. Instead of buying a plot directly from a cemetery, consider the resale market, where brokers buy and sell unused plots or bring together sellers and buyers who then make their own deals. You can save half what a cemetery would charge, according to Ken Brant of the broker website Gravesolutions.com. Find similar sites by typing “Burial Plot Brokers” into your search engine—but be sure to research any company you see to be certain it’s legit. Robert Fells of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association cautions potential buyers to make sure that a cemetery allows resales and that the seller is the plot’s legal owner. Buyers need to confirm whether the price includes such things as burial, headstone and future care of the grave.

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Child Vaccines with Aborted Fetus Cells

Has anyone told you they didn't believe we could possibly have vaccines produced right here in America from aborted fetal cell lines? Did anyone tell you it was a hoax? Children of God for Life gives you the full truth and the resources you need to prove it!

The fact that the Chickenpox, Hepatitis-A and MMR vaccines were developed using aborted fetal cell lines, MRC-5 and WI-38 has never been hidden from the public. The problem is that when parents go to their family doctors for vaccinations, who asks to see the product insert? Most parents want to know the risks and possible side effects. Like their doctors, parents are mostly concerned with the health of their children.

And doctors, who have been administering the vaccines for years have never checked into the ingredients, although it has always been right at their fingertips. And what would happen if they did? Read the entire article.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Need Help With Elders and Medical Crisis

Lotsa Helping Hands was created to support family caregivers by empowering their family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and church or synagogue members – what we call a family’s ‘circles of community’ – who are eager to help them as they manage the daily tasks that become a challenge during times of family or medical crisis, caregiver exhaustion, or when caring for an elderly parent.

It's a community site where tasks can be scheduled and shared. Check it out and pass it on to others who may have a need for this. Visit Lotsa Helping Hands.

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Buy Fast at Flash Sales

The hottest trend in clothing discounts is an online flash sale. Flash-sale bargains usually last 24 to 72 hours, so you have to act fast. At eBay’s new Fashion Vault, as well as at popular flash-sale sites such as Gilt.com, EditorsCloset.com, and RueLaLa.com, you join for free and find deals of 30 to 70 percent off. The catch: Rarely do you get your money back if you’re not happy - just a credit toward a future purchase. You can, however, sometimes save more by bringing in new members. Gilt.com, for example, offers ... Read the entire article.

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Skip Those Checked Bag Fees

Many airlines charge $25 for your first checked bag and $35 for the second, but some credit card and frequent-flier programs let you check bags for free. With the Delta SkyMiles card from American Express, up to nine people on one reservation can each check a bag free of charge. As a Continental OnePass gold, silver, or platinum member, you can bring two bags free.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

5 Rules of Frugality

Trent Hamm, author of The Simple Dollar and writer of the popular website thesimpledollar.com, says you can save and stay happy by following his simple rules:

1. Don’t give up the things you love.
Thriftiness should never outweigh happiness. It can lead to happiness, however, by helping you save for the bigger goals in life that you’ve dreamed about.

2. Find inexpensive ways to enjoy what’s most important to you.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

Health Care Pricing in Your Area

The Healthcare Blue Book is a free consumer guide to help you determine fair prices in your area for healthcare services.

If you pay for your own healthcare, have a high deductible or need a service your insurance does not fully cover, this website can help.

The Blue Book will help you find fair prices for surgery, hospital stays, doctor visits, medical tests and much more.

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Seek Out Secret Warranties

Car repairs can make a huge dent in your bank account. But sometimes you can qualify for a free fix known as a secret warranty. This is when a manufacturer knows about a car defect and quietly has dealers do free repairs—when a customer complains. Search the Internet for your model and year, plus the defect, or look for "technical service bulletins" on websites such as autosafety.org or CarComplaints.com.

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Affordable Landscape Makeover

Short on time and money? Melinda Myers of Birds and Blooms shares a few quick and inexpensive ways to add beauty to a small space in this short informative video. View video now.

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"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world." Duane Elgin

"Do what is good with your own hands, so that you might earn something to give to the needy." Ephesians 4:28