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    September Savings

      Georgine tells us about lots of items going on sale now that summer’s winding down- September already! Where did the summer go? While we’re still enjoying the remaining warm days, if you want to get out and exercise, bikes are on sale. Throughout the fall you will get some great prices especially on last year’s models. If you want to plan ahead for a holiday gift, now would be the time to buy. Other summer staples to keep your eyes opened for are sales on grills and lawn mowers. Stock up on reduced utensils, charcoal, and lighter fluid that you can save for next year. If you’re into gardening…

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    Fruit Drinks for Half The Price

    I didn’t have time to post a Friday Rambling so let’s call this one a mid-week one.   Fruit Drinks for Half the Price One way to be budget smart is to find ways to make the things you like for a lot less. Case in point non-alcoholic drinks served in lots of restaurants. They cost anywhere from $4-6 and on top of that they’re mostly ice cubes and no refills I admit they’re delicious but this summer I’ve been trying to come up with a few of my own. I’ve found a basic formula that you can tweak to your own liking or using what you have on hand.…

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    August Savings

      Georgine has lots of ideas for saving money this month- August means summer is almost over. Don’t despair because there are lots of bargains and sales in the stores whether you are going back to school or work. If your air conditioner isn’t keeping you as cool as you like, now would be a good time to replace it. Prices drop with the temperature. This goes for lawn mowers and garden equipment as well. You’ll save by buying now. At the end of the month patio furniture and accessories should be down to rock-bottom prices. If you’re a camper, check out the prices now so your Labor Day weekend…

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    Friday Round-Up-The Little Lemon Tree

    Lemon Tree I’ve always wanted a lemon tree and finally have one. I found a miniature version for $5 at the Home Depot. They did have larger ones too which were tempting but I want to see how the miniature one fares indoors during the winter before I get ahead of myself. I’ve not had much luck brining in plants from outdoors so fingers crossed the little lemon tree survives and even yields some lemons for cooking. Growing Your Own Food Speaking of growing your own food, I planted some tomatoes, lettuce and microgreens in my Aerogarden. During the summer lots of these ingredients vanish in a couple of days…

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    July Savings

    This month’s saving tips- July is a great month to save on furniture, gym memberships, travel, and swimwear. Even though the summer has just begun, you will get bargains on swimwear and summer apparel because back-to-school fashions are right behind pushing quickly to get on the shelves. You can get a deal on men’s suits too, especially summer suits, try Macy’s for these. Traveling to the warmer climates will save you almost half as much now as it will cost during the winter months. Hotels, too, are at much lower rates, especially in Las Vegas where the temperatures can soar into 3 digits this time of the year. Health clubs…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Baked Onions with Lentils and Red Peppers

      Last week I purchased a 10 lb. box of Vidalia onions for $6.99 thinking I’d freeze or dry them for future use but then had a change of plan for some of them. I used six of them for this week’s Meatless Monday meal. I had some cooked lentils sitting in the fridge and also red peppers had been on sale. Combine these two with some mushrooms and you’ve got the perfect filling for an onion. These Vidalia onions were on the large size and took a long time to cook so next time around, and something you might want to do, is boil them for about five minutes…

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    June Savings

    Georgine offers tips on what to look for in June- June! Fun in the sun, no more school, Father’s Day, these are just a few of the highlights. There are some shining stars in stores too so be on the lookout for bathing suit and lingerie sales (Victoria’s Secret has their semi-annual sale this month). Father’s Day means manly merchandise such as tools, outdoor garden equipment, as well as shirts and ties; these will be discounted early in the month. The first week of June is National Fishing Month which means in most states you can fish for free without a license (takemefishing.org). June is also wedding month. Look for…

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    May Savings

    Here are Georgine’s tips for saving big this month- May is the month that flowers start to bloom Be sure to check the nurseries and garden stores for not only the best selection, but some good prices, especially near Mother’s Day. Be on the lookout for special sales and deals on picnic and BBQ items. May is the kickoff to summer outdoor fun. If your deck or patio needs some spiffing up after the long winter you can find some bargains in furniture and accessories. The earlier you shop the better the selection you will find. Keep in mind you may be able to snag last year’s models at a…

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    April Savings with Georgine

    Georgine’s money saving tips for April- April seems to mean spring cleaning. If you have been thinking of some chores over the long winter and redecorating is on your list, look for sales on paint and wall paper especially at home stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. It’s a great time to find home organizers too that will simplify and tidy your life. Vacuum cleaners will be discounted because new models come out in June. Of course, gardening will soon be on everyone’s mind. You’ll be able to taking advantage of money-savers in the way of mulch, top soil, and lawn care products. The last Friday of every April is…

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    March Savings

    Here are Georgine’s money saving tips for March- It’s March Let the madness begin! Everyone is tired of winter and looking forward to spring so look for specials on last year’s inventory of golf sets and equipment. You can find some real bargains. As far as bargains go, you can find coats, boots, snowboards, and skis all at major discounts because they are making way for spring merchandise. Shop now and these will all be ready for you next year when you open your closet. Getting married? Or if you need to replace your china and flatware, now is a great time to shop. If you need a humidifier you…

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