Lynette Rice

10 appetizers under $10 for Super Bowl 2014


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The Super Bowl is on February 2nd. Whether you’re celebrating with a crowd or enjoying the game (and the commercials) at home with just a few select fans, you want to stay on budget with your feast. Everybody loves a good football appetizer. Here’s a list of ten appetizers you can make for under $10!

Healthy Hummus Dip from Cleverly Simple
— This dip will leave everyone asking for more. Made with hummus as the base and your choice of delicious toppings, you won’t feel guilty when you take a second bite!

Pig Candy from Saving The Family Money — Bacon! Enough said? Wow your friends with this amazingly simple pig candy appetizer.

5 gimmicks to avoid on Black Friday


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You’re in the mode of shopping and the holiday music is playing. You find yourself browsing the store, sipping a latte and basking in the glory of the holiday season.

Stop. Here are five gimmicks to avoid on Black Friday to keep you on budget this holiday season.

1. Look! It’s in the ad. It must be a great price.
The Black Friday ad is filled with great prices. However, just because it’s in the ad doesn’t mean it’s the best price. Always check online retailers and compare prices.

Six ways to maximize your savings at Kroger


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Are you heading to Kroger this week? Here are six ways to maximize your savings:

1. Compare Coupons

Because many Kroger regions this year decided to stop doubling coupons, you want to make sure you grab the best coupon before heading to the store. Checking a coupon database will help you select the best coupon to use.

2. Take Advantage of Store Promotions
Kroger is known for their Mega sale promotions. A Mega promotion allows you to save a specific amount of money when you buy participating products. When you see that Kroger is having a Mega event, make sure to stock up on your favorite products that are included. Because you can use coupons in addition to the promotional discount, you’ll maximize your savings.

5 ways to celebrate July 4th on a budget


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Independence Day is next week. Do you know how you’re going to celebrate? Don’t think that the best party comes with the biggest price tag. Here are five ways to throw a 4th of July Party on a budget.

1. Send invitations using email. Create a unique electronic invitation using a favorite picture or website like You can easily track who’s attending without spending any money.

10 frugal ways to celebrate dad


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With Father’s Day fast approaching, here are a few frugal ideas to celebrate dad while still staying on budget. You don’t need to break your budget to show dad how much he means to you.

1. Wash The Car: All you need is soap and water, as well as a little elbow grease to shine up dad’s car. You can let dad relax while you take care of his vehicle.

2. Give Dad a Call:
If you live miles from dad, set aside time to call dad and catch up on what’s happening in life.

6 tips to stay on budget this Easter


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This Easter, focus on time with your family and avoid going over budget when you follow a few tips. By planning ahead, and using items you already have on hand, you’ll enjoy a relaxed day of rejoicing with family and friends.

Reuse what you have from last year: Dig out last year’s baskets, plastic eggs, and even grass. There is no reason to spend money every year on a new basket. In fact, the kids think of their basket as their own personal “stocking” which is hung at Christmas.

7 ways to save at the grocery store this week


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Do you want to slash your grocery budget in half? There are key ways to save money on your next grocery store visit. Whether it’s tomorrow or days from now, these simple steps will lead you on the path to savings.

1. Don’t go to the store hungry. There’s a reason why the bakery and floral department are located in the front of the store when you first walk in. They will heighten you senses. And if you’re hungry, you’ll immediately start to gravitate to buy more. Before you walk into the grocery store, eat a snack. Better yet, bring along a bottle of water to help curb your appetite as you shop those attractive aisles for those bargains.

5 tips to put a little spring in your spring cleaning


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Spring cleaning is a special time of year. When the temperatures start to rise, the days get longer and the grass and trees turn green. It’s a reminder to start cleaning the curtains, dusting hidden places in our homes and air out that winter air.

Sound like fun? Not exactly. Although spring cleaning is a happy time after the tasks are complete, it’s not quite on my list of top fun things to do each year. But this year that is changing. I’m going to show you how to enjoy spring cleaning this year to accomplish a clean home.

Here are five tips to put a little spring in your spring cleaning.

5 last minute gift ideas that won’t break the bank


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With only a few days until Christmas morning, you may be in a slight panic if you find your gift list is not complete. Whether you classify yourself as a procrastinator or simply enjoy the increasing pressure to find a meaningful gift part of the holiday season, here’s a few ideas to check those last items off your list!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Gift Cards

Despite their reputation, gift cards can be as meaningful as a specific item. Choose a gift card from a store you know they will enjoy. Whether they’ll be buying a new pair of shoes or a chai latte with your gift, they’ll be sure to think of you with thanks when they use the card to purchase something they need or just want.

As an added bonus of savings, select gift cards that earn you rewards at your grocery store. Local restaurants also may give you a return on your money.

4 very fun and unique holiday gift ideas


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Everyone has at least one person on your gift list that has everything. Or maybe it’s the person whose hobby entails something that seems foreign to you. For me, they are my dad and my brother. They’re mechanically gifted and could fix anything in their spare time. But if you’re asking me to pick out the newest and best tool gadget “thingy”, I’m clueless.

So, what do you do?

I turn to the fun and quirky — but also useful gift. It’s the gift that your someone doesn’t expect. But there it is on Christmas morning under the tree as the big hit and conversation piece of the day.

What fun and quirky gifts are available to give this year? Here’s a few of my favorites.

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