Money saving techniques for the budget conscious



Managing the daily household activities is exhausting but rewarding when everything is spic and span.  What is much difficult for a homemaker like me is how to keep up with the family budget and save something for the rainy days. Through the years I have learned money saving techniques for the budget conscious like yours truly.

Each of these techniques that I will share can save significant money over the long time.  Though not all of these tips can apply to everyone, you may choose whatever is applicable to help you save some of your hard earned money.





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Prevent transmission of infection through hand washing



Family’s health is family’s wealth. Keeping hands clean can save lives, teaching our kids and family members the importance of hand washing is the simplest and most cost effective way to stop and prevent the spread and transmission of infection.

Germs accumulate on our hands as we touch surfaces, door knobs, elevator buttons, objects and people throughout the day. Children, most especially can easily be infected with these germs by touching their nose, mouth and eyes. We all know that it is impossible to keep a germs-free hand yet through frequent hand washing, it can limit the transfer of microbes, viruses and bacteria.

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Interesting facts that you should know about perfumes!

Perfume has been in use from times immemorial. Many historical evidences show that even centuries ago people loved to keep collection of fragrances. Although most perfumes of those times were extracted from natural sources, it was gradual research that helped in developing the present day perfumes. Now most perfumes are obtained from organic and inorganic compounds along with natural products.


Kings in earlier time used to gift each other with exotic perfume and it was considered to be the best item for gifting. In due course of time it became more prevalent among common people and now there is hardly anybody who does not have perfume at home. Some brands like yves saint laurent have produced exceptionally good perfumes that are able to leave people mesmerized as you walk past them. The power of perfume is rightly portrayed in the movie ‘Perfume’ in which the perfume maker can control the actions of a crowd by using few drops of his perfume.





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Today on Notepad Corner – Caring for Your Horse During The Winter Months

Feeding your horse supplements like Equine Cortaflex should be part of the joint care that you give to your animal especially when it comes to the winter season. There are many things that you can do to keep your horse warm and stop its joints from stiffening up when it gets extremely cold. Keeping horses is extremely expensive and anyone who has more than one will definitely feel the costs during the winter months, because they will need to invest in extra bedding for their animals.





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Fly to Hongkong for free – Join the Cetaphil Skin Treats Promo


When it comes to providing unsurpassed skin care solutions for all skin types, Cetaphil is the nation’s most prescribed brand of Cleansers and Moisturizers by Dermatologists and Pediatricians.



In line with their 65th years of excellent skin treats, Cetaphil launches the Cetaphil Skin Treats Promo: Fly to Hongkong for free! 


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Living in the Moment: The Key to Happiness


Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had this unspoken fascination with bubble wrap. I derive an undeniable sense of satisfaction and calm whenever I pop those tiny air bubbles. This fetish of sorts has even compelled me to Google “bubble wrap,” and visit http://www.kitepackaging.co.uk/mcp/bubble-wrap/. It’s interesting to learn so much about a seemingly unimpressionable object which gives you sheer and inexplicable pleasure.

But this post is hardly about bubble wrap or packaging implements. It’s about living in the present moment. For me, being wholly absorbed in the here and now is akin to popping bubble wrap. The activity keeps me preoccupied and effectively annihilates any negative thoughts, or unnecessary worries about the future. It keeps me grounded on the present moment.  


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The Trending Topic Among Business Leaders? -- Online Reputation Management

The new trending topic among online businesses is Online Reputation Management (ORM). But is this just a fad, or something businesses really need to be worried about? Well, according to marketing statistics, online reputation management information is a serious factor, which all businesses should pay attention to before it affects their profit line. 


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Summer Vacation Destinations with a Focus on Families

More often than not, choosing the perfect vacation for a summer vacation can be difficult, especially if you have a family. While there are some vacation destinations that may be considered “family-friendly,” not all are. As a parent, you may be wondering how you can find the perfect summer vacation destination for your family. Well, beaches always hold much promise to people of all ages. Orlando is one place teeming with beautiful beaches. If you try to ask a travel agency offering flights to Orlando, they would tell you that it’s one great place to visit.

Ski patrol training camp
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What to Do When You Get Involved in a Motorbike Accident

Adrenaline, as we know, is a hormone produced in high-stress situations. Nevertheless, it seems as if many people were born with it flowing through their veins. The adrenaline rush is too strong that these people tend to develop love for adventure. Riding motorbikes is one of the things these people try, notwithstanding the fact that doing so is like toying with death. Indeed, that is how risky riding motorbikes can be, and unless you have a lawyer that can help you file for motorbike accident claims, then you would do well to stay away from motorbikes altogether.

my cousins in dirtbike ride




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Reasons why kids get stressed



Anyone regardless of age and gender can be affected by stress when overwhelmed.  Our kids can get stressed as much as we adults do. However, unlike in adults children cannot express their feelings well and are not aware that they are already going through it. We more often tend to overlook our kids’ anxiety and depression for we sometimes think that they are just being naughty or too sensitive.

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Why Kids Should be Evaluated by an Orthodontist at 7 Years Old

When it comes to orthodontic evaluation and treatment for children, earlier is often better. In most children, an abnormal bite is identifiable by an orthodontist between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. Early treatment of certain oral conditions must begin at a young age in order to achieve the desired level of results, which may not be able to be realized if treatment is not begun until the child is older. By beginning orthodontic treatment while a child is still growing, your child can develop an attractive smile and optimal oral health.


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Go All Out with a Kitchen Remodeling Project without Spending Much


Have you recently decided to replace your kitchen cabinets, retile your kitchen floor, or even change the light fixtures inside your kitchen? Kitchen remodeling is something that many people save for. In fact, each year, a large number of homeowners put a large amount of money into kitchen remodeling projects. Many of those homeowners are looking to not only change the appearance of their kitchen but also change the feel of it. 

If you would like to do the same, you may want to add new home d├ęcor to your list of “to buy” for your kitchen remodeling project. Why is that? Well, if you’re planning to spend money on remodeling, isn’t it better to go all out with it? If you want to remodel the majority of your kitchen, then you might as well change your kitchen theme, particularly to a theme that would match your newly reconstructed kitchen. If you were worried about spending too much, you’d be happy to know that it’s now possible to update your house at a discount.


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Should You Feed Your Cat Home Cooked Meals?



Here’s a post which I thought would discuss some of the basic themes covered on this site and add another that is very relevant to the family lifestyle, but isn’t talked about as much as it perhaps could be; Pets. They become a loved and important member of the family, with many people stating that they would be happier with a pet in their life. Because we treat them like one of the family does that mean we should feed them like one of the family? A Sunday roast for Kitty might have your loving intentions in the right place, but is it possible that cat food was manufactured for a purpose? Let’s take a look

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