Garden

Adding Hours To Your Holiday Weekend

There are only a few days before one of the most anticipated holiday weekends of the year – 4th of July! Give yourself an opportunity to get the maximum benefit from your three days off by taking care of those not-so-fun errands during the week. A few of the to-dos you can knock out before Saturday include: Buy your weekend groceries. …

Declutter

Cut the Clutter – Fatten Your Wallet

By Melissa Tosetti When you walk into your home after a long day at work, do you: Immediately feel the stress of the day melt from your shoulders or… Cringe at the piles of clutter creeping out from every corner, cower from the piles of unfolded laundry and tremble at the sight of the kitchen sink full of dirty dishes? …

Shop Your Bathroom

Shop Your Bathroom

By Melissa Tosetti It seems to happen overnight.  You open your makeup bag, rummage through it and realize you can’t stand anything in it.  You then have an overwhelming urge to run to the department or drug store to replace everything you own. But WAIT! Before heading out the door, check your makeup drawer.  It’s likely there are loved, but …

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The Cash Challenge

When was the last time you used cash to make a purchase? The advances in banking technology have made our lives so much easier.  But an unfortunate side effect is that it has emotionally distanced us from our money.  It’s so much easier to swipe a card than to physically pull cash out of our wallet. With this in mind, we challenge you to use only cash …

David Lee shops at a Costco Wholesale store in May in Portland, Ore. The national chain is opening a store Friday in Pittsfield Township. AP Photo | Rick Bowmer

In and Out of Costco for Less Than Your Car Payment

By Melissa Tosetti I love Costco!  By hitting the big box store every other week, I save at least 30 – 40% on my grocery bill. Just a few of the items on our family’s list of Costco staples include: Eggs Butter Cheese Coffee Hamburger Frozen Chicken Breasts Broccoli Carrots Chocolate Chips Vegetable Oil Not only am I able to …

Travel The World

Savvy Summer Vacation

By Melissa Tosetti In your part of the country it may not feel like it, but the official start of summer is just three months away.  If you want to take advantage of those great travel deals, you have to act now! First, decide where you want to go.  Next, decide when you want to go.  Then, start doing research.  …

Groundhog

No Matter What The Groundhog Says…

By Melissa Tosetti No matter what the groundhog says on February 2nd when he peeps out of his hole amid the media frenzy, spring officially starts on March 20th at 6:29 pm EST. That means there are seven more weeks to use as an excuse to make delicious homemade soups, stews and winter type meals using your slow cooker. There’s …

Dining

How Often Should You Dine Out?

By Melissa Tosetti Our grandparents rarely, if ever, dined out. Our parents may have gone out to eat once or twice a month. Now, it’s easy to eat just about every meal outside the home.  Unfortunately, the cost of those meals quickly add up and because of the frequency, dining out is no longer a treat. One of the fastest …

happy young woman choosing clothes in mall

Shop For Life

Last week I read a quote about clothes shopping that has stuck with me: Shop for life, not an event. How many times have you gone shopping for an item to wear to a particular event and ended up using it just the one time? Not only does it feel like a waste of money, but it becomes a waste …