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Savvy Summer Produce PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

I just finished eating the most delicious plum.  It reminded me of how much I love summer produce like nectarines, pluots and peaches. The only thing I don't like about them is how quickly they ripen.  If you buy too much, it can be hard to consume before they go bad - wasting food and money.

I fell into the habit of only buying enough summer produce for a few days and supplementing our fruit bowl with heartier items like apples.  We eat the summer items first and when those are gone, the apples are still fresh and ready to enjoy. 

Just in case we go on a serious fruit bender, I also keep a bag of frozen mangoes from Trader Joe's in the fridge.  At less than $3 per bag, they last forever and we eat them, still frozen, with our fingers.  Frozen mangoes can also a good way to kick a bad ice cream habit.

 
Memorial Day Weekend Travel Deals PDF Print E-mail
Looking for last minute travel deals for this Memorial Day weekend? 
 
Today.com just published a list of resources to help you find a fun destination at an affordable price.  Read the article here: How To Find Last Minute Memorial Travel Deals.
 
 
 
Smart Spending - Memorial Day Sales PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer and the sales will be in full force!  It's an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the deep discounts and stock up.
 
Food
Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day are the best weekends to purchase:
  • Condiments such as ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.
  • Hamburger and hot dog as well as buns.  All of which can be frozen. 
  • Soda will also be listed at some of the best prices of the year.
Clothes
If your wardrobe needs an infusion of warm weather clothes, there will be plenty of discounts offered over the holiday weekend.  Although the best prices for summer clothes will be after the 4th of July, this weekend you can still get great deals and the shelves will be fully stocked.
 
BBQ & Patio
If you’re in the market for a big ticket items such as grills and patio furniture, this is the weekend to shop.  Like clothes, the prices will fall even more after the 4th of July, but if you have something specific in mind, grab it now before it’s too late. 
 
 
 
Groupon Getaways PDF Print E-mail
 
By Melissa Tosetti
 
On Saturday I was in Portland, OR giving a presentation on Savvy Travel.
 
I was telling the audience about all the good things I’ve been hearing about Groupon Getaways. For example, my mother-in-law’s niece recently took a trip to Ireland through the company. She said there was no way she would have been able to stay at the places she stayed at if it wasn’t for the deal. She had an amazing experience and will now travel exclusively using Groupon deals.
 
I was talking with a client in Georgia last week and her friend had a similar experience.  My client is going to give the service a try on her next trip.  . 
 
I asked Saturday’s audience if any of them had used Groupon for travel. A woman raised her hand and said she had used them and would use them again, but she definitely learned a few things the hard way.  I asked if she’d share. Her two big tips for using Groupon Getaways are:
 
1. Read the fine print. The deals are for a specific time frame.  Make sure it falls inline with your schedule.
 
2. Don’t wait. The deals get snapped up fast. Once you read the fine print and know if it’s the right deal for you, grab it before someone else does.
 
 
 
 
First Thing In The Morning PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
 
On Monday, I posted a Track Your Spending Challenge.  The goal is to track your spending for just one week. 
 
One of the most important lessons I've learned about tracking my spending is that if I don't do it first thing in the morning, my instinct to procrastinate will kick in and get stronger and stronger as the day goes along. 
 
So, I track my previous day's spending as soon as I boot up my computer.  It takes me three minutes or less and I'm done for the day.
 
Try putting a note next to your computer to remind you to do it first thing tomorrow morning and see how good it feels to get it done and get on with your day.
 
 
 
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