Money Monday – Maximize the Back-to-School Savings

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It’s that time of year again when most fret they haven’t finished their summer reading lists, and start demanding a new Fall wardrobe even though they may not need one.  The Back-to-School mantras and sales aren’t only for students and parents anymore – it really is for everyone.  Have you been putting off buying new items because things seem to be more expensive through the summer?  It’s not your imagination, it’s a reality.  A lot of companies do not offer a reasonable discount on most products after all the Mother’s Day promotions back in May.  Father’s Day and graduations do not really offer a financial break either.  So, when can we really maximize our need for new items without going broke?  The Back-to-School time frame.  I’m not sure not everyone needs new pens, pencils, or loose leaf paper, but home goods, electronics, and even car dealerships are willing to give you a better deal this time of year.  They want to unload all the older items before they get plenty of new stock in time for holiday shoppers.  It doesn’t matter which store is your favorite either.  They all will start putting the back stock out on the floor just to get it sold.  That’s why it’s hard to maneuver in the store until you realize the extra product on the floor.

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Tasty Tuesday – Meatless Gravy?

I grew up always hearing the argument of whether it was “sauce” or “gravy” – One being without meat (sauce), and the other with meat (gravy).  As an adult, I have slowly been moving toward being 100% vegetarian.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good cheeseburger, but it is healthier to cut most meat from your diet.  I also find it hard to find fresh quality meats anymore.  It’s a shame really.  This week I wanted to feature what could be a hearty sauce to go along with your favorite kind of pasta, or eaten alone as an entree.

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Fall Fashion Transitions

Black maxi style dress paired with a gray and white floral pattern cardigan, colorful floral scary with silver and white jewelry.
Black maxi style dress paired with a gray and white floral pattern cardigan, colorful floral scarf with silver and white jewelry.  The most expensive item in this set is the scarf.

You may hear the phrase being thrown around now Fall Fashions  and feel like everyone is jumping the gun when it’s still too hot outside to do anything.  Let me guide you through some easy fashion transition tips that will help unclutter your closet, but also re-use a lot of your Summer favorites for the rest of the year.   This is the time of the Summer when most, if not all Summer items are going on sale.  Not just a 10-20% savings, we’re talking almost 50% off the retail price.  Most stores are getting their Fall items now, and will get their Winter items at the end of August here in the states.  What does this mean for us?  Aside from a bathing suit, you can stock up on a lot of great items that can turn into great layering pieces as the weather cools down.

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Safe and Happy 4th!

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Whether you are hosting the BBQ this year, or traveling to one, remember to not only bring a little something, but also have fun!  American’s work too hard as it is, you may as well enjoy the long weekend.  For those who are working, especially in the medical field, I hope you are able to find some rest this long weekend.

Especially to the soldiers fighting for the rest of us back home, you especially deserve a thank-you!

Remember to not drink and drive, and if you are setting off fireworks, to be safe!   Happy 4th!