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Finance Fridays: Organized Coupons

I am not a gambler, but I am willing to bet that we all organize/store coupons in different ways. I have stored them in my wallet, in a box in my car, in a binder, and in an accordion coupon book. I settled in the wallet-size accordion coupon book from Dollar Tree. It comes with lettered tabs.





Instead of the generic tabs, I made labels with my label maker for months of the year. This method allows me to sort through coupons as I find them and organize them b expiration month. I used to store by use (I.g., cleaning, makeup, etc.), but I did not purge expired coupons. Storing them by month forces me to purge expired coupons. You can find a similar coupon book at Dollar Tree. 
What works best for you?
Diana

Finance Fridays: Houseguests

I bet you know what it is like to have a big family. That means that members of the family may visit and stay with you from time to time. As large as my family is and the fact that they live around the world, I have to prepare well for guests. Here is how to avoid going broke while being a great hostess.

DO rent a bedroom set, which is delivered and set up by the rental company. 
DO purchase new beddings (I watch for sales) and a mattress cover. Rented beds shouldn't appear used to your guests.
DON'T plan expensive events to entertain them, like shows or concerts.
DO visit area attractions outdoors, art museum, street fairs, and malls.
DO stock up on good items from the grocery store, like fruit trays (can make yourself), raw veggies, raw fruit, nuts, breads, sodas and juices. Eggs are versatile, so pick up a few dozen. Buy a nice dessert in the grocery bakery while you are there; prices are better there.
DO stock up on travel size toiletries for them to use and take with the.
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Simple Mashed Potatoes

I take the opportunity to short cut recipes often, such as not pealing potatoes for a simple mashed potatoes recipe.

Simple Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients: 6 russet potatoes or any on hand1 tsp. minced garlic1/2 tsp. dried basil1/2 tsp. dried thyme1/4 c. milk1 tsp. butter or margarineSalt and pepper to taste Instructions:

1. Wash potatoes under running water, scrubbing well with a vegetable brush. 2. Chop potatoes into small pieces and place in pot. Run water over potatoes until covered well. 3. Bring to a boil on high heat, the lower to low heat for 20 minutes. 4. Drain water from potatoes and return to same pot. 5. In pot, mash all potatoes with a fork. 6. In pot, add all other ingredients. Mix well with a spoon. Serve right away.
No flavor is overwhelming. This is my go to recipe for mashed potatoes, mainly because it takes less than 30 minutes! They are so forgiving that you could add anything, even bacon bits, chives, onions, etc. Try some today.
Diana