• A homemade pumpkin spice latte

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    It's no secret that people love a good pumpkin-anything this time of year. And with good reason! The orange color and the scent of accompanying spices truly capture the essence of the season. I made my first pumpkin pie of the year this past week. It's not that I can't wait until Thanksgiving... I just ...

  • Why I don’t use coupons

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    Thanks to sdc2027 for this image Couponing can be turned into a game for the frugally minded. I have friends who are so coupon-savvy, they've actually had the store pay them to bring home a bag full of goodies. They match sales and deals and coupons like master poker players—always knowing which card to play, ...

  • How to cook dry beans

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    Cooking dry beans is ridiculously easy, although the process seems to sometimes intimidate even the most seasoned cook. (Hah! Pun absolutely intended.) The preparation steps may take a little longer than the cooking you're used to, but the majority of that time is soaking. It's like growing while you sleep—completely effortless and so productive! I'll ...

  • How to get a great patio set on a budget

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    I've been wanting a patio set for 6 years now. When we lived in the house, we said we'd buy some each summer. Then summer would roll around and we'd say we couldn't afford a set. (Instead we'd haul our kitchen chairs outside and use cardboard boxes as a table. We're classy like that).  Then ...