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    you must have both for an internet connection We have the cheapest possible home phone service that is available Since we use the mobile phones for long distance I requested that the long distance service be disabled on our home phone We weren t using it but they were charging us 3 50 a month for it to be available I also called once a year or so to ask if there was a lower priced internet service just to make sure we were getting the best value we could At one point they had raised the price to 40 and when I called they lowered it back to 20 for the same speed and service Savings 23 50 per month 282 per year Cable We don t have cable or satellite We don t even have a rabbit ears antenna because it won t work here As nice as it would be to say we don t watch tv trust me if we had it I would watch it a lot What we have instead is a Blockbuster subscription that costs 18 a month and lets us watch movies when we feel like it Also if you haven t heard a lot of shows are online I can watch The Office anytime so I don t feel deprived Savings 32 per month 384 per year Total Savings It took a few phone calls and research on my part to lower these monthly costs but now that I ve done it I benefit from it every month Total Savings 90 50 per month 1 086 per year Isn t that incredible how it adds up Maybe these tips will work for you too so you can save money off your bills and keep it for something better 9 Comments Series

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    better success when I mix baking soda with a mild baby shampoo or conditioner so that it rinses out Jojoba oil great for a hot oil treatment Apricot kernel oil I use this daily as a leave in conditioner I put two or three drops on the ends of my damp hair and leave it in This dropper vial from The Container Store helps to dispense the right amount Bonus Apricot kernel oil can also be used as a salad dressing Aloe vera use as a hair gel and apply on damp hair It does have pretty good hold but I am not very partial to hair gel in general Cornstarch can absorb extra oil on your scalp if you sprinkle on a little bit and brush it through your hair I never feel satisfied after trying this I always want to go back and wash my hair Olive oil It seemed like a good idea at the time to spritz olive oil on my hair but it was way too oily Honey I heard that a tablespoon of honey mixed with a few cups of warm water would soften and condition hair when poured over as a final rinse but I couldn t really tell if it worked It was no match for the drying effects of the apple cider vinegar Mayo really hard to rinse out Not sure it s worth it Brown sugar mix one or two tablespoons of real brown sugar with some conditioner and rub it on your scalp to exfoliate and invigorate It feels great I learned this from Crystal and if you know her she s probably convinced you to try this too Rosemary essential oil When I used regular shampoo my hair was oily The more shampoo I used the more oily and flaky my hair became because it was overproducing to compensate for all of the detergents in the shampoo I decided to try something different so I mixed 2 drops of rosemary essential oil with 10 drops of apricot kernel oil and rubbed it directly on my scalp I left it on overnight and shampooed it out the next day I know it sounds nuts but it actually worked and my hair hasn t been that oily since then What I haven t tried Avocado I can t bring myself to spend one on my hair I have to eat it Lemon too many junior high memories of Sun in streaks on my brown hair 11 Comments Organized Food Storage Restoring My Sanity in the Kitchen Cooking is really not my thing Lane will get a play kitchen for her second birthday and I am afraid that she will only know how to make a fried egg since that s all she sees me cook I burn toast every time I make it sometimes even setting it on fire But I am not hopeless I love to organize In my small kitchen about half of the storage space is for

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    Comments Clear the Clutter Take It Back I have a little pile of things I need to return that have been stacking up waiting by the door until I can run errands The stuff is worth more than 100 after I return it That s our challenge today to return things that have been borrowed or bought but that didn t work out I want this stuff out of my house but mostly I want money to be going into my checking account not out of it Speaking of we re going to do a No Spend Month again in July It s 31 days of spending money on just the basics Example potatoes yes chips no It will be my family s fourth year to take on this challenge so I m not worried about it I know we can do it I m looking forward to the free time we gain and we ll be finishing up some house projects using supplies we already have What I am worried about as a side note is the P90X workout we re starting soon That s a different story To read more about No Spend Month you can find the story here The No Spend Month I ll be blogging about it too It starts July 1 I think I ll increase the spending limit over past years since our family has grown I receive a lot of questions about what budget you should choose but it s up to you Do you have any returns to do too Anyone willing to join in for No Spend Month 53 Comments More Organized Bathroom Storage At the end of the hall next to the bathroom we have a linen closet that we use for bathroom storage While the master bath is

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    spending more money I wrote a shopping guide that gives specifics about brands of shoes clothes that I like I try not to settle for nice cute on trend or fun for now I wait until I find the perfect one and then I call off the search I spend more money for shoes that look good feel good and last for a long time I save time by not having to shop for shoes so often and I even save money when they last longer I replace about two pairs of shoes each year on average It feels good to have favorite shoes that I love instead of always thinking that I need a new pair I love tote bags too and I used to feel that impulse to buy more but I have three perfect tote bags in different styles and sizes so now I barely look at them in the store I pretty much wear the same jewelry every day but I have a few more pieces that don t take up a lot of space in the drawer I ve carried the same handbag for seven years or so It basically comes down to loving what you have so that you don t continually look for something better Being able to say That s enough What accessories do you feel drawn to How do you add more spice to your style without just adding more 58 Comments Good Reads for the Weekend Chuy s southwestern enchiladas is what I order every single time even when I swear I will try something different Egg on top of chicken enchiladas made with blue corn tortillas Full for days I hope you enjoy these good reads to go with your weekend Chardonnay Pantyhose and Other Advice From My Mother from Aunt Peaches How to Graciously Accept a Compliment from Modern Mrs Darcy When things are more than things This Sorta Old Life End Of School Interviews For Kids mine at Alpha Mom 5 ways to breathe in a breathless world Chatting at the Sky When I started this blog my beautiful daughter turned 2 Guess what she s turning 6 this weekend We ve had a full month What are you up to this weekend 25 Comments Living as a One Car Family in the Suburbs Usually when a family can live car free or with just one car they live in a city with convenient mass transit We ve been living in the suburbs with just one car for over a year and I must say that it s been 10 inconvenient and 90 awesome For some families having only one car would make life harder not easier but for us it s been golden It was a dream of mine to get rid of the second car and own just one With two cars there was always something we had to do oil changes inspections more gas and new tires One car is so much easier to

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    be and how much cars can cost these days these coverage levels should be high Trying to save money here could cost you far more if you end up getting sued for causing more damage than what your policy covered 3 If you have Collision coverage consider canceling Uninsured Underinsured Motorists coverage for Property Damage If you get hit and if the other driver doesn t have car insurance you could use your Collision coverage to pay for the cost of your car repairs What would be the benefit of having both types of coverage at the same time Well if you file a claim on your Collision coverage it might raise your premium for three years So basically you pay for Uninsured Underinsured coverage for Property Damage just to avoid the chance of paying more for Collision if you use it for that The Uninsured Underinsured coverage for Bodily Injury may be unnecessary too if you already have medical coverage Go look at how much it costs weigh the odds and decide if it is really worth it to you 4 If you have benefits through an employer or organization consider canceling Personal Injury Protection PIP You do not need Medical coverage from your car insurance agent if you have it from work The same goes for Disability coverage A Life Insurance policy that covers you no matter what is better than one that only covers you in an auto accident One exception here is that PIP covers other passengers in your car as well so you might want to keep it if you often have friends carpools or clients ride in your car with you 5 Do not assume that just because you have been a customer for several years and there is a renewal discount on your

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    milk Knowing about it and changing his diet has made a tremendous difference My husband Doug used to be sick every single day First they thought he had an ulcer then maybe it was acid reflux Later they did a sonogram to see if there was a tumor or a growth or a rupture in his organs He had abdominal pain swelling shortness of breath and chest pains for over a year He didn t know what the problem was and the worry was almost as difficult as the physical pain He was diagnosed as having acid reflux disease so he took an expensive prescription medicine for several months but it didn t seem to help His doctor encouraged him to keep taking it saying that it could take time for everything to heal Doug couldn t help but feel like they were just treating the symptoms but didn t know what was really wrong This pain affected every aspect of his life Some days were better than others and he knew he felt better when he didn t eat at all A Breakthrough One day in January 2005 Doug got the flu I thank God for that flu He passed out at the doctor s office with a temperature of 103 and he didn t eat anything but crackers water and 7Up for the next five days When his fever finally broke he was still weak and shaky but somehow he felt better than he had in an entire year He had no pain at all in his stomach He didn t know how he could feel so good after just getting over the flu Then he poured himself a tall glass of milk He was back in bed 45 minutes later with sharp chest pain He couldn t take a deep breath and he felt like there was a strong foot pressed against him That s how Doug learned that all this time it was milk that was making him sick At this point we didn t understand it very well Thinking it could be lactose intolerance Doug tried drinking lactose free milk and taking lactase enzyme pills to help his body digest it but they didn t work The lactose wasn t the problem he was still getting sick He had quite a few tests done to see if anything else could be wrong He had a dozen different blood tests He had a battery of allergy tests but they all came up negative He stopped drinking milk eating ice cream and putting cream in his coffee and he felt a lot better Reluctant to give up milk completely he struggled with it over the next year but it was still such an improvement Identify the Problem Using a Food Journal By keeping track of his diet and noting how foods made him feel we eventually realized that what the foods had in common was casein Doug has a casein intolerance Casein is a protein in milk

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    teens should know about credit cards before they go off to college 1 It s not extra money What would you tell teenagers from your experience Share your advice in the comments there More I ve recently written at Alpha Mom Why I don t spend precious babysitting hours on cleaning the house Crafts what you can make with sculpey clay it s gluten free I don t think I will buy more overly posed school portraits How you can take photos that really capture your kids 16 Comments Want to Simplify Start Here Hi Rachel I have been married 23 years and have three teenage children and have accumulated A LOT of stuff I love your idea of simplifying everything from wardrobe to Tupperware but I have no idea where to begin I need some guidelines please C and this one too Hi Rachel I have four small children ages 2 4 6 and 8 I homeschool love it cook mostly from scratch for dietary and budgetary reasons live on one small income in a little ish house in the woods out of town and have never been naturally organized or tidy I want to devour everything in your blog but I tend to start things with a bang and then fizzle out So I was just wondering if you had one or two things you recommend starting with what would it they be J If I had to think of one answer that could apply to everyone s circumstances it would be this start by getting a cardboard box or a grocery bag fill it up with some of your old stuff and then donate it Otherwise you ll spend most of your time moving your stuff around I don t know what it is but it s more than symbolic there s something about getting rid of old stuff that works in a loosening break the chains release the baggage make space to breathe kind of way Looking at something and being able to say I don t need this anymore can set you free And focusing on sending stuff out of your house can help slow the incoming flow of stuff I know it s tempting when you live with a spouse and kids to view them as the source of the clutter and ignore yours but it s better to start by cleaning out your own stuff Focus on your closet or some general kitchen stuff instead of trying to control or change other people As you find stuff to donate you might need a moment for a last look or a memory but once it s in the donation box that brief hard part is over Afterwards you ll like the stuff you decide to keep so much better When you clean out your closet you ll feel like you just got a refreshed wardrobe It s practical and emotionally satisfying all at the same time Rachel HELP I would love your suggestions We

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    emergencies should reflect your grocery list This way you ll use them regularly instead of storing them all year and letting them go to waste So yes in case of a blizzard the food storage in my pantry usually looks more like peanut butter wine beans and cereal not MRE s May is the beginning of moving season so if your house is on the market or you re moving soon definitely straighten up the shelves and use what you have instead of moving it If you stock up on sales take a week off from shopping and use what you have so you can fully realize those savings If you ve bought extra to have some to share and donate drop off those canned goods and clear up some room What kind of foods tend to remain in your pantry for a long time 60 Comments 7 Tips to Stay Motivated for House Projects How do you stay motivated to do all of these home improvement projects There are sooo many things I want to do to improve our home like painting and cleaning but the thought of it all puts me off and kills my motivation K You won t do as much work on the house after you move in a friend warned us after we bought our house a complete fixer upper He was right but we knew we wanted to get projects done so we remained optimistic We wanted to fix up our house make it the way we wanted it and then move on so we could focus on other things We didn t want to live in an ongoing project We spent several weeks looking for which house to buy and then an intense six weeks on initial changes to the floors kitchen and walls before we moved in I honestly thought we could finish most of it in a few months if we could maintain that strong pace but we had to get back to real life There was work to be done to pay the bills plus there were holidays illnesses and events We couldn t spend so much time focused on the house I guess I was hoping for a miracle that would enable us to finish this home renovation as quickly as it looks on television And now we re back and the entire room was transformed during commercials and it was so easy It s actually more like every week we try to do one more thing even though we re really busy with kids and work projects This is how we keep a steady pace of improvements even after the new has worn off our home renovation project 1 Take before pictures to see how far you ve come It s easy for me to see what still needs to be done but how easily I forget where we started from It wasn t very long ago that I had a pile of bricks and rubble in

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