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Holiday Meals on a Budget


The average turkey dinner for ten people cost $44.61 last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. This estimate includes the following items: turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, beverages of coffee and milk, and preparatory ingredients such as onions, eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk and butter. The 2009 estimate is not out yet, but armed with some practical planning and savvy shopping techniques, you can trim costs and still have a fantastic holiday meal.

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Ten Easy Ways to Save Throughout the Day

School is back in session and parents everywhere are easing back into a daily routine. For many families, that means hectic mornings and busy nights. When time is limited, saving money on meals and snacks can be especially challenging. Here are ten simple tips to incorporate savings into your weekly routine.
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Making Back-to-School Meals Easier and Less Expensive

For parents, back-to-school time means new routines and additional expenses. Families everywhere are switching gears from casual grill-outs and neighborhood potlucks to school lunches, after-school snacks, and time-crunch dinners. Here are some tips on how to make the transition a little bit easier on your schedule as well as on your budget.
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Summer Fun

As summer arrives and kids get out of school, living well while enjoying time with family and friends doesn't necessarily require a lot of effort or extra cash. Whether you want to be productive, experience something new, have fun or just relax, here are some suggestions on how to use your time and money wisely as summer heats up.
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Budget-Friendly BBQ

Summer is the perfect time to kick back with friends and family by hosting a BBQ or picnic. Even in tough economic times, there are several easy ways to host a BBQ without spending big bucks. Take the heat off your wallet by following these simple tips.
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Decorating for Less

Your home is your sanctuary. And in a time of economic turmoil, it's important to create an environment that allows you to rest and relax.
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Five Tips to Survive (and Thrive) in a Recession

In this economy, everyone is trying their hardest to spend less and save more. However, if you've already cut corners, what's next? In a down economy there are ways to tighten your belt even more, even if it's on the last notch. Here are some ways to not only survive, but to thrive.
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Ten Romantic Meals Under $20

When cooking a romantic meal for two, it isn't hard to save money. Food prepared at home often costs less than a third of what it would in a restaurant, allowing you to splurge a little and still come in under $20 per meal?
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