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The Top 12 Shopping Triggers and How to Outsmart Them

I blame my suspicious nature on my neighborhood grocery store. The store used to be a logically arranged market with bright lights and clean floors—a basic, friendly, functional place to shop.

Then the bulldozers morphed it into a big fancy schmancy supermarket complete with shopping triggers of mood lighting, Starbucks, Panda Express, and lots of comfy chairs.

I have nothing against beautiful spaces and modern conveniences, but I’m no fool. I knew all of this effort was to one end—to get me to spend more of my hard-earned money. It was evident the moment I entered the all new, super modern, tripled-in-size, mega supermarket. Everything from the music to the colors, to the placement of the busy bakery seemed ultra contrived. 

Take the “3 for $6!” special of the week. Why not just say $2 each and drop the exclamation mark, I muttered to myself as I placed one jar of spaghetti sauce in the cart. 

Before I could wheel away I had my answer: I saw several customers dutifully place three jars in their carts. Not two, not four, but three jars. 

That response was no accident. In fact, that’s a simple example of how retailers use tricks to persuade—dare I say manipulate—customers to buy more.

Our defense as consumers is to educate ourselves. Today, the 12 tricks we need to know about. I have so much to tell you about this.

See you there! Love, xo m


Grow Your Own Food One Square Foot at a Time

For years I’ve tried to grow decent vegetable gardens. Except for one especially bountiful year, my harvests have ranged from disappointing to mediocre. And my efforts were certainly not cost-effective. Only that one year did my garden produced enough to share with others. I’m still trying to remember how I did that.

So far, I’ve been unable to duplicate the results but that’s about to change. Can’t wait to get started! …

See you there. Love, m xo 🍅🥒🌶🌽🥕🤞


Frugal Food and Grocery Shopping 101

As food costs continue to soar, it’s a good time to revisit the basics of frugal food shopping. Grocery bills and eating out can wreck a budget. Follow these tips and you will rein in those costs. Start discovering your own ways to eat on less.

Now more than ever it’s time to slash expenses in order to preserve cash.

Do you consider yourself frugal? Would you be willing to share your best frugal tips in the comments? Please do! See you there!

Love, xo m


27 Things Never to Put in the Refrigerator

Have you outgrown your refrigerator? Thinking it’s time to replace it with one that’s bigger? Before you do that, take inventory to see just how much stuff you have in there that really should not be refrigerated. You just might discover that suddenly, current fridge is a lot roomier!  


Ground Beef Entrees Cheap, Fast … Good!

As food prices continue to soar, I am more convinced now than ever that given the right recipes, we can cook a wonderful meal from scratch at home and have it on the table in the time it would take to decide on a restaurant or take-out, drive there, place the order, wait for it, […]


Clever Ways to Make Meals from Leftovers

My Dear Readers …
If you’re finding yourself being more judicious with everything from fresh produce and milk to toilet paper, you’re not alone. And that’s sure not a bad thing!

We may look back at this time in our lives to when we really turned the corner with discovering the many benefits—and levels of frugality! I’m not reusing dryer lint yet, but who knows?! 😂

Which brings me to the subject of food. And leftovers. I have to confess, using up food to the last bit is a real challenge. And I’ve learned the most important rule of leftovers—reframe them to be ingredients, not recycled meals. That has changed everything for me. If you watch that show on the Food Channel, “Chopped,” you know that leftovers are often in those secret baskets!

I’m certain that is if we can nail this thing of repurposing leftovers, we’ll be stretching our food budgets even farther—especially during this challenging time.

Please stay safe! You’re in my thoughts and prayers. You know where I am.

See you at the post! Love xo m 🥘 🍕 🍚 🌭 ❣️


Simple Secrets for the Perfect Home Manicure

Good Morning My Dear Readers …

Yesterday, as my husband and I continue to self-quarantine, I read something that made me laugh out loud. It went something like this … “We’re about three weeks from learning everyone’s trehair color!’ Oh, how true!

I’m not laughing so hard this morning as the reality of vanity is setting in. I know, this is not the time for trivial things like hair and make up. And manicures. Or is it?

I’m the first to admit that when I look good, I feel good. And when I feel good, I do good. Truth. Knowing how to do my own home manicures has a lot to do with that.

I’ve shared this ini past years, but recently updated my routine, including the products I use and the steps I take. Everything I use is readily available on Amazon. If you’re interested you could have all you need in a few days without ever leaving your home.

There are lots of things we can be doing while homebound, and honestly, a fresh manicure is not such a bad idea. It has the ability to lift spirits and contribute to determination to hang in while we get through this. And with any luck, this might turn into a new money-saving habit.

It’s a beautiful day in spite of all the uncertainty in the world. Take heart my dear friends. We will get through this, I’m certain of it. And we will be better for having stayed the course. And learned new ways to be self sufficient.

See you there!

Love, xo m


A Shoemaker Can Save Your Sole

To some people, a cobbler is a lovely fruit dessert, best served warm. To others, it is a shoemaker who repairs shoes—an almost forgotten trade.

The Shoe Service Institute of America reports that shoe repair shops have dwindled from 100,000 in the 1930s to 15,000 in 1997 to about 5,000 today. The industry may be facing extinction, but business is booming for the cobblers who remain.


A Dozen Ways to Make Dump Chicken

The meal prep method is called “Dump Chicken” and it’s genius. Here’s why: You dump chicken pieces and your choice of sauce ingredients into a 1-gallon freezer bag, seal it and stick it in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, dump it into a pan (or slow cooker) and […]


Forget the Dry Cleaner: How to Wash a Down Comforter

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s okay to wash your down comforter instead of taking it to the dry cleaners, the answer is yes. You can absolutely wash your down comforter without spending upwards of $60 (depending on the size, where you live, and how dirty it is) to have it dry cleaned professionally.

You will need a mild detergent, wool dryer balls (or tennis balls), a few hours to spend at a laundromat and patience. And if yours is a king-size comforter, a lot of patience.

Step-by-step instructions in today’s post. See you there … Love, Mary xo ❣️🦆


What to Do With Leftover Green Salad (Don’t Throw it Out!)

If throwing out perfectly delicious leftover green salad were a crime, I’d be serving a life sentence.   It kills me to do it, but until fairly recently, I had no idea there was a second life for a leftover green salad, dressed or not. Once tossed, passed and partially consumed, that’s it, right? Wrong. Salad […]


16 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living the Life You Love

If you’ve ever have been in serious debt—or are right now—you know the feeling that your creditors own you lock, stock and bank account. I’ve been there, I know.

Debt steals your freedom one option at a time until you become its prisoner. Want out? I can help. Click through and I’ll see you there … Love, m xo 😍