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Where does Frugal Grocery Shopping Begin? 

Question: Where does Frugal Grocery Shopping begin? Answer: With understanding your job. With the meals you fix. You may think that frugal grocery shopping consists of acquiring the ability to use coupons to purchase $200 worth of food for only $4.37, but  that isn’t necessarily true.  If most of your purchases made with the coupons […]

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HOW TO MAKE DOING BORING CHORES EASIER

TWO TYPES OF WORK Managing a home requires two types of work: Daily Operations (i.e., chores) and Projects.  The purpose of doing Daily Operations is to maintain your home at its current level of cleanliness, order, effectiveness and beauty.  The purpose of a Project is to somehow make the future better. PROJECTS HAVE A BEGINNING […]

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The Power of Limits

Just because you have space in your home doesn’t mean you have to fill it.  Space is a resource that ought to be preserved.  Having a feeling of spaciousness in various areas throughout your home can make you feel good and improve your mood.  Human beings don’t do well in crowded spaces. Clothes don’t do […]

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Children’s Chores and “Adulting” : Why Chores Matter (Part 1)

Learning how to do basic chores and other life skills at a young age matters.  Here are two examples why… Adulting (v): The ability to behave in an adult manner and fulfill such grown-up responsibilities as: hold a 9-5 job, make monthly mortgage/rent, or car payments, or accomplish anything else in such a way as […]

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Homemade Granola

HOMEMADE GRANOLA Plow through your favorite bulk-food section to find the following ingredients…and have fun gradually adapting the ingredients and proportions to suit your own taste. Ingredients: 6 cups old-fashioned, rolled oats (not quick oats) 1 cups raw, shelled, sunflower seeds 1 cup flaked coconut 1 cup sliced almonds ½ cup wheat germ or wheat […]

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How Can Slow Take Me Fast and Far?

When creating/organizing anything–a space, a room, your life–It’s a mistake to leap to action too soon. More time should be spent identifying the real desire. Be calm. Be still and then ask yourself: “Why even begin this endeavor in the first place? What is my primary motivation?” When you say: “I want to do this […]

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White (or Not-So-White) Washcloths and Bleach

“Alright, Ms Susie Homemaker,” my mother announced near the end of our latest phone conversation, “I have a question about cleaning white washcloths.  It seems no matter what I do, mine always look like I just mopped the floor with them.  They never get white.”  She’d even tried one of the well-known powder oxygen bleaches […]

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A Way to Work Smart

“…I’m beat! This is hard work.” “…why don’t you take a break…and sharpen that saw?…it would go a lot faster.” “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw…I’m too busy sawing!”                       -Stephen Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” One of the most vital […]

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“First We Think…For Five Minutes”

“No, no, NO,” our professor scolded in his Czech-accented English. “Why are you raising your hands? I told you, first we think…for five minutes. Do you understand the problem? After five minutes then you answer the question!” Looking back on my (later-in-life) university career, I realize I learned more in that Analytical Thinking class about […]

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A Moment of Sheer Delight

Yesterday I had a moment of sheer delight that felt like discovering buried treasure. I had gone to the library to pick up a couple of books I had on hold and, on my way into the building, had stopped to see what books were available for sale on the Friends of the Library carts. […]

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