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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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. . The first National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held on September 25, 2010.  The goal was to provide a safe and responsible way of disposing prescription medications.  It was so effective that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the program that oversees this program, expanded the initiative.  It is currently held twice each […]

Willkommen auf dem Oktoberfest

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. . Rather than repeating the same thing other websites do about Oktoberfest, I took a different spin on this festival.  The very 1st “Oktoberfest” did start as a celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa of Saxony Hildburghausen.  They were married on October 12, 1810 and yet Oktoberfest begins and ends before October […]

Be Prepared for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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  . . A total solar eclipse will make August 2017 a busy celestial month. August 12-13: the Perseid Meteor Shower when you could see up to 80 “falling stars” or meteors an hour. The Black Moon, which will cause the Great American Eclipse will occur on August 21. A Total Solar Eclipse will occur […]

How to Save Money with Locally Grown Food

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. . Continuing from last week’s article: How to Save Money at Farmers’ Markets, below are other advantages of Street Markets. I do not normally bring my camera to farmers’ markets. However, when we go on vacation, one of our priorities is to search out street markets in the area.  Every area of the world sells different […]

Homemade Substitutions for Chemical Cleaning Solutions

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. . Sort~N~Save’s mission is two-fold: to help people get organized and save money.  Homemade solutions are better than many chemical compounds.  Additionally, they are safer, less expensive, and environmentally safe.  That is my idea of a win/win solution!  Everyone wins.  Well, everyone except the manufacturers of chemical cleaning solutions. You save money using products […]

Loose Clicks Sink Ships – Be Security Aware

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. . I spend a significant amount of time working online, which makes it important to protect my online security.  Therefore, it is really important that I protect my personal identity information.  If you do anything at all online, then you should also protect your online security. I work on my website.  I buy many […]

How to Save Money at Farmers’ Markets

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. . I am a huge advocate of farmers’ markets.  I wrote a series of articles I wrote to show how anyone can save 40%+ off their food budget.  See 10-Step Supermarket Combination Technique.  I explained that one of the steps is by using farmers’ markets (see Buy Local and Know Where to Go).  I […]

21 Gun Salute versus 3 Volley Salute

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. . In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I would clarify a 21 gun salute versus a 4-volley salute.  Many people think that the firing of rifles at a funeral of a loved-one who was in the military who was killed in action or was a Veteran is a 21 Gun Salute.  That is […]

Celebrate This Month with a Healthy Snack

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. . Kick off the new year with a healthy snack!  January is National Popcorn Month.  It is inexpensive, it is healthy and most people LOVE popcorn!  Keep in mind that although popcorn is a very healthy snack; the items that you add to the popcorn may not be healthy. This healthy snack is extremely versatile. You […]

Blue Crabs: Enjoy Them While They Last

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. . Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are found in a 524 mile long estuary.  It runs from Cooperstown, NY down to Norfolk, VA.  It runs through Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, and ends in Norfolk, VA. The estuary is fed by 51 billion gallons of water that enter the bay daily from thousands […]

7 Steps to Achieving New Year’s Resolutions

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  . With New Year right around the corner, if you are really serious about successfully accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions, use this fool-proof and systematic approach.   Identify: Select a dream or desire or passion that you REALLY want to achieve.  It must be something that you want to accomplish so much that you […]

January 1st Month Tasks and Tips Intro

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. . January 1st, or New Year’s Day, is celebrated by every country around the world.  The 1st month tasks sets the stage for new beginnings as does every other New Year’s Day..Each year we have the opportunity to start again and strive to reach the new year’s new resolutions. It is a new beginning. […]

The Magic of the Winter Solstice

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. . The Winter Solstice this year will occur precisely at 12/22/2015 at 4:48 am.  The “magic” is that this is the one day of the year that has either the shortest (northern hemisphere) or longest (southern hemisphere) amounts of sunlight depending on the hemisphere in which you live.  When I go to work in […]

December Tasks and Tips Intro

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. . One way to get organized and actually enjoy doing it is to mix tasks with fun things to do and I this intro is a teaser of how to do that.  Complete a task and then reward yourself with something that is fun to you.  Even if you only complete part or even […]

Steps to Avoid Identity Theft, Part 2

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. . As a follow-up to the article I wrote on June 20, 2015 (Steps to Avoid Identity Theft), I thought I would provide more information that we (federal employees) have received as a result of the massive hack attack that happened earlier this year. I have received a ginormous amount of extremely useful information.  […]

Brown Sugar Mighty Minnie

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. . Because this is the time of year when those baking supplies go on sale, it is a perfect time for this Mighty Minnie. Around the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday lots of baking items go on sale.  Until I learned this tiny trick, I bought brown sugar only to find that several months later it had […]

Pumpkins Are Not Just for Halloween

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. . One of the things that I love most about the different seasons is the different foods.  For example, when I think of autumn, I think of foods such as apples, cranberries, gingerbread, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. For this article I want to provide some info about pumpkins because pumpkins are always on sale […]

November Tasks and Tips Intro

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. . Have you ever completed a MAJOR QUICK CLEAN of your home when you know someone will be stopping by and you do not want them to see your house all in a mess?  You can avoid conducting a super power cleanup by being proactive and work short bursts of pickup and cleaning your […]

Gifts of Experience: Make Memories

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. . I am all about making memories and spending quality time with family.  If firmly believe that the majority of people spend most of their lives WANTING something.  Many people even sit back and WAIT because they hope something will happen.  All of us will only pass this way one time.  I want to […]

Why Making Memories Is Important

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. . My goal with this post is that if I provide information about what has happened in my life to cause me to believe that making memories throughout my lifetime is absolutely critical, that you will make the correlation about why making memories is important in your own life.  You will find your own […]

Happy 80th Birthday Social Security

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.. ..   Franklin D. Roosevelt (affectionately known as FDR by the common public), the only US President to serve 4 terms, presided over two horrific and devastating crises that occurred in the United States: the Great Depression and World War II.  He held office from November 1932, when he defeated republican Herbert Hoover until […]

September Organizational Tasks and Tips Intro

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. . I make keeping my home organized and keeping up with the housework a little more palatable by combining a variety of monthly events, festivals, and awareness campaigns with the housework. I always do a lot of research to find fun facts and history about some of the events and awareness days.  That makes […]

Best Way to Clean Windows

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. . Although everyone has their own idea of how frequently to wash windows, this article is based on washing them two times each year: at the end of winter and at the end of summer. Of course, if your windows get dirty more often, you will need to wash them at the end of […]

National S’Mores Day

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. . If you decide to have a picnic or during one of your camping trips or even over your barbeque grille in your back yard, why not incorporate National S’Mores Day?  Although apparently the Girl Scouts created this recipe in 1927, I love the press release that was issued by Hershey Chocolates in 2009 […]

Creative Ways to Re-Purpose Empty Jars

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. . I have a cupboard full of a variety of legumes: black-eyed peas, black beans, red kidney beans, navy beans, barley, lentils in a variety of colors, pinto beans, navy beans, tapioca, etc.  However, rather than keeping them in the plastic bags they come in, which makes finding the type of legume that I […]

August Organizational Tasks and Tips Intro

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. . A great time management tip that I regularly use is to learn to be proactive rather than to constantly react to issues as they arise.  By being proactive, you can resolve many tasks before they become issues. Example is if your kids will need supplies to complete a project, if you know what […]

Creative and Frugal Kitchen Utensils Storage

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. . Do you have a variety of kitchen utensils: serving spoons, a variety of different types of spatulas (metal flippers, fish spatulas, baking, silicone, icing, etc.), whisks, graters, knife sharpeners, and the list goes on and on? Are those utensils within easy reach of where you need them, when you need them? Or do […]

Sales Tax Holiday 2015

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. . Sales tax holidays were initiated in New York State in 1997 to offer its residents temporary relief from paying sales taxes on certain items.  Following the Empire State’s lead, 8 more states began offering their own tax-free holidays.  Sales Tax Holidays were offered primarily in August to help families with kids a perk […]

10 Tips to Increase Your Savings

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. . I suspect that you probably work really hard to earn each paycheck. After you pay your mortgage and bills do you have the money that you need? I wish I would have learned years ago to put my money on “autopilot” and to pay myself first.  It is easier than you think. Direct […]

15 Minute Deep Clean Blender Project

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. . I use a variety of “Mighty Minnies” as organizational techniques. Rather than cleaning an entire room in one swell foop, I schedule a variety of 15 minute times and complete just one item for each of those 15 minute increments. For this Mighty Minnie, I thought I would detail how I clean my […]

How Colors Affect You, Part 5

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. . The final article in the How Colors Affect You Series is below.  I hope you found the information that I provided over the past 5 weeks informational and helpful. PINK   Alexander G. Schauss, the Senior Director for American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research (AIBMR), published an article detailing research that he […]

Frugal and Creative Organization Ideas

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. . When you know what you have and where you have it, you save time (no hunting for it) and money (no need to buy another because you can’t find the one you have – – somewhere). There are zillions of ways to organize everything.  I am happiest when I can organize something and […]

National Blueberry Month

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. . July is National Blueberry Month.  Did you know that early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk? Native Americans also made tea from blueberry roots, and used blueberry syrup for coughs. They called blueberries “star berries” because the blossom end of each berry – the calyx – forms a perfect […]

July Tasks and Tips

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. . One tool that you can use to get, and stay, organized is to schedule tasks; some are only done once every year, and therefore, I attach those tasks to monthly Tasks and Tips.  Even if I only complete some of the tasks and preparations or awareness campaigns, I am still farther along than […]

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