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The Fall Fairy – a favorite family tradition

I recently gave a talk to Merrimack Friends & Family which is a great service and social club for women and their families in Merrimack, NH. While talking about thrifty ways we have fun in our family, I told them that one way to add fun and memories into our lives is to have inexpensive but meaningful family traditions that the kids look forward to each year.

For example, in the fall the Fall Fairy visits our house.

The way you call the Fall Fairy to your house is to catch a falling leaf before it can touch the ground and lose its magic. This is done by taking the kids to the woods on a bright, fall afternoon and setting them lose to run and chase the falling leaves. If you don’t catch a leaf, the Fall Fairy doesn’t visit so even the teenagers are good heartedly involved in the chase.

Once you have the leaf you then place it under you pillow before you go to bed that evening.

The Fall Fairy is called with a beautiful fall leaf.

The Fall Fairy is called with a beautiful fall leaf.

During the night, the Fall Fairy comes and delivers a new warm pair of socks signaling that summer is over and colder weather is here.

Amazingly she matches the socks up with the kids’ personalities. The girls get brightly patterned socks, the boys get sports socks and our out-doors-loving guy gets hiking socks.

It’s a tradition we’ve had since the kids were very young, it doesn’t cost much but it’s something the kids look forward to each year and will pass on, I’m sure, when they have their own children.

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Ellie Kay – Little Book of Big Savings – great thrifty gift ideas

I recently received a copy of the Little Book of Big Savings by Ellie Kay. Boy is this book filled with tons of  great ideas on how to save money and how to make do with what you already have. For  people who eat and breath being thrifty, this book could be eaten with a spoon, it is that delicious. Going beyond the “don’t buy a latte at Starbucks” this little tomb gives hundreds and hundreds of really effective suggestions on how to save money.

Here are some of Ellie’s great thrifty “out of the box” ideas for Holiday gifts that won’t cost you a lot but are high on thoughtfulness: Continue reading

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Simple Thrift Column – Nashua Telegraph – October 20 – 09 Halloween tips

Wendy Thomas – Simple Thrift
Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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Fall is here, the temperature has dropped, and we find our food tastes change from the high water fruits and vegetables of summer to the heartier and heavier foods of winter. It’s a natural food progression, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot more. It just means that you need to be a bit creative with your food offerings.

Want to know one of my favorite fall secrets for feeding lunch to a large group of hungry kids for just a few dollars? Broiled open-faced cheese sandwiches. Continue reading

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Simple Thrift Column, Nashua Telegraph – October 06, 2009

Wendy Thomas – Simple Thrift
Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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We have obtained 14 chickens, paid for a custom-built hen house, bought different levels of chicken feed and patiently waited. After 89 days and hundreds spent on our birds, although we have some great chicken stories, we had little to show for our effort.

But on Sept. 23 – that’s right, 90 days after we started our chicken adventures – we got our first egg. Of course, since then, we haven’t gotten any others, but we’ll take that glorious first egg. Continue reading

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Simple Thrift Column – Nashua Telegraph – September 29, 2009

Check the progress on the $729.94 Thrifty Egg ebay auction here: $729.94 Thrifty Egg Auction

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Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009columnists653

A few thrifty and environmentally friendly cleaning ideas

As the writer of a column and blog on thrifty living, I’m often sent great ideas on how to save money. The following ideas come from a book I was sent called “The Frugal Foodie Cookbook – Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook” by Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk. Although it’s small in size, it is jam-packed with thrifty recipes and money-saving bits of advice.

Here are a few of their thrifty and environmentally friendly cleaning ideas: Continue reading

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Use Natural Remedies for the Common Cold (great info here)

With flu season just around the corner, I thought I’d post this article I received by email. It’s got great information about the flu and colds and what you can do naturally (and cost effectively) to reduce your chances of getting the flu or a bad cold. (or things you can do to make life easier if you do happen to catch one).

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NaturalNews.com printable article
Originally published September 3 2009
Use Natural Remedies for the Common Cold
by Barbi Trejo, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) During sometime in this year, you will most likely succumb to the common cold. Even the strongest or the bravest person will at times have the nasty old “common cold” bug. Many confuse the flu with the cold and there are some simple differences to help you know which treatment to take. Natural medicines should be taken at all times, as antibiotics will only suppress your immune system.

Photo credit: AnA oMeLete

Photo credit: AnA oMeLete

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Tips on How College Students Can Save Big Bucks

Guest Post –

I am happy to present this informative guest post written by Rose Jensen who writes an online degree programs blog. As many of our kids have just gone or will be going back to college soon, you’ll find some timely thrifty advice and suggestions here.

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College is an exciting time for many students. It will be their first time living away from home, their first time doing their own laundry, their first time cooking and eating on their own, and ouch, the first time shelling out their own cash for everything from toilet paper to textbooks. Luckily, there are easy ways to get the most bang out of their bucks so students can keep their wallets, checking accounts, and parents happy. west hall

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The 100 All-Time Best Dormroom Hacks – great info here

I was recently sent a link to an article for The 100 All-Time Best Dormroom Hacks

After looking at the article, I found that there are some seriously good tips and pointers to ingenious work-arounds for dorm living.

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Specific to NH – Mother & Child® Clothing and Gifts, LLC Nashua

Mother & Child® Clothing and Gifts, LLC Nashua

Join us Friday evening July 31 at 6PM when we will host Wendy Thomas of Simple Thrift.
Wendy will share her favorite Thrifty Ideas.
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If you’d like to RSVP or learn more.

Wendy will discuss her favorite thrifty tools she can not live without.

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Simple Thrift Column – Nashua Telegraph – July 28th 2009

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Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about back to school

Although it’s still summer, my thoughts have already turned to preparing the kids for school in the fall. When you have six school-aged kids, this becomes no small feat. Here are some of my tricks for not breaking the bank when doing back to school shopping.

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