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Monday, March 17, 2014:
The first official day of Spring is Thursday, March 20th. That means it is time to start thinking about the dreaded Spring cleaning! Below is a list of things/places to clean around your home that you might not think about. (Per "Buzzfeed.com")
- Dust off your fan blades (use a pillow case to catch the dust)
- Clean your air by vacuuming your AC unit
- Dust the blinds
- Scrub down your kitchen sink
- Clean the grout (yuck)
- Wipe down the vent/ledge above your stove
- Shake out the crumbs and wipe down the toaster and other appliances
- Clean the dishwasher and the microwave ( All that dried on, splattered food)
- Take your vent covers outside and hose them down
- Clean top loading washing machines
- Get the lent out of your dryer exhaust tube (that can be a fire hazard)
Thursday, March 13, 2014:
Spring Break is quickly approaching, but with gas prices topping $3.50 a gallon many families have decided to "Staycation" instead of vacation. Below are some great ideas for you and your family!
"Staycation" locations in Colorado Springs from "SpringsBargains.com":
- Pikes Peak Highway and Cog Railroad
- Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs (Cheap)
- United States Olympic Training Center (Free)
- Whit's End inside Focus on the Family's Visitors Center (Free)
- Garden of the Gods and Red Rocks Canyon (hiking and a picnic?)
- Air Force Academy (Free)
- Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings
- Teas at Glen Eyrie
- Devil's Head Lookout Tower
- Pulpit Rock Hike and St. Peter's Dome Hike
- Green Mountain Falls Hikes and Park
- Museums, museums and more museums
Here's a list: http://springsbargains.com/2010/03/cheap-things-to-do-in-the-springs-visit-a-museum/
- Gold Camp Road historic drive
(Just make sure the road is not under construction due to flood damage)
- Oh yeah...and here is a link to some coupons for local attractions! http://www.pikes-peak.com/coupons/
Indoor "Staycation" ideas for the kids from "Spoonful.com":
- Make your own drive-in theater with cardboard boxes
- Book a room at your own 'home-tel"
- Turn your kitchen into a carnival
- Have a 'camp-in'
- Make smores in your living room fireplace
- Have a movie marathon
- Make a spy game or have a scavenger hunt
- Build a fort with blankets and pillows, then grab some books and snacks to take inside
Monday, March 10, 2014:
Prom is coming up! Below are some ways to save money on prom costs from "SheKnowsLiving.com"
- Plan ahead.
- Sit down with your teen(s) and decide on a reasonable amount to spend.
- Decide which prom activites you want to participate in.
- Discuss overall costs and who pays for what items.
- Caprool with other families/couples/friends and split the cost of gas.
- Borrow a dress, rent one from a formalwear store, or buy from a consignment clothing shop.
- Do your own hair and makeup, or save money with an appointment at a local cosmetology school instead of an expensive salon.
- Utilize accressories you already have or borrow some from a friend or relative.
- Hold a backyard barbecue with friends instead of dining out.
- Have a friend of family member take photos to capture the memory rather than paying for an expensive portrait.
Friday, March 7, 2014:
Had a lot of fun talking about our kids and the funny little notes they leave around the house.
We read some notes from this gallery during the show. If you missed it, and want to check it out click on the link below.
Thursday, March 6, 2014:
Rachel's son is turning 3 in a month and she does not want to break the bank on a venue, cake, decorations and party favors! Here are some tips for planning a budget conscious-party from "About.com."
1.) Do it Yourself:
- Make your own cake and decorations
- Use social media sites for inspiration
2.) Go Generic:
- Products with licensed characters on them usually cost more than generic ones
- If you are going with a Mickey Mouse theme, buy the plates and then go with red cups, napkins and silverware
3.) Reuse and Repurpose:
- Buy party supplies you can reuse down the road, a timeless design
- Instead of wrapping paper use newspaper comic strips
4.) Food for Thought:
- Don't hold party at 5 or 6 p.m if you only want to serve cake and ice cream
- Have the party at 2 or 3 p.m. and call it a "dessert party"on invitations
- Buy 2 liter bottles of soda or juice and disposable cups
- Ask yourself if you really need x, y or z?
- Consider eliminating party favors
- Have a joint birthday party with another child whose birthday is around the same time
6.) Other Quick Tips:
- Host the party at home or in a public park rather than at an event facility
- Keep the numbe of guests to a minimum
- Buy food in bulk and cut fruits and veggies yourself
- Send email invitations or make your own
- Keep things in perspective
Wednesday, March 5, 2014:
It's no secret, finances can be difficult, especially setting a budget.
Below are some tips from Bank of America to help you and your spouse navigate money matters.
1.) Be honest about your goals, and supportive of your partner's.
- Don't criticize your partner
2.) Create a household budget (sometimes easier said than done).
- Discuss your progress
- Discuss unexpected expenses
- Consider a joint checking account
3.) Take allowances or keep individual credit cards.
- Try setting aside monthly allowances that each of you can spend as you please
- Keeping a credit card in your own name will allow you to continue to build your individual credit
4.) Decide which accounts to merge.
- Some couples do not want to give up their individual checking accounts, and experts say that's fine
- Instead set up a linked account to help cover shared expenses
5.) Decide if you need additional accounts.
- Open a savings account as a way to save for shared goals
- Set up automatic deposits from your checking account into your savings account every month
- Can be used as an emergency fund as well
Our listeners also shared some great tips for financial success:
1.) Sit down as a couple each month and discuss the budget, and what is being spent.
2.) Save your change! Gather up loose change daily or weekly and save it in a bucket or bottle. Then, when an
emergency or unexpected expense arises, you have some extra cash.
3.) Take your tax return and deposit it in a savings account. It is a great way to start an emergency fund.
4.) If you get a raise at work, set aside a portion of the extra each month. You won't miss it if you never start spending it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014:
Radio Shack announced Monday it will be closing more than 1,000 stores across the U.S.
That got us thinking about other stores and restaurants that have closed and/or no longer exist.
Here is the list we came up with, thanks to our listeners who helped out!
- Furrs (Bret says there is still one in Denver)
- Michelle's Ice Cream Parlor
- Steak Smith
- Black Angus
- Steak and Ale
- Trail Dust
- Round the Corner
- Swenson's Ice Cream Parlor
- Western Sizzlin
- Godfather's Pizza
- Shakey's Pizza Parlor
- Borders (Bret's favorite place)
- Circuit City
- Media Play and Sam Goody
- Blockbuster and Hollywood Video
- Longs Drugs
- Westminster and Northglenn Malls
- Foley's and Mervyn's
- Joslin's and May D&F
- Montgomery Ward
- Kmart (Soon there will be only one left in Colorado Springs)
- Colorado Springs drive-in movie theater
- Mr. Biggs and Joyride
- Chinook Bookshop
Bret did find a drive-in movie theater in Pueblo that still exists.
If you want to check it out, click on the link below for all the information.
Friday, February 28, 2014:
Looking for some dinner ideas for your family? Here are some from our listeners! Enjoy!
1.) Bean Sandwich:
- Toast bread
- Add pork and beans to the toast
- Cook bacon and put on top of the beans
- Add 1 slice of American cheese
- Bake in oven until cheese melts (350 degrees to start)
2.) Sausage and Potatoes:
- 2 cans sliced potatoes
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can of cheddar soup
- Sliced Hillshire Farm cooked sausage (1/4 inch slices)
- Mix ingredients together and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees
3.) Hamburger Hot Dish:
- 1 lb hamburger (Cooked and drained)
- 1/2 large onion
- Boil 2 cups noodles (egg noodles)
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
- Combine ingredients in pan on stove and serve
4.) Easy Pumpkin Muffins:
- 1 can pumpkin
- 1 box spice cake mix
- 1 bag chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix up ingredients and bake according to directions on back of cake box
If you want to try out Rachel's Meatball Sub Casserole she found on Pinterest, click on the link below!
Thanks "Country Cook" for the idea!
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