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Shop Talk with Jenn and Julie

Frugal Rules to Live By as I Say GoodBye

Jenn Hethcoat

Did you know that the picture above was taken when I was 8 months pregnant with my youngest son...who turns three in just a few weeks? It was then, three years ago, I wrote my first post for Shop Talk. Today I am writing my last. Julie, my Shop Talk ...

Back to School is a Great Time to Get Back to Organized and Saving Money

Jenn Hethcoat

The beginning of school is only another week away. Then we'll learn who our teachers are for the year and what classroom the kids will be in. At home, we've begun our "school routine" to get everyone back on a schedule that is more in tune with the rhythm of ...

What Does Back to School Shopping Mean for You?

Jenn Hethcoat

I remember "Back to School" shopping with my mom when I was younger. It was a big deal: the new supplies, the new clothes, all leading up to that first day of school. What I don't remember was if "Back to School" was as big of an industry as it ...

Dry Weather and Rising Food Costs: Planning Ahead to Save Money

Jenn Hethcoat

This week we traveled to Northeast Nebraska for my high school class reunion. It was great to visit with old friends and to show my family the town that I grew up in. We drove, of course, and I enjoyed the familiar landscapes....the rolling hills in this part of Nebraska ...

Summer's Biggest Money Saver

Jenn Hethcoat

Want to know one of the biggest "deals" of the summer? Fresh produce. Plain and simple, buying produce in season and freezing or canning it is one of the best ways to save yourself money in the long run. With the Farmer's Market, roadside stands and even the produce at ...

Keep Out of the Heat and Stay on Budget

Jenn Hethcoat

During the hot summer days everyone does their best to stay out of the kitchen. It's just too hot. Like everyone else we've been grilling: chicken, vegetables, venison and pork. I've even been grilling pizza. In order to keep with our plan to eat from our pantry and freezer as ...

Recipe ideas for feeding a family on the cheap

Julie Anderson

Did you notice Wednesday's Hy-Vee ad? It said dinner for 4, less than $4. The ad pictured Hy-Vee brand pasta, pasta sauce, garlic bread and packaged garden salad. The total of these four products was $3.95. This is great. So it got me wondering. What is the least amount you ...

Auto Zone Coupons Available

Jenn Hethcoat

It seems a little cliche to be talking about an Auto Zone coupon on Father's Day, but I'm going to do it anyway. Keeping up maintenance on any item you own will ensure that you keep that item longer. This includes your vehicle. I understand that not everyone is handy, ...

Easy, tasty and cheap - broccoli and pasta recipe

Julie Anderson

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/jun/10/236063/ Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I was looking for some cooking inspiration, and came across a You Tube series called Laura in the Kitchen. These cooking videos feature a young Italian woman who makes recipes from her home land. I recognize many of Laura's recipes as those ...

A Picture Perfect Father's Day

Jenn Hethcoat

Father's Day is next weekend. Most likely you knew that. At my house, we don't make a lot of fuss over Father's Day and Mother's Day. We don't buy big fancy gifts...and I don't think we've ever even gone out to eat. This year, however, my husband did make a ...

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