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Looking for a Great Family Movie?

We went to see UP today with some new friends. This movie was so much better than I expected it to be. And the 3-D effects were great! We have found that our local AMC theater offers $5 movies before noon on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. This is a great way to see a movie without breaking the bank. And an added bonus is that the Sunday morning shows are usually very sparsely populated. This is good if you have noisy kids (like my granddaughter!) and don’t want to disturb the other patrons.

Tip of the Day: Have you seen the Redbox movie outlets? All you need is a credit or debit card and you can rent a movie for $1 per night! If you return the movie by 9pm the next day, that is all it costs. If you keep it longer, you will be charge $1 for each night until you return it. Keep it for 25 days and it is yours for $25 (plus tax).

Remember Pueblo, Colorado?

I know I am showing my age here, but does anyone else remember this old commercial about the Consumer Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado?

It was all about a booklet that you could order that gave tips on travel, home repair, saving money, etc. The address given didn’t even have a street; it was just 2 lines:

Consumer Information Center
Pueblo, CO 81009

Well, these guys are still around but have modernized a bit. Now there is a website with lots of information. I had forgotten all about it til I ran a Google search on saving money and this popped up.

Tip of the Day: Here’s a shortcut to take you directly to the money saving page .

Can We Afford a Summer Vacation?

When it comes to enjoying a vacation on a limited budget, nothing beats a good old camping trip. After all, it costs next to nothing to pitch your tent in the back country wilderness of your favorite national park. Camping is one of the most popular family activities, and many families enjoy camping together, sharing stories around a roaring fire, roasting marshmallows, swimming, fishing and all the other great things that come with a camping trip.

There are many ways to camp, from rough camping in the back country to cabins at campgrounds to even RV camping. The level is entirely up to you, and that is one thing that makes camping so attractive to budget travelers and families alike.

You know that camping is one of the least expensive of all vacations, but here’s a quick look at the expenses associated with this type of budget travel. The centerpiece of the camping trip, of course, is the tent. Unless you plan to camp in an RV (the closest I’ll ever come to “roughing it”) or rent a cabin, you will need a sturdy, high quality tent. Most campers will also want high quality sleeping bags. It is a good idea to choose a sleeping bag that is insulated, and to pick one that will be good for several seasons. If you don’t want to sleep on the ground, pick up a couple of folding cots as well. It is also a good idea to buy a couple of camp lanterns. A cooler for drinks and food is a necessity, as is a portable charcoal grill or camp stove.

There is nothing quite like vacationing in the great outdoors to get back in touch with nature. From watching the wildlife to watching the stars, there is plenty to do on the average camping trip. Stargazing is particularly popular with city dwellers, who may never have seen the Milky Way in all its glory before. Get away from the glare of city lights and see nature as it truly is.

Tip of the Day: Check out your nearest lake or state park. These are generally cheaper to get into and you won’t spend as much for gas. Also, if you forget something, you are close enough to home to run back and get it!

Anybody Out There Use Coupons?

Now that’s a silly question in this economy! If you don’t use coupons, it’s like throwing money away. I may not be the coupon queen (no, I can’t buy $300 worth of groceries and only pay $2 using coupons), but I can save $8 – $10 on most grocery trips using coupons. There are several ways to get coupons: the Sunday paper is one of our favorites,, Proctor & Gamble’s site, etc.

I recently found out that you can load coupons on your Tom Thumb Reward card. By doing this, you don’t have to keep up with all those paper coupons. All you need is a list of the coupons you have loaded and you can print that from the website!

Tip of the Day: Another really cool thing is MobiQpons. This is an iPhone app that allows you to find coupons at retailers near you using your GPS location. The coolest thing about this is that you can find coupons even when you are traveling.

Do You Have a Clear Vision?

I love to read… anything. Fiction, fantasy, self-help, spiritual, leadership… you name, I’ll read it. This weekend I read a book from one of my favorite authors, Ken Blanchard. You know Ken: The One-Minute Manager guy. This book is called Full Steam Ahead!: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Work and Your Life. Co-authored with Jesse Stoner, it is the story of a newly-divorced single mom who goes to work for the first time at an insurance agency. She becomes friends with the owner of the company and begins a series of early morning discussions with him regarding vision. Together, they discover their own values, purpose and vision of the future for themselves individually and for the company.

Over the next few days (maybe weeks), I intend to discover my own values and purpose as well as my vision for the future for myself personally as well as for this website. Stay tuned as I will be posting this on a new page when I have it ironed out. And I expect you, the reader, to let me know if you think I stray from those values and purpose.

Tip of the Day: I challenge you to some introspection to discover your own vision. What are your values? What do you care deeply about? What is the purpose of your life, your job, your company?