Money Saving Tips 41-45

Instead of buying gifts offer a service. For example your brother and wife are new parents. Instead of buying them a present offer to babysit for a night. Or if you know pet owners offer to take care of their pet while they are on vacation. There are many other ideas you can use but guaranteed people would appreciate the gift of your time then “stuff”.

Volunteer. Instead of spending money joining clubs or classes volunteer your time. This way you can give back to the community and make friends at the same time.

Go generic. It may surprise you how many families really have trouble straying away from brand names but when they do the savings are huge. Instead of buying designer clothes or even name brand groceries buy the generics. Just because it’s generic it doesn’t mean it poor quality.

Switch to term life insurance. By switching to term insurance you can use the different and get yourself out of debt and start saving money. The universal policies are much more expensive and unnecessary.

Avoid shopping for entertainment. There is nothing worse then going shopping and buying everything that you don’t need on impulse. Find other ways to entertain yourself. Take the dog for a walk, play basketball, or visit a friend.

Shoveling Snow Sucks

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Over the past month we have had a ridiculous amount of snow. The roads were terrible the first time around. Waiting for the roads to be cleared was almost as frustrating as dealing with the cold snap. Now it’s not as cold out but we are still dealing with all of the snow. The side of the street we park on is sloped downwards so when it snows or rains it floods our side of the street. We aren’t a major road and we don’t have a  bus route through our neighbourhood which means are streets don’t get cleared or at least they aren’t a priority. Today we spent a good two hours clearing snow off the road so we can pull in and out of the driveway and park along the street. Layers of ice and hardened snow are not easy to break through. I tell you I’ll be feeling the pain and stiffness tomorrow.

Sexy Sunday 70

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Heidi Montag

Heidi Montag was born in Crested Butte Colorado in 1986. Once out of high school she spent a year in Italy studying fashion. She then moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art. It was here she met Lauren Conrad. They both quit school and moved to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Due to her relationship with Lauren, Heidi got a role on a few episodes of Laguna Beach. It was in 2006 that the two landed on the spin off of the show The Hills. From there Heidi got more attention as she dated fellow costar Spencer Pratt and her friendship with Conrad deteriorated. In 2009 Heidi married Spencer Pratt. Later that year the two were seen on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of here. Using the fame she achieved from being on the Hills Heidi released a music video shot by her husband onto MySpace. Anyone with half a brain dismissed it as nothing more then trash. Heidi plans to perform a hit song off her 2009 album at the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant.

Scrumptious Lasagna

lasagnaServes 12

Ingredients:

1 lb Sweet or hot Italian sausage
3/4 lb lean ground pork
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
12 oz tomato paste
13 oz tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp salt
1/4 ground pepper
4 tbsp fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg
3/4 lb mozzarella shredded
3/4 lb grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a dutch oven cook first 4 ingredients over medium heat until well browned. Stir in next 4 ingredients. Season with basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and  2 tbsp parsley.  Simmer, covered for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.

Bring large salted pot of water to boil. Cook lasagna noodles according to directions on package. Meanwhile in a bowl combine ricotta, egg, and remaining parsley.

Preheat your oven to 375 F

In a 9×13 baking dish, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with 1/3 shredded mozzarella cheese. Add 1 1/2 meat sauce over mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with 1/4 cup parmesan. Repeat layers with remaining cheese. Cover lasagna with tin foil sprayed with cooking spray (to prevent sticking)

Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and cook for another 25 minutes. Allow lasagna to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Myths About Acne

Poor hygiene causes acne. If you believe this and begin scrubbing your skin hard and frequently you can actually worsen the condition of your acne. Contrary to what you may believe acne isn’t caused by surface oils or dirt even though it may look unsightly it shouldn’t be removed by rough scrubbing. The best approach to take is to gently wash your face twice a day with a mild soap. Pat dry and use an appropriate acne treatment suitable for your skin.

Stress causes acne. Stress of everyday life isn’t an important factor in acne. However if you have severe stress which needs to be treated with antibiotics then the medicine itself may cause acne as a side effect. If you think this is the case talk to your doctor to see if there is something that can be done.

Poor diet causes acne. Though there have been studies there is no direct connection between diet and acne. Pizza, fries, and chocolate don’t cause acne however many people still insist that eating certain foods does cause acne. If that is the case then avoid those foods. Scientists however do say that if acne is being treated properly then it shouldn’t matter what food you are consuming.

Acne is nothing but a cosmetic disease. Well it is true that acne isn’t pretty to look at it is more then a cosmetic disease. For many people it affects self-esteem and confidence which can lead to a disruption in the way people live their lives.

Acne needs to run its course. Truth be told acne can be cleared up. If you have tried numerous products in attempts to clear your acne and it hasn’t worked consider seeing a dermatologist. With the technology and products out there today there is no reason for someone to have to endure acne and its physical and emotional scars.

Jokes 03-05-09

Two women go out one weekend without their husbands. As they came back, just before dawn, both of them drunk, felt the urge to pee. They noticed that the only place to stop was a cemetery. Scared and drunk, they decided to go there anyway.
The first one had nothing to blot herself with, so she took her panties off, used them and discarded them. The second, not finding anything either, thought “I’m not getting rid of my panties…” so she used the ribbon of a nearby flower wreath.
The morning after the two husbands were talking to each other on the phone, and one says to the other: “we have to be on the look-out; it seems these two were up to no good last night, my wife came home without her panties…” The other responded “You’re lucky, mine came home with a card stuck to her butt that read “From all us at the firehouse, we’ll never forget you.”

Q:How do you make a blondes eyes sparkle?
A: Shine a flashlight through her ear.

Q: How can you tell when a lawyer is lying?
A: When his lips are moving.

Q: How can you tell if you’re a redneck?
A: You go to the family reunion to find a date.

Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a bucket full of shit?
A: The bucket.

Crazy Laws 11

In Virginia it’s illegal to snooze on a train.

In Texas it is illegal to take more then 3 sips of beer while standing.

In Arizona you may face up to 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.

In New Jersey all cats must wear three bells to warn birds they are there.

New Releases March 3, 2009

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New release listings for Blu-ray and Playstation 3.

Blu-ray

  • Australia (Fox)
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Walt Disney)
  • Brokeback Mountain (Universal)
  • I’ve Loved You So Long (Sony)
  • In the Electric Mist (Image)
  • NFL Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers Champions (Warner)
  • Paramore: The Final Riot! (Summit)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (MGM)
  • Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic (Warner)
  • Wonder Woman (2009) (Warner)

Playstation 3

  • Major League Baseball 2k9
  • MLB 09 The Show
  • SBK Superbike World Championship 08
  • Tom Clancy’s Air Combat


Money Saving Tips 36-40

For standard purchases: clothes, sports equipment, movies etc. Buy used items. Instead of buying full retail price check out thrift stores, used sports stores or even used video game stores. Lots of the time you will find what you are looking for and it will be in good shape and much cheaper then buying it new.

Do holiday shopping after the holidays. Lots of people do this already. Most times stores will have lots of product left over so take advantage. Buy Easter kits after Easter, Halloween or Christmas decorations two days after. By doing this you will stock up for next year and definitely hit some good sales.

Re-evaluate the stuff you do have. Go through each room in the house and look at each item ask yourself if you still want it or if you need it. Chances are you’ll come across items you didn’t know you had or forgot you had. By doing this you can get rid of clutter and have extra stuff to put towards a yard sale for next year.

Prepare meals at home. Get a beginners cookbook and pick out all the recipes you like then from your list pick one to cook that night. Not only do you save money from avoiding take out and convenience foods but you get some culinary skills and get to experience new recipes.

Search for reliable and fuel efficient cars. Take a look at your lifestyle just how much do you use you car? How much do you spend on gas? Chances are you spend a lot. Instead of buying a car for status or because it’s cool check out the mileage. Good mileage means less money spend on gas and more money in your wallet.

Sexy Sunday 69

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Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes was born in Eastermere in Friesland (the Netherlands) in 1985. Kroes is currently signed to DNA models and has graced the magazine covers of Time, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Numero. She is also a regular in Victoria’s Secret catalogues and was featured in their 2005 and 2006 fashion show. Kroes has also done campaigns for Gucci, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Versace and Neiman Marcus. She was Model of the Year in 2005 on Vogue.com. In 2006 she signed a 3 year contract with L’Oreal. In 2007 she was named as the 14th of the world’s top earning models earning 1.5 million in a year. In an interview Kroes has admitted she has a thing for black men but has never dated rapper Pharrell Williams.