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White Mountain Lodge Get Away Bed and Breakfast

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Our good friends, Jim and Lyn Haberstock own the White Mountain Lodge in Greer, Arizona. It is a beautifully restored classic home originally built in 1892 as a pioneer mountain home. In the 1940s it was first open to visitors as a lodge. Over the years it's been expanded and renovated to accommodate a wide variety of guests' needs.


Phoenix's Coolest Consignment Store

Our dear friends Judy Rhodes and Jeri Watson started A Second Look in 1983 with 25 boxes of clothes purchased from a local auction. Their humble beginnings have blossomed into one of the most visited and most beautiful consignment stores we have ever seen. With more than 10,000 people consigning nearly new clothing items and with dated tags that reduce in price every 30 days, you are almost guaranteed to find a bargain every time you shop. 


Test This Product PB2

We're trying a new product. It may sound weird, but PB2 is powdered peanut butter. Great for emergency stocking up and great if you want to eat peanut butter and not eat all the fat. We've just ordered our first jars—it was recommened to us by a friend. We'll let you know how it tastes.

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Decorate Your Own Cakes and Save

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Years ago, Annette's mom took a cake decorating class at ABC cake decorating in Phoenix. She learned so much during that class that she started making THE most delicious cakes our family had ever tasted. She passed her knowledge down to Annette and to our daughters Becky and Abbey too. They all have made fantastic cakes for parties and other celebrations we've hosted.

We'll post some photos of their creations soon.


College Money—Easy Search

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When John, our oldest son, was starting his college career, we did our early research for scholarships in the public library reference section. We pored over huge volumes of The College Bluebook – Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Loans. We took copious notes and made numerous copies of pertinent pages. Later, we found free web sites to aid us in our search and provide custom-tailored information. These cut our search time immensely.


Free Tax Software

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A couple of years ago we paid a tax professional to help us with our taxes. Bill did a great job and got us a maximum refund. It was at that same time that we heard about Turbo Tax online Tax Freedom deal. If you meet certain criteria (lower income, military service or you qualify for the Earned Income Credit) you can use Turbo Tax for free. We ran our numbers through Turbo Tax and got the same result as the paid professional. Since that time we’ve been using Turbo Tax for our own taxes and for our kids too.


Rental Car Savings

We're planning a trip to San Antonio, Texas to cheer as our son Roy graduates from Air Force basic training. We're checking rental car prices and looking for the best rates. We'll be comparing the Entertainment Book, AARP, AAA and any other discount plans we can get, and we'll let you know the results.

If you have any suggestions on who to quote, let us know.



Save on Party Supplies

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When our kids were younger, we'd buy lots of party decorations and party favors from Oriental Trading Company. Whenever the catalog would arrive, each of the kids would spend hours circling the "cool" things that they wanted to have for toys and as trinkets to decorate with when guests arrived. We experienced good delivery and good customer service.


Used Car Buying Check List

We've always bought gently used pre-owned cars (from individual owners, not dealers). One book we read calculated that over a lifetime the difference between buying new cars (with financing) and paying cash for gently used cars can save you over $128,000. We don't know about saving that much money, but we do know that we've never had a car payment, never paid a penny in interest on car loans and always found great deals on used cars.


Avoid Computer Disasters

Dead Computer

We use Macintosh computers (always bought used) at our house. They cost a little more, but we've never had a virus problem . . . ever. But we have had hard-drives die and that has created all kinds of problems. In the past we regularly backed-up our writing (books and columns), email and other data to dvd's and stored them in a safe-deposit box at our bank. It was time consuming, but it saved us loss of data a couple of times.


Catch Your Drips — No more sticky floors

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Years ago, Annette's dad, Syl Meola retired from a sales job in the electronics industry and took a job at his local church as the head of the maintenance department — that's right, he became a janitor. Syl is the consummate organizer and master of efficiency. He can fit more stuff in a small space than anyone we know. One thing he noticed was that whenever there was a reception or some sort of meeting where drinks were served from a coffee pot or cooler, inevitably some of the liquid ended up dripping on floor.


How You Can Eliminate Outrageous Cell Phone Bills

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Get PREPAID without getting BURNED!

We like T-Mobile Prepaid Plans (read more about them here) and just purchased a pre-paid phone for emergencies. T-Mobile's customer service is phenomenal. Their best deal is to buy 1000 minutes of air-time (1 year expiration) and then roll-over any unused minutes by purchasing any denomination of minutes before the end of the year.

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