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    Watch out for Scammers during the Government Shutdown

    The government shutdown is having an impact on Americans (and the military community specifically) in numerous ways. The added inconveniences, costs (commissary closings), loss of income, reduced training opportunities and much more are adding stress to military families too. With this turbulence comes the opportunity for scammers to target you as well. These folks are out there and they take advantage of everyone; but the military lifestyle creates some unique challenges and many times the bad guys know this. With the current reduced government protective resources the identify theft folks are working overtime right now; the new health care law is new and a bit confusing which opened the door…

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    Impact of the Sequestration

    A Compilation of Articles about the Sequestrationand the impact on Military Families From the Department of Defense & other relevant news sources: Carter Reassures Defense Industry Amid Budget UncertaintyMarch 12, 2013 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged today that the Pentagon will not allow a $46 billion cut in spending and uncertainty over future funding to keep it from focusing on challenges facing the nation even though the current fiscal situation will lead to “perverse, unsafe and wasteful consequences.” (continued) Sequestration Pinch Includes Tuition Assistance SuspensionMarch 12, 2013 – Though budget woes led the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force to suspend their tuition assistance programs and the Navy…

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    5 Practical Ways to Save Money on Groceries

    1. Make a list.  I know, time and time again you hear it.  “Make a list and stick to it.”  But writing a list on scarp paper and then losing that paper isn’t going to help.  Instead make the list practical.  I like using technology and since my phone is usually in the kitchen on the dock, it is very practical to keep my list there.   The free app that I use, is Grocery Pal but there are dozens of list apps out there.  I add items when I need them, when I start to run low, when I know it is time to restock.  I love that after I buy…

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    Money Saving Idea: Getting Comfortable in the Kitchen

    Throughout the next month the focus is going to be on saving money.  No pressure on my part as that leads to nothing but guilt, and therefore failure.  However, when I do find myself doing ‘the right thing’ I want to focus on it and think about how I can make it that much better.  (My motto, “Little Drops of Awesome“) There will be a lot of trust.  Trust that this focus is important, necessary, part of managing the household.  It helps with some of the stress on my marriage.  It helps me feel like a better manager of God’s provisions.  Money doesn’t bring happiness but I’d sure like to try peace…

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    The Year in Review – 2012

    MilitaryAvenue.com has a lot to offer the military family, from local military discounts, to stories of personal experience, and articles from reputable resources like the DoD, USAA, Community and Family Policy and so many more. So what was important to our families this year?  Here are the Top 10 Articles on MilitaryAvenue.com from the year 2012: MilitaryAvenue’s Moving Checklist: A move isn’t complete without a checklist! It certainly is less stressful with one. Click on a link below to take you to the appropriate time frame and then skim the other lists to make sure you are on track for a great move. Growing Up in the Military: A few years ago,…

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    Commissary Gift Card for You

    It is that time of year. When we have a hard time finding air because the schedule is so busy.  Parties, kid-concerts, shopping, meal planning, travelling and so much more.  It is easy to get lost in the festivities and forget to take a moment to remember the joy in the season. Start your membership today – www.sittercity.com/dod To help encourage and empower our military families SitterCity has presented us with four $50 Commissary cards to give to military-families!  Wow, what a wonderful gift!    To be entered for our random drawing tell us something you love about the holidays.(This one is a must in order to be entered!) To be entered again Like…

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    Military Friends – A Puzzle for Our Civilian Counterparts

    Military friends! Sometimes our military lifestyle is a puzzle to our civilian friends and the rest of the nation. We have some opportunities that civilians normally do not receive and we also face challenges and lifestyle issues they may never see. But one thing we have that is “just to die for” is our military friends. We come together from all over the country (and in some cases the world), of all races, ethnic backgrounds, economic and educational levels, different goals and lifestyles and so much more diversity that most Americans ever have the opportunity to experience.  I have to admit that this is our (my military spouse, mil brats…

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    Coupon crazed

    I recently had the pleasure of attending Army Wife Network‘s “Coupon Boot Camp Webinar”, supported in part by the Commissary Shopper. I have to admit while I was sitting through it, two days for a couple hours each day, I began to question what I was being taught compared to what I already knew.  Pretty basic stuff.  But it was an opportunity to educate myself and I took it all in, reaffirming mostly and taking in a few bits and pieces as well.  (As an example, I had no idea you could use a manufacturer coupon and a BJ’s coupon on the same item … two coupons for one item; TOO cool!) But then yesterday…

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    Chicken Breast in a Puff of Pastry

    Pure deliciousness emanated out of my kitchen Saturday night.  It smelled of pastry and cheese and a hint of bacon.  It sounded like “mmmmm”, “This is good” and even “Can I have some more, please”.  A home prepared meal that took about 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake. Before I share my newest recipe I’d like to introduce you to my kitchen help:He’s a keeper, even if he refuses to wear pantstodayChicken Breast in a Puff of PastryIngredients:3 or 4 chicken breasts2 frozen puff pastry sheets4 oz cream cheese3 or 4 slices of bacon, roughly cut1 green onion1 large egg, beaten1 Tb of McCormick’s Perfect Pinch for Rotisserie Chicken – It is my new…

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    A Slice of Summer

    Ahhhh Summer Fare.  There are so many good, fresh, healthy foods out there this time of year.  It is my favorite time for munching and crunching! Fresh, healthy foods are an investment in your health as well as your wallet.  Before we dive into some of my favorite recipes I want to share just a couple of money saving tips for your eating pleasure: The Garden, my passion, on so many fronts. It embodies good health, good stewardship, and good eats!  According to USAA: “A National Gardening Association study found that families with gardens spent an average of $70 on supplies and reaped $600 of food a year.” Grow Money in Your…