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Cooking on a Budget – The Great Depression Way

On Good Morning America, a 93 year old great grandmother showed how she saves money by cooking the great depression way.  She learned how to cook on a budget through her mother during the Great Depression and now has her own site – “Depression Cooking with Clara” <CLICK> . 

Also, check out Clara’s Blog <CLICK>

Here is Clara’s Pasta with Peas Recipe and a tale of living through the Great Depression.

 

I love the way Clara’s kitchen looks like a grandma’s kitchen – everything from her pots, utensils and where the olive oil is kept gives her stories and cooking history.

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February 28, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Good Morning America, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

New Stimulus Bill to Create a Tax Credit for a Home Purchase!

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Great news for those looking to purchase a home…  a tax credit of $8,000 has been approved! 

                                      <<Click Here to view the Consumer Chart>>

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Eliminating the repayment provision and increasing the limit from $7,500 to $8,000 – along with extending the time line from January 1, 2009 to December 1, 2009.
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February 6, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Credit, Economy, First Time Home Buyers, Money, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keeping Sane While Being a Realtor

To keep myself sane in this crazy housing market and the collision of the economy, unemployment and credit crisis – I stay hopefull by listening to my favorite tunes, watch some tear-jerking, tummy-tickling and jaw-dropping movies – along with others that are inspiring“Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith is awesome!  I also remember each and everyday that I need to push myself for my family – my husband who works 7 days a week outdoors in this bitter cold and my 5 children. 

My faith and being well aware that so many people are in such difficult situations is also a tremendous part of getting through touch times.  I read yesterday about an agent, who’s being a friend, while helping to sell the homes of clients– one with an inoperable tumor in her head – and another who’s husband beat and left her with 3 young children, 2 with severe autism.  Reading this made me sad, but I am glad those sellers have a good agent.  Also after reading this article, it made me realize how fortunate I am – even with my home sales being down, my husband having to switch companies risking his hours being cut, a fire in our house and bills that are causing nightmares!

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Listening to my mother’s stories of growing up in Portugal brings a smile to my face – everytime.  But there are also many stories of  heartache.  In the small village where both of my parents grew up in – Vila Rinho da Raia in Chaves, Portugal – bordering Spain.  Of all the homes in that village, not one went untouched with sadness.  Either with severe illness and/or poverty and many times, the death of a child.  I’ve asked myself,  How did they get through those difficult times?  What support did they have? … 

My paternal grandmother lost not one, but a few children at childbirth, her 4 year old daughter was kidnapped, found and died of unknown causes a few days later, her husband – my grandfather – passed away, leaving her to raise all 7 children on her own.  But yet, she continued to live…

My Grandparents and my father 1925

 

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Today, we just reached 3 million people who have lost their jobs.  If you know someone who has – stay in touch with thema phone call, get together for a cup of coffee, help them write their resume or look through the want ads.  Being a supportive friend goes a long way.

friendly-hug-mysza831                                                                            mysza831 – Flickr.com

An article for inspiration and advice:

“Worry never robs tomorrow of it’s sorrow, but only saps today of it’s strength.” – A.J. Cronin

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Inspiration, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama Promises More Low Cost Mortgages

I received some positive news today via e-mail.  An article written in “Daily Real Estate News” through Realtor.org

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Obama Promises More Low-Cost Mortgages…

President Barack Obama promised Saturday to reduce mortgage costs as a key part of his plan to improve the economy.

Analysts applauded the move, saying that making low-cost mortgages widely available could stabilize housing markets and jump start new home construction.

Beyond that, observers say aid for the troubled housing market will help blunt the anger many Americans feel over the financial bailout as the executives of firms that received billions take bonuses while average people lose their homes.

Source: Reuters News, Mark Felsenthal (01/31/2009)

Any positive news makes me happy for both my buyers and sellers.  My buyerswill be able to possibly take advantage of these historically low interest rates and sellers may see more activity and possibly a SOLD sign in front of their home!

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February 2, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Economy, Mortgage, President Obama, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Carnival of Saving Money – IV on DepositAccounts.com

I am very proud to say that Carnival of Saving Money – the Fourth Edition – on DepositAccounts.com, included MY post – Yahoo!

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There are many other fantastic posts regarding Saving Money, Budgeting, Money Management, the Economy, …

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So unless you have a Money Tree, please <Click > Here to view all these helpful tips and advice in these most difficult times.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Economy, Finance, Money, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Up, Up & Away!

For today’s – Flickr Foto Fun Friday – I have chosen the theme – “Up, Up & Away!”  in respect to my  hope that our economy, the housing market and our countries employment rate will be on the rise due to better days now the President Obama is officially in office!

up-up-and-away-brian-negus                                                           Brian Negus – Flickr.com

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sky-mannequin                                                                Mannequin– Flickr.com

flying-over-the-mountains-rob                                                                       Rob– Flickr.com

flying-sky-high-mindfulness                                                                     mindfulness – Flickr.com

Hope you have an “up-full” day!

January 23, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Inspiration, President Obama, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Economy, Unemployment, Car Industry, Housing Market … We Need Some Inspiration!

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In one way or another, it seems we are all in a struggle these days. The economy and inflation of pricing for gas and oil that we paid – and some are still paying if these expenses were put on credit.  With the increased cost of groceries, airline tickets, fresh flowers, dinner out, getting your lawn cut, a carwash, a haircut, …  – it seemed that just about everything was increased!

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During these past Holidays, many stores were offering discounted prices and incentives to bring people out to shop.  But as I was out and about, the stores and malls seems like any normal weekend – I could find a parking space without having to circle the lot 7 times!  I didn’t have to wait on a line for 45 minutes to pay for 1 gift!  This should have made me happy, but it saddened me because of the reason why it wasn’t crazy and crowded.  People just didn’t have the money or were afraid to spend.

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To keep sane, healthy and to remember that this too shall pass, I found a great site with some inspiration.  To read some ideas – “Looking for Inspiration” by: Cheryl Richardson <CLICK>.

Some of my favorite from this list are :

  • I pray.  When struggling with anger, frustration, uncertainty, etc., “giving it to God” gets me through those feelings and inspires me to know that He is there with me and will guide and get me through.
  • Watching “The Pursuit of Happyness”. This movie reminded me of the determination factor in the pursuit of a goal or dream. You have to keep working toward that goal, even when it’s difficult.
  • I love to read books that keep me in the mind set of doing my best to be a better person.
  • I find inspiration in gratitude. Every day I find at least 5 new things to be grateful for. Things as simple as running water, the cement on my garage floor, the paint on the walls of my house, the way light shines on a tree, today the frost on a picnic table like a million sparkling diamonds. When you think of how little others have in the world, we live in paradise. It energizes me to a happiness that gives me the power to do more, give more happiness, and make a difference in this world.
  • Watching a sunset.

sunset-hamed-masoumi                                                  Hamed Masoumi – Flickr.com

Cheryl has been on Oprah <CLICK>   –   Good Morning America <CLICK> – Recent Good Morning America <CLICK>

So, eat well, exercises, listen to music, watch a sad movie and have a good cry if needed, think of and be grateful for all you have, know that you are fortunate and things WILL get better with a positive attitude and determination, and… don’t forget to BREATHE!

Danbury Fair Mall enhanced through PicNik.com

January 12, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Good Morning America, Inspiration, Money, Oprah, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shopping on a Budget in Danbury CT

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This week I went shopping in Danbury, Connecticut.  With the economy being where it is and the heating and holiday season upon us, getting the most for my dollar was, and always is, important to me.

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A few stores I went into to purchase a Closing Gift and start my Holiday Shopping was on Newtown Road in Danbury – off exit 8 on I-84.  I simply parked my car and had access to a few great shops like – HOMEGOODS

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 and… WALMART

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and… MARSHALLS

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All these shops with great prices – and… I saved gas too!

Click here for some Danbury News by MapQuest.com

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Danbury, Economy, Homegoods, Money, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Nations Economy

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With our current economy problems growing and more and more people being affected – causing much un-needed stress, I have decided to do a “Friday Fun Post” – I hope it makes you smile.

Joke from Comics.comMan eating a bowl of alphabet soup at a diner…”Sigh!…Everybody’s cutting corners in this economy.  My alphabet soup doesn’t have enough letters to make a word!”

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A picture from Nicholas_tFlickr.com

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sun-rays-aussiegallAnother great photo from AussiegallFlickr.com

Daily Inspiration “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda

 

 

 

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And remember – Chocolate works wonders!

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Economy, Fun Post, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wine Library TV with Gary Vaynerchuk

This is a stressful economic time for many people right now – and everyone needs to take time to themselves. 

Whether it’s listening to some of your favorite songs – I have so many, but Hotel California by The Eagles, brings back lots of memories.  My parents had a country house in Margaretville, NY.  Every chance possible, we would pack up the 5 kids, clothes, food, Pebbles – our dog and stuff everyone into our mini van for the 2-1/2 hour ride.   With no I-Pods around yet and hardly any radio reception – cd’s were it and Hotel California was our favorite!

Whether it’s watching a movie that cracks you up – or possibly makes you realize how lucky we are even in these tough times – or… a great romance – The Notebook ranks really high on my list! 

Reading a book – a really, really good book.  One that you take into the bathroom even if it’s just to read a paragraph.  Maybe you’ll enjoy The Lighthouse Keeper by James Michael Pratt

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Getting together with friends – maybe your house one week, a friends house the next time.  Taking the stress and financial burden off of one person since everyone contributes.  One guest can bring cheese and crackers – bought on sale at the supermarket, another can purchase a bottle or two… or three of wine – keeping in mind that you do not have to spend alot of money.   

A FANTASTIC site that I just stumbled upon is  WineLibraryTV.com with Gary Vaynerchuk where he speaks passionately while educating you on wine – like take the time to take a “sniffy, sniff” before drinking your wine – and teaching you to look for wine with “thunder”costs less, tastes BIG.  Gary has been a guest on many popular shows – Ellen De Generes, Mad Money, Night Line and my favorite – Conan O’Brien – too funny!  When visiting Gary’s site, under National TV Appearances, click on “Conan O’Brien” and watch him get a “Buzz”! Or view the video below to get to know him a bit.

My husbands birthday is coming up.  I never know what to get him, but this year, Gary has inspired me to try new wines.  I will purchase a few different bottles – a Portuguese wine will be at the top of my list since my husband was born and raised there and he LOVES his country’s wine. Then I’ll just have fun picking a few different varieties.  Once a week or so, my husband can pick which bottle he’d like to have with dinner – and that means I get to have some too!  Awesome – I can’t wait!

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November 6, 2008 Posted by | Economy, Fun Post, Uncategorized, Wine | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment