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Free Pancake Day Tuesday March 1st

Free Pancake Day at IHOP is Tuesday, March 1. From 7am to 10 pm, you can get a free order of their short stack pancakes (one free order per guest).  Free Pancake Day,started by IHOP in 2006, raises money for charities like the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities.

IHOP raised more than $2.1 million last year alone. Since the first free pancake day in 2006, IHOP has raised $5,35 million and has given away more than 10.1 million buttermilk pancakes.

So on Tuesday, take the family to breakfast at IHOP, enjoy some free pancakes, and leave a little something behind to help Children's Miracle Network and other charities. Your heart and stomach will feel good!

When Spending More May Make More Sense

While we may try to scrimp and save money on groceries, luxuries and impulse buys, there are certain purchases we make where spending more makes sense. Here are a few examples where going cheaper may cost you  more money in the end:

Appliances (And Other Big-Ticket Items): Appliances like washers and dryers, refrigerators, and such take a big bite out of budgets, it is true. But it may make more sense to buy the quality and more expensive versions of these items than their cheaper counterparts which may break down sooner and easier, resulting in expensive repair bills or even replacement costs for a new item.

Food: I know, we all try to save at the grocery store and this is a good thing, as long as we are still making healthy food choices, This also means skipping the fast food drive-thru because it is cheaper and easier to buy dinner there than it is to go home and cook. Just remember that bad eating choices can lead to health problems later that can be very expensive! So while you ma…

Save Money Recipe: Two Dinners, One Chicken

Take one large roasting chicken ( about 7lbs. or so) and make two delicious dinners!

Sunday night is always a good night for a more formal type chicken dinner, so here is a yummy one for you:

Tarragon Chicken With Roasted Vegetables

What you'll need~

3-5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 red onion, cut into wedges
2 cups cauliflower in small pieces (optional)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt to taste
1/4 tsp. pepper (or more to suit your taste)
roasting chicken (about 7lbs. or so)
salt and pepper to taste
tarragon (fresh is best--about 1 bunch)
lemon, quartered
8 cloves garlic, crushed

To Make~

Heat oven to 450 degrees
Line a baking sheet with foil
Toss all veggies with olive oil and mix till they are all covered
Place veggies on baking sheet, and bake about 45 min. stirring once or twice.

Rinse the chicken inside and out, season with salt and pepper

Place the tarragon, lemon and garlic inside the cavity of the chicken

Roast chicken in ro…

Six Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Next Grocery Bill

This guest post was written by Bethany Smith who also writes on the topic of cosmetology schooland criminal justice for distance learning 

According to theUSDA, a family of four on a low-cost monthly food plan spent as much as $758.90 per month in 2010. On a more liberal food budget, the same family could have also spent $1052.10 per month. Either way, these figures are excessive and easily represent sufficient funds for a mortgage or car payment. Whether revamping your grocery budget out of necessity or simply deciding it is time to put excessive spending on food to a stop, you should know that the grocery bill is one of the easiest areas to cut down on living costs.

1. Consider Generic Brands over Top Name Brands.All food manufacturers are required to follow certain procedures to provide healthy and safe food products for consumers. Compare labels to see that there is little or no difference between the ingredients of a name brand product and a generic product. However, the diffe…

Must-Have Money-Saving Apps

A smart phone may have a hefty price tag, but there are tons of money-saving apps for your mobile phone. These apps can help you find deals exclusive to app users, access coupons, or find businesses around you offering deals better than the competition. Make sure you have these must-have money-saving apps on your phone to help find the best deals around -- and maybe even pay for phone with the money you'll save.
Cheap Gas!: The free Cheap Gas! app from is worth the exclamation mark. Gas is expensive, and it's hard to know where this best deals are. This iPhone app uses GPS to find the best deals around you, and then can give directions too. Coupon Sherpa: This free app for iPhone is the mother of all coupon hubs. Find in-store coupons as well as exclusive deals for users -- just show the entry at checkout. You can search by category or store name, locate merchants closest to you, and even e-mail coupons to your friends. And it's all freeFoursquare: The new darl…

Make the Most of the “Daily Deal Phenomenon”

[Guest Post by Tara Allen]

When we’re talking about saving money, one of the easiest ways to go about that is simply to search for things we need at a highly discounted price, right? Right! Insert the new “daily-deal” phenomenon sweeping across the nation. If you haven’t caught the ever-so-contagious deal-bug yet, you should certainly consider signing yourself up! Almost all popular daily deal sites require that an offer be at least 50% of the original price. This is huge, especially for expensive services and products. That said, I called this a “bug” for good reason. It’s something you have to be smart and wary about. If, and only if it is used responsibly, will it truly benefit you and save you money. Here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure that your deal is really the deal you think it is.

If you didn’t need it/want it before you saw the e-mail, don’t buy it.
These sites thrive off of compulsive purchases. But, impulse purchases don’t actually save you money, beca…

40 Ways to Use Baking Soda

I posted recently about using baking soda for a face wash, and realized that I have not written about the gazillion uses for baking soda. My bad. So here goes-- my list of 40 ways to use baking soda!

1. Eliminate garbage can odors by sprinkling some in the bottom of the can before adding a garbage bag.
2. Clean silver by mixing 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub paste on gently, rinse well and pat dry.
3. Sprinkle some on scuff marks and oil spills on the floor. Wipe with warm damp cloth.
4. Sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom of pans with burned foods. Fill with warm water and soak overnight.
5. Clean hairbrushes and combs with a solution of Baking Soda and water.
6.Clogged Drains? Pour 1/4 cup baking soda down drains 1x weekly and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
7. Love this for dirty stinky carpets: Sprinkle on and let sit for about 25 minutes. Vacuum.
8. Sprinkle in litter boxes to neutralize odors.
9. Clean toys with a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 quart war…