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‘T H A N K F U L’ Banner

This year I made a ‘T H A N K F U L’ banner I’d like to show you. The beauty of this banner is that you can resize it to fit the space you have available, so don’t feel forced to use my measurements. This banner can also be spaced differently, bringing the pieces closer or setting them further apart. Continue reading ‘T H A N K F U L’ Banner

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Review: Easy Pumpkin Carving by Colleen Dorsey

The book explains the types of pumpkins and gourds that are best for carving, and which sizes are good for different kinds of patterns, as well as how to choose the best quality ones for carving and other projects. It is very informative, showing… Continue reading Review: Easy Pumpkin Carving by Colleen Dorsey

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Frugal Autumn Decorating

It is hard to believe that autumn is already under way. The summer went by so quickly, I was not entirely prepared. A couple weeks back I was trying to decide how I was going to decorate the room that I rent for the autumn sabbats and holidays (Fall Equinox, Samhain, Yule and Thanksgiving). I needed to decorate for everything on a budget of $20.00, … Continue reading Frugal Autumn Decorating

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Decorating for Autumn Holidays, On the Cheap

There are a few things that you can do to decorate for the autumn holidays, without spending a lot of money.  At this time, stores are already offering discounts on autumn decorations to make room for placing Christmas stuff on their shelves. NOTE: My favorite thing to do is shop clearance sales after Halloween and Thanksgiving. Doing this has enabled me to acquire a bunch … Continue reading Decorating for Autumn Holidays, On the Cheap

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright January 14, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Taking Some Time Away for the Holiday Season

Good day! I wanted to check in with everyone, to see how you are doing and to let you know that I am taking a couple of months off from blogging and many of my other writing activities. In November, I’ll be publishing my last fiction story of the year. I’ll also spend the next couple of months finishing up things from the 2018 to-do … Continue reading Taking Some Time Away for the Holiday Season

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Save Money While Living Healthier

Can you be healthy and frugal at the some time? You can, if you do it right. How? By making smart decisions. You need to decide where you want to put your money. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to afford all the cool gadgets and super foods that are advertised, so you’ll have to make good choices. There’s no reason to feel deprived, … Continue reading Save Money While Living Healthier

Photograph taken by Shannon L. Buck copyright June 9, 2016.

How do You Want to Live When You Retire?

It’s nice to dream about retirement. Getting to relax. To go places. To spend time with your family. But I’ve been wondering lately, will I even be able to retire? I’m not convinced that I will. I don’t honestly think retirement will even be an option for me. How many of you are in the same boat? Here’s the thing. I raised my daughters on … Continue reading How do You Want to Live When You Retire?

Review: Sway Underarm Detox Deodorant Starter Kit

I don’t know about you, but I’ve begun the search for personal hygiene products that will be less harsh on my skin. I’ve noticed over the past year that my skin has changed. It is different and, even though it does seem vein, I just do not want to age before my time. I want to continue to feel good about myself. The SWAY Underarm … Continue reading Review: Sway Underarm Detox Deodorant Starter Kit

Review: Dove Beauty Bars

Dove is a classic for me. I remember it form years ago. I’ve used it again for about a week, as I want something gentler for my skin. Not being a soap, Dove is a quarter moisturizing cream. Who couldn’t use that, especially during the winter months when our skin gets so dried out due to the extremely cold temperatures outside, and the dry heat … Continue reading Review: Dove Beauty Bars

Graphic copyright Shannon L. Buck, December 31, 2016.

Single Mom Family

If some of you aren’t aware, I raised my daughters on my own. Being a single mom is not always easy, but it’s the single most important the I’ve ever done, and the most rewarding. I used to write the Bangor Single Mom column on Examiner.com, until they closed down, and I loved writing for that outlet. When it closed, I decided I needed to … Continue reading Single Mom Family

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Store Closing: Family Dollar in Old Town

I got a message from my sister Sheila today. She was at the Family Dollar in Old Town and was told the store was going to be closing on June 2, 2017. There are no notable sales as of yet, but all sales are final. I did a search and learned that they are closing a few hundred of these stores. With the closing of … Continue reading Store Closing: Family Dollar in Old Town

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Store Closing: Hands of Hope in Bangor, Maine

You may remember I covered the Kmart and Macy’s store closings earlier this year. Now another store will be closing. Hands of Hope, a thrift store in Bangor, Maine, will be closing on April 30th. It is located in the same building that Kmart was set up in, right next door. I’ve heard rumors they’ll be tearing the building down, but I don’t know for … Continue reading Store Closing: Hands of Hope in Bangor, Maine

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Book Review: The Art of Money by Bari Tessler

You may have noticed that I’m learning more about handling money, investing, and other financial concerns this year. Perhaps you read my posts It’s Time to Get Our Finances in Order and Do You Have a Clear Picture of Your Financial Situation. And maybe you read my New Year Goal posts about Researching Little Ways to Invest and Separating Expenses. I’m still on my quest … Continue reading Book Review: The Art of Money by Bari Tessler

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Are You Ready for Spring Cleaning?

I’ve visited the Living Well Spending Less site on several occasions. I love the clean look of the site, and the products are so nice. I’m actually working through the Goal Setting Workbook, and I just found the free The LWSL Spring Cleaner Planner 2017! Two of the things I like best about the workbook and the planner are the bright colors and the streamlined, … Continue reading Are You Ready for Spring Cleaning?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 14, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Kmart Shopping Trip # 6 – Closing Sales

I shopped a second time in one day, because I found deals on cleaning supplies I’ll use. I needed to go back to my room to figure out a budget for what I can spend on such things, then return to the store. Thankfully these two trips were on a day I had to stay at work, so I wasn’t wasting money on transportation. I … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip # 6 – Closing Sales

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 14, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Kmart Shopping Trip # 5 – Closing Sales

At the time of this trip, Kmart was having deals up to 80% off. Not too bad. The layout of the store has changed because they are moving more and more of what they have left to the front half of the store. As shelves clear (mostly) items are moved. Now you have to look around to see what is still available. Clothing is no … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trip # 5 – Closing Sales

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Getting Ahead on the Holidays, and Stocking Up

I’ve always been one to buy items for holiday gift-giving when I see them at good deals, but because I rent a room I don’t have much space for storing such items any more. As long as I can keep the gifts I’m buying small, I can store them in with the other holiday items, so I’ve collected small things for the various recipients I … Continue reading Getting Ahead on the Holidays, and Stocking Up

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Kmart Shopping Trips # 3 and # 4 – Closing Sales

I’m proud of myself. I’ve kept my purchases during the Kmart closing sales to things I would have bought anyway. (You can see what I bought and paid during trip 1 and trip 2.) A couple of weeks back I went shopping there (trip # 3), and picked up a few things: Two journals, Post-it’s, and index tabs. I had enough points that I didn’t … Continue reading Kmart Shopping Trips # 3 and # 4 – Closing Sales

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Do You Have a Clear Picture of Your Financial Situation?

I recently made a series of posts over on Single Mom Family for the 30 Day Money Cleanse. The challenge helped me to get clear on where exactly I’m at with my finances. I’m not anywhere near where I want to be, but now I can focus more clearly on getting there. For that I am thankful. Today I’m sharing the posts for the challenge, … Continue reading Do You Have a Clear Picture of Your Financial Situation?