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Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday 2013

What is the Sales Tax Holiday? The Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The state sales tax is payable on the portion of the purchase price of any individual item in excess of $2,500. The holiday will apply to the 4 percent state sales tax, but will not apply to the sales taxes levied by parishes, municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state.

Saving BIG on Fresh Produce

One question I get asked a LOT is how to save money on fresh produce.  Well, there is really only one good answer: buy them in-season.  The best way to save money on fresh fruits and veggies is to know when the harvest season is for that item and purchase it then.  Freezing fresh produce is a great way to lock in all of their great flavor and nutrients.  You can blanch them and seal them in freezer bags or flash freeze them (This is my favorite method.  You can

Making your own milk for as low as 10¢ per gallon!

As many of you already know, I bought a soy milk maker a couple of weeks ago in an attempt to eat healthier without breaking the bank.  Well, I’m happy to report that it was a HUGE success!  Since receiving my Easy-Clean Automatic Hot Soy Milk Maker, not only have I made soy and rice milk; I have discovered that I can also make almond milk with this amazing machine!  I was a little skeptical because my family is very particular about brands with soy milk.  We only drink Silk because

6 Thrifty ways to FIGHT THE BITE ~ Don’t Get Bitten By Mosquitoes

6 Thrifty ways to FIGHT THE BITE ~ Don’t Get Bitten By Mosquitoes Here in south Louisiana, there are few things that BUG us more than mosquitoes. We deal with them year-round, yes we even have them in January! I have compiled a list of easy, homemade ways to repel and treat mosquitoes. Wear light color clothing ~ Mosquitoes prefer darker colors. Long pants and long sleeves are not as uncomfortable as you may think in the middle of the summer. Catnip ~ Use catnip! Catnip is an herb that

Summertime Coupons!

Summer is here and the kids are out of school.  This is typically the best time of the year to find the BEST coupons and get lots of great freebies! There are a few things to keep in mind when using coupons and with all of the changes in coupons and store policies, I figure this is a great time to go over this again 🙂~ Double coupons ~ This is when a store will double the face value of your coupon. For example, if you have a coupon for

The RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® Circus is coming to the Cajundome this week!

In case you haven’t heard, The RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® Circus is coming to the Cajundome this week! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents BARNUM BASH introduces the Ringling Bros. Ringlettes, the stylish hosts of the swankiest circus party in town. All of our amazing acts are tricked-out for the circus party and are ready to perform wild feats of wonder and strength. Everyone who is anyone is invited to the party, except Anton, a loveable, goofy hipster clown, who just wants to be part of the

FREE Summer Reading Kickoff Event at Barnes & Noble

Saturday, May 19~Summer Reading Kickoff with Arthur~Barne’s And Noble in Lafayette Summer Reading Kickoff with Arthur! Join us to kick off our Summer Reading Program for Young Readers! We want to know what you’re reading this summer, so bring your reading lists. And if you’re looking for a new book, join us for a Book Talk to learn about the new (and classic) books we recommend! This is a FREE event and starts at 11:00 a.m.

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YOU’RE OUT!!! When Children’s Sports are Ruined by Bad Adult Behavior

I don’t voice my opinion about political issues often on my blog, but I think this is going to be a hot topic since so many of you have children in sports. We live in a very small town in south Louisiana and our children play baseball/t-ball on the community league along with about 400 other children. My husband and I have coached and helped coach for the past three years and we LOVE IT! Our son made the all-star t-ball team last year which was a load of fun

Acadiana’s Grocery List ♥

These are just a few of my favorite grocery store buys in Acadiana this week ♥ Albertson’s Assorted pork loin chops ~ 99¢/# Pork Picnic roast ~ 99¢/# General Mills Cereal ~ $1.99 (with in-ad coupon) Propel enhanced water ~ 49¢ (with in-ad coupon) Blue Bonnet margarine sticks ~ 69¢ (with in-ad coupon) Tony’s frozen pizza ~ $1.49 (with in-ad coupon) Coca-Cola products 2 liter ~ 99¢ Albertson’s round top white bread ~ 79¢ (4 day sale) Country style pork ribs ~ 99¢ (4 day sale)