What Do Zsa Zsa Gabor, Water, Rockefeller and Hilton have in common?

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Water Sustainability Can Change The World, andbenefit you with your household budgeting. What would you think if you knew…the water you just used for washing your handswould eventually be part of that succulentEggplant Parmigiana dinner?  It all started when I attended the monthly Green Drinks event sponsored by the NM Green Chamber of Commerce, of which I’m a member. NM State Senator Daniel A. Ivey-Soto was the speaker and addressing the question about water issues.  He started off with the … Read More

Raise a Mortgage Down Payment in (About) 2 Years

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If you’re trying to come up with a mortgage down payment for your first home, read through the following tips and resources to help you reach your dream of home ownership in the next few years.  The median selling price for existing homes in December was $198,000, according to the National Association of Realtors reports. At that price, a young couple trying to buy their first home would need a whopping $39,600 for a traditional 20 percent down payment. Set … Read More

How do Will.i.am, Coke, Cheese and Snow Connect?

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Have you had enough snow and ice yet – or know family and friends in other states who have been digging out?  Piles of snow, means icy streets. Icy streets, means tons of rock salt.  Tons of rock salt means contaminated waterways, erosion issues along roadsides, rusty cars and huge drains on city budgets. Did you ever think that mozzarella cheese, just like the cheese on your Super Bowl party pizza, could actually help keep the roads from freezing? Since … Read More

4 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Lovers on a Budget

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  If you’re on a budget, you’re likely dreading the pricey expectations of Valentine’s Day… —gifts, flowers, a romantic night out on the town. Don’t fold under the pressure to overspend. You can celebrate the holiday and show your thoughtfulness without breaking the bank. Here’s how.   1. Use Your Pen Surprise your sweetheart by doing something unexpected, like writing a poem or love letter. Start by expressing how you feel and speak from the heart—you can’t go wrong! Thanks … Read More

How are Dell Computers, Mushrooms, Styrofoam and TED connected?

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The humble little mushroom as apowerhouse of nature and agent for change! “Ecovative Mushroom Packaging”View the Ecovative website…  How are Dell Computers, Mushrooms, Styrofoam and TED connected? If you recently heard or read about the Ecovative company in Green Island, NY, you know where I’m going with this. When you think of mushrooms, do appetizing omelet’s or pizza’s come to mind? Okay, some of you may have other ideas when talking about mushrooms, but that’s not where I’m going. Well, … Read More

3 Tips for Cutting the Cost of Teen Auto Insurance

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If you’re a parent of a teen, you already know why it’s important to look at cutting the cost of teen auto insurance.  When you add that cost to all the other auto costs, like the wear and tear on your car, new tires, plus the varying gas prices, you just know your budget is about to take a hit. Not only are you dealing with higher premiums by just adding your teen to your insurance, but you also know … Read More

What can Georgia O’Keefe, Bach, and Trash Teach Us about Our Finances

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Hear How Upcycled Trash and Creativity Can Sound! What can Georgia O’Keefe, Bach, and Trash Teach Us about Our Finances?   Recently, I was part of a docent-led tour at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe.  Anyone familiar with her paintings already knows an entire blog could be dedicated to just one powerful painting alone.  However, let me briefly focus on the bones. Ms. O’Keefe loved to utilize what already existed naturally around her in nature as her inspiration. … Read More

Debt Busters for a Debt Free Future

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Being debt free is often on the top of most goal lists any time of the year. That’s no surprise considering that according to the Federal Reserve, the average credit card debt per household is $15,799. TransUnion, one of the three credit bureaus, says average credit card debt per borrower is just under $5,000. Credit.com argues it’s $3,779. Does it really matter how much the amount is, when most people just want to see a debt free future on the … Read More

What do Warren Buffett, Koalas and Sound have in common?

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Could a family of Koalas help you discover your hiddenresources and help you manage your household budget? “Hi… We think we may have some “koality” ideas for taking care of your money.” At Money Tracker, we’d have to agree with what 3 out of 3 Koalashave to say about some “koality” ideas for taking care of your money.Read on to learn what these furry little balls of financial wisdom have to offer. What do Warren Buffett, Koalas and Sound have … Read More

5 Car-Shopping Tips for a Regret-Free Purchase

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 It’s car-shopping time again as we start that end of the year stretch.  Before you step on the lot, read these 5 Regret-Free Purchase Car-Shopping Tips to ensure a regret-free experience. You’ve probably noticed that car sales are bouncing back. According to a recent National Automobile Dealers Association report, October numbers were up more than 8 percent over the same time last year. Employment at dealerships gained some ground as well; the number of jobs at franchised, new-car dealerships in 2012 rose … Read More

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