Challenge Day 98: Get Frugal, Get Organized

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Here's a little challenge, now that it's yard sale season: try to find a yard sale without a stock of organizing products for sale.

Too often, we start a get-organized effort where we should finish it: at the store. Buying organizing products before we've done the heavy lifting of setting up activity centers, sorting and purging our stuff, and deciding where to pare down leads to that paradoxical result: organizer clutter.

My Child, My Home, My Country: Ten Years Later, A Marine Mom Speaks

It was exactly ten years ago today when the phone call came.

Like most of America that morning, I was sitting in front of my television, transfixed and horrified by the images playing out on the screen.

I could barely tear my eyes away from the smoke rising in the blue skies of New York City as I took the call from my son, Ryan.

A 20-year-old Marine corporal based on Hawaii, he had been roused from his barracks before dawn as the news of the attack spread. He wanted me to know he'd been called in for duty, and did not know when he'd be able to contact family again.

Beyond the Shopping List: Core Concepts for Supermarket Savings

Looking to lower your grocery bill?

Armed with a menu plan and a shopping list, you've taken the first steps toward establishing a grocery budget and are paying less for food.

But for many of us, the process isn't a happy one.

Mornings aren't the same when a favorite coffee blend is replaced with a generic grind, while the family is getting mighty tired of downsized dinners. Sure, you're saving money--but are you getting the most food value for what you spend?

Cutting back on supermarket spending doesn't have to mean an endless diet of ramen noodles!

Organized Christmas? Make a Christmas Planner Notebook

What's the fast-track way to an organized holiday season? Prepare for the holiday season with the help of a Christmas planner notebook!

Most often created as a simple 3-ring binder, a Christmas planner notebook is Santa Central for an organized Christmas.

Because you make your own Christmas planner, each notebook will be unique: a treasure trove of personalized planning helpers to cut holiday-season stress.

Prepare for Christmas Day by Day with 101DaystoChristmas.com!

Fall's in full swing, and the holidays will be here before you know it. Are you ready to prepare for Christmas?

Sister site Organized Christmas is pleased to announce a new focus site, 101 Days to Christmas. Designed to bring you a daily dose of holiday motivation, 101 Days to Christmas offers daily messages via the Web, e-mail, and social networking.

Household Notebook: Planner for an Organized Home

So you think businesspeople are the only folks who need a personal planner? Think again: families need an organizer, too, to keep life moving smoothly on the home front!

Whether it's called a household notebook, a home management binder or family organizer, this simple idea saves time, cuts stress, and enhances communication in any-sized family or household.

A standard-sized binder stocked with calendars and schedules, planner forms and inventories, a Household Notebook creates a one-stop information center for busy families. Whether it's a carpool schedule or a co-worker's phone number, the Household Notebook holds the information you need to check each day.

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