Creating A Food Budget Helps You Save Money

By Marcelle Snyder

Creating a food budget can be advantageous in that it can help you “stretch your money” and still have enough to eat “great”. Dawna Pacini, who has 2 school-age children and is on a fixed income, has learned through experience that creating a food budget is an excellent method which can help a family eat well and frugally.

Dawna tells us that she likes creating a food budget for three reasons:

A. The first reason is that it saves you time. How? When planning meals ahead, you must identify exactly what you want to buy at the store. As a result,when you get to the store, you don’t need to go from aisle to aisle searching for what might be a good idea to buy; instead, you can go straight to the aisles where you will find what you want in search of ingredients and meal ideas.

B. The second reason to creating a food budget is that it helps you stay organized. You will no longer find yourself staring into the fridge/freezer at five o’clock and wonder what you should cook because you failed to plan ahead.

C. And most importantly, creating a food budget can help you save money. Dawna explains that when you are organized and buy only what you need, you will stay within budget and save money normally spent on unnecessary purchases. Also you will waste less food because you buy exactly what you need; therefore, you are saving money.

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According to Dawna, creating a food budget,(an excellent way to stay organized, save time, and trim your family budget), involves following these three steps:

1. Choose a time period to budget for. That is, take a look at what you spend on groceries in a day, a week, bi-weekly, or monthly; then find the average amount you spend on food. Use that average to decide what your budget goal will be.

2.The second step to creating a food budget is to plan your meals for the time period you choose: a day, a week, a month, or longer.

3. The third step to creating a food budget is to create a grocery list. Identify all the ingredients you’ll need to create the meals and snacks you have on your menu plan, and stick to your list when shopping.

4. Shop at stores such as No Frills and Price Chopper where you can buy more food with your budgeted money.

In addition, anyone who is creating a food budget should also use the following tools to save your money even more:

i) Using flyers can be a great tool because you can match your list of ingredients to whichever stores have the wanted items on sale that week and shop there to save money.

ii) Editing your menu to include ingredients that are on sale will save you money. For example, sometimes, I substitute canned tomatoes for fresh tomatoes if they happen to be on sale.

iii) Buying in bulk can be a great tool only if utilized properly. Just remember: A deal is only a deal if you actually need it. So buy in bulk only if it is to your advantage.

iv) Using coupons can make it possible for you to get free, or close to free, items. For example,Dawna once had a coupon for $1.00 off egg beaters and then they went on sale at one of the grocery stores for $1.00. Because she had ten coupons, she bought two for her family and donated the other eight to the local women’s shelter to help them out.

The great thing about coupons is that finding coupons is so much simpler than it used to be. Coupons can be found in flyers, magazines, and on the Internet. You simply search “Canadian Coupons” (or the name of your country and the word coupons) on Google, and you will find a whole realm of new coupon sources ranging from print your own to entire databases created by users and even companies who will mail coupons to your home for free.

So if you want to eat well and at the same time save money, you have only to follow these guidelines and use these tools. Then you can discover first hand just how well creating a food budget can be of great advantage to your family and you.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/AL-KY
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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Alabama
  • 3 Alaska
  • 4 Arizona
  • 5 Arkansas
  • 6 California
  • 7 Colorado
  • 8 Connecticut
  • 9 Delaware
  • 10 District of Columbia
  • 11 Florida
  • 12 Georgia
  • 13 Hawaii
  • 14 Idaho
  • 15 Illinois
  • 16 Indiana
  • 17 Iowa
  • 18 Kansas
  • 19 Kentucky

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U.S. Postal Service running out of money

U.S. Postal Service running out of money

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tensions are running high at the U.S. Postal Service as it faces an enormous budget shortfall. Even after announcing it was cutting 3,000 jobs, the beleaguered government agency is still quickly running out of money.

Postmaster General John Potter asked the United States Congress for help on Wednesday, once again bringing up the possibility of reducing mail delivery from six to five days a week. The service reduction would save approximately $3.5 billion this year.

Another way to cut costs could include changes to how it pays for its employee retirement plan, which would save a further $2 billion. Closing small and rural post offices is another possibility that has been discussed.

Many measures have already been taken to stem the agency’s losses. Construction of new facilities has been put on hold and existing ones put up for sale, millions of man-hours have been cut, and executive salaries have been frozen.

House Oversight Post Office Subcommmittee chairman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.) has expressed reluctance with the plan to reduce service, saying “With the Postal Service facing budget shortfalls the subcommittee will consider a number of options to restore financial stability and examine ways for the Postal Service to continue to operate without cutting services.”

Other than cost cutting, Congress could also appropriate taxpayer dollars to fund the struggling Postal Service, which currently does not rely on public funding outside of a subsidy for international voting mail and services for the blind.

If nothing is done, the USPS will soon run completely out of money, and may be unable to pay many of its bills. Salaries are the agency’s highest priority to continue paying, though other debts may have to wait to be paid, said Potter. Last year the Postal Service lost $2.8 billion.

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On the campaign trail in the USA, August 2016

On the campaign trail in the USA, August 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

The following is the fourth edition of a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2016 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the vice presidential nominee of the Reform Party is revealed; those attacked in a high profile campaign speech respond; and Wikinews interviews an economist seeking the presidency a second time.


  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Reform Party vice presidential nominee confirmed
  • 3 Alt-rightists respond to Clinton speech
  • 4 Wikinews interviews economist again running for president
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources

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Coming Soon! New London Musicals Set To Take The West End By Storm

Submitted by: Chris Tomkins

As well as a host of popular long-running London musicals, there are new musicals opening in London’s West End theatres all the time, with plenty of exciting new shows coming soon! Mark your diary and book your theatre tickets early to be among the first to see one of these fantastic new London musicals.

All the Fun of the Fair

David Essex’s sparkling new musical All the Fun of the Fair opened at London’s Garrick Theatre on 18 April. Featuring the man himself performing some of his greatest hits, this hot new musical promises to be a real treat for fans. The story is inspired by David Essex’s debut album, and tells the tale of a widower funfair owner and his wayward son. Tickets are on sale now and selling quick!

Sweet Charity

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Having been a sell-out hit at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory last year, the West End transfer of Sweet Charity is sure to be a big success at the Theatre Royal Haymarket when it opens on 23 April. With Tamzin Outhwaite playing the title role, this feel-good London musical is packed with classic hits like Hey, Big Spender. Based on the book by Neil Simon, the musical follows the romantic misadventures of the gullible Charity Hope Valentine, who always gives her heart to the wrong man.

The Fabulous Flutterbys

A fantastic new puppet show musical will be brought to life at the renowned Little Angel Theatre in North London from 1 May. The Fabulous Flutterbys follows the adventures of two hungry caterpillars as they search for their friend, meeting many fascinating creatures along the way. The music and lyrics are composed by jazz legend Barb Jungr, so accompanying adults are in for as much of a treat as the kids!

The Fantasticks

A brand new production of a musical classic is coming soon to London. The Fantasticks first opened in New York in 1960, and with an incredible 42-year run it is the longest running musical in history. Featuring music by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, this much-loved musical is loosely based on the play The Romancers, but also draws influences from Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The musical will open at London’s Duchess Theatre on 24 May.

Into the Woods

London’s magical Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park will host an intriguing musical from 5 August. Into the Woods takes some of the popular Brothers Grimm fairytales like Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and gives them a dark and humorous twist. With music by Stephen Sondheim of Sweeney Todd fame and co-direction by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, this promises to be a great version of a Broadway classic.

Flashdance: The Musical

September sees the much-anticipated opening of one of the most exciting new London musicals this year. With choreography by the acclaimed Arlene Phillips, Flashdance: The Musical will feature some of the most memorable hits of the 80s, plus 10 new songs created specially for the musical. This brand new production will open at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre on 27 September. Tickets are on sale now, book early to get the best tickets!

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English actor Christopher Lee dies aged 93

Saturday, June 13, 2015 

Famed English actor, singer and author Sir Christopher Lee died last Sunday morning in London aged 93, after being admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for heart failure and respiratory problems. News of his death only became public on Thursday, as his wife of 54 years, Birgit Krøncke Lee, wished first to inform friends and family.

A spokesman for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea confirmed the issuing of his death certificate.

Lee first rose to prominence in the 1950s starring in Hammer Horror films as the classic movie monsters Dracula and Frankenstein and was more recently seen as Saruman the White in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films as well as portraying the villainous Count Dooku in the Star Wars films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

In 2010 Lee released a heavy metal album titled Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross followed by another metal album in 2013, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death and several collections of Heavy Metal cover songs including A Heavy Metal Christmas, A Heavy Metal Christmas Too and Metal Knight.

In 2008 Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity, and in 2001 received a Bafta Fellowship.

Lee is survived by his wife Birgit and daughter Christina.

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UEFA Champions League 2015-2016: Lewandowski scores twice in group stage match against Dinamo Zagreb

Saturday, December 12, 2015 

On Wednesday, German football club Bayern Munich defeated Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb in a UEFA Champions League group stage match played Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb.

Bayern had a greater ball possession. The match saw three yellow cards, all for the home side. A total of 16 fouls were committed in the match. Zagreb defender Gonçalo Santos was the first man to be booked for committing a foul on Lewandowski in the 31st minute and Munich won a free kick. Xabi Alonso took the kick but it was just wide. First half ended in 0–0.

In the second half, Thomas Müller was substituted in for Franck Ribéry in the 47th minute. Later, in the 61th minute, Thomas Müller assisted Robert Lewandowski and he scored a header, making it 1–0 lead for the visitors. Lewandowski doubled the lead in the 64th minute, assisted by Sebastian Rode.

Josip Pivari? was yellow carded in the 73th minute. In the 87th minute, Eduardo Carvalho was yellow carded for bringing down Arturo Vidal in the penalty area. Bayern won a penalty kick, but Müller hit the woodwork. The match ended 0–2 while Bayern had already qualified for the next stage.

Bayern Munich and Arsenal advanced to the Last 16 knockout stage of 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.

Zagreb ended fourth in the table and their European journey for this season ended. Greek Olympiacos, being third in the table after 3–0 defeat at home by Arsenal moved to UEFA Europa League.

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Man is waiting for 139 days in front of theater for “Star Wars” movie

Saturday, January 15, 2005 

Jeff Tweiten, a 27-year-old graphic artist, is encamped in front of the Cinerama Theatre, on a blue sofa, in the northwest city of Seattle, Washington. Tweiten plans to wait 139 days for the premiere of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” which opens May 19, 2005.

He has received help from a community of friends and local business people who have supplied changes of clothes, coffee, food, and a nearby restroom.

City authorities have chosen not to enforce vagrancy laws that would force Tweiten to move between the hours of 7AM and 9PM local time.

Tweiten also camped out for the previous two episodes of the Star Wars movies, “Episode I” and “Episode II”.

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Ye Ole Sweets Cookies, It Is For Everyone

By Loren Yadeski

Who will be not enticed with the crunchiness, the taste, the chewiness, and the softness of the cookies from Ye Ole Sweets Shoppe? Cookies are one of the famous and all-time favorite products in the industry of pastries. Most of you crave for cookies, even if it just once in your life. Cookies are made crunchy and some are made soft, but whichever they are made, that fact remains that this pastry product is one that most people look for.

Ye Ole Sweets begun baking cookies way back 25 years ago. The owner of the bakeshop always creates fresh and mouth-watering cookies that the locals always look for it. Even if the management has changed through time, the cookies still remains and continues to develop as the time goes by. The changed in management made it possible to introduce innovative way of marketing their cookies. They added several things in your favorite cookies such as flavorings. For example chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter, maple walnut, raspberry filled, sugar, brownie filled, white chocolate chip, apple filled, peanut butter filled and many more to choose from are what they are now offering. Instead of regular cookies, you have so many options now. You have the regular cookies, the cookies with fillings, cookies with different flavors and cookies that are for kids and for everyone.

By the way, Ye Ole Sweets now have its own website, and you can place your order in their website. Choose your cookies and they will deliver it to your doorsteps in just two or three business days. Do not worry about the freshness because it will stay even if it is delivered after two business days. Most of the time, the delivery is done in just two business day and they have a flat rate shipping fee worth $4.95. Hence, wherever you are in the United States, rest assured that you would only pay the same amount.

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Order one now in their online store and use it a gift for a friend, for a loved one, for your colleagues. Ye Ole Sweets, in addition to their pastry products, serve gift items. You can avail of that service and transform your ordered cookies. You can also choose the cookie tray and cookie mug if you want a product that is already a gift by its appearance. Cookie trays are made from a variety of cookies; it can be a great gift for special occasions and holidays. Have you chosen your favorite cookie now?

Ye Ole Sweets Shoppes also offer other pastry goodies such as brownies, scones, muffins, pizelles, biscotti and many more. They also offer gift baskets that come in great designs. These gift baskets are very ideal as a gift for it has a wide variety of pastry products that the receiver will surely love.

Treat yourself, your friend or colleagues, and your loved ones to these wonderful offering from Ye Ole Sweets Shoppe. Dig in to the wide varieties of the fresh baked pastry products that they have from cookies to brownies. Your satisfaction is guaranteed and you will return for more!

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Smoke from massive warehouse fire in Buffalo, New York USA can be seen 40 miles away

Monday, May 14, 2007 

Buffalo, New York — A massive warehouse complex of at least 5 buildings caught on fire in Buffalo, New York on 111 Tonawanda Street, sending a plume of thick, jet black colored smoke into the air that could be seen as far away as 40 miles.

As of 6:40 a.m., the fire was under control, and firefighters were attempting to stop it from spreading, but could not get to the center of the fire because of severe amounts of debris. Later in the morning, the fire was extinguished.

“The fire is mostly under debris at this point. It’s under control, but it’s under some debris. We really can’t get to it. We’re just going to have to keep on pouring water on it so it doesn’t spread,” said Thomas Ashe, the fire chief for the North Buffalo based fire division who also added that at one point, at least 125 firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze. One suffered minor injures and was able to take himself to the hospital to seek medical attention.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. as many as 3 explosions rocked the warehouse sending large mushroom clouds of thick black smoke into the air. After the third explosion, heat could be felt more than 100 feet away. The fire started in the front, one story building then quickly spread to three others, but fire fighters managed to stop the flames from spreading onto the 3 story building all the way at the back.

According to a Buffalo Police officer, who wished not to be named, the fire began at about 7:00 p.m. [Eastern time], starting as a one alarm fire. By 8:00 p.m., three fire companies were on the scene battling the blaze. Police also say that a smaller fire was reported in the same building on Saturday night, which caused little damage.

At the start of the fire, traffic was backed up nearly 4 miles on the 198 expressway going west toward the 190 Interstate and police had to shut down the Tonawanda street exit because the road is too close to the fire.

At one point, traffic on the 198 was moving so slow, at least a dozen people were seen getting out of their cars and walking down the expressway to watch the fire. That prompted as many as 10 police cars to be dispatched to the scene to force individuals back into their cars and close off one of the 2 lanes on the westbound side.

One woman, who wished not to be named as she is close to the owner of the warehouse, said the building is filled with “classic cars, forklifts, and money” and that owner “does not have insurance” coverage on the property. The building is not considered abandoned, but firefighters said that it is vacant.

Officials in Fort Erie, Ontario were also swamped with calls to fire departments when the wind blew the smoke over the Niagra River and into Canada.

It is not known what caused the fire, but a car is suspected to have caught on fire and there are reports from police and hazmat crews, that there were also large barrels of diesel fuel being stored in one building. Firefighters say the cause of the blaze is being treated as “suspicious.” The ATF is investigating the fire and will bring dogs in to search the debris.

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