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"I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother." --Abraham Lincoln. I love to read good quotes about mothers, and "Honest Abe" generated quite a few. How about this one? "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." And here's another, "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."

I had to chuckle recently when scrolling through a collection of quotes about mothers, looking for something to include in a handmade card. I thought my children could probably relate to this sentiment by Calvin Trillin, "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."
 
Mother's Day is less than two weeks away. Who can you bless and honor? Remember, you can "share the love" beyond the one who gave you birth! For those whose mothers has passed away, Mother's Day can be a pretty tough holiday. I'd love to hear from readers who have found a way to honor their mother's legacy on Mother's Day. Email MollyGreen@Econobusters.com. Your response may be posted on the Econobusters blog to help others in the same position.

I know that most readers are mothers, just like me. I think it's perfectly okay to work with your children in making gifts or cards for yourself. In fact, I think it's important that they are taught to honor and appreciate you! We've shared several links for ideas to celebrate Mother's Day. If you really aren't comfortable taking the lead, forward this email to their dad! Many of the ideas, of course, can be adapted for grandmothers, aunts, and others.  

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On my blog this week I've shared some good ideas, and had great feedback and contributions from readers too.
 
- How would you like NINE free audio books from Barnes and Noble?
 
Tightwad Tuesday: Frugal Laundry Tips - you can make your own laundry detergent very inexpensively. The great thing is that you'll know exactly what is the detergent because you'll have made it.
 
- Find out why I like to pay cash for groceries.
 
- I have learned so much from other people this week as my family considers the possibility of raising chickens in our backyard! I also followed up with a second post on the topic.
 
- I shared some ideas for feeding your family whole foods on a budget.
 
. . . Look for more wonderful frugal tips and inspiring articles coming your way next week!
The Weekly Recipe
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This Mother's Day, how about assembling a breakfast casserole with your children the night before, so that all they (and/or Dad) have to do in the morning is pop it into the oven to serve you a special breakfast?

Basic Breakfast Casserole

6 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound ground sausage
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
6 slices bread, broken into small pieces

Spray a 8 x 12 inch pan with nonstick spray. Brown and drain sausage. Mix eggs, milk and mustard in blender or whisk thoroughly. Add sausage, bread and cheese. Pour in pan and refrigerate overnight. Bake in the morning at 350 degrees until egg is set, about half an hour.
 
Leave the rest of the breakfast up to them, but give them a list of your favorite fruit and beverage choices to help them out a little!
This Week's Tutorials
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Here are some wonderful tutorials and tips to check out this week.
 
Free Mother's Day cards:
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/mothersdaycards/a/printmomcards.htm

Mother's Day Poems:
http://www.poemsforfree.com/mothersdaypoems.html

Mother's Day Recipes:
http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/special/specialfeature/mothers-day-recipes-ms/

Mother's Day Crafts:
http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/mothers-day-crafts/

Mother's Day How To Videos:
http://familyfun.go.com/utilities/global/feature/fftv-archive-video-player/fftv-archive-video-player.html?dl_section=channel&dl_channel=Mother%27s%20Day

Breakfast in Bed Mother's Day Recipes:
http://southernfood.about.com/cs/holidayrecipes/a/breakfastinbed.htm

Mother's Day Serving Tray:
http://familyfun.go.com/parenting/learn/feature/familyfun123-toddler-helpers/familyfun123-toddler-helpers4.html

Article on Making a Remembrance Scrapbook for those loved ones who have passed:
http://momshack.com/space/crafts/scrapbooks.shtml
 
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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Do you feel a yard sale coming on? Would you like to know how to organize a successful sale, or how to shop yard sales like a pro? You'll find lots of great tips in April's Digest.At under $5, the April issue of my Money-Saving Digest will help you more than recover your investment as you are encouraged to keep going strong in your commitment to the Lord and your family.

Click HERE to view a sample of this item.

But that's not all! You'll discover a fresh supply of inspiration and motivation, more scrumptious recipes, organization ideas, and lots more . . . so check out the April Digest today.
We Want to Hear from You
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We have some great topics in the works for Molly's Money-Saving Digests, and would love to include your stories and ideas. Remember, if we include your contribution in a Digest you'll receive that issue FREE. Here's what we're looking for.
 
We're always looking for "goal-getter" stories, examples of upcycled or repurposed objects, and frugal decorating ideas. Would you like a free Digest? Send me your story, and if it is featured, your Digest is FREE.

 
Until next week! 
 
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