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Are you planning anything special for Memorial Day? The last Monday in May is a public holiday in the USA to honor military personnel who have died. This US government website is a great place to read about the history of Memorial Day, the traditions of a military funeral, how to display and fold a flag correctly, hear "Taps" played, and much more.

Enchanted Learning offers many craft and learning activities for Memorial Day, as does DLTK. We've included a craft idea in this newsletter as well, so be sure to check out the tutorial section below.

While we traditionally enjoy Memorial Day as the non-official start of the summer season, with backyard barbeques and picnics, it's important to remember those who have died in service to our country, and appreciate those who are currently serving. Servicemen and women, and their families, make huge sacrifices to keep us safe and free. Do you know a military family? Be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated!
 
Here are some more links to check out:
 

How to Observe Memorial Day:
http://www.usmemorialday.org/observe.htm
 

Last week we sent out a survey, asking for feedback from those who have purchased Molly's Money-Saving Digest (s). Thanks so much for all the excellent responses! We are already hard at work analyzing your suggestions and input. If you haven't replied yet, please take a few minutes to complete the survey as soon as you can. We greatly appreciate your ideas, comments, and criticisms!

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We've also added a new weekly feature to our Econobusters blog, Weekend Wonders.  You know we're big on yard sales and thrifting. Now that yard sale season is here, every Monday we'll be sharing some of the "wonders" we've found on the weekend, and would love for you to do the same. Come on over and check it out!

Ugly chairs are yard sale staples--I see them everywhere, so I was really impressed by this excellent step-by-step tutorial  for re-upholstering and fixing up a dining room chair. Boy was it ugly, and it's gorgeous now. I'll be looking at those ugly yard sale chairs in a whole new light--Imagine the possibilities!

Here is a sampling of the posts that I shared on my blog this week. 
 
- Once again, I get to share Readers Helping Readers . . . feel free to send me your advice and I'll share it in another future blog post. 
- Focus on the positives! Even when times get tough, our attitudes can bring us through the worst of situation.
 
- Yes, even YOU can make homemade salad dressings!
 
- Your dishes do not have to match . . . get creative and watch the yard sales for colorful dishes to display to your guests.

- Guest blogger, Lisa, talks about bartering--it's a practice that is more common than you think!
 
- Get your FREE ebook on the basics of cooking. Use it to teach your children while they are still at home. 
. . . Look for more wonderful frugal tips and inspiring articles coming your way next week!
The Weekly Recipe
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If you live in the eastern half of the US, you may have an ALDI's (or Save-A-Lot) store somewhere near you. Recently I've been doing nearly all my grocery shopping at ALDI's, and it is saving me a bundle. Even if you don't have an ALDI's near you, it's worthwhile checking out their website. They have a online meal planning tool and a collection of over 6000 low-cost recipes. 

While I don't often use convenience foods, ALDI's prices allow me to do so without breaking the budget. Today I picked up a 16-ounce bag of frozen turkey meatballs for $1.99, and a 2-pack of sweet peppers (one red and one yellow) for $1.49, and here's what we had for dinner.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Serve over rice)

1 pound bag of frozen meatballs (or make your own from scratch using beef or turkey)

2 cups brown sugar

2 tablespoons flour

cup vinegar

cup orange juice (or use water)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon ketchup

2 tablespoons oil

Chopped peppers (I used of a red pepper and of a green pepper)

Defrost meatballs (in the microwave is fine.) Put the oil in a skillet, and stir fry the chopped peppers and meatballs for a few minutes to soften the peppers and brown the meatballs a little.

Meanwhile, in a larger pot, combine the sugar, flour, vinegar, juice or water, soy sauce, and ketchup. Stir over medium heat until boiling.

Place meatballs and peppers in a casserole dish, and pour the sauce over them. Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until it is hot and bubbly. Easily serves 4.

This Week's Tutorials
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What do you think about this really cute flag pin? Complete directions can be found at this link--http://www.dotcomwomen.com/crafts/flag_pin.shtml, and here is a picture of the finished product.
 


You may not want your little children handling sharp pins, so I've also found this sweet craft for the younger set.
 
Heart Poppy Craft for Toddlers:
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/remembrance/mvflower.html 
 


Molly's Money-Saving Digest
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I'm excited to say that my May Digest is now available. We have all the usual goodies, along with a focus on education. This covers everything from fun pre-school activities you can do at home, to saving money on college costs. You don't need to be a homeschooler to find lots of useful tips in this Digest. I know you'll love this issue as much as I do.
 
What others are saying about Molly's Money-Saving Digest for May 2009:
 
"Molly has delivered yet another inspiring yet ultimately practical issue dedicated to all the areas which matter most to homeschooling families, which I'm sure you'll find well worth the cover price of $4.95!"--Michelle Smith, TOS Research Panel
 
". . . May's issue is my favorite issue of Molly's Digest so far! It was encouraging and refreshing--exactly what I needed to read this week!"--April Elstrom, TOS Review Panel
 
Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource for an incredibly low price!  At under $5, you'll recoup your cost of this E-Book right away. And you'll more than recover your investment as you are encouraged to keep going strong in your commitment to the Lord and your family. 

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. We're working on July's Digest right now. You're in for a treat with this special issue on frugal fashion. August's featured topic is frugal decorating. Show us your stuff! We'd love to showcase your talent and ingenuity, and give you a free Digest! We're always looking for "goal-getter" stories, examples of upcycled or repurposed objects, and frugal decorating ideas. Send me your story--Remember, if we include your contribution in a Digest, you'll receive that issue FREE.   

Until next week! 
 
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