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Decorate for the fall on a shoestring budget!
September 20, 2010
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Molly's Money-Saving Digest September 2009

 Special feature: Frugal Decorating

"A lovingly decorated home is not about high price tags, debt, or keeping a set of design rules. It's about pulling together pieces that work for your family, at a price you can afford, in a way that makes you smile . . ."
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Fall Decor
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With fall right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about ways we can decorate without blowing our budgets. My personal favorite is very inexpensive or, even better yet, free!

I hope you can take these ideas that I have found while searching the Internet this week, and run with them and decorate your own home--inside and out, without breaking your budget.

Speaking of neat decorating ideas, be sure to check out my January Digest. In the article Feather Your Nest Frugally, I share a great decor idea that would definitely dress up your house for the fall, and don't forget about the September 2009 Digest that is dedicated to frugal decorating.
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From the Blog

Here is a list of all the posts from the past week on the blog--just in case you missed one or two.
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Hey, I Can Make That!
fall leavesThere is nothing prettier than an assortment of fall leaves to place in a clear bowl on a table. However, those leaves start to crumble and fall apart after a while and make a pretty big mess.

I found a tutorial this week that tells you through step-by-step on how to preserve autumn leaves.

Visit Better Budgeting to find out how you can easily bring the fall outdoors right inside.

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Ideas from Around the Web
Here are a few ideas that I came across while surfing the Internet that should help you decorate for fall without putting a strain on your budget.
In the Kitchen

For this week, I found a fabulous recipe for Maple Leaf Cookies courtesy of
Recipezaar.com, . With fall weather quickly cooling us off, it brings to my mind images of playing in the leaves (and using them to decorate!), which put me in the mood for these buttery, maple-y, tasty treats. This is a good recipe to let the kids get involved with because they can help with the cookie cutters. So, get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of those delicious fall memories with your family this week! You will all enjoy the taste and smell of fall, and you may have time while the cookies are in the oven to put out another autumn decor item!
Canadian Maple Leaf Cookies
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (the real thing!)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
Measure all ingredients and place into a large bowl. Beat ingredients on low speed until well mixed. Shape dough into a ball; wrap with plastic wrap.Refrigerate dough 1 hour or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet. On a lightly floured surface, roll small portions of the dough at a time to about 1/8" thickness. With a maple leaf cookie cutter, cut dough into leaves. Place cookies 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet (or use parchment-lined sheets.) Bake 10 minutes or until golden.
With a pancake turner, carefully remove the cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat until all dough is used, greasing the cookie sheet each time (if not using parchment paper). Store cookies in a tightly covered container.
(Reprinted with permission from Food.com)
Molly's Money-Saving Digest

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This month's special feature is:
Emergency Preparedness

You won't always know when disaster is headed your way. But you can save your family from needless headaches, harm, and even hunger when you prepare NOW to survive the storm, fire, flood, or calamity that could come.

Are you equipped for an emergency?
It's not exactly fun to think about-but it's necessary. Does your family know what to do?
If you make provisions ahead of time, you can relax knowing that your family will have every opportunity to be cared for regardless of the unfortunate scenario.

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