Cost Conscious in CT

Marie Dallas

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Sams Super Storage Shop

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OK, here’s another rant. Another pet peeve. Storage Centers. I know, I know, sometimes your really need a place to stick some stuff for a short period. Aunt Millie died, and left you her antique dining room set, but there’s no room for it in your one-bedroom apartment. Next year, when you finally buy your […] [Read More]
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Put up a sign, Please

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Well, it’s no secret to you that I spend Saturday mornings hitting the local tag (aka yard aka garage) sales. For years I’ve maintained a private rant about poorly executed sales—now I have a forum to expound. Read carefully, if you want to have a successful Tag Sale, and avoid being ticketed by the Tag […] [Read More]
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At the beach

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I try to get down to the beach for at least a few hours every summer afternoon. There are really only ten weeks or so to do it—two in June, four each in July and August, and maybe a week or two in September. As a Milford resident the beach is free, as long as […] [Read More]
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Rainy Vacation

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Sorry for the week-long absence, oh ye faithful blog-followers. I was away on vacation. A cheapskate’s vacation, of course. I opted to spend the 4th of July with my sister in her new Maine abode. My sister Anne and I drove up to Marjie and Bob’s condo in Belfast (north of Camden) anticipating a long, […] [Read More]
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The joys of summer (part 1)

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Saturday evening. I was sitting outdoors at the Café Atlantique, with my husband and some good friends. Enjoying the (finally)summer sunshine. Listening to the thoroughly enjoyable blues of Dan Stevens. A little boy, enjoying an outdoor supper with his mommy, clapped enthusiastically after every song, increasing everyone’s enjoyment. Friends waved as they strolled by. The […] [Read More]
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A new look

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My Mom had a habit which all of her daughters have inherited—rearranging the furniture. My father used to joke that he’d better never come home drunk (he never did) because he’d be sure to crack his shin on a chair or table that hadn’t been there when he left. How does this relate to saving? […] [Read More]
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Walking the shoreline

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to accompany Frank Juliano on his “Breaking the Sound Barrier” walk from Milford Harbor to the Connecticut Coastal Audubon Center. I’d promised to join Frank, rain or shine, but I was pleased that Mother Nature, despite the forecasters’ predictions, provided a dry day, with just enough sunshine and breezes to […] [Read More]
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Farmers’ Markets!

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Yoo Hoo! The Farm Markets are beginning this week. (Although I can’t imagine what local produce, besides lettuces and spinach, could be ripe this soon, and with this much rain.) The opportunity to buy local foods—real foods that have not passed through the industrial food chain—brings a smile to my heart. Have you read either […] [Read More]
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