AJ (Street Articles Author)
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AJ is a mompreneur with two small children. She enjoys exploring nature, gardening, trips to the local farms, cooking, baking, canning, and crafts. AJ is an expert bargain shopper who is always looking for new ways to maximize a budget.

AJ has multiple entrepreneurial ventures - real estate, tax liens and deeds, website design and internet marketing to name a few. Her current obsession is learning new ways to use her canner to maximize food budgets, expand food storage, and teach others to do the same.

You can see more of AJ's work on her website: econcepts4u.com. AJ also publishes articles on Squidoo. You can find her at: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/mantuamom

AJ recently completed a 30 Day Challenge - How to Create a Vegetable Garden. Follow her journey on her website: http://econcepts4u.com/how-to-start-a-vegetable-garden-30-day-challenge/

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How to Start A Vegetable Garden - Update
It has been five weeks since I completed my 30 Day / Article Challenge - How to Start a Vegetable Garden. If you haven't been reading my blog, you have missed out on a lot of triumphs and struggles. So, let me catch you up on the last month in…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Aug 08, 2012  
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Emergency Preparedness - Be Prepared
A recent series of thunderstorms got me thinking. With the lights flickering, I went through the house preparing for an electrical outage. I unplugged the TVs and computers even though they were on surge protectors - it wasn't worth the risk of a faulty surge protector ruining my equipment if…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Survival and Emergency   Jul 27, 2012  
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To Pin Or Not to Pin - What is Pinterest And Why Should You Use It?
Pinterest is an online social networking site where you maintain virtual bulletin boards. Your boards are available for everyone to see, and repin (save to their own boards), unless you change your settings to keep them private. How to Join Pinterest In order to create your own virtual bulletin boards,…
By:  in  Finance  >  Budgeting   Jul 25, 2012  
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How to Save Money on Holiday Baking
Do you wait until the last minute to purchase your holiday baking supplies? If so, you are probably spending more than you need to on your holiday goodies. With the rising cost of baking items, it can cost a small fortune to make those delectable desserts. Follow my tips and…
By:  in  Finance  >  Budgeting   Jul 25, 2012  
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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - How to Grow Sweet Potato Slips
Welcome to Day 27 of my 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. My last article was very important for gardening success - attracting bees and other pollinators to your garden. Check it out on Street Articles: How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge -…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Jul 25, 2012  
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Extreme Couponing - Use Coupons To Expand Your Food Storage
Emergency preparedness is important. Watching the news each day, we see terrible natural disasters happening all over the world. Were those people prepared? Being prepared for a disaster is something I started doing last year when we had a series of blizzards that severely disrupted our food chain. Some stores…
By:  in  Finance  >  Budgeting   Jul 24, 2012  
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How Home Canning Keeps Your Food Budget Low
Home canning is an excellent way to stretch your food budget. Buy the food in season when the prices are the cheapest (and the food is the tastiest) or grow them yourself at home and then preserve them through home canning. Saving Money With Home Canning First, let's discuss what…
By:  in  Finance  >  Budgeting   Jul 24, 2012  
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Emergency Preparedness - How to Increase Your Food Storage on A Budget
2012 is here! Are you ready? The fear of what December 21, 2012 will bring is creating a lot of discussion about emergency preparedness. Being prepared means different things to different people. For some, it is having an escape plan - a place to go to in case your home…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Survival and Emergency   Jul 24, 2012  
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Extreme Couponing - Online Coupon Systems Lead to More Free Items Than Ever Before
My mother was a coupon clipper. We would go to the local convenience store every Sunday morning and buy 4 or 5 newspapers and spend the day cutting coupons. I was a frequent helper, and I knew that clipping coupons helped us save money. After getting my first apartment, I…
By:  in  Finance  >  Budgeting   Jul 24, 2012  
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Diet Programs on A Budget - How to Lose Weight Without Breaking the Bank
Weight loss programs are great at promoting healthy lifestyles, but they never tell you how to follow their program on a budget. Most diet programs have specific foods that they want you to eat and specific meals they want you to make. If you are not already eating those foods,…
By:  in  Finance  >  Budgeting   Jul 24, 2012  
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Preschool Scare - Whooping Cough - I Am Thankful for Vaccines
It's Amazing How a Note Can Change Your Day I picked up my son from preschool today and received two…
Post Pregnancy Weight Loss - Getting Back Into A Routine
Congratulations! Your baby is born and you are transitioning into the life of a new mom. Between middle…
Overcoming Weight Loss Plateau - Eating to Increase Your Metabolism
In my previous article, Overcoming Weight Loss Plateau - Why You Can't Lose Weight, we learned that…
How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - How to Preserve Extra Seeds
Welcome to Day 20 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. If you missed Day 19, you…
How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - My Seed Sprouting Mistakes
Welcome to Day 7 of the 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden. Yesterday, we discussed selecting…
Beating Childhood Obesity - Family Exercise Is Key
There are so many children in the United States that are overweight and many can be classified as severely…
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Keeping Everything In Perspective
Do you ever sit and worry? Worry about all the things that MIGHT happen to you? Worry about what others…
Excedrin Recall - Are there Percocets In Your Bottle?
I heard a rumor that there were traces of Percocet found in Excedrin, that it had been recalled and…
Preserving Strawberries for Your Food Storage
This weekend, I took my children to the local U-Pick Farm to pick strawberries. The fields were filled…
How to Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - All About Seeds
It's time to talk plants. There are two ways to get plants for your vegetable garden, grown them yourself…