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Every month when my electricity bill from Central Maine Power comes in the mail, I suffer a mild heart attack. I remember the days when my grandfather would talk about his $20 a month bill and here I am getting one for $90-$120. I hate it. But what can I do to lower my bill? Turns out there’s quite a bit people can do to save money on electricity. ...

Halloween is just around the corner but you still have plenty of time to check out the haunted houses, hayrides and haunted walks throughout Maine. Last year, my husband, now ex, took my daughter to Scarborough Downs for their haunted hayride. She loved it. We had contemplated taking her to Destination Haunt here in Lebanon where we live but we decided it may be a bit much for our daughter based on reports we’d heard from others who had taken their kids. ...

This past weekend my parents and I took the kids to the Zach’s Corn Maze in York since it was my weekend to keep the kidlets. Every other weekend their father picks them up at about 1pm on Saturdays and keeps them until 5-7pm on Sundays. I try and find something fun to do with the kids when they stay home with me. It’s not always possible but I try. Based on their reactions, I’m pretty sure they had a blast at the corn maze.   When we arrived at the farm, we rode in a wagon bed down to the corn maze. (That’s...

If you’re planning on visiting Maine or would like some ideas of places to take your family that you may not have visited before, this list of the top 10 things to do in Maine is for you. Not all of these places are cheap to visit, so if you’re looking for more frugal ideas, you may want to stay away from the expensive ones. York’s Wild Kingdom – York’s Wild Kingdom is located in York Beach, Maine, just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach. YWK is home to 75 animal exhibits and 18 rides and five food...

I’m a huge fan of Fiddlehead Farms because I get great deals on produce there. The prices are usually always far lower then Walmart, Shaw’s or Hannaford. Also, they have a great selection of speciality cheeses, marinated meats and Boar’s Head luncheon meats and cheeses, which are delicious. (They’re more expensive purchases, though, so those are splurge buys that don’t happen often.) This week, Fiddlehead has the following items on sale. Strawberries 2/$3 Green Grapes $.99lb. Cherries $.99lb. Rhode Island...

Heat and utility bill assistance may be for you. Though this past winter was very mild in comparison to previous years, many Maine residents, myself included,  struggled to pay our bills, including our utility and heating ones. It seems like there’s never enough money to go around. We have been granted a nice reprieve this year, though. Many of us no longer have to run our furnaces like we normally would during this time of year due to the abnormally warm temperatures here in southern Maine. It’s been warm enough for...

If you are looking for a cheap way to fill your children’s closet with spring and summer clothes, or are looking to sell your children’s gently used clothing they have outgrown, then you should stop by the Ready…Set…Grow seasonal consignment sale. ...

From time to time I will be posting events in Maine that you can enjoy with your family, with a date or by yourself for relatively cheap…or even FREE! Next Saturday and Sunday, July 15th and 16th, the 7th Annual Acton Car Show & 2011 Swap Meets will be held at the Acton Fairgrounds and will benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Registration for the show begins at 7am, with inspections starting at 8am and running until noon. Ten trophies will be awarded on Sunday. Note: The Busy Workers 4-H Club will be selling...

If you’re looking for something to do with your family on March 12th and 19th, and you live in Southern Maine or near Milton, New Hampshire, you may want to consider stopping by the New Hampshire Farm Museum for Maple Days. This is just one event of many that are held on the farm, so it’s definitely worth remembering. Event Details: When: March 12th & 19th Time: 12 noon to 4pm Location: Rte. 125, White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-17 yrs, members $6/$3 If the weather...