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Michelle Fern

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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:38

Planning a funeral on a budget

It's undoubtedly a morbid topic, yet planning a funeral is one of the steepest but necessary expenses we'll face in our lifetimes. Whether it's for a spouse, parent or, in those rarer instances, a child, it is both an emotional time and financial challenge for families that can often lead to decision making based on emotions rather an economic acuity.

If there's any consolation, it doesn't matter how much is spent - a dollar figure can never equate to how much you loved someone.

Still, a funeral should be treated like any other consumer purchase in its barest essence - by comparing costs and services. Charges at different funeral homes in the same area can vary by thousands of dollars, so it pays to shop around.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:36

Crockpot Heaven

Meal planning has never been my strongest suit. In fact, I'm more of a 'What's for dinner?' type of person who only thinks of it while driving home from work after 5 p.m. with a house full of hungry kids. Even when I've defrosted something - a none-too-often occurrence - I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. You'd think boneless chicken breast and ground beef would be the easiest to cook with, but I still have a hard time with it.

Why? Well, my time is tight and I like others don't really like to spend a lot of time cooking after a long day. Therefore I've decided that I must use the Crock-Pot more often. It's one of those kitchen appliances that are highly underutilized, and you can cook beef, pork, chicken, pasta, soup, stews and even desert in a Crock-Pot. And, the upside is you come home from a long day at work or school and whoa la, dinner is ready.

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