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Save Money This Memorial Day Weekend!

hobart paradeMemorial Day weekend is fast approaching and everyone is looking forward to the long three day weekend! However, you do not have to break the bank in order to have a memorable Memorial Day! There are several things you can do right here in the great state of Oklahoma that will make lasting memories, without stressing you or your finances out! Below are several ideas for you and your family to choose from in order to have an amazing long weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Museums

Amusement & Water Parks/Other

Oklahoma State Parks & Lakes

Whether you are an outdoor person, indoor person, like music, food or attractions, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! This year will be a staycation to remember!

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Last Minute Budget Friendly Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

If you have waited until the last minute to pick out a special present for your mom, don’t worry there is still time! Below is a list of affordable items that any mom would love and the best part is all of them are under $25! Remember it is not about the biggest and most expensive gift; it is about spending time and honoring your mother on this special day!

Mother and daughter with bouquet of flowers against green blurred background. Spring family holiday concept. Mother's day

Mother and daughter with bouquet of flowers against green blurred background. Spring family holiday concept. Mother’s day

Flowers– You can never go wrong with some spring flowers such as tulips, Lilies, orchids or a mixture of all types of colorful spring flowers! You can find these at a local farmers market, grocery store, or if you want to spend a little more you can visit your local flower shop!

 Handprints– Nothing is more personal than children’s or even a pet’s footprint! It is a fun project as well, so grab some paint, a brush and a canvas and then have fun making your masterpiece.

Journals or Books– Mothers enjoy both escaping in a good book or writing down their life’s journey in a journal, perhaps get a journal that has their initials on the front.

Treats– Everyone enjoys delicious treats; get her chocolate covered strawberries, apples, bananas or any other fresh fruit!

Jewelry Trees– This is an easy way for your mom to organize her jewelry, while being a décor statement as well, and there are several styles and colors that will suite any mom.

Coffee Cups– What mom does not enjoy a good cup of coffee? There are so many coffee cups out there that say heartfelt things, are funny or are fashionable! There is a coffee cup out there for every mom!

Scents– Whether it is a nice candle or a perfume, there are several different scents that moms will enjoy, and you can NEVER have enough of both!

Experience– Some moms don’t want items, as they would rather have an experience.  Try taking her to go and get ice cream, yogurt, brunch or take her somewhere such as a museum, gardens or something she always enjoys to do and does not always have the time to do it!

Out of the above ideas, surely you will be able to find something your mom will enjoy!

“A Mother’s HUG lasts long after she lets go.” –Author Unknown

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Gardening Savings Tips

April showers bring May flowers; make sure that your garden is ready to go! Gardening can be both a lot of work and costly, however it is possible to garden on a budget. Below are several ideas that will help keep your overall cost down.Garden Photo

Budget and Plan- In order to save money you have to have a strategic plan of how much you are willing to spend and make sure to have a map of your garden plan and stick to the plan! If you don’t stick to your budget, not only will you overspend, you will get items that are not essential for you to have a successful garden!

Friends- If you have friends or neighbors that are also planting a garden, you can either share the garden and divide the responsibilities up, not only will this cut down on cost, but also time. Or you can have plant exchanges and buy seed in bulk.

Seeds- You can keep seeds from last season by collecting them from your vegetables and flowers, then allow them to dry and place in labeled separate bags. Once it is time to plant go ahead and start planting the seeds! You are basically recycling your seeds, and you will have no out of pocket expense for your garden!

Garden Sales- Keep an eye out for discounted garden supplies and sales! Make sure if you are purchasing seeds to buy in bulk!

Grow Organic- If you skip the harsh chemicals and grow organic you will save money and help out the ecosystem. Try using manure and compost, bone meal or cottonseed meal.

Keep it Simple- Don’t get too much in your garden, first off it will be costly, second of all not everything will be able to thrive causing you to lose a lot of what you planted due to room or lack of attention.

Compost & Mulching- Use grass clippings and leaves to make your own compost to use as rich fertilizer.

Look For the Following Bargain Blooms:

  • Gerbera Daisy
    Full sun to partial shade needed, great for cut flowers for any occasion or centerpiece.
  • Salvia
    Heat and drought tolerant, best in full sun.
  • Shasta Daisy
    They love the sun! After a few years divide clumps and share with friends.
  • Sweet Potato Vine
    Trim with scissors to shape if the plants grow over their bounds.
  • Daylily
    Great for beginners, protect from hot, late-afternoon sun. Deadhead blooms all year long!

“A garden always gives back more than it receives.” – Mara Beamish

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Cashland Helping to Solve Hunger!

Cashland is continuing to shine a light of service in the Oklahoma City Metro!food bank

In the month of May, we will be helping the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma gather and pack food for families in need!  You can be a part of this effort by donating non-perishable food items or signing up to volunteer yourself!

For more information about this amazing organization, please click here

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa

Regional Food Bank

DIY Spring Cleaning Ideas

Warmer weather means longer days, so now is a great time to take the plunge and start to spring clean your house.  Below are low cost, DIY cleaning ideas that will save you time and money, so you can spend more time enjoying the sun and fresh air!housework

  • Smelly Disposal- We have all been there, an odd odor coming from the garbage disposal and the smell can be debilitating. One thing you can do to make sure and rid your home of this smell is to make your own citrus cubes. All you will need is an ice cube tray, lemons and vinegar. In each slot put a slice of lemon, pour vinegar over the slice and freeze! When you start to smell something from the disposal just toss a few in, run it and your kitchen will soon smell like a burst of citrus!
  • Bathroom Grout- By mixing ¾ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of bleach and use an old tooth brush, your grout will be glistening in less than 15 minutes! Make a paste and apply on the dirty grout, have it set for 5 minutes, then scrub the mixture and wait another 5 minutes. Lastly, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and your grout will sparkle like it is new!
  • Shower Doors- All you need is a dryer sheet, dampen the sheet with water and start wiping away the water spots and grime, you will be shocked with the results.
  • Pet Hair- If you struggle with pet hair on your furniture or in your carpet, one easy fix you can do is to buy a squeegee at your local dollar store and start combing the squeegee over the carpet and cloth furniture to rid your surfaces of pet hair!
  • Refrigerator- Make a solution of salt and soda water, the mixture of bubbles and grainy texture makes for a great cleaner and will leave your refrigerator and other appliances squeaky clean!
  • Stainless Steel Sink- If you want to remove scratches and make your sink shiny all you need is to mix hydrogen peroxide with cream of tartar, this combination will leave your sink remarkable!
  • Wood Floor- Make your own cleaner by getting an old gallon milk jug and mix 8 tablespoons of castile soap, ¼ cup of vinegar, water and 30 drops of lemon essential oils and shake! It will leave your floors clean and fresh smelling!
  • Vacuum filters- Make sure and clean out your filters to get rid of allergens etc. The best way is to put your filter in the dishwasher! It is easy and will make a huge difference!

Lastly when going through items in your home have a keep pile, sell or donate pile, recycle pile and trash pile! This will help you while cleaning your closets or other clutter around the home!

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OKC LitterBlitz

Cashland employees and volunteers will be rounding up this April for the 2015 OKC LitterBlitz!  We will be cleaning an area in North Oklahoma City to help with the beautification of our city!  If you would like to join, visit www.okcbeautiful.com and register to join the cause!Keep-Green

What is LitterBlitz?
OKC Beautiful has organized litter pick-up events since its inception in 1962.  LitterBlitz, as a formal program, began in 2001 and has steadily grown since then. This program is a partnership between OKC Beautiful, the City of Oklahoma City and the Great American Clean-Up.  In April of 2014 more than 10,000 Oklahoma City residents worked together to help pick up litter throughout the Oklahoma City metro area, picking up more than 181,000 pounds of trash off our streets. 

For more information on this organization, visit https://www.okcbeautiful.com/.

OKC-Beautiful

Millennials Time to Save

Millennials do not have it easy when it comes to money struggles, between student debt, credit card debt, competitive job market and trying to figure out what you want to do with your life; it can be a daunting phase.save-money-crop-600x338

It is important to plan and build a strong financial foundation in order to have a successful future. Below you will find some of the best ways to get you started in the right direction!

  • Practice Makes Perfect– It is important to make saving money a habit and to practice it often; it will then become a routine. Even if you start off by saving just $1 a week, then you can step up your game and save more money as you are able. This will lay the foundation for you to be disciplined enough to save in the future!
  • Emergency Fund- This is a necessity, you never know when something that is out of your control will happen, and it is always nice to have some money put away for a rainy day in order to help you not go into debt.
  • Do not Overspend- Live within your means and make sure you save whatever you don’t need. Living a realistic lifestyle will help you in more ways than one to reach your financial goals in the future, remember this is not forever.
  • 10 Percent- Make an effort to save at least 10 percent of your income, this is a great starting point and then you can work your way up to 20 percent in the future.
  • Retirement- I know this is the last thing on a 20 something’s mind, however saving for retirement now is a must. Just remember the money you save now in your 20’s will be worth way more in retirement than money you save in your 30’s and 40’s.
  • Goals- Make sure and set short- and long-term goals. It is important to know the difference and plan accordingly.
  • Apps– Yes there are apps for saving money! Try Mint, YNAB and Digit to save, track, budget etc.
  • Automate- Saving money is even easier when your financial institute takes an amount out every month in order to put it in your savings account, a lot of the time you don’t even miss the money!
  • Free Money- If your employer matches your 401K, then you should make sure and put the max amount into your contributions. If you do not, then you are literally walking away from free money. This is an easy and painless way to start saving for your retirement.

These are just a few ideas for you to get started out in the right direction, remember it is not about how much you save at first as much as it is to simply making the effort to save!

“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving” – Warren Buffet

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