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Joan Sewell

  • The Walton Tribune
  • Joan Sewell is a retired educator and a community volunteer.
Sunday 09/21/2014
How to pinch your pennies ’til they scream
Posted: September 21, 2014 - 12:00 am

My grandmother once was described by a cousin as someone who could pinch a penny until Lincoln screamed. As a child, I always wanted to see (and hear) her do that. It took a while to realize that colorful phrase only meant she was very frugal. I find myself now remembering some of the tips she passed on to me. I’ll share some with you.

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Sunday 08/31/2014
Celebrating Grandparents Day
Posted: August 31, 2014 - 12:00 am

Sept. 8 is Grandparents Day — a day set aside to honor grandparents just as we have days to honor mothers and fathers. I’ll be frank. Until about six years ago, I had never heard of this day. But then it appeared on a calendar someone gave me and I got invited to bring my grandchildren to a tea. It seems the second Sunday in September has been set aside for this occasion for about 15 years now.

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Sunday 08/17/2014
Learning to use coupons wisely
Posted: August 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Stacking coupons with store sales is an unbeatable way to save at the supermarket. But there is now a spotlight on extreme couponers’ use of that and other tactics, some of which might be fraudulent. This has made some manufacturers crack down on coupon policies, thereby limiting everyone’s ability to spend less. Coupon fraud costs companies hundreds of dollars a year. That comes out of your pocket in the form of pricier products.

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Sunday 08/03/2014
Enjoy a one-day retreat
Posted: August 03, 2014 - 12:00 am

It’s easy to get swept up in the daily hubbub, but taking time to step away and recharge is important to your health. In fact, an occasional day off can provide some of the same benefits you get from a vacation. Try taking a one-day retreat — you don’t even have to leave your home town.

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Sunday 07/20/2014
Thinking over the aging problem
Posted: July 20, 2014 - 12:00 am

Did you miss me? I have been hospitalized and too weak fight with my computer. I began to feel old and useless. You can not imagine how good it feels to be back at my computer keyboard.

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Sunday 06/08/2014
Diligence begets progress, wisdom
Posted: June 08, 2014 - 12:00 am

Listening to the news, I find myself saddened by the deplorable treatment being given our wounded warriors. I am amazed at the inability of “the Pothole Guy” to get the roads around Atlanta properly repaired. Don’t even mention the confusion surrounding affordable medical care made worse by the cost of gasoline to get to the source of that care. Too, the requirements employers subsidize insurance for all full time workers has cut deeply the number of full-time jobs available.

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Sunday 05/25/2014
Tips on running a garage sale
Posted: May 25, 2014 - 12:00 am

The weather has been unpredictable this spring with showers, tornadoes, colder temperatures and flash flood warnings. But it seems that all of this may be quieting down and it is time for our yearly spring cleaning. As we clean, we find things we do not want or can no longer use. We also find things advertised in the newspaper or on television that would make our lives easier or update our wardrobe if we had a little more money. So when the basement, attic or garage threatens to overflow, we consider holding a yard sale. Our clutter and castoffs may be a boon to someone looking for second hand bargains.

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Sunday 05/11/2014
Older residents need to prepare for trips
Posted: May 11, 2014 - 12:00 am

According to the AARP Bulletin, 60 percent of the Boomer generation plans on taking one to two trips this summer and some 37 percent will take three or more. While 20 percent will travel within Georgia, another 64 percent will travel to another state. The percentage traveling outside the country is only 19 percent. I think this is great news. It signals that the economy is making a mild improvement and the employment in the travel industry will have an uptick.

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Sunday 04/27/2014
Using your seven-and-a-half minutes
Posted: April 27, 2014 - 12:00 am

The insurance companies have worked to cut the time you spend applying for insurance. They have actually saved you seven-and-a-half minutes. I felt I should give you some suggestions on how to use these vital minutes in a worthwhile way. I am sure the e-cigarette companies would like you to use their products during this time. The Georgia Lottery would love to see you spend it scratching their tickets too. So here are my suggestions, and folks, you really can do each of these things in that short of a time.

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Sunday 04/13/2014
It’s garden planting time again
Posted: April 13, 2014 - 12:00 am

Although I am not too good a gardener, I like to plant a few tomatoes, some squash and green peppers. Gardening can be hard work, but I find that it can be more effective at reducing stress than reading and/or watching television. So I gather my tools, pots, mulch and seeds. I add some organic matter like composted manure to the soil. Sometimes I get a soil test to know what else to add.

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