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Do you like to save money where you can? I do. It is not a question of being rich or poor. Thanks to the economy being what it is, and incomes not rising at the rate they should, we just can’t afford to waste any of our hard-earned money. Besides being conscious about spending, we also try to teach our children to do the same. While regular expenses – both one-time and recurring – are a constant, every once in a while we do want to change up things around the house with a mini makeover to keep things fresh and pleasant. If you love to do your own home decorating, your design choices can actually help you save money in other areas of your life—as I discovered over the years. I am a big fan of DIY and enjoy using my creativity on everything–from saving money to home decor hacks.…

As a child of the 60s I can safely say that I never ever imagined how much technology would rule our lives. I mean, even when we did fantasize about the future, it was nothing like this. Sure I thought of magic carpets (which by the way is now reality, so there!), teleportation (not sure yet…let’s ask Jeff Goldblum in The Fly shall we?), a washing machine that not only dries 100% but also folds and puts away the clothes. Yes, a girl can dream, can’t she? I know I can. Well, dreams do come true – as I would be the first to admit. Who would have thought that we could stay connected 24 x 7 with something called the internet and smartphones? I didn’t – because I lived in an era that involved heading out, warmly wrapped, at 11 pm at night to the STD phone booth down the…

As the time for my son’s visit home drew close, I started making plans, gloating on the three weeks we would be spending together. He usually has his own list of favorite places to visit and we both enjoy historical sites, art and culture-related outings and of course, the zoo. As soon as he arrived, we got the calendar out and wisely started scheduling what we wanted to do.  You know how the days fly by when one’s on vacation. One place we have always wanted to visit is Channapatna, famous for its toy industry. We have many toys acquired over the years. Although we’ve visited Mysore a number of times, somehow this quaint little town was always skipped. So we thought, why not now? So, alongside the other staples which included his favorite bookstore, meeting friends, his music classes (yes, he’ll always squeeze those in) and his Dad’s hospital…

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