Showing posts with label Duck Dynasty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Duck Dynasty. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Duck Dynasty: Saving on Hot Tubs Without Going to the Junkyard

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Saving on Hot Tubs Without Going to the Junk Yard
If you are in the market for a hot tub and you don't want to got the junkyard like Godwin in a recent episode of Duck Dynasty, there are still great ways to save money.

Avoid the Salesman

Start by avoiding the salesman. You don't need to go to a pool or hot tub dealer to get a hot tub. In fact most local stores like Home Depot and Lowe's carry name brand quality hot tubs and they will hook you up with an installer if you need one. When you cut out the high pressure salesman you always save. It is especially important to avoid companies that refuse to post their prices or tell you the price up front. And by all means do not purchase your hot tub on a credit card, save up and pay cash.

Choose a Smaller Model

One of the most important money saving tips to consider when purchasing a hot tub is size. You need to consider how much hot water the unit will require and how much you might spend on electricity. If you purchase a unit at Home Depot or Lowe's it will be labeled as to how much electricity it will use each month. By choosing a smaller unit or one that uses less electricity you are going to save both at time of purchase and per month. When you purchase a hot tub it is so important to choose an energy efficient model, hot tubs can use upwards of $20 per month in electricity.



Avoid Installation

There are both portable and stand alone hot tub models that can save you on installation either by ease of installation for the installer or perhaps you can even install the hot tub your self. Ask about ease of installation at time of purchase.

Go Solar

Several retailers offer solar powered hot tubs as well as solar converters. By choosing a model that is solar powered you can save on your monthly electric bill. You may even want to consider installing a solar water heater.

You may also want to read Solar: Is it right for you? and Duck Dynasty: What the Robertson's Know About Green Living.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Best Duck Dynasty Posts

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Willie, Jase, Jep and Si (that is a tea glass in his left wing!)
Wednesday is Duck Dynasty Day at our house and last week when my son was working on the number four. He was sitting at the table just giggling and giggling. He finally brought me this work of art! I was so proud and he said, "You can put it on Facebook Mama!" I have been wanting to share it all week. So because it is Wednesday and I am racking up quite a few Duck Dynasty posts, I thought I would give you links to these four great ones. They range from Green Living topics to Childcare Advice to Vacations.
 
Duck Dynasty Vacation Ideas gives tips on saving money with vacation packages to Hawaii and other ideas.
 
My favorite is Duck Dynasty: What the Robertson's Know About Green Living because Green Living is Considering frugal.
 
 
Miss Kay's new cookbook comes out November 5th and I can't tell you how excited I am! I am hoping to review the best money saving recipes in it! Until then, enjoy these posts and don't forget to catch the new episode of Duck Dynasty on A&E tonight!!
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Duck Dynasty Vacation Ideas

Hawaii Duck Dynasty Style
Do Hawaii Robertson Style

Have you signed up for the Duck Commander cruise? Well, if you haven't and you like to take cruises then you may want to get on the waiting list. If a cruise is not quite your style then let me give you a few other suggestions for a vacation in Duck Dynasty style.

Hawaii is beautiful all year around and I recently watched an older episode of Duck Dynasty that featured the whole family on a trip to Hawaii. What I noticed about the trip was that it appeared that the family traveled via a vacation package. Vacation packages are a great way to travel with a family. Not only can you save money by purchasing your tickets, transportation, accommodations, meals and even some souvenirs in a bundle, but it makes the vacation itself very relaxing. You can stay in the room like Phil and Kay or go out and enjoy the pool or other amenities. Resort packages usually include at least one meal per day and sometimes even a spa treatment and special meal like the luau featured at the end of Duck Dynasty. The other upside to a package is that you always have something to do and your money is budgeted. Everyone was making fun of Willie's itinerary in the Duck Dynasty episode but in reality an itinerary that has been planned for you is a great way to control your vacation budget.

If Hawaii is not your thing, then the obvious way to plan a Duck Dynasty get away is with a hunting and fishing camp out, however we city folk sometimes have trouble with that too. If you want the experience of camping but not the full experience of camping then a family resort like Bison Ranch in Overgaard, Arizona might be more your speed. Family resorts like Bison Ranch offer a backwoods experience with enough of the modern amenities to get by. A family cabin, fireplace, fishing and horseback riding are all part of the family camp experience.

If you are interested in booking a vacation package to Hawaii, Los Vegas, Disneyland, San Diego, Prescott or anywhere else in the Southwest then Get Away Today is the place to go. We have saved over 50% at times and some of the proceeds go to education. However you decide to vacation, remember that you can never replace the memories that will be made and the family bonding that will take place.

You may also enjoy reading Duck Dynasty: What the Roberson's Know About Green Living and Sustainability. Or Saving at Disneyland.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Duck Dynasty: What the Robertson’s Know about Green Living and Sustainability

Duck Dynasty and Green Living
What the Robertson's Know
Do you watch it??? Do you watch Duck Dynasty? …if you don’t you really don’t know what you are missing. And after all the laughter has died, the real lessons learned are about life, love and family sustainability. The Robertson family are the real life characters of A&E’s reality show Duck Dynasty, for those of you who don’t know. The Robertson’s know more about sustainability than the whole of American culture. I could sit here and think of more, but for now here are 8 things the Robertson’s know about frugal living and sustainability…

1 Harness the Power of the Mason Jar
If you watch the show, you see a lot of mason jars…the funny thing is, I caught myself drinking from one just the other day. Mason jars are not only great for canning your own produce, which I believe Miss Kay does often, mason jars double as both tableware and Tupperware providing see through storage to keep your refrigerator organized.
2 Harness the Power of the Casserole
I can only remember one episode of Duck Dynasty where the Roberson’s ate out…they picked up a slushy and ate a few hundred donuts (it was a contest, Uncle Si won a motor home..now that’s sustainable living). Anyway, make a casserole, fry some catfish…eat at home.
3 Harness the Power of Natural Resources
The Robertson Family lives off the land. In fact, their whole business is built around living off the land. If it's in season they eat it. Duck, crayfish, berries and honey…The Robertson Family knows how to hunt and grow their own food…do you?
4 Harness the Power of Living below Your Means
I was actually quite appalled by the realtor in the episode where Phil and Kay were talked into shopping for a new house. Although they could afford any mansion they could dream of, they are happy happy happy in a small home where they have fond family memories without a mortgage payment or credit card debt.
5 Harness the Power of Using the Resources You Have
If it isn’t broke, don’t replace it. Use whatever it is until it falls apart and when you replace it, buy it used and avoid a loan payment. If your boat sinks to the bottom of a swamp, make your kids fish it out and use it some more.
6 Harness the Power of a College Degree
The Robertson’s might not sound educated but in reality, most have college degrees and several members have graduate degrees. That is what it takes to run a successful family empire and that is what they have done. Phil and Kay Robertson have successfully encouraged their children to read the Bible and go to college a college degree is often at the core of sustainable living.
7 Harness the Power of Donation
The Robertson Family clearly has enough money to donate to whatever cause they want, but they don’t get lazy and stop there…They still donate of their time to charity. They cook food, build festival booths, play Santa and adopt babies…again living, growing and sustaining a family and a community.
8 Harness the Power of Family
The Robertson’s know how to build a sustainable family. They eat together, work together, pray together and play together. No matter how crazy they appear to be on TV, the reality is, they have built a successful family business and they still love each other enough to want to be in business together and still spend the rest of the day together. That is family sustainability.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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