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Kickin’ Off The Fall

Hooray! Let’s hear it for September, my fourth favorite month! Are you ready for the school year to start, I mean FOOTBALL?! Oh man, my cape is twitching just thinking about the reintroduction of CashNetUSA.com Man’s favorite sport. Without football, Sundays would actually start to feel like an extra Tuesday… a Twosday? No one wants a Twosday!

September is the perfect balance of team goals and individual achievements. A mix of summer and fall. A concoction of education and early streetlights, but best of all, it smells like charcoal and leather.

Odd September Holidays: “Odd-Holiday”

September 5 is Cheese Pizza Day!

I hope you’re sitting down, because what I’m about to tell you combines the most tailgating, money-saving, salivating recipe of all time. Grilled pizza!1 Once you get the hang of this, you’ll never put your pizza in the oven again.

CashNetUSA.Com Man's Frugal Living Guide: September

Makes 6 – 8 small pizzas

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tsps active dry or instant yeast
  • ¼cup olive oil
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsps salt
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings you love!

Directions:

  1. Mix water and yeast together in a large bowl. Let stand until the yeast is dissolved. Stir in oil, then add flour and salt. Mix with a spatula until dough is formed.
  2. Knead by hand for 6 – 8 minutes until smooth, springy ball is formed.
  3. Place 6 – 8 lumps on greased baking pan, cover with damp kitchen towel and rest at room temperature for 1 ½ hours or until they’ve doubled in size.
  4. When ready, preheat the grill. Then start working your dough into a pizza shape. Once you get it to the perfect size, flip it onto the grill for 1 – 3 minutes.
  5. Using spatula or tongs flip the pizza again.
  6. Add a thin layer of sauce, followed by cheese and your favorite toppings. Close grill and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes.
  7. Pull off. Cut up. Chow down!

September Is National Self-Improvement Month — and Courtesy Month!

As a courtesy to yourself and others, September is a great month to set some long-term goals. Looking ahead is a great way to start investing in your future right now. Here are some easy tips to finding your zen.

  • Open a holiday saving account. Putting a little money away each paycheck will relieve the financial stresses of December.
  • Review your resume and fill in experience gaps you can address now.
  • September is also National Coupon Month. Clip and save now for non-perishable holiday goods.
  • Plan and book holiday travel. Buying your tickets to Grandma’s house in Pensacola will be much cheaper 8 weeks out vs. 8 hours.
CashNetUSA.Com Man's Frugal Living Guide: September

September 27 Is National Crush-A-Can Day

After a day of watching football and eating grilled pizzas, I’m sure there are a lot of aluminum cans lying around. Do your part and make sure they get recycled. Not only is it good for the environment, it can also be extra cash in your pocket!

Did You Know?

  • A ton of recycled aluminum saves 14,00 kWh of electricity.
  • It takes 200 - 500 years to degrade in a landfill!
  • Recycling aluminum takes 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

Did You Also Know...

  • The weight of those cans add up. You can make between 30 cents and 60 cents per pound at your local scrap yard for recycled aluminum. Crush and save throughout the year and it’s like an extra paycheck in your pocket!
  • Several states offer returns on cans between 5 cents and 10 cents. If you are in one of these states and not taking advantage of this, you are throwing away money!

September 29 Is National Coffee Day

When you consider that 83% of Americans drink a cup of coffee with the average price of $2.70 a cup, there are tons of ways to save money here. On the other hand, many of your favorite coffee shops will offer discounts on this day just for ordering your cup of joe. That’s a real CashNetUSA.com Man score!

CashNetUSA.Com Man's Frugal Living Guide: September

Best Time to Buy

You can tackle a lot of saving in September, beginning with another three-day weekend sale over Labor Day. As the end of summer nears, big items such as lawnmowers will be taking up too much space to keep on showroom floors — expect them to take a big price hit. If you’re waiting for the perfect time to start that “bike-to-work” regimen, you’ll be able to steal a two-wheel wonder of efficiency from the store as prices drop for the winter. And let’s not forget our promise to look ahead and get great deals on holiday airfare starting now.

CashNetUSA.Com Man's Frugal Living Guide: September

What’s Around the Corner?

October Is Un-Be-Leaf-Able!