August 2009

There are 4 blog entries for August 2009.

Restaurant Savings

My grandmother used to say, "The food always tastes better when someone else is cooking it." Maybe that's why I love my grandmother's cooking so much.


I'm guessing that's also why so many of us like to eat out. Between work and family obligations, deciding what to make for dinner seems more like a chore some days. It is the reason we decided to tackle tonight's subject of ways to save money and still eat out.

Great way to save $$$ on Dining Out in Austin

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There is a great selection of restaurants where you can buy $25 certificates for $10.  That means that you can enjoy a $75 dinner out for just $30.  What a deal!  I'm so happy that I found it.

Bon appetit!

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The Cash for Clunkers program just ended, but may get a chance to take advantage of another round of rebates this fall--this time by replacing your old appliances.

Part of the stimulus package Congress approved earlier this year included $300 million for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate program.

By buying a new energy efficient appliance you could get a rebate worth between $50 to $200. Here's a list of the appliance categories that will qualify:

· central air conditioners

· heat pumps (air source and geothermal)

· boilers

· furnaces (oil and gas)

· room air conditioners

· clothes washers

· dishwashers

· freezers

· refrigerators

• water heaters.


The program is expected to take effect sometime in November.

Remember Austin Energy

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Austin area home sales level out By Shonda Novak | Thursday, August 20, 2009, 11:22 AM Existing home sales in Central Texas were flat last month, the first time in more than two years that they were not lower than the same month a year earlier. The Austin Board of Realtors reported that there were 2,069 sales last month, and 2,068 in July 2008. In a sign of a stabilizing market, the year-over-year percentage decline had been shrinking in recent months, after a string of double-digit percentage drops. Pending sales were down 2 percent, while the number of listings was down 8 percent from a year ago. Homes are taking longer to sell, an average of 75 days, up 17 percent from a year ago. July’s median home price was $191,500, down 2 percent from July 2008.…
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With the $8,000 tax credit scheduled to end Nov. 30, the number of home buyers looking to take advantage of the credit (as well as the historically low prices and low interest rates) could possibly increase as the year winds down, especially as we start seeing glimmers of an economic upturn for the real estate market. If you’ve been waiting for the right window of opportunity to put your home on the market, this might be the time. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to call me or email me any time. For more information on the Tax Credit, visit
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