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Today is PAY DAY, but How Do I Stretch My Dollar?!

7 Oct

With the unsettled nature of our economy, everyone is trying to cut back, either to save and gain a greater sense of security in our uncertain world, or just to save for special purchases, like a home.  No matter the motivation, I thought these ideas might help stretch your paycheck!

  • Bring Your Lunch to Work – The average person spends $6 when they buy their lunch (I think it’s double that in Austin!) yet only $2 when they pack it themselves. That’s a potential savings of $20 a week or $1,040 dollars a year.
  • Durable over Disposable – Using products like sponges over  paper towels, or a rechargeable razor over disposable razor can save you up to $200 per year.
  • Hold an Annual Yard Sale –Get rid of all that household clutter, make a few bucks, and get to know your neighbors (Keep your eye out for neighborhood yard sales). Whatever you don’t sell can be donated to charity and used as a tax write-off. Or have a virtual yard sale on eBay!
  • Get a Library Card – As opposed to buying a book for $20,  or paying $100+/year for a movie subscription, get it for FREE!
  • Watch Those Utilities – Changing over to energy-saving light bulbs and low flow shower heads is a great start. Also, most utility companies offer a home audit you can complete online. If not, go to http://hes.lbl.gov for a virtual inspection of your home. There is no need to throw away money on wasted energy!

Looking for Fall Fun in Austin?!

30 Sep

I love our Falls in Austin, TX!  Don’t you?!

As the weather cools down, put on your long-sleeved T-Shirts and shorts and go enjoy one of these fun events in Austin!

Festivals and Events

9/30 – 10/2
Oktoberfest
Downtown, Fredericksburg
http://www.oktoberfestinfbg.com

10/6, 3 – 7 pm
2011 North Hays County Community Expo &
Resume Drop-off

Business to Business Networking from 2-3 pm
Hays CISD Performing Arts Center, Kyle
http://www.kylechamber.org/EventCalendar
Item.php?Events_ID=398

10/7, 7:30 pm
Movies in the Park
Hoodwinked Too

Elizabeth Milburn Park, Cedar Park
http://www.cedarparktx.us/cp/pr_events_movies.aspx

10/7-8, 6 pm to midnight
Mediterranean Festival
408 E. 11th St, Austin
http://www.mediterraneanfestival.org

10/7-9
Texas Mesquite Art Festival
Marktplatz DT, Fredericksburg
http://www.texasmesquiteassn.org

10/7-8
32nd Annual Wimberley Gospel Music Festival
See Website for schedule
8400 FM 32, Fischer
http://www.wimberleygospelmusic.com

10/13, 6 – 9 pm
22nd Annual La Dolce Vita
food and wine festival

AMOA–Laguna Gloria, Austin
http://www.amoa.org

10/13-16
Kyle Fair & Music Festival
Thunderhill Raceway, Kyle
http://www.kylechamber.org/EventCalendar.php

10/15, beginning at 10 am
Kyle Founders’ Parade
Center Street, Kyle.
http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation
/kyle-founders-parade

10/20-27
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theater and various locations
http://www.austinfilmfestival.com

10/22, 7 – 9 pm
Concert in the Park
Don’t Tell Debbie Band

Elizabeth Milburn Park, Cedar Park
http://www.cedarparktx.us/cp/pr_events_movies.aspx

10/22-23
Buda Fine Arts Festival
On the greenbelt in Historic Downtown Buda
Visit website for schedule
http://www.budafineartsfestival.com

10/22-23
Austin Record Convention
Crockett Center, Austin
http://www.austinrecords.com

10/22, noon – 7 pm
Food & Wine Fest
Marktplatz DT, Fredericksburg
http://www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com

10/22, 2 -10 pm
Dia de los Muertos
5th Street, Austin
http://www.mexic-artemuseum.org

10/27, 6 – 8 pm
9th Annual Boo-da Halloween
Buda Public Library
http://ci.buda.tx.us/buda-events/

10/30, 12 – 4 pm
Halloween Carnival
City Square Park, Kyle
http://www.cityofkyle.com/parks/Halloween.htm

10/31
Halloween on E. 6th St.

Art and Culture

9/9 – 10/1, Fri. & Sat, 8:15 pm
The Tempest
Shakespeare
Emily Ann Theatre, Wimberley
http://www.emilyann.org

9/30 – 10/1, 8 pm – 10/2, 3 pm
The Mozart Project
Choreography by Stephen Mills
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Long Center, Austin
http://www.balletaustin.org/atb/mozartproject.php

10/2, 12 pm
John Philip Sousa
Wooldridge Square Park, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

10/6, 7:30 – 9 pm
Mother Falcon
Laguna Gloria Amphitheater, Austin
http://www.amoa.org

10/14-15, 8 pm
Holst’s “The Planets”
Conspirare Women’s Chorus +
Narration and images provided by NASA
Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

10/13, 8 pm
AN DA UNION
Mongolian music
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/18, 8 pm
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/21, 8 pm
Tiempo Libre
Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series

Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

9/23-10/16
Fri. and Sat. Evenings @ 8:00 pm
Sun. Matinees @ 2:30 pm
Arsenic & Old Lace
by Joseph Kesserling

Wimberley Playhouse, Wimberley
http://www.wimberleyplayers.org

9/23-10/23
Fri. & Sat. @ 7:30 pm and Sun. @ 2:00 pm
BEEHIVE, The 60’s Musical Sensation
The Georgetown Palace Theatre
Georgetown
http://www.georgetownpalace.com

10/23, 2 pm
Halloween Children’s Concert
Austin Symphony’s
Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin
http://www.austinsymphony.org

Music

10/01, 6:30 pm
Austin Pictures w/ Peter Bay
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/06, 6:30 pm
George Jones w/ Robert Ellis
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/6, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
Jason Boland and The Stragglers
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/7, 8 pm
Buckethead
La Zona Rosa, Austin
http://www.lazonarosa.com

10/08, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
David Allan Coe
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/9, 8 pm
B.B. King & Leon Russell
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/11, 7 pm
Joe Walsh
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/14, 6 pm
Dark Star Orchestra
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/17, 6:30 pm
Sara Evans w/ Gloriana
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/18, 6:30 pm
Peter Frampton
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/19, 7:30 pm
Adele
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/21, 8 pm
Ne-Yo
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/22, 9 pm
Slim Thug
Emo’s, East Austin
http://www.emosaustin.com

10/23, 6:00 pm
Mary Chapin Carpenter
w/ Loudon Wainwright III

ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/24, 6:30 pm
St. Vincent w/ Cate Le Bon
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/24, Doors @ 8 pm / Show @ 9 pm
Alexi Murdoch w/ Kishi Bashi
Antone’s, Austin
http://www.antones.net

10/25, Doors @ 7 pm
Mastodon w/Black Tusk & Ancient Wisdom
La Zona Rosa, Austin
http://www.lazonarosa.com

10/26, 7 pm
Taylor Swift
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/26, 8 pm
Dream Theater
Bass Concert Hall, Austin
http://texasperformingarts.org

10/29, 7:30 pm
Zombie Ball
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

10/29, 7 pm
Anthrax and Testament
Emo’s, East Austin
http://www.emosaustin.com

10/30, 6:00 pm
David Cook and Gavin DeGraw
ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin
http://www.acl-live.com

Sports

Roller Derby, doors @ 6 pm
10/1
Playoffs
10/15
Calvello Cup Championship
Austin Convention Center
http://www.txrd.com/schedule.ph

10/2
IBM Uptown Classic, 5K & 10K
Austin
http://www.uptownclassic.com

10/22
Frankenthon Monster Marathon
Cedar Park
http://www.frankenthon.com

10/22, 6:45 am – 12 pm
Scholarship Bass Fishing Tournament
Lake Kyle
http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/
scholarship-bass-fishing-tournament

10/24, 7:15 pm
Monday Night RAW
Rey Mysterio, John Morrison,
The Miz, WWE Divas
Frank Erwin Center, Austin
http://www.uterwincenter.com

10/29
Chosen: Marathon for Adoption
New Braunfels
http://www.marathonforadoption.com

10/30
Gazelle Foundation Run for the Water 10-Miler,
5K and Kids K

Austin
http://gazellefoundation.com/runforthewater2011

Longhorn Football
Visit web site for schedule
http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com

For Running Events Calendar visit:
http://www.gracytitle.com/e-flyer/8×8/AustinRunners2011/AustinRunners2011.pdf

For Cycling Events Calendar visit:
http://www.gracytitle.com/e-flyer/8×8/AustinRoadCycling/AustinRoadCycling
_2011.pdf

How To Remove Streaks and Marks from Your Floors

28 Sep

Scuff Marks on your Floor Shoes

As you know in Austin, TX and any real estate market really, first impressions matter to the Buyer!  Don’t let scuff marks on your floors distract Buyers and cost you money!   Instead try these cheap, quick fixes.

1. Fight Fire with Fire!  Black-soled shoes may have made streaks on your tile floor, but rubber-soled sneakers can remove them. Simply tie on your sneakers and buff the marks with the point of your sole.

…It’s OK if you can’t resist attempting the Moon Walk while you’re at it.

2. Aw Sheet!  Have hardwood floors? Lift scuff marks by using a dryer sheet (even a used one will do). Simply rub at the marks, making small, circular motions.

3. Alcohol (Rubbing not Drinking)! Vinyl floor looking streaky? Dab a little rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth and wipe. The marks will disappear without damaging the floor’s finish.

I’m a professional Realtor, not a professional flooring cleaner, so if you’re unsure, please check with a flooring specialist before trying any of these tactics.

 

Labor Day is Over…What to DO in Austin, TX?

6 Sep

I hope everyone had a FUN and SAFE Labor Day!  In case you are depressed that our last little summer holiday is over, here are some ideas that will allow you to have some mini-vacations in Austin in September!

How to Stay COOL in Austin Texas!

26 Aug
According to weather.com the temperatures in Austin over the next 5 days will range from 104  to 110 degrees! 
To help you survive the heat, here are some fun ways to stay cool in Austin!
Cool Locations in Austin…
  • Step inside the beer cooler at Whole Foods on 6th and Lamar or the refreshingly cold walk in beer cooler at Twin Liquors near the Hill Country Galleria.
  • Visit the fruit and vegetable coolers at Costco and Sams Club 
  • Surround yourself with ice at a local skating rink:  check out Chaparral Ice at http://www.chaparralice.com/
  • Pick out some flowers in the flower cooler at Austin Flowers on 35th
  • Swim Barton Springs or Deep Eddie Pool
  • Dive into Lake Austin just below Mansfield Dam
  • Eat Ice Cream at Amy’s Ice Creams
  • Tour a local cave!  Inner  Space Caverns http://www.myinnerspacecavern.com/tours.php has a year round temperature of 72 degrees!
  • Go bowling! Check out Austin area bowling alleys at http://austin.citysearch.com/listings/austin/bowling_alleys/71207_
Fun Tips on Staying Cool…
  • Dress lighter and wear lighter colors. Cotton clothes allow for air circulation, while most nylons and polyester materials dont. Wearing colors such as white, khaki, light blue, pink, tan and lavender will help you stay cool this summer by reflecting sunlight; dark colors soak up the heat.
  • You can find all types of “cooling clothing” on the Internet at sites like www.coolsport.net.
  • Eat Hot Peppers!  Yes, eating hot and spicy foods can actually cool you off! Scientists have argued for years over why this is the case, but the most likely reason is that spicy foods make you sweat without actually raising body temperature. Chalk it up to capsaicin , a chemical found in things like hot peppers. Once your skin is damp, you’ll feel cooled by its evaporation.
  • For a cool and lazy afternoon, sit in front of a big fan eating popsicles and listening to favorite tunes on your iPod.  Popsicles come in a yummy variety of flavors, and many are guiltlessly low in calories.  Get some homemade popsicle recipes here:  http://allrecipes.com/Search/Recipes.aspx?WithTerm=popsicles
  • Freeze seedless grapes for refreshing mini bites of coolness!
  • Don’t forget the pets!  Hot weather tips for pets from the ASPCA  http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.aspx
  • For additional safety information on extreme temperatures visit:http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp
  • Search for real estate in Austin, Texas from your home computer…OK that was a shameless plug 😛  But seriously, have a safe, fun, and cool weekend!

Happy Friday…Printable 2011 Big 12 Football Schedule!

12 Aug
Big 12 Football Schedule
Created by ElvertBarnes

Hey Folks,

I know my people in Austin, TX love them some Big 12 Football!

One of my title reps sent me this 2011 Big 12 Football Schedule that I thought you might find useful, as football season approaches!