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Frugal Friendships

Sometimes getting together with friends includes meals, movies and other activities that can quickly drain your budget. Don’t be afraid to be honest when you simply can’t afford to go out. Suggest ways to spend time together that won’t cost a cent, such as taking a walk or having a game night at someone’s home.

Come Together

October is Intergeneration Month, a time for generations to connect through communication, celebration and education. Older adults can offer wisdom that only comes from life experience, while younger people provide new ideas and perspectives. Spend some time with each other and see how much you learn!

Think Ahead

October is the perfect time to score some great deals. Pick up next summer’s wardrobe at deep discounts, or purchase a vacation for less. The end of wedding season means sale prices on home goods such as dishes and bedding.

Write This Down

Make visits with your health care providers as efficient as possible by keeping a log of your medical information, including medical conditions, medications and dosages, and any recent surgeries or procedures. October is Organize Your Medical Information Month, the perfect time to create or update your file. Once the file is complete, make a few photocopies so you always have one on hand.

Fall’s Flavors

Immerse yourself in the scents of the season, whether you are picking a hand soap or room spray, or enjoying a tasty treat. Choose pumpkin or apple, or spice things up with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or peppermint.

Be Kind to Your Clothes

If you wear expensive clothes to work or school, change out of them when you get home. Chores, pets, cooking and eating dinner can cause stains or other damage.

Picture Perfect

Celebrate Photographer Appreciation Month in October by focusing on taking quality photos that will make your family and friends truly appreciate your skills.

The higher, the better. Set your camera to the highest resolution possible. The appearance of your images will improve instantly, and photo editing will be much easier.

Lighten up. Use light to your advantage, especially when taking pictures outdoors. It’s usually best to position the light source in front of your subject, although side lighting can create a nice effect. Use flash indoors and to reduce shadows outdoors.

Eye contact. To produce a more interesting image, have the subject look into the lens when you shoot. Take pictures from the subject’s height; if you are photographing children, get down to their level.

Ready for your close-up. Get close to your subject, either physically or by using the zoom function.

Sideways shot. Many subjects look better in a vertical frame. Turn your camera sideways to capture tall landmarks or a dog leaping for a Frisbee.

Clear the clutter. As you frame a shot, check the background for unsightly objects. Ask your subject to move, or change your own position, if necessary.


Pay your rent on or before the 1st day of the month and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a great prize!! Prizes change monthly and will be posted in the office. Payment must be received in the office no later than 5 p.m. on the 1st of the month. Payments placed in the drop box after 9 a.m. on the 1st will not qualify. The winner will be notified via phone on the 2nd of the month.

Help Us Keep Ibis Trail Looking Good!!!

Dear Tenants,
Here are a few reminders:

• Please be courteous to your neighbors and pick up after your pets!!! There is a $100 fine per occurrence that will be enforced if you fail to do so.

• All trash that is placed in the trash cans must be bagged. No loose trash is to be placed in the cans. PLEASE check your trash bags and make sure they are not leaking and double bag if necessary. Bring all items that do not fit inside of trash containers directly to the dumpster.

• Dispose of cigarette butts by using an ashtray. Please do NOT throw them over the balcony or leave them on the breezeway.

Creative Ways to Use Spinach

Bursting with vitamins and minerals—including iron, magnesium and vitamins A, C and K—spinach is a great addition to any diet. You don’t have to stick to salads to enjoy these nutritional benefits; this versatile vegetable can be seamlessly added to a variety of meals. Check out these ideas:

Breakfast and beyond. Spinach and eggs make a good team. Add fresh chopped spinach during the final minutes of cooking an omelet or scrambled eggs. For a heartier meal, try a spinach frittata or quiche.

Pasta pal. When heating marinara or Alfredo sauce, add a handful of spinach leaves to the pot. You can also substitute spinach for basil when making homemade pesto, or add a layer of leaves to lasagna.

Crunchy snack. Like kale, spinach can be baked into chips. Toss one bunch of spinach with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt to taste. Bake at 350º F for about 10 minutes, until edges are brown and crispy.

Beverage blend. Pop a handful of fresh spinach leaves or a cup of frozen spinach in the blender the next time you make a smoothie. The spinach will turn your drink green, but it won’t affect the flavor.

South of the border. Create a delicious burrito filling by heating a combination of black beans, frozen spinach and shredded cheese.

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