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The end is near! (The end of the month, that is...)

The end of the month is, well, today!

The end of the month means we can look forward to some new coupons popping up in the changing of the (coupon) guard on 11/1/12.

It also means that many of your favorite coupons, you know, the ones you've been meaning to print but haven't gotten round to, are going to disappear.  If you've got any coupons on Coupons.comSmartSourceRed PlumWhole FoodsTargetBetty Crocker, or Cellfire that you've been eyeing, now is a good time to put paper in the printer.

Thanksgiving is a mere 22 days away (which means Black Friday and Cyber Monday are close too!), and Chanukah is just 38 days away.  Getting nervous yet?

Make sure you hit all the post-Halloween clearance sales and stock up on costumes and candy for Purim (most of the candy can go in the back of the freezer, or it will go stale).  Winter gear, sweaters, coats, boots, are at the top of many of our shopping lists.  My husband and I personally have got a ton of house stuff to do this month:  our annual furnace maintenance, cleaning out the gutters, and some major garage organization, before we settle in for the cold.

Time to start seriously thinking about Chanukah (or Christmas) gifts, to avoid the expensive crunch in December.

In terms of food frugality, I've been freezing soups  and stews as quickly as I can make them.  We're getting into hot comfort-food mode.

Finally, here's an unusual Daily Cheapskate November request.  Quite a number of you on the East Coast have asked me to post more about putting together a frugal emergency kit, more deals on generators, etc., now that Sandy has done her damage.  I think every home should have an emergency plan and stash, just in case.

Onward to winter...

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