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RAISING HAPPY KIDS ON A REASONABLE BUDGET

 CINCINNATI, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Trying to save a buck is a survival technique Patricia Gallagher has had to employ while trying to feed, clothe and provide for a family of six. As a stay-at-home mom with only a husband's steady paycheck to make ends meet, Gallagher has quickly mastered every trick of the "penny-pinching parent trade."
 Gallagher has set them all down in her new book "Raising Happy Kids on a Reasonable Budget" (Betterway Books, $10.95, paperback). It is loaded with her specific examples and dollar figures for fighting expenses in crucial childrearing areas such as food, clothing, education, grooming and travel. Here are a few practical tips to help any work-at-home mom complete those necessary projects without losing her mind:
 -- Realize that you can't do it all. Think about ways to do some, if not most, of what you want to accomplish.
 -- Before the family goes to bed, insist everyone put things away so that you don't begin your day picking up clutter. If the house is clean and neat at the beginning of the day, it's a natural high for a mother.
 -- Many fast food restaurants have indoor and outdoor playgrounds. This is a great place to go when you want to keep the kids occupied while you sip a cup of tea. The kids enjoy an hour of playtime, and you can pay bills, write letters, address envelopes, etc.
 -- Borrow a few long, classic movies from the library such as "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music," "Mary Poppins" and the Shirley Temple favorites. Let the kids watch movies when you have deadlines to meet.
 -- Ask a trusted neighbor with children to "trade" a few hours a week. Work out a convenient time to exchange kids.
 -- Ask a reliable neighborhood teen to come over two afternoons a week after school and play with the kids for an hour. Cost: a few dollars an hour.
 "Raising Happy Kids on a Reasonable Budget," by Patricia Gallagher, is available at bookstores, or call 800-289-0963.
 For a copy of Gallagher's free pamphlet "100 Ways to Save Money While Raising a Family," send $1 postage and handling to: P.R. Gallagher, Box 555, Worcester, Pa. 19490.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos, interviews, review copies available./
 /CONTACT: Sue Ann Stein of Betterway Books, 513-531-2690, ext. 261/


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