I won’t pretend I’m perfect. I’ve made ALL 9 of these grocery mistakes, causing my bill to skyrocket. And I’m guessing you have, too. Which is why I made this list – to help us both remember to be a savvy shopper and save money in the long run. How much money? Committing just two or three mistakes on one trip will cost you $25 or more. Week in, week out, and that adds up to $1,300 a year!
How many of these grocery mistakes are you making?
Don’t forget to enter the Halloween costume contest! YOU get to tell me what I should dress up as for Halloween. The contest rules are simple. Tell me what my Halloween costume should be by leaving a comment and the most frugal and unique costume wins!
I’ll create the Halloween costume you suggest AND post pictures. It can be scary, sexy, sweet, silly, punny, political, timely, whatever – I’m game!
So, what should I be for Halloween?
Right now, my hand-carved pumpkins are looking a bit pedestrian. Which is a nice way of saying pathetic. That’s because last night, I took my family to see The Rise of the Jack o’ Lanterns, an amazing outdoor exhibit featuring 500 hand-carved pumpkins. Professional artists and sculptors, such as Jon Neill, star of Halloween Wars on The Food Network, have taken pumpkin-carving to a whole other level.
How is it done? Some pumpkins are carved deeply, some just barely etched on the surface. And others are carved all the way through with a light shining out from inside. Different techniques for different pumpkins, all spectacular.
You won’t believe these pumpkin carvings! (more…)
With a Costco just a mile away from me, and with their generous samples to please my fussy toddler on rainy a Seattle afternoon, it’s a no-brainer that a Costco membership is a good value for my family. But if you’re not sure that a Costco membership makes financial sense for you, check to see if any of these ideas will net you the savings you need.
A Gold Star Costco membership (available to anyone) currently runs you $55 a year, which includes a second card for another member of your household (an adult over 18 at the same address).
Here are 10 ways to make your Costco membership worth it:
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…partially because I feel like it’s “my” holiday since I was born in October! For this reason, I’m a little obsessed with Halloween decorations and crafts so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! Many of these projects look impressive (a.k.a. hard) but actually require few steps and only a few materials, many of which you probably already have around the house.
Here are 10 fun and frugal Halloween decorations
I was so impressed with Julie’s list of 11 celebrity Halloween costumes, that I had to expand upon these awesome ideas! If you’re still looking for a Halloween costume, or not satisfied with your witch get up, get a load of these ideas.
11 in the moment Halloween costumes
Carving pumpkins is well, kind of a mess. Cutting them up takes effort and elbow grease, you’ve got to scoop out the insides and then, after all that work, they start rotting.
We’ve got a better alternative: paint your pumpkins! It’s a fun and safe activity for kids and a great creative outlet for adults. So if you can’t get enough of everything pumpkin right now, gather up your paints and brushes, throw on an old t-shirt or smock and join us for a Pumpkin Painting Party!
How to paint your pumpkin – tips and pics
Healthy teeth are not just a matter of improving your appearance. These days there is an equal emphasis on the health benefits of having properly aligned teeth and being able to enjoy biting, chewing and speaking with the ease that this important asset brings you.
Braces used to be something that children primarily had, but with new technology and a greater understanding of the numerous benefits associated with great healthy teeth, many adults are also turning to orthodontic specialists such as ManhattanOrtho.com in order to fix their smile and enjoy all the advantages that are associated with good teeth and gums.
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With just three weeks until Halloween, are you feeling the crunch to pick a great costume? Even if you’re not Martha Stewart, there’s still plenty of time to pull together something creative and timely.
Most of these celebrity Halloween costumes combine pieces you may already have in your own closet with things you could borrow or find at a local thrift store.
Here are 11 celebrity Halloween costumes for 2014:
When I was growing up my parents paid close attention to how much they spent on each of their children. Every Christmas, birthday, and holiday, my mom was careful to spend not a penny more on one of us.
That all changed this past year. My dad has begun to help one child a lot more than others. It seems like he favors one child over another and I don’t agree with it.
Is it okay for parents to play financial favorites?
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