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Dress Up Costume Items For Kids Year Round

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Costumes are not just for Halloween! (Though you can make these 47 Halloween costumes at home.) Playing dressing up can be so much fun and a good way to entertain little ones when it’s too hot or too cold to go out side or if you don’t have the energy to get out of the house!

Buying costumes adds up quick – so here are dozens of items to look out for at thrift stores, in your attic, your basement, and at garage sales.

Essential dress up costume items to build your dress up box

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7 Unusual Father’s Day Gifts

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Dad loves to snuggle. Via Shutterstock

I received a $100 gift card from PromotionalCodes.com to spend on a present for Father’s Day! I complied this list of quirky and unusual Father’s Day gifts in case you’re stumped on what to get for Dad. Father’s Day this year is Sunday, June 15, 2014.

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5 Classy Father’s Day Gifts Under $20

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Gifts for both sophisticated dads and your budget – via Sock 101

Father’s Day is only a few weeks away, and the last thing the dad in your life needs is another boring necktie or hardware store gift card – sorry, but it’s true.  Even if you are on a limited budget, you can still give a classy gift in June. Get creative this year and show dad that a budget doesn’t sacrifice style, with these sophisticated Father’s Day gifts.

5 classy Father’s Day gifts under $20

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Wedding On A Budget: Balancing Money And Matrimony

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A wedding on a budget won’t leave you deciding “for richer or for poorer” before you even say “I do.” Via Shutterstock

A friend attended his cousin’s wedding last year. At almost $100,000, it was quite costly. Hardly a wedding on a budget.

The couple isn’t famous; just regular people with middle-class parents. The bride wanted the best of everything. Costs spiraled out of control, to the point where potential guests were being asked to contribute money, or were told that they would probably not be getting an invitation. A week before the wedding, the couple still owed almost $15,000 to vendors, and were in danger of having the wedding cancelled for lack of payments.

And while this is an extreme example, it’s hardly the only one showing the out-of-control costs of a wedding these days.

There are creative ways to plan a wedding on a budget. (more…)

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What Moms Want for Mother’s Day

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How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Via Shutterstock.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you but I always struggle to decide on the perfect gift! Ebates recently shared their survey findings that show that gifts moms most want to receive vary by location. Here’s a breakdown of what moms in 10 top U.S. cities are wishing for this Mother’s Day.

Most Wanted Mother’s Day Gifts by City

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How to Avoid Bridesmaid Bankruptcy

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Can you afford to be a bridesmaid? Via Shutterstock.

This summer my sisters and I are the only bridesmaids for my cousin’s wedding. While it can be hard to save as a wedding guest, it seems nearly impossible as a bridesmaid! Since I’m on a budget (and really who isn’t?) I’ve been looking for ways to save while still being a helpful and supportive bridesmaid. Here are my tips for how to save when you’re part of the bridal party.

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How to Attend a Wedding on the Cheap

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Celebrating with family and friends shouldn’t break the bank. Via Shutterstock.

Between the gift, travel, and buying a dress, attending a wedding can cost over $1,000..for only one day! And you thought I was crazy for spending $1,400 in four days! I can’t justify spending $1,000 to attend a wedding, even if I love the couple. While skipping the wedding is an option, I discovered 11 ways to attend a wedding without blowing through your savings account.

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How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally – Recipes!

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Natural dyes for Easter eggs. Via Shutterstock

I’ve decided to dye my Easter eggs naturally this year. Why? Why not? I have little kids in the house and I don’t see any point in buying a dye kit when I have spices and vegetables on hand that I can use instead. Plus, then I don’t have to run out to buy the kit. Anybody with kids knows what a time suck it is to run errands with little ones!

UPDATE: Not that I’ve tested five of these natural dyes, I can say that they do not work as well as traditional store-bought dye. If you enjoy a project and like science, natural dyes are perfect for you. If you want quick, bright colors, buy the kit.

Easy recipes to dye Easter eggs with natural ingredients. (more…)

Make these DIY decorations for a festive Easter dinner! Via Shutterstock.

8 Easy Easter Decorations You Can Make

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Make these DIY decorations for a festive Easter dinner! Via Shutterstock.

Here’s a bunch of different ideas for making your home festive this Easter. All come with detailed instructions for how you can complete the job yourself…and don’t be afraid to get the whole family involved! There’s a little bit of everything in this post from pillows to centerpieces and beginner to advanced, there’s something for everyone!

8 Easy DIY Easter Decorations

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Passover Groceries: 10 Tricks to Save Money

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Passover means food, family and holiday savings with a little smart shopping. Via Shutterstock.

The eight-day celebration of Passover begins on Monday, April 14. Eight days of remembering the deliverance of the Israelites from the bonds of Egyptian slavery, and the passing over of the ten plagues that afflicted Pharaoh’s subjects. Eight days of eating kosher for Passover food, avoiding products leavened with yeast. Eight days of additional Passover groceries.

The items you need for the Seder might include matzoh, matzoh meal, gefilte fish, eggs, honey, carrots, raisins, apples, chicken, beef, lamb, oil, eggplant, oranges, chopped liver, Kosher wine, sweets such as macaroons and chocolates, root vegetables for soup, Haggadah booklets, foil and baking pans, paper and plastic utensils. Then there’s the rest of the week, when many Jews want to continue eating kosher food, and prices can be 20% higher than for non-kosher food. And for Kosher for Passover foods, the cost goes up even more. The processing of kosher foods, particularly meats, requires more labor, less automated machinery and the constant presence of rabbinical supervision.

What’s a baleboosteh* to do, and still enjoy holiday savings?

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