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20 Ways to Save Money on Kids’ Birthday Parties

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Every year as my kids’ birthdays roll around, I find myself asking myself, “How can I do this on a budget?” One year, before I was writing for Bargain Babe, I wrote to her for help on this very subject!

I’ve thrown many a birthday party at many a venue over the years, as well as attended more than my fair share of kids’ parties. Because most party packages require a minimum of guests, it’s not uncommon to spent $350 and up for a standard birthday package, no matter the child’s age. Go for a fancier package and the price jumps up. I’ve been to parties where the parents spent $300 just on the cake. People rent bouncy houses, snow cone makers, go karts with tracks, hire characters in costume, magicians, lizards, puppies, miniature horses…you name it. Yet some of the best parties I’ve been too relied less on the kids being entertained and more on them just having fun with their friends.

Here are 20 ways to have a great party without spending a great deal of money.

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10 Last Minute DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I still haven’t bought a gift. Yikes! Are you in the same boat? Then you’ll love these last minute DIY Mother’s Day gifts. These DIY projects use items that you probably have lying around the house to make unique and fun Mother’s Day gifts.

Easy & Frugal DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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Don't worry...flowers aren't on this Mother's Day gift list! Via Shutterstock.

13 Frugal & Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts!

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Don’t worry…flowers aren’t on this Mother’s Day gift list! Via Shutterstock.

Mother’s Day is a time to show Mom just how much you care…which is why there’s so much pressure to pick the perfect gift! If you’re still on the lookout for a Mother’s Day gift you’ll want to check our gift list that includes products under $100, under $50, and even under $20!

Mother’s Day Gifts in Every Price Range

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11 Tricks to Save Money on Dog Food

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Pet food bills can really add up, especially if you have more than one four-legged friend living in your home. You don’t want to skimp on quality, since more expensive pet food is cheaper in the long run if you factor in how the lower quality (and less costly) brands are often bulked up with fillers. Also, it’s been my experience that better quality food may cost more in the short term, but will save you in the long run when it comes to vet bills. So, where is the cheapest place to buy pet food? What are your options?

11 tips to save money on dog food.

 

 

 

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What Do You Want For Mother’s Day?

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Love this new study from Ebates about what Moms DON’T want for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 10th this year. My best Mother’s Day yet was when my husband and two other husbands made plans for a group of us to have brunch together. They planned everything, cooked everything, and cleaned everything. It was heavenly.

What Moms don’t want for Mother’s Day

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25 Crazy Uses for Easter Peeps

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Love them or loathe them, Peeps are everywhere this time of year. Gritty to the taste, they are more than just “food.” They are perfect for crafts and decorating your table as well as your desserts. And best of all, they are cheap! (Or should I say, “cheep!”) Some of these suggestions are 100% legit, others are just for fun. Can you tell the difference? Does it matter?

25 Crazy Uses for Marshmallow Peeps

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3 Great Tips for a Marriage Proposal on a Budget

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There can be no doubt about it, weddings are an incredibly expensive affair. Luckily, as we have pointed out in an earlier article, there are a number of things that you can do in order to have a great wedding on a budget. But before you even start thinking about planning a wedding, you will need to think about how you are going to pull off the proposal in a way that will secure you the all-important “yes”.

Obviously, you will want this momentous occasion to be a memorable event that you will look back on fondly for years to come. It is perfectly understandable if you automatically start thinking that you will need to spend a great deal of money to achieve this, although this needn’t be the case.

‘Memorable’ does not need to be synonymous with ‘expensive’, and with a bit of planning and forethought, you can propose in a manner that your partner will never forget. To help the process along, we have laid out a number of things that you could do so that your proposal will still be unforgettable, but won’t necessarily break the bank. (more…)

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The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift: Personalized Romance Novels

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Searching for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Check out these new customizable romance novels! Via Shutterstock.

Every Valentine’s Day I tend to shy away from traditional gifts of flowers and chocolate. Instead, I look for new and unique personalized gifts. Whether that means making up a man’s bouquet, mixing up DIY bath bombs, or even just baking a new Valentine’s Day recipe it’s fun to try something different every year! What’s the must-have gift this year? A personalized romance novel!

Unique Customized Romance Novels for Valentine’s Day

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Best Tech Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to share some of the hot tech gifts I’ve seen: A ring that vibrates when your cell has an incoming call, a USB charger that is powered by the sun, and four more gifts for teens, guys, and gals. If your sweetie pie loves technology…

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7 Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

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Valentine’s Day is about love and affection. It is not about diamonds, overpriced chocolates, or other expensive budget-busting gifts. At least it doesn’t have to be. We’ve already shown you how to create delicious and healthy Valentine’s treats and hand make Valentine’s Day goodies. Now we’ve put together seven creative, fun ways to show your affection for the one you love – or disdain for the holiday, as the case may be – without putting an unnecessary strain on your wallet.

 7 unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

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14 Healthy Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Clementine cuties

This February 14th, show your family members you love them by serving healthy festive treats. The kids will be getting enough sugar and Red Dye #2 at their school parties – why not offer a better alternative? And how about serving your Sweetie a natural Valentine’s Day treat made with fruit, cheese or other alternatives to chocolate?

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