The best gift in the world is music. Music connects people across the world and allows us to express our inner selves. When it comes to giving presents, there are many ways to impress music lovers. The right gift can enhance their enjoyment of music and enable them to integrate music into every aspect of their lives. Such gifts exist, and you don’t have to dig deep to afford them.
6 Cool and Affordable Music Gift Ideas
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways your kids can express their love for their grandmothers… or maybe even you! We’ve found some easy, frugal DIY ideas for handmade items that are fun to make and won’t cost you a small fortune at the craft store.
6 DIY Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts
When my husband and I first moved into our little starter home, I never dreamed we would be living here twelve years later with three children and a beagle. In the busy everyday of raising children and homeschooling, we have outgrown the space and haven’t really had the resources to update as I would prefer. In the Spring, I always feel an extra longing to renovate, but the budget just doesn’t allow for a total makeover.
Brightening Up a Room with a Budget Sofa Makeover
Decorating and dyeing Easter eggs is a wonderful frugal activity. For about $4-$7 you can buy dye, a dozen or more eggs that you are going to eat anyway, and create family memories.
Easter is second only to Halloween in terms of candy sales. After indulging in chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps, it’s time to counteract all that sugar with some healthy snacking.
8 Easter Snacks That Aren’t Candy.
Marshmallow Peeps are ubiquitous this time of year. But they’re not just for filling Easter baskets anymore. You can craft with them, cook with them, or make your own diorama like this one featuring the GOPeep and Democratic parties debating it out (L-R: Anderbun Cooper, Bunny Sanders, Hoppity Clinton, Donald Trumpeep and Egg Cruz).
8 Creative Uses for Marshmallow Peeps.
The best day of the year is fast approaching. Christmas is nice and birthdays can be fun, but really, do any of them compare to National Pi Day? I never need an excuse to eat pie, but it sure is nice to have the habit formally endorsed. We want you to be prepared for this Monday, so here are six delicious recipes to inspire you.
I’ll be honest, I don’t have the easiest kids. My sister has been known to say, “God made them cute so we won’t kill them.” Which is certainly true in my case, though they may kill each other first. While I suspect that they do (secretly) love each other, and of course I love and adore them, parenting, from my perspective, is not for the faint-hearted.
Here’s what my kids have cost me over the years:
You can’t visit Pinterest without stumbling upon pictures of cute little chalkboard labels like these. They are the darling of organizing experts, not least because they make just about everything look effortlessly chic. But they tend to be a bit pricey (I know people find these at the Dollar Tree, but I have never been so lucky), and sometimes you want larger sizes than are available.
This is where chalkboard contact paper comes in. It’s far more economical, and you can cut it to any shape or size you want and start labeling away. I’ve used it on all the jars and storage containers in my kitchen.
This paper can get addictive.
Hollywood’s biggest night is just around the corner. If you’re planning on throwing an Academy Awards party, you can create glitz and glam on a budget with these celebworthy suggestions.
8 ideas for a stellar Oscar night.
Everyone wants that “perfect” wedding. Our culture promotes extravagance when it comes to wedding planning, and it can be hard to give up the dream of getting married the “fairy tale” way. However, the reality is quite different, especially when you have a limited wedding budget. In fact, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is well over $20,000. This is a sizable sum when you’re trying to stick to a tight budget.
One of the best ways to trim your budget is by getting creative with your wedding venue. The wedding venue is typically the largest of all wedding expenses so it makes sense to try to cut costs there. If you are currently thinking about where to get married, here are a few suggestions to save money on a wedding venue:
1. Focus on Your Priorities
Pets give so much love – now it’s time to show them how much we love them. With pet-themed Valentine’s Day gifts for us and for them. (Okay the ones for them are really for us, too.) Whether you have warm, fuzzy “felines” for a cat or you think dogs are pawsome, we’ve got the gifts for you.
7 Hissterical Valentine’s Day Gifts for You and Your Pet
This year, why not have the kids hand out homemade Valentine cards? These fun Valentine crafts will interest kids of all ages. Don’t spend the money on store-bought cards when you can make something personal with items you might already have around the house.
DIY Valentines Cards for Kids.
Choosing the perfect gown for your wedding is a tough thing to do. In the best of circumstances it can take hours of searching and trying on dresses. When you’re on a tight budget it becomes significantly more stressful. Designer dresses are very tempting when you are a bride, but it’s easy to overspend. When shopping you need to have a clear idea of what you want in a dress and what you want to spend on it. Every bride wants a beautiful dress, but not at an astronomical price.
Here are a few tips on how to shop for a wedding dress without breaking the bank.
For years, I’ve love shopping on Etsy. I’ve bought all kinds of terrific handmade items – from jewelry to clothing to prints that hang in my office. And for years, I’ve thought about selling on Etsy. After all, who couldn’t use some extra income? We have boxes of beautiful handmade stationery designed by a relative who passed away. We thought a great way to honor her would be to sell this stationery on Etsy, with a portion of profits going to animal charities she supported. So I finally got it together and started my own Etsy shop.