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15 Back-to-School Mistakes That Cost Me Money

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Now that summer is winding down, back-to-school savings are everywhere. But when you’re making your back-to-school budget, realize that sometimes what looks like a bargain really isn’t. As you pore over store flyers and online deals, it can be overwhelming. And then, just when you think you’re done shopping, the teacher sends home a list of more supplies to buy!

How to avoid back-to-school mistakes that could cost you money.

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7 Ways to Save Time and Money on Your Wedding

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Everyone knows that weddings are expensive — the average cost of an American wedding has risen more than 16 percent in just four years — and some couples are even taking out loans to cover their nuptial celebrations. Despite the trend in casual affairs, the sheer number of wedding expenses virtually guarantees a dent in any savings account. The problem is the lavish appearance of the event is often what makes it feel so special, and few married couples-to-be know how to scrimp without making their wedding feel cheap and stale — or without devoting months to creating DIY decorations.

Here are 7 tried-and-true tips to plan a top-tier wedding under budget.

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How to Throw a fabulous Pet Birthday Party on a Budget

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Happy woofday!

This is a guest post by the talented Roxana Oliver, a pet-loving traveler, an environmentalist and blogger from Sydney. She is a proud mom of three: my two silly dogs Brando and Astoria, and my purrfect cat Archibald.

Making a birthday party for your pet presents great opportunity to add some joy to pet’s life and say thank you for all lovely moments. I’m proud owner of two gorgeous dogs, Brando and Astoria, and even though I like to mark their birthdays, over the years I found it expensive to spend bunch of money on glamorous parties. Luckily I found the way how to make it without going into bankruptcy.

Frugal tips for an amazing pet birthday party

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How Much Should You Spend On A Wedding Gift?

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With a large Italian family (and being one of the youngest cousins!) I feel like my summers have always been filled with wedding activities and this summer is no exception. There IS one big difference this year though.

Instead of being invited as a family, my cousin has invited my siblings and I to attend his wedding with our significant others. Previously, my father always took care of the gift but this year we’re all on our own and left wondering how much to spend! In the same boat? These tips will help you decide how much to spend.

Tips to decide how much to spend on a wedding gift

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6 Easy & Festive Fourth of July Crafts!

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Looking for some fun, easy, and inexpensive fourth of July crafts? You’re in luck! These crafts will add the perfect bit of festive flare to your fourth of July celebration. From DIY confetti launchers to red, white, and blue strawberries there’s a craft for every skill level so don’t be afraid to get the kids involved. Fun!

6 Easy DIY Fourth of July Crafts

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10 Awesome Father’s Day Gifts For Every Budget!

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What are you getting Dad this year? Via Shutterstock.

Every Father’s Day I struggle to find the perfect gift. No..my Dad doesn’t need another tie or tool set! So what should I get him!? This Father’s Day gift list has a gift for everyone from sports lovers to grilling fanatics in every budget. No ties or tool sets mentioned!

10 Unique Father’s Day Gifts

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Credit Card OUCH! My $431 Surprise Party

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A pirate party surprise!

I threw a surprise party for my husband two weeks ago and boy, did it slam our credit card balance! Because the party was a secret, I purchased a lot of food and decorations that I normally would have made myself or skipped altogether. Oh, and did I mention it was PIRATE THEMED?

Would you spend $400 on a surprise party?

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Homemade & DIY Father’s Day Gifts That Dad Will Love

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My Dad is one of those people that is really hard to buy for. On holidays my siblings and I always struggle to decide what will be the best gift. Often, we decide that sentimental gifts are better. I’ve been searching for gift ideas that will surprise him and here are a few that I love. These ideas are also a great way to get younger children involved in the Father’s Day fun!

Frugal DIY Father’s Day Gifts

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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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