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Don’t forget! Halloween Costume Contest Ends Friday!

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Should I dress up as a cat?

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?

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20 Pumpkin Carving Ideas That Will Amaze and Inspire You

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Anna from Frozen

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.

 

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Is a Costco Membership Worth It? 10 Reasons to Say Yes

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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:

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Halloween Decorations: 10 Easy DIY Crafts!

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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

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How to Paint Your Pumpkin – 11 Ideas + Tips

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Sunflower Pumpkin

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

 

 

 

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Your Smile is Your Gateway to Health: Surprisingly Safe Ways to Save on Orthodontic Care

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Do you know how to save on orthodontic care? Via Shutterstock.

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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11 Celebrity Halloween Costumes for 2014

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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:

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Should Parents Give More Money to Children Who Struggle?

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Are you playing favorites with your children? Via Shutterstock.

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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How I Got 71% Off A Bluetooth Speaker System

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My Logitech UE Boom Bluetooth speaker – that I got for 71% off!!!

I recently saved 71% off an awesome Logitech UE Boom bluetooth speaker. I was going to splurge for a similar Bose bluetooth speaker, but a NYTimes article convinced me the Logitech speaker was worth a look. I want good sound, I don’t care as much about brand. How does it sound? My husband has “dreamed his whole life” about owning a Bose. And he loves our Logitech UE Boom.

Here’s exactly how I saved 71% off a bluetooth speaker

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