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Halloween Costume Contest 2014: What Should BB Dress Up As?


It’s that time again when 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?


Easy and Frugal Halloween Costumes for Babies

9 Easy and Frugal Halloween Costumes for Babies

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Pump it up this Halloween with an easy costume for your little one. /via Homemade by Jill

Babies and Halloween go together like Trick and Treat. So much sweet adorableness, you barely need the candy to go with it. Whether you take your munchkin out around the neighborhood, to a party, or just dress them up for pictures, it’s a rite of passage you’ll remember fondly for years to come.

Remember to dress your baby appropriately for the weather, and of course you probably want to keep all the candy they get for yourself… you know, for their own good!

Here are 9 easy and frugal Halloween costumes for babies:


Are you spending too much money on gas? Via Shutterstock.

10 Secrets to Save Money on Gas

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Are you spending too much money on gas? Via Shutterstock.

Fall is a great time of year for road trips, especially when you live in Rhode Island. Whether my friends and I are headed to Vermont for some skiing and pumpkin festivals or driving to Florida to get some much needed sun, we’re racking up the miles and our gas bills. While we carpool, the gas bill can still be hefty so I’ve been looking for ways to save on gas.

10 Tips to Save on Gas



Home Energy Rebates and Credits


Keep your home warm – insulate! Via Shutterstock

I recently discovered an amazing website for homeowners and commercial real estate owners who want to lower their energy bills. It’s called (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency). What a mouthful!

The site shows a state by state list of what tax credits, rebates, and incentives your state is currently offering to offset the cost of energy improvements, including but not limited to:

  • Insulating your home better
  • Sealing leaks
  • Replacing or upgrading windows
  • Installing solar panels
  • Installing geothermal heating and cooling

Find home energy rebates to save money


Ch-ch-ch-chi! via Cutest Dog Ever

10 Hilarious Dog Halloween Costumes You Can Make on a Budget

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Ch-ch-ch-chi! via Cutest Dog Ever

Let’s face it, Halloween is really just a great excuse for us to dress up our pets and laugh at them. But look at this adorable dog here – you just know he loves the attention! And so will you when your dog is the hit of the costume party this Halloween. (If you can keep the costume on them.) Note, costumes are not for all dogs. Dress your dog in a costume that fits his or her temperament – or none at all!

Here are 10 DIY dog Halloween costumes (+ a dog video):


Starbucks fall menu recipes

Save Money on Starbucks Fall Menu: Recipes

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Save money on coffee by making these Starbucks fall treats at home. /via Shutterstock

Falling temps, changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes… some things just ring in the coming of fall as surely as the dawn. And even when the weather and leaves aren’t cooperating (SoCal, anyone?), I can still count on the Starbucks fall menu to remind me of the season. But I’d like to enjoy their treats more often than the $4-6 price tag allows!

Indulge in your favorite Starbucks fall menu treats while saving your pennies for the holidays to come with these easy recipes.  (more…)


8 Frugal Fall Crafts

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Fall is my favorite time of year. Sometimes I forget how beautiful New England is..but never during fall. The bright leaves and perfect weather make living in Rhode Island during this season a real treat. These frugal crafts help to bring some fall flavor into your home – without throwing down a lot of money. Whether you’re enjoying a New England fall or sitting in sunny California, these fall crafts will have you in the holiday spirit in no time!

8 fun & simple fall craft projects



Inventory Control and Stop Loss with a POS

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The numbers don’t lie, and despite the casual term of “shrinkage,” retail losses due to theft and to human error are a multi-billion dollar problem that only grew the economic recession, and has not let up since. Whether it’s unintentionally selling something for a price lower than cost, or a kid stealing something they want but can’t afford, or even organized retail theft by organized criminal gangs, a lot of little losses can add up to a crippling financial blow to a small business. 


73 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Adults and Children!

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Need a Halloween costume for your kid? via Shutterstock

In past years y’all have GONE CRAZY sharing easy, frugal, homemade, DIY Halloween costumes for adults and children. That’s crazy in a GOOD way! Hahaha. Now I’ve compiled all those ideas you’ve shared over the past several years into one mega list of awesome Halloween costumes. The list below is truly mind boggling. Add your ideas in the comments and I’ll add them to this awesome list!

Here are 73 easy Halloween costumes