Halloween has a reputation as a kids’ holiday, especially among the DIY set where cheap party ideas – think spaghetti masquerading as brains – reign supreme. But why shouldn’t adults participate fully in all the frightful fun that kicks off the holiday season? From ghoulish goodies to magical mixtures, there is plenty for grownups to enjoy!
At just 23 I began thinking about saving for retirement. Many people think that saving for retirement should begin once you’re
too old to enjoy things “comfortable,” which really means once you won’t have to make any sacrifices. This mindset might be why the average American retires with just $129,000 at age 65! While $129,000 may seem like a lot of money, after inflation, it is nowhere near enough, considering healthcare and home care costs that might become necessary. So, how can you save more without earning more? Money Looms‘ retirement calculator has an intriguing answer.
Save more for retirement — without earning more
From Animal Jam to Minecraft to Five Nights at Freddy’s and other online games and apps, you’d be surprised how addictive and potentially expensive these games can be. Sometimes you don’t even know how much you’re being gouged until the iTunes bill arrives and by then, it’s too late.
The Best and Worst Online Games for Kids.
Online shopping this Christmas and Chanukkah are expected to jump 8.5 to 9 percent this year. Wow! That’s a major increase and we predict it means two things. 1) Retailers will offer more mobile coupons to compete for mobile shoppers. 2) There will be intense pressure to download retailer mobile apps, which help retailers create strong bonds with shoppers. Here’s how to save the most while mobile shopping.
Are you shopping more on your mobile?
Looking to add some creepy Halloween fun to your yard or home without breaking the bank? Then you’ll love these easy DIY Halloween decorations. Many of these decorations may look difficult BUT actually require few materials and simple steps.
8 Frugal DIY Halloween Decorations
If you pop into Michael’s Arts & Crafts this time of year, you’ll see some pretty impressive… and pretty pricey Halloween wreaths. Some are up to $80. Scary! But before you go screaming into the night, take a look at our Halloween wreaths you can make yourself. Get your crafty on and save a killing by making it yourself.
6 DIY Halloween Wreaths So Easy to Make It’s Scary!
How many prescriptions does your family fill every month? Ever been shocked at the price? (A dermatologist recently gave us a script for poison oak that rang up for $1,314. No joke. We did not fill it.) FamilyWize is a community service partnership that has been helping people reduce prescription costs for more than 10 years. Since 2005, the site has helped 8.8 million people save more than $925,000,000 on prescriptions. Now, to celebrate turning 10, FamilyWize has created a free ebook on controlling prescription costs.
You can read it free online or download a copy. Topics in the ebook include…
These days, carving pumpkins is old hat. Who wants to deal with the mess, or knives around kids? (Especially if they fight as much as my kids do.) I love painting pumpkins, but there are many other ways to make your Halloween pumpkins festive.
Here are 8 Easy and Cheap Pumpkin Decorating Ideas.
One of my most stylish friends recently shared her strategies for streamlining your wardrobe to look great – on a budget. That’s easier said than done for folks like me, who pick up great pieces for pennies on the dollar at thrift stores, but then come home to a mish-mash of clothes. How do I tie my wardrobe together? What pieces do I need to buy new to pull everything together and create many more outfits?
13 steps to a fabulous wardrobe
Now is the time where everywhere you go, everything seems to be pumpkin spice flavored. This year, there seem to be more items than ever: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream… even pumpkin spice flavored pumpkin seeds. But which items are the best value – in terms of taste as well as price? We took the challenge and went shopping.
These are our favorite deals on everything pumpkin spice.
I just learned about a new site called Cinch Financial that helps people save money on their biggest monthly bills. Think cell phone bill, credit card debt, mortgage. This company focuses on the hard stuff because they believe that while you know how to cut down on everyday expenses (like giving up your daily coffee habit!) the big stuff can get confusing.
What I love most about Cinch Financial is their Bill Snap feature.
You send them the bill of your choice and receive personalized recommendations. (more…)
I love Amazon and continue to use it despite a recent piece in the New York Times that revealed how awful it is to work there. But the piece seeded doubts. If Amazon was so awful to some of it’s employees, was it also treating me badly? I wanted to know if Amazon was quietly raising prices on my Subscribe & Save items.
If you’re new to Subscribe & Save, go here for deets then pop down to No. 11.
I reviewed the prices over the past year that I’ve paid for six items, laid out in a chart below.
So is Amazon secretly raising prices? You’ll be shocked by what I found.
Store-bought costumes are often quite pricey and just don’t have the same charm and appeal as homemade costumes. But you don’t have to be a sewing whiz or craft queen to put together these affordable and adorable Halloween costumes.
6 Easy and Inexpensive Costumes Anyone Can Make.
Sadly, flu season is once again right around the corner. Getting a flu shot is a MUST in our house because we have both young family members (my nephew is six) and older relatives (my grandmother is 81) that often stay with us. It’s very important for everyone to get a flu shot to protect themselves from the flu virus BUT vaccinations can get pricey. Here are the best flu shot deals I’ve found in 2015.
Top Flu Shot Deals of 2015
Looking for a popular Halloween costume for 2015? Here are the costumes that are going to be popular – and also get a lot of laughs.