Daycare is one of our top expenses, and if you have more than one child, I’m guessing you can say the same thing. We spent almost as much money on daycare as we do on our mortgage! I’ve discovered several easy ways to cut the cost of daycare.
Save $180 or more per week with these easy steps
A few weeks ago my phone was stolen. Ugh! While I was concerned about the monetary loss, I was more upset about the irreplaceable memories I’d had taken from me. My phone had held some of my most cherished mementoes including photos of my step-nephew as a baby, messages from my late grandfather, and all of my photos from my trip to London. What’s worse? I had not backed them up! Basically, I lost them all forever because I found backing up my phone to be too time consuming and annoying. Don’t make my mistake and lose precious memories or work! Instead, sign up for IDrive online backup today and get 75% off!
5 Reasons Why You Should Use IDrive Online Backup
Shopping thrift and resale stores can really help you stretch your budget. Plus it’s fun to browse in a place where you know that you can afford just about anything. But there are items to avoid even if they seem cheap. Some things just aren’t worth buying at any price.
19 things you should not buy at thrift stores
PC game addicts want a new game on a regular basis. With PC games, there are a wide variety and you can hardly ignore the fact that they are expensive.
A five-step guide to get the best deals on PC games
Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is vital. Losing sleep can have all sorts of negative effects on your everyday life so it’s wise to make sure your bedroom is the best it can be. Plus a bedroom should be relaxing to encourage rest — so decor should support that! Updating your bedroom on a budget is pretty straightforward.
Some tricks for a bedroom update on a budget you never thought off…
I LOVE fresh herbs. Adding some fresh basil, cilantro, or parsley can make a dish so much more delicious. While I adore cooking with fresh herbs, I hate having to go the store and constantly buy them. Especially since they tend to wilt so quickly! That’s why this year I decided to make my own herb garden at home. Interested in starting your own herb garden but not sure where to start? Let us help!
How to Start an Herb Garden (more…)
When the temperatures rise, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven. Now you don’t have to. Whether you’re putting together a meal for lunch, dinner, a picnic or a party, summer salads are the way to go. Enjoy these delicious recipes which will please the whole family – and your wallet.
Here are 10 Summer Salad Recipes to Try.
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
Travel is regarded as one of the most enlightening activities; people who make a hobby out of traveling frequently are often considered uncommonly worldly and spiritual. Eventually, youthful backpacking and stays in hostels give way to a desire for relaxing vacations. The adventuresome wanderings of young people tend to transition into an enjoyment of more slow-paced trips. People start to view vacations as relaxing times with no obligations as opposed to occasions for activities.
But plane tickets, hotel rooms, restaurant meals and car rentals can quickly add up.
Seven ways to afford a luxury vacation
When I think of summer I can’t help but think of all the sweet frozen treats that are finally back in my life. Every Spring I begin waiting anxiously for the reopening of my favorite local treats from Del’s frozen lemonade to Brickley’s Ice Cream! I love frozen treats BUT feeding my sugar habit can get pretty expensive. That’s why I’ve been on the lookout for frozen summer treats that can be made at home. These are perfect for making with kids and will satisfy every sweet tooth. Yum!
10 Easy & Cheap DIY Summer Treats
Father’s Day is a day to let Dad know how much you appreciate him. It’s not about shopping or spending big bucks – it’s about showing your love in creative, special ways. We’ve put together some of our favorite DIY ideas.
Here are 7 Homemade Gift Ideas for Dad.
Who doesn’t love a nice refreshing swim!? Having a backyard pool can make you feel like you’re on vacation all summer long. That’s why my Dad likes to get the pool open as soon as possible every year. He opened the pool in May this year which surprised our neighbors because of the high cost of heating the pool. We have a gas heater so it can get VERY pricey which is why my Dad recently looked into heating the pool with solar power. Some of the cheaper options for heating your pool actually include solar power!
5 Ways to Heat Your Pool With Solar Power
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?
I’m sure you are already reusing plastic grocery bags in several different ways, especially now that many states are banning the use of them. I reuse freezer bags to the extreme and have a ridiculous amount of plastic bags sitting under my kitchen sink (where ELSE do they go, you know?). So when I came across some really creative ways to reuse grocery bags, I knew I had to share plus add a few of my own to the mix.
22 Plastic Bag Reuses
The kids are out of school for the summer and already that familiar chant is starting: “Mommy, I’m bored.” Put together a craft kit and get the kids busy with these fun and inexpensive craft and activity ideas.
Here are 10 crafts to beat the boredom blues.