This summer my sisters and I are the only bridesmaids for my cousin’s wedding. While it can be hard to save as a wedding guest, it seems nearly impossible as a bridesmaid! Since I’m on a budget (and really who isn’t?) I’ve been looking for ways to save while still being a helpful and supportive bridesmaid. Here are my tips for how to save when you’re part of the bridal party.
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Between the gift, travel, and buying a dress, attending a wedding can cost over $1,000..for only one day! And you thought I was crazy for spending $1,400 in four days! I can’t justify spending $1,000 to attend a wedding, even if I love the couple. While skipping the wedding is an option, I discovered 11 ways to attend a wedding without blowing through your savings account.
11 tips to attend a wedding on the cheap (more…)
I’ve decided to dye my Easter eggs naturally this year. Why? Why not? I have little kids in the house and I don’t see any point in buying a dye kit when I have spices and vegetables on hand that I can use instead. Plus, then I don’t have to run out to buy the kit. Anybody with kids knows what a time suck it is to run errands with little ones!
UPDATE: Not that I’ve tested five of these natural dyes, I can say that they do not work as well as traditional store-bought dye. If you enjoy a project and like science, natural dyes are perfect for you. If you want quick, bright colors, buy the kit.
Easy recipes to dye Easter eggs with natural ingredients. (more…)
Here’s a bunch of different ideas for making your home festive this Easter. All come with detailed instructions for how you can complete the job yourself…and don’t be afraid to get the whole family involved! There’s a little bit of everything in this post from pillows to centerpieces and beginner to advanced, there’s something for everyone!
8 Easy DIY Easter Decorations
The eight-day celebration of Passover begins on Monday, April 14. Eight days of remembering the deliverance of the Israelites from the bonds of Egyptian slavery, and the passing over of the ten plagues that afflicted Pharaoh’s subjects. Eight days of eating kosher for Passover food, avoiding products leavened with yeast. Eight days of additional Passover groceries.
The items you need for the Seder might include matzoh, matzoh meal, gefilte fish, eggs, honey, carrots, raisins, apples, chicken, beef, lamb, oil, eggplant, oranges, chopped liver, Kosher wine, sweets such as macaroons and chocolates, root vegetables for soup, Haggadah booklets, foil and baking pans, paper and plastic utensils. Then there’s the rest of the week, when many Jews want to continue eating kosher food, and prices can be 20% higher than for non-kosher food. And for Kosher for Passover foods, the cost goes up even more. The processing of kosher foods, particularly meats, requires more labor, less automated machinery and the constant presence of rabbinical supervision.
What’s a baleboosteh* to do, and still enjoy holiday savings?
Hosting an Easter brunch is a chance to show off your fabulous home and dazzle others with your culinary chops and top-notch Easter desserts. But if you’re not careful, this party-planning opportunity can quickly turn into a bank-account draining fiasco. Here are some simple tips to keep your Easter brunch classy, on the cheap.
Here are 5 tips to hosting a frugal Easter brunch. (more…)
Have you started to stock up on Easter candy? Check out our list of Easter candy prices. You can find some great Easter deals at the dollar store, but if you’re set on specific brands you might have to look elsewhere and pay more.
I compared prices of popular Easter candies and chocolate brands at Target, Walmart, and Amazon. This list is based off of online prices, so it isn’t specific to a particular store or area. You may be able to score cheaper prices with store coupons.
Where are the best Easter candy deals?
When I was younger, my parents would always host a family Easter egg hunt. I have fond memories of searching for eggs with my cousins and siblings. We haven’t had an Easter egg hunt in years because we’ve all gotten older. This year, I’m planning one for my nephew and am hoping to make it fun for the whole family!
Here are 5 ideas to make Easter egg hunts for the whole family! (more…)
I’m Italian and Irish, so this is one of my favorite times of year. I get to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with delicious zeppoles and St. Patrick’s Day with crafts and drinks! In the past, we’ve shared some great tips for hosting a frugal St. Patrick’s day party. These crafts could be a fun addition to your celebration. I love to have a crafts table at my holiday parties. Not only do they keep kids busy, but you can also have contests! Maybe this year we’ll see who can make the best Leprechaun Hat!
Four Frugal and Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Crafts (more…)
Decorating Easter eggs is one of my favorite holiday activities. My family likes to compete to see who can make the coolest egg! If you’re looking to try a new spin on Easter egg dyeing you’ll love these six ideas. You can find most, if not all, of the items needed at the dollar store, so these six ideas are new AND frugal. I can’t wait to try out these new and unusual Easter egg decorations.