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!
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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.
Here are six ways to make impressive Easter eggs!
Easter is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your Easter crafts! There are tons of fun activities you can do with your kids that don’t involve dyeing Easter eggs. I love to do crafts with my nephew and the children I babysit for, and I look for new activities every year. Here are five fun and frugal Easter activities that I’m dying to try.
5 Frugal Easter Activities (more…)
I got to go on a fun spending spree for my Valentine’s Day present, courtesy of PromotionalCodes.com! The deal was, they would send me a $100 gift card as long as I spent it through one of the merchants on their site. Since they work with pretty much any online retailer, it was easy!
Here’s what I bought for Valentine’s Day. (more…)
Reader Rachelle writes in with this urgent dilemma! I shared a few ideas of mine below, please add yours by leaving a comment. Let’s make sure her son has an awesome birthday party!
My son is going to be 12 in a few weeks and he really wants to have a birthday party. The places he suggested are out of our budget. For instance, the cheapest party at one of those trampoline places is $250. Add gift bags,bags, a cake,cake, etc. and you’re looking at close to $300. A rockstar birthday where you make your own music video is upwards of $500. For the cheapest package!
Having the party at our house is out of the question. Because his birthday falls in February, an outdoor party at a park is risky because of the weather.
My son is a very sweet boy who never asks for anything. So when he asked me for a party, I would like to find a way to do it. Previously, we have skipped the party and taken him to cheaper events. But this is not what he wants this year. Is there any way we can make this happen?
If anyone can figure out this dilemma, I know it would be you.
I can sympathize as I’m throwing a birthday party for my toddler in less than two weeks. We made a lot of decisions to cut corners and focus on the the kids having fun, instead of trying to impress the parents! However, I’m certainly not an expert in this area. I’m sure many readers are more experienced with saving money on birthday parties!
Here are ideas to control the cost of your son’s birthday party. (more…)
Cheap Valentine’s Day date ideas, you say? Yes friends, Hallmark’s favorite holiday is just around the corner. If you find yourself with a date but not a lot of dough, we have come up with some creative dates that will leave your heart and your wallet big.
Five cheap date ideas for Valentine’s Day
10… 9… 8… 7… waitaminute, is it really 2014 already? A year ago I had a 6-week-old baby, rented an apartment in California, and had plans to return to my job in community mental health when maternity leave was up. 12 months later, life has intervened. We own a home near Seattle, and I’m a mostly-stay-at-home mom to a walking, babbling, mischievous 13-month-old.
Some years all you can do is ride the beast and hang on. But this year, I’m making a New Year’s resolution in an effort to tame and steer it a bit. Since moving to a colder climate and being at home more evenings (and not out playing team sports that were a 3-4-time-per-week part of my pre-baby life), I’ve developed some muscle problems that are starting to impinge on my quality of life. My New Year’s resolution is aimed at dealing with that problem, but I need to keep some things in mind to make sure I make progress toward my goal.
Here are five tips to help keep your New Year’s resolutions: (more…)
The great part of winter break is that you have tons of free time. You should use this time to enjoy the holidays and visit friends and family, but you can also take advantage of this break to make your time back at school less stressful. By mixing equal parts work and fun, you can make the most of winter break without feeling like you missed out..and without breaking the bank.
Here are five tips to have an exciting and budget-friendly winter break.
Every year my best friend’s Mom has a huge party the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Not only does she make some of a huge amount of food (there were 15 different appetizers this year!) but she also sets up a holiday craft table that I end up showcasing on my tree or in my living room.
The best part is that all of these holiday crafts can be made for under $5!
Here is how to make a snowman, a button tree and ornament, and a seashell tree for about $5 each.
Do you make homemade decorations? (more…)
It’s crunch time! Holiday parties, holiday potlucks, and the big giant Christmas meal itself. If kitchen-sense eludes you, and you usually find yourself at the door with a bottle of wine in lieu of an appetizer or side dish, you’re not alone. But there’s hope! Especially for the recipe-challenged among us, I’ve dug up some simple, frugal side dishes sure to wow a crowd, and all can be whipped up for under ten bucks.
Total cost assumes that you already have small needed quantities of things like olive oil, butter, and basic spices.
Fancy, Frugal Side Dishes: Five under $10: (more…)