A pregnant belly can be a great Halloween accessory! We’ve put together this huge list of pregnant Halloween costumes. A lot of them also work as couples costumes! Many can be put together with items you have around your house or only cost a few dollars. If you DO have to buy something for your costume, hit a few garage sales in the next few weeks and
Maybe you’ve heard the old saying “buy cheap, buy twice” or perhaps this is a new concept for you. Frugality can be taken too far, like when it leads one down the path of pilfering ketchup packets or buying and then rebuying electronics that are prone to breaking down on a regular schedule. Shopping smart isn’t always about spending the least amount of money because sometimes you really
In the past, I’ve posted about Dollar Tree deals, thrifted treasures and raising a family within a budget. We have built our home on these bargains and for the most part I am proud of that. However, there came a time when shopping was more than just a fun pastime for me. In my last post, I talked about how shopping became an addiction. In fact, spending,
Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’re browsing online and you read about an amazing deal on a product you have never considered buying. Maybe you’ve never even heard of it. Still, it is such a steal that you buy it anyway, convincing yourself that a bargain like this is too good to pass up. You, my friend, are a spaver. You are spending just for
So you overestimated your medical expenses for the year and now you have FSA dollars to burn. Nearly 10 years ago I had a sizable FSA surplus and bought so much cortisone ointment that we are still making our way through it. I’m sure it expired ages ago. The good news? You didn’t need as much medical care as you expected. That’s priceless in my book. But since
Net worth is a topic rarely talked about by savvy shoppers. The truth is that net worth isn’t just a term used by rich people; it is an important topic that is often overlooked by the middle class. Understanding your net worth allows you to gain a better understanding of where you stand financially. Use this quick guide to learn more about the importance of
As a single person in my 30s, I make all of the mistakes: with dating, my career, whether to order guacamole or queso (always queso, duh), and of course, money decisions. Figuring out what to do with my money and how to set myself up for success in the future can feel daunting. Most days I feel like I have a head start, because I
For as long as I can remember I have been babysitting. As the oldest of four kids I began helping my parents with my brothers and sisters at a young age. What started out as a family chore turned into a paying job in high school and college when I began babysitting around my town. Usually I received around $8 an hour regardless of the
I have a confession to make. I am the least organized person in the world and every year around this time I always start to feel a little anxious. Why? Because it’s almost time for Spring cleaning. Ughh! If you dread spring cleaning and getting organized as much as I do, you may want to invest in one of these closet organizers. Not only will
What do you look forward to about weekends? For me it’s pancakes. Every Saturday is “pancake day” and on Sundays we use our griddle to make bacon-potato-red pepper hash. YUM! Our Presto Griddle is a workhorse. I’m buried in snow here in New England, so what better way to cheer up than share my love of pancakes. Plus, tomorrow is the start of Lent! (When folks often give
Every Valentine’s Day I tend to shy away from traditional gifts of flowers and chocolate. Instead, I look for new and unique personalized gifts. Whether that means making up a man’s bouquet, mixing up DIY bath bombs, or even just baking a new Valentine’s Day recipe it’s fun to try something different every year! What’s the must-have gift this year? A personalized romance novel! Unique Customized
With seven in ten college students graduating with student debt AND the average debt load hitting $33,000 in 2014, it’s no surprise that my friends in their 20s are FREAKING OUT. I hunted down eight common myths about student loans to help you stay on top of your loans and pay them off as quickly and cheaply as possible. 8 Student Loan Myths Debunked
Whenever possible, I opt for the generic or store brand over the national brand to save money. There are a few brand-name items I pay extra for, but in most cases, it’s what’s inside the bottle that counts. As long as the ingredients are the same, why pay more just for the brand name? I decided to take it a step further and crunch the numbers
Looking for some yummy treats to make this Valentine’s Day? These recipes are easy to put together and won’t break the bank. They’re also perfect last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or savory this list is sure to have the perfect fit. 10 Simple Valentine’s Day Recipes!
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start avoiding processed foods and products, like lotions and eye make-up removers. I am going back to basics and sticking with what’s simple and pure – to benefit my health and my wallet. Which is why I’ve been buying a ton of olive oil. Olive oil is great for cooking, but it has many other household uses, too.