Now that summer is winding down, back-to-school savings are everywhere. But when you’re making your back-to-school budget, realize that sometimes what looks like a bargain really isn’t. As you pore over store flyers and online deals, it can be overwhelming. And then, just when you think you’re done shopping, the teacher sends home a list of more supplies to buy! How to avoid back-to-school mistakes
Easter is second only to Halloween in terms of candy sales. After indulging in chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps, it’s time to counteract all that sugar with some healthy snacking. 8 Easter Snacks That Aren’t Candy. 1. Carrot patches. How cute are these little terra cotta cups with sprouting carrots (above)? What you need: baby carrots, hummus, parsley, small cups and terra cotta
You don’t have to drop a lot of gold to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. Forget the Luck o’ the Irish – we’ve got great frugal tips for throwing a shamrockin’ party. St. Patrick’s Day candy buffet. Party City has everything you need for a colorful – and by that, I mean green – candy buffet including green chocolate coins, green Sixlets, green twisty
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a time of great celebration where people throw parades and parties. Want to celebrate in style without breaking the bank? We’ve got you covered. Tips for a budget-friendly Mardi Gras party. Hit your local dollar store. At my local Dollar Tree (pictured), I found assorted Mardi Gras masks, beads, crowns, feather boas, colorful hairspray and other items for only a dollar apiece –
The new year has begun and that means it’s resolution time. Gyms fill up, cigarette sales go down, and promises to keep in touch slip from your lips. While fitting into your favorite pants or finally cleaning out the cheese drawer are great resolutions, choosing to take charge of your finances is a decision that will impact you and those you love for years to come.
Maybe you’re planning a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party. Or maybe you’re just looking to serve some holiday drinks for the adults after the merriment of Christmas day has wound down. So grab a Christmas cookie or two and drink in these delicious Christmas cocktail recipes that you and your guests will love. Christmas Cocktails: Beyond Eggnog 1. Melted Snowman Martini (above). This Cocktail, from
I was making an update on my Amazon account recently and I noticed that I’ve been a customer since 1998! (I was a toddler when I made my first purchase. Obviously.) So in honor of my 20th anniversary with the biggest retailer on the internet, I thought I’d share my best tips for saving money on Amazon. Some of these will be obvious to seasoned Amazon
It’s May, which means hot summer days are just around the corner. One sure-fire way to cool down is with a frozen treat. High-end ice creams and sorbets can be a little pricey, not to mention sugary and fattening. So we’ve put together a list of easy, affordable DIY ice cream recipes featuring healthy, low-cal ingredients like real fruit and coconut milk. Good for you
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways your kids can express their love for their grandmothers… or maybe even you! We’ve found some easy, frugal DIY ideas for handmade items that are fun to make and won’t cost you a small fortune at the craft store. 6 DIY Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts 1. Pinecone flower bouquets. This kids’ craft
Thinking of throwing a luau or “tiki party” on a budget? Look no further! How to luau for less. Hit your dollar store first. Before you head to the party store, stop at the dollar store first. The Dollar Tree currently has a huge selection of luau party supplies with nothing over a dollar. These items include: leis, “grass” skirts, tiki garlands, inflatable luau characters,
What’s red, white and blue all over? These All-American snacks which are sure to impress your Fourth of July guests. Create some “fireworks” with these snacks. Firework Oreos. These have been a big hit with my kids. (You could even say they went off with a bang!) While they taste like regular Oreos, they’ve got a subtle “kick” provided by popping candy. Patriotic Peeps. For those who just
I remember the blue-haired little old ladies who went to my church when I was a kid. Now I see 70 year-old women at the gym with brightly colored hair and I find myself thinking, “Good for them!” These days, more and more adult women of all ages are giving bold color choices a go. “You only live once, so why not be bold.” Ivy is
Turmeric is an ancient spice that is also an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It is even touted as decreasing the risk for cancer and for alleviating symptoms of arthritis. Here are some easy turmeric tea recipes. I went in search of turmeric tea recipes that are easy and affordable to make, as well as palatable. I made changes, tweaking the recipes to my own tastebud preferences.
Mother’s Day is the perfect time for kids to show their love for Mom or Grandma with easy-to-make homemade gifts that will be treasured for years. Thoughtful DIY Mother’s Day Gifts. 1. Marshmallow Mother’s Day Flowers. My friend Robyn made these pretty edible flowers. What you need: lollipop sticks, marshmallows, Easter grass (on sale now!), colored sugar, floral foam and drinking glasses. Says Robyn, “I dipped
Whenever we pass by LUSH in the mall, my 11 year-old daughter and her friends are instantly pulled in as if by a strong magnet. The chain’s bath bombs seem to be the biggest crowd pleaser. Sure, they’re colorful, often glittery, and they smell intensely fragrant, but these bath treats do not come cheap! How to make your own bath bombs for less. Put that DIY slime