Right now, my hand-carved pumpkins are looking a bit pedestrian. Which is a nice way of saying pathetic. That’s because last night, I took my family to see The Rise of the Jack o’ Lanterns, an amazing outdoor exhibit featuring 500 hand-carved pumpkins. Professional artists and sculptors, such as Jon Neill, star of Halloween Wars on The Food Network, have taken pumpkin-carving to a whole
Is a Costco Membership Worth It? 10 Reasons to Say Yes
With a Costco just a mile away from me, and with their generous samples to please my fussy toddler on rainy a Seattle afternoon, it’s a no-brainer that a Costco membership is a good value for my family. But if you’re not sure that a Costco membership makes financial sense for you, check to see if any of these ideas will net you the savings you need.
Halloween Decorations: 10 Easy DIY Crafts!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…partially because I feel like it’s “my” holiday since I was born in October! For this reason, I’m a little obsessed with Halloween decorations and crafts so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! Many of these projects look impressive (a.k.a. hard) but actually require few steps and only a few materials, many of which you
How to Paint Your Pumpkin – 11 Ideas + Tips
Carving pumpkins is well, kind of a mess. Cutting them up takes effort and elbow grease, you’ve got to scoop out the insides and then, after all that work, they start rotting. We’ve got a better alternative: paint your pumpkins! It’s a fun and safe activity for kids and a great creative outlet for adults. So if you can’t get enough of everything pumpkin right
Your Smile is Your Gateway to Health: Surprisingly Safe Ways to Save on Orthodontic Care
Healthy teeth are not just a matter of improving your appearance. These days there is an equal emphasis on the health benefits of having properly aligned teeth and being able to enjoy biting, chewing and speaking with the ease that this important asset brings you. Braces used to be something that children primarily had, but with new technology and a greater understanding of the numerous
9 Easy and Frugal Halloween Costumes for Babies
Babies and Halloween go together like Trick and Treat. So much sweet adorableness, you barely need the candy to go with it. Whether you take your munchkin out around the neighborhood, to a party, or just dress them up for pictures, it’s a rite of passage you’ll remember fondly for years to come. Remember to dress your baby appropriately for the weather, and of course
Holiday Toys at Budget Prices at Kids Consignment Sales
My boys haven’t written their letters to Santa yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get started seeking out the perfect presents for Christmas day. While some folks wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I scoop up great deals on the popular toys my little guys love at the children’s consignment sales events going on right now. (It’s even possible to make money off
15 Free & Frugal Fall Activities
Summer has come to end and fall is almost here! It’s time for pumpkin flavored drinks, autumn leaves, pumpkin carving and more. Living in New England, fall has always been one of my favorite times of year. The weather is perfect for outdoor activites and there are always new places to go and events to try out. Here are 10 free fall activities and 5
18 Droolworthy Discounts for Dog Owners
This past Tuesday was National Dog Day, but we’ve decided to make it National Dog Week! I love my pets, but I don’t love shelling out large amounts of money on them. So I’m always looking for ways to continue to give them the best and highest quality care and food… but at lower prices. 18 tips to save money on your dogs
5 Signs Your Child Is Ready For a Credit Card
Is your child ready for a credit card? Last week Bargain Babe shared how her allowance helped her learn to save money and that got me thinking about what my parents did to teach me about finances. I began working at 16, got my first debit card that same year, and was given a credit card at age 18. Among my friends I am one
50 Ways You’re Not Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is cheap, versatile, and natural. What more could you ask for? We all know that if you stick a box in your fridge, that it can eliminate odors. That it can be used in cat boxes. Or to soothe an acidic stomach. But what about the ways you’ve never used baking soda? Baking soda: What is it good for?
3 Amazing Deals You’ll Never Believe I Got at Thrift Stores
At this writing, “Weird Al” Yankovic has the number one album in the country. One of the songs he parodies, in a polka mix, is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop. Proof, in my opinion, that getting a great discount at a second-hand store never gets old. But it’s not all about your grandpa’s style – there are plenty of new, as well as retro, finds
How to Learn to Code For Free: 8 Essential Resources
Learning how to code may be the best way to secure your or your children’s financial future. “By 2020, U.S. universities will not be able to fill even a third of the country’s 1.4 million computing positions with qualified graduates,” said a recent Time article. Learning to code translates into guaranteed job offers, then. The good news is that learning computer programming no longer requires advanced study in
What Did Allowance Teach You About Money?
I foresee huge fights between my husband and I over allowance. Should we give our children an allowance? I got an allowance, he didn’t. We both think “the way our parents did it” is the right way. We are still several years away from this issue, but I’m already bracing for it. I believe receiving an allowance was the start of my financial education –
Essential Oils: How to Buy the Best Quality Oils for the Best Prices
Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about essential oils. I am always interested in using natural products to fight colds – if they work. I rely on what close friends tell me has worked for their families. Two good friends whose opinions I trust shared what they use essential oils for and where to buy them for the lowest price. Julie Anna Wagner Covey teaches friends how to cook
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