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10 Ways to Save Big on Halloween Costumes

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing my kids up and attending parties, carving pumpkins, and eating caramel apples. Although many costumes can be expensive, here are 10 ways to save big on Halloween costumes. 1- Borrow costumes from a friend.  Ask friends if they have any old costumes that they’d be willing to

Financial Illiteracy—Why It’s a Problem and How to Avoid it

“Financial illiteracy is not unique to any one population. It affects everyone; men and women, young and old, across all racial and socioeconomic lines. No longer can we stand by and ignore this problem. The economic future of the United States depends on it.”—President’s Advisory Council. Below you will find tips and links to resources

14 Easy Ways to Save Big on Prescriptions

Most American families have at least one prescription. In fact, studies show that Americans spend over $400 Billion on prescriptions a year. That breaks down to $1,300 a person! That number is mind boggling to me. Luckily, my family is blessed with great health so we don’t have to fill prescriptions regularly. However, at times I do

Free Financial Boot Camp for New Parents

Babies are the sweetest things, but they are expensive! The average baby costs over $15,000.00 in their first year. Diapers, clothing, formula (if you formula feed), gear, food, supplies, etc., all add up. When I was at about 6 months pregnant with my first, I had to go from full-time to part-time work due to health issues.

How to Save Thousands on a Bathroom Remodel

Most DIY bathroom renovations cost upwards of $10,000.00—especially when they include new plumbing and installing a shower, tub, vanity, toilet, and flooring. Here’s how I did mine for under 9% of that figure. The guest bathroom needed an entire ‘gut remodel.’ There was no tub, shower or plumbing for it. And no flooring. Everything was outdated and old. This is the

How to Save Thousands on Baby and Kid Books

I’ve always had a desire to read a lot to my children. I want them to develop a love of books, learning, and literacy. So reading aloud to them often is a personal goal of mine. We usually read for about 30 minutes after breakfast. Sometimes it is in the afternoon; and on occasion we miss a

How to Save Money on Renovating and Decorating a Master Bedroom

  Today I’m continuing on with my renovations series. I’m about halfway through. See below for the link to other before-and-afters. This is the master bedroom ‘before.’ There was water damage, so sections of the subfloor had to be removed and replaced. This is after the subfloor was fixed: with carpet, paint, furnishings, and decor. It seems

How to Save Money on Gift Giving

Holidays and gift giving can be very expensive but they don’t have to break the bank. Here are some of the things I do in order to save over 50% on gifts each and every year. 1- Draw names. This is the single most beneficial way of slashing a ginormous-gift-giving-bill. Just draw names in the

11 Tips to Saving Hundreds on Black Friday

Black Friday can result in huge savings for many needed items and gifts. To shop the week of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and to maximize your money and time follow these 11 steps. Before you get started make a list of what you want and need to buy. Download the BlackFriday app or go to BlackFriday.com. Look

How to Coupon at Rite Aid

Rite Aid is one of my favorite places to shop. Recently, with the new release of the Plenti program there has been a change in coupon policy. So I wanted to share them with you… I save a great amount there through use of the following steps: 1. Use manufacture coupons found in newspaper and online printable

17 Ways to Save Big on Your Engagement and Wedding Rings

There are a ton of ways to save money on a wedding/engagement ring. Here are 17… 1- The way you’ll save the absolute most and score the best deal is kind of tricky because you both have to know you are getting married and both have to be on board with it is to buy

How to Save Money on a Disney Vacation

Planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming…..and expensive. This last summer my family went to San Diego. Before we left my brother and I were trying to find great deals on Disney tickets and find ways to save money. It was uncharted territory for me and truthfully I had a hard time finding the best

3 Tips to Planning a Stress-Free and Affordable Holiday Season

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite holidays. It is a wonderful time of the year! Yet, it can be very stressful and expensive. Some of my favorite holiday memories and moments were those that did not involve stress or extravagance. As I think about past holiday seasons, I remember tons of free (or

How to Save Money on Emergency Food Storage

Having a food storage for emergencies, job loss, economic disasters, etc. is very important. It brings a peace of mind to any parent knowing that they will be able to provide food for themselves and family during tough times. I have grown up being taught that you should have a 3 month supply of food

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