Traditionally, I buy things for my kids that I have to buy them anyway–bathing suits, flip flops, rain boots, sunglasses. All things that celebrate the coming weather. Because the thing is, it’s not Christmas. Sure, they might get a nerf gun or other outside toy, but again–things I would grab at Walmart at some point… Continue reading Fun Alternatives for the Traditional Easter Basket
It’s the unofficial start of spring and since Easter is pretty late this year, it might ACTUALLY feel like spring! It’s no fun when it’s chilly out and you are expected to wear a dress. So many issues–do I have a matching cardigan? Do I wear hose? Open toes? Am I wearing white? ARGH! So,… Continue reading What to Wear this Easter Sunday
Kids home for the week? No problem! If you don’t have the budget to travel this year, but can spend some quality time with your family, we’ve compiled a few ideas for how to entertain everyone this week! Bake Kids love nothing more than eating yummy treats, and better yet, helping you make them. A… Continue reading What To Do With Your Kids on Spring Break
Great Wolf Lodge The first thing you should know is if that even if you can plan a last minute trip this week or next, you are going to pay a premium for mid April at this giant built-for-fun water park and vacay destination. Bu still, with several locations, this can be a really fun,… Continue reading Last Minute Family Getaways
Spring is on the horizon! Begin setting aside some money to update your backyard, or do a little at a time, beginning now. Having an outdoor space that makes you happy is essential for climbing out of those winter blues. Here are a few EASY tips to spruce up your outdoor space, without breaking the… Continue reading Updating your Backyard Without Breaking the Bank
Easter egg hunts are a hallmark of the Easter holiday. It will become the easiest, and possibly most fun holiday tradition you create. Whether you’re entertaining pre-schoolers or adults, there are lots of ways to do a proper Easter egg hunt for all age groups. Pre-School Age This is easy! And the most fun. Instead… Continue reading How to do an Easter Egg Hunt for All Ages
My son will be turning five this spring and I find myself on Etsy in ALL of mys pare time, scouring the internet for Ghostbusters paraphenalia. I’m having his party in my home because I just cannot afford a $500 price tag at the local trampoline park. And let me tell you–custom party supplies aren’t… Continue reading Birthday Parties on a Budget!
Are you spring-cleaning out your closet right now? Before you do your big spring shopping, here are a few easy ways to get rid of that stuff you haven’t worn for two years, that include making some cash in the process! Dropping off clothes at your local consignment shop once per season is a great… Continue reading Consign Your Spring Cleaning!
Did You Know… The IRS receives about $950 billion per year in taxes from US Citizens and about $325 billion dollars is paid out in refunds. If you are getting a refund, you are paying too much in taxes. You do NOT want a big refund. The government does not need an interest free loan… Continue reading If You Haven’t Filed Yet, Read This!
Valentine’s Day may be over but that doesn’t mean you should hit the pause button until next year. Keep the love fest going and check out these inexpensive date night options for you and your loved ones. Be his/her servant and have a night in This might mean making dinner, massages, cute coupons. doing laundry… Continue reading Inexpensive Date Night Ideas!
For the last year or so, Stop and Shop has had this great deal on a half dozen roses for $5. Every week, I’d pick them up and enjoy the opportunity to have a little greenery in my house that I wouldn’t normally splurge on. So when I visited my stomping ground this past weekend,… Continue reading Are Roses Worth the Splurge?
According to Forbes, new research shows President’s Day has better saving opportunities than Black Friday!!! One of the reasons is probably that retailers are trying to get rid of inventory, willing to part with it at an even lower price. Much of the “President’s Day Sales” exist well before then, as right now, there are winter… Continue reading How to Make the Most of President’s Day Sales
Chocolates, roses and teddy bears are in every store, on every shelf. Why not do something a little more thoughtful? Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday, but it doesn’t mean you have to waste your money tchotchke that nobody needs. In America, the holiday has come to be known as the day that you show someone… Continue reading Easy To Do Valentine’s Gifts
Designers say that you should update your home every seven years. There are lots of ways to shop for accent pieces on a budget (think clearance at Pier 1, Homegoods, and Overstock). But some of us are budgeted for money AND time. And since it’s not always realistic to completely redecorate your home every seven… Continue reading Simple Home Updates on a Budget
The most romantic time of year is coming up and what better time to shop for an engagement ring online? Here’s the most comprehensive “how to” list from Blue Nile, online jewelry retailer. Blue Nile diamonds are the talk of the web right now, which brings us to the first question: Can you shop for an… Continue reading How to Shop for an Engagement Ring Online
When you are living on a budget, it’s important to still be able to enjoy a luxury now and then. The trick is figuring out how to do it cheaply. For example, getting a manicure on days when they offer a discount (Mon-Wed for many salons), or getting your next massage through Groupon. Wine is… Continue reading How To Buy Wine on the Cheap
Warm Boots We love our UGGs…who doesn’t? But sometimes, we don’t love the price. On the one hand, they are a worthy investment in that they last, and more importantly, don’t go out of style. We even love them with shorts during the cooler spring months. But wait, it’s January, which means they must be… Continue reading Winter Boots We Love…and Can Afford
Check the promotions folder of your inbox! You spend all that time buying for others, and now…? Now is the time to shop…and after all, most of us are looking at another few months of chilly weather. Now is a great time to grab coats, booties, or even lighter weight transitional pieces, like flowing tops… Continue reading Taking Advantage of Winter Sales!
At some point, this has topped all of our lists as a New Year’s Resolution. Come January 1st, we have money on the brain. After all, we’d just spend a lot of it on Christmas gifts, dusting off the credit cards, or just adding to a mountain of debt. Tax season is about to be… Continue reading How to “Keep” Your Resolution to Save Money
For many of us, winter is just getting started. Then again, many of us having been braving snow for the past six weeks. Either way, by February, you’ll be dying for a tropical vacation. Check out some great deals below to get you through the tail end of winter. Shopping for Your Destination Need a… Continue reading Booking You 2017 Vacation!