When you’re on a budget, Hallmark holidays can really feel like a burden. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are no exception…much as we love our moms and dads. The important thing about the holiday is the time spent. If you’re family is in the habit of spending $50 or more on these holidays, get out… Continue reading How to Do Father’s Day on a Budget
Teachers love their jobs. I know, because I am one. What we love most about our jobs is the ability to impact students in the long term. We want our students to, at the end of the year, despite the ups and downs, and highs and lows to say, “At least, I learned something.” The… Continue reading Last Minute Teacher Gifts
They’re a bit of a status symbol, aren’t they? Women, as well as men, love designer sunglasses. And why not? We wear them almost daily, so why should we not pay for them? And since we pay for them, why should our friends not see the cool designer name etched on the side? Ray Bans are… Continue reading How NOT to Spend Too Much on Your Sunglasses
We know, we know…yawn. Ties for Father’s Day. Been there, done that. But wait. Have you seen these ties? Have you checked out the amazing new world of neckties for dads? Have you thought about getting dad a really cool tie? So cool, that he’s going to make dinner reservations next weekend at a fancy… Continue reading Ties for Cool Dads
Memorial Day is this weekend and before you know it, celebrations for the Fourth of July will be in full swing. Get your red, white, and blue ready and your party hats on (stripes are huge this year). If you shy away from parties because they tend to break the bank, check out these tips to… Continue reading Throwing a Memorial Day Party on the Cheap
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 Luxury Summer Cooking on the Cheap
Inspiring Jewelry You don’t have to get something that shows the year they graduated, or that says, “Congrats!” Rather, get something that is a keepsake, that might feature inspiring words, or symbols important to the grad. Etsy has oh, so many options. Stamp your jewelry with words like, “Hope” or “Love” or, stronger phrases, like, “Each… Continue reading Unique and Quirky Grad Gifts!
Memorial Day is nearly upon us and you’ll be seeing a lot of patriotic threads at the store. It’s hard to pull off this look without looking too kitschy. Once you overdo it, you’ll look like a human parade banner. The rules are not so different for women and men, but ladies; you have a… Continue reading Red, White, and Blue is the New Black!
It’s Springtime! Dark decor and heavy curtains can really put a damper on your springtime happiness. Here are a few ideas to spruce up your decor without breaking the bank. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Before your flowers bloom and before we are free from the dangers of frost, start with a wreath for your… Continue reading How to Update Your Home for Spring
Who said all moms need flowers and jewelry? Wouldn’t it be cool if mom got something that reflected her identity OUTSIDE motherhood? I think that as moms, we all crave another identity, or struggle to keep it afloat, with all that moms today have on their plates. Do take the time to put yourself in… Continue reading Gifts for the Sporty Mom
Everything moves so quickly. Technology has made us impatient and On Demand television has made us spoiled. We binge watch television, we’re glued to our phones, and even our kids have their own tablets to use at a restaurant. It’s really easy to disconnect from people while connecting to your device. We have to really… Continue reading 5 Ways to Get Happy This Spring!
That time of year is upon us. If you live in a colder climate, we recommend waiting until June to buy your swim suits this season. Many of us in the Northern hemisphere can’t actually wear them until then and we can reap the benefits of early season sales. If you’ve started your search, follow… Continue reading Buying the Right Swimsuit for Your Body
Mom’s need one thing! To feel appreciated. There are tons of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day without breaking the bank. Mother’s Day is not about expensive gifts, but thoughtful, meaningful sentiments. For many families quality time without having to cook breakfast or do laundry is enough. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, check… Continue reading Quirky and Cheap Mother’s Day Ideas
Gyms can be expensive. And when you’re on the go, or work long hours, it can be really tough to stay motivated and get there. Instead, try these great tips for working out to stay slim and healthy this spring for free! Join a Walking Group If your community doesn’t have one, make one! A… Continue reading No-Cost Outdoor Workout Ideas
It’s that time of year when the housing market experiences a burst of activity. If you’ve been keeping a close eye on Realtor.com, you’ll probably notice a plethora of new houses popping up now that the snow has melted. House hunting is extremely overwhelming. Some people know exactly what they’re looking for, and some people… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for House Hunting
It’s wedding season! It’s the most expensive event you’ll ever have, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple tricks, have the wedding of your dreams without going into massive debt. Check out these no-brainer tips on saving on your big day! DIY Flowers and Centerpieces Flowers eat up a huge part of… Continue reading Tips on How to Save on Your Wedding
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