Unique DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Unique DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Unique DIY Kid’s Costumes That Will Save You Money #halloween #DIY #save #frugal
Unique DIY Kid’s Costumes That Will Save You Money

Are you ready for Halloween? Are you looking for unique DIY Halloweens Costume for your child? If you are like me, we participate in Halloween dress up activities in early October so we start looking for costumes in September.

Yet, if you are trying to save money this year you may want to save the sticker price at your local Halloween store and make your own.

My mom is a talented seamstress. She made ALL of our Halloween costumes when we were kids. She was super creative and designed Jeanie costumes, ghosts, clowns, and much more. With four kids, I often wonder when she found the time. Yet, these are now costumes I will never forget.

We had very few pictures back then, but the memories remain. I often forget my parents didn’t have cell phones to annoy their offspring by taking 50 pictures of everything they never want to forget – or post on social media – Sorry Kids! Back then we only remembered the things that made a BIG impact and these homemade costumes my mother created are something I will hold dear.

So this year, consider making your own costume instead of paying a HUGE sticker price. You will save money and it will be a special costume for your little one to remember long into adulthood. Also, the costumes listed below are budget-friendly and easy to make. Check them out and let your kids take a peek. My son already has his eyes on the cardboard boxtume! Also, a few of the costumes can be used for a child or an adult, so you can match your little one, which is my favorite thing to do!

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50 Cheap Family Meals That Will Fill You Up – Most Under $10

Are you looking for cheap family meals that your family will eat and love?

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50 Cheap Family Meals

So many times, cheap family meals do not make enough to feed an entire family. Your family is left snacking all evening and this is costing you money!

If there is one thing I LOVE, it is saving money.

So today I have compiled a resource to help you solve your cheap family meals dilemma. Below you will find over 50 cheap dinner ideas that will fill your stomach and your hearts because they are all made with love.

One of my favorite ways to save money on groceries is to use meal planning. You could easily make a bi-weekly meal plan using any of the cheap dinners below.

Be sure to sign up for my meal planning pack, and add in your dinners and fill your shopping list for weekly or bi-weekly cheap family meals and save money on your groceries.

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 Check out my favorite ways to save money below:

Rakuten –  Formerly known as Ebates, Rakuten is a money-back site that rewards you for doing something you already do: shopping online. Click through Ebates before you shop online and you will receive a percentage back of what you spent.  How it works: They make money by referring you to shop at a store and then share their commission with you. The best part is it costs you nothing. Also, they have thousands of the BEST stores to choose from including Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Priceline, Macy’s, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Groupon, Amazon and so much more. Sign up through my link and receive a $10 bonus just for signing up! Read my Rakuten Money-Saving Review here.
Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Ibotta Ibotta is an awesome money-saving app that allows you to receive rebates for stuff you already buy. All you have to do is find your store and search the available rebates for that week. Once you find your rebates, start shopping. Next, send your receipt by taking a picture and uploading it which is super easy. I suggest doing this right when you get home from the store so you do not forget. It is as easy as taking a simple picture and clicking your rebates! Ibotta has recently added some online shopping to their app as well, so you have more options. Use my link and receive a $10 sign up bonus when you redeem your first rebate! Read more about Ibotta here: Ibotta, Awesome Rebate and Money Making App.



55 Summer Activities for Kids that are Frugal or Free

55 Summer Activities for Kids that are Frugal or Free!

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55 Summer Activities for Kids That are Frugal or Free

Did your kids get out of school this week? My kids were out last week and unless you go year-round, your kids are ready to let loose and enjoy their summer.

Let me just say, I LOVE it when my kids are home. Although they can drive me nuts by yelling the word MOM 50 times in an hour period, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my free time when they are at school and in fact, this is my only blogging time, but since they are home I am going to make the best of it and work on this blog while they are having their short amount of screen time. (hee hee)


How to Travel on a Budget and Have A Blast

Learn to travel on a budget but still have a blast!

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How to travel on a budget

On my bucket list…. Travel the world.

One thing my husband and I have in common is that we both love to travel. We took our first trip together after five months of dating and we had a rockin’ time in Vegas.

Then it was off to Cabo San Lucas (where we got engaged), Chicago, and even a babymoon to Europe. Not in that order and I don’t recommend taking your first trip to Europe pregnant.

Even after we had baby number one, we continued to travel with him. A frequent joke in our house is how our baby looked on his passport and how neither one of us had been to Mexico until our 30’s and our son had been three times!

So with this travel bug, we have learned to use our frugal ways to get by on very little while traveling and how to save on the cost of travel such as hotels, flights, and transportation so we can see more of the world.

In today’s post, I’m going to highlight these savings tips for you and teach you how to save money not only when booking a trip, but when you arrive at your destination too.

My husband should be writing this because he is the one that plans most of our trips – thank you, my love – but I will transport his ideas over to you. His job is to plan and my job is to pack but he has taught me a thing or two! Furthermore, travel is best when you work as a team.


13 Spectacular Ways to Save Money on Gas


13 Spectacular Ways to Save Money On Gas
13 Spectacular Ways to Save Money On Gas

Are you sick of paying high gas prices? Me too! In fact, I was so relieved when gas prices started dropping – well, a little bit anyway. I was ready to start saving money on gas! Yet, the prices keep creeping back up which makes it hard if you are driving far to work or traveling.

I’m showing my age here, but I remember filling up at college one day for $.99 per gallon and at the time, I remember being disappointed that gas prices were going up. What I wouldn’t give now for $.99 per gallon.

Unfortunately, those “low price” days are long gone. We are left footing the bill if we want to get anywhere, especially during the holidays!

Seriously, are you thinking of traveling during the Fourth of July or Christmas or any other Holiday when family time is key? Good old supply and demand.

Luckily there are some pretty simple ways to save money on gas and if you are fresh out of ideas, you have come to the right place.

I LOVE helping people save money and I am getting creative with some of my tips, but I truly hope this helps you save and adds money back to your monthly budget!

Related: Ebates Review: Is It Worth It?


15 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts She Will Love – Under $20

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts Under $20
Unique Mother’s Day Gifts Under $20

Are you looking for something unique to give Mom this year?

I think we all have the best intention when Mother’s Day rolls around each year, but if you are on a budget buying gifts is difficult. Some months, I have three or four gifts to buy and I feel like my budget tanks! However, with some careful, thoughtful planning your budget doesn’t have to suffer this Mother’s Day.

The best part of gift giving, in my opinion, is that you are treating someone to a novelty they would not have bought for themselves!

And let’s face it, Mom is the one person that truly deserves to be spoiled.

However, if you are on a budget, it is difficult to find a unique gift that is fit for a queen. So I’ve done some searching and found some amazing gifts, all for under $20. If you are on a budget, no need to fret. I’ve got you – and your momma – covered!

These gifts are unique ideas that Mom won’t find anywhere else!

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Some of these gifts are found on Amazon and if you aren’t familiar with Amazon Prime, you will certainly want to check it out. They offer a 30-day free trial which includes free two-day shipping. You can sign up for the free trial here: Amazon Prime 30-day Free Trial and then go ahead and check out the gifts below!Amazon Prime (One Year Membership)

With free shipping and gifts under $20, your budget will thank you! All gifts have a four-star or above rating.


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