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Pumpkin Savings

Waiting until Oct. 30 or a few days before Halloween to buy pumpkins could help you save. Many stores sell pumpkins at deep discounts right around Halloween to decrease their inventory before the big post-Halloween price drop. You can plan on carving the pumpkins on Halloween instead of earlier in the season when the pumpkins…

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When I started my job, my office came with some artwork already on the walls, but I’ve been wanting to do something that felt more like me for a while. The only problem? I needed something at least 2 feet x 2 feet or larger, and everything large enough to make a difference on the…

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Portion it Yourself!

Grocery shopping is fourth on the list of five things Americans spend most of their money on. There’s no need to make your bills even higher by purchasing pre-portioned foods for a quick-packed lunch. Buying small bags of chips instead of one family-sized bag, or a single-portion bag of baby carrots instead of a larger…

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Back-To-School Savings

Q: Is there any way to get through the back-to-school season without spending a small fortune? A: Back-to-school time is the second largest shopping season of the year. If all that spending makes your head pound, take heart. We’ll help you navigate it with your budget and sanity intact. Read on for 12 back-to-school saving tips. 1.) Do…

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Spend Less With Cash

Recent studies on how our brains react with money reveal an amazing reality: People spend less when their cash is crisp and new.  They also tend to part more easily with bills of low denomination than greenbacks of high denomination. Our brains simply find it easier to spend another dollar when that dollar is old…

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Kids’ Summer Fun On A Budget

Keeping the kids entertained while on summer break can be an expensive endeavor. But summer break doesn’t have to break your budget. You can still afford to take some quality family time – and you can do it all on a dime. Here are some great ideas to keep your children entertained while you are at…

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I am SO proud of this parenting hack, but sadly I can’t take credit, because it was my husband’s idea. This past weekend we broke out all our alphabet fridge magnets, and Teddy went nuts. The problem was that the kitchen is an off-limits zone that we’ve gated rather than baby/toddler-proofing, so we really don’t…

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Mother’s Day On A Budget

Along with the blooming flowers and blazing sunshine comes the plans for celebrating Mother’s Day. Our moms are always there for us, and now is when we show them how much we appreciate all they do. However, between flowers, gifts, and dining out, Mother’s Day costs can quickly add up. How do you keep within…

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Shopping at Target?

Did you know? Target has a simple system for all markdowns. When the last number of a price is an eight, that item’s price may later be reduced further. If the last digit of the price is a four, that’s the lowest it’ll go. So, if you see a must-have sweater on sale for $19.88, don’t…

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Chatbooks Lifehack

Ever judge other moms who seem to be excessively posting photos of their kids on Instagram and even worse, hashtagging their kids’ names ad nauseam? Guilty as charged. Well, it turns out they were actually WAY smarter than me (go figure) and may have simply been a Chatbooks subscriber. Have you heard of Chatbooks? The…

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