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When I was younger, I never associated Halloween with the start of the holiday season.  Now that I am a parent, the holiday season officially starts in October with the first holiday of Halloween.  Even if your family doesn’t actively participate in this holiday, you may have a harvest party, or you may be organizing a hayride or baking for your child’s school class party.

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September is now one of the most popular months for a wedding.  Perhaps you’ve just gotten engaged and are planning a wedding for next September, or the following September.  Here are some tips to keep in mind. (more…)

You’ve dreamed about the perfect wedding forever, but what you didn’t realize as a little girl was the cost involved in putting together that dream wedding. Traditionally, the bride’s parents covered the wedding costs, but not everyone can count on help from the folks. Particularly in today’s economy, people are pinching pennies in every way they can. You can still have a fabulous wedding ceremony and reception without spending a fortune. (more…)

I’ve never felt that carpeting a floor in a child’s room was a great idea.  Firstly, kids can be messy and some stains are just impossible to get out. Secondly, if your child has severe allergies or asthma, carpeting can cause some health problems.

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During the summer time when the kids are home, I am amazed at how much food they can eat!  In addition to having plenty of fruits and vegetables on hand for them to munch on, I also try to have some special treats for them.  However, buying treats at the store can really wreck your grocery budget.

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As a mom, I am always looking to stretch our budget as far as possible.  Because we live in a coastal area of a southern state, I associate the summer months with “hurricane season”.  Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and lasts until September.

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Dear “And You Will Have Kids”:

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Meatless meals are a great way to stretch your food budget.  They are also usually healthy for your family.  One of our favorite frugal meals is cabbage and noodles.  It takes a while to make the dish, but it is delicious, and also inexpensive.

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I am constantly working to find creative and easy ways to save money on our food budget.  This is because our food expenses are quite size-able for our family of 7!

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Last summer, because of high gas prices, we didn’t “vacation”.  This year,  we probably won’t vacation either. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have fun during the summer. (more…)

Today I got a call from a party store offering me a discount if I purchased $100 of party goods from their store.  My first thought was, “Wow, the economy must be bad if they are calling people to ask them to spend $100.”  My second thought was, “Wait, exactly how much money have I spent at this store that they think I’d even be able to drop $100 on party supplies?”  Just for the record, I don’t ever recall spending $100 on party supplies.

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Have you been to your local library recently? 

During these difficult economic times, I’ve noticed that there are many more people checking out books than in years past. I guess people figured out that instead of buying books at the local bookstore, they could borrow the books from the library.  This is a great way to stretch your budget! 

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Children’s rooms don’t have to be boring.  They also don’t have to cost a lot of money to decorate.  With some paint and a little imagination, it’s possible to create a spectacular room which your children will enjoy for years to come. (more…)