8 Dollar Store Halloween Costume Must Haves

8 Dollar Store Halloween Costume Must Haves

You already know stores like Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are great places for cheap deals and steals, but you should also know they can be a one stop shop for your Halloween costume needs! Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and other similar stores carry a variety of Halloween costume accessories, perfect for making your costumes complete. Check out these 8 Dollar Store Halloween costume must haves, so you can get the look you want for less. You will be amazed at what they have to offer!

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5 Foods That Save You Money

5 Foods That Save You Money

When it comes to stretching the budget most of us look at our food budget to take the cut. One way to make cuts is to stock up on foods that save you money. When you think of cheap foods often what comes to mind is BEANS… In truth beans do not save you much money if your family does not like them. Wasted beans is wasted money.

What are some foods that save you money?

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Six Simple Ways to Start Living a Frugal Life

Frugal living doesn’t necessarily mean living a cheap life or depriving yourself of the things you want. Instead, it means living within one’s means in order to be able to save money for more important things such as health care or your children’s college fund.

Here are a few small steps you can take towards living a frugal life:

1. Use the library.

Buying books and watching movies can get expensive. The cost of renting movies can add up as well. Try taking a trip to the public library. You might just be surprised to see the wide selection of books and movies available. Are you on the lookout for a specific book or movie? Place a request and they just might be able to find it or hold it for you.

2. Group your errands together.

Plan your weekly schedule ahead of time. If certain errands have to be done in the same part of town, then do them all on the same day in order to save on your gas expenses. If your errands are nearby, then you may even want to consider walking or biking.

3. Pay your bills online.

Make good use of your Internet connection and pay your bills online. You can choose to directly pay your creditors or set up a hassle-free automatic bill payment with your bank. This is a great way to save money on stamps and gas!

4. Eat out less.

Yes, eating out is more fun. However, it is far more expensive compared to eating at home. Try to eat at home a little more than you would in a typical week and you’ll definitely see your savings grow. Keep in mind that eating out at dinnertime is usually more expensive compared to eating out during lunchtime!

5. Use cold water.

Keep your water heater bill down by using cold water. Don’t worry, you can still use hot water for your showers—but your clothes and dishes don’t need hot water. Whether you use hot water or cold water, they’ll still get cleaned either way.

6. Make your own cleaning products.

Do a little research on the Internet and you’ll find that you can easily make your own cleaning products—and that they work just as well as the ones from the store. Stock up on cleaning agents like baking soda and vinegar and you’ll save yourself a lot of money!

We know that you may not be able to make these sudden changes all at once, but take things one step at a time and you’ll be well on your way to living a much simpler lifestyle.

Six Secrets for the Frugal Shopper

Are you new at living frugally? Yes, the life of a frugal shopper may seem daunting at first. However, don’t feel overwhelmed just yet. The great news is that you can take a few small steps and you’ll already be making a dramatic impact on your lifestyle and your budget.

Here are some top tips for the frugal shopper:

1)  Plan ahead.

Always have a plan in place before heading out the door. In order to avoid making unplanned purchases, know exactly where you’re going and have a list handy containing the errands you need to do and the items you need to buy.

2)  Refrain from making impulse purchases.

Do you ever aimlessly walk around the mall only to end up buying something you don’t really need? The best way to deal with these impulse purchases is to put the item down and leave the store first. Do you really need a particular item? Give yourself at least twenty-four hours to decide if an item is something really worth buying.

3)  Use coupons.

Coupons are a great way to get discounts and deals on just about anything. Take the extra time to search for coupons for your favorite stores. You can find coupons in mailers, newspapers and even on the Internet!

4)  Join a Wholesale Membership Club.

One way to save money on your groceries is to buy them in bulk. Wholesale Membership Clubs like Costco and Sam’s are a great place to get deals on meats, vegetables and bulk items.  Just make sure that you’ll be buying enough to make up for the membership fee.

5)  Shop at thrift stores.

Thrift stores are a wonderful place to get clothing, furniture and other household items at extremely low prices. You’ll find mostly secondhand goods—but you’ll also find barely used and brand new items. Remember: Some thrift stores are better than others.

6)  Do your research.

If you are making a large purchase like an appliance, furniture or even a car, spend some time comparing prices and reading reviews. Get quotations from various stores to see where you can get a better deal. An informed shopper is a smart shopper.

Follow these steps and you’ll find yourself saving a great deal of money. Keep in mind that shopping frugally is not a punishment, but a way of living a simpler and more economical life!

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Our Magical Visit With Santa

Santa Claus came to the kids’ school earlier this week to ask the children what they’d like for Christmas and to take pictures with the kids, but the photos were $10 each and $50 is a heckuva lot to spend for individual shots that would be difficult to display without a special five space frame.  Instead, we took the kids to family night at a nearby Chick-fil-a last night to enjoy lots of fun holiday activities (code for WAY too much sugar).  We went a little early so we could get good seats before the crowd arrived to see Santa, had our supper and let the kids play before decorating iced cookies in “Santa’s Bake Shop”.  By the time Santa arrived with his helpers and his photographer we were stuffed and the kids were happy to tell Santa all about their wish lists before heading straight back home.  The free picture they took will be available for pickup this afternoon and I’m thrilled with both the opportunity to get all five kids in one shot, and to take some pictures of my own.

My favorite moment of the night was when Santa asked Brandon (on the far right) what he wanted for Christmas and he said “I want a kitchen”.  I told him that a new kitchen would be a great gift for mommy and that he should ask Santa for something he wants so he told Santa “I want a kitchen big enough to share with mommy”.  Awwwwwww – how sweet is he?

Get Auto Part and Repair Coupons at Frugal Mechanic

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I’m REALLY hoping that I don’t need any of these any time soon (knocking on my head quick), but I wanted to you all about the new coupon section at Frugal Mechanic.  They have a comprehensive, searchable list of auto parts stores and repair centers that have coupons or promotions.  Even if you don’t need it right now, I’d recommend that you visit quick and bookmark the site 🙂