Halloween 2012 Safe and Fun Events & Activities


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Halloween when we were little is very different from what it is today. I remember having one night a year where my mom would bring us all around our neighborhood. Then drive us over to the "rich" area of town so we could get our hands on some full size candy bars. Those were the days, when we didn't have to worry about much. Glow sticks were very rare and you took off running from house to house, while leaving your parents trailing in your dust. In today's world that simply is not the case any … [Read more...]

DIY Wednesday: Sharpie Mugs


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Here's a great idea for inexpensive gifts or personalized stuff to have in your house - you can have your kids decorate mugs right at home without spending a ton of money on personalized gifts this year. You can even do them yourself! All you need is a mug - and some colored, permanent markers and you can turn a boring coffee mug into a homemade keepsake for anyone! Have your children write their names and put the dates, have them decorate a mug for the holidays, as a keepsake, make your own … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Bartering


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With Halloween approaching, many of us are on the hunt for the best deal on costumes. While my kids are very into dress up and will use them all year round, I know that's not the case in many homes. The majority of parents purchase a costume for only one day, which can get costly, and can seem sort of wasteful. I got this idea from the playgroups we are in where we live. Both groups have decided to start a Round Robin of sorts - we are all trading costumes. Everyone has posted what they have … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Voucher That!


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I like to think that all couponers have the same frame of mind. We like to save money on just about everything. Whether it's grocery shopping, back to school shopping, kids clothes, we shop the sales. Well, some things just don't go on sale. How about baby carriers? How about stuff for kids? How about Omaha Steaks? If you know where to look, you can get discount vouchers for just about anything. There are some great sites like Groupon, Mamasource, Half Off Depot, and more that offer … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Free Admissions


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Each state has their own "claims to fame." Here in Connecticut, one of the biggest attraction is the town of Mystic. Whether you're visiting the seaport or the aquarium, you're sure to enjoy yourself. What you may not enjoy so much, are the admission fees. Many states have passes that allow you to enjoy many things your area has to offer for free - or at a deep discount. Just to name a few around here, we can head to any state park for free, a handful of local children's museums, or save … [Read more...]

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park


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  There is no better way to kick off summer than at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the park is 1,013 (3 miles long by ½ mile wide) acres and the 3rd largest park to be visited.  Living in the East Bay of San Francisco is the hub of great family outings, for as little as gas in the car and a picnic lunch, you can take tours of the greatest places on earth.  San Francisco is diverse in cultures; arts, music, festivals, museums, street fairs, entertainers, and architecture.  Golden Gate … [Read more...]

Crocheting Is Easy As 1.2.3.


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  You have to admit these baby's flip flops from Craftsy are just adorable and you can even make a matching hat to go with them. I pay attention to the current clothes and accessories in stores and what woman are wearing,  I have noticed that crocheted hats, scarves and purses have made quite the comeback. Why not make your own? Handmade items make the perfect gifts, a friend crocheted a blanket for me as a Christmas gift and I absolutely cherish it. You can customize your project to … [Read more...]

Fathers Day Coupon or Ticket Books


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When my kids were little and money was short I made up Fathers Day coupon / ticket books of five or more that could be redeemed for choices you make and leave a couple blank that the recipient holder can fill out.  The coupons/ ticket holder then assigns his task to whomever he chooses to fill in for his chores.  This is a blast, when these are issued for mom on mother's day and dad on fathers day one coupon ticket can over ride another but be careful as you want to save some of your blank … [Read more...]

Minute Man National Park, Concord MA


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Living in Massachusetts affords me and my husband so many places to go and things to see. There's nothing ordinary about living here. It's quite the opposite; it's extraordinary. There's so much history whether it's in Plymouth where the Pilgrims landed or in Boston where you can explore Paul Revere's home, The Freedom Trail and several other historic sites. Then there's Concord, where so many historic characters lived and where the Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775. My cousin from … [Read more...]

Free Tour At Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory


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  Are you looking for free things to do this summer with your kids? Did you know that manufacturers all over the country offer free tours of their factories? There are several here in Massachusetts and one of them is Cape Cod Potato Chips. We don't have children, but we love to take my best friend's son on outings. We also don't live very far from Cape Cod so we decided to venture out and take a free tour of the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory. On our way there, we talked about the … [Read more...]

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75


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Fort Point Located Under Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco is celebrating its iconic Golden Gate Bridge.  People come from all over the world to see the prettiest bridge in the world year after year. All you have to do is step onto the bridge to feel your foot move from side to side. It can even be un-nerving to others as if by chance the moment they step on it there will no doubt be an earthquake at that moment. The Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 years old this weekend and they are set for a party … [Read more...]

Easy Vintage Zipper Flowers


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  I was off digging at my favorite little resale shop here in Rochester when I pulled out a drawer that was labeled "zippers" and found an awesome treasure.  Metal Tooth Zippers are are pretty hard to find already taken out of the garment but today was my lucky day! Who knows how many were there in every color and length.  So, I scooped them up, and paid about $2.00 for the entire bundle! I headed home and dug through my sewing supplies to get a few things to create some adorable zipper … [Read more...]

Free Kiehl's Lip Balm at Nordstrom


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In honor of Earth Day, Nordstrom is offering a free Kiehl's Lip Balm when you bring in ANY empty cosmetic bottle to the Kiehl's counter. Valid only at Nordstrom April 21-22. Limit one per customer while supplies last. … [Read more...]

Free Full-Size Origins Skin Moisturizer


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This is my favorite Earth Day Freebie - get a Free Full-Size Origins Moisturizer at your local Origins store! Simply print your form for a Free Limited Edition Starting Over or A Perfect World Moisturizer and bring a bottle of your current skin care (full or empty) to your store and they’ll swap it for free. Be sure to get there early, most stores open at 11:00 am. Come back and share your Earth Day Freebies with us. … [Read more...]

Free Reusable Shopping Bag at the Disney Store


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In honor of Earth Day, The Disney Store will give you a Free reusable shopping bag when you bring 5 plastic shopping bags to be recycled. This is just one of many Earth Day Freebies available. … [Read more...]

Single Sock Bunnies


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I'm a firm believer there is a gnome who lives in my house and survives on single socks (mostly children's) and binkies. Those are two items that seem to vanish, never to be seen or heard from again. This is a great way to use those single socks and have some fun with the kids at the same time. Plus, you'll get a decoration or two out of the deal. Check out these adorable sock bunnies! You can turn your single socks (which will be adorable using all different sizes) into little bunnies as … [Read more...]

Free Burrito from Chipotle with Repurposed Lunch Bag Purchase


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In celebration of Earth Day, when you purchase a repurposed billboard lunch bag, from 3/26-4/14, you'll get a FREE BURRITO CARD to be redeemed on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd. All proceeds will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. Supplies are limited. These lunch bags are made from upcycled Chipotle billboards. Billboard Ecology collects these materials, and with Loomstate’s design direction, transforms what would be waste into ultra-durable, one-of-a-kind bags. Made from a nearly … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Clothes Pins $5 on GroopDealz


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 Groop Dealz is featuring one of the cutest things I have ever seen today! I have seen these all over Etsy and Pinterest, but I know I could not make them for this price!  Chalkboard Clothes pins are charming accents to your home! Use them to label children's artwork as it's displayed, at your spring buffet BBQ to label your dishes or for fun place cards.  Chalkboard clothes pins have a million uses! Every idea just as cute as the next! How will you use yours?  This adorable set is only $5.00 on … [Read more...]

Create your own Button and String Journal


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I am getting ready to host a large weekend crop for 15 of my favorite people, and during that time away, I always plan a Scrap Pack Challenge.  In years past, each person has gotten a similar bag full of scraps to create a fun tag for someone else at the crop.  This year I wanted to do something different and more useful, so I am creating these Button and String Journals for each person to design with the items in the scrap pack!  These frugal creations are an easy project, and can be used for … [Read more...]

Celebrate in Frugal Ways for Valentines Day


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It's easy to get caught up in the holiday of Love,  and with that, spend lots on the pretty boxes of chocolates and flowers that you see all around you! Before you do, stop for a moment and think about what this holiday is really all about.  It's not the flowers or the chocolates, but those we cherish in our lives.  As we change our spending ways to become more frugal, we can include that into our Valentines Day, too.  Here are a few ideas to spread the love, but not waste the money. * Instead … [Read more...]