Dollars & Sense, Tip #10: Halloween Costumes on a Budget

 

It’s been awhile since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was about time! With Halloween coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I would share with you how we save money on costumes. Halloween costumes really don’t have to cost a fortune. When I was growing up, we mostly made our costumes from items around the house. We hardly ever got to go out a buy a brand new costume! Dressing up for Halloween can totally be done without spending a ton of money. We already have to buy candy, so we shouldn’t have to stress over paying for costumes as well right?

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What you need to know before adopting a kitten

Back in April we decided to take the plunge and adopt a kitten. This is our first time being pet owners, aside from a short time we had a dog for a few months a long time ago. That experience was too overwhelming and we didn’t have him for very long. Since this was all new to us, we tried looking for advice on what we would need and what to expect when adopting a kitten.

We went to an animal rescue organization and ended up adopting not one but two kittens! They were so small and they were sisters and we wanted them to have each other. We had also heard that it’s better to have two so they can keep each other company.

So we carried home Lucy and Ethel. That was back in April. We’ve had them for 4 months now and we’ve learned a lot along the way. I thought I would share with you some tips for what to expect when adopting a kitten.

 

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How to Freeze Blueberries the Easy Way

We are incredibly blessed that one of our neighbors has an organic blueberry farm in their backyard! They open up in June and July for people to pick your own. We went the other week and picked an entire gallon. In our family, only a few of us enjoy blueberries and so I decided to freeze most of them so I can use them later for muffins and pancakes.

I thought I would share with you how I freeze blueberries. It is so much easier than you may think!

 

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Dollars and Sense, Tip #2: Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

 

For my Dollars & Sense Tip #2, I thought I would focus on Valentine’s Day, since the holiday is coming up soon. Everyone associates this day with lots of flowers, candy, etc. and those things can be very expensive. Jason and I have never spent a lot of money on Valentine’s Day gifts, but we always enjoy celebrating in our own way.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank:

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #1: Easy Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

 

Hi everyone! I’m excited to bring to you a brand new series to the blog called “Dollars & Sense”. I’m going to be sharing tips and ideas for helping you to save your family money. I’m not a money expert, but I do have 4 children who I homeschool and we’ve lived for more than 13 years now on one income. Over the years, I’ve learned a little about saving money and living a frugal (yet very happy!) lifestyle. I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the things I’ve learned and I hope that you will in turn share with me any tips or ideas that you have learned, as I’m always eager to hear new ideas about saving money!

So here is Tip #1: Easy ways to save money at the grocery store.

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How to Paint Dark Wood Paneling

One thing we did in addition to the bath remodel at our rental house was to paint the dark wood paneling in the kitchen. We lived in this house for almost 10 years and I always said that it was way too dark in the kitchen. The cabinets are a dark brown color and the walls were dark green paneling.

So when we were working on fixing the place up for new renters, we decided to go ahead and paint the paneling to brighten up the kitchen. It really wasn’t as hard as I always thought it would be and it turned out really nice! It literally made it look like an entirely different room. (Please don’t mind the mess in a few of the pictures!)

Here is a picture from before we started:                                                                                          

  

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Think you’re cut out for doing a bath remodel? Neither did we, but we did it anyway!!! (And we survived!!)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’d been extremely busy with our old house, remodeling the bathroom. I wanted to tell you all a little about how that went. We got the news that my sister was moving out of the house near the end of October. We already knew that the bathroom floor was spongy near the tub and needed some work done. But we had no idea what we were in for….

 

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #16: Candy Corn

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I decided to include Candy Corn as Day #16 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series. I know that Candy Corn is usually associated with Halloween, but it is such a fun fall treat that I thought it would be a good one to have with this series. There are so many fun crafts and snacks that go with candy corn, although there really aren’t any children’s books that focus just on candy corn.

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