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Savings Secrets: 10 frugal baking items to have on hand for Fall

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:41AM Monday October 21, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Boxed mixes? Nah. I'm obsessed with making things from scratch as much as possible. Not only is it healthier, but it can also be cheaper to cook this way. As long as I have these necessities on hand, I know that I can make some scrumptious goodies at the drop of hat. 

Here are the items I like to keep on hand: 

1. All purpose flour (preferably unbleached). 

2. Sugar (white and brown sugars).

3. Baking soda (Costco sells huge bags inexpensively). 

4. Baking powder.  Read More »

Fall gardening for under $100

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Friday October 18, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Around spring time, you hear lots of people talk about gardening and almost every other magazine article offers up "how-tos". But true gardening aficionados look to fall to start their gardening in preparation for the spring.

I'm not much of a gardening person, but after much research I decided to follow those experienced folks in planning for fall gardening and enjoying the fruits of my present labor at a future date, most likely spring.

Unlike spending over $300 last spring trying to plant a small amount of flowers, this fall I got twice the amount for under $100. Let me tell you how I came under budget, got a custom look and will have long-lasting flowers that I won't have to consistently replace:

1. Skip big box retailers. Yes, they are convenient, but they also come in at twice the price or more. I researched different sites including Yelp and found a wonderful local nursery close to me that sold plants for wholesale prices. The quality was better and of course the price you can't beat. Read More »

5 beautiful table settings on a dime

By (view all posts by Sia.Hills)
at 10:00AM Tuesday October 15, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Here are 5 table settings you can make on a budget that are fun for fall, but can be modified and used year round!

Candy Jars

1. DIY Candy Jars. Do you have a small side table, or the corner of a buffet table you are looking to decorate? How about these DIY Candy Jars. We found three separate candle holders we had around the house. one was wood, and the other two were both different colors. We unified them with a can of glossy black spray paint (we were decorating for Halloween, but you could use any color). We then cleaned out an old pickle jar, pasta sauce jar and mason jar in our fridge and painted their lids black. We attached them to the bases with Gorilla Glue and added candy. Read More »

How to find the best deals at drugstores and grocery stores with Favado

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 5:00AM Tuesday October 15, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Back in the dark ages (you know, before smartphones), there was really no way to find the best deal on, say, a gallon of milk--not without driving around to different stores.

Likewise, you might buy a box of your favorite cereal, a loaf of your favorite bread, and so on, only to see them go on sale just a few days later. If only you'd waited.

Favado is a sweet new app that shows you all the sales at your favorite drugstores and grocery stores. At the same time, it notifies you when your favorite items go on sale. With those two crucial kernels of information, you can save big every time you go shopping--and make sure you go shopping when the time is right.

You start by choosing one or more stores in your neck of the woods.
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Savings Secrets: 5 sources for the best Fall decorating supplies

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:00AM Monday October 14, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Are you still decorating for Fall? I've been going crazy with the decorations all over my house for the last couple of weeks. I've been on the hunt for the best Fall decorating deals, and found some great places that are excellent for decorating this Fall. 

1. Dollar Tree. Yes, everything's a dollar and they have awesome Fall decor items. You can even make your own DIY Fall Centerpiece or Basket with supplies that cost less than $1 each! 

2. 5 Below. This is one of my new favorite stores. They have so much fun stuff, and everything in the store is $5 or less. They have a lot of fun Fall items available now. Just be careful not to go crazy on all the fun tees they have. I've been known to come out with four or more of their awesome $5 tees from the clothing section. Talk about a shopping budget killer!  Read More »

5 DIY Halloween costumes on a budget

By DealPro(view all posts by Mary.Hoover)
at 6:00AM Thursday October 10, 2013
under Holidays

Making your own Halloween costume can not only be an inexpensive alternative to pre-packaged store bought sets, but it also encourages creativity and individuality!

Thrift stores, the clearance aisle, dad's workshop and your current closet can provide many of the basics you need. And with just one or two key store bought pieces, the rest is imagination. Read More »

"Crafty" resources to get you ready for Halloween

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:17AM Wednesday October 9, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

What's more fun than spinning a web of "tricks" to create the best costume at the party? Why...getting all "crafty" when it comes to Halloween of course. Or is it more fun to throw out the "corny" puns at the Fall festival and corn maze? Ha, you decide. 

Fall is such a fun time of year. The air is crisper, the Pumpkin Patches are plentiful, the costumes are an adventure, and it's just plain fun to decorate with the bright and cheerful colors of Autumn. 

If you're in the mood to get ready for Halloween, but are doing it on a budget, then the DealPros have the resources you need. So let's talk Pumpkins, Costumes and Decorating!

PUMPKINS

Pumpkins are pretty much my favorite part of Fall. I love cooking with pumpkin and making anything from pumpkin pie to homemade pumpkin spice cocoa. But let's talk carving...

Here's how to carve a pumpkin the easy way.

Once carved, do you find that you're frustrated with how quickly the pumpkin goes bad? Here are some tips for making that carved pumpkin last longer

And if you're not up for actually carving, check out these "no-carve" ways to decorate your pumpkinRead More »

Savings Secrets: 5 Halloween "tricks" for the best costume at the party!

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:14AM Monday October 7, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

I used to not be a big fan of Halloween. I mean, what's fun about having my kids get a big sugar-induced-coma for several days out of the year? Well I've quickly learned how to avoid that by stocking up on fun, "healthier" sweets, and we have a blast dressing up. 

Yes, I go all out with my kids, because let's face it - Mom having fun with the costume bliss is pure fun for the kids and for Mom! 

There's no reason the adults can't have fun still. Just a kid's holiday? Who says? I'm ready to dress up right along with them! Here are some tips that I use to come up with my own costumes.  Read More »

How to make a Fall basket with supplies from the Dollar Tree

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 6:00AM Friday October 4, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Recently I headed into my local craft store looking for fun supplies to decorate for Fall. I just love Fall. It's my favorite time of year: the decorating, crisp air, Fall festivals, the baking....it's all just fabulousness. 

But when I saw the prices for baskets and decorations at the craft store, I paused. That was a lot for something I was only going to have out for a few months during the year. 

So I headed into Dollar Tree next and picked up $10 in supplies to make my own basket. Here's how to do it: Read More »

Kid's birthday parties on a budget at Build-A-Bear Workshop

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 10:00AM Thursday October 3, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

As you look on the calendar, you see a big star next to your child's birthday. First, you have a moment of excitement that they are growing up, but then you're hit with, "What should I do for his/her birthday?".

As always, you have options galore. You can have a small gathering at your home with a few close friends or you can throw a birthday extravaganza with professional balloon artists, circus acts, petting zoo, magician, clowns and more. But realistically, what makes sense for your budget?

My youngest recently celebrated her 4th birthday and after attending a few big events (including being a part of a wedding party), I was on a strict budget for her birthday.  Even though I was on a strict budget, I didn't wanted to sacrifice fun or entertainment. I turned to one of my neighbors who has 3 kids of her own and she suggested Build-A-Bear Workshop.

I've been there on many occasions and never left spending less, probably double of what I had anticipated. Knowing that, I was worried it would happen again at a party and now I'd have to multiply those extra costs with the number of guests. Read More »

5 ways to save more at Dollar Tree

By DealPro(view all posts by Anna.Tew)
at 6:00AM Thursday October 3, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Many people will tell you that one of the best places to shop for seasonal items, kitchen and party supplies is at your local dollar store. Their stores carry great products and best of all, each one will only cost you a dollar (some are even less).

A lot of their products have great reviews and can be found in big box stores for twice as much! Crowds of people are recognizing the value of the dollar store, as they have seen an increase in sales in the last few years, which allows them to increase product and get better brands.

Nationally known for being the biggest dollar store chain, Dollar Tree is one of the favorites and with over 4,000 locations, you are sure to have one in your area. Whether you are a new or frequent dollar store shopper, here are 5 ways to help you save:

1. Know your prices.
Dollar Tree has some spectacular finds, but some items can be a bust. Knowing the price of what things should cost will help you when shopping at Dollar Tree. For example, Dollar Tree carries items like pool noodles, non brand name crayons, Campbells condensed soups, and other products. While you might feel like $1 is a good price, consider that you can purchase Crayola crayons for $.54 and Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup for $.98 at Wal-Mart.

While those deals might not be the best at Dollar Tree, other deals are. Party, teaching and craft supplies are a huge score at Dollar Tree. You can also grab 2 decks of playing cards for $1, while at Target they are about $5. Do not forget to count quality into the picture as well. The pool noodles at Dollar Tree are only $1, but they have a hard time keeping my 2 year old afloat. I might consider them for a craft project, but for a pool toy, I'd rather pay $1.88 at Wal-Mart. Read More »

Savings.com presents 2013 Guide to the Best Times to Buy Holiday Gifts

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 3:00AM Thursday October 3, 2013
under InfographicsStaff

It's that time of year again when many of us start to think about the holidays. But more-so, the gifts that we need to purchase for our loved ones. Do we stand in line on Black Friday or stay up until 12am on Cyber Monday?

Don't we all wish we had the magic wand to predict the best times to buy certain gifts. Well, I don't have a magic wand to give you, but I have something very close to it. We know how important it is for you, our readers, to get the best deal on your purchase. So we analyzed more than 1.5 million deals from over 25,000 retailers to provide a comprehensive calender that will reveal the best times to buy gifts this holiday season.

For years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were in the spotlight as the day to make all your big purchases. But with our calendar, you'll see that they're not the only days that should be on your shopping radar. We have the best days to buy almost anything for this holiday! Read More »