With Halloween behind us, most people have moved on to planning for
the next big holiday to hit us—Thanksgiving.
Although, let's be honest, for savvy shoppers it's the day
after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, that really brings the
thrills. With its promise of super savings and credit card friendly
deals, Black Friday is a budget shopper's dream.
Still, no matter how many times you've been through it before,
there's always something new to learn to get the most savings out
of the day. "People are shopping on Black Friday for multiple
items, typically, and it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy of
getting all the deals," says Andrea Deckard, author of SavingLifestyle.com.
As the leaves are changing, so are most of our diets. Gone are the days of eating chilled slices of watermelon at an outside picnic, and here are the days of warm, hearty meals. It is also hard to notice the abundance of this season's produce available at local farmer's markets and supermarkets.
A key to spending less on food is to plan meals on what is on sale. Shop produce at peak season to get the most bang for your buck. During the month of October and November you will find butternut squash, pumpkins and apples galore.
Are you in the midst of Fall decorating? It's a great feeling to walk around the neighborhood and see that my neighbors have either begun to decorate their front yards or in the process of doing so.
Not only do I like the pumpkins sitting along the front porch, but I love the wreaths showcased on the main doors of their homes. Something about those autumn wreaths made of golden bearded wheat, yellow lonas, and golden strawflowers puts me in the mood for Fall.
Fall decorating doesn't have to be expensive and in fact you can save money by doing DIY projects to give your home an affordable face-lift for the season. If you are short on ideas or need more inspiration, this week our DealPros have some really cool projects that will keep you busy and give your home that seasonal touch. So roll up your sleeves, grab a pair of scissors, and get ready to make some masterpieces!
Fall is here and Halloween is only a few weeks away. I love making art/craft projects with the kids. But I love using or re-purposing what we already have.
Here are 4 of my favorite craft projects that fit the bill.
1. As the leaves are turning beautiful colors and soon start to fall. Have the kids collect some leaves and make a leaf project with them.
2. I love any project that involves handprints. This is a great keepsake for your home or even pass on to a grandparent as a gift. It is Handprint Fall Trees. I have mine framed and we change it out each year to see how the kids have grown.
As July 4th, 2010 approaches, it's time to commemorate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But as the barbecues burn out and the fireworks fade, it's good time to contemplate the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis: freedom of speech, assembly, religion, etc.
But despite the many liberties that living in the U.S.A. affords us, financial freedom remains elusive to many. No doubt our American "bigger is better" consumerism has contributed to that state. If you're using Savings.com coupons and reading our personal finance blog, you're probably very interested in money management. So when it comes to spending, saving, debt and investments, how far along are you in reaching the goal of financial independence?