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91 POSTS 0 COMMENTSSarah Graves, Ph.D. is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance, parenting, education, and creative entrepreneurship. She's also a college instructor of English and humanities. When not busy writing or teaching her students the proper use of a semicolon, you can find her hanging out with her awesome husband and adorable son watching way too many superhero movies.
Whether you’re planning to create a fun display for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters or just want to give your front porch a seasonal touch, you can decorate on a budget and still have the most impressive house on the block when you DIY your outdoor decor.
With a pandemic raging and the second wave already beginning in the U.S., the CDC has released guidelines for celebrating a safe Halloween that nix our favorite activities — at least without modification. But these safe and fun family activities keep the joy alive without killing your wallet.
After dropping a load of cash on costumes, candy, and outdoor decor to spook trick-or-treaters, there may not be much left for haunting the inside of your home. That’s where easy do-it-yourself projects that don’t require a lot of time, materials, or money come in.
Halloween’s a lot of fun. When else can you dress up as whoever or whatever you want and gorge yourself on candy? But if you’re unprepared for the safety pitfalls, the fun can quickly turn into a nightmare, especially in the era of COVID-19. Here’s how you can celebrate and keep your family safe.
From filling the lawn with creepy tombstones to piling pumpkins on the front porch, decorating for Halloween is a treat. It’s also one of the most significant expenses of celebrating the holiday. Fortunately, it’s possible to trick out your house, even on a tight budget.
Under-spending may seem more a virtue than a vice. After all, one of the necessary ingredients of building wealth is living on less than you make. But there's a crucial difference between being frugal and being a chronic under-spender. Chronic under-spending can cost you money - and happiness - over the long run.
With finances being tight for many these days, people are giving dollar stores another look. But shopping at the dollar store is hit or miss. For as many money-saving deals as there are, there are some terrible ones too. But these tips on what to buy — and what not to — can save you a small fortune.
The price of candy for trick-or-treating is enough to scare off any Halloween shopper. We all want to be generous with every adorable princess, superhero, witch, and vampire that comes to our door. But we also don’t want to break the bank. So try these tricks to save on all your Halloween treats.
Working while in school has become the norm for college students. Although balancing a job with your studies can be difficult, there are several advantages to working while in school. Here’s a look at why working while in school can be beneficial for you.
Working while in college is a reality for many students today, but thankfully, today’s gig economy and the prevalence of online jobs with flexible hours mean students aren’t limited to minimum wage incomes and strict schedules. Here are some of the best jobs to consider if you’re a college student.
If you’re going to grad school, you probably have student loan debt left over from your undergrad degree. Ignoring it could be costly thanks to accruing interest and capitalization effects. Deciding on a plan to tackle this debt before heading back to school will help you save in the long run.
In 2019, Americans spent $3.2 billion on Halloween costumes, often paying an average of $40 each. If you’ve got an entire family to buy for, that’s over $100. If the cost of costumes at the average retail store is beyond your budget, it’s time to look for ways to slash the expense.