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Artist Auriel Elmore shares how to save money on a Halloween costume.

Cash Crone is delighted to share this adorable winter mermaid costume, created by Arizona artist Auriel Elmore. Auriel specializes in unique costumes made from thrifted or low-cost materials. “I started making my own costumes long before I had my own kids – all because my mom made my costumes my whole life. I think she’d rather throw a sheet on me every year and call me a ghost than buy a pre-made Halloween costume,” Elmore laughs. “Mass-made retail costumes have always been against her ‘creative religion,’ and of course, they…

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Save money by upcycling or repairing shoes

I have a favorite pair of black shoes that showed a lot of wear at the toe. But they were comfortable and still had a lot of miles left in them. So I filled in the scuffs with a black Sharpie marker. Were they perfect? Not by a long shot. But unless you got up real close, you couldn’t tell they were scuffed. They were good for more adventures. How can you repair, upcycle, or rejuvenate shoes? Well, I went hunting, and found a lot of great ideas: Repair your…

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All that and a bag of chips – National Potato Chip Day

With National Potato Chip Day coming up on March 14, we wanted to share some fun facts about this salty snack. There are a few stories about its origins – perhaps chef George Crum sliced and fried those paper-thin beauties for Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt back in the mid 1800s. Or it may have been Mary Randolf, who added a recipe for potato chips (called fried shavings) in her cookbook in 1824. Who really knows for sure – legends shift and change over the years. But no matter how they were…

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Have a great holiday season – and still stay on budget

Holidays can sabotage a budget. When I was a young single mother with two small sons, I came home after work one evening a few days before Christmas to find that someone had broken into my home. The burglars lifted a patio door off its track and entered the house, taking anything of value. It didn’t amount to much, since I lived in a rental and barely made enough to keep food on the table some weeks. But the burglars took the microwave, earrings, a roll of postage stamps, the thawing…

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