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7 Frugal Ways to Keep the Kids Happy During the Holidays

The kids are out of school for the holidays. How do you keep them busy, without breaking the budget? Here are some ways to make the vacation special: Make Ooblek Ooblek is a cornstarch and water mixture. It is “non-newtonian,” meaning the stuff acts like a fluid when it is poured, but is acts like a solid when touched. Weird, huh? But kids love the stuff. It can be picked up, but then it oozes from their hands. It is easily washed off, a big plus for parents. Why the…

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Say No To Budget Bullies

School yard bullies intimidate you, embarrass you, or force you to act in a way you wouldn’t choose. But when you first begin your journey to financial freedom, you might find yourself being the target of a budget bully. The dialogue might sound like this: “Let’s go out for lunch.” “No thanks, I’ll pass. I’m on a budget, so I can save for a house.” “Really? You know, you need 20% down to buy a house. That’s a lot of money. It’s going to take you a long time to…

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How to Save Money on Holiday Gift Wrapping

I don’t enjoy wrapping gifts. My corners are rarely crisp and clean, the tape and ribbons have minds of their own, and there is always a hunt for the right sized box. But I really detest the results of that wrapping event. The paper, ribbons, bags, and boxes end up in a tangled mess in the garbage can. Here are a few ways to make that gift-wrapping budget-friendly – and maybe more fun: Recycle and Upcycle Well of course you are collecting that gift wrap, patiently smoothing out its creases…

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7 Ways to Save During the Holidays

The news isn’t pretty – we all need to tighten our belts even more and find creative ways to save during the holidays. But you are in the right blog! There is always a way, always a Plan B. It’s easy to spend too much. You feel you need to buy just one more thing – for each child. You don’t want to seem like you are a Scrooge during the holidays, so you sign up for all those Secret Santa swaps at work, buy host gifts for every holiday…

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Make extra money with a part-time job or side hustle.

This post was originally made last year, and my own situation has changed since then. But the information is still solid. The holidays often bring extra bils or responsibilities, and an extra side hustle can bridge the budget gap. Read on: Another side hustle I started another job last week. I signed on to do janitorial work after hours in a nearby company. The job starts right after my childcare position ends in the afternoon, and I arrive back home after 10 pm. My dog isn’t very happy about the…

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