Halloween Costumes for FREE

Inexpensively has a new Money Saving Monday link-up opportunity. This weeks theme is tips for a frugal halloween. My tip is to trade costumes! Why buy new costumes each year when there are plenty of people to trade with? My nephews are older than my boys and so is Amee's son. I went through the costumes they had and then let my three year old pick from the selections I made. He was thrilled to try them all on and compare! It was a lot of fun and how many stores let a three year old try ...

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Tuesday's Tip

Get organized. The easiest way to save money is to get organized. I am working toward this goal. This weekend I bought apple juice; 3 of them. I went to put the apple juice in their optimal location and there sat 2 apple juice bottles. I now have a stockpile of apple juice, which isn't that awful. However, I spent $5 out of my $100.00 budget on something we didn't need right now. So how am I going to avoid this in the future? I am going to stick with my list. I place my Madame Deals list on my ...

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Make a Trip Countdown Calendar

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We are leaving next week for a vacation to California. My three year old loves airplanes and can't wait to go! In fact, he asks non-stop "can we go on an airplane now, pleeeease?". This morning my wonderfully artistic husband made the above calendar! Everyday we will cross off a block on the calendar to countdown until trip day. You could make a countdown calendar for a number of things; holidays, birthdays or grandparent's visits. ...

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Discounts???

Have you checked with your employer or your spouse's employer to see what kind of discounts they have with other companies? I just saved 20% off my cell phone because of a government contract with Verizon. I also saved money off my Apple computer and software. We even get great rates at hotels. ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK... ...

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Ask a Teacher: Should I read to a baby?

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This is an easy one. Yes! read to your baby before they are born. They love your voice. Then read to them as soon as they come out. This will help you spend quality time together. I read chick lit to my daughter for the first 6 months of her life. I needed something to do while feeding her. I was also so sleep deprived that it was the only thing I could miss a couple of pages and still get the plot. We now read together as a family before bed. We also read as soon as my son gets home from school ...

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Are Your Kids in the Pen?

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  More parenting videos on JuiceBoxJungle There is a new Juice Box Jungle video on playpens. Are they hip or outdated? What is your take on putting kids in the pen? This weeks Juice Box Jungle widget also gives you access to last-minute sitter impulses and funky hairstyles from the past and allows you to Tweet, send your friends fun ecards, post to Facebook, and watch the show, all without leaving Madame Deals! Wow, all that infor on one little widget! I sent an e-card today and it was simple. ...

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Tuesday Tip

Just ask? Do you know how many things I have gotten for free or money off by asking? My husband used to be embarrassed by my questions. He is now a question asker as well. I mean you do not know unless you ask. Here are some question starters: Can you do better on (price, quantity, quality, etc) Is it possible to have both for _____ name a price that is lower than the price for both Can I have a discount because Can we trade for... ASK, ASK, ASK do not be shy you will never know the ...

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How to Solve Catalina Printing Problems

One of our readers, Adrienne, had an issue with the Old El Paso catalina deal at Harris Teeter this week. When she bought the qualifying items, the catalina for the money off her next order did not print. Adrienne sent us this e-mail identifying the steps she took to get her catalina! Just wanted to let you know how it went.  I called 1-888-8coupon to get the Catalina customer service, and pressed #3 for the consumer option.  I explained my problem about how the catalina for the products didn't ...

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Ask A Teacher: How does my child stack up?

Dear Parents, There are times in our lives that we need to compare and there are times when we shouldn't. I have two wonderful children that are similar and very different and I love them for their unique qualities. We as parents spend a lot of time looking at other people's children and comparing ours to theirs. I myself do this and then the voice in my head says "stop". We need to embrace our children for who they are. I am a certified Regular and Special Education teacher and I have a son in ...

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