Our partners at LearnVest.com knows that saving money on food is always a main concern, so they came up with an amazing way to help you reduce family food expenses. Visit their new Food for a Month series, a fantastic area on their site that will showcase weekly shopping lists, recipes for a month of easy dinners, and more.
Some of the delicious recipes will cost $300 in groceries for a family of four. As a special bonus, LearnVest will cover the entire amount by giving away one whole month of free dinner groceries to one lucky winner. (If your family is vegetarian, don’t worry–you can use the funds on groceries of your choice.)
You want to support your little budding artists, but the amount of artwork is taking over every inch of your storage space.
A recent New York Times article noted a growing dilemma among parents–where (or how) to store all the glittery scribbles their children produce at school, at home, and just about everywhere. Some parents ruthlessly edit or surreptitiously discard less-inspired artwork, intent on keeping the home uncluttered while teaching their kids not to be sentimental pack rats.
Other parents, however, can’t bear to part with their children’s drawings and paintings (no matter how banal), preferring to find creative storage or display solutions. Still others have discovered the savvy (but time-consuming) solution of scanning all their children’s artwork onto a computer and compiling a digital scrapbook.
For parents who can’t make it to Savers locations to meet costume consultants, the website has printable costume and makeup tutorials on how to create unique, inexpensive, and memorable Halloween looks for everyone from parents to pets.
By following the simple costume shopping lists and step-by-step makeup instructions, the whole family can be transformed into popular characters from “Avatar,” “Toy Story 3,” or “Sesame Street.” There are also handy tutorials on creating annual Halloween costume favorites such as superheroes and princesses in addition to creating a Steampunk costume, a trend that combines elements of the Victorian era with science fiction.
For budget-conscious families, parents can still save money and time without sacrificing style and personality. Plus, saving on Halloween costumes for 2010 will mean having enough on the side to plan for next year!
Get inspired by other Halloween costume ideas on Parents.com: