Holidays got you down? If you’re sick and tired of all the crass commercialism and just not feeling the festive spirit this year, then maybe you should take a page from Frank Costanza’s book and join me in celebrating a different kind of holiday - a Festivus for the rest of us!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also the most expensive time of the year, especially for those of us who have to play Santa for the little ones in our lives. In addition to buying gifts for all those people on your list, the holiday season is full of sleigh rides, photos with Santa and other activities that can send your budget into a tailspin.
Holiday memories do not have to cost a ton. Here are some ideas to get you in the holiday spirit.
Dining out with kids can get expensive. Luckily, there are several ways to feed your family without breaking the bank. Get your kids what they really want to eat with this handy list of places that offer free or reduced kid’s meals. Be sure to call your local restaurant before assuming that the deal is active; some deals are location based, while others may be on a different night than listed here. Most deals also require the purchase of an adult meal and some restaurants limit the number of kids’ meal per adult entree purchased, so check the fine print.
We all know that Halloween costumes can get expensive. A brand new costume can cost anywhere from $20-$60! This year, how about hosting a Halloween Costume Swap? All it takes is a little bit of organization and motivation, and everyone can walk away with a new, free costume! Sound like fun? Here’s some simple steps to get you started.
Your favorite musical artist is finally coming to your local city and what better way to remember what is sure to be a great night than with some merchandise from the concert. Gone are the days when the only options at the merchandise booth were T-shirts, posters, programs and more T-shirts. The options at the show are widespread -- and the options do not end when the show is over either. Thanks to online shopping you can buy concert merch before and after the show, without even buying a concert ticket and even at the same prices as at the show.
The final days of summer are flying by, but that does not mean you have to say goodbye to vacations until next year. Although the hot summer months are the peak vacation times, the cool and crisp fall air can signal a perfect opportunity to plan a final getaway before the holidays get underway and make travel unbearable. In fact, if you are looking for fewer crowds and cheaper prices, fall is a great time of year to take a vacation without emptying your pocketbook. Here are some destinations to consider.
September is the “sweet spot” between summer vacations and the the holiday hustle. Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we've got just a little over a month before the frenzy begins again. But don't panic: there are plenty of opportunities this month to put your wallet away. Here are a few tasty and fun freebies that will help you ease into fall.
Camping may seem like the ideal vacation. It brings you closer to nature and allows you to get some much-needed time away from home without hundreds of dollars in hotel fees. However, considering all the gear you need – tents, sleeping bags, warm clothing and food, to name a few – a one-time camping trip can easily cost your family $500 or more. Fortunately, there are many ways to slash costs and still have fun outdoors.
If you are attending a wedding out of town, planning a family reunion or just traveling with many friends or family members, you might have 10 people or more in your party. Trying to coordinate travel arrangements for a dozen or so people can be not only challenging but costly. However, with proper planning and perfect timing, you can save big while having the time of your life with loved ones.
A day at the beach is the quintessential summer activity. It's a taste of paradise without the splurge of traveling hundreds of miles away. Here are some of my tips for planning a fun and inexpensive family day out in the sun, sand and surf.