13 Cheap Halloween Decorations: Easier than Screaming in a Haunted House

13 Cheap Halloween Decorations: Easier than Screaming in a Haunted House

The weather is starting to cool just a bit, and many of us are starting to collect ideas for cheap Halloween decorations.  It can be a lot of fun to create just the right mood in your home that gets everyone excited about the season.  The good news is that you can decorate without breaking the bank!

Here are 13 cheap Halloween decorations that are easier to put together than screaming in a haunted house.

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Don’t Cry Because They’re Growing Up: Why Tweens are Amazing

Don’t Cry Because They’re Growing Up: Why Tweens are Amazing

Yoplait has a brand new product called Yoplait ® Go Big™, and it’s designed with your teen or tween in mind.  Go Big knows how amazing teens and tweens are, so they’ve challenged me to write a letter to my tween about all of his awesome qualities.

How could I turn that down?  Just like many mothers, I’ve noticed that my tween is definitely getting bigger.  He doesn’t need me the same way he did when he was younger.

But you know what?  It’s ok!  And here’s why.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 50

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 50

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It’s officially fall now, for better or for worse.  As the days get shorter, we’re getting fewer hours of “run around outside and play” time.  But homework time flows more smoothly when the beautiful weather isn’t beaconing the kids outside!

Each Friday I share the 5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week.  This is the 50th edition of this series!  How exciting to have made it to this mark!  If you want to go back and read all 250 tips in the series, you can check it out here.

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4 Reasons Unexpected Expenses Are the Key to Being Debt Free

4 Reasons Unexpected Expenses Are the Key to Being Debt Free

Everyone dreads unexpected expenses.  In fact, they are so likely to happen that they should be expected.  We might not know the details, but we know that things will break.  We’ll need money for repairs or replacement.

Even if you’re living debt free, most of us are just one or two unexpected expenses away from falling into debt.  And if you already owe money, unexpected expenses can put you into a never-ending cycle of bills.

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2 Week Meal Plan Late September

2 Week Meal Plan Late September

Is the weather beginning to cool in your area?  Fall is a great time for pumpkin and apple flavored everything into your meal plan.  So you can bet I’ve added it to mine!

Meal planning always saves me both time and money.  I enjoy meal planning for 2 weeks at a time, because that means I don’t have to sit down and make my plan every single week.

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Handle Money the Lazy Way

Handle Money the Lazy Way

I don’t know if you’re as lazy as me, but I think many of us have a natural tendency to be at least a bit lazy!  That’s why I wanted to share some ways I’ve taken advantage of my laziness.  By using these three methods, I’ve found ways to save money over time.

You can read all about it over at Money Saving Mom’s website!  Go check out 3 Ways to Handle Money for Lazy People.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 49

5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 49

Some days it feels like I have to constantly chant our motto: #yearofno, #yearofno, #yearofno.  Other days it’s a relief to use #yearofno as an excuse to not make a decision.  (The answer is no, obviously.)

It’s September, which means we’ve been at this for over 8 long months.  The finish line is still in the distance, so it’s going to take a lot of motivation to keep going!

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Tell Debt How You Really Feel

Tell Debt How You Really Feel

This year, I am on a mission to pay off a big chunk of our debt.  We are on pace to get it paid off, but just barely.  It’s such a hard fought battle, that we are using several different strategies to make sure that we win.

If 2016 is going to be our #yearofno, we want to make sure it is worth it!

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School Fundraisers: How to Get the Funds You Need (Plus a Giveaway!)

School Fundraisers: How to Get the Funds You Need (Plus a Giveaway!)

 

This giveaway is sponsored by Pear.  This post also contains affiliate links which help to support Medium Sized Family.  All opinions are my own.

Are you looking for simple school fundraisers?

School is back in session.  Parents are organizing PTAs, PTOs, and other groups to help support their child’s education.  Part of that support comes in the form of school fundraisers.

If you’re looking for a different kind of school fundraiser, it’s time to look into Pear.  Pear matches groups needing sponsorship with companies excited to give their support.

That support can come in the form of apparel (shirts or uniforms), or cold hard cash.

If that sounds like it would benefit your school group, read on. And don’t miss out on the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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