There is no better time of year to start thinking about summer than winter. The reason behind this is very simple – it is much cheaper to buy summer equipment during cold winter. You can find absolute bargains at some stores, buy what you need and then keep it in your garage or your tool shed until the sun comes out again and starts shining bright on all of us. [Read more…]
One of my father’s favorite sayings was “Life doesn’t begin until you have children!!” I didn’t realize the magnitude of that statement until I had children of my own. If you’re a mom or dad I am sure you can totally relate to this statement. My oldest will be starting her 3rd year of college this fall and last weekend my “baby” attended her junior prom. I recently heard a trivia question on the radio that was “The Average cost of this is $1,250 in 2013″…what is it? PROM was the answer!! Once I started adding everything up I was shocked!! Thank goodness we didn’t spend quite this amount but everything is so expensive!! Of course the gown is a huge expense and so are tickets, but add to that shoes, jewelry, flowers and perhaps a nail or hair appointment. Some kids even rent private transportation such as limousines. Our high school provided bus transportation and included the cost in the cost of the prom ticket!! I always try to save where I can and never shop without checking for coupon codes to help save money!! Just by clicking a few buttons on the computer you can pretty much save money anywhere, even at places like Nordstrom, Macy’s, JC Penny and so many more!! I was able to save on shoes, earrings and a handbag, and my savings added up to almost $50.00. Doesn’t she look absolutely beautiful!!?