It isn’t easy to be holed up at home with just your family for company. After just a few days, you may be thinking there isn’t enough coffee or chocolate in this world for a parent who’s stuck home with their kids for weeks at a time. As the parent, though, you have the unique opportunity to set the tone in your home and decide if these weeks will be a nightmare for everyone, or filled with precious memory-making and family-bonding activities.
Q: It's my turn to host my family for Christmas. How can I entertain the crowd without spending a fortune?
A: Hosting a holiday meal is one of the most stressful parts of any holiday. Sure, it's great to help everyone get together under one roof as part of a fantastic tradition. On the other, though, feeding many people can put a serious strain on your budget. With Christmas gifts to buy, a strain like that really can't come at a worse time!
Fortunately, it's possible to be a great host and a great saver at the same time. It's not easy, but you can put on a great Christmas meal without breaking the budget. Try these 3 handy tips to save this year!
Want to keep your kids engaged this summer without breaking the bank? Try out one (or several) of these low-cost, high-fun ideas.
Community centers typically organize free programs in conjunction with the school system for preschoolers on up. It’s not uncommon for the programs to offer both breakfast and lunch as well as crafts, athletics, field trips (these do have a small fee), and a variety of educational “mini-adventures.” Some YMCAs and similar organizations also offer these kinds of opportunities.
As soon as you become pregnant, you start to notice it—the blitzkrieg of marketing trying to sell you x, y and z “must-have” baby products. The reality, though, is that you can provide quality care for your newborn without buying every designer onesie, toy, and pacifier.
Here’s a quick guide to sensible purchases, ensuring that you’ll be ready when your baby comes.