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subscription boxesSubscription boxes have become all the rage in recent years, but some people still consider them a waste of money. Why pay $15-$45 a month on a box of stuff?

If you believe that subscription boxes are a waste of time and funds, think again. Subscription boxes can save you money, time, and so much more. Here’s how.

Subscription Boxes Cut Splurging

If you are a fan of video games, beauty, or even just collecting items, a subscription box can save you money by cutting out the unnecessary expenses. Subscription boxes give you the opportunity to get items you like or want to use. Plus, you won’t feel deprived, because most boxes come once a month.

Get Deals On What You Use

If you shave often, love to wear makeup on a regular basis, or try to eat as healthy as possible, there is a box for you. A subscription box is supposed to save you money, so why not choose one that’s practical?

Think about your day to day lifestyle. Do you always run to the store because you forgot to replace your toiletries? Do you wish you had more time to grocery shop and prepare meals, but you’re just too busy? Subscription boxes not only make things easier, but they can help you save money by saving you time, energy, and a trip to buy high priced items.

Try Before You Buy

Have you ever wanted to try a new product, only to put it back because of the price? Or maybe you’ve bought an item because of recommendations, just to find out that you hate it. Subscriptions boxes can save you money by helping you try before you buy.

If you love a product, you can keep it and use it until finished. And if you don’t like a product at all? Most likely, you spent less than a few dollars on it, so no harm done. ...continue reading

cheap summer partySummer is typically the perfect time to throw a summer party because everyone will most likely be able to attend! If you have a ton of family and friends, a party is a perfect way to get everyone together. But how do you throw a cheap summer party that everyone will enjoy?

No Invites to Cheap Summer Party

In today’s age, many people are a social media event or text away. It may seem impersonal, but inviting your potential guests this way can save a ton of time and money on your end. Mailing so many invites can be expensive in the long run! That’s not including that you have to buy them in the first place.

If you must send an actual invite, try delivering them by hand rather than mailing them! For most people, their guests will be closer to home than not, so hand delivering can save some cash and be a little more personal too.

Buy Cheap Decorations

Decorations are fun and can add ambiance to a cheap summer party, but you don’t have to spend a small fortune on them! You can even find more than just decorations! Most dollars stores have everything from serving platters, to goody bag ideas. I try to go to my local dollar tree first to get the bulk of the items that I need, and I’ve always spent less than $50 during each party. Talk about frugal decorations!

If you don’t happen to have a dollar store near you, you can always try hitting up dollar “spots” at any local store in your area. Another great area is clearance racks or sales in the back of the store. You may have to do a little more digging, but it is possible to get your non-food items for a lot less. ...continue reading

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dogIf your kid wants a dog this summer or for Christmas, their birthday, President’s Day or just about any other day of the year, think twice.

Along with the responsibilities of raising a pet that the child should help with — walking, feeding, grooming and cleaning up after — there are bigger responsibilities that you’ll have to face as a parent. Financial ones. Ones where you have to pull money out of your pocket to pay for whatever the dog needs.

These probably aren’t at the front of your mind when you’re looking at cute dogs at your local animal shelter, but they will be soon after you leave with a new pet in your hands. The costs of pet ownership are high for any type of pet, including cats. But as someone who has only owned dogs, I’m going with my experience with dogs.

Here are five of the biggest costs you’ll have as a new pet owner. Some are optional, but the consequences of not having some of them could be more expensive down the road. If that’s a risk you’re willing to take to save money, then go for it.

Out-the-door costs

Adoption fees can be staggering enough to get you to reconsider getting a dog. The costs I’m detailing are from my local animal shelter, which is where you should be adopting a dog if you really want to save a life. Go to a pet store or private breeder, and you’ll likely pay a lot more.

Many animal shelters will require that your pet be spayed or neutered, a cost they usually discount, before you can take it home. For a male dog, the neuter deposit or surgery fee ranges from $60 to $135, and that goes up to $75 to $195 to spay a female dog. ...continue reading