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10 Fun and Cheap Storage Solutions for Tiny Apartments

Tiny spaces mean tiny storage and if you've got even a little bit of stuff, it's everywhere. Keep it out of sight with these clever storage ideas.

12 Easy Squash Recipes for Fall

What makes Fall the best season of all? The food! Turn your big Fall squash haul into these easy and delicious sides and mains.

20 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults

Halloween dress up is not just for kids. Preserve your dignity — and your budget — with these classic and frugal costume ideas.

20 Simple and Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids

It's easy to get caught up in Halloween and become frustrated when a complicated costume goes wrong. Skip all that and go for simple and fun, instead.

15 Savvy Tips for a Smoother Move

Moving from one home to another is never easy, but you can make it easier with some smart organization and some clever packing hacks.

20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free

Mom! Dad! I'm bored! Not anymore with this list of fun — and free — games and activities that will entertain everybody.

10 Ways to Save Cash by Purging Your Place of Plastics

If your home is like most, it is filled with plastics. Start replacing with longer lasting — and often more economical — substitutes.

10 Things You Don't Actually Need to Buy for Your New Baby (Plus 5 You Must)

It's tempting to fill up a baby registry with all sorts of newborn gear. Resist the urge and focus on stuff you'll really use.

15 Easy, Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Slow cookers do dessert, too? As conveniently and deliciously as they cook everything else. The only downside of these recipes is the wait.

The Easy Way to Set an Allowance That Won't Ruin Your Kid

Setting an allowance is complicated — you're teaching money values that will last a lifetime. Here's what to consider before you hand it over.

10 Amazing Veggie Burgers to Make Tonight

Store bought veggie burgers aren't very frugal (and not very delicious). Make your own at home for a cheaper and tastier alternative.

8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe

Lucky day! Capsule wardrobes are on trend again, which is great for closets and budgets. Start stocking your minimal collection with these smart basics.

12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor

Fall has… fallen again... and that means festive decor. Make your home fit for the season with these fun, frugal fall projects.

Take These 10 Items off Your Wedding Registry Immediately (Plus 5 to Add ASAP)

China and silverware are traditional registry items — but who ever uses it? Make your registry personal by replacing traditional with "right-for-you."

10 Delicious Freeze-Ahead Dinners for Busy Fall Weeknights

Make dinner in a jiffy with these easy, freeze ahead meals. Just thaw, cook, and eat. Cleanup is a snap, too!

10 Packed Lunch Ideas You'll Want to Steal From Your Kids

Getting everybody's lunch ready weekday mornings can be a real chore. Save time and money with these lunches enjoyed by kids and parents alike.

13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men

Upgrade a wardrobe and cut your clothing costs with these simple and stylish DIY menswear projects.

7 Online Workout Videos for Free or Cheap

If you can reach the Internet, you can get a great workout, led by an expert, for little or no cost. Try these channels that get your sweat on.

12 Unique Ways to Use School Supplies

If you went overboard stocking school supplies this year, don't fret. There's plenty of cool re-uses for your plethora of pencils and erasers.

10 Things You Should Never Buy From Aldi

We love Aldi's — most of the time. So many of the products are unique, high quality, and, above all, well-priced. These are not those.