Guest post by Stephanie Nelson, CouponMom.com
1. Donât go overboard. Halloween is now reported to be the 2nd most expensive holiday of the year, right behind Christmas. . It is easy to go overboard on spending if you like to decorate your house or yard with plenty of Halloween decorations. One way to save a lot of money is to skip the expensive dĂ©cor and make your own decorations.
2. Carve a pumpkin. The easiest decoration that is also fun for kids is carving a pumpkin together. For just a few dollars, you can create a memorable annual tradition with your child and decorate your front porch or window at the same time. Save the seeds and find a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, as well. Read more â
I know the first day of autumn is still a month away, but back-to-school promotions seem to trigger an unyielding desire for boot-and-sweater season. This is problematic since it’s still a constant 90 degrees where I live, but my office thermostat is helpfully turned to the “arctic” setting, allowing me to get away with fall fashion a little early.
Retailers similarly jump the gun by stocking shelves with cable-knit sweaters while patrons browse in tanks and flip flops. And though New York Fashion Week highlighted the latest in skin-baring looks for next spring, we’re tasked with finding frugal ways to cover up for fall. Consider the following roundup of my favorite trends based on the top ways to afford them. Read more â
Non-Profit Founder Offers Tips for Raising Kids to Succeed
Welfare may seem like a charitable measure for struggling families. But itâs a self-perpetuating trap when it becomes the only way of life parents know how to teach their children, who then know nothing else to teach their own children, says Virgil Brannon, founder of the non-profit I Am Vision Inc.
âLiving on entitlements becomes a way of life for recipients when itâs handed down from one generation to the next because the family loses any tools it might have once had to forge a life based on self-discipline, achievement and challenging,â says Brannon, author of Democratic Coma (www.DemocraticComa.com). Read more â
Â Studies Track Improvements in Grade SchoolÂ Language Studies
It turns out dogs are not only good for our health; finding missing people; and helping disabled people live independent lives â theyâre good for kidsâ report cards, too!
Canines have been found to improve the immune system and reduce blood pressure, among other health benefits. They help rescuers and law officers, blind people and those with limited use of their hands and arms. Now we have another reason to celebrate manâs best friend.Â Â
âDogs not only help children learn to read, they help children learn to love reading,â says Michael Amiri, coauthor with his wife, Linda, of the childrenâs book, Shellie, the Magical dog (www.shelliethemagicaldog.com). âAnd thatâs true of for children with and without learning disabilities.â Read more â
Â Before Jason, Freddy & Other Genre Staples,Â Producer Relied on âTheater of the Mindâ
Why do we pay to watch scary movies?
Irwin Yablans, creator of the âHalloweenâ films that forever changed the genre, says the answerâs easy.
âWhen done right, a horror movie evokes an involuntary response involving fear, excitement, repulsion and fascination,â says Yablans, (www.irwinyablans.com),
author of the new memoir, The Man Who Created Halloween. In it, he details his rise as a successful independent producer, sales chief for Paramount Pictures and head of Orion Pictures. His masked creepster Michael Myers, who debuted in 1978, spawned a wave of iconic horror characters, and a new way to do business in Hollywood. Read more â