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Aack! October already??? Can Halloween really be that close?

That means it's time for me to get going on Ariel's costume already. This year it's Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Good thing my mother has some blue gingham fabric on hand. Now I just have to find time to go over there for the sewing. I don't have a sewing machine here yet. My mother has one on hand for my, my great aunt's old one. It's such a pretty antique I'm really hesitant about the idea of using it. It's one of those old, heavy black ones. I've seen ones not so nice in antique stores for about $300, so you can understand my hesitation. It's just too pretty to use.

I'm not making Gage's costume, however. We were given a size 18 months lion costume for Ariel back when I was pregnant with him, but it never fit her. Should fit him perfectly, and with the Dorothy costume, who could resist?

I'm setting up a Halloween shop for this site. I'll be adding to it, but for now I have the costume section up. As we approach Halloween I'll be adding activity ideas and more.

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Feature Article

More Funny Ways To Save Money

I was doing research for my web site, on ways to save money. Checking other web sites and discussion forums, I found that the cheapskates are hitting new - and funnier - lows. Choosing a spouse according to how frugal he or she is, and reusing the plastic from bacon packages were just a couple of the serious suggestions. One man even said, "Instead of buying toilet paper, I use yesterday's newspaper."

Probably the suggestion that was the most ridiculous was to stop drinking beer. What are we trying to save all this money for? In any case, here are some more funny ways to save money. I suspect, or at least hope, that many of these really are not meant to be serious suggestions. Don't try these at home.

Ways To Save Money?

- Unplug your clocks at night to save on electricity.

- Carry powdered drink mix and add it to water when eating out, to save on buying drinks.

- Install a cat door and train your cat to go outside and to the neighbors yard to go to the bathroom. This saves you on cat litter and time cleaning the yard.

- Eat dog food. (According to this contributor, the dry dog food is better than the canned.)

- Tell everyone you'll be out of town for Christmas, so you can shop the after-Christmas sales for presents.

- Ask your friends to save the labels for you off any new products they buy, so you can put them on your thrift-store purchases when you are buying gifts.

- Run around the house and close the heater vents in all the rooms except your bedroom before going to sleep.

- Encourage mice in the house by leaving crumbs around - so your cat will have a free food supply.

- Learn speed-reading and read books for free while in the aisle at the book store.

- Leave everything in the same place in your house, so you can easily get around at night without turning the lights on.

- Bring back rolls of coins from Canada, to use at the laundromat and in pop machines, saving you 20% or more, depending on the exchange rate.

Okay, these may be funny ways to save money, but did any of them tempt you? Do you pick up pennies on the street? Wouldn't it be more efficient to just stay on the clock at work for an extra minute? Hey, and while you are there, take a big drink of water - to save on your home water bill.

Steve Gillman studies money. To get free e-courses and e-books on money topics, and for more Funny Ways To Save Money, visit:


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