My Favorite Frugal Fall Fashion Finds from Amazon

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Fall is Finally Here! Time for a Frugal Fall Fashion Lineup

What’s more, is it finally feels like fall and I am ready for it! I love sweater weather and hot tea and cozy nights under a blanket by the fire. I also love scarves and plaid… to celebrate the fact that sweater weather is finally here, I’ve curated this selection of some of my favorite frugal fall fashion finds from Amazon.

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All the Plaid

I love plaid, but admittedly don’t wear a lot. I aim to change that a bit this season. There are literally thousands of options available, but these are my picks for this frugal fall fashion post. I absolutely love oversized sweaters and layering.

I can picture this vest with skinny jeans and cowgirl or knee-high boots. The dress can be paired with tights or leggings through the winter. The best part is that these pieces are all under $30! That makes my budgeting heart happy!

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Speaking of Sweater Weather…

I love wearing sweaters and tunics with leggings and skinny jeans. I hope to add some comfy casual pullovers to the mix as well. With such a large selection it was hard to narrow it down, but below are my top frugal picks. Shopping online can be daunting, but the number of great reviews and four-star and above ratings help provide confidence in purchases.

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I also love how something so simple as a tunic can make you look a little more put together. I want to be comfortable but not look like a couch potato all the time! Again, these frugal fall fashion picks are affordable at under $25 each!

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Fall Dresses with Leggings and/or boots

I love taking a dress into the fall and winter months with sweaters, tights, leggings, boots… it is a simple way to get more mileage out of my wardrobe without spending a lot more money. I feel a little more put together in a dress. Even better if there are pockets! I also love the fall maxi dresses. What’s not to love about a one-piece outfit under $30?

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Pair any of the shorter dresses with tights or leggings and knee-high or cowgirl boots and the long dresses with booties? Heaven!

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Warm Pajamas

Ah, pajamas. I miss pajamas! My warmer ones were all old, ratty, and mostly purchased second-hand several years ago so I decluttered them in a really inspired purge early in the summer, which was painless since I had newer warm-weather options left to wear. Needless to say, I may have to include room for a couple of sets in the budget this winter!

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This was fun! Back to More Typical Posts Tomorrow!

This was definitely fun going through and picking some frugal fashion finds to share with everyone. I do not think it will be a recurring type post though unless it proves wildly popular. This definitely takes time and stretches my minimalistic and budget-minded tendencies. But I hope you enjoy looking at these finds, and by all means, enjoy shopping these fall fashion trends more… as long as it’s within your budget! Stay frugal my friends! Until tomorrow…

Happy Haunting for $1: Halloween Finds at Dollar Tree!

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Halloween is coming up fast! It would be a fright not to be prepared! But don’t worry! You still have time to get ready without breaking the bank! You can send have happy haunting for $1 Halloween night! Blogtober day 3 is here and I’m bringing you more Halloween deals! If you still need costume ideas, refer back to yesterday’s post of 7 Costume Ideas Pulled Together on a Dime from Amazon and thrift store finds.

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Happy Haunting for $1 this Halloween

This year don’t overpay at the grocery superstore for anything; just go to Dollar Tree and get what you need. Besides staying well-stocked on candy year-round for your trick or treaters you can also get Halloween decorations, costume accessories, and more all in one stop, and all for the bargain price of $1 apiece! Your budget will definitely want to thank me or this money-saving tip!

Whether you need a dragon mask, cat ears, or all the cool accessories for your little ninja (soft and harmless materials!), devil ears, or a full-on ladybug costume complete with wings, polka dot skirt, and antenna you can find them at Dollar Tree! Why pay $30 for a costume that likely won’t fit for long or only be worn once and then donated when you can get what you need for $1 apiece? You can even scoop up some goody bags there too!

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You Can Shop Online in Your Pajamas for Your Halloween Party!

Did you know that a lot of Dollar Tree items are available online?! Shop for your Halloween party decorations, party supplies, and Halloween candy from the comfort of home! Check out all the great options on costume accessories as well.

Get in the Halloween spirit for just $1

This is a great option for teachers and homeroom moms as well! Where are you going to find everything happy haunting for a class party for $1 or less? While you’re at it pick up some party snacks and keep the savings rolling!

Safety First on Halloween

You can also find a good selection of glow-in-the-dark accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, wands, and even unicorn horns and fake nails in-store and on-line. Keep your precious little princesses, goblins, and ghouls safe while they’re out trick or treating and make sure people can see them! Here is to safe and happy hauntings this Halloween!

Stay safe out there!

7 Costumes Ideas Put Together for Halloween on a Dime

Halloween is just around the corner! What better way to spend #blogtober day 4 than talking about how to Halloween on a dime?! This was a fun one to put together. Halloween can be quite draining on the budget if you’re not careful. But, if done right you won’t break the bank and you’ll be able to reuse some if not all the costume pieces!

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Wonder Woman

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My six-year-old has decided to be Wonder Woman for Halloween this year and this frugal mama couldn’t be happier! Not only did she pick a great character we already have 75% of what is needed to put this look together! She already owns a Wonder Woman t-shirt (courtesy of her Gigi who is a big WW fan) and some blue leggings with white stars! All I have to do is come up with a belt, headband, and cuff bracelets! I will either make my ow with felt or take the easy route with this wearable cake topper set. We will forgo the whip for safety reasons. Even going the easy route this is a way to pull Halloween on a dime off for less than $10.

Puppy or Kitty

This was my costume pick for my son last year, which he refused to participate in. He was one. I didn’t fight him! The plan was to use a kid’s puppy headband with ears and tail I got at a dollar store and put him in solid colored sweats or a t-shirt and leggings depending on the weather. Weather on Halloween in Arkansas is either 90 degrees or snowing! The great thing about this idea is it would work for lots of different animals and you can do patterns – felt patches or simple fabric paint would add a cute touch for an adorable Halloween costume on a dime. The total cost would be $10 or under!

Wednesday Addams or the Whole Addams Family

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Or dress the whole family up Addams family style! This simple black collared dress for $22.99 and a long black braided wig would work perfectly. Add a little pale powder to the face and voila! The dress is cute and can easily be worn again. It wouldn’t be hard or expensive to get the whole family involved in this one. Most items could be worn again!

Minion

Another aborted Halloween costume last year! My daughter said she wanted to be a minion several times so I found a cute pair of oshkosh overalls to wear with a yellow tee she already owned and a yellow stocking cap and goggles. It was such a cute idea and the overalls would’ve gotten a lot of wear, but she decided to do something a little girlier.

Instead, she wore a Barbie princess costume from the dress-up stash at her Pa’s house to the school carnival and… Tinkerbell trick or treating. The total cost for this idea would’ve been under $30 with everything being reusable. So we definitely did Halloween on a dime last year, with $0 spent on costumes!

Conjure up a Harry Potter Wizard Costume on a Dime!

All a girl needs is to curl her hair, put on a black pullover sweater, Hogwarts patch, dark skirt, and a simple wand to pull off a Hermoine costume. The patch can be purchased for less than $10 and most of us probably already have the basic sweater and skirt. Guys just need dark pants. Pair with a black bathrobe or thrifted graduation gown and iconic glasses for the full Harry effect. The striped tie could be thrifted as well.

Peter Pan & Crew

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My family actually did this one year! I ordered a long-sleeved blue dress and a Captain Hook costume and hat from Amazon. Our daughter dressed up as Tinkerbell. I got to wear my dress several more times and even though it’s been two years she still wears the Tinkerbell costume! We ended up donating the Hook costume during one of our many decluttering efforts prior to the move. Our son was just a baby at the time and he wore an adorable pair of Peter Pan pajamas that kept him quite comfortable and he was able to wear them several times after Halloween. It was a fun family costume ensemble!

It wasn’t our most frugal year for sure, but we got a lot of wear out of most of the pieces. Now that I am smarter, wiser, and more frugal I would look at thrift stores beforehand to put together the Hook costume. This ensemble was over $100, but the kids and I definitely got our money’s worth out of our costumes.

Zombie Bride or Prom Queen

A quick trip to the thrift store can result in a formal or bridal gown to destroy and instant costume! This one should help you Halloween on a dime for under $10 minus the makeup.

And that concludes my 7 costume ideas to enjoy Halloween on a dime! I’ll be back again tomorrow for another #blogtober post! I hope to see you then!

alifeonadime is on YouTube with its own Channel!

Sometimes you just have to do it scared!

It’s something that’s been on my mind a while and there’s no time like the present… So as of today alifeonadime is on YouTube!

Be on the lookout for new content! The YouTube channel will feature topics like budgeting, minimalism, and more. I plan to include a lot of frugal DIYs, my favorite frugal finds, tips on being frugal and sustainable!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel: alifeonadime on YouTube

Head on over and subscribe to the alifeonadime channel so you don’t miss out on new content there! And be sure to hit the button to subscribe here on the blog if you haven’t already!

I am very excited, and a little scared! If this isn’t getting out of your comfort zone and really going for it I don’t know what is! I recently posted my first video on Instgram and people were very supportive! It was definitely encouraging.

I know most bloggers write a lot of posts and post a lot of videos before going live. I really wanted this journey to happen organically. This blog and now my YouTube channel will grow along with me. Just like in life I am figuring this out as I go! Come along for the ride with me. We can grow together.

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As always, if there is something specific you want to see just let me know in the comments or contact me! I love the feedback!

See you soon!

Vogue Magazine: 73 Questions Parody

I was recently tagged by @SmithLafrieda of www.MMMoffamilyentertainment.com to do a Vogue 73 Questions post. It sounded fun, so here goes!

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1. What’s your usual starbucks order?

I am not at Starbucks enough to have a usual (we are on a rather tight budget till we get medical bills paid off and build up our emergency fund), but one of my favorite things to order is a mocha with no whip and some chicken chorizo tortilla sous vide egg bites. That actually sounds really good right now. I think I may have to Google myself a good recipe to make my own. The mocha is either iced or hot depending on the weather and always with NO whip cream. It’s a texture thing.

2. What does your workstation look like?

There always seems to be a pile of clean placemats and tea towels fresh from the dryer behind my laptop; I’m a terrible multitasker!

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3. Favorite food?

It’s hard to pick an absolute favorite. If I truly had to narrow it down it would be the Arkansas Fritters at Tusk & Trotter in Bentonville, AR. This was a favorite restaurant of ours when date nights were a regular thing and anything on the menu would probably qualify. I also love their pizza.

4. Favorite author?

Hmmm. I have read a variety of books primarily on personal finance and minimalism lately, but I think my all-time favorite author would have to be C.S. Lewis. I am not a Narnia super fan, but I haven’t read anything of his that didn’t resonate. I need to dig Mere Christianity back out and reread it.

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5. What do you think of open relationships?

I agree with Lafrieda: “3 or more is a crowd-So Nope.”

6. What is your favorite video game?

I don’t play very often, but Wii Sports! I love bowling on the Wii!

7. Guilty pleasure treat?

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I like to eat it straight out of the container. I just have to hide in the laundry room so the kids don’t see!

8. Favorite movie?

9. Favorite book?

I don’t know that I have one, but if I had to choose I would say it was a tie between these two. Hmm… maybe I have more than one favorite author?

10: Twitter or Instagram?

Probably still Instagram, but Twitter is growing on me.

11. Desktop or laptop?

I definitely enjoy my laptop more right now, but mostly because I do not have a desk yet. It’s a little more comfortable at the kitchen counter than the console table where the desktop is.

12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

It was probably to trust my instinct and do what I felt was right/best.

13. What project are you working on right now?

Mostly this blog; I’m still new to the blogging world and trying to figure all this out.

14. Favorite color?

Purple. I don’t wear or use it often, but it is still my favorite.

15. Did you get good grades in school?

I did fairly well in high school but made the Dean’s List in college a time or two. I was more motivated as an adult in school paying my own way! I look forward to the day when I am able to finish my degree. It is not in our best financial interest for me to pursue that now. That is a whole nother post though probably!

16. Dream job?

I am working toward being a mompreneur; I would love to keep doing what I’m doing and actually provide steady additional income for my family without the need for childcare.

17. Play sports?

Not so much; I have an incredible lack of coordination and depth perception.

18. Do You Have a Degree?

No, I do not. I will probably save that story for a later post and not in a Vogue 73 Questions answer though. The good news is I cash flowed my tuition so I obtained no student loan debt.

19. Nationality?

Born and bred in the USA, mostly Irish roots with some Dutch and Swedish according to my sister’s 23 and Me analysis. There were no major revelations in her test so I figured I’d keep my DNA to myself and save $100.

20. What’s your favorite type of blog post?

I really like posts that tell a story but are also informative and helpful. I don’t have a lot of time for entertainment so I prefer my time reading to be spent on personal growth. It helps if they’re funny too.

21. What do you like to collect?

Friends and memories! That’s what’s so great about becoming a blogger; I’ve met so many new people and leared so much in just a few short months! Since I started on this minimalist path I decided to focus on experiences and not things. I’ve always been leary of collections anyway; you get one French rooster for example and the next thing you know that’s all anyone gets you for your collection! It’s the stuff of nightmares I tell you!

22. Describe yourself in 3 words…

I would say I am kind, introspective, and sometimes a little too serious.

23. If you were a rapper what would your stage name be?

I have no clue on this one. Any suggestions?

24. Who was the last person you DMed?

I respond to stories a lot more than I DM, but I believe I last reached out to an IG friend in West Texas after hearing about the latest shooting in Texas. I learned that if you’re in Texas you don’t consider Midland/Odessa to be West Texas.

25. What’s on top of your wish list right now?

Believe it or not, we sleep on an air mattress right now; I sold our old bed and mattress before we built our new house. They weren’t what we wanted anymore and the mattress needed to be replaced. I decided I’d rather take the cash and not move it twice. Here we are a year and a half later still on the air mattress.

We would love a new mattress and for my husband to be able to build this farmhouse storage bed. He’s very handy; he’s built all the furniture in our house except our couch and his dresser. The bed will hopefully eliminate the need for the dresser.

26. Sorting Houses?

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27. How many tattoos do you have?

Just the one. I have my kids’ names above the anklet and feathers. After some post-cesarean complications with the second child I wanted something pretty on my body to remind me of my pregnancies. I would like a watercolor peony on my arm, but no immediate plans there (we are on a budget and all that jazz).

28. What are you most grateful for?

Family! We literally would not be where we are today without them!

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

It hasn’t happened yet, but this month is our 13th wedding anniversary!

30. What’s the best thing that has happened to you today?

Nothing much has happened today and I like it that way!

31. What’s the best thing ever?

I want to be funny and say chocolate, but I’m going to have to go with salvation. Without that everything else would be pointless.

32. Favorite season?

Fall! So glad it is just around the corner! Arkansas weather is so meh, but fall is not too hot, not too humid, not to mosquito-y, not too cold. It’s just right for a little while. I am a big fan of sweater weather.

33. Favorite Holiday?

Christmas! I love the music, the food, the family, the meaning…

34. What fictional character do you relate to?

I am drawing a blank on this one.

35. Do you like surprises?

Good ones, yes.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever received?

The fact that I am a stay at home mom and my family is consumer debt-free in a brand new house is beyond my wildest dreams!

37. Which surprise made you cry?

Nothing happy is coming to mind, so I’m going to skip this one.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve given someone else?

Probably my husband’s surprise 30th birthday party.

39. Do you like muffins?

Love them! I make a pretty good blueberry muffin if I do say so myself.

40. Do you cook often?

Pretty much every. single. day. And I’m big on meal planning.

41. What’s your favorite dessert?

Red velvet cake.

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Stuff with lots of whipped cream or nuts.

Cake or Pie?

Cake usually.

What’s your least favorite food?

Green peas or beans. Again, it’s a texture thing.

45. What’s your favorite condiment?

Hidden Valley Ranch. There is no substitute. 

46. It’s 4 am on a random Saturday, what are you eating?

I’d better be asleep at 4 am! If not it’d better be pancakes!

47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?

Don’t do this 101. Prerequisite to Do That 102.

48. Best Animated Film

Beauty and the Beast! Forget the holes in the story, it is just a beautiful movie.

49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?

Followed my intuition and advice!

50. Best thing to do on a first date?

It’s been a while, but be yourself. Treat yourself and the other person with respect.

51. What’s the worst thing to do on a first date?

Talk about yourself too much; the whole point is to get to know the other person enough to know if you want a second date…

52. What’s the funniest pickup line a guy/girl could use?

Not a fan of most.

53. Best Comic Book Character?

Not into them, but gotta go with The Wolverine. Only because… Hugh Jackman.

54. Name 3 things that can always be found in your purse?

Keys, lip balm, and a pocket knife. I never remember I have the knife though.

55. Favorite drink?

I love Dr Pepper. I know it’s bad for me, but I still love it.

56. If you could play a historical character in a movie, who would it be?

No clue.

57. Kittens or puppies?

I stink at house training so I’m going to have to go with kittens.

58. Favorite sushi roll?

I’ve only tried shrimp tempura.

59. What lipstick do you use?

Currently, just lip balm and occasionally an old Avon favorite. I really want to try Savvy Minerals lip gloss.

60. What foundation do you use?

Savvy Minerals Mineral Powder. I love it!

61. Blow Dry or Air Dry?

Little of both; I lose patience with the hairdryer and give up.

62. Who is your favorite fashion Icon?

Audrey Hepburn! Full disclosure: I can’t pull off red lip color and am nowhere near as chic. I love her style, but I don’t have it!

63. Favorite Disney Character?

Disney “Beauty & the Beast 3D” Belle. ©2011 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Belle.

64. What are you doing tomorrow?

Taking my boy to speech therapy. Probably housework. Hopefully blogging.

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

Nothing is coming to mind.

66. A movie that made me cry?

The Notebook, but I was mad! Hollywood ruins books you already know and love.

67. If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would it be?

Nobody would pay to see that!

68. If your life was a song, what would the title be?

“This is the Stuff” by Francesca Battistelli. “I lost my keys in the great unknown and call me please cuz I can’t find my phone…”

69. What is your favorite animal?

Cat.

70. Favorite Illustrator?

71. The person you want to have coffee with?

Anybody pleasant. There is a devotional writer who has a spot on the radio that starts out, “if we could have coffee together I’d tell you…” Her.

72. What country would you like to visit?

France.

73. Best way to decompress?

Long bath, good book, and a glass!

Frugal in the Fall: 3 Items to Include in the Budget

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So you’ve started budgeting. That’s great! Here are a few activities and expenses that might come up this season to make sure you have fun while still being frugal in the fall.

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Don’t Let School Expenses Derail Your Attempts to be Frugal in the Fall

Just because you bought the supplies doesn’t mean you’re done with school-related expenses. Below is a list of possible expenses that could come up. Whether or not you choose to spend money on these items is between your family and your budget; just be sure you don’t miss out on anything you want to do for your kids because you failed to budget.

PTA dues– If you are like me and want to be as involved as you can find time for you’ll probably consider joining. It was just $10 to support and join our school PTA. This was included in our back to school budget category in August. Since a lot of schools start in late August, early September the opportunity may come up this month for you.

T-shirts – You name it at school and chances are at some point they’re going to want you to buy a t-shirt or three. At $15 or more a pop you want to know your limit before your kids start asking if they can have one. We said no to ALL shirts last year, but will probably buy the shirts the PTA sells this year.

Fundraisers– Every year there is at least one fundraiser per semester at our school. Be prepared to say no or know what your budget says is enough before that order form gets thrust in your face by some sweet child.

If you do not feel like volunteering your money on shelf-stable cookie dough for example perhaps you could volunteer your time. There are lots of events that need volunteers. Chances are there is at least one you can make time for this school year.

Book Fairs – These are not cheap. I let my kindergartener take $5 of her own money with the only guideline being NO slime last year and she came home with very little change, an eraser shaped like licorice (which a visiting toddler did try to eat this summer-thank goodness it was too tough!) And a bookmark. Books are sometimes available for $1 but the majority I saw were $12 each. And it’s not just books; there are experiments, diaries, notebooks, craft kits… you name it they’re trying to sell your child one in the library. If your kid has their heart set on a book fair item be sure to check the price on Amazon! It may still make a great Christmas gift but you can still save yourself some money and feel frugal in the fall.

Sports/Extracurriculars– These add up fast! Know your budget and know your child. Don’t encourage or force your child into activities you know they won’t enjoy for the sake of socialization. And don’t feel like you have to say yes to form your kid brings home from school. Be sure to know the full commitment cost of extracurriculars prior to signing up! We felt quite shocked after six weeks of martial arts was up and the studio asked for $700 to continue. Thank, you next! That is not our idea of frugal.

Field Trips– These aren’t always free; sometimes the kids need a few dollars to cover something the school doesn’t. Oftentimes the teachers request lunches packed in which everything can be thrown away when they’re done. With older kids, they often take them out for fast food.

Seasonal Activities

When summer winds down there are often harvest festivals, corn mazes, and other seasonal events to keep the family entertained. These are great activities for the kids! And they can be frugal fun outings! You don’t have to buy all the crafts or jams but events such as the Arkansas Apple Festival are so fun! Aside from parking, it’s free to attend!

They have parades with antique cars and tractors, as well as crafts, face painting, and food vendors… it is so fun just to walk around and see everything. $20 can keep a family of four entertained for a few hours including a yummy snack. Fresh apple slices are available free at the nearby Lincoln Apple Festival here in Northwest Arkansas. It’s a delicious way to stay frugal in the fall!

Home Maintenance – Frugal in the Fall for Savings in the Winter

Fall is a great time to do some maintenance and cleaning around the house. Gutters need to be cleaned out and any exterior damage to the home repaired. Fall is a great time to do this! You can do most of this yourself.

It is always a good idea to get your chimney swept in the fall if you use a wood-burning stove or fireplace. The more you burn the more often you need to have it cleaned out to prevent flume fires and check for signs of damage. Check out the Chimney Safety Institute of America for more information on that.

Upcoming Holidays – Is it beginning to look expensive?

Planning a trip to see family for Thanksgiving? Hosting 16 people for dinner on turkey day? You may want to start setting money aside a month or two early to save yourself a little stress or the urge to swipe the credit card when you see the price of that 16-pound bird. Make it a point to cut back on unnecessary expenditures and be frugal in the fall so you can be sure to enjoy that holiday dinner instead of wonder how much of 2020 you’ll spend trying to pay for the 2019 holidays. There’s some food for thought.

Hopefully, you’ve started saving for Christmas by now. If not you need to get started now! Check out my article Six Months til Christmas for some ideas. It’s later in the year, but the principles still apply. Scale back to be sure you can save up enough money or just opt-out of gift-giving altogether. Just be sure you let your closest friends and family know you are not spreading Christmas cheer in the usual fashion this year. They may be relieved and decide to opt-out too!

Make it a point to cut back on unnecessary expenditures and be frugal in the fall so you can be sure to enjoy that holiday dinner instead of wonder how much of 2020 you’ll spend trying to pay for the 2019 holidays. There’s some food for thought.

What frugal fall adventures do your family go on? I’d love to hear from you. I’ll be sure to post any frugal fall fun my family has here or on social media. Remember, you can follow a Life on a Dime on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! Happy fall all!

Fun at the Fair – a frugal trip to the fairgrounds

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Frugal at the Fair

The Washington County Fair was a few weeks ago! Tuesday night was family night; tickets were $2 each with the donation of a canned good. Our littlest is still free! Total cost for admission was $6. That’s a small price to pay for so much fun at the fair!

As always, the kids had a blast running around the fairgrounds, climbing in different off-road vehicles and tractors, and of course checking out all the animals. One of the goat farmers even brought a sweet little baby out for the kids to pet. We only missed the pigs because we had a hard time keeping the two-year-old off the ground!

We have a yearly tradition of getting a funnel cake to share. This year did not disappoint! If you live in Northwest Arkansas and plan to eat some goodies at the next fair I highly recommend Nacho Momma’s Tacos. Their food is reasonably priced and yummy!

We saved money by eating an early dinner (it was taco Tuesday after all!), filled up some water bottles to help with the heat, and put on our boots! Getting out of the house to do something with the kids doesn’t have to bust the budget!

Technically we could’ve been more frugal by not ordering snacks, but we splurge on fair food once a year. We even brought our own water bottles, so the total cost of this frugal fun outing was just under $20. I can live with that and so can our budget!

Don’t Miss out on the Fun at the Fair Next Time!

If you missed the fun this time, be sure you make it next year! There is good old fashioned frugal fun at the fair! Check the schedule for your local fairgrounds so you are sure to enjoy some frugal fun at the fair the next time it comes to your area!

Frugal and Floral Fun – The Botanical Gardens

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Frugal and Floral Fun on a Dime

I don’t know why I hadn’t gone before, but when a dear friend visiting this summer treated us to a trip to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks we had a blast! This frugal and floral experience fits in the budget rather easily. Click here for admission fees and information if you live in or are planning to visit Northwest Arkansas. There is a kid’s section complete with a human-size bird’s nest accessible by bridge, reading railroad, and a wonderful little butterfly house. We will definitely be going back.

Frugal and Floral Fun in the Children’s Garden

This is a beautiful area for the kids to play in with a sculpted cement tree, magnet wall, and even a small pond. The reading rainbow train has couches for train cars. There is also a very large walking stick sculpture that makes for a great photo op if you have multiple kids old enough to sit on it.

The Butterfly House

This small, but beautiful little screened-in oasis was a hit with the kids. There are gorgeous flowers, sculptures, and of course butterflies inside a beautifully designed structure.

Walking Trail and Other Gardens

The paths are easy to follow to the different gardens if you have kids in tow or even a stroller. I definitely plan to go back when it is a little cooler outside. With events and activities year-round from firefly nights to Christmas events we can be sure to find the time for this frugal and floral activity!

There is also a native plants garden, and a chicken coop ( which is almost always a hit with small children), which are not pictured here.

The Japanese garden with the koi pond provides a nice bit of shade to sit in and cool off and looking for fish was entertaining for our bigger butterflies. This is definitely a must-see for Northwest Arkansas. My only complaint is why didn’t I go before?!

Birthday Party Budget Breakdown

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How’d we do?

I previously posted how we planned to host the kids’ birthday party on a $150 budget including food and kids’ gifts. You can click here to read that if you missed it. Here is the budget breakdown:

budget breakdown

We spent $69 for martial arts lessons for our daughter and she is loving the classes! Our little white belt just earned her first stripe this week for learning her first basic form!

We also spent a total of $54.93 on the previously mentioned sit on tractor and T-ball set from Amazon.

I also spent $12.92 at Target on a felt tool set for my son and favor bags (which I forgot to fill, so they’re ready for next year!). That made a total of $136.85 of the $150 budget.

But what about the food?

budget breakdown
Pickup portion of food

Where is the food in the budget breakdown you ask? We didn’t have to use the budget for the party food! My husband helped a coworker after work one day and was given $40 in return. I used that unexpected money and paid for burger patties, turkey dogs, buns, cake mix, frosting, a fruit bowl, condiments, lettuce, and tomatoes with cash!

So for the budget breakdown purposes, we were able to use $13.15 elsewhere in our monthly budget. Like the newbie I am at this blogging thing I forgot to take pictures of the spread before everyone dug in!

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Not too shabby! Would you call that under or over? Technically I think it could go either way since we did spend money, but it wasn’t all from the budget. Let me know what you think!

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Have you hosted any parties lately? How did you do on your budget? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear how you entertain your loved ones on a dime!

budget breakdown
Play Ball!