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6 Ideas for Free Fall Fun

Woman playing with leaves in a park in the fall

Doesn’t it seem as if the simplest activities these days cost a fortune? Taking a date to dinner and a movie could set you back $100. Even local high school football games can get expensive when purchasing tickets and concessions for a family of four.

Although budgets are tight this time of year, that doesn’t have to mean less fun for you and your family. We put together this list of ideas to keep your crew entertained this fall — without spending a dime.

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3 Ideas for DIY Upcycled Home Decor

You know the saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Well, what if your trash was also your treasure? It can be!

If you have stuff you can’t bear to throw away — a cardboard box, a single bowl left over from a set, a scrap trimmed from a rug pad — you can upcycle it. The following three projects turn those unused items into décor you’ll be proud to display in your home because you made it yourself.

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5 Easy Recipes for Healthy After-School Snacks

After-school snacks

The kids are hungry, and you’re pressed for time. A bag of chips or a candy bar is convenient, but you want a better option for their growing bodies and minds. What’s a busy parent to do?

With a little bit of planning — and not a lot of money — you can whip up a week’s worth of quick and healthy kids’ snacks over the weekend. Older kids can take on some of these easy recipes for themselves and their siblings after school.

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Easy No-Bake Homemade Granola Bars


Parents and children alike love granola bars because they’re as nourishing as they are delicious. But did you also know they’re easy to make?

There is no baking required in this recipe, and it’s so simple that the kids can help, too. Try raisins or dried banana chips for the chocolate chips. If your child has a peanut allergy, almond butter is a fine substitute — and it will taste just as good.

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This DIY Back-to-School Teacher Gift Rules

DIY ruler planter teacher gift

The end of summer is near, which means it’s time to pick up those school supplies and get the kids ready for the classroom. But supplies shouldn’t be the only things they take with them on that first day. How about a gift for the teacher who’s going to spend the next year helping them grow?

We have just the DIY project for a back-to-school teacher gift: a ruler planter.

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Declutter Your House: 5 Solutions to Organize the Living Room

Containing clutter is a constant struggle. But the solutions don’t have to cost a lot. And the peace of mind that comes with an organized house? Priceless. So we present a series that shows you how to declutter your house, one room at a time, with budget in mind.

For the next installment, we tackle the living room.

Besides the kitchen, the living room is the most trafficked room in a home. Not only because we gather there, but also because we often pass through it en route to the kitchen or bedrooms. Any room that gets that much foot traffic tends to get messy!

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