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Michele Ashamalla

Spring Break on a Budget

family on airplane

Are you dreading the vacation ahead because you're low on cash? No worries: I have some ideas that will keep your kids entertained -- and you in the black!


What's the REAL Cost of My Kids' Bag Lunches?

I used to always pack my kids' lunches, secure in the idea that what I could give them was healthier than what they would get at school, and that it was saving us money, too. Wrong!


Embrace the Vacation Playdate!

kid playing with chalk
Shortly after noon today, I had five kids at home: an 11-year-old, two 8-year-olds and two 5-year-olds. I like long playdates, so I planned to keep everyone until 7 PM or so. Would you believe that I was able to organize a bookshelf, sort through eighty e-mails, do a load of laundry, write a few thank-you notes, do a little after-Christmas tidying and cook dinner with all those kids in the house?!


Shop It to Me

woman shopping online
I'm not a big fan of malls. I would rather spend what little free time I have hanging out with my kids at a park or museum, or holed up with a book at home. I do most of my shopping online, and I've found a fantastic way to browse the Web without spending hours checking out every site I like.


Time to Organize!

woman holding dress
Here is one of my favorite money-saving tips: Organize the stuff you have, and be amazed at all the stuff you have! If your stuff is organized, you're not buying another pair of black tights because you can't find the ones you know your daughter has somewhere ....


Buy Cereal, Score Movie Tickets!

Inside specially marked General Mills cereal (Cheerios, Lucky Charms, etc.), there are codes that can be redeemed for free movie tickets!


The Season of Giving

Family packing toys for donation

Most of us are stretched pretty thin this time of year, but there is always someone who's worse off. Really, lots and lots of people ....


Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

woman holding gift card
All right, Christmas is about a minute away and you're not done with your shopping. Here are some ideas for last-minute purchases that will keep you out of the malls and super-crowded discount stores.